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St. Louis, Missouri, USA
About Me:
I'm a scientist and work on discovering and developing new drugs for the prevention of cervical cancer.

I write professionally in the technical arena (science articles), and like nearly all scientists, I review articles for scientific journals. I have also been a journal's (associate) editor and serve on an editorial review board. But all of that is for chemistry. I have published one non-science article (on track & field) and a couple of scientific editorials. I also had a poem published in a vanity press (I wrote it when I was about 15). I do have a few posts on science in my blog (issues of public interest), and in many cases I do know the scientific authors whose work I discuss personally. I always disclose this. Since I don't do anything professional in the fiction arena, I'm not checking off the editor box, etc.

I'm an avid fiction reader and recently started writing about the books I read at nearlynothingbutnovels. This is in part because I felt I was reading books at a pretty fast clip, but was having trouble remembering titles & authors (though I didn't have any trouble remembering the stories), so I thought I would cement my memories into the bloggoshere. More important is my love of sharing great books with friends, which I now extend from the friends I know to the friends I don't know (to quote my younger son, when he was 5). I don't know any of the fiction authors personally, yet, though I have met a number of them and also know the sister of one. I will disclose any personal relationships where appropriate.

There is a very high proportion of crime fiction in my overall fiction diet. I also tend to read a lot of "international crime fiction".

Stop by and comment on what I've said, if you like, and I'll be browsing your sites and linking to them ASAP.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Cara Black, Charlotte Jay, Alan Furst, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Elliot Pattison, Gary Disher, Ian Rankin, John Le Carre', John Straley, Philip Kerr, Qiu Xiaolong, Robert Wilson
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Closer, Homicide: Life on the Street, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Numbers

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Updates to Miniblogs, Squidoo Lenses, on Crime Fiction and Fiction

I'm way behind and haven't really written anything (non-technical) in a year, but I did make some updates about favorite books on my Squidoo lenses What's a Little Murder Among Friends, crime fiction, and Nearly Nothing but Novels. These are, to some extent, spin-offs from my main fiction blog, also called… Continue

Posted on October 24, 2010 at 1:34pm

For the love of language (and politics), plus comments on a few of the latest books I've read

I find myself compelled to point out that Sarah Palin is suffering from "Aleutians of grandeur."


I just finished a few books sent to me by my brother, lent by friends, and some that I even purchased (that should make the authors here happy, though if they only knew how many books I have, they might forgive my current quasi-moratorium on buying more). These… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 3:00pm

My current writing and photography projects

This about covers things, except for publication of a few photos at an online mapping company and at a real estate agent's website for islands in Maine. Writing seems to be better than sleeping, most of the time..

Nearly nothing but novels: fiction and crime fiction book reviews

Chemistry for a sustainable world…


Posted on April 23, 2008 at 4:32pm

The accurate Raymond Chandler Quote that I fudged before

"It was a cool day and very clear. You could see a long way--but not as far as Velma had gone"---Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 41)

Thanks to http://home.comcast.net/~mossrobert/html/chandlerisms/chandlerisms.htm for helping me get the details right.

What a great close to the novel!

Posted on April 1, 2008 at 10:47pm

My first author interview and next writing projects

It is still in progress, but the first two installments of my discussion and interview with Qiu Xiaolong appear on Nearly Nothing but Novels. What a kind man and a terrific novelist. I took a break to read his two latest novels and write a bunch of environmental posts elsewhere, but I'll wrap it up soon.

On the subject of the environment, I just spoke (rather unexpectedly) at my State representative's "State of the State" address: I'm multitasking so much that I guess I didn't read… Continue

Posted on April 1, 2008 at 10:30pm

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At 9:07pm on August 6, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi James , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 4:22pm on March 28, 2008, Luis said…
Thanks for accepting my invitation. I too look forward to discussing fiction with you.
At 3:26pm on March 14, 2008, Timothy Hallinan said…
Hey, James --

Thanks for the invitation. Will go check out your reviews. (And, by the way, I have a book coming in June.)

At 1:15am on March 14, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi James
Your background is unique for this site, but intriguing to me. I was an editor on Pharmaceutical Executive for seven years, so I interviewed a lot of scientist in search of cures. Very passionate and noble people.
On the subject of crime writers, Leslie Glass is one of my favorites (when she's writing about April Woo).
At 2:05am on January 8, 2008, carole gill said…
thank you for that. all the best and I hope your year is great too. I found what you wrote interesting. I suppose chemistry would change along with other sciences. hmm i'll have to think about that.

At 6:40pm on January 7, 2008, carole gill said…
Love your page and profile. And thanks for the invite. Would you believe I absolutely loved organic and inorganic chemistry in high school and beyond and then did zip with it?!
anyway all the best!
At 9:04am on December 31, 2007, Cara Black said…
Happy New Year James!
At 12:21pm on November 5, 2007, charlene said…
Hi! How are you, Jim? I am searching for Silent Spring. I am very eager to read it!
At 7:17am on October 19, 2007, Charlotte Williamson said…
WOW! What a lot of info to digest! I'm one of those "hunt & peck" sort of people, as opposed to "design and build" It's sort of like, I know how to drive a car, but I don't know how it runs or what to do if it stops running. That's my life in re to computers. I've operated computers since the early 70's, but they have progressed so far in technology, that it blows my mind. I sometimes find it hard to keep up. So I learn a lot from people like you. Thanks for your patience and thanks for the explanations. I learn more every day.
At 4:41am on October 18, 2007, Charlotte Williamson said…
I'm new at the writing and promotion game, and even newer to the world of "blogs." Can you explain in detail about "Blog Carnivals?" It sounds like I could post chapters of my books there to get people interested in them.

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