Category Archives: characters

Childhood Characters Whom I Like More NOW

Than I did when I was a kid By Jeff Salter Before I launch into my review of this particular title – The House on the Cliff… volume 2 of the venerable Hardy Boys ORIGINAL series – let me say … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation?

Two weeks ago I did a mishmash of a ‘review’ about two, (at least), books and touched on the fact that they were translated.  Something that had been nagging in the back of my head for many decades came to … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Seven

Whenever I’m working hard on a new writing project, I try to read more ink-on-paper books to give my eyes a rest from looking at a screen. This month I’m trying very hard to finish up a project for my … Continue reading

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All About Notes

Where are my notes about the new notes updating the old notes? By Jeff Salter Notes are on our collective minds this week at 4F1H — and that means different things to different ones of us. For the Hound Day’s … Continue reading

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The Good(?) Doctor

I was hard-pressed with family, plus behind in getting out interviews,(so they are slow coming in), and also hard-pressed to find a book to review whose author is not A) a former guest B) a future guest or C) the … Continue reading

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Geared For the Grave

A Cycle Path Mystery — Book 1 Another Comedic Novel by Duffy Brown By Jeff Salter Duffy Brown is a Grade-A HOOT — in the finest definition of that term… and she’s one of the most generous and reader-involved authors … Continue reading

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‘Eager’ to Read

“Have you revisited an old favorite book/movie? How did it change for you as you got older?” As I have often mentioned here, we are watching more movies than ever and many are old favorites. Some are one that I … Continue reading

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Words to Warm My Heart

This week’s topic was one that I proposed: “What are the nicest or most inspiring things people have said or written about your writing? How did it affect you?” When I first started writing and blogging, I had a few … Continue reading

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If the Boot Fits…

This week we have been re-imagining fairy tales. Most of the fairy-tale known widely in America are originally German, because of the Grimm Brothers, who traveled throughout their part of Europe collecting, and then publishing, folk stories. There are many … Continue reading

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POP Go the References

When we were discussing advice to young, new or would-be writers, I omitted some pieces of advice. One is: Avoid ‘pop’ references. As far as I am concerned, they age your work and make it seem irrelevant very quickly. Of … Continue reading

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