Category Archives: Library

My Amazon giveaways

The Bloody Thirteenth garnered 544 hits and 287 entrants which culled 20 winners of free Kindle books. A giveaway contest that’s over now.

The Butterfly Rose is doing poorly, gathering 1356 hits but only 326 entrants which, so far, have amounted to only 3 winners. The BFR giveways ends at midnight PDT.

Try them, you might like them. At only 99 cents, how can you lose?

Via Amazon

The Tecate Journals

Author Keith Bowden’s superb writing is what carries this extraordinary story of mountain biking/raft- and canoe-cruising of the Rio Grande from El Paso in far west Texas to Brownsville on the Gulf of Mexico.

His encounters with riverside Mexicans, thanks to his fluency in Spanish, are fascinating. Although he had previously lost his young daughter to cancer, one likes to think her spirit was with him over the loneliest stretches of the river’s wilderness.

The urban sections of the river, from Laredo to Brownsville, are equally compelling thanks to his linguistic ability, but it’s the upper reaches of the river where he goes for days without seeing anyone that make the tale.

Mark Twain’s adage

“…there is no discernible class of criminals in America with the notable exception of Congress.”—commenter John Butler at WSJ.

The Rainbow and The Rose

Three touching and tender love stories by master novelist Nevil Shute who died in 1960.

Wrapped around the intricacies of flying, from the old cloth-covered sport and fighter biplanes to aluminum-sided piston-engine transports. And dreams of all of it that linger in the mind and heart. Worth your time and money.

The Judiciary’s Class War

“Americans have been lectured for decades about the importance of diversity, about the need for institutions that ‘look like America,’ and so on. Yet the judiciary is one branch of government that looks a lot more like an Ivy League faculty than like America as a whole…”

Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit’s, adroit analysis of the class warfare being waged by the federal courts against about half the country, inflaming existing divisions, and “perhaps even creating new ones.”

Think abortion, welfare “rights,” gay marriage, 2nd amendment restrictions, etc.

The Rise & Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel

This is a fun read that moves swiftly and well. Time travel was never so compelling nor witchcraft so interesting. I’ve read most of Neal Stephenson’s books and this one is just as good as the rest. Try it. You’ll like it.

Artemis

The Martian author Andy Weir has done it again with Artemis, a police procedural on the moon. The characters are sharply drawn and engaging but the real star is the Artemis moon city and the precisely correct life therein and thereout on EVAs. Makes me want to visit, if not actually live there. Can’t wait for his next one.