Today is Sunday December 7, 2014

I finally read the first of the 28 Tom Swift novels that I bought from Amazon for Kindle in 2012. “Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle.” It takes you back in time to the ’30s, and has everything a boy could want in a story. Action, adventure, villains, plots, conspiracies, etc.
I recommend this if, like me, you grew up after Tom Swift books were popular. I grew up on the Hardy Boys and Bamba the Jungle Boy.
Thanks to my good friend Drew Hevle for recommending this fine collection.
Included in this 2,401 page collection (for Kindle) are:
Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle
Tom Swift and His Motor Boat
Tom Swift and His Airship
Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat
Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout
Tom Swift and His Wireless Message
Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers
Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice
Tom Swift and His Sky Racer
Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle
Tom Swift in the City of Gold
Tom Swift and His Air Glider
Tom Swift in Captivity
Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera
Tom Swift and His Great Searchlight
Tom Swift and His Giant Cannon
Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone
Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship
Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel
Tom Swift In the Land of Wonders
Tom Swift and His War Tank
Tom Swift and His Air Scout
Tom Swift and His Undersea Search
Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters
Tom Swift and His Electric Locomotive
Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope
Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung
Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X

Here’s what I’m reading now for my next WEB project. If you are a budding gothic writer or maybe interested in assisting the ministry of the New Apostolic Reformation (the dominionists), this book’s for you! The Macks really know their stuff, from obscure Japanese to spiritual spirits of the Amazon. The feet always give the demons away.

►I’m of course enjoying it on my Kindle Paperwhite.


The power went out at my house yesterday at 4:20 and did not come on until after 1 AM after the thunderstorms. Luckily, I had just charged my Kindle in the morning, so I was able to:
►finish “Fly By Night” by Ward Larsen,
►read the first 4 chapters in “Goodbye to a River” by John Graves (the current selection
►read another 3 chapters in the “A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits” by Carol and Dina Mack
►start “The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1) by James Patterson.”

Maximum Ride’s flight from the Erasers looks a lot like Dean Kountze’s portrayal of the Freaks in “Odd Apocalypse.” I’ll find out more when I retire for the evening.

I wish I had more rainy days to just stay inside and read.

Stella said: Rainy days don’t get readers down as we always have the comfort of a book. What do people who don’t read do when it’s raining or snowing? Beats me!

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, as documented in the Hebrew Bible, angels are said to have free will. Without free will, how could there be fallen angels. In Islam, angels do not have free will, but are eternally faithful to God. It seems to me fertile ground for all sorts of fictional musings! Further, with free will, we need not think of demons as 100% bad and angels as 100% good. So, there could be a confluence of sorts between members of the good/evil teams. What do you think?

Just picked up the three season’s of ABC Family’s miniseries called “Kyle XY” about a teen boy with extraordinary abilities. It’s a fun and entertaining bit of work. It reminds me a lot of the X-Files, totally sanitized for a suburban audience.
Books: Right now I’m just loving Susanna Clarke’s work “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”.  This book combines a few Welsh (Tolkien) and English (Austen, Dickens, Rowling) writers. The story is set in the dawning of the 1800s when Napoleon was such a problem with the English.  Mr Norrell is a magician who laments the absence of decent magic in England, so he goes to London to offer his magical services to bedevil the French. This is a long book at 846 pages, but my Kindle handles it quite nicely.

The selection is now the third book in the series “Russia” and is called “Tent Life in Siberia.” I wonder,  is there a mobile home park in Minsk?

Salon Magazine’s Cary Tennis wrote in the October 13, 2011 issue titled “No, I can’t edit your manuscript for free.”

Cary writes about books for a living, so people think he’d love to critique their prose.

This was just what I needed to be prompted to write a blog entry on the subject. I read a lot, and am a member of  a book club (reading group) that really doesn’t have a name, but we do have a website the Facebook page” href=”″>as well as a Google Blog at .

Among ourselves, we speak of “the bookclub” in referring to our group. We’ve been meeting since 1989, usually on Thursday nights once a month (loosely followed).

In a typical month I get three requests for critiques, reviews, testimonials, etc.  I have  a full-time job, and am amazed to think that authors really think a complete stranger is going to spend a few hours to read their book and to write a review or critique as a courtesy (no compensation).

“Angry Books Writer”  wrote to Cary (Salon’s ‘Advice Columnist’ and wrote, in part,  “But, even if I had the knowledge they seek, why should I use it to benefit them? Reading and editing a manuscript would take a helluva long time. What’s more, it’s work, work that other people get paid for.

Cary advised the exact same strategy that I came up with. If someone asks you to do something you don’t have time to do, charge money for it so that it can realize a higher place in the hierarchy of your “to do” list. I figured out how much I make on an hourly basis, tacked on 30% (remember, this is overtime!) , estimated the time required, and gave a quote.

Nobody that I’ve sent a quote to has chosen to respond, and that is just fine by me. In my off time, I like to work out at the gym, go to salad bars on the weekend, go shopping, improve my house, and take care of my 110 gallon aquarium when I’m not working on web pages or participating in Facebook and Twitter, and reading multiple topics of interest.

If “they” do not feel the expense is justified, why would I feel the time and effort is justified?

When somebody asks you if you would do this kind of work for them, tell the person that you do occasionally take on such projects, in a selective way, and here is your hourly rate. And see what happens.




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This book was given to me by a coworker who is from Wales and is very knowledgeable about the US Civil War. Nathaniel Starbuck is the son of a Boston preacher who finds himself about to be tarred and feathered while in Virginia. He is rescued by a man with a grandiose view of himself, and the Confederacy. Nate finds himself enmeshed in a web of relationships that propels him into the midst of the conflict, and he fights reluctantly, but bravely. In the end, he substantially adds to the successful routing of the Yankees by the brave Southern Freedom Fighters at the battle of Manassas (aka Bull Run). This is the first book in the “Nate Starbuck” series that consists of four books: Rebel, Copperhead, Battle Flag, and Bloody Ground.
I am grateful to Norm for giving me this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, being on my father’s side, deeply rooted in the Old South. In fact, I’m a direct descendant of a Confederate officer. More . . . Louis Hemmi – Houston, Texas 10/1/2011

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Louis Hemmi's trip to England. A picture at Salisbury Cathedral

An Englishman Dreams in a Cathedral

Photo taken by Louis Hemmi on the A.R.E. summer 2011 Tour of Scotland & England. Salisbury Cathedral. Salisbury, England .Sean Henry created > 20 human sculptures & put them in & around Salisbury Cathedral.Conflux: Union of Sacred & Anonymous is the exhibition’s title. Thru Oct 2011

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