Clifford Royal Johns's Blog (6)


With all the other things going on, I forgot all about Crimespace.  I plan to take another look around the neighborhood.

Added by Clifford Royal Johns on April 1, 2012 at 8:31am — No Comments


I just finished reading "The Judas Pair," the very first Lovejoy novel by Jonathan Gash. This is great stuff. I'd read one of the series years ago and liked it, but a friend just loaned me the whole series, so I'm reading them from the start. This first book is a bit rough, not as smooth and pleasing as they are later in the series, but its got a good sense of humor and it's also instructive about the antiques industry and the scams that go on. It should not have taken me so long to get back…


Added by Clifford Royal Johns on February 17, 2008 at 5:55am — No Comments

The Best American Mystery Stories

I finished reading "The Best American Mystery Stories" (2005) today. OK, so I have a large reading pile, and it takes me a while sometimes. What struck the most about this anthology is that very few of the stories actually have a mystery in them. Most were criminals going about their business, or people who were related to criminals going about their business or even police going about their business, but they were, in general, not solving or intrigued by, any mysteries. I've read…


Added by Clifford Royal Johns on January 21, 2008 at 10:17am — 1 Comment


I just finished The Blight Way by Patrick McManus. I've always enjoyed McManus' humor essays. The are funny all the way down to your toes. His humor isn't as thickly spread in his mystery novel, but it has the same assured voice and a pretty good plot. Mosly I liked the characters -- I think it's what McManus does best. Still expected Rancid Crabtree to show up somewhere along the way.


Added by Clifford Royal Johns on November 30, 2007 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Does the Author's opinion matter?

So Rowling outed Dumbledore. This post isn't really about that though.

This post asks the question; does the author's opinion matter any more than anyone else's once the story is out?

Since the last book has been written, there is only the written evidence to go by. If Rowling thought of Dumbledore as gay while she wrote the stories, that's fine, but hardly relevant. I think the real issue is, if the reader thinks of him a gay, then he is. If not, then he's not. The…


Added by Clifford Royal Johns on October 23, 2007 at 2:17pm — No Comments

The Friendship Balm

I tried my hand at a YA story. It's kind of quirky, but Mark at Story Station liked it enough to take it.


Added by Clifford Royal Johns on October 22, 2007 at 6:05am — No Comments

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