We have a winner of the contest for that extra copy of Tolkien's The Hobbit, first edition facsimile. Congratulations to... Sandy from Mister Beebop! As stated previously, I will contact the winner directly to get a shipping address. Aside from that, nothing else needs be done but wait for it to arrive. Thank you to … Continue reading Announcement: Winner of The Hobbit Contest!
Just a little public service announcement, just in case... The media review embargo for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended over the weekend. Most of the reviews out there are spoiler-free, and the early buzz is promising. The standard hyperbole is "the best one since Empire." We can only hope that's true. We'll know for … Continue reading Beware of Spoilers
Usually Watson finds about the cases of Sherlock Holmes when Holmes tells him, or when a client drops by. This one, we're told, is one of only two cases where Watson brought the matter to Holmes. Victor Hatherley, a young hydraulic engineering consultant trying to build a career for himself, shows up seeking medical attention … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I'm going to be upfront and honest about this. My knowledge of history, and specifically of the Knights Templar, means that I can't turn off my brain to enjoy this series. I have been chomping at the bit for Knightfall, and they ran headlong into one of my biggest pet peeves of all time. Why … Continue reading Knightfall – Series Premiere Rant
Thought I'd offer up some behind the scenes updates, for those who are interested. First, a reminder... the contest to win a first edition facsimile of Tolkien's The Hobbit is still going on. I have to say I'm a bit surprised. When I first posted it, the traffic to this site went absolutely crazy in … Continue reading More Things and Stuff
"Heaven is lying at Buddy Guy’s feet while listening to him play guitar." -- Jimi Hendrix I'm going to begin this review with a story of my own. It's directly related, so bear with me. In June of 2004, I attended Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas, … Continue reading When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy with David Ritz
Some evenings, I just want to unplug. No computers. No smartphones. No televisions. No video games. No streaming media of any kind. Sometimes not even books. I know, that seems harsh to me too. Some nights, the old eyes need some rest. On an evening like this, the solution is music. Just music. Nothing overproduced. … Continue reading Old School
I posted recently that after much difficulty trying to acquire a facsimile first edition of Tolkien's The Hobbit, I managed to get two copies. And as I said before, I'm keeping one, and the other is up for grabs. I want to be as fair as I can about this, so read this carefully. If … Continue reading Contest: Win A Hobbit!
I've been on the hunt for a while now for a very specific book. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was recently released as a First Edition facsimile printing. This is *ahem* precious to me for a variety of reasons, not least of which because it's one of my favorite books. But in this case, the facsimile … Continue reading There and Back Again: A Tale of Hobbit Acquisition
The title sort of says it all, so... spoilers. Break out those maps of Beleriand, ladies and gents. You're going to need them. In the fight against the Dark Lord, there have been three great battles. Now we arrive at Dagor Bragollach -- the Battle of Sudden Flame -- wherein the High King of the … Continue reading The Silmarillion – Quenta Silmarillion: XVIII. Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin