Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The Master Mystery by Arthur B Reeve and John W Grey
“…When inventions threaten to render useless already existing
patents, necessitating the scrapping of millions of dollars' worth of
machinery, vested interests must be protected.
...Brent and his partner, Herbert Balcom, had evolved a simple method of
protecting corporations against troublesome inventors and inventions. They
had formed their corporation, International Patents.
Their method was effective, though desperate.They bought the sole rights from the
inventor, promising him glittering royalties.The joker was that the invention
was suppressed. None were ever manufactured.Hence there were no royalties and
the corporations went on undisturbed while Brent and Balcom collected huge
retainers (from the corporations) for the protection they afforded them."
What a scheme? Who can stop them? Its been going on so long-not only hurting the
inventors but stopping progress!!Little does Mr. Brent know that his young
assistant, Quentin Locke, is actually a federal investigator.Will Quentin Locke
succeed in arresting Brent and Balcom?
Mr. Brent's beautiful daughter, Eva, is unaware of what her father's business
really is but she does know that she really doesn't want to marry Balcom's son-
she's rather partial to her father young assistant.Will Quentin Locke succeed
in winning Eva?
Is Mr. Brent really evil or is he a dupe of Balcom's? How far will Balcom go
to stop Quentin Locke? And who or what is the Automaton??
If this review makes you think of a breathtaking, heartstopping silent movie
serial...well, its because this book is actually the prose version of a silent
movie starring Harry Houdini and the first ever movie robot! Enjoy this fun
romp with ever more death defying feats as a free audio-book (perfectly read
by Roger Melin) or a free e-book in pdf. or kindle format or watch below the
first installment. (You can see all the rest by following the links on the
YouTube page.) Have fun!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
You can view the house on-line here with wonderful explanations.
And I've got a complaint! :) They had Paul Revere silver pieces on display and they were tarnished-tarnished black! Really!
John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams are all buried here as well as the five victims of the Boston Massacre so when visiting Boston I definitely recommend leaving enough time on the Freedom Trail to stop and stroll through.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
and sewed away using a simple running stitch. Voila!
(Ooops, voila again...anyone know why I can't delete this twice uploaded picture?)
I'm thinking I could sew whole circles and then applique them to a background...
or do something like this or just use them in the border of a not-yet-designed quilt. Lots of possibilities.
And, of course, I just have to add some baby pictures...here Mika looking very minxish
and Ella in a quiet moment (lots of her pictures came out blurry because she's always on the go!)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Star Born by Andre (
Generations ago a group of settlers left Earth seeking freedom and landed on Astra. There they met and were befriended by the MerPeople, a race that had been slaves to the Others and on gaining their freedom after the Others violent civil war lived in the seas and in coastal areas near the sea-still in fear of the Others.
Young Dalgard Nordis, a fifth generation settler, and his best friend, the MerMan, Sssuri, are on a trek to the northern lands.
About a hundred years ago, there was a political revolution on Earth (defeating the anti-science/anti space travel Pax) and now once again, man was taking to the stars.
Raf Korbi, small craft pilot, was waiting and hoping that they would find a planet to land on soon. They had been on this spaceship RS 10 for what seemed like forever and no one knew what their fate would be…no one even knew what had happened to most of the RS flights before them. Then the gong sounded-they’d made it-they had found a planet.
I loved the way this book was written-alternating chapters between the adventures of Dalgard and Sssuri and Raf and the Earthmen until of course, they eventually meet up. (Don't be put off by the first chapter and the many descriptions-its just setting the scene and no other chapter reads like that so stick with it.)
Lots of exciting adventures and there are some interesting insights into how people from different cultures evaluate their environment and how after all, evil reveals itself. For me, this book shows all the best of science fiction.
Andre Alice Norton wrote more than 300 books and stories. She was a tremendous influence on generations of science fiction and fantasy writers. She is probably best known for her Witch World series but she wrote many other series and singles. (Star Born, published in 1957, is technically the second and last book of the Astra series but it easily stands alone.) She was born Alice Mary Norton in 1912 and changed her name legally to Andre Alice Norton in 1934. She wrote mainly young adventure fiction and thought it would make her more marketable if her readers thought she was an Andre rather than an Alice! (This was not so unusual-I’m sure you can think of other women writers who adopted male names). I enjoyed this so much that I’ll be on the look out for more books by Andre Alice Norton.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
And here's Mika under her coin quilt....
and Ella under hers.
I'm linking to Finished for Friday at Lit and Laundry and Sew and Tell at Amylouwho.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Spoilers by Rex Beach
The Spoilers is a “bosom heaving” romantic novel and much more.
Dextry and Glenister rescue the beautiful Helen Chester from the men chasing her and hide her away in their room on the boat taking them back to
“He stood over her, tall, virile, and magnetic… She was staring up at him unaffectedly, so close that the faint odor from her hair reached him. Her expression was simply one of wonder and curiosity at this type (of man), so different from any she had known. But the man's eyes were hot and blinded with the sight of her, and he felt only her beauty heightened in the dim light, the brush of her garments, and the small, soft hand beneath his. The thrill from the touch of it surged over him--mastered him.
"What I want--I take," he repeated, and then suddenly he reached
forth and, taking her in his arms, crushed her to him, kissing her
softly, fiercely, full upon the lips. For an instant she lay
gasping and stunned against his breast, then she tore her fist
free and, with all her force, struck him full in the face."
Little does Glenister suspect that the woman he so deeply desires has had a hand in helping McNamara and her uncle, Judge Stillman, steal the Midas right out from under him and Dextry and by using the Law to do it. They put up a claim jumper to state that the mine was his (which they knew it wasn’t) and then said that the mine had to be put into the hands of a receiver (McNamara) while it was all sorted out. The gold was to be deposited into the bank for now but the only ones with rights to the bank account were McNamara and the Judge.
This is a true story! Well, I don’t know about the romance but the attempt to steal and control the Anvil Creek mines is part of the historical record. You can read more about this and the real scoundrels Alexander McKenzie and Judge Arthur Noyes here.
I enjoyed this rollicking story, both the romance and the intrigue. Rex Beach wrote this in 1906 just a few years after it all happened (he was in