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Houston, TX
About Me:
I've been an avid reader since I was three years old. Went through the Lord of the Rings when I was ten, using that trilogy to get through several English classes in junior high school. Began reading mysteries with the Hardy Boys, and there are days I still like going back to reading the one Hardy Boys book I still have.

Currently, I'm recovering from quadruple bypass surgery, and am on medical disability due to kidney problems. So, during my 5 1/2 hours of dialysis I read review books for I Love a Mystery and then write up the reviews for the site. I'm able to discover new authors or re-viist with old authors who are coming out with new works through the year.

Walking with my dog is down time for me, as it allows me to free the mind from the clutter of everyday stresses.
Books And Authors I Like:
Some of the authors I like include Tim Dorsey, James Rollins, Clive Cussler (Dirk Pitt series), Jack Du Brul (Philip Mercer series), Robert Crais, Ken Bruen, David Rosenfeldt, Paul Levine (re-reading the Jake Lassiter series now), John Harvey, Graham Hurley, James Lee Burke, Lee Child and so many more that I might run out of space.

Recent reads that I've enjoyed: One Night Stand by Roland Jefferson (review), Memorial Day by Vince Flynn (think 24 in book form), Death Match by Lincoln Child (dating services can provide murder for a price); reading now: Falling by Christopher Pike (kidnapping can be parental and fun); Black Angel by John Connolly (Parker and friends are traveling through woo woo land again); Excavation by James Rollins (trying to dig my way through the South American jungle and mountains).
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Don't go to movies. And watch only sports on TV.

Sometimes I flip channels and get Sleuth on cable and will watch Medical Investigation or Miami Vice, but that is about the extent of my TV patience.

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Book Signings, Cell Phones, and Children on the Loose

I was at two book signings recently at my favorite book store. The signings and talks were interesting and informative. However, at one book signing, during the author's talk, several people had their cell phones go off, rather loudly too, and this kept interrupting the author's train of thought, as he continued to stop while the people answered their phones. Usually, I believe, at most signings people are asked to turn their cell phones off, or most know to do this. This…


Posted on June 4, 2007 at 11:40am

What's happened to creativity?

I'm wondering what has happened to creativity in both movies and writing? It seems to me that there are plot ideas that are recycled uniquely and come across as different. Then there are CLONE ideas -- Da Vinci Code spin offs, re-made old movies with new characters, or rewritten books into modern day scripts for movies -- Shooter, the Point of Impact novel by Stephen Hunter brought up to date to feature the Gulf War, new era style sniper.It used to be I could go to movies or read books that…


Posted on April 14, 2007 at 3:39am — 2 Comments

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At 6:59am on November 1, 2007, Eric Stone said…
Hi Steven,
Hope the dialysis is going well. No problem about last night. Let me know how you like the books. The next book - Flight of the Hornbill - is written and with the editor. It ought to be out in late September, early October next year and I'll be back in Houston at MBTB to talk about it. Hope to see you then.
Thanks for writing. Eric
At 11:47am on June 5, 2007, Rebecca26 said…
Hi Steven,

Good to see you here! You get to see the legendary cat.
At 4:36pm on May 1, 2007, Merrill Young said…
does Maddy know that you have her vault combination?
Does she pay off in books for you to keep her secret?
And what sort of chocolate, exactly?
Why? Oh, no reason..........
At 12:02pm on May 1, 2007, Mary Saums said…
Hey, Steven - thanks for sending your hot weather up here today. Not. :) At least you kept most of the humidity down there where it needs to stay. Jack Du Brul - have you talked about these books on the list? I don't remember hearing about him.
At 9:29am on April 30, 2007, Merrill Young said…
Quite the mystery you have going Steven.
Do those numbers mean anything? Temp? Humidity?Combination to safe containing ill gained goods?
Nice to see you here! And Dirk wasn't so bad, at least in the early books. Comics for grownups.
At 7:45am on April 29, 2007, Barbara Fister said…
Good to see you here! How's the weather? I can bet - humid!

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