Something I’ve been meaning to do for awhile, now made more urgent and poignant by the death of Michael D Johnson–a once weekly ebook review, to appear on Fridays. Most of the books reviewed will be freely available from Gutenberg or Manybooks, but I may throw in some others that require purchase. (Assuming I can get the ARCs for free, anyway…)

This week: The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
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This book, described by the author as a “shocker,” was first published in 1915.  It features the very clever and intrepid South African mining engineer, Richard Hannay, and a host of other repeating characters.  Although Hannay has taken up residence in London, he is soon caught up in a web of espionage and peril, in the lead up to the first World War.  An exciting read, full of rather unbelievable escapes and coincidences.  Hannay is modest and forthright, and not afraid to use his fists if necessary.  Full of period details–motor cars, servants, and stately residences on the beaches of England.  The first of five books by Buchan starring Hannay, that see him accept a commission during the war, make General, get knighted, and even marry and start a family.

This book has been made into a film on three occasions, with my favorite being the 1978 version starring Robert Powell as Richard Hannay.  The story is modified for the film and includes the famous “Big Ben” scene, which is not in the book!

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Not really, but I am pretty excited about being interviewed by Long and Short of it Reviews. You can check it out here…

Interview with Suzanne Francis

Started work today on character development for Sons of the Mariner. Have a tentative title picked out for book 1, but I want to think about it a little more before I post anything. The main character (female of course!) is named Dr. Suvi Rain. She has a Phd in archeology. There, now you know just about everything I know about this new book. 🙂

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What I am reading: The Island of Sheep by John Buchan

What I am listening to: Toxicity/ System of a Down

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I am happy to report I have been kicking some serious Word butt this week, and am now all but finished with Beyond the Gyre. I have to write some of the appendices, and the chapter headings, but other than that…

I am there.

It is a funny feeling. This is a story I have lived with for most of the last four years. You can’t begin to imagine the amount of mental energy I have expended on this, and hours and hours of typing and editing and…

So now it is finished, what’ll I do with myself? (Starting back at the gym would be one idea. Playing my hurdy gurdy another. Actually I have plenty of things to do. Even ugh, spring cleaning.)

But all I really want to do is get started on the Sons of the Mariner. I have the title, I have the characters,


I don’t have a story. Only the barest bones of a setting, some random articles left over from Arkafina, and an idea. So I need to go into development mode. The thing is, I have kind of forgotten the way…

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(New feature, in case anyone is interested…)

What I am listening to: B-52’s/ The B-52’s

What I am reading: John Buchan/ The Courts of the Morning

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