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Steve Coates
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Posted: 22 April 2021 at 3:26pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just picked this up from Octavia Book Bindery in Calgary. It was heavily damaged and he did a cover repair, resewing and cleaning it up considerably. I was scared to handle it before, now it looks great, strong and durable. It is The Lucky Bag of 1929, of the United States Naval Academy. If you can guess the significance, you will receive a No-Prize?
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Right now I'm about halfway through this one. It is the second novel in the author's mystery series featuring Scotland Yard detective inspector Frederick Troy.
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Peter Martin
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I'm a few pages into Hear of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. 
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Trevor Smith
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"I'm a few pages into Hear of Darkness by Joseph
Conrad."

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The one and only book that defeated me in high school.
The masochist in me is frequently tempted to pick it up
and try again.
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It is my second attempt!
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I am about one-third of the way through this thriller novel and I am really enjoying it so far. I have read, and greatly enjoyed, Mick Herron's "Slough House" spy thriller series (which is being adapted into a BBC television series as we speak). This is the first of his "stand alone" novels that I have sampled but if the others are this good I will have to track them down in short order.
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I guess, a month is enough time.  It is Robert A. Heinlein's graduation yearbook.



I was also reading his parallel universe novel.
Which was a so very familiar. It was like visiting an old friend. 
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For the past few years I've been working my way through
Writers Workshop Indias hand-printed complete
Mahabharata. This sloka-by-sloka English verse
transcreation by P. Lal (Books 1-12,14-18) and Dr.
Pradip Bhattacharya (Books 12,13) is more than 12,000
pages long and incorporates all editions of the epic
poem, which is a cornerstone of Indian and South Asian
culture and mythology as well as a Hindu holy book. The
final volume will be published late 2021. I'm currently
on Book 8 (second row, center).



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THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING - J. R. R. Tolkien

Its been a few years, so time for another visit to Middle Earth. Amazing to realize this is at least my twentieth such sojourn since 1969, when Leonard Nimoy somewhat obliquely introduced me to Hobbits.

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Brian Miller
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Bilbo Baggins!
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Brian Floyd
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Yesterday my wife got back from spending a week in Seattle, Washington with her daughter and mother. During the time she was there, they went to Portland, Oregon, which has POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS, a city block-long bookstore that's supposed to be the biggest bookstore in the world. 

I don't have a picture handy, but she brought me back a book I've been trying to obtain for well over a year: THE STEAMPUNK USER'S MANUAL, by Jeff VanderMeer and Desirina Boskovich. Its the companion book/sequel to THE STEAMPUNK BIBLE. (Which is a book about Steampunk, NOT about THE Bible.)

The kicker is the copy she got me is autographed by Jeff VanderMeer. :)
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Re-reading about the Canadian music scene of the '60s... Before The Gold Rush (Jennings) centers on the Yorkville Toronto area and a bit on Yonge Street that had various kinds of clubs from folk to go-go. This is where later famous acts like The Band, Neil Young (in a group with the future Rick James), and others began. Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Ian & Sylvia on the folky side... but so many had to leave Canada due to a pronounced lack of support from Toronto council and media.

This led to me re-reading the Ian & Sylvia biography (Einarson) titled Four Strong Winds after one of their most famous original songs. Lost of paths crossed with other artists of interest too. Ian grew up in Victoria. Einarson's biography of Gene Clark (of The Byrds) is similarly excellent.

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