Friday, October 20, 2017

No FFB Today

While I don't have anything for you today, please go see Patti Abbott's blog for the links.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

7 Down, 18 To Go

Today was a little more difficult than normal as, while trying to get her dressed, Sandi slid off the end of the bed and fell onto the floor. It took awhile, but Scott and I finally managed to get her up off the floor. Got her dressed and out the door to the car so she could have her seventh radiation treatment this morning. Nothing has changed for better or worse as she is still in severe pain in her back and off and on pain in her stomach. The chills and shakes continue as do the severe back spasms. We told her radiation folks about what had happened this morning, and near as we can all tell there are no new issues from this fall.

After radiation tomorrow,  we go to infusion so they can do fluids for a couple of hours.  Hopefully, we will be back home by early afternoon.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Finally Home ....and Things Are Not Good.

Sandi had her fifth radiation treatment this morning and as of right now she is still scheduled for 20 more. She remains in severe pain from the tumor itself as well as the back spasms it is causing. She is also having some severe stomach cramps that could be those tumors in and around her intestinal tract reacting to the radiation or it could be another issue including some sort of sympathy spasms caused by the large spinal tumor.

That is not the worst of it as the visit with her doctor and the blood work indicates there are severe and worsening issues. There are multiple and worsening issues including one with her white blood cell count as it is soaring. More blood was taken from her for a second round of testing that will included the dreaded bacterial blood tests. The hope is she does not have yet another bacterial blood infection.

Several medications have been stopped as her blood pressure is far too low and that is another puzzler. After putting her into an actual hospital bed in one of the bedrooms instead of out in an infusion chair, they put a massive amount of fluid into her and slowly got her blood pressure back up. I am not sure how much it was, but I do know it was easily in excess of a liter. I suspect it was two.

The current plan is for her to have radiation this week as scheduled and into next week and have her come to the main office for fluids on Friday as well as a doctor visit and more fluid next Tuesday. Before we left this afternoon, two different staff members again went over the drill with me about what to look for, when to call the doctor, and when to call  911. One hopes that I never have to make another 911 call.


The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 10/16/17

The Rap Sheet: Revue of Reviewers for 10/16/17

Reviews by David Nemeth--Small Press Crime Fiction: Incident Report No. 13

Reviews by David Nemeth--Small Press Crime Fiction: Incident Report No. 13

Monday, October 16, 2017

In Reference To Murder Blog: Media Murder for Monday 10/16/17

In Reference To Murder Blog: Media Murder for Monday 10/16/17

Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers for 10/16/17

 Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers for 10/16/17

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins: Reviewed by Ambrea Murian MacDonald loved Rowallen Castle, and she loved the immeasurably happy life she lived.   But when the ea...

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: INTERVIEW WITH LAUREAN BROOKS!

A Writer's Life....Caroline Clemmons: INTERVIEW WITH LAUREAN BROOKS!: Today I’m pleased to have as my guest Laurean Brooks. She was brave enough to let me interview her. Here’s the result: Please tell us a...

TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/16-22

TEXAS BOOK LOVER: Monday Roundup: TEXAS LITERARY CALENDAR 9/16-22: Bookish events in Texas for the week of October 16-22, 2017:  Special Events: 9th DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference , Fort Worth, Octob...

4 Down, 21 To Go

4 Down, 21 To Go as of today. No change here one way or the other. We met with the radiation doctor after the treatment and he remains very optimistic about how things are going. Sandi is  frustrated at how things don't seem to be getting better, but he says it will take a bit longer. How long? He never really answered that question.

After she has another radiation treatment tomorrow, we see her main cancer folks for blood work and an office visit.

Aubrey Hamilton Reviews: Silent Murders by Mary Miley



Silent Murders by Mary Miley (Minotaur, 2014) is the second book in the Jazz Age historical mysteries. After recovering from events described in the tumultuous series debut that introduced Leah Randall, a vaudeville actress who aged out of the child parts she’d been playing, Leah has taken the names of her cousin and her father and moved to Hollywood. Now known as Jessie Beckett, friends from vaudeville helped her find a job as a script girl in the new United Artists film studio founded by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D.W. Griffith. Jessie is beside herself with delight when Bruno Heilmann, a famous director, invites her to one of his enormous parties. She is even happier when she discovers one of the caterers at the party is a former vaudevillian who often shared a stage with Jessie’s late mother. She makes an appointment to meet the caterer to talk over old times as she leaves the party.

Jessie learns early the next day that Heilmann has been found dead, clearly murdered, setting Hollywood in a tailspin. When Jessie arrives at the home of the caterer that afternoon for tea, she is devastated to find her dead, another murder victim. Within a few days, two more of the party-goers are poisoned. Jessie uses her acting skills, her access to costumes and make-up, and her ability to move around the film world unnoticed to investigate the crimes and protect her new Hollywood family.

Miley based this book on the unsolved 1922 murder of Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor. About this time a series of scandals made Hollywood synonymous in the mind of the public with depravity and immorality, and Miley mentions these scandals as this story unfolds. This is a well-written, soundly researched narrative that can be read as a stand-alone.

I particularly like the entertainment history that is woven into the background and the implications that changing technology had for the people who made their livelihoods from show business. In the first book, Jessie is out of work because the venues for vaudeville are drying up as the silent movie becomes the preferred form of mass entertainment. In this book the changes that sound would bring to the film industry are discussed in a brief aside. Many of the silent film stars were from other countries and had strong accents or little ability to speak English. They did not survive the transition to the talkies. The stars that could adapt continued their careers, for instance, consider Jack Benny, who started his career on the vaudeville circuit and transitioned into radio, film, and television. Not everyone was as versatile. Parallels to the effects of technological changes in the past 30 years are all too easy to draw.

·         Hardcover: 320 pages
·         Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition (September 23, 2014)
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 1250051371
·         ISBN-13: 978-1250051370


Aubrey Hamilton © 2017
 
Aubrey Hamilton is a former librarian who works on Federal IT projects by day and reads mysteries at night.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

KRL This Week Update for 10/14/17

Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of another Halloween mystery, "A Catered Costume Party" by Isis Crawford http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/a-catered-costume-party-by-isis-crawford/

And a review of "The Adventures of the REAL Tom Sawyer" A Memoir by Tom Sawyer. We also have an awesome giveaway-not only can you win a copy of the book but you can win a signed copy of a script from an episode of "Murder She Wrote" (written by Tom)! http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/the-adventures-of-the-real-tom-sawyer-by-tom-sawyer/

Also another Halloween mystery short story, this one by Margaret Hamilton http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/taste-before-you-buy-a-halloween-mystery-short-story/

And a review & giveaway of another Halloween mystery by Kathi Daley,"Trick or Treason" http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/trick-or-treason-by-kathi-daley/

We also have a review & giveaway of a fun Halloween anthology-"Witch and Treat" http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/witch-and-treat-a-collection-of-paranormal-cozy-shorts/

And a review & giveaway of another mystery set in the Halloween season-"A Hive of Homicides" by Meera Lester, and a fun Halloween related guest post by Meera http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/a-hive-of-homicides-by-meera-lester/

We also have a review & giveaway of another perfect book for your Halloween reading, "The Haunting of Dr. Bowne" by C.A. Verstraete http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/the-haunting-of-dr-bowen-by-c-a-verstraete/

And for those who also enjoy fantasy, over on KRL News & Reviews a review of "The Hunt" by Chloe Neill, and a giveaway of the first book in the series http://www.krlnews.com/2017/10/the-hunt-by-chloe-neill-reviewgiveaway.html

If you are looking for some fun Halloween reading for the kids, up in KRL this morning we have a review & giveaway of "Skoob Revisited" by Clovis author Kathy Goosev Howell http://kingsriverlife.com/10/14/skoob-revisited-by-kathy-goosev-howell/

Happy reading,
Lorie


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Monday Mystery—Texas Authors: Earl Staggs

Monday Mystery—Texas Authors: Earl Staggs

Friday, October 13, 2017

Relevant History: Anza’s 1775 Expedition: Arizona to San Francisco in Five Months

Relevant History: Anza’s 1775 Expedition: Arizona to San Francisco in Five Months

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn: Reviewed by Jeanne When Dr. William Ravenswood and his sister Mary arrive in London in 1815, they are all but friendless.   They a...

The Rap Sheet: Bullet Points: Bouchercon Week Edition

The Rap Sheet: Bullet Points: Bouchercon Week Edition

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Eleanor Oliphant, Lost City, Shadow Ma...

Bookblog of the Bristol Library: Nevermore: Eleanor Oliphant, Lost City, Shadow Ma...: To start, Nevermore dived into Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine , a debut novel by Gail Honeyman .   Eleanor Oliphant is not yo...

3 Down, 22 To Go

No changes better or worse.

FFB Review: Spirit Of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story by Craig Johnson

Earlier this week I reviewed the latest incredible book by Craig Johnson, The Western Star. Memories of a legendary train are a major part of that book. As I was reading, I was reminded of another book of his where memories of a mode of transportation played a major role in the tale. For this Friday in October when there has already been snow in the Northern Rockies it seemed appropriate to remind you of Spirit Of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story first reviewed here in late December 2013. Patti is at Bouchercon 2017 with her husband, so this week Todd Mason has the honors at his Sweet Freedom blog for more reading suggestions.


The Tuesday before Christmas brings snow, relative quiet, and no real plans for Sheriff Walt Longmire other than his annual rereading of A Christmas Carol. That is until the quiet dark haired woman toting a garment bag walked into his office. Eventually it becomes clear that she wants to see the former Sheriff, Lucian Connally. The woman claims to have something that she would like to return to him.

Lucian is living at the “Durant Home for Assisted Living” and could probably use a visit from somebody besides Sheriff Walt Longmire and Dog. Not only is the home’s television another victim of Lucian’s legendary temper having died by gunshot, the man is not in the best of moods because it is Christmas and he has been drinking quite a bit. He has no idea who the mystery woman is either until she says “Steamboat.”

What follows is an incredibly suspenseful flashback tale of a flight to save a child’s life against the odds---medical and environmental. On Christmas Eve in 1988 an aging WWII plane and a cast of locals including the recently retired Lucian and first year Sheriff Walt Longmire pulled off a Christmas miracle. Though readers can surmise from nearly the start that the dark haired woman was that child, there is plenty of suspense in how the flight happened and why she is back now.

While Spirit Of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story is a short book as it is a novella, it is a powerful and deeply moving book. Craig Johnson brings alive the storm, the people, and the history of a legendary aircraft in a way that few novelists could do. The resulting 160 page book might simply be the best thing the man has ever written.

Spirit Of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story
Craig Johnson
Viking (part of Penguin Group)
ISBN# 978-0-670-01578-8
October 2013
Hardback (also available in e-book and audio)
160 Pages
$20.00


Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System.


You can also read  Lesa Holstine's take on the book here.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2013, 2017