Monthly Archives: March 2011

Summertime Reading Don Quixote

A couple of years ago, my reading project for the summer vacation was the complete Don Quijote de la Mancha, 1,100 pages—well, sometime after Labor Day, when schools had restarted after summer vacation, it was high time for me to … Continue reading

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A Gunslinger of Impeccable Personal Smoothness

The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King is available on Kindle. I downloaded the first volume, The Gunslinger,  to give the series a try. The Dark Tower series of novels was introduced in 1982 with The Gunslinger and … Continue reading

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Image & Reality:Don Quixote and Sancho

My introduction to the legendary Don Quixote was similar to that of many American children. From the local library, I checked out the Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics edition: Don Quixote from La Mancha by Judge Parry. This great illustrated re-telling … Continue reading

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Kidnapping and Beekeeping in Buenos Aires

I found this entry about an unusual Argentine crime novel in my travel blog. Hotel Art in Buenos Aires is a short walk from the Santa Fe Ave. shopping district—what better place to look for some reading material. I was … Continue reading

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Creepy Jungle Adventure in Haiti

Scientific Note: The frog, Eleutherodactylus sanguineus, was identified by the authority Lynch in 1998. It is endemic to Colombia and has not been verified to exist in Haiti. Its natural habitats are in the subtropics or tropics. It is found … Continue reading

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A Love Story: Murder and Abuse in South Boston

In this suspenseful and evocative detective mystery, The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner, a mother has abandoned her South Boston home and her sleeping child in the middle of the of the night. She left behind her cell phone and wallet; … Continue reading

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Irish Detectives Solve Baffling Sex Crime

The narrator of this unusual psychological crime novel, detective Rob Ryan, asks us to imagine a summer day in rural Ireland: Picture a summer stolen whole from some coming-of-age film set in small-town 1950s. This is none of Ireland’s subtle … Continue reading

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