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  2. Story here: https://awesomedude.com/alan_dwight/charlie/index.htm Charlie is uprooted (along with his brother Joey) from his life in Waco, Texas to land in Cape Cod to live with an uncle he has been taught to despise. His voyage of discovery is eye-opening on many levels, and seems to be leading up to revelation about himself that will be disconcerting. R
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  4. Well that’s the problem. I’ve read essentially every story written by Agatha Christie and watched all of the television adaptations of Miss Marple (both series) and Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) more than once. I’ve seen various filmed versions of “Death on the Nile” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” not to mention the Margaret Rutherford Marple films. The whole point here was to find some new furrows to plow. And I would say it has met with some success, thanks to the suggestions above. R
  5. Probably should start all the Agatha Christies next.
  6. Now I have finished my palate cleanser, “Death Before Breakfast” by George Bellairs. A well-done whodunit and not overly long. By coincidence, literally as I was reading the last pages I received notice that “Final Curtain” by Ngaio Marsh, the next Roderick Alleyn novel, had emerged from the hold I placed on it at the library. So that one is next. R
  7. OK, Halloween stories for this year will be posted on Saturday, October 30th! The Day of the Dead by Altimexis A Campus Halloween by Cole Parker 31 October 2021 by Pedro Swanson by Camy
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  9. R.J.

    Between

    Hurt is an ocean between us, one whose waves have driven me away so far, that if I ever tried to find my way back to remember where you are, I would lose myself. And if I ever do find myself on the same spot the waves have driven me from, you would be too far to recognize, and this ocean between us would be too vast for me to ever look past it at you. (wrote this a long time ago, and it makes me sigh each time I read it)
  10. What might be fun, rather than a sequel, is an epistolary.
  11. I already had at least one request for a sequel. Not going to happen, I think. C
  12. Well, it’s 11:30 pm and I just finished “Died in the Wool” by Ngaio Marsh. This was a good one, far better than the previous volume , “Colour Scheme.” With the reference to wool, dare I say it was quite a yarn?
  13. I keep getting hit on online by women despite haunting gay sites and forums. I created the following to let them know they're barking up the wrong tree.
  14. My complaint is that the story ended too soon . . . R
  15. Thanks so much, guys! I was concerned when I wrote this that stepping outside the box might not be accepted. So many of these stories are boy meets boy, boys like each other, they solve some problems and then walk off into the sunset; the end. Writing a story where boy meets boy, boys like each other, then walk away from each other, well, I could see lot of complaints coming for that. A great letdown being the consensus opinion. But not you guys! I'm very pleased to see I got away with it. I ended up liking this one quite a bit. So glad I wasn't alone. C
  16. Thank you for "Growing Pains", Cole. There's a lot of wisdom in this final chapter.
  17. So we leave Trip . . . . . . with the task of choosing Jason . . . . . . or James . . . . . . or maybe someone else. I agree with Tanner that Trip is unlikely to backslide into a depressed hermit after all that has happened. Especially with his newspaper column, he has opened up and won't lose all that he has gained. It's sad that Tanner will be gone but the experience was good for both of them. Indeed, it is fair to say that Trip and his family had as much of an impact on Tanner -- leading him out of a bad setting and into a new relationship with his father -- as Tanner had impact on Trip. They both emerged stronger and more "alive." In a strange way this story reminded me of the 2012 film, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," where a childless couple suddenly has a youngster appear in their lives and bring about many positive changes -- and then disappear again. Tanner functions in a similar way. The one overarching question I was left with was this: What, exactly, was it that led Mr. Montgomery to assign Trip and Tanner as teammates for the world history project? He said he had specific reasons, but I wonder what they were, especially in Tanner's case? R
  18. 'hmmmmm' indeed. Lovely story, well concluded. Thank you, Cole.
  19. The Chinese built a great one, but it became obsolete when their empire expanded. The Romans built one in the north of England to keep the Scots out. That was the pits! The Americans built one, much criticised, especially by the Europeans, to keep the immigrants out. The British exited Europe, not because of a wall, but they hated those immigrants their American friends wanted to keep out. Not the same immigrants, but the same ideology. They didn't need a wall with Europe because they have the English Channel (which of course, is only called the English Channel by the English. For the French on the otherside it's La Manche, or simply the sea!). Oddly, now all the foreigners have gone they would quite like some to come back. The debate about a wall in Ireland is ongoing, but hopefully won't get physical. Now you might think the rest of Europe, you know, that amalgam of countries led by France and Germany, come out looking pure as snow. They do not. Europe has it's own wall, in those eastern countries with land borders, which it's building to keep out... immigrants! Bloody walls... You build them (there was one in Berlin) then either you knock them down or they fall into disuse. They are put there to keep people out, mostly, in Berlin they wanted to keep people in. A bit like North Korea. These walls kill people, seperate people, cause heartache and anguish, until finally, years later, they become... tourist attractions. And why they were built, and all the lives they destroyed, are forgotten. We do need walls, but only for houses for people to live in, not for countries to keep people in or out!
  20. Yes. But they are on film or television, not in printed books. I have a very faint memory of recording some many years ago but I don't think I ever watched the recordings. The recording quality I could achieve was poor. R
  21. Have I mentioned Charter's and Caldicott?
  22. I did, and specifically went to see what I could find in the mystery realm, but the pickings were somewhat slim and there was nothing that did not cost a couple of bucks or so. R P.S. -- I will undoubtedly fall asleep while reading it, so it will last for a bit.
  23. Enticing words? Horror, then, is definitely a genre I should pursue.
  24. Oh no you don't! Don't go throwing enticing words at our FreeThinker. He's ours. You can't have him. You do manage to make England so, so attractive, though. C
  25. Poor choice. Read it in one day and you're out of reading material again. Best to make it last at least another day, maybe two. You did see the free ebook sites mentioned here yesterday, didn't you? Bet you could find more old mysteries there. C
  26. Oh frabjous day! Callou, callay! The long-awaited Ngaio Marsh title-that-must-not-under-any-circumstances-be-named has come out of "hold" and is now safely ensconced on my Kindle reader (for 21 days). So, alpaca nice lunch and find a place where I can finish the book before they have to call in the Merinos. If worse comes to worsted I'll stay up late at night. R
  27. Really? I bet you've changed your mind! It's not the dream to be having nowadays. Sure if you want to come to a country that's badly mismanaged by a raggedy, blond, old Etonian, Churchillian wannabee, then rock on over. However, given our appalling handling of Covid, it's more likely you'll be moving to the UK to die. Not to mention we're all starving and can't afford to live. We're doomed, laddie, doomed....
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