Friday, December 09, 2016

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

Naughty or Mice - Kindle edition by Livia J. Washburn. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.  NAUGHTY OR MICE is a heartwarming Christmas novelette from award-winning author Livia J. Washburn. Funny, poignant, and romantic, it's a charming "tail" you won't soon forget.

This list of iconic movie quotes goes up to 11

This list of iconic movie quotes goes up to 11

Song of the Day

The Pretenders - 2000 miles - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Year in TV: The 10 Best Episodes of 2016: A very biased list.

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The Year in TV: The 15 Best Performances of 2016

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David Dodge, Death and Taxes, Popular Library, 1948

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The Top 10 movies of 2016

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The Top 10 Saturday Night Live Christmas Skits

FFB: Dragon Weather -- Lawrence Watt-Evans

At some time or other I read an enthusiastic review of Dragon Weather and bought a copy.  That was years ago, but the other day I was in the mood for a Big Fat Fantasy novel, so I read it.

As a lad, Arlian is the only survivor of a dragon attack on his village.  Looters sell him into slavery in a mine, and he vows revenge on them and the dragons.  After seven years he escapes from the mine and finds refuge in a whorehouse where all the working women have had their feet cut off to prevent any escape attempts.  After quite a while there, he's discovered.  The owners of the house, represented by the very man who looted his village, kill four of the whores, carry off the rest, and burn the house.  Arlian vows revenge on them, too, and he vows to rescue the whores, who have been carried off by the owners.

When he was lying in hiding in his village, Arlian swallowed a mixture of dragon's venom and human blood.  This mixture has given him "the dragon's heart," not exactly superpower, but something that sets him apart from other men.  For one thing, he'll live about 1000 years unless he's killed.  He's not immune to that kind of death.

In going about his revenge, he joins a secret society of others like himself, including all the owners of the whorehouse.   He becomes incredibly rich thanks to a trading expedition, and his revenge begins.  (Count of Monte Cristo, anyone?)

As it turns out, revenge isn't as sweet as he'd thought it would be, and in the end he discovers about having "the dragon's heart."  I enjoyed Dragon Weather so much that I ordered the Big Fat Sequels.  Not promising I'll read them, though. 


Thursday, December 08, 2016

AFI Awards 2016

AFI Awards 2016

John Glenn, R. I. P.

The Columbus Dispatch: His legend is other-worldly and now, in his 95th year, that’s where John Glenn has gone. 

An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives.

The Sweet, Savage Sexual Revolution That Set the Romance Novel Free

The Sweet, Savage Sexual Revolution That Set the Romance Novel Free

Song of the Day

I Believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake in HD - YouTube:

Kindle Book Bargain of the Day

The Twenty-Year Death (Hard Case Crime Book 108) by [Winter, Ariel S.]A mere 99 cents!
Amazon.com: The Twenty-Year Death (Hard Case Crime Book 108) eBook: Ariel S. Winter: Kindle Store

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29 Movies That Will Turn 20 Years Old In 2017

29 Movies That Will Shockingly Turn 20 Years Old In 2017

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Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom, Cardinal, 1959

Why Are Poinsettias Associated with Christmas?

Why Are Poinsettias Associated with Christmas?

Greg Lake, R. I. P.

BBC News: Greg Lake, who fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died aged 69. One of the founding fathers of progressive rock, the British musician is known for songs including "In the Court of the Crimson King" and "I Believe in Father Christmas."

Virtual Tour of Manhattan Retailers' Christmas Windows

Window Wonderland

I Miss the Old Days

Striking Vintage Photos of Houston's Early R&B Scene 

Fidel Castro, Communist Dictator and Copyeditor

Fidel Castro worked on Gabriel García Márquez's manuscripts

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

“Every Customer Is a Story” (by Peter Sellers)

“Every Customer Is a Story” (by Peter Sellers) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN: Peter Sellers is a noted short-story writer and the 2001 winner of EQMM’s Readers Award for “Avenging Miriam” (December 2001). A few years ago, he expanded his range in the literary field by opening a second-hand bookshop in Toronto (something he talks about in this post). He is also the editor of a number of crime-fiction anthologies. It has been ten years since EQMM readers have had the pleasure of seeing a story by the Canadian author in our pages, but we expect to present a new Sellers story later this year.—Janet Hutchings

Song of the Day

X - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - YouTube:

Here's the Plot for Your Next Heist Novel

'Home Alone' thieves conned staff by posing as mannequins until store shut before stealing £10k of designer clothes

Yet Another List I'm Not On

Amazon announces its best-selling books of 2016 and No. 1 won't surprise you at all

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Val McDermid: ‘It Doesn’t Get Easier

Val McDermid: ‘It Doesn’t Get Easier, It Gets Harder!’ 

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Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Calendar Girl, Pocket Books, 1962

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee. . . .

. . . and now it's the frozen fish assault!  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

From Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed to Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, the best book jackets of 2016.

How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harbor

How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harbor: The high-stakes gamble and false assumptions that detonated Pearl Harbor 75 years ago