A quiet night so far at the coffeehouse of Windber’s fabled Grand Midway Hotel. Blair had to work till 6 PM (which is when it was to open–so I was drafted to come in early and do the prep work). Our lead movie tonight was the great Tim Burton epic Ed Wood–Johnny Depp, the wondrous Martin […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: October 19 at the Grand Midway Hotel"
War Cry by Wilbur Smith and David Churchill (Historical Novel, 2017). I found this sprawling historical novel readable, yet somewhat disappointing. Smith is a very experienced and respected historical novelist (take note of Stephen King’s front cover proclamation as to his abilities). He’s published several highly successful series, including the Courtney Family books, of which this […]Read more "REVIEWED: War Cry"
It’s Friday the 13th and spooky, pre-Halloween things are hopping in Windber, PA! The coffeehouse at the Grand Midway Hotel is open for the evening. A decent crowd so far tonight. The first DVD movie playing here is….The Crow! Yes, the original, starring Brandon Lee! Meanwhile, a little shop called THE BLACK RAVEN is having […]Read more "Coffeehouse Nights: October 13, 2017 at the Grand Midway"
No Middle Name by Lee Child (Crime/Adventure Story Collection, 2017). Lee Child’s extremely successful and prolific series of books about the tough, ruthless yet honorable (at least on his own particular terms) Jack Reacher are mostly novels. Very successful novels–exciting, uncompromising and damned cool. It’s made him a #1 Bestseller several times over. But Reacher (nobody […]Read more "REVIEWED: No Middle Name"
Trajectory by Richard Russo (Story Collection, 2017). The latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo is a collection of four novella-length works. Three previously saw publication elsewhere, while the fourth is new. They all display Russo’s skills in characterization, as well as deftly presenting their various settings. In “Horseman,” a young college professor confronts plagiarism from […]Read more "REVIEWED: Trajectory"
Another evening of hot coffee (tonight is Dunkin Donuts regular blend), various hot teas, hot cocoa, etc. First DVD movie tonight is Sinister (one I’ve never seen, so have to check it out). Tonight’s internet connection comes courtesy the portable wi-fi thingie brought by the bright yellow rabbit currently seated at the bar (yes, Amber came in […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: 5 October 2017"
Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig (Star Wars Novel, 2017). This entry in Del Rey Books’ series of tie-in books concludes a trilogy of original novels by Wendig. They follow The Return of the Jedi but come well before The Force Awakens in the chronology of the ever-growing franchise canon. It shows the final (suitably violent) collapse […]Read more "REVIEWED: Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End"