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Tory peer Andrew Fraser emerges in his dressing gown to confront drum-banging The Red Hook community needs to know yesterday what is causing this so we can fix it. Red Hook Civic Association President John McGettrick believes that the water owes to a natural stream below street level, which has existed since the days when Red Hook was a tidal marsh.

According to McGettrick, springwater had escaped into the harbor through the graving dock every day. Graving docks are tub-like structures that fill with water, allowing ships to enter, whereupon the water is drained, leaving the ship on blocks where it can be repaired. Carolina Salguero, the founder of the maritime nonprofit Portside New York, spent time in the graving dock as a photojournalist and knew the site well. The EIS took note of the graving dock operations. The EIS shows that IKEA was aware of the situation, which in turn suggests that its engineers would have at least attempted to find a solution for the planned parking lot outside of damming the formidable gush.

In the end, the company filled only a portion of the graving dock, permanently flooding the southern section, which has become part of Erie Basin. According to Salguero, the spring had entered the graving dock at the southern end, perhaps beyond the boundary of the present-day IKEA property. No one is sure whether the stream that emptied into the graving dock was an offshoot of the creek on Richards Street, an instantiation of the creek itself which may have been diverted eastward at some point , or a completely independent spring.

Most Red Hookers now put the bulk of the blame for the Beard Street flooding on Thor Equities, claiming that the problem either started in earnest or grew far worse when the developer began to prepare the site for new construction. Perhaps here had been the terminus of the underground stream. At the same time, Thor Equities embedded two new outfalls on the shoreline on either side of the pier. From the outside, they look like useful points of discharge into Erie Basin that might balance out any loss of drainage from the new bulkhead.

Stephen Kondaks lives nearby and followed the construction closely. Outfalls that link up to sewers or storm drains include, in their internal workings, a one-way trap that permits water to exit without coming back in. His course is made easier when the police ask for his assistance, and a subsequent encounter with Shirley at a fancy dress ball at Norton Manor where the murdered man had been butler gives him a lead. More murder follows, with moves and countermoves and a thrilling chase. Still, the solution to the main mystery is fairly obvious, so the pleasure is rather in watching the effort to thwart villainous plans and bring the crimes home to the guilty.

First line: "The signpost was unhelpful. I've quite liked all the Heyer mysteries that I've read most of them now, but possibly not all; I'll have to check. Averting my eyes as I have not read that one yet. Only read a couple of Heyer's mysteries so far, though I'm expecting to encounter more of them this year. Of the 96 riddles, Kevin Crossley-Holland provides poetic translations of 75 in the main text of this volume; another 16, which are in a damaged or incomplete state in the manuscript, are translated in the notes; 5 are left untranslated, generally because too much is missing.

Agreed-upon solutions to the riddles are provided in the notes as well, and Crossley-Holland notes when there is substantial disagreement or uncertainty. All in all, a decent set of translations, but I think it would have been a much stronger volume had the Old English originals been included as well. The specific challenge is a book with illustrations accompanying the text. My edition of the book is copiously illustrated though no illustrator is identified , with small pictures accompanying a large initial at the start of each chapter, as well as larger illustrations mostly full-page.

Here are a couple reading- or library-related illustrations from the book: An illustration with a large initial. A close-up of the illustration. One of the full-page illustrations. That's a first page that would grab me. Does the rest of the book live up to its beginning promise?

So far I haven't read any of her romances. I haven't actually reached Jeremiah yet — he comes a bit later in the book than I've reached — but so far I've been enjoying Kate Carnegie quite a bit. Of course, I liked the other two books set in and around Drumtochty when I read them last year, so that I knew what I was likely to get. There is a fair amount of Scottish dialect when the characters speak, but I haven't found it a hindrance. Here's the opening of the book: The hustle and bustle of a railway station that is handling a rare abundance of passengers is well done in the first chapter, "Pandemonium," with some amusing and enlightening incidents that drew me in.

If you wanted to sample Ian Maclaren you might want to take a look at his first bestseller, Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush , as it is really a collection of stories. Doctor Christopher Marlowe, who has been hired by the film company, suspects more than an accident, and he concludes that aconite may have been introduced into the horseradish served at dinner.

Circumstances suggest that he is correct, and that his interest and suspicion have been noted. I was a bit surprised to find this more mystery than adventure, though there are some good descriptions of the island and the arctic environment. An unexpected and effective twist helped add dimension to the story of a reasonably capable man attempting to thwart a clever killer.

First sentence: "To even the least sensitive and perceptive beholder the Morning Rose, at this stage of her long and highly chequered career, must have seemed ill-named, for if ever a vessel could fairly have been said to be approaching, if not actually arrived at, the sunset of her days it was this one. It was a fun read. I've begun listening to episodes of the radio series Crime and Peter Chambers , with Dane Clark in the lead role — not great, but not too bad.

I was pleased to recognize one of the episodes so far was based on one of the stories in the book. Episodes are available at archive. Snow has arrived at last, with a modest amount earlier in the week and more coming down today. Our bird feeders are mobbed. This year we had some planters on the back porch that I've been using as feeding stations for the ground-feeding birds.

The dark-eyed juncos in particular seem to like them, and it brings them up close enough for us to watch them easily through the kitchen window. Here is one that has just gotten a bite to eat.

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And I think I can put my hands on it fairly easily. Bachrach and Steven Fanning January TIOLI Challenge 6: Read a book whose title includes at least two of the same number Tenth-century cleric Flodoard of Reims wrote a number of works, including a history of the church of Reims in present-day France ; poetic accounts of saints of Palestine in three books , Antioch in ten books , and Italy in fourteen books ; and the work translated in this volume, his Annals chronicling the years — The Annals provide an account of the fracturing of Carolingian rule, particularly in what is now northern France, the Low Countries, and western Germany, and the struggles of the dynasty and its supporters against the representatives of what would become the Capetian dynasty.

They also highlight the important role of Saxon king and emperor Otto the Great even in areas outside his realm, in part thanks to familial ties. Finally, they reveal the power of invading groups during this time of fragmentation and internecine strife; Scandinavians not just the early Normans around Rouen, but a large body along the Loire and those dominating Brittany for a time as well , Saracens who had a fortified outpost in southern Provence but operated as far north as modern Switzerland, interdicting travel from England and France to Rome , and Magyars the future Hungarians, who raided through Italy and as far west as Aquitaine, though they were decisively defeated by Otto at the battle of Lechfeld engaged in both raids and alliances with various contending parties.

Unusual events — weather, astronomical phenomena, etc. An interesting chronicle of events, but at times hard to follow because of the abundance of people and place. The translators helpfully provide bracketed identifiers for many, as well as copious notes. Recommended for those interested in the history of the period. Ice Station Zebra will most likely be my next read by MacLean, but probably not before next month.

Ruth Fisher is called to the home of Antoinette Wyndham, a mean but wealthy old woman estranged from her niece and two of her nephews the third, the caddish but apparently devoted Richard, is expected to be her heir , by a young woman, Daphne Lake, who is staying the night. Upon arrival, she finds Nettie Wyndham dead — and clearly poisoned, as her dog has died as well from drinking her spilled water. Aside from her relatives, who all had cause to hate her, or at least want her out of the way, Nettie Wyndham also gave cause to the Penniman family, inducing an attack of pseudoangina in Alice Penniman at lunch earlier that day by threatening to burn down the Wyndham home, which Alice had wanted to buy for years.

Police lieutenant Kelly comes down from Baltimore to investigate, and Dr. Fisher is an interested witness to his activities, as the clever detective uncovers secrets and threads his way through a maze of clues and false and true stories. First sentence: "Judge Garth's cold, ancient gray eyes met mine searchingly across the dusty ink-stained green baize top of his office table. A romance provides the framework for the novel, which spans some six months, but with various digressions into the past and sketches of strife and saintliness.

As with Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush and The Days of Auld Lang Syne , the author casts a gentle and sympathetic eye on humble sorrows and joys, day-to-day tragedies and triumphs, natural beauty and human nobility and kindness. I think Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush a more powerful book, but I quite liked this one as well and will probably read it again someday. It is absolutely incredible, but it is all the same a simple fact, that he knew every book and its location, having a sense of the feel as well as the shape of his favourites. This was not because he had the faintest approach to orderliness — for he would take down twenty volumes and never restore them to the same place by any chance.

It was a sort of motherly instinct by which he watched over them all, even loved prodigals that wandered all over the study and then set off on adventurous journeys to distant rooms. The restoration of an emigrant to his lawful home was celebrated by a feast in which, by a confusion of circumstances, the book played the part of the fatted calf, being read afresh from beginning to end.

I think we all can realte to that ;-. I'll have to keep an eye out for something by this author. She also wrote the Mr. Pinkerton mysteries and at least one other under the name David Frome. I've read three of the Mr. Pinkertons and Scotland Yard Can Wait and enjoyed them.

I've read lots of the classic British mysteries, but not so many classic U. Lovely book-shelves passage. I'm also enjoying reading your first sentences, my favorite so far being Bear Island up-thread. I saw first lines included in some threads last year such as those of Jennifer inge87 and liked the idea; I'm glad you're enjoying them.

Rearranging the living room to bring the chairs close to the front windows has met with approval. Hildy is enjoying the recliner, and Otto has pretty much claimed the Morris chair for his own. Occasionally they'll share the same futon or bed — at opposite ends or with some space — but they much prefer separate seats! Cirsova is a new fantasy and science fiction magazine first published last year that aims to recapture the strengths of pulp magazine stories and early novels in the field.

Four issues were published in , and two issues are planned for this year. As my interests include such earlier entries in the genre, as well as pulp weird fiction and especially adventure, I went ahead and picked up the initial issue to give the fledgling publication a try.

The cover illustrates the first story, "The Gift of the Ob-Men," about an exile who encounters alien creatures who give him powers that enable him to return and survive peril along the way. Unfortunately, this lead story was one of the weaker in the volume, with an uncertain style for the protagonist including turns of phrase that jarred with the material ; it seemed too short for the amount the author was trying to accomplish as well. The one poem included, the first part of a poetic retelling of Burroughs' A Princess of Mars , was weak.

An essay discussing the old role-playing game Traveller and E. Tubb's Dumarest books was interesting but in need of some editing. Overall a tolerable first effort. Much of the content was only so-so in execution, and there were some editing and formatting issues particularly with odd line breaks and hyphenation , but I'll be willing to try another issue.

For those who might want to sample the magazine, the content of the first two issues is available for free online at the Cirsova website at present. Gonna have to check into the magazine - looks like it would be right up my alley. Not all of the essays caught my eye, so I won't be counting this as a book read this year.

O noble throng of Ramsey, secluded by spreading waters, You strive to be purer than gold for God's sake. Question of the day: inim. My answer is "no. Adrian loves my recliner at night. He'll sit with whoever is occupying the chair. During the day, he prefers to sit on the back of the sofa and watch what isn't happening outside the picture window. But first lines are so fun, once you start you just can't stop. Some would claim it actually belongs to my father, but anyone who uses it quickly learns otherwise. Hildy spends most of her time on the couch with Erika in the evenings, but in the mornings she likes to squeeze into the recliner with me.

When the couch was in front of the windows, she'd climb up on the back to watch for us when we came home from being out. In recent years I've not been very good about saving or even marking interesting passages in books I've read; this may ease me back into doing so. It's amusing to me that our various animals have clear preferences in terms of places that they seem to consider "theirs.

It's cool that you studied Sumerian! My interest is purely casual, and I doubt I'll ever make an attempt at learning to read cuneiform or any of the languages it was used to represent, but I'm pretty fascinated by what has survived from ancient Mesopotamia, and by the painstaking scholarly piecing together of literature, history, and documentary witnesses to daily life.

I think that this is one of the few places in the group that Sumerian may be used for a post. Then would lose a language that once was king But proved seasonal and that nothing stays. But I think I'm more likely to tackle classical Greek first I had a tiny bit in college but had to stop. Howard Leland, who says that he fears for his life.

Jones, with operatives in tow, goes up the Hudson to the Leland estate, where he indeed discovers a murder. Suspects for the killing of young Farmer abound, and the investigation is complicated by the discovery that Farmer was shot after he had died of poisoning — perhaps by mushrooms grown on the Leland estate, though no mushrooms were found in his stomach in the autopsy.

Not recommended. Burt Co. I find that a lot with American mysteries and thrillers of that time, very odd. Goodness, Harry; your tastes are certainly eclectic. Love Otto and Hildy! My cats each claim specific territory, but constantly launch invasions, most of which are unsuccessful. I'll have to keep an eye out for other instances of the Burt logo.

Pixie is the smallest of the cats. Elli will share space with Pixie, and Otto will share space with Pixie, but Otto and Elli will seldom share space. I was very surprised to find all three on the guest-room bed one day last week. Hildy will grudgingly share space with one or another of the cats, but she clearly wishes they'd go somewhere else. This time I'm reading them in chronological order. A collection of short stories, Judge Dee at Work , contains tales set at different times during Judge Dee's career, so I'll be dipping into it when appropriate.

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I've just red the first three stories, which are set around the time of The Chinese Gold Murders , at Judge Dee's first independent official post. In "Five Auspicious Clouds," the magistrate investigates an apparent suicide; in "The Red Tape Murder," he is asked to assist in establishing the truth in a murder that occurred in the nearby fort; in "He Came with the Rain," he investigates the stabbing of a retired pawnbroker. The short story form unfortunately leaves little scope for the interwoven narratives that add greatly to the interest of van Gulik's novels.

I haven't noticed that, perhaps because I've not read as many older equivalents of modern cozies and probably next to no modern cozies. There Campion and his comrades find the Fitton siblings — Mary, Amanda, and Hal — and their aunt, Harriet Huntingforest, who may all have a connection to Averna, and who occupy an old mill near the village of Pontisbright. Strange doings in the countryside may be related to their quest, and Campion finds an unexpected and quite clever ally in one of the Fittons.

Their first suburban home is a worn-out canal boat whence the name of the home and the title of the book. Here, to cover costs, they take on a boarder; they also hire a servant, Pomona, an eager reader of romances. Ill-considered modifications to the boat, including a window cut too low on the side and a garden on the deck, lead eventually to the loss of the vessel.

After some time, the narrator and his wife Euphemia locate a new house to rent, with an eye toward eventually buying the place; soon Pomona shows up, and they once again hire her. First sentence: "For some months after our marriage, Euphemia and I boarded. The illustrator for the copy I read was A. Each chapter begins with an illustraton and a historiated initial. Here Pomona reads to the narrator, his wife, and a servant after their guard dog has driven them up onto the roof; she is providing them with the passage in her current book that made it possible for her to subdue the beast.

I'm really enjoying the style and the sense of history. Karen O. And I was hooked by van Gulik's writing, too; the translated stories were quite different from what I usually encountered in mysteries I was reading at the time. I then sought out and practically devoured his own Judge Dee books.

More recently I've been replacing my paperbacks with hardcover editions, and that TIOLI challenge was a good motivator to get me started reading them again. Have a great weekend. Have a great weekend, too! I read the first Judge Dee some years ago, but didn't go on with the rest for reasons that now escape me. This was prior to the first appearance on my threads of the series lists, obviously!

The series got its start in and ran through , with its demise roughly coinciding with the end of the era of general-interest American magazines, like Look and The Saturday Evening Post. Best Cartoons of the Year is an early entry. With World War II raging, many of the cartoons focus on military matters — some are by cartoonists who were now serving in the military — while others take a look at homefront issues like rationing. The book also includes brief bios of the contributing artists. Not all the cartoons work, including some that are sufficiently topical that they might not be immediately clear to a modern reader, but the mix is pretty good.

Although Conan the barbarian is probably Robert E. Howard 's most lasting creation, I think I prefer the haunted character of Solomon Kane, the grim Puritan who witnesses and battles supernatural evil. For Howard's th birthday today, I began rereading the stories contained in Solomon Kane. In "Skulls in the Stars," a battle with a spectral killer leads to knowledge that will permit the laying of the ghost, though it almost costs Kane his life.

In "The Right Hand of Doom," a necromancer reaches out to bring death to his betrayer before his own demise. These are both effective pieces, and though I hadn't originally planned to do so, I think I'm going to go ahead and finish the book now that I've started it. Howard , which is a creepy horror story of voodoo and vengeance, but rather too dated. First sentences: "Skulls in the Stars": "There are two roads to Torkertown. Hej Harry, you doing some diverse and interesting reading.

I'd like to read the Babylonian texts as well but don't have the time at the moment. I would expect there are similar volumes in German. I haven't read the Solomon Kane stories - sounds like I need to get to it!

In some respects they are dated, but the combination of adventure and horror is fairly effective. The Baen edition of the Solomon Kane stories that I own includes three that were left unfinished by Howard and were completed by Ramsey Campbell. I've read one of those so far this time; it was fine, but it definitely had a more modern horror feel to it. You can float right back to another era in a pleasant haze of nostalgia, just drifting along I've dipped into it just a bit.

It looks like a fun read. I'd like to get to it this year. I remain quite fascinated by your reading choices. I find the variety keeps me interested. We have quite an array of older cartoon books — they're an enjoyable way to pass the time.

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Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush was one of my favorite reads a couple years ago; I hope you'll enjoy it. Karlinke Courtly romance is not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Norse and Icelandic sagas, but Arthurian tales nevertheless found an audience there. When this story took place, there was a king ruling over England who was called Philippus. The public library in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has regular book sales every couple months. Today we had occasion to be near there, so we went ahead and visited the sale, with better results. While cousins Derek who is insured by the Indescribable and Nigel Burtell are on a canoe trip on the Thames, Nigel leaves the vessel while it is passing through a lock and goes to Oxford for an exam.

Did he leave the canoe? If so, why? Did Nigel do him in? What of the unknown man in a punt who passed the cousins heading upstream? And who is the American, Erasmus Quirk, who seems quite interested in the investigation? The second volume contains notes on the texts and plates of photographs or facsimiles of the tablets.

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I found the proverbs themselves of moderate interest, with some echoing universal concerns that remain salient today, and others tied into the society of ancient Mesopotamia, and often the interests of the scribes frequently students responsible for the texts. It creates life. When I learned that the publishers of the fantasy and science fiction magazine Cirsova were running a Kickstarter for subscriptions for , I decided I should take a look at a second issue to help me decide whether to back this year's offerings.

The second issue, for Summer , overall marked an improvement on the first, with better editing and proofreading in evidence fewer bad breaks, typos, etc. The featured novella, "Images of the Goddess," by Schuyler Hernstrom, was a quest story told with some humor and sufficient action, though the "twist" involving the object of the quest was fairly obvious from the start, and there may have been a touch too many odd elements thrown into the mix.

The previous issue's "The Gift of the Ob-Men" by the same author suffered from the same problem, and in addition was too short for the weight of the narrative; the novella form used here was better suited to the author's approach. The two longer short stories, "Hoskins' War," by Brian K. Lowe, and "Squire Errant," by Karl Gallagher, were pretty good, with the latter, narrated by a squire who carries on after his knight is killed by a monster, better than the former, a tale of magic set during the American Revolution but weakened by a choppy narrative pacing.

Mansouri, the first of the two shorter stories, was an OK tale of supernatural vengeance in a quasi-Norse setting. I skipped the second installment of the retelling of A Princess of Mars in verse, as I didn't care for the first. This issue's essay, "Rescuing Women," by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is an interesting account of the way that generations of women fantasy and science fiction writers and publishers have often tended to minimize or distort the history and accomplishments of the women who were their predecessors in the field, both on the writing side and on the publishing side.

Her essay's title is a call to give more prominence to the involvement and importance of women in the field in the past — an involvement recognized at the time but subsequently effectively erased — in contemporary attempts by both men and women to understand the genre s. Prominent in the popular literature of the Philippines in the 19th century and before were the corridos, verse romances generally founded on European tales, such as chivalric stories in the Charlemagne cycle or the story of Romeo and Juliet.

I think they are largely unavailable in English translation, but in Volume 29 pp. Fansler surveying the genre and including a facing-page translation of one of these metrical romances, Corrido at Buray na Pinagdaanan nang Princesa Florentina sa Cahariang Alemania Story of the Eventful Life of Princess Florentina of the Kingdom of Germany. The translation is by Fansler and Salvador Unson.

O God! Howard The terrible cover of the edition I read. Last month, in connection with the th birthday of pulp author Robert E. Howard , best known of course for creating Conan the barbarian, I instead read a couple stories starring a lesser-known character, the Puritan Solomon Kane, who witnesses and battles supernatural evil and oppression.

I then went on to read a whole collection of them. The book I read, Solomon Kane , published by Baen in the mids, gathers stories and poetry about the dark and driven Puritan, including three that were completed by modern horror writer Ramsey Campbell. Other stories owe a good deal to H. Some of the material is rather too dated, but the horror and adventure are effectively done. I love the proverb about the chattering scribe. After all, they must have been aware of many secrets better left untold.

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