Category Archives: Books

Occult Investigators – Carnacki the Ghost Finder

Years ago at a science fiction convention a kindly book dealer introduced me to William Hope Hodgson and Carnacki the Ghost Finder. I had picked up a copy of House on the Borderland for my collection and he suggested I … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Engineering for Cats and Project Management for Me

Last Saturday when I got home from the store there was one of those wonderful envelopes that signifies a book has arrived sitting on the porch. Brand new in every way, this book came out last month. Engineering for Cats. … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Inspector Maigret

I actually was late in discovery Inspector Maigret. After my grandmother died there was no one to keep up my French with. I even wound up taking a refresher course at Georgetown University to keep from losing it all. Then … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Inspector O

I was perusing the mystery section in the library while waiting for a tutoring student when I found Inspector O. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a North Korean policeman as the protagonist of a mystery. The author, James … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Judge Dee

Judge Dee is a semi-fictional character based on the historical figure Di Renjie, a county magistrate and statesman of the Tang court. The character appeared in the 18th-century Chinese detective and gong’an crime novel Di Gong An. After Van Gulik found … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Giordanus the Finder

I love the combination of history and mysteryand Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa series gives plenty of both. As in the Brother Cadfael series many of the characters were living people. The detective, Giordanus the Finder, is p urely fictional … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Household Hazards

The last time the cleaner came I had a problem. I went to check the bathroom after she finished and was almost asphyxiated. Cough! Hack! Wheeze!!  Watering eyes and tight chest. It’s true my cheapskate landlord never installed an exhaust … Continue reading

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