Top Ten Tuesday: Languishing on the TBR Pile

Top 10 Tuesday with B-day Cake

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us to list the books that have been on our to-be-read pile the longest.  Alas, this one could be longer than ten books for me but here are some of the highlights.

  1.  The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robinson
  2. Bitter Seeds by Ian Trangellis
  3. The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel
  4. Homeland by Cory Doctorow
  5. 1776 by David McCullough
  6. Vortex by Julie Cross
  7. Doctor Who: The Crusades by David Whitacker (audio book)
  8. 1984 by George Orwell (re-read)
  9. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blendell
  10. The Starter by Scott Sigler


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Musing Mondays: Sequel


This week’s Musing Mondays (hosted by Books and a Beat) asks this question:

What sequel do you have yet to read?

The first one that springs to mind is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I’ll also say there are a couple of entries in the Jack Reacher series I’ve not read yet and there’s a new Harry Bosch novel on the horizon that I’m eager to read!


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Top Ten Tuesday: If I Had An Unlimited Gift Card


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us what books we’d pick up right now if we had a fully-loaded gift card.

Here are the books I’d pick up.

  1.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  2. The Fifty Year Mission, Volumes I and II
  3. These Are the Voyages, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
  4. A first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird
  5. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Volumes 6 – 16
  6. The illustrated Harry Potter editions
  7. Complete collection of Beverly Cleary books to read with Shortcake
  8. Complete Dr. Suess collection to read with Shortcake.
  9. Audio versions of the classic children’s books and the books that go with them to help Shortcake learn to read and hopefully love reading as much as her parents do.
  10. The annotated Sherlock Holmes
  11. The Complete Far Side 
  12. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes

Yes, I went over ten. But hey, I got on a roll here!


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Review: The Fifty Year Mission: The First 25 Years by Edward Gross & Mark Altman

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 YearsEver since William Shatner committed his memories about working on Star Trek to print, it seems like there have been a lot of books pulling back the curtain on what went on behind the scenes of the original series. And if you were to take the time to put together all those various accounts of what went into creating Star Trek, whether it be from the technical, creative or personal side, you’d probably get a fairly good idea of how the original series came to be on our screens.

But if you don’t have that much time or shelf space, you could simply pick up Edward Gross and Mark Altman’s new book The Fifty Year Mission, The First 25 Years: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral Historyof Star Trek. Weighing it at close to 600 pages, this first installment of two this year from Gross and Altman covers the history of the original crew of the starship Enterprise, from the initial vision by Gene Roddenberry to the cast literally signing off at the end of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Set In Another Country


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) asks us our favorite books set in another country.  Because I’m a big sci-fi fan, I think I may cheat a bit and include stories set on other worlds.

  1.  The Sherlock Holmes canon by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Most of the classic Doctor Who stories and their print adaptations
  3. The Beardless Warriors by Richard Matheson
  4. The Miles Verokosgian novels by Lois McMaster Bujold
  5. The Harry Potter novels and the Cormoran Strike novels by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Peter Grant novels by Ben Aaronovich
  7. The Inspector Lynley novels by Elizabeth George
  8. The Foundation trilogy by Issac Asimov

I’m sure I’ll think of at least four more as soon as I hit the post button!



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Musing Mondays: Let’s Get Together


Time to kick off the week with Musing Mondays (hosted by Books and a Beat).

This week’s random question is: If _____ and _____ were to get together and write a book…

My first thought on this one was: If George R.R. Martin and Douglas Adams were to get together and write a book, it would be a least five years late getting to our shelves.

Adams once said that he loved the sound of deadlines as the “whooshed by” and if you’re a reader of Martin, you know that he’s not exactly the most consistent when it comes to meeting publication dates.

Beyond that, I’m not certain that these are two great tastes that would taste great together.

I think I’d rather see Martin get together with Jim Butcher.  Butcher has one of the best fantasy series on the market today in the Dresden Files and he actually publishes more than one book every decade.

The mystery lover side of me thinks a novel by Michael Connelly and Raymond Chandler might be interesting.  (Impossible, yes because Chandler is no longer with us).


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Review: The American Girl by Kate Horsley

The American GirlIt seem like a lot of the mystery novels I’m drawn to these days feature an unreliable narrator (or narrators in the case of The American Girl). Whether this is due to the success of novels like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train has encouraged publishers to jump on the unreliable narrator bandwagon or that it’s just that I’ve become more aware of this particular narrative hook, I’m not sure.

What I do know is that, at this point, it takes a lot to make an unreliable narrator story stand out to me.

Kate Horsley’s The American Girl was able to do that. Well, at least it was able to do that for the first hundred or so pages. Continue reading

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