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Whatchamacallit 58: A Perfect Pair

This is one of my prized pornographic novels – “A Perfect Pair” by Sebastian Lamb.

I bought it in Portland, Oregon, at Counter Media, which, sadly, no longer exists. Counter Media was located quite close to Powell’s (still exists) and carried a wonderful variety of progress/queer/strange/new/used books.

The story in this novel is about […]

Whatchamacallit 33: Check Please!

Back in December, I went to New York City for Christmas, meeting a friend there, seeing some shows, a concert, the city, and whatever else one does whilst one is in The City.

Along the way I stopped by the Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center (there’s a mouthful) – which is a liberal, […]

Been readin’

Like always, I am often found with a book in my hand – recently including two actual books (like on paper), and one on my Kindle that is actually a collection of three works by one author.

There is a common theme through the three books that I’m reading.

Starting up with a recommendation by […]

So… Books 111 to 116. And an end to 2015.

I’m ending the year (right now) at 116 books, plus a second book that I’ve not finished because, well… this time because it’s terrible.

Tonight I’m going to start reading what’s either book 117 or book 1: The Eternal Zero (Naoki Hyakuta; translated by Chris Brynne and Paul Rubin). The book was just translated into […]

Books 98 to 110: Holy Cow!

The year is rapidly winding down – and in a year that I do not think of as particularly reading intensive, I’ve already read 110 books – and I have two more in progress, which should all be finished by the end of the year. I’ll even bet that I read a lot more than […]

My 2015 Reading Adventure continues with 18 more: books 80 through 97

80: Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase by Betty Thesky (and others): I had high hopes for this book – I am a devoted fan of the Betty in the Sky podcast – and I thought that surely it would translate into an amusing book. Ultimately this book completely lacked the voice of Betty, […]

Four More: Books 76 to 79 for 2015

76: The Bitter Trade by Piers Alexander – This book is hailed as fantastic first novel – except that I think it is incredibly poorly written. It’s an easy, but boring, read about life in 17th century London. I forced myself to finish it because if I hadn’t force myself to do so, it would […]

Books 67 to 75: Making a dent in my stack of physical books

After my last report, I made a concerted effort to read the physical books in my unread stack. I managed to read six actual books, four of which were new, one old, and one borrow. I have two other physical books in progress, plus 11 more on the shelf. In that sense, it feels like […]

Nine More Books – Books 58 to 66 of 2015

58: Tasi’s Gift: A Tale of Samoa by Tamara Montgomery (Illustrated by Joseph D. Dodd) – This is a children’s book that I picked up while in American Samoa – a very sweet, culturally appropriate children’s book that focuses on the importance of carving. It is beautifully illustrated in ways that reflect Samoan style.

59: […]

The Reading Continues… 2015 Books 48 to 57

48) The Evolution of Ethan Poe – Robin Reardon: This is actually a reread of a book that I bought a couple years ago (and in paper!) – I reread it because I read Educating Simon (2015 book number 42) by the same author and couldn’t remember this book. It was a good book about […]