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“Read a Damn Book – 033: Living Dead in Dallas”

Charlaine Harris – Living Dead in Dallas (2002) This is the 2nd book in the Sookie Stackhouse series of vampire/romance/mystery novels written by Charlaine Harris. (I reviewed the first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, a few weeks ago.) … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 032: Understanding Comics”

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, comic books were HOT! Mainstream comics (Marvel & DC) were doing well, collectors’ prices were up, and the classic characters were on everyone’s mind. Tim Burton’s Batman film (from 1989) smashed box-office … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 031: KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money”

Although I wasn’t ever a huge KLF fan—they had a couple of good techno songs, but I never bought their album—I LOVED the Dr. Who novelty song, “Doctorin’ the Tardis,” which the same artists released in the late 1980s when … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 030: Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book”

Shel Silverstein – Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book (1961) Most people probably know Shel Silverstein from his kids’ books: The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic—and these books are great. They are funny, clever, sometimes sad, … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 029: Flaming Carrot’s Greatest Hits”

I had the great pleasure of meeting Bob Burden once, back in 1988 at Golden Apple Comics in L.A. My uncle and I drifted into the comic shop, late, for a Burden appearance, and we got there just in time … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 028: The Robot Who Looked Like Me”

Robert Sheckley – The Robot Who Looked Like Me (1982) Robert Sheckley has written some of my favorite stories of all time. He was a science fiction author (sadly, no longer with us) who started publishing in the 1950s, but … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 027: Swag – Rock Posters of the ‘90s”

Being born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I actually came of age in the swampy breeding grounds of Grunge, although I was never really a fan of that STYLE of music, (it seemed more like metal than punk to … Continue reading

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