Monthly Archives: October 2015

The October Country, by Ray Bradbury: A Review

Just in time for Hallowe’en, the last of my Bradbury reviews for the month. Autumn is a particularly good season for a volume or two of the late author’s short stories, to my mind (although Dandelion Wine is definitely a … Continue reading

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The Red Right Hand, by Joel Townsley Rogers: A Review

I can’t remember where I first heard of this book, nor exactly when I picked up a copy… several years ago, perhaps. But, having read Joel Townsley Rogers’ 1945 novel The Red Right Hand, I can’t think why it took me so … Continue reading

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The Killings at Badger’s Drift, by Caroline Graham: A Short Review

Long before I had ever seen that odd little half-jig that John Nettles’ version of Tom Barnaby does to indicate amusement or interest, I was aware of Midsummer Murders purely in a comedy sense. It was regularly mocked by the … Continue reading

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Rocks and Minerals, by Herbert S. Zim: A Review

The Rocks and Minerals Golden Guide was one of my first rock and mineral books when I was quite young, and it holds a fondly-lit place in my memory for that reason, certainly. Nostalgia is a powerful trap, and one of … Continue reading

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Six Easy Pieces, by Richard Feynman: A Short Review

After starting Six Easy Pieces some time ago and then setting it aside for other books, I swept through the final four chapters rather quickly. This is the sort of book that most scientifically literate but physics-weak individuals – myself included – … Continue reading

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The Plague, by Albert Camus: A Review

How would I simply describe The Plague to someone who hasn’t read it? I would go for a popular analogy, in this case: imagine the early seasons of The Walking Dead, only without the zombies, in a single city in North … Continue reading

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America: A User’s Guide, by Simon Hoggart: A Review

When do current events become history? At some point in my education, I heard the figure of “twenty-five years” bandied about as the crucial length of time that needed to pass, and that number has always stuck with me. Since … Continue reading

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