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Tricks and Treats

Tricks and Treats

by Jas Faulkner If you’re reading this not long after it was written (October 31st, 2013)  you have probably seen the many reports about an anonymous woman in North Dakota who declared that she was indeed passing out candy, but not to children she deemed “moderately obese”.  They would get[Read More…]

BeListed to DeListed

BeListed to DeListed

by Jas Faulkner  I have never been a fan of “best of” lists.  It’s not the subjectivity that gets me.   They always seemed so narrow.  The old sci-fi list books and the current crop of internet sites that are completely devoted to lists  seemed blinkered somehow, whether it was[Read More…]

by October 14, 2013 Book Reviews, Books & Mags, Publishing
The Joy of Cookbooks

The Joy of Cookbooks

I’m into porn. Cookbook porn. It’s a terrible habit. I have the basics: Betty, Julia, Fanny. I have the stuff that’s a little off: Nigella, Bobby, even a Canadian named Laura. Then there are the extremes: Silver Palate, Babycakes, Death By Chocolate. It’s a guilty pleasure. I savor each cookbook[Read More…]

by September 24, 2013 Books & Mags, Miscellaneous
What will the word “book” mean to future generations?

What will the word “book” mean to future generations?

by Jas Faulkner It might seem like a needless bit of sophistry to contemplate the evolution of the definition of  “book.”  We all know what makes up a book, right?  Say the word, “book” and the immediate association for most is still an aggregate of leaves bearing printed information, bound[Read More…]

Is Borrowing Books a Form of Stealing?

Is Borrowing Books a Form of Stealing?

  Books don’t come with the piracy warnings that appear at the start of movies, enforcing the message that they are to be bought not borrowed. Books are made to be shared, and despite the fact that bad borrowing etiquette can make people angry when books don’t get returned quickly enough, or[Read More…]

by September 14, 2013 Books & Mags, News & Opinions
Subculture Spoken Here! (Hint: They read! You can sell them books!)

Subculture Spoken Here! (Hint: They read! You can sell them books!)

by Jas Faulkner Fifteen years ago I was browsing in the graphic novels section at Media Play, a now-defunct retailer in Madison, Tennessee.  I had just picked up a trade paperback of Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, when a young girl who had stepped up to look through the same shelves[Read More…]

Buying an ebook

Buying an ebook

I don’t have a kindle, nook, ipad, or any other device in which to download books, unless you count my brand new used 4 iphone. Which I don’t. Reading a book on that would be like deciphering the written word from a dollhouse library. And yet, I was almost willing[Read More…]

The Dead Ringer–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Dead Ringer–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

The Dead Ringer—Fredric Brown–1948–IP I thought since my last post was about collecting side show/carny books, that I’d give the synopsis of one of the 100 best mysteries, as carnys are its theme. Fredric Brown was a prolific writer. He wrote not only crime fiction, but science fiction as well,[Read More…]