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Free ebook: The Watson Letters Volume 3

Free this weekend! ( )

monkey readingThe Watson Letters Volume 3: Curse of the Baskervilles
by Colin Garrow

Intrepid investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite Post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe.
In three more adventures, the intrepid duo tackle a ghostly locomotive, journey to Dartmoor in search of a gigantic hound, and team up with bloodthirsty psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter in the hunt for a murderer. Adult humour throughout.

Curse of the Baskervilles is book #3 in this Victorian comedy adventure series.
If you love historical mysteries, buy something else instead, but if you’re into fart-gags and innuendo this’ll be right up your Victorian street. Download your copy or buy the paperback version of The Watson Letters Volume 3: Curse of the Baskervilles now

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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Barry rant, Ebooks



George RR Martin

George RR Martin in a sombrero … because there are some things that the world needs now.


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Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Barry rant


A little humor for Saturday


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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in Barry rant



A friend has been sending me pictures of bookshelves. I like to see how people are storing and displaying their books. When I received this picture, I had to comment that this was NOT a bookshelf. In order to be a bookshelf, it needed to store —- ummmmm books.


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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Barry rant


Some wicked books this way comes

monkey-bookSorry Ray, I couldn’t resist.  Looks like some interesting books are on the way. I have been asked to review Witches and Wizards: The Real-Life Stories Behind the Occult’s Greatest Legends and Paperbacks From Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction. Expect to see them listed in my mailbox — soon.

I hope that I have enough earl grey tea for all of these books!

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Posted by on August 9, 2017 in Barry rant


In my mailbox: The Castle in Cassiopeia


Snacking on a peanut butter and peach jam sandwich while sipping earl grey tea. It’s a quiet night and I am listening to Star Trek on the H&I channel while reading Mike Resnick’s “The Castle in Cassiopeia”.

51jpctosuql-_sx331_bo1204203200_I want to thank the folks at Pyr for the free review copy. The book will be available August 22nd and I’m sure that Resnick fans will eat it up — like a peanut butter and peach jam sandwich.


A crisis has arisen. On their first mission as a team, Pretorius and his Dead Enders kidnapped the real General Michkag and substituted a clone who had been raised and trained in the Democracy. But now they find that the clone likes being the most powerful man in the hundred-world Traanskei Coalititon—and having been raised on Earth, he knows how humans think and react.

This becomes a many-layered problem for Pretorius and what is left of his Dead Enders. As the only humans on a totally militarized alien world, they must first find where the best-guarded member of the enemy’s military – Michkag – is hiding and how many aliens, or regiments, or divisions, are guarding him, and then they must find a way past all his lines of defense to kill or capture him.

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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in Barry rant


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Rainy days, Windows 10, cabbages, and kings

SAM_0023It has rained for the last couple of days and I can hear thunder as I write this post. This may not have been the hottest Summer in recent memory but it certainly one of the wettest.

My attempts to immerse myself in a game were destroyed when Windows 10 decided to update. What a pain in the ass. Just as I was about to slay the dragon Jormag’s Claw, I was disconnected. No victory, no treasure, no nothing, thanks Windows.

I waited until Windows had done it’s thing and updated to 16251. Among the new features, you will be able to link your Windows phone. Since I don’t have a Windows phone this update meant nothing to me. Cortana takes on a bigger role with voice control. You can now ask Cortana questions and she will give results without opening Edge. She will also reboot, lock, shutdown, etc. on verbal command. In my case Cortana doesn’t understand me, I think she hates southerners. “Learn to speak English you hillbilly, white trash, swamp rat.”

Aside from the thunderstorms, the house has been unusually quiet since Peppy has passed away. The backyard squirrels have grown bolder and are stealing the cotton from the chair cushions on the back-porch.  One hit me with a pecan yesterday — I swear the little bastard did it one purpose.

I’m counting down the days until Fall.

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne
–Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

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Posted by on August 4, 2017 in Barry rant



Other blogs will give you dog and cat videos, I give you WHALES!

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Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Barry rant


Warm Summer day

Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall, feathered grasses and buttercups sway,
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open-eyed at the setting of day
–Abba Gould Woolson (1838–1921)

It isn’t raining so I should mow the lawn, but I really don’t feel like it. I think that I will be lazy today. Maybe a freezer pizza for lunch.


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Posted by on July 13, 2017 in Barry rant


Gifts from Varla Ventura

Hey! They finally got here. I was a little worried because, as you know, my mailman hates me. I want to thank Varla Ventura for the cool prizes and gifts. Check out her blog at . After looking at this thumb-through, you might be interested in buying one or more of her books. I’ll post a few Amazon links…

varla-a040617Varla Ventura, author of Sheroes, The Book of the Bizarre, and Wild Women Talk About Love is a scholar, poet, provocateur and lover of all things odd, unusual, and truly freaky. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, and loves to talk about love. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Barry rant

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