Saturday, 17 December 2011

A Quick Zip

I just finished Questions for a Soldier  by John Scalzi.

Near-criminal waste of time

I just finished  Time enough for love by Robert A. Heinlein.

It is one of the worst books I've ever had the misfortune to read.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Friday, 4 November 2011

Saturday, 22 October 2011

12-string Parker

I just finished The Sour Lemon Score  by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake).

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Eleventh and Parker

I just finished The Black Ice Score  by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake).

A Tenth of Parker

I just finished The Green Eagle Score  by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake).

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Friday, 14 October 2011

Parker redux

I just finished The Man with the Getaway Face  by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake).

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Saturday, 8 October 2011

A Very Bad Man

I just finished Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris  by David King.

Sunday, 11 September 2011


I just finished American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century  by Howard Blum.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

He cheated the hangman

I just finished Killer Colt: Murder, Disgrace, and the Making of an American Legend  by Harold Schechter.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Duck feathers

I just finished The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars  by Paul Collins.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Nice tri, Locken

I just finished A Killing in Rome (The Mike Locken Trilogy) by Robert Rostand.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Locken load

I just finished Viper's Game  (Mike Locken trilogy) by Robert Rostand.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Jewel of Denial

I just finished  The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Star of India by Carole Bugge.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Anarchy for the U.S.

I just finished The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Vamping it up

I just finished Hard Spell: An Occult Crimes Unit Investigation by Justin Gustainis.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Saturday, 23 July 2011

A recent Spider web

I just finished The Free Lunch  by Spider Robinson.

An Atmospheric short story

I just finished Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration In Perfume  by Chris Bell.


I just finished The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story by Richard Preston.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

True Crime Fest 3

I just finished Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer's Deadly Medicine by M. William Phelps.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Eine Kleine Mord Musik

43% through Shut Your Eyes Tight  (Dave  Gurney, No. 2): A Novel by John Verdon.

Alexander's Leftovers

I just finished Dividing the Spoils : The War for Alexander the Great's Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization) by Robin Waterfield.

I can't recommend this book for the casual reader. The period in question was, to me, one of the great black holes of history, but by the time I was a third of the way through the book, the only reason I kept reading was sheer bloody-mindedness. Too many names, too many dates, it felt like an attempt to cram gallons of information into my teacup brain. Antipater 1, Antipater 2, Antipatrids, Alexander III, IV, after a while it all tends to congeal together into one big stewpot.

Having said that, I will tackle this era again.

Italian Renaissance 1 (Saturday, July 09th)

I  finished The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 by Christopher Hibbert. Lucidly, clearly-written, extremely fun to follow. This far removed from the events described, it's very difficult (if not outright impossible) to distinguish fact from fiction - but Hibbert gives it the old college try. There were places in this book where the Borgias came alive, as if they were contemporary Hollywood celebs - and that's a bit what they were like. The Borgias and their circle were the object of much gossip and speculation among their contemporaries, and one of the things I most enjoyed about the book was that it gave me a sense of just how many misconceptions we have inherited. Highly recommended.