Monthly Archives: April 2011

Looking at Hard Times

This photo of a bleached skull was taken in May 1936 by Arthur Rothstein and appears in Mary Murphy’s history Hope in Hard Times, New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942. Today, the Great Depression of the 30s is far in … Continue reading

Posted in Non-fiction | Tagged | 1 Comment

Listen to the Voices

Yesterday I took a break from reading, and went to listen to a play. Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood is sub-titled “a play for voices”. Thomas wrote this long play in verse for the BBC in 1954.  It is a … Continue reading

Posted in eBook, Poetry, Reading | Tagged | Leave a comment

Awash in The Waves of Virginia Woolf

Finally, I finished Virginia Woolf’s difficult novel The Waves. For several weeks I have been reading it at bedtime. The novel usually put me to sleep after reading no more than 20 minutes, but the final 35 pages came alive … Continue reading

Posted in eBook, Fiction, Poetry | Tagged | Leave a comment

Lost in a sea of words

My new book is When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle. I really enjoy reading Boyle, it’s not just his stories (even though they are great) it’s the words; you can get lost in some of his sentences and eventually … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Reading | Tagged | Leave a comment

Bumbling Detective saves Czarist Russia

A bizarre suicide in a public square teeming with Muscovites enjoying a sunny springtime day is the opening scene in this quirky Russian detective story The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin; the date is the 13 of May 1876.  A … Continue reading

Posted in Crime novel, eBook, Mystery, Translation | Tagged | Leave a comment

A Romantic Telenovela Brings Drug Queen to TV

The Queen of the South is Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s epic novel of drug running, murder and intrigue. It is one of my favorite Spanish language novels. I read it several years ago, but decided to reread when I heard … Continue reading

Posted in Crime novel, Spanish, Translation | Tagged | Leave a comment

Blue Dogs in my Dreams

Eyes of a blue dog is a collection of 14 short stories by the Colombian Nobel Prize winner Garcia Marquez, who is best-known in the US for his novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time … Continue reading

Posted in eBook, Fiction, Spanish, Translation | Tagged | 2 Comments

Rough Guide to Bangkok Underworld

A Nail Through the Heart is a crime thriller set in the exotic underworld of the government authorized entertainment zones in Bangkok Thailand. In these zones explicit sex shows are legal as is the sale of all types pornographic materials. … Continue reading

Posted in Crime novel, eBook, Mystery | Tagged | Leave a comment

Bricklayer Mets Out Justice

In the opening chapter of the crime-terror novel Bricklayer, Steve Vail, a former FBI agent turned brick mason, is making a routine transaction at his branch bank. Suddenly, two armed men enter the bank intent on robbery. But the robbery … Continue reading

Posted in Crime novel, eBook, Fantasy/Adventure, Mystery | Tagged | Leave a comment