Monthly Archives: January 2019

“Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life” by Ray Harryhausen

This is a big, marvelous book for anyone with an interest in animation, special effects, and/or film history.  Animator Ray Harryhausen is perhaps one of the best known and most beloved stop motion animators of all time, and in this … Continue reading

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“Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly

LAPD detective Renee Ballard teams up with former detective Harry Bosch to investigate the murder of a young woman that occurred 9 years earlier. The plot follows their unraveling of old clues with current investigative methods. In the meantime, Harry … Continue reading

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“The Mercy Seat” by Elizabeth H. Winthrop

This book is a work of fiction based on a true story.  A black man is accused of raping a white woman, and is sentenced to death in the electric chair, which can be moved around the state, to be … Continue reading

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“Swim Through the Darkness: My Search for Craig Smith and the Mystery of Maitreya Kali” by Mike Stax

I first heard about Craig Smith ten years ago when reading Richie Unterberger’s folk music book “8 Miles High” and was intrigued enough to search out his music (released under the name Satya Sai Matreya Kali), which I wound up … Continue reading

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“The Good Neighbor” by Maxwell King

I’m not ashamed to admit that I loved watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood on tv as an adult, hoping to pass on the lessons he taught, and enjoying his calm demeanor. This biography explained a lot of what made him tick, … Continue reading

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“The Other Wife” by Michael Robotham

When psychologist Joe O’Loughlin arrives at his father’s hospital bed, a strange woman is at his father’s side, claiming to be the father’s wife, yet Joe has never met her before. Soon his and his children’s lives are in danger, … Continue reading

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“Transcription” by Kate Atkinson

Juliet Armstrong, later in life an editor and producer for the BBC, is recruited early in her career during the years leading to World War II to transcribe the conversations of Nazi sympathizers with an MI-5 mole in their group.  … Continue reading

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“Fire and Blood” by George RR Martin

If you’re not already a fan of the Game of Thrones tv show or The Song of Ice and Fire books, I would not recommend Fire and Blood. This 700+ page novel details the history of the Targaryen dynasty prior … Continue reading

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“Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain

This book is about Martha Gellhorn, the third wife of Ernest Hemingway.  (The same author also wrote “The Paris Wife”, which was about Hadley Richardson, Hemingway’s first wife).   Martha Gellhorn was an author and well-known war correspondent in her own … Continue reading

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“A Delicate Touch” by Stuart Woods

I have learned to consider the author’s novels as being written tongue in cheek, as they are so unrealistic, the reader needs to suspend belief in the plot. With this in mind, the current story involves attorney Stone Barrington who … Continue reading

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