This week’s coffeehouse coincided with the official opening of Windber’s annual Miner’s Memorial Days, which honors local history and always climaxes on Father’s Day (which is this Sunday). I approached the evening in a very good mood. Having one of my short stories being published (in a hardcover anthology of SF/F for kids) and a […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 13 June 2019"
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"
Charmed Bones by Carolyn Haines (Supernatural Mystery Novel, 2018). The latest Sarah Booth Delaney novel (18th in the series, if I haven’t miscounted) is a fun, cozy mystery that blends a colorful Mississippi Delta setting with often playful supernatural elements, plenty of misdirection, some romance and the expected greedy and/or murderous evil doers who must be […]Read more "REVIEWED: Charmed Bones"
Unqualified by Anna Faris, with Chris Pratt and Rachel Bertsche (Humorous Memoir/Advice Book, 2017). This lighthearted, yet sincere book is a blend of good-natured humor, personal memoir and relationship-focused advice from actress Anna Faris. The title (and the book itself) is a spinoff from one of her current projects, a call-in podcast she co-hosts entitled Anna Faris […]Read more "REVIEWED: Unqualified"
Hell Hath No Curry by Tamar Myers (Cozy Mystery Novel, 2007). I was in the mood for some light reading and had no objection to an older title (but it was new to me and part of a familiar, delightful series I’ve enjoyed before). This one’s another of the pun-and-recipe-filled series of humorous cozy murder mysteries […]Read more "REVIEWED: Hell hath No Curry"
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith. (Romantic Novel, 2016). I’m a big fan of McCall Smith’s charming No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, set in the small African nation of Botswana. This unrelated work, a one-shot published in the UK in 2016 and now available in the US, is almost as endearing–with enjoyable characters and […]Read more "REVIEWED: My Italian Bulldozer"
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen. (Humorous/Satirical Mystery Novel, 2016) Carl Hiaasen is quite possibly the funniest writer in the US today. His fractured fairy tales paint a vivid and often laugh-out-loud portrait of modern life and crime in America as a whole, with a particular focus on his home ground of southern Florida. His latest, […]Read more "REVIEWED: Razor Girl"
Sneaky Pie For President by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown. (Satirical/Fantasy/Humor Novel, 2012). Tired of “politics as usual” and–in particular–this year’s mega-toxic Presidential campaign? What better antidote to all this could you imagine than this gently satirical, humorous and kind of charming bit of fun from 4 years ago? And what better time to post […]Read more "REVIEWED: Sneaky Pie For President"
Yet another offbeat movie at the coffeehouse: Incomparably strange fun, no? I sip more pumpkin spice coffee. Obscure car models are discussed. One strange person (of many here, thank you very much) announces his special affection for stun guns. Blair told us about getting a couple boxes of weird magical odds and ends donated from […]Read more "November 3 at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
Devils & Demons edited by Marvin Kaye. (Horror Anthology, 1987). Putting myself in a Halloween mood, I checked this thick (586 pages) anthology out of my local library. The book contains 52 works–mostly short to medium-length horrific fiction, but with a sprinkling of poems and even one short play script. The contents range from old classics […]Read more "REVIEWED: Devils & Demons"