Friday, January 30, 2015

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GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER #99 FEBRUARY 2015

11 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

11 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

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Doc or crock: 6 recent “documentaries” that have been accused of being fake

Doc or crock: 6 recent “documentaries” that have been accused of being fake 

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Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, Panther, 1957

The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction

The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction  

Link via SF Signal.

The Best Super Bowl Ads Ever

The Best Super Bowl Ads Ever, According to USA Today's "Ad Meter"

Well, That's Settled

Crocodile Predicts Seahawks Super Bowl Victory

Galaxy Science Fiction, June 1952: A Retro-Review

Galaxy Science Fiction, June 1952: A Retro-Review

FFB: The Star Treasure -- Keith Laumer

Ban Tarleton, a lieutenant on a starship, has never questioned authority or much of anything else.  When his best friend is murdered, he starts to question everything.  And comes up with the wrong answer, which leads to his making a trip to Earth in a ship not equipped for the journey.  He survives but he's a wanted man. 

Tarleton avoids capture for a while but is hunted down, caught, and court-martialed.  Sentenced to a prison planet, he doesn't really fight back.  He thinks the sentence might be justified.  He works in the mines, looking for a substance that is crucially important, although he's not told what it is or what it's for.  He's expelled from the mines onto the desert where he's not expected to survive.  

He does survive (of course) and finds himself living among a native race that no one has suspected is there.  In all these experiences, Tarleton is coming closer to his destiny.  He's one of those SF heroes who's really much more than he seems, but even he doesn't realize it until it's time to wrap up the story.

This is one of those one-damn-thing-after-another story that seemed as if Laumer were making it up as he went along.  It's fun but slight.  If you're looking for some fast-moving but not memorable entertainment, this might do the trick.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rod McKuen, R. I. P.

LA Times: Rod McKuen, a prolific songwriter and poet whose compositions include the Academy Award-nominated song “Jean” for the 1969 film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” has died. He was 81.

Suzette Haden Elgin, R. I. P.

SF Site News: Author and linguist Suzette Haden Elgin (b.Patricia Anne Wilkins, 1936) died on January 27. Elgin began publishing in 1969 with the story “For the Sake of Grace” and followed it a year later with the novel The Communipaths. She may be best known for the Native Tongue trilogy. In 1978, she founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and their Elgin Award is named in her honor.

Helen Eustis, R. I. P.

The Bunburyist: RIP, Helen Eustis (1916–2015).

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Elementary Teachers Under Fire After Forcing 'Poop Inspections' On Students

10 Everyday Items Brought To Us By the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

10 Everyday Items Brought To Us By the 1893 Chicago World's Fair 

Song of the Day

Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man ( Chess 1954) - YouTube:

10 Legendary Actors Who Appeared in Awful Horror Films

10 Legendary Actors Who Appeared in Awful Horror Films

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Top 10 Grammar Myths

Top 10 Grammar Myths 

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Alberto Moravia, The Conformist, Ace (British), 1960

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

The Best Hotel Concierge Ever Gives a Guest Nick Cage Pictures

25 Reasons You Should Never Visit Texas

25 Reasons You Should Never Visit Texas

Don Harron, R. I. P.

NYTimes.com: Don Harron, a Shakespearean actor who became a star on Canadian television and a familiar face on “Hee Haw” as the country bumpkin Charlie Farquharson, died on Jan. 17 at his home in Toronto. He was 90.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Arrrrrrrrr!

Blackbeard's Booty: Pirate Ship Yields Medical Supplies

Colleen McCullough, R. I. P.

ABC News: Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.

Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked

Every Time Travel Movie Ever, Ranked

You're Familiar with All of These, Right?

These Are The 10 Most-Liked Songs Of All Time On Pandora

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Paris Hilton Update

Paris Hilton continues bikini body Instagram snaps before leaving Bali  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Sharknado + Zombies = Sky Sharks!

About_Sky Sharks: A team of Arctic geologists stumble across an abandoned laboratory in which the Nazis developed an incredible and brutal secret weapon during the final months of WW2 . 

Deep in the ice, they accidentally awake a deadly army of flying zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, undead super-humans, who are unleashed into the skies, wreaking their bloodthirsty revenge on any aircraft that takes to the air.

12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews When They First Came Out

12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews When They First Came Out

Song of the Day

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Book Bargain of the Day!

THE COZY MYSTERY BUNDLE

Curated by Patricia Lee Macomber

I can think of no better cure for the winter blues than curling up with a good book. In that vein, here are fourteen great books by nine great authors. This Cozy Mystery Bundle offers a variety of books to appeal to a broad range of readers, each of them hand-picked by me. And as always, you decide the price you pay. And please keep in mind that a portion of the proceeds goes to charity.

Here there are happy characters and dark, humor and suspense. You can get a good dose of ah-ha moments and a few prickles of fear. The bundle includes my own book, Murder, Sometimes, the first book in the Jason Callahan supernatural mystery series. It also includes books by perennial favorites, Bill Crider and Ed Gorman, as well as some new and rising stars. There are two boxed sets included in this bundle, as well, bringing the total number of books to fourteen.

This bundle only runs for three weeks, so you'd better get 'em while they're hot. There is no better way to give the gift of reading to your friends, too. The first five books are available for the nominal price of $5 (or more if you're in a charitable mood) and for $14 (or more if you're in a charitable mood) you will receive the four bonus books. – Patricia Lee Macomber

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

A Minor Case of Murder by Jeff Markowitz
Deadly Blessings by Julie Hyzy
The Kewpie Killer by Falafel Jones
Lexy Baker Cozy Mysteries Boxed Set 1-4 by Leighann Dobbs
Murder, Sometimes by Patricia Lee Macomber
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $14, you'll get another four books:

One Dead Dean by Bill Crider
The McKinleys Mystery Series Boxed Set 1-3 by Carolyn Arnold
New Improved Murder by Ed Gorman
Death is a Cabaret by Deborah Morgan
The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.

Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.

Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We're currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.

Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you're you're getting fourteen total books (which includes two boxed sets)! StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

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Why Is Popcorn the Default Movie Theater Snack?

Why Is Popcorn the Default Movie Theater Snack?

Mysterious Voyages -- Janet Hutchings, editor, EQMM

MYSTERIOUS VOYAGES | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

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Edna Ferber, Cimarron, Pan, 1960

Miguel de Cervantes Update

Miguel de Cervantes’ coffin found after nine-month search

6 crazy medical beliefs from days of yore

6 crazy medical beliefs from days of yore

Or Maybe Not

26 Discontinued Foods That We Need To Bring BACK!!   

Annoying slideshow.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Arlington Woman Attacks Neighbor With Snow Blower During Blizzard 

Swords & Sorcery edited by L. Sprague De Camp

Swords & Sorcery edited by L. Sprague De Camp