James K. Bashkin's Blog (10)

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

Added by James K. Bashkin on October 24, 2010 at 1:34pm — No Comments

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

Added by James K. Bashkin on November 13, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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…


Added by James K. Bashkin on April 23, 2008 at 4:32pm — No Comments

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!

Added by James K. Bashkin on April 1, 2008 at 10:47pm — No Comments

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

Added by James K. Bashkin on April 1, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Thanks, and where is Leslie Glass? Linda Barnes? But for Jonanthan Kellerman, I wish I could tweak his books a bit

Thanks to all who have stopped by my review site. I've mixed in a few

other things with the crime lately, and will continue to do so, but I

could review crime for years without picking up another book, so there

is lots more to write.

I don't see any mention of Leslie Glass in the recent discussions (women writers, etc.). I happen to like her books quite a lot and think they are terrific police procedurals. They have a lot of suspense coupled with great character… Continue

Added by James K. Bashkin on September 28, 2007 at 6:16pm — 1 Comment

It was a clear day, and if you looked down the street you could see all the way to the Ocean, but not as far as little Velma had gone

Crime fiction is such a pleasure, the psychology of this sometimes troubles me (but I know I can quit whenever I want to).

In writing about fiction over the past week on my regular blog, it is amazing to realize which authors slipped my mind, and joining this site has reminded me of many (Raymond Chandler, for example). This, in spite of the fact that most of what I've talked about is crime fiction. But I'm looking forward to finding out about even more books from the posts and sites… Continue

Added by James K. Bashkin on September 24, 2007 at 9:57am — No Comments

Translating fiction/Can I handle a day without murder?

In my latest post on http://nearlynothingbutnovels.blogspot.com/, I describe a great site on translation that I came across. It contains further links to discussions of mistranslation, including mistranslation of dialog to film subtitles. Related sites have also come up in subsequent comments. You might enjoy stopping by to learn about these sites.

I also report on a site from Robert (Bobby) Baird of Chicago. This site has some wonderful writing and great photography. Bobby edits a… Continue

Added by James K. Bashkin on September 23, 2007 at 11:45pm — No Comments

What has the CIA done for you lately?

I give brief reviews of three espionage books by Robert Littell on my site. The books are The Company, The Defection of AJ Lewinter and The Visiting Professor. Hope you find them useful. Jim

Added by James K. Bashkin on September 16, 2007 at 8:31am — No Comments

Karen Fossum, Norway and the Lofoten Islands

I just posted a few comments on my blog about authors linked to Henning Mankell, the Swedish writer, by sharing a common reading audience. Several things may interest people:

1. The ability to type in an author's name and learn what other authors are favored by the first author's audience. For some reason, I find it difficult to… Continue

Added by James K. Bashkin on September 15, 2007 at 10:55am — No Comments

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