Book Review, Fantasy, Guest Post

Book Review by Seawriter: A Fresh Take on an Old Classic

Daniel Carter is a London copper. It is today’s London, but a London inhabited by clans of underground monsters. They run criminal rackets: the Frankenstein Clan with its surgeries; the seductive Vampire Clan; the drug-dealing Clan of Mummies; and the Werewolf Clan, which serves as hit men and enforcers. Jekyll & Hyde Inc., a fantasy… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Fresh Take on an Old Classic

Book Review, Plain Speaking, Psychology

The Four Hardest Things to Say in the English Language

No, one of them isn’t Worcestershire Sauce: “There are four things that lead to wisdom. You ready for them?” She nodded, wondering when the police work would begin. “They are four sentences we learn to say, and mean.” Gamache held up his hand as a fist and raised a finger with each point. “I don’t know.… Continue reading The Four Hardest Things to Say in the English Language

Book Review, Guest Post, Mystery

Book Review by Seawriter: A Return to the Golden Age of British Mystery

It is 1923. Kitty Worthington, completing a year in a Swiss finishing school is, returning to England for her debut year as she turns 21. An unmarried young woman of the upper classes cannot travel alone, so she is accompanied by her very stuffy older brother Edward. Murder on the Golden Arrow, by Magda Alexander… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Return to the Golden Age of British Mystery

Book Review, Guest Post, History

Book Review by Seawriter: A Double Game with Double Agents

In 2010, the FBI rolled up a network of Russian spies living illegally and undercover in the United States. Press coverage focused on one spy captured, the exceedingly attractive Anna Chapman and they portrayed the illegals as a gang of inept klutzes, caught through their own carelessness. Spy Swap: The Humiliation of Russia’s Intelligence Services,… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Double Game with Double Agents

Book Review, Entertainment, Friendship

Book Recommendation: Operation Free Bird

I learned yesterday from a Ricochet friend that his book, Operation Free Bird, has been published on Smashwords.  After a hiccup or two I was able to download it, and have started reading it. Operation Free Bird is the sequel to Virga Joy, by the same author, and a book I recommended here late last… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Operation Free Bird

Book Review, Guest Post, War

Book Review by Seawriter: A Memoir of Endurance and Survival

In January 1945 Major Donald J. Humphrey commanded a B-29 Superfortress. During a 1900-mile mission from India to bomb Singapore, his bomber was shot down over Malaya. Humphrey and four other members of the crew of Postville Express successfully parachuted out of the dying bomber. The rest of the crew failed to escape. 8 Miraculous Months… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: A Memoir of Endurance and Survival

Animals, Book Review, Family, Quote of the Day

“The Gift of My Childhood”

My childhood in Corfu shaped my life. If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood--Gerald Durrell I was a voracious reader as a child. If it came between endboards, I read it. Too young for me (I loved the Peter Rabbit tales for years longer than I should… Continue reading “The Gift of My Childhood”

Book Review, Guest Post, History

Book Review by Seawriter: An Historian’s Search for Truth

In which my friend Seawriter calls his own number. My new book hits the bookstores today: The Vanished Texas Coast. (You can get it at Amazon or Arcadia Publishing if you cannot find it in your local bookstore.) It is a collection of short essays about incidents in Texas maritime history, linked by the theme that they are all… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: An Historian’s Search for Truth

Book Review, Guest Post, History

Book Review by Seawriter: London During its Launch to Greatness

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries London, England was the world’s greatest city. Even today it ranks in the top ten. London and the 17th Century: The Making of the World’s Greatest City, by Margarette Lincoln examines London’s most formative years; between the death of Queen Elizabeth I and the reign of King William III.… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: London During its Launch to Greatness

Book Review, Guest Post, Science Fiction

Book Review by Seawriter: An Arthurian Tale in a Science Fiction Future

In the far future, civilization experiences a catastrophic collapse in the centuries-ago past. Jon of Dun Add is re-forging isolated pockets of human habitation into a unified and civilized whole. His Hall of Champions is a tool in this effort. This fellowship enforces justice across Jon’s realm. Pal is one of Jon’s newest knights, and… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: An Arthurian Tale in a Science Fiction Future