I was again ‘minding the store’ for the first couple hours of last night’s coffeehouse at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel as owner Blair Murphy rushes about, preparing the place for the next few weeks’ activities. A whole crew of ghost-hunter/paranormal researchers and the like are expected to headquarter here this Saturday–and that’s just the first […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, 27 September 2018"
My story “Raven’s Last Trick,” a fable-like tale based on the mythology of the Haida Nation of Canada’s Queen Charlotte Island has been republished in an anthology of 40 very short fantasy stories (each designed for reading in a single sitting). Here’s the paperback book’s amusing cover art: At 2,000 words, my contribution is actually […]Read more "Story Published in New Anthology"
Death Doesn’t Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon does so many book series, in so many genres (often, as here, blending several genres together) that it’s very hard to keep up with it all. This one is the 2nd book in the Deadman’s Cross cycle. I haven’t seen the previous […]Read more "REVIEWED: Death Doesn’t Bargain"
This was a comparatively slow night at the Grand Midway with fewer people coming out than in the recent past, though it still had its moments. Owner Blair Murphy was on the road for much of the evening, arriving after 9 PM. Accordingly, I did the set-up, opening as usual at 6 PM (must remind […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 20 September, 2018"
This is an update on the financial challenges faced by the Windber Public Library. The good news is that, through cost savings, renewed and continuing fundraising, and ongoing grant applications, our library is not in danger of closing in the near future. It will be able to stay open into next summer at least. Thanks […]Read more "Saving Windber’s Public library"
With the Grand Midway’s owner Blair Murphy out of town, your truly opened and ran the weekly coffeehouse at Windber’s fabled haunted hotel. We had a nice turnout from 6 till 9, then things slowed considerably for the last 2 hours. The turnout was mostly, but not entirely of regular attendees. A full-sized coffin, recently […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, September 13, 2018"
MEM by Bethany C. Morrow (Alternate History SF Novel, 2018). In this version of the 1920’s, we’re a couple decades into an odd new technology where doctors can remove selected memories from patients. In the process, these memories are brought to a separate life. These artificially created people, called ‘Mems,’ are exact duplicates of their ‘Sources’ […]Read more "REVIEWED: MEM"
It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal (Crime/Thriller, 2018). Canada’s disastrous 1950s-era policy of adopting out indigenous children to non-Native American (or as they say in Canada, First Nations) families provides the background for author Sheena Kamal’s novels revolving around Nora Watts. I missed the first of these, The Lost Ones, but this is the second and […]Read more "REVIEWED: It All Falls Down"
The owner/operator of the Grand Midway, Blair Murphy, had business that kept him from being on hand for much of this Thursday’s coffeehouse. Accordingly, he asked yours truly to pinch-hit for him. I agreed, of course–I mean, why not? Being paid a bit to attend my favorite place, where I’d be spending the evening regardless! […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: September 6, 2018"
The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin (Historical Novel, 2018). Kyung-Sook Shin is one of South Korea’s most prominent and awarded novelists. She also hit the New York Times bestseller list with Please Look After Mom. Her newest book is a historical novel, evoking the last years of the 19th century. The previously isolationist Kingdom of Korea is slowly opening […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Court Dancer"