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1harrygbutler
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End papers from The Black Stallion Challenged

Hello, I’m Harry, and this is my second year in the 75 Books Challenge. By training I'm a medievalist, by occupation an editor; my taste in reading runs to Golden Age and earlier mysteries, pulp detective and adventure fiction, Late Antique and medieval literature, and westerns, among others. I also have a fondness for collections of cartoons and comic strips. A fairly recent discovery for me is the appeal of late nineteenth and early twentieth century popular fiction. I usually have a few books going at once.

My wife Erika and I live in eastern Pennsylvania with three cats — Elli, Otto, and Pixie — and a dog, Hildy. Our pets occasionally make an appearance in my thread. My other interests include model railroading, gardening, and birding, so you'll sometimes see something related to them as well.

I try to provide some sort of comment on the books I read, but they aren't really reviews.

2harrygbutler
Aug 11, 2017, 10:18am

Books completed in the first quarter of 2017

1. Why Shoot a Butler?, by Georgette Heyer
2. The Exeter Book Riddles, trans. by Kevin Crossley-Holland
3. Bear Island, by Alistair MacLean
4. The Annals of Flodoard of Reims, 919-966, ed. and trans. by Bernard S. Bachrach and Steven Fanning
5. Murder in Maryland, by Leslie Ford
6. Kate Carnegie, by Ian Maclaren
7. Babylonian Literary Texts in the Schøyen Collection, by A. R. George
8. The Destroying Angel, by Norman Klein
9. Sweet Danger, by Margery Allingham
10. Rudder Grange, by Frank R. Stockton
11. Best Cartoons of the Year 1943, ed. by Lawrence Lariar
12. Norse Romance I: The Tristan Legend, ed. by Marianne E. Karlinke
13. The Footsteps at the Lock, by Ronald A. Knox
14. Proverbs of Ancient Sumer, by Bendt Alster
15. Solomon Kane, by Robert E. Howard
16. Hägar the Horrible: The Epic Chronicles: The Dailies 1983 to 1984, by Dik Browne
17. The Case Is Closed, by Patricia Wentworth
18. Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, ed. by Milton J. Davis and Charles R. Saunders
19. Ava's New Testament Narratives: "When the Old Law Passed Away", by Ava
20. The Blackout, by Constance and Gwenyth Little
21. Local Saints and Local Churches in the Early Medieval West, ed. by Alan Thacker and Richard Sharpe
22. Early Medieval Rome and the Christian West: Essays in Honour of Donald A. Bullough, ed. by Julia M.H. Smith
23. Lonesome Road, by Patricia Wentworth
24. Gray Dusk, by Octavus Roy Cohen
25. East of Samarinda, by Carl Jacobi
26. Partners in Crime, by Agatha Christie
27. The Crock of Gold, by James Stephens
28. The Eye in the Museum, by J. J. Connington
29. The Life of Bishop Wilfrid, by Eddius Stephanus
30. League of the Grateful Dead and Other Stories, by Day Keene
31. The Black Stallion Returns, by Walter Farley
32. The History of Leo the Deacon: Byzantine Military Expansion in the Tenth Century, by Leo the Deacon
33. Galusha the Magnificent, by Joseph C. Lincoln
34. The Riddle of the Yellow Zuri, by Harry Stephen Keeler
35. The Amazing Adventures of Letitia Carberry, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
36. The Dain Curse, by Dashiell Hammett
37. The Sherlock of Sageland: The Complete Tales of Sheriff Henry, Volume 1, by W. C. Tuttle
38. The Mysterious Mr. Quin, by Agatha Christie

3harrygbutler
Aug 11, 2017, 10:19am

Books completed in the second quarter of 2017

39. Tam O' the Scoots, by Edgar Wallace
40. The Shepherd of Hermas (in 1173782::Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 2) (anonymous)
41. Einstein Simplified: Cartoons on Science, by Sidney Harris
42. Santorini, by Alistair MacLean
43. Danger Point, by Patricia Wentworth
44. Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle
45. Prince Valiant, Vol. 8: 1951-1952, by Hal Foster
46. The End of Time: A Meditation on the Philosophy of History, by Josef Pieper
47. The Land of Hana: Kings, Chronology, and Scribal Tradition, by Amanda H. Podany
48. The Ghosts’ High Noon, by Carolyn Wells
49. All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot
50. Epics of Sumerian Kings: The Matter of Aratta, trans. by Herman Vanstiphout
51. The Mummy Moves, by Mary Gaunt
52. Son of the Black Stallion, by Walter Farley
53. Juliet Dies Twice, by Lange Lewis
54. The Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie
55. Punch in the Air: A Cartoon History of Flying, ed. by David Langdon
56. The Chronicle of Ireland, trans. by T. M. Charles-Edwards
57. The Ahhiyawa Texts, by Gary Beckman, Trevor Bryce, and Eric Cline
58. Torchy, by Sewell Ford
59. The Chinese Shawl, by Patricia Wentworth
60. Ugaritic Narrative Poetry, trans. by Mark S. Smith, Simon B. Parker, Edward L. Greenstein, Theodore J. Lewis, and David Marcus; ed. by Simon B. Parker
61. The House Opposite, by J. Jefferson Farjeon
62. Gone North, by Charles Alden Seltzer
63. Hittite Myths, by Harry A. Hoffner, Jr.
64. The Lacquer Screen, by Robert van Gulik
65. Epigrammes and The Forest, by Ben Jonson
66. The Island Stallion, by Walter Farley
67. Heart Throbs
68. A Bullet in the Ballet, by Caryl Brahms and S. J. Simon
69. Partisans, by Alistair MacLean
70. The Ruin of Britain and Other Works, by Gildas
71. Death in the Tunnel, by Miles Burton
72. Sources for the Study of Nisibis, trans. by Adam H. Becker
73. The Bellamy Case, by James Hay, Jr.
74. Joseph Redhorn, by J. J. Bell
75. Mesopotamian Chronicles, by Jean-Jacques Glassner
76. The Holy War Made by King Shaddai upon Diabolus, To Regain the Metropolis of the World, by John Bunyan
77. The Black Stallion and Satan, by Walter Farley
78. The Billiard Room Mystery, by Brian Flynn
79. A Tale of Two Saints: The Martyrdoms and Miracles of Saints Theodore "the Recruit" and "the General", trans. by John Haldon
80. Ted Key’s Phyllis, by Ted Key
81. The Fifth Latchkey, by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
82. The Loudwater Mystery, by Edgar Jepson
83. Blind Date with Death, by Cornell Woolrich
84. Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "The Ghost Sheriff of Last Gasp", by Carl Barks
85. Grubstake Gold, by James B. Hendryx
86. Murder in Room 700, by Mary Hastings Bradley
87. Seeds of Murder, by Van Wyck Mason
88. The Spy Paramount, by E. Phillips Oppenheim
89. Wigamur, ed. and trans. by Joseph M. Sullivan
90. The Good Humor Book, ed. by Robert Rango

4harrygbutler
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 10:53am

Books completed in the third quarter of 2017

91. Pax Hethitica: Studies on the Hittites and Their Neighbours in Honour of Itamar Singer, ed. by Yoram Cohen, Amir Gilan, and Jared L. Miller
92. The Corpse on the Bridge, by Charles Barry
93. Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, by Annick Payne
94. Leave It to Psmith, by P. G. Wodehouse
95. Tumblin' Creek Tales, by Richard M. "Pek" Gunn
96. The Merrivale Mystery, by James Corbett
97. The Blood Bay Colt, by Walter Farley
98. Wolfville Folks, by Alfred Henry Lewis
99. The Black Cap, ed. by Cynthia Asquith
100. Deathblow Hill, by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
101. Oh, Money! Money!, by Eleanor H. Porter
102. Nuzi Texts and Their Uses as Historical Evidence, by Maynard Paul Maidman
103. Legacy of Death, by R. A. J. Walling
104. The Satan Bug, by Alistair MacLean
105. No. 17, by J. Jefferson Farjeon
106. The Student Body: Great Cartoons from the Kappan, ed. by Carol Bucheri
107. The Libyan Anarchy: Inscriptions from Egypt's Third Intermediate Period, by Robert K. Ritner
108. The Case of the Black Twenty-Two, by Brian Flynn
109. The Poems of Blathmac, Son of Cú Brettan, Together with the Irish Gospel of Thomas and a Poem on the Virgin Mary, ed. by James Carney
110. Finger-Prints Never Lie!, by John G. Brandon
111. Four Corners, Volume 1, by Theodore Roscoe
112. The Island Stallion's Fury, by Walter Farley
113. The Sign of Evil, by Anthony Wynne
114. "Keep on Laughing": Tennessee Folk Lore, by Richard M. "Pek" Gunn
115. Letters from Early Mesopotamia, by Piotr Michalowski
116. Step-Sons of France, by P. C. Wren
117. The Gododdin of Aneirin: Text and Context from Dark-Age North Britain, ed. by John Thomas Koch
118. Death of a Ghost, by Margery Allingham
119. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
120. Favorite Haunts, by Charles Addams
121. German Romance, Volume I: Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal, by Der Stricker
122. Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults, ed. by Jane Cartwright
123. Murder in the Tomb, by Lucian Austin Osgood
124. Emar: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Syrian Town in the Late Bronze Age, ed. by Mark W. Chavalas
125. The Laugh Round-Up
126. Letters from the Hittite Kingdom, by Harry A. Hoffner, Jr.
127. Cape Cod Stories, by Joseph C. Lincoln

5harrygbutler
Edited: Nov 6, 2017, 10:53am

Books completed in the fourth quarter of 2017

128. Miss Silver Intervenes, by Patricia Wentworth
129. Old Irish Wisdom Attributed to Aldrith of Northumbria: An Edition of Bríathra Flainn Fhína maic Ossu, ed. and trans. by Colin A. Ireland
130. The Curse of Doone, by Sydney Horler
131. Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse
132. Vampire's Honeymoon, by Cornell Woolrich
133. The Wrong Letter, by Walter S. Masterman

6FAMeulstee
Aug 11, 2017, 11:13am

Happy new thread, Harry!

7PaulCranswick
Aug 11, 2017, 11:26am

You keep on keeping on Harry.

Stellar posting and stellar reading this year.

8fuzzi
Aug 11, 2017, 12:34pm

Love the picture on the OP, harrygbutler! Who's the artist?

9harrygbutler
Aug 11, 2017, 1:23pm

>6 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita!

>7 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. A far cry from your posting, but more active than I'd expected.

>8 fuzzi: It seemed appropriate, given the shared reading going on. The illustrator is Angie Draper, who also did (at least) The Black Stallion and the Girl.

10msf59
Aug 11, 2017, 2:54pm

Happy Friday, Harry. Happy New Thread! I like The Black Stallion topper!

11lyzard
Aug 11, 2017, 5:22pm

Happy New Thread, Harry!

Funny how the memory works: as you know I blanked on whether you'd read The House Of Terror or not; but as soon as I started it and read the name "Cuthbery Merrivale", our little chat came flooding back... :D

(And by the way, what was it with The Mystery League and the name "Merrivale"??)

12harrygbutler
Aug 11, 2017, 5:57pm

>10 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I've been enjoying reading the series in order.

13harrygbutler
Aug 11, 2017, 6:01pm

>11 lyzard: Thank you, Liz! I wonder whether Carr named Sir Henry Merrivale in response -- perhaps a desire to finally have some good mysteries associated with the name. :-)

14harrygbutler
Aug 11, 2017, 6:07pm

110. Finger-Prints Never Lie!, by John G. Brandon



The murder of prominent Lord Arthur Warnecke reveals the hidden weakness of the Amalgamated British Shipping Trust and other firms associated with the peer, causing a financial panic and costing many their savings. Further, the rifling of Lord Warnecke’s safe at the time of the murder means the disappearance of about a million pounds worth of funds and negotiable securities he had looted from the failing companies. Moreover, the German Baron Von Helst arrives to lay claim to the shipping trust, which his family had established before the Great War but lost because of that conflict. Could he be implicated? And what secrets has Janet Rosedale, Lord Warnecke’s private secretary?

Finger-Prints Never Lie! is a bit of an odd duck. It plays out rather more as a thriller than as a mystery, as who is responsible for the murder and robbery isn’t really in doubt for long, especially as one suspect is pretty much dismissed on one of Detective-Inspector McCarthy’s hunches. Interest is added by the activities of a couple “good bad guys,” “The Wallflower” and his partner Osaki du Channe. I liked it well enough, despite the flaws. Also of interest is the cooperation with British police provided by the police in Berlin, in a book published in 1939. Mildly recommended.

First sentence: “The night ’plane of the Berlin-Paris air-mail wheeled and glided slowly down upon the aviation ground of Le Bourget.”

15lyzard
Aug 11, 2017, 6:13pm

I get the feeling that series often does consist of thrillers rather than mysteries; the first book certainly is so.

16drneutron
Aug 11, 2017, 8:59pm

Happy new thread!

17karenmarie
Aug 11, 2017, 9:23pm

Hi Harry and happy new thread!

18fuzzi
Edited: Aug 11, 2017, 10:42pm

>9 harrygbutler: thanks for the info about the illustrator. Apparently Angie Draper did at least three of the Black Stallion books, and Man O' War. The only info I found on the web was she was from Holland, Michigan, and that she introduced herself to Walter Farley at one point, and was hired.

I like her work, a lot. The cover of The Black Stallion Challenged looks like she used watercolors. Wow.

Oh, and I finished reading The Satan Bug this evening, comments are on your previous thread.

19harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2017, 8:04am

>15 lyzard: Unfortunately the details of the others I've read are just vague enough in my memory that I can't be completely sure, but A Scream in Soho certainly has thriller aspects.

20harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2017, 8:04am

>16 drneutron: Thanks, Jiim!

21harrygbutler
Aug 12, 2017, 8:05am

>17 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen! Look for a report later today on my bookstore outing.

22lyzard
Aug 13, 2017, 5:28pm

>30

I haven't read much Sabatini, though I made a point of reading Captain Blood a couple of years ago when I was dealing with the forced abdication of James II at my book blog. I re-watched the movie then too for an interesting compare / contrast. I like his history but his habit of separating his couples for the entire story (presumably to avoid too much "mushy stuff") is a bit exasperating.

23fuzzi
Aug 13, 2017, 5:34pm

>35 we're doing a year-long "relaxed" group read of the Black Stallion books. Feel free to join us here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/255769

>34 funny how that works. Me too.

24harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2017, 10:08pm

>34 Hi, Julia! I'm glad the thread topper was so evocative. It didn't really have that effect for me, perhaps because I didn't read the books with that illustrator — although I think I read one or two from the base library, mostly I just read and reread the several that had belonged to my dad.

25harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2017, 10:19pm

>35 Hi, Kim! Thanks for stopping by! As fuzzi mentioned in >37, there's a thread for a relaxed group read of the Black Stallion books — drop in when you want, read whichever ones you want — so if you feel like revisiting them, do drop in there as well.

26harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2017, 10:37pm

>36 Hi, Liz! I've read Captain Blood but not the sequels yet. I've not read enough of the novels to notice the pattern you mention, but on the other hand it strikes me as fairly common in adventure fiction to have lengthy separation, from the time of the courtly romances on. For me, it seems aimed at increasing the tension.

27harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2017, 10:38pm

>37 Thanks for stopping by and spreading the word about the Black Stallion series thread! I'm glad you liked the topper as well.

28harrygbutler
Aug 13, 2017, 11:28pm

111. Four Corners, Volume 1, by Theodore Roscoe



This is the first of a planned two volumes collecting Theodore Roscoe’s stories set in the upstate New York town of Four Corners, published originally in Argosy magazine in the 1930s. The five stories are mostly focused on crime, with a pleasing variety of plots and perspectives; details are given below. Highly recommended.

“He Took Richmond”

The first story, subtitled “A Novelette for Decoration Day,” is an excellent introduction to the small town, one whose inhabitants all head over to the next town for the Armistice Day celebrations. Gangsters come to town on this particular Armistice Day, however, and only old Anecdote Jones, who bores both locals and visitors alike with his repeated tale of holding a hill against Rebels during the Civil War, a tale that always fades out at the end, stands between the gangsters and their escape with a kidnapped child and a hostage. The story provides an ending to Jones’s tale, and a final twist in the narrative doesn’t render it ineffective.

First sentence: “Four Corners may not be as big as New York, but it has as much civic pride.”

“Frivolous Sal”

Crime, potential crime, and death all have their place in this cautionary tale, as fears by local hypocrites about the possible tell-all aspects of the diary kept by a dying woman, an outcast who had ended up keeping a roadhouse near town, lead to a whispered campaign that ends up threatening mob violence.

First sentence: “Frivolous Sal was dying.”

“Barber, Barber, Shave a Pig”

A downtrodden barber exonerates an innocent man, framed for the crimes, and reveals the culprit behind a bank robbery and murder.

First sentence: “‘Next—’ Willie Updyke shook brown needles of hair off the white apron, and confronted the line-up sitting along the side wall with somewhat the anxiety of a bull-fighter not too sure of his talent.”

“I Was the Kid with the Drum”

Perhaps the standout story in this collection, “I Was the Kid with the Drum” is the tale of how a murderer was caught, and of the unusual means by which the murderer aimed to conceal and get rid of the body, told from the perspective of a young boy.

First sentence: “The drum was beating by itself….”

“Daisies Won’t Tell”

A gangster on the run murders an old lady with whom he takes refuge, steals her jewels, and hides them nearby, where they await his return after thirty years in prison for the killing.

First sentence: “People who saw him that afternoon thought he was an old, old man."

29karenmarie
Aug 14, 2017, 7:49am

Good morning, Harry, and happy Monday to you!

I read Scaramouche, probably in my 20s, don't remember a single thing about it except the first line, and, interestingly, Sabatini died in Switzerland February 13, 1950. He was buried in Adelboden, Switzerland. On his headstone his wife had written, "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad", the first line of Scaramouche.

30harrygbutler
Aug 14, 2017, 9:20am

>43 Hi, Karen! I think I have two copies of Scaramouche kicking around now. I believe I haven't yet read it, but I've seen the movie, which is terrific, multiple times. I do recognize that first line (maybe from the movie?). I didn't know about Sabatini's headstone; an interesting tidbit -- thanks for sharing!

31harrygbutler
Aug 15, 2017, 9:38am

112. The Island Stallion's Fury, by Walter Farley



Steve and Pitch are back again on Azul Island, with Steve enjoying spending time with Flame and Pitch busy with his research into the Spanish presence on the island. They also take on the task of hand-raising a foal abandoned by his dam. Yet over this idyll hangs the shadow of Pitch’s stepbrother, Tom — and when Tom follows them back to the island, he threatens to destroy it all. Recommended.

First sentence: “Azul Island broke the turquoise blue waters with a startling suddenness.”

32karenmarie
Aug 18, 2017, 7:26am

Good morning, Harry, and happy Friday to you!

33harrygbutler
Aug 18, 2017, 8:10am

>46 Thanks, Karen! It's a rainy day. I just beat the rain in refilling the tube feeders, and the birds (mostly house sparrows at the moment) are chowing down.

34karenmarie
Aug 19, 2017, 9:15am

Hi Harry! We had lots of rain last night. This morning is feeder filling for me, they're all empty.

I hope you have a great weekend.

35harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2017, 10:55am

>48 Thanks, Karen! It has been a quiet one, but I've gotten a fair amount of reading done.

36harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2017, 10:55am

113. The Sign of Evil, by Anthony Wynne



Shortly after Sir William Armand compels his daughter Estelle to break her engagement with the man she loves, Jack Derwick, the old lawyer is brutally murdered, his body concealed in a recent grave. Derwick had both motive and opportunity, and Inspector Biles of Scotland Yard directs an investigation that ultimately leads to Derwick’s arrest and trial. Dr. Eustace Hailey, who works with the police, has another idea, however, and instead pursues inquiries aimed at identifying the mysterious Sawyer, whom Armand had met with at the village inn right before his murder, and who indeed accompanied Armand into the fatal woods, but whose movements were sufficiently witnessed that it seemed impossible he could have had time to conceal the body. Hailey relentlessly uncovers the scheming of this party, but will this investigation disclose the true culprit?

Anthony Wynne’s The Sign of Evil was an effective mystery. Though I had a certain amount of suspicion of the guilty party from the first, I was caught up in the twists and turns of the competing investigations of Biles and Hailey, which to some extent distracted me from that first suspicion. Recommended.

First sentence: “‘But it’s absurd,’ Jack Derwick declared. ‘We have been engaged for two months. Our happiness is complete. What right has your father to shatter it in this fashion?’”

37karenmarie
Aug 20, 2017, 11:27am

Hi Harry!

The Sign of Evil sounds good. Nice review.

I hope you're having a good Sunday.

38lyzard
Aug 20, 2017, 6:55pm

>50

Hmm. I don't think I can say anything without spoiler tags:

I have that on my list of early serial killer novels, though it is one only by late revelation. It's very odd that I can't think of another example of this 'part of a series being mistaken for a one-off murder' situation, because when you think about it, until recently, with proper law enforcement communication, that must have happened a lot; much more than "Looks like we have a serial killer!"

Do you know any other early mysteries that deal with this sort of situation?

39harrygbutler
Aug 20, 2017, 7:32pm

>51 Thanks, Karen! I've enjoyed the day and finished another book.

40harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 20, 2017, 7:41pm

>52 Hi, Liz! I can't recall encountering that sort of situation in others to date. I think in general reporting each murder increases the tension and urgency of the story, so to bring the serial aspect in as in The Sign of Evil requires constructing something else — the elaborate red herring — to take the place of the drama that the multiple killings would provide. Seemingly unrelated killings are of course common, especially in thrillers, but they aren't concealed from the reader, even if the police are slow to connect them, and they generally aren't of the serial killing kind.

41lyzard
Aug 20, 2017, 8:25pm

And really, I think you need to re-read the book to get the full value out of it because the reveal comes so late. (Like you, though, I had my eye on the guilty party...)

42harrygbutler
Aug 21, 2017, 6:51am

>55 That sounds reasonable, though I doubt I'll reread it soon.

43msf59
Aug 21, 2017, 7:01am

Morning, Harry! I was away for a long camping weekend, so no time for thread visiting. I hope you enjoyed your weekend and got plenty of reading in.

Sadly, very little bird sighting reports.

44harrygbutler
Aug 21, 2017, 7:20am

Hi, Mark! Thanks for stopping by. It was a good but quiet weekend, with a fair amount of reading. Too bad about the scarcity of birds. Here we're getting the start of the fall movements, with lots of starlings in evidence.

45harrygbutler
Edited: Sep 9, 2017, 11:25am

114. "Keep on Laughing": Tennessee Folk Lore, by Richard M. "Pek" Gunn



The second book by Tennessee poet laureate Pek Gunn is another pleasant little collection of poems, but this time with more prose anecdotes. Highlights were again the humorous bits of nostalgia. Mildly recommended, and likely to be of greater interest to Tennesseeans.

46karenmarie
Aug 22, 2017, 8:01am

Hi Harry and happy Tuesday to you!

For some reason >59 makes me think of Will Rogers.

47harrygbutler
Aug 22, 2017, 8:31am

>60 Hi, Karen! There certainly is a homespun humor to Mr. Gunn's books, so I could see that.

48harrygbutler
Aug 22, 2017, 8:43am

115. Letters from Early Mesopotamia, by Piotr Michalowski



This volume of Writings from the Ancient World brings together representative examples of letters from Mesopotamia, from their first appearance (ca. 2350 B.C., or several hundred years after Sumerian writing began) through the Early Old Babylonian period around the start of the second millennium B.C. Nearly all of the letters are short, functional messages — instructions for an official or occasionally, say, a merchant — but a few are more verbose, such as a letter (in the Eblaite language) from ’Enna-Dagan, a ruler of Mari, to the king of the realm of Ebla. Many of the letters are in Sumerian, and most of the rest in Akkadian, though eventually there is a shift away from Sumerian. The similarities among these short epistles made it a bit of a slog to read through, despite their brevity. Mildly recommended, but I suggest dipping in from time to time rather than reading the entire collection at once.

49harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2017, 10:09am

116. Step-Sons of France, by P. C. Wren



Step-Sons of France is a fine collection of stories of the Foreign Legion, or more particularly of legionnaires, by P. C. Wren, author of Beau Geste. Characters are shared among the stories, though each tale tends to focus on one particular person. The collection starts off strong, with “Ten Little Legionaries,” in which a group of bad legionnaires attempt to escape from their post across the desert to the sea. “The Dead Hand” is a bit of a shaggy-dog story told to humble a self-important young officer. “The Gift” highlights generosity in little things, and “The Deserter” elicits sympathy on the side of the title character. “The Quest” offers a tinge of romance, and “Sermons in Stones” gives a taste of the supernatural. There are a number of other stories, some comic, some tragic. Recommended.
Soldats de la Légion,
De la Légion Etrangère,
N’ayant pas de nation,
La France est votre Mère.

—War-Song of the Legion

50fuzzi
Aug 23, 2017, 12:44pm

>63 hmm. I've never read Beau Geste, though I saw one of the movies years ago.

51rosalita
Aug 23, 2017, 1:13pm

Beau Geste was one of the first audiobooks I ever listened to, back in the '90s, and I remember being absolutely enthralled with the story. The dog got much longer walks while I was listening to that one (on cassette on my Walkman, naturally).

52harrygbutler
Aug 23, 2017, 7:57pm

>64 I liked it so well I've been on on the lookout for other books by Wren ever since. I have the sequel, Beau Sabreur, but still haven't read it yet.

>65 Hi, Julia! It really is a well-done book, so I can see that happening.

53msf59
Aug 24, 2017, 6:42am

Morning, Harry. Sweet Thursday. I have been subtly noticing more bird activity, signs of early migration. I could use it. It has been a slow summer for the birds.

54harrygbutler
Aug 24, 2017, 11:36am

Hi, Mark! Yes, it's almost time for "confusing fall warblers." :-)

55harrygbutler
Edited: Aug 25, 2017, 11:02am

117. The Gododdin of Aneirin: Text and Context from Dark-Age North Britain, ed. by John Thomas Koch



The Welsh Y Gododdin is a collection of elegies on the warriors of the northern British kingdom of Gododdin who fell during a battle at Catraeth, which may be Catterick, North Yorkshire. The work is attributed to the poet Aneirin and survives in a single Middle Welsh manuscript. The Gododdin of Aneirin: Text and Context from Dark-Age North Britain is a contentious book, in which the editor and translator, John Thomas Koch, attempts to reconstruct an Ur-text in Brittonic that might have been composed shortly after the battle, in the late-sixth century, before the destruction of the kingdom (ca. AD 638) and before being handed down and altered over the centuries in Wales. Much of the volume is given over to an extensive introduction that argues for the antiquity of the core of the work and attempts to identify the later accretions and their causes. I’m no expert on the subject, but it made for engaging reading, save in the more technical areas. The reconstructed Brittonic text follows, with copious notes and a serviceable translation. Recommended, but a reader new to the subject should likely first read a standard edition and translation of the work.

First line of the introduction: “Today, anyone who has acquired an overview of Welsh literature will know the collection of heroic death-songs called the Gododdin as a recognized classic.”

First lines of the reconstructed early text:
Leech lou-tüt, tüt lou-breg
Uoto̧din streg — streg ancat.

The rock of Lleu’s tribe,
the folk of Lleu’s mountain stronghold,
at Gododdin’s frontier; the frontier was held.

56fuzzi
Aug 24, 2017, 12:32pm

>68 ::chuckling::

57harrygbutler
Aug 25, 2017, 11:05am

>70 We tend to visit the hawk watch down at Cape May, N.J., if we go birding in the fall, so we don't have to worry so much about identifying those pesky little brown birds. :-)

58msf59
Aug 26, 2017, 7:06am

Yes, it's almost time for "confusing fall warblers." Amen to that. LOL.

Happy Saturday, Harry! Finally wrapping up my long work week. Now I have Monday off, which is my favorite day to be off. Grins...

Have a great weekend.

59karenmarie
Aug 26, 2017, 10:04am

Hi Harry and happy Saturday to you!

My daughter got me a Gosky scope for a late birthday present - I'm thrilled. It's got a cute little tripod that when set on the dresser in the sunroom can focus perfectly on the front porch bird feeder. I also have a full-sized tripod that (once I get the rubber leg tips replaced) will be perfect for longer-distance spotting.

60fuzzi
Aug 26, 2017, 7:30pm

>71 I belong to a local birding club, though I never make the meetings. I did go on a field trip with several of the members, in which I learned that "LBJs" is an abbreviation for "Little Brown Jobs", that is, unidentifiable sparrows, lol.

61karenmarie
Aug 27, 2017, 9:48am

>74 LBJs - I like it!

62harrygbutler
Aug 27, 2017, 11:26am

>72 Thanks, Mark! I hope you enjoy your weekend.

>73 Hi, Karen! I posted on your thread, too. A very thoughtful gift from your daughter, and one I'm sure will find plenty of use.

>74 I hadn't heard that term before. Around here you hear a lot about "peeps" — the masses of little shorebirds that haven't much to distinguish them as they run back and forth on the tidal sands.

63harrygbutler
Aug 27, 2017, 11:30am

We weren't able to make it to our local Grange fair this year, but fortunately there's a backup that we could visit this weekend: the Hunterdon County 4H Fair, across the river in New Jersey. It isn't as good as our local fair, but it's OK, with some barns of livestock to visit, among other things. Highlights are the oh, so cute pygmy goats. I think that if we had more land we'd eventually end up with a couple wethers.

64fuzzi
Edited: Aug 27, 2017, 4:16pm

>77 I've wanted goats and bantam chickens (again) for some time, but since we like to do "long weekend" trips, additional critters would make it difficult to have someone "sit" for us. My brother and/or son can handle the cats, dog, and aquarium, but livestock is a little much to ask of them, I think.

>75 :D

>76 sandpipers can be very confusing!

65harrygbutler
Aug 28, 2017, 9:27am

>78 If we got chickens, they'd more likely be some of the show varieties, such as the Polish; on the other hand, I'd prefer ducks. But it's highly unlikely we'll move where we can keep anything.

I don't worry too much about identifying sandpipers, unless I run into strays at an inland catchment basin or similar location.

66harrygbutler
Aug 28, 2017, 9:31am

118. Death of a Ghost, by Margery Allingham



Death of a Ghost was a reread for me. It was the first of the Albert Campion series I read, and a fairly good one. A murder takes place in a darkened room during a reception — clearly a killing of opportunity, as the sudden blackout was accidental. The most likely suspect is the victim’s jilted lover, but Campion believes her protestations of innocence and undertakes to clear her and find the guilty party. As certainty mounts, the book transitions from a whodunit to a battle of wits between Campion and the murderer, more akin to some of the earlier entries in the series, as Campion is repeatedly foiled and it appears that the murderer not only will escape justice, but also may bring about Campion’s demise. Recommended.

First sentence: “There are, fortunately, very few people who can say that they have actually attended a murder.”

67harrygbutler
Aug 28, 2017, 1:58pm

This seems promising for fans of sword & sorcery, and especially those who, like me, like short stories and novellas in the genre: another new magazine is in the works, with plans to use a Kickstarter for initial subscriptions.



http://goodman-games.com/blog/2017/08/25/announcing-tales-from-the-magicians-sku...

68karenmarie
Edited: Aug 29, 2017, 5:10am

Good morning, Harry, and happy Tuesday to you.

I had to buy rubber leg tips for my old full-sized tripod, but I actually managed to order the right thing and the scope is set up on the full-sized tripod right now. Yesterday got away from me, but I just may take it outside on the front deck and see what I can see once it gets light. Insomnia has reared its ugly head.

69harrygbutler
Aug 29, 2017, 6:33am

Good morning, Karen! I'll look forward to hearing your report on the scope.

Sorry to hear about the insomnia. I hope you'll be able to get some rest later to compensate.

70msf59
Aug 29, 2017, 6:43am

Morning, Harry. Hooray for pygmy goats! They are adorable. I had a nice bird hike yesterday. I am still enough of a novice, not to recognize a few different birds but I did spot at least 2 warblers. First of the fall season. Goldfinch and robins were everywhere. I plan on going on a organized bird walk on Sunday. First one in awhile.

71karenmarie
Aug 30, 2017, 7:56am

Good morning, Harry! Pygmy goats are absolutely adorable. I admit that when I need a bit of cheering up I watch YouTube videos of them. Baby sloths, too.

The misty overcast weather was present all day yesterday, plus I wasn't feeling 100% either. I think daughter wore me out! No scoping except a bit from the Sunroom out to the feeder.

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

72harrygbutler
Aug 31, 2017, 1:04pm

>84 Hi, Mark! A bit busy here. Congrats on the warblers, and I hope you enjoy the organized bird walk. It's time to scan for such around here, too.

>85 Hi, Karen! Thanks for stopping by yesterday. I'll have to scan for some pygmy goat videos sometime; I might be too impatient for sloths. :-)

73lyzard
Edited: Aug 31, 2017, 5:25pm

Hi, Harry!

FYI, Miss Silver is on her way, and I should be able to fit The Curse Of Doone in this month; so let's go nuts! :D

74harrygbutler
Aug 31, 2017, 5:26pm

>87 Hi, Liz! Woohoo! I guess I better dig out the next Miss Silver. I know just where The Curse of Doone is, so I'm ready for that one! :-)

75msf59
Sep 1, 2017, 7:03am

Morning, Harry! Happy Friday! I think I saw my first fall warbler on the route yesterday. It was light blue in color and I only saw it for a few seconds. They are elusive little guys. I am planning on going on an organized bird walk this Sunday. I have missed these group efforts. It's like not attending school.

76karenmarie
Sep 1, 2017, 7:13am

Good morning, Harry, and happy Friday to you!

The joyous thing about baby sloths is their cute little squeaks.

77rosalita
Sep 1, 2017, 8:15am

>88 I was telling Liz over on my thread that when I went to the library website to check out the next Miss Silver, I was astonished to find myself third in line! I should have checked sooner, I guess, but I've never had any competition for these before. I hope I'll still get it while you and Liz are reading and discussing, but it seems somewhat unlikely (the loan period is three weeks).

78harrygbutler
Sep 2, 2017, 9:08am

>89 Hi, Mark! Good on the warbler. There are still a couple weeks to go before fall bird walks start around here. This weekend is a German festival at some point, and possibly a trip to our county seat for a Polish festival as well.

>90 Hi, Karen! I do sometimes wander through the posts from ZooBorns, for all the little animals, but I don't watch a lot of the videos. I'll have to check out a baby sloth video sometime.

79harrygbutler
Sep 2, 2017, 9:09am

>91 Oh, bad luck there, Julia! On the up side, it is a sign of popularity that may keep the books on the shelves a little longer before they are "deaccessioned."

80harrygbutler
Sep 5, 2017, 8:22am

Traveling for work means I'll be away from LT this week, I think. I should get a fair amount of reading done, though.

81msf59
Sep 5, 2017, 8:33am

Morning, Harry! Hope you had a fine holiday weekend. Our feeders have been hopping lately. How about yours?

82harrygbutler
Sep 5, 2017, 8:43am

>95 Hi, Mark! A quiet weekend, but I got in a fair amount of reading. Our feeders have been busy, too, but nothing particularly unusual yet.

83karenmarie
Sep 6, 2017, 8:20am

Hi Harry and happy Wednesday to you.

Hotel rooms in the evenings are lovely for getting some good reading in. Enjoy the reading time!

84harrygbutler
Sep 11, 2017, 6:40am

I'm back. :-)

>97 Thanks, Karen! I started and finished a couple books and made some headway on others. Unfortunately the timing didn't work out to visit the used book stores in the area, but maybe next trip.

85harrygbutler
Sep 11, 2017, 6:43am

I've learned that at least some of the reissues of the science fiction anthology series There Will Be War (edited in part by Jerry Pournelle) apparently will be available as free Kindle downloads from Amazon this week in honor of Mr. Pournelle. It looks like Volume I (with the original "Ender's Game") is free today, and Volume II is as well.

Though I'm not much of a reader of science fiction these days, I'll probably go ahead and get these.

86fuzzi
Sep 11, 2017, 12:48pm

>99 Ender's Game is excellent, highly recommended by me. :)

87harrygbutler
Sep 11, 2017, 2:17pm

>100 Good to know. Thanks! I did download both anthologies.

88harrygbutler
Sep 11, 2017, 2:18pm

89lyzard
Sep 11, 2017, 5:08pm

>102

That's hilarious!

Personally I could have lived with "Quoth the tortoise---"

90rosalita
Sep 11, 2017, 5:30pm

>102 I love that! I've not seen it before. Lucky for E.B. White that Poe settled on a raven instead of that cute little piggy. :-)

91karenmarie
Sep 11, 2017, 6:11pm

Hi Harry and welcome back!

>102 It took me a bit to get it, but I laughed out loud when I did. Thanks for sharing.

92fuzzi
Sep 11, 2017, 6:18pm

>102 love it.

Every see the "old" Mad Magazine's rendition of The Raven? It's a hoot, no pun intended...

Aha! I found it, online, here: (you'll have to scroll just a little bit, then click on each page to view it full size)

http://www.vikrammadan.com/blog/author-visit-to-redmond-middle-school

93harrygbutler
Edited: Sep 12, 2017, 7:32am

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94bohemima
Sep 12, 2017, 10:25am

>102 Good one, Harry!

I used to be an avid birder, but now I've cut back. However, any day that I see a new species is still a red-letter day for me.

95harrygbutler
Sep 12, 2017, 4:18pm

>103 Indeed. There's another Poe cartoon in the same volume; it's good too, but was less effective seen fairly closely after this one.

>104 This is my favorite Addams pig cartoon, Julia:


96harrygbutler
Sep 12, 2017, 4:24pm

>105 Thanks, Karen!

Addams is probably the one cartoonist for whom it is true that when I don't find a particular cartoon funny, I think it is probably that I missed something. Decades and decades of often macabre humor, and very few duds.

>106 That was pretty amusing — thanks for sharing!

>108 Thank you! We're nowhere near as active as birders as we were about 10 years ago, but I think we're getting close to a happy medium with the pace of walks and outings this year.

97harrygbutler
Sep 13, 2017, 7:05am

119. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs



I’ve reread A Princess of Mars for the first time in quite a few years, and once again I was swept along by the action, the adventure, the romance, and the descriptions of the lands and peoples of the planet. Burroughs is an effective tale-teller, and it is easy to see why he has proved so influential. I’m planning to reread the whole series, and I’m already looking forward to the next one. Highly recommended.

98karenmarie
Sep 13, 2017, 7:36am

Good morning, Harry!

I love ERB. His stories immediately pull you in and keep you in. I've read all the Tarzan series, 7 of 8 of the Pellucidar series, but only A Princess of Mars, the first of the Barsoom series.

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

99harrygbutler
Sep 14, 2017, 6:59am

>112 Hi, Karen! I have a few of the Tarzan series, including the first two, but haven't read them. Most of my experience with ERB is with the Barsoom and Amtor (Venus) books, though I've read some of the others and have more waiting.

100harrygbutler
Sep 14, 2017, 7:00am

120. Favorite Haunts, by Charles Addams



Charles Addams was easily the best of the mid-twentieth century magazine cartoonists. His work, chiefly for the New Yorker is consistently amusing and clever, and though the cartoons aren’t all winners, there are remarkably few that don’t work. I’m a big fan of his macabre humor and have many of the books that collected his cartoons. I’ve revisited Favorite Haunts multiple times and will certainly do so again. Highly recommended!

101msf59
Sep 14, 2017, 7:40am

Morning, Harry! Sweet Thursday. I have the next four days off, which a birding adventure, which starts tomorrow afternoon, so all is well here.

Do you also have a birdbath? Ours is getting a lot of use lately, I have to freshen it up, every other day.

102harrygbutler
Sep 14, 2017, 8:27am

>115 Hi, Mark! Hurrah for the birding adventure! If I don't have to work on Saturday, and if the weather cooperates, we may try to head down to the Cape May Hawk Watch, or to the one that is north of us.

We have a functional but not particularly beautiful bird bath at the moment. I put it together with some spare bricks and a large ceramic tray that we had gotten to use as a saucer for a big planter, I think. I'll try to get a photo later and share it. We have styles that we'd like to get, but we haven't found them in the garden centers around here, so we're waiting until we make a trip out to Ohio that could let us visit Roseville and get one from the maker.

103karenmarie
Sep 14, 2017, 8:40am

Good morning, Harry!

I have seen some Charles Addams' cartoons but never an entire book of them. That cartoon in >114 is a riot!

104harrygbutler
Sep 14, 2017, 8:48am

>117 Hi, Karen! So often there's a little detail in his cartoons that really repays looking closely. There's one (possibly used on a book cover) that for years I thought just a little scene of a bus with someone ringing the bell for a stop at a cemetery, and the bus driver surprised by that. But one day I realized that, aside from the driver, there was no one on the bus.

105harrygbutler
Edited: Sep 15, 2017, 7:52am

>115 Hi, Mark. I got a chance to take a photo of our cobbled-together bird bath yesterday:



It will do until we get the sort we really want.

106karenmarie
Sep 15, 2017, 8:50am

Hi Harry! Happy Friday to you.

>119 It may be cobbled together, but I bet the birds don't mind.

107fuzzi
Sep 15, 2017, 5:02pm

>119 if the birds use it, it's good enough!

108PaulCranswick
Sep 17, 2017, 7:38am

Another ERB fan.

Another Harry fan.

Have a great Sunday.

109msf59
Sep 17, 2017, 8:07am

>119 Hey, it looks perfectly functional. Good job.

Happy Sunday, Harry. Had a great time at Horicon Marsh, in WI. I did not realize, that migration has all ready been underway for 6 weeks, so many birds have all ready passed through. This novice birder has still a lot to learn. Still, there was plenty to enjoy and the area is stunningly beautiful, so the trip was well worth it.

Did you make it to the Hawk Watch?

110harrygbutler
Sep 17, 2017, 11:51am

>120 Thanks! I haven't decided just what I'll do come winter, as it is rather far from the house. I may just move the tray to a closer location and get one of the electric de-icers.

>121 I haven't seen them because of where it is located, but I find evidence that they've been there when I clean it or add water.

>122 Thanks for stopping by, Paul!

>123 Hi, Mark! I'm glad you enjoyed your marsh birding trip! We didn't make it to the Hawk Watch this weekend, but it is usually moderately active for another six weeks or so, so we have time. It does take some adjusting to realize that birds start migrating during the height of summer — I didn't realize it myself before we started birding.

111harrygbutler
Sep 17, 2017, 11:54am

Yesterday we managed to visit a couple library book sales. Erika found a couple books, and I got 11 for myself total (including a few hardcovers to replace paperbacks). My haul is listed below, all adventure/crime/espionage/mystery this time.

First library sale:

Second library sale:

112fuzzi
Sep 17, 2017, 6:56pm

>125 nice haul, especially the MacLeans!

You want to do a MacLean this month, or wait until October? I think I have both Circus and The Golden Gate.

And if you want to rehome your paperback Breakheart Pass, I'd love a copy. :)

113harrygbutler
Sep 18, 2017, 7:19am

>126 Thanks! It would probably be easier for me to wait until next month. I've had to put in a fair amount of extra hours for work, and it has cut into my reading time — and some ILL books have demanded priority, too. I'd be up for either book next month: which would you prefer?

I'll set Breakheart Pass aside for you.

114karenmarie
Sep 18, 2017, 9:09am

Good morning, Harry!

Wonderful haul.

Have you ever read any of Erle Stanley Gardner's Donald Lam and Bertha Cool series? He wrote them under the pen name A.A. Fair. I remember loving them as a teenager.

115fuzzi
Edited: Sep 18, 2017, 8:12pm

>127 let's do Circus, I know that's a ROOT book for me, and I'm trying to meet my 2017 goal of ROOTs read.

Thanks for Breakheart Pass!

116lyzard
Sep 18, 2017, 4:28pm

>125

Nice! I may be after you at some point about the Valentine Williams. :)

I don't know if you've started Miss Silver, but after all my Wentworth catch-ups I wanted to give you a heads-up: it turns out Miss Silver Intervenes not only brings Inspector Lamb and Sergeant Abbot into this series, it significantly crosses over the Frank Garrett series (he's not in it, but there's lots of references and call-backs). It may be a weird read for someone who hasn't read those related books.

117rosalita
Sep 18, 2017, 4:32pm

>130 Oh sure, now you tell us! :-) Just kidding, I may have questions for you about how they fit in but I'm sure it will be fine. I'm up to being the next in line in the ebook queue, so that's promising!

118harrygbutler
Sep 18, 2017, 5:32pm

>128 Hi, Karen! I don't think I've read any of that series, though I have a few around to try at some point. I really haven't read a lot of Gardner's work yet — mostly short stories, which I've liked.

119harrygbutler
Sep 18, 2017, 5:32pm

>129 Circus would be fine. I'll set it aside.

120harrygbutler
Sep 18, 2017, 5:35pm

>130 What a tangled web! Like Julia, I won't allow that to stop me. :-) I'll try to get around to reading Dead Man Manor at some point in case it ends up available afterward.

>131 I've yet to get started on Miss Silver Intervenes, so maybe we'll end up reading fairly simultaneously.

121harrygbutler
Sep 19, 2017, 7:32am

121. German Romance, Volume I: Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal, by Der Stricker



In the early thirteenth century, the Middle High German poet known as der Stricker (“the weaver”) wrote this nearly 8,500-line Arthurian romance. Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal (“Daniel of the Blossoming Valley”) is the story of a young knight who makes good through bravery, yes, but also through cleverness. In fact, his ability to outwit opponents is a distinctive feature of the story, as Daniel induces an evil dwarf armed with an all-conquering sword to fight without that sword to prove his bravery, uses a mirror to escape destruction and turns a death-dealing head against a “bellyless demon,” (shades of Perseus), and foils an ogre that lives by bathing in human blood. Also somewhat unusual is the active role taken by King Arthur in this romance, as he leads his knights in battle against King Matur in response to that king’s threats. I wouldn’t place this in the first rank of German Arthurian tales, but it was a pleasant read nonetheless. Recommended.

First lines:

Swer gerne allez daz vernimt
daz guoten liuten wol gezimt,
der wirt es selten âne muot,
unz er der werc ein teil getuot.


He who gladly hears those things which are proper for men of virtue shall be always mindful of such tales when he himself performs deeds of virtue.

122karenmarie
Sep 19, 2017, 10:41am

Good morning, Harry, and happy Tuesday to you!

My mom was reading ERS - Perry Mason - when I was 11 and since I had read all the Nancy Drew books by then it seemed like a natural progression. I didn't understand half of what was going on, of course.

123fuzzi
Sep 19, 2017, 12:27pm

>135 did you read it in the original German?

124harrygbutler
Sep 19, 2017, 12:53pm

>135 Not really. I have a dual-language edition with a facing-page translation, and I mostly read the English, but I'd pop over to the Middle High German from time to time to get a taste of the original. The German romances like this have fairly simple sentence structures, so it is pretty easy to figure out what's going on with the help of the translation. I think if I'd set out to do it and also had a good MHG-English dictionary handy, I would have been reading on the Middle High German side fairly exclusively by the end.

125harrygbutler
Sep 20, 2017, 6:34am

122. Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults, ed. by Jane Cartwright



This is a moderately interesting collection of scholarly essays (originating as conference papers) on saints and saints’ cults in Celtic regions, including Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, and Brittany. I liked the history that some of the authors were able to uncover, but others seemed a little too intent on making the objects of their papers fit their theses. A substantial weakness was the tendency of some authors to vocally disclaim any belief in the miracles or even some other aspects of the hagiographical record, frequently with a totalizing suggestion that everyone in their audience of course held the same opinion — a bit too much “we moderns” for my taste.

126msf59
Sep 20, 2017, 6:50am

Morning, Harry! Happy Wednesday! Nothing to report on the birding front. The feeders have been hopping lately though, especially the goldfinch.

Getting hot here again. Pushing 90 for the next several days. Ugh!

127harrygbutler
Sep 22, 2017, 7:50am

>140 Hi, Mark! I've been busy with work and not really on LT. Thanks for stopping by.

There's a bit of a heat wave here, too, but I don't much mind, since we had the unexpectedly cooler weather in August.

128harrygbutler
Sep 22, 2017, 7:53am

This evening we're going to a fountain pen event sponsored by Pelikan -- one of their annual Hubs is being held in Philadelphia (https://www.pelikan.com/pulse/Pulsar/en_US_INTL.CMS.displayCMS.206767./pelikan-h...). I will likely head into the city early so that I can visit at least one used book store before the event; I'll report on my finds (if any) later.

129rosalita
Sep 22, 2017, 9:40am

>142 Oooh, I envy you your Pelikan adventure, Harry. I have and use fountain pens regularly, but I have not yet gifted myself with a Pelikan. I've been tempted, though.

130karenmarie
Sep 23, 2017, 6:36am

Happy Saturday to you, Harry!

131PaulCranswick
Sep 24, 2017, 12:42am

Have a great weekend, Harry.

132harrygbutler
Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 8:42pm

>143 It was an interesting time, Julia. The organizer of the Philadelphia hub brought his Pelikan collection to show: about 100 pens, which were quite impressive all laid out on a table together. Pelikan provided a variety of inks to try, and each participant also received a bottle of 2017's ink of the year, smoky quartz. (If you'd like a bottle, let me know, as I am unlikely to use the color and Erika says she won't need two bottles' worth.) Other than that it was people eating and drinking (it was at a restaurant/bar with good cocktails) and showing each other the pens they chose to bring.

I'm no collector, and my preference runs to older pens and those with small barrels, so I don't have a Pelikan myself. Erika has just one, a Pelikan M405 in Anthracite (the Stresemann). She has gotten a couple neat pens from other makers recently, including a couple of this summer's limited editions, the Sailor Pro Gear Slim in Purple Cosmos, and also the Edison Nouveau Premiere in Delphinium (from Goulet Pen Co.) earlier in the year.

133harrygbutler
Sep 24, 2017, 8:43pm

>142 My book shopping ahead of the fountain pen event was a bit disappointing, as a couple hours of searching only netted three books, all mysteries/crime books from the early 1940s:

Deep Lay the Dead, by Frederick C. Davis
Trademark of a Traitor, by Kathleen Moore Knight
Look Your Last, by John Stephen Strange

134harrygbutler
Sep 24, 2017, 8:46pm

>144 Thanks, Karen! I spent part of Saturday at a book store (finds to follow), so a good bookish day.

>145 Thank you, Paul! Mine has been enjoyable, and I hope yours was as well.

135msf59
Sep 24, 2017, 8:48pm

Happy Sunday, Harry. Hope you had a good weekend. Nothing much to report on the birding front. This intense heat has kept everything quiet.

136harrygbutler
Edited: Sep 24, 2017, 8:58pm

>149 Thanks, Mark! It was a pretty good one. The place where we went Friday, the Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar in Philadelphia, had good food and good Sazeracs, and I got in some book shopping both Friday and Saturday.

Hot here, too, so we haven't spent any time looking for birds.

137rosalita
Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 12:42pm

>146 The Pelikan event sounds like fun. I like the looks of the striped barrels on a lot of their pens but the price point is a little high for me right now. My favorite pens are actually the cheapest I own — a couple of Pilot Metropolitans with fine and medium nibs, respectively. I've also got an old Waterman Phileas that I love but the nib needs a bit of tuning, I think, as it's gotten scratchy. I'd definitely be interested in the ink; I've come close to pulling the plug on a bottle from Goulet several times but have been waiting until I had other things to buy. Aren't they a great retailer? I love doing business with them.

138harrygbutler
Sep 25, 2017, 9:45am

>151 My pens are fairly workaday, Julia -- a mid-range Schaeffer and a Waterman (something like the Hemisphere, I think, but I don't know the actual model). I tend to use fine nibs. I'll send the ink along when I have a chance.

139harrygbutler
Edited: Sep 25, 2017, 9:46am

123. Murder in the Tomb, by Lucian Austin Osgood



Wealthy collector Howard Ralston is on the cusp of a triumph: he has successfully acquired a poison-bearing ring, a vengeance dagger, and a sinister mummy, thereby winning a bet with his friend and neighbor (and fellow antiquarian) M. Cornier. Yet others with claims to the objects are after them, and they threaten harm if they don’t get them. Death strikes in the night in Ralston’s treasure room (the “tomb” of the title), with Ralston’s secretary a witness (albeit an unreliable one, as he has been drugged). The police are called when the killing is discovered, but in the interim the body disappears. Family friend Benjamin Butler Bailey, a young private investigator, is also called in, and it is soon revealed that the supposedly secure treasure room is practically porous, and many people may have had access to commit the crime.

Murder in the Tomb is moderately fun but mediocre, with some dated aspects and a detective who is idiosyncratic without being memorable. It might have been an entertaining mystery programmer, but is only so-so as a book. Still, I'm glad Coachwhip reprinted it and made it available. Mildly recommended.

First sentence: "The headlines stream their story across the front page of the Minnesota Clarion, under the date of August 16, 1932, where it lies spread before me on the top of my desk in the big room at Windermere."

140rosalita
Sep 25, 2017, 12:43pm

>152 Absolutely no rush on sending the ink — I'm in no danger of running out any time soon!

In other great news, I just got the email notification from the library that my copy of Miss Silver Deals With Death has come in. I'll download it tonight and start it tomorrow. It looks like it will end up being a September read after all!

141weird_O
Sep 25, 2017, 12:56pm

Hello, Harry. A pleasure to read about your pens and books.

We're north of you (ha ha), but it isn't any cooler here than where you are.

142harrygbutler
Sep 26, 2017, 6:12am

>154 Excellent news on Miss Silver Deals with Death! I have yet to start it, as a combination of extra hours working and lengthy ILL books have curtailed my other reading somewhat this month. It's not even certain whether I'll get it read this month now. :-/

143harrygbutler
Sep 26, 2017, 6:13am

>155 Hi, Bill! Thanks for stopping by! I haven't been getting around much on LT this month, but I saw that you had quite a run of good book hauls from sales.

144harrygbutler
Sep 26, 2017, 6:16am

Saturday I visited the Archive in Lansdale for another book sale, and though not as fruitful as some visits in the past, I still managed to get a few, chiefly adventure and mystery stories in paperback, though the last two books listed below are TBSL hardcovers:

All Concerned Notified, by Helen Reilly
The Blue Hammer, by Ross Macdonald
Tenant for the Tomb, by Anthony Gilbert
The Dossier of Solar Pons, by Basil Copper
More Good Old Stuff, by John D. MacDonald
Battle Cry, by Leon Uris
The Angry Hills, by Leon Uris
No Love Lost, by Margery Allingham
The Brigand, by Edgar Wallace
The Naked Land, by Hammond Innes
Gale Warning, by Hammond Innes
The Dude, by Max Brand
Fear Is the Key, by Alistair MacLean
The Black Shrike, by Alistair MacLean
Goodbye California, by Alistair MacLean
The Stem of the Crimson Dahlia, by James Locke
The Late Mrs. Null, by Frank R. Stockton

145msf59
Sep 26, 2017, 6:39am

>158 Nice book haul! I would love to revisit Ross MacDonald. He was one of my favorite crime writers back in the day.

Morning, Harry. Hope the week is off to a good start. It should be our last day of steamy weather. Low 70s tomorrow. Yah!

146rosalita
Sep 26, 2017, 7:07am

>156 That's a shame, Harry, but I hope the work eases and you're able to become reacquainted with Miss Silver soon(ish).

147karenmarie
Sep 26, 2017, 8:18am

Hi Harry and happy Tuesday to you.

I agree with Mark - nice book haul!

I've read several by Leon Uris but not those two. Daughter and I were just discussing QB VII yesterday.

148harrygbutler
Sep 26, 2017, 4:11pm

>159 Thanks, Mark! I read several of the Lew Archer mysteries many years ago, as my mother had a couple omnibus volumes that got me started, but I know I've never read them all. I'm going to have a go at reading them in publication order, but I don't think it will be very quickly.

>160 Thanks, Julia! There'll be a break soon. It was just a lot to get going with a big new project.

>161 Hi, Karen! Thank you! Battle Cry and The Angry Hills were his first two books, so they seemed like a good way to begin reading Uris.

149harrygbutler
Edited: Sep 29, 2017, 6:22am

124. Emar: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Syrian Town in the Late Bronze Age, ed. by Mark W. Chavalas



The ancient Syrian city of Emar, along the Middle Euphrates, was a part of the Hittite Empire in the Late Bronze Age. A sizable assortment of texts from the city was unearthed by archaeologists during excavations ahead of a dam project. The contents of this book grew out of a 1994 symposium of the American Oriental Society Middle West Region. The essays cover a variety of topics, including the archaeology of the city, what documents reveal about family and kinship structures, the identity of certain Assyrian leaders, the religious festivals of the city, and the care and attitude toward the dead — curiously the latter in two separate essays.

150karenmarie
Sep 27, 2017, 8:58am

Good morning, Harry and happy Wednesday to you.

151majleavy
Sep 27, 2017, 5:56pm

>162 Hope you enjoy the Archer odyssey, Harry.

I read them through in sequence several decades ago and loved it. Of course, unlike modern series, there's no narrative thread to worry about, so it's just about savoring the development of a writer. Ross MacDonald's books remain my model of what great mystery writing looks like.

152harrygbutler
Sep 27, 2017, 7:36pm

>164 Hi, Karen! A busy day, but a good one. Two new arrivals that I have yet to catalog: (1) a fantasy set in the Late Bronze Age in the Hittite Empire (with all the reading I'm doing about them, I decided it was worth a try), and (2) the first issue of a new indie action and adventure magazine that bills itself as being in the pulp tradition.

153harrygbutler
Sep 27, 2017, 7:37pm

>165 Thank you! I'm certainly looking forward to it, as my recollection of those Lew Archer books I did read in the past was that they were very, very good.

154msf59
Sep 28, 2017, 7:02am

Morning, Harry! Sweet Thursday! I am also a fan of Leon Uris, but I have not read him in a couple of decades. I wonder if he still holds up.

155karenmarie
Sep 28, 2017, 7:50am

Good morning, Harry, and happy Thursday to you!

Congrats on new arrivals. Isn't it fun to add books to our catalogs?

>168 I'm seriously considering a re-read of QB VII now that daughter and I are talking about it.

156harrygbutler
Sep 28, 2017, 7:59am

>168 Hi, Mark! I know the concern about revisiting former favorites.

>169 Hi, Karen! It certainly is, though it gets a bit fatiguing when you get a large batch of books all at once.

I'll probably not look to add more by Leon Uris until after I give the two I just bought a try.

157harrygbutler
Sep 29, 2017, 6:34am

158msf59
Sep 29, 2017, 7:20am

>171 LIKE!

Morning, Harry. Happy Friday. Getting ready to head out on an organized birdwalk. Hope to see some fall migrants. Another one scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Have a good weekend.

159fuzzi
Sep 30, 2017, 6:44pm

>171 I like, too!

160fuzzi
Oct 10, 2017, 12:33pm

Harry?

Where are you?

We'd love your input:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/269461#6185311

161harrygbutler
Oct 10, 2017, 8:23pm

>172 >173 Thanks!

>174 I'm back (I think). I've been busy, but I think that has eased. I'll pop over and make my contribution.

162msf59
Oct 10, 2017, 8:43pm

Hi, Harry! I have missed seeing you around. Just busy with RL?

Hope your week is off to a good start.

163karenmarie
Oct 10, 2017, 9:37pm

Hi Harry!

164harrygbutler
Oct 11, 2017, 6:35am

>176 Hi, Mark! Yep, just a fair amount going on.

>177 Hi, Karen! Thanks for stopping by!

165harrygbutler
Oct 11, 2017, 8:09am

125. The Laugh Round-Up



The Laugh Round-Up is a decent cartoon collection published in 1946. The cartoons are perhaps not as consistently funny as those that made it into the Best Cartoons of the Year series edited by Lawrence Lariar, but they provide a good amount of chuckles. Recommended.

166karenmarie
Edited: Oct 18, 2017, 7:44am

Hi Harry! Since you mentioned 1066 and All That on my thread I decided to read it today. What a hoot!

167harrygbutler
Oct 11, 2017, 12:58pm

>180 It is considered a Good Thing. :-)

There's a sequel, And Now All This. I recall that it is not as good but has its moments.

168karenmarie
Oct 11, 2017, 1:14pm

And does that make it a Bad Thing? Or two Good Men and a Less-Bad Thing? Or two Confused Men and a Middling Thing? *smile*

I finished it a bit ago. I didn't realize that it was originally published in 1930. Silly me.

169harrygbutler
Oct 11, 2017, 1:43pm

>182 It has been a few years since I've read either volume, but now I'm wanting to do so again. :-) I'll have to dig them out.

170karenmarie
Oct 12, 2017, 9:03am


Happy Thursday to you, Harry!

What do you call a book bullet where you don't have to actually acquire the book? Is it still a book bullet? Inquiring minds need to know!

171harrygbutler
Oct 12, 2017, 9:27am

>184 Hi, Karen! Could it be a reinfection? :-)

172harrygbutler
Oct 15, 2017, 9:54am

I realized I never shared last weekend's book haul. These all came out of Tiki Tiki Board Games, a store in Woodbury, N.J., that has a small used-book section with some older hardcover fiction mixed in among the many newer books and paperbacks.

The Kidnap Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine
The Greene Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine
The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands, by R. M. Ballantyne
A Mysterious Disappearance, by Gordon Holmes
Karl Grier: The Strange Story of a Man with a Sixth Sense, by Louis Tracy
54-40 or Fight, by Emerson Hough
Kick-In: A Novelization of Willard Mack's Play, by D. Torbett
Mysterious Mr. Sabin; or, Love and Intrigue, by E. Phillips Oppenheim
A Lost Leader, by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Governors, by E. Phillips Oppenheim

173karenmarie
Oct 15, 2017, 10:11am

Very nice haul, Harry.

I hope your Sunday is going well so far!

174harrygbutler
Oct 16, 2017, 6:14am

>187 Hi, Karen! I did have a good Sunday, thanks!

175msf59
Oct 16, 2017, 6:38am

Morning, Harry. Hope you had a good weekend. It was very wet and chilly here, so nothing to report on the birding end of things.

Plan on going on a solo walk tomorrow.

176harrygbutler
Oct 16, 2017, 3:37pm

>189 Definitely October weather now! It was a good but somewhat tiring long weekend that involved driving from eastern Pa. to north central Ohio on Friday and heading back this morning (8 to 9 hours each way). I did manage to finish a couple books, but no time for birding this trip.

177karenmarie
Oct 18, 2017, 7:46am

Hi Harry and happy Wednesday to you!

Brrrr! It's 35F here in central NC. I'm so happy. I hope No More Summer.

178fuzzi
Oct 18, 2017, 9:14am

>191 yep, which means no more MOSQUITOES!

179harrygbutler
Oct 18, 2017, 7:18pm

>191 Thanks, Karen! Erika is very happy with the autumnal temperatures, too. It will be warming up a little through the weekend around here.

>192 Hi! Are you back from your trip or still in the Midwest?

180PaulCranswick
Oct 18, 2017, 7:35pm

>186 Some gloriously obscure stuff there, Harry!

181harrygbutler
Oct 19, 2017, 7:38am

>194 Indeed, Paul! Thanks for stopping by!

182karenmarie
Oct 19, 2017, 7:41am

Good morning, Harry! We'll get a bit warmer this coming weekend, too, but I hope that will be the last of it.

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.

183harrygbutler
Oct 19, 2017, 8:38am

>196 Thanks, Karen! It's shaping up to be a good day.

184fuzzi
Oct 20, 2017, 12:30pm

>193 we got home late Tuesday evening, but I took an extra vacation day to rest up from the trip.

185harrygbutler
Oct 23, 2017, 5:35pm

>198 I can sympathize with the need to rest up. :-)

186harrygbutler
Oct 23, 2017, 5:42pm

126. Letters from the Hittite Kingdom, by Harry A. Hoffner, Jr.



This is a solid collection of letters that have survived from the Hittite empire. Nearly all are in some way administrative in nature, involving reports to the Hittite king from officials in various locales or communications from the king or others to subordinates. A few touch on the personal: These are chiefly in the form of “piggyback letters” sent together with the official letters, most often from the scribe of the enclosed letter to a scribe who will receive (and perhaps read) the enclosure at the destination. Most of the letters are quite brief and allusive, but the accompanying notes and commentary did a good job of teasing out some of the historical context. Recommended.

187harrygbutler
Oct 24, 2017, 6:35am

I'm rather disappointed with Ireland and Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Transmission. The essays I've read in the volume so far have been moderately interesting overall, but I had anticipated that a book with this subtitle would have included actual editions and translations of some of the texts concerned. Oh, well.

188msf59
Oct 24, 2017, 7:28am

Morning, Harry. We visited the Field Museum yesterday and they have a section there called the Hall of Birds, which is pretty cool, with hundreds of stuffed birds, grouped by regions and settings. This is a long running exhibit but I found it particularly interesting this time.

Hope the week is off to a good start.

189karenmarie
Oct 24, 2017, 7:32am

Hi Harry and happy Tuesday to you! I hope the rain you got (are getting?) is slow and steady and not windy or electrical.

190harrygbutler
Oct 24, 2017, 5:18pm

>202 Hi, Mark! I've never visited there, but I've been to other museums with similar collections of the remains of scientific investigation in the past.

>203 Hi, Karen! A bit of wind, but not too bad. The rain has cleared off, and it has gotten sunny and warm.

191fuzzi
Oct 25, 2017, 5:08pm

>200 that sounds interesting!

>202 we did the Field Museum in May, and loved it. I think we were there for over three hours, and didn't even take the time to check out the "extra" ($$) exhibits.

I loved the bird area, too. So many of those stuffed birds were about 100 years old! I noticed the museum had extinct butterflies on display, too, that had been collected long before they were endangered. Great place to visit!

192harrygbutler
Oct 28, 2017, 5:18pm

>205 I've found it really easy to get books dealing with the ancient Near East via ILL, where I've had less success with some other topics, so I'm doing a lot of reading in that area while I'm feeling interested. Right now I'm making my way through a mammoth collection of essays by one of the experts on the Hittites and their neighbors, and so far I'm quite enjoying it.

193harrygbutler
Edited: Oct 28, 2017, 5:24pm

A thrift store visit netted me four books today:

194fuzzi
Oct 29, 2017, 12:18am

>206 ILL is dangerous!

It's nearing the end of the year, and I'm determined to ROOT out books in my library that have been on the shelves for years, so ILL will have to wait.

Did you want to read another Alistair MacLean and/or Black Stallion book in November? I think we're behind...

195msf59
Oct 29, 2017, 7:58am

Hppy Sunday, Harry. Hope you are enjoying the weekend and getting plenty of reading in. Only 35 here at the moment. Brrr...

196harrygbutler
Oct 29, 2017, 11:25am

>208 I was lulled into a false sense of security because they were showing up rather slowly and were short; the latest batch are mostly lengthy and came in the space of two weeks. And I've been putting in extra time for work, too, so it has cut into my time to get through them all.

>209 Thanks, Mark. A fair amount of work this weekend, so not as much reading as I'd be likely to do on a rainy Sunday here. Not quite that cold yet, though Erika had to scrape some frost from the windshield last week.

197harrygbutler
Oct 29, 2017, 4:14pm

>208 I completely forgot to reply to the second half of your post. Sure, I'd be up for both.

198fuzzi
Oct 29, 2017, 4:17pm

>211 excellent. Pick a MacLean we both own, and let me know. :)

199karenmarie
Oct 30, 2017, 9:08am

Good morning, Harry, and happy Monday to you.

200harrygbutler
Oct 31, 2017, 6:06am

>212 Will do! I'll figure out something today.

>213 Thanks, Karen! It was a fairly busy one.

201harrygbutler
Edited: Oct 31, 2017, 8:39am



202fuzzi
Oct 31, 2017, 9:50am

>215 love 'em!

203harrygbutler
Oct 31, 2017, 7:42pm

>217 Thanks! I was amused to see that the Collier's cover is for a March issue.

204msf59
Oct 31, 2017, 7:50pm

Happy Halloween, Harry. Hope your week is off to a good start. I did a yellow-rumped warbler on the route today. Very rare that I see any warblers, on the route, except for springtime.

205harrygbutler
Nov 1, 2017, 8:23am

Thanks, Mark! It has been a good one so far. Congrats on the yellow-rumped! They were one of my favorites early on, because they were so much more accessible than many of the other warblers, which hang out so far up in the trees.

206karenmarie
Nov 1, 2017, 8:37am

Good morning, Harry!

I've started seeing Carolina Chickadees on my feeders, but mostly the birds are staying away.

207fuzzi
Nov 1, 2017, 8:32pm

>218 love the Yellow-rumped, aka Myrtle warblers! We get them at our feeders during the winter, where they feast upon suet and peanut butter cakes!

208karenmarie
Nov 2, 2017, 9:41am

>221 Well, fuzzi, you're the second person who has told me that Yellow-Rumped are Myrtle warblers - my 84-year old neighbor Louise calls them that. Apparently they were renamed sometime after my 1946 Audobon Guide to Eastern Birds, which has them as Myrtle Warblers. Good news about them feeding on suet and PB cakes. I'm going to be trying different ways this winter to get more birds to my feeders.

209harrygbutler
Nov 2, 2017, 1:07pm

>220 Hi, Karen! We're getting birds, but I've seen nothing unusual. I did hear a strange call the other day, but I wasn't able to find the bird.

>221 I didn't realize that they were among the birds who've been renamed or reclassified.

>222 I don't know whether we'll try anything different this year for the birds.

210fuzzi
Edited: Nov 2, 2017, 3:00pm

>222 >223 I was "raised" on a 1970ish Peterson's Guide to Eastern Birds, which had it listed as a Myrtle warbler. I didn't know that the name had been changed until a few years ago, when a slightly officious bird shop employee told me that it was not called a Myrtle anymore. Whatever, lol.

They really do like those peanut butter "suet" cakes. I'm not sure how far north they'll stay during the winter, but we have them here in NC even during below freezing weather.

Here's a pic I took last January:

211msf59
Nov 2, 2017, 4:57pm

Sweet Thursday, Harry! Hope the work day went smoothly.

>224 Cute warbler!

212harrygbutler
Nov 2, 2017, 7:00pm

>224 Oh, I'd have been tempted to say, "Great, now I can add another species to my life list!" :-)

I'm not sure I've seen them this far north in the cooler season, but we don't usually go where they might be huddling for warmth. When we have done winter birding, it has been ducks and owls and birds like that. And though winter is a good time for pelagics, we've never been tempted to head out to sea in a small boat at that time of year. :-)

214karenmarie
Nov 3, 2017, 9:23am

Hi Harry! Happy Friday to you. Early wishes for a good weekend.

>224 Wonderful pic, fuzzi. I haven't had to deal with slightly officious bird shop employees, fortunately, because I'm so woefully ignorant about so much that they'd have a field day with me. I think I'm going to move the suet feeder to the front porch, which is prime viewing position from the Sunroom, where I spent most of the day. The hummingbird feeders are down, so it's perfect timing to move the suet feeder.

215harrygbutler
Nov 3, 2017, 9:36am

>228 Thanks, Karen! My weekend plans likely include some book-buying tomorrow, but beyond that they are a little unclear.

fuzzi kindly shares a lot of great bird pics!

216karenmarie
Nov 3, 2017, 11:00am

Book buying tomorrow sounds like a great plan, Harry. Have fun.

217harrygbutler
Nov 3, 2017, 12:08pm

Tomorrow is the annual Pulp Adventurecon (http://www.boldventurepress.com/pacon1.html), held just outside Bordentown, New Jersey. I've been going for several years, as it's a great source of old magazines (of course) and books, as well as new books (often reprints of stories from the old pulp magazines) and other ephemera and media (DVDs, artworks, etc.). It's never a challenge finding enough to buy! :-)

I definitely recommend this show for anyone who can attend who has an interest in older fiction, especially of the adventure, crime and mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres.

Here are some of the issues that readers could have perused in November 1917. Adventure, Argosy, Blue Book, and Short Stories were the Big Four of the pulps, with a fairly wide variety in their content.









I'll report on my haul this weekend sometime.

218harrygbutler
Nov 3, 2017, 12:09pm

>230 Thanks, Karen!

219fuzzi
Edited: Nov 3, 2017, 12:41pm

>227 that'll work. I bought it last November, so technically it's been on my shelves for over a year, and I can count it as a ROOT read! :)

>231 drool! I want that first cover as a print!

>228 I was trying to be kind about the employee. One should not treat a customer in a "I know better than YOU!" manner, good way to lose business.

I have been watching birds for 50 years, but I am still learning! I am woefully ignorant on shore birds, and only partly aware of differences in raptors.

>229 thank you, I hope I don't clutter up your thread too much!

220harrygbutler
Nov 3, 2017, 1:43pm

>233 Night Without End it is, then!

That is a pretty striking cover on that issue of Adventure, isn't it? I may try to pick up a couple issues of one of the general fiction pulps tomorrow. It is my understanding that they aren't quite as collectible as some of the genre titles, unless they contain something really important (like Under the Moons of Mars -- better known as A Princess of Mars), so perhaps I can get a few at reasonable prices.

I'm always glad to have pictures like the warbler shared here!

221harrygbutler
Nov 4, 2017, 8:34pm

Pulp Adventurecon was a good show. There seemed to be a greater percentage of dealers in art, and also current New Pulp writers, but there was still a fair amount to look at. I got 17 various old pulp magazine issues to sample, including representatives of all of the Big Four (mentioned in >231) and several issues of Railroad Stories. I'll probably aim to tackle an issue a week, so the covers will gradually make an appearance in my threads.

Used books were sparser this show, I think, but I got a couple paperbacks (one unfortunately a duplicate, Death on Scurvy Street) as well as one hardcover mystery in dust jacket, Murder Goes South, one of a series of mysteries by Amelia R. Long starring mystery writer Peter Piper. The back cover of this dust jacket lists a number of other mysteries available from Phoenix Press at the time, including the interestingly named Murder Does Light Housekeeping.

222lyzard
Nov 5, 2017, 12:05am

"Light housekeeping" is an oxymoron. :D

Sounds like a nice haul.

I actually wanted to ask you what Will Levinrew books you might own, if any? (She said, casually...)

223harrygbutler
Nov 5, 2017, 12:24am

>236 The sheer oddity of the title had Erika briefly considering the possibility of collecting mysteries with titles of the form "Murder Verbs (with or without a direct object)."

Thanks. I'm looking forward to reading the magazines. And if Murder Goes South is any good, then I'll end up looking out for others in that series as well. I'll be interested to see whether the fact that the protagonist is a mystery writer leads to any discussion of contemporary detective novels. At the very least I expect some fictitious book titles. :-)

I have the two Will Levinrew books put out in Mystery League editions: For Sale — Murder and Death Points a Finger.

224lyzard
Nov 5, 2017, 12:33am

Dangerous hobby! - there's a bunch of those, once you start looking out for them...

I have the two Will Levinrew books put out in Mystery League editions

Lucky you. I was looking at this---

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=7262372315&searchurl=tn%3D...

---but baulking at the shipping. Thought we might have worked something out if you weren't already taken care of. Never mind. :)

225fuzzi
Nov 5, 2017, 6:47am

Don't get me started in another hobby! :D

I finished The Black Stallion Revolts this morning, review is up on the relaxed read thread. I'm not ready for Night Without End, as I have some other books I want to read, first, but I'll get to it soon.

226fuzzi
Edited: Nov 5, 2017, 6:52am

>231 I went looking for that cover of Adventure, and came across this delicious page of all the covers:

http://www.philsp.com/mags/adventure.html

I wonder if those covers are available as prints?

227karenmarie
Nov 5, 2017, 7:10am

Hi Harry and happy Sunday to you!

I love that title, Murder Does Light Housekeeping and agree with lizard that light housekeeping is an oxymoron.

228msf59
Nov 5, 2017, 7:48am

Morning, Harry! Happy Sunday! There is an organized bird walk in a couple of hours, but it has been damp here, so I think I am going to hang tight.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

229harrygbutler
Nov 5, 2017, 8:06am

>238 Hi, Liz! I know -- and I certainly don't have room for them. :-)

I've been buying reprint collections (and will doubtless continue to do so), but I was so annoyed with the level of avoidable typographical errors in one such volume that at least with regard to those stories I decided to just buy the original magazines instead. (In this particular case, each volume of reprints was about $15 and had three novellas, and it looks like I can generally pay about that total for three issues of the original magazines.)

We might still be able to work something out regarding the Levinrew books, Liz. I'll send you a message.

230harrygbutler
Nov 5, 2017, 8:50am

>239 I don't really need another myself. :-)

I'll get to The Black Stallion Revolts soon. I have a few ILL books to finish up first, but I think I have no more on the way at the moment.

>240 I would have thought that the pre-1923 covers (and any others in the public domain) would have been grabbed by someone to make prints, but in checking around this morning it looks like the prints that are available generally come from the science fiction and weird fiction pulps, with some detective/crime pulps mixed in. It's a difficult search, as the post-pulp magazines and paperbacks (often called "pulp") tend to be mixed in. Your best bet might be to keep an eye out for stray covers in those antique and flea market booths that have lots of vintage pages from broken-up old magazines (and a similar search on ebBay might work, too).

231fuzzi
Nov 5, 2017, 8:55am

>244 I've been searching all morning, including Ebay, lol. If I can figure out who the artist is (name starts with a "C" I think), then I can narrow my search with his name.

232harrygbutler
Nov 5, 2017, 9:30am

>245 My guess would be Charles Livingston Bull. That seems to match the signature on the cover.

http://pulpflakes.blogspot.com/2015/05/top-artists-of-adventure.html

http://35.166.66.171/people/23/charles-livingston-bull

233harrygbutler
Nov 5, 2017, 9:32am

>241 Hi, Karen! It is a good title. I find I can keep the chores light if I keep them frequent, but letting them slide really makes them burdensome.

234harrygbutler
Nov 5, 2017, 9:33am

>242 Thanks, Mark. It seems to be a wet day here, too. So the yard work that might have been on the agenda may be delayed. I'll just have to stay in and read instead. :-)

235fuzzi
Nov 5, 2017, 9:47am

>246 wow, thanks! I've been on the web for a couple hours, searching, and you came up with an answer!

Nice read about the artist, here:

Charles Livingston Bull, Wildlife Artist

Now I just need to find that print...

236harrygbutler
Nov 5, 2017, 10:05am

>250 Glad to help! And thanks for sharing the link to that article; it was interesting. Though I lived in Rochester for nearly 15 years, this may be the first time I learned that the Rochester Institute of Technology had had a different name earlier in its existence.

237harrygbutler
Nov 6, 2017, 10:00am

127. Cape Cod Stories, by Joseph C. Lincoln



Retired sailor Captain Jonadab Wixon and his former mate, Barzilla Wingate, run a summer hotel on Cape Cod on property Captain Wixon had inherited, aided by young go-getter Peter T. Brown, who is the person who convinces them to enter the hotel business. The stories, chiefly related to the hotel, the Old Home House (the original title of the book) are narrated by Barzilla — gentle tales of humor, romance, fish out of water, and more. Recommended!

First sentence of the first story, “Two Pairs of Shoes”: “I don’t exactly know why Cap’n Jonadab and me went to the post-office that night; we wa’n’t expecting any mail, that’s sartin.”

238harrygbutler
Nov 6, 2017, 11:21am

Crossing Boundaries and Linking Horizons: Studies in Honor of Michael C. Astour on His 80th Birthday, ed. by Gordon D. Young et al.



Studio Historiae Ardens: Ancient Near Eastern Studies Presented to Philo H. J. Houwink ten Cate on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday, ed. by Theo P. J. van den Hout and Johan de Roos



These are among several collections of essays on topics in ancient Near Eastern history and language (e.g., Hittite, Akkadian, Luwian) that I have read, or at least dipped into, recently. All have had articles of interest, even though admittedly some of the topics have gone a bit deep into technicalities only likely to be clear to a specialist in the subjects. Recommended for those with an interest in the topic.

239fuzzi
Nov 6, 2017, 12:34pm

>251 sounds a bit like some of LM Montgomery's stories.

240harrygbutler
Nov 6, 2017, 12:52pm

>253 I've not read her stories yet (save Anne of Green Gables itself), though I have a couple volumes around now, I think.

241harrygbutler
Nov 6, 2017, 12:53pm

Since I finally got through posting reviews for books read in September, it seems a good time to move to a new thread. Please join me: http://www.librarything.com/topic/273893

242lyzard
Nov 6, 2017, 3:36pm

I finally got through posting reviews for books read in September

I hate you!! :D

243harrygbutler
Nov 6, 2017, 4:02pm

>256 My reviews are much, much shorter than yours, so the effort is scarcely comparable. :-)