Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ran into an author friend of mine today, Jason Breedlove..."MYcellf Prisoner of the Pen"; and his new book "1065131 A Memoir" He is a very interesting young man , who is turning his life into success! His book is available at Powell's World of Books in Portland, OR  I haven't got to review his new book yet, but plan to do so soon!

Have you Tried This?

Chicken Mojakka: One of my famous recipes on the Internet! Yummy!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Library Thing Review, "The Lucifer Code"

"The Lucifer Code" by Charles Brokaw.   Another adventure of Dr. Thomas Lourdes (The Atlantis Code) set in Greece and Turkey.  I enjoyed "The Atlantis Code", so getting this novel to read was a bonus. Part biblical history, mostly thriller... in today's world Satan surely is walking the earth in some guise.  In a genre I call "Biblical Sci-Fi", and one of my favorites...this novel was an excellent read!  It does fit into the Dan Brown type novels, so I imagine his fans will enjoy this novel also.

A Library thing Review, "Peacemaker"

"Peacemaker" by Dan Ranco...A Thriller.  Being kind of a computer geek myself, I enjoyed the technology behind this novel.  Crazed, power hungry,Corporate Computer CEO's unleash a virus, for revenge and Global Domination.  Ha-ha-ha, how can it get any better than that?  A fun and entertaining read.

A Library Thing Review, "The Network"

"The Network" by Jason Elliot.  A pre-9/11 spy/adventure novel set in Afghanistan.  While normally avoiding "first person" viewpoint novels, I was 150 pages into this book, before I even noticed.  The author paints a very personal account, with vivid characters.  One gets into the mindset of a reluctant, but capable spy, thrust into the world changing climate of Afghanistan. Behind the scenes politics and back door deals at many levels provide some insights into what Terrorism is really about.  This book is a great read!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Posting bad!

WOW, I'll have to work up a new list of my recent reads.  I haven't posted in a while had major PC problems at home and in Public venues.  But I am back up and running and will post my recent reads today!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Current Read: "The Skin Map"

"The Skin Map" by Stephen Lawhead,  is an interesting book I picked up at the Library about time travel using Ley Lines.  The interesting characters are thrown from modern day London to 1600 England and Prague.  I really enjoy it so far!  Evidently it is the first book in a five book series.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Recent Reads:

“Blood Heaven” by Bill Myers, novel about genetic engineering using the 2000 yr old blood of Christ?

“The Promised War” by Thomas Greanias, a novel of traveling back into time to the battle of Jericho to save Israel.

"Threshold" by Ben Mezrich, a novel of genetic engineering.

"Threshold" by Eric Flint, a sci-fi novel about Mars and beyond, alien race artifacts.

"The Extinction Event", by David Black, a murder mystery in a small town in upstate NY, with a climax about an asteroid about to hit the earth in the near future!

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Latest Read: "Marks of Cain"

The "Marks of Cain", by Tom Knox,  contains several of my favorite plot lines...conspiracies of the Catholic Church, Nazis, Science gone wrong, history and a few others.

It centers on the Basques and their DNA, Nazi concentration camps, and the real reason for the Holocaust. I found it interesting, and so may you.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Artists and The "Basics" of Success

"On artist websites, our number one section is usually photos," So said Warner Bros. Records SVP of New Media, Jeremy Welt, at the Bandwidth Conference in San Francisco. Amazing the difference a few good photos can make.

During this time of elaborate marketing strategies, it's easy to forget the basics. Yes, it's true, as an artist you have to market your work, but don't become obsessed with launching a full-blown 24/7 online/offline integrated, strategic marketing campaign at the expense of the basics. It's hard not to get sucked into the marketing trap; everyday another social media, video streaming, email marketing guru emerges with the flavor-of-the-day, must-have marketing success secrets.

This is an era of seemingly endless marketing choices; online marketing including Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, blogging, email marketing and Adwords; traditional offline efforts include advertising, direct mail campaigns and traditional public relations. The trouble is more and more promotional avenues arise; many artists get so wrapped up in their need to market (which is a real need) that they often do so at the expense of their film, CD, novel or art. It can be a trap.

Don't put yourself in that situation. Before you get lost in the myriad forms of marketing, make sure you've covered the basics. An elaborate marketing campaign is not going to serve you if you haven't developed a cohesive message, a strong pitch and interesting photos and images.

So pull back a bit and pick one or two marketing avenues to focus on and make sure you've covered what's truly necessary. Which brings us back to images; the Internet loves photos. They cause people to stop and look. The more photos on a site, blog or social media site, the longer visitors stay. According to Welt, whereas once artists basically used five to ten basic looks and photos, now it's closer to 300 to 400 per campaign. Not that you need that many to start, but ten would be good. Start with a good website, a compelling press release and ten interesting images. Then move slowly and methodically. Launch a local media relations campaign. Create and daily work a Facebook page. You can slowly add to that marketing approach. Be consistent. Stay with it. Stay focused and it will work.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

My Recent Reads

I have finished these three books in the last week. "The Apostle" by Brad Thor; "Mid Scrambler", by Chris Grabenstein; "Scavenger" by David Morrell.  All are in the genre of Thrillers.  I liked them, so should you, if your into that type of reading.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Reviews

I just reviewed two books on "Library Thing""The Cobra",  by Frederick Forsyth and "Broken", by Karin Slaughter.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Online Writing - How Can You Earn More Money?

by: Sutikno Slamet

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to online writing. Most of the newbies to this career see those jobs offering a dollar for five hundred words, and while they might work for that amount to start with (just to get some experience) they soon want to build up and earn more for their hard work.

And why not? Every writer should earn what they are worth, and the better you get the more money you should be able to bring in.

So how do you earn more from online writing? The trick is to raise the bar. If you have been writing for a dollar for 500 words, you need to start dismissing those jobs from now on. Think about this for a moment - if you spend time considering whether or not to apply for those low paid gigs, you won't be able to spend as much time looking for higher paid jobs.

You need to get into the habit of only considering higher paid jobs in the online writing world. And you'll find - as I did - that as soon as you raise that bar in your own mind, you'll start finding other jobs that you can apply for.

There is another tactic to remember here too, and it works in conjunction with the first trick I mentioned above. This is all about numbers. You need to apply for as many higher paid writing jobs as you can. The more you apply for the better the chance is of actually winning more of them.

It can be depressing to think about the percentage rate of winning jobs to losing them. Some writers have mentioned winning around ten per cent of everything they apply for. Now if you think that it is depressing losing a full 90% of the jobs you go for, you need to think of it in a different way.

For every ten jobs you go for, you'll win around one. So if you want to get two writing jobs you'll have to go for twenty in total. Get the idea? Think in terms of what you need to do to win the number of online writing jobs you actually want to get.

As you can see, your own frame of mind can have a big effect on how much writing work you get. And the more you get the more money you will earn. And of course, you now know that if you raise that bar a bit higher you will be bringing in more money before you know it.

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Friday, July 23, 2010


alone without being lonely, quiet, yet welcoming a brief sound in the silence
nature’s music surrounds the solitude
an internal and external phenomenon

emotions ebb and flow like a mystical tide

desire for companionship sometimes dispels
the need for solitude, a quest to unite lonely beings into a whole
that is beyond singularity

the sounds, the feelings, the wonder of just thinking thought without direction momentary aberrations of time and space
amazement at imaginary journeys of the soul

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Immortal Love

the tension of love begins
familiar yet new
intense beyond a faded memory
a scintillating light in the darkness

love that lasts an eternity
a distant place in the heart and soul that beckons
two to become one
Immortal love

sadness is dispelled
regrets fade into the past
feelings burst forth like blossoms in the early spring
the distant journey begins

a void is filled with passion
tears are created from pure joy
completeness exemplified by calm
Immortal love


Friday, July 16, 2010

Online-Writing-Jobs - Paying Freelance Markets Opportunity

by: Sutikno Slamet
If you are a screen writer, there is a one stop job bank you can visit for instant access and almost immediate listing. Imagine have the opportunity to choose among more than 1000 jobs in the freelance writing world. How would you feel? You will definitely feel on to of the world knowing that many online freelance hunters doesn't have this kind of opportunity at your finger tips.

When I discovered this paying market I'm about revealing to you, I wondered why it had taken me so long to find this rich data base which freelance writers can mime for information in the several listed categories which is specific about your writing talent.

Here is the talent category or interest listed by online-writing-jobs for freelance jobs:

· writing jobs

· copywriting jobs

· magazine

· blogging

· website writing jobs

· content writing jobs

· article writing jobs

· book writing jobs

· ghost writing jobs

· proofreading jobs

· travel writing jobs

· public relations jobs

· journalism jobs

· research jobs

· review

· resume writing jobs

· entertainment writing jobs and lot more

You think about a ready gateway to the hidden treasure on freelance writing markets. Advertisers fall over themselves to get a piece of your talent. They are desperate to hire you. That means your frustration of not having job to do will soon be over with this information at your disposal.

If you are then so serious about your hunting job for writers all you just have to do is to rush to the location of the site as detailed among other 101 freelance paying markets.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Best Best Seller Lists


  Top Sources

  • NY Times - Breaks down independent and chain stores.

  • Los Angeles Times - Based on a poll of LA area bookstores.

  • USA Today - Updated weekly to reflect retail sales.

  • CNN - Scroll down for the Wall Street Journal's list.

  • Chicago Tribune - Best of the Midwest.

  • San Francisco Chronicle - The Bay Area's bestsellers.

  • - Movers and Shakers of the day.

  • Barnes & Noble - Browse the top 100 sellers.

  • Bestseller Almanac - Lists from 1900 to the 1990s.

  • BookSense - Bestsellers at independent stores.

  • Powells - Top selling books of the week.

  • Publisher's Weekly - Browse bestsellers by genre.

  •  Thanks to

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    My current read, "Eye of the Red Tsar" by Sam Eastland

    Just finished this book I received for review from "Library Thing".  The lead character Pekkala is Finnish, where my paternal grandparents are from, and starts during the reign of the last Tsar, the war of Communism in Russia, which are both things my father and grandparents went through.

    It was an intriguing look at the early days of the Soviet Union and Stalin and the last days of the Romanov's.

    The characters were engaging, the scenic descriptions realistic and interesting.
    It gave me some further insights into my family genealogy, like The Finnish Guards, and the Russian & Finnish War.

    I look forward to the new novel in 2011, featuring Pekkala, "The Emerald Eye".

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in a good suspense novel or a historical based novel.

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Funny Questions About Life

    by Hal Lacious

    Ever had one of those funny questions about life? Then please read on. When it comes to funny questions and thoughts about life, every time I think I've seen them all I find one I've never seen before or come up with more of my own. The following are some of the ones I've discovered or written however, I know there's more because thats, well... life. So, if you find while reading these funny questions and thoughts about life make you smile, pass them along. All right, let's get started!

    Funny Questions about life - Group 1 Why does Hawaiian pizza also contain Canadian Bacon? Grape Nuts cereal. No grapes - no nuts. Huh? What's the difference between regular ketchup and fancy ketchup? Do Dutch people always split the bill? If you use Miracle Whip on Wonder Bread, do you have to use Heavenly Ham?

    Funny Questions about life - Group 2 Is there ever a day that mattresses aren't on sale? They make bullet proof vests, why not bullet proof pants? Why are oriental rug stores always going out of business? Is there any difference between partly cloudy and partly sunny?

    Funny Questions about life - Group 3 If it only takes one match to start a forrest fire, why on earth does it take me a whole box of matches and a can of lighter fluid to light my grill? When they ship those styrofoam peanuts, what do they pack them in? How do you know when pickles or sour cream has gone bad?

    Funny Questions about life - Group 4 How does one know when their bagpipes need tuning? Allstate Insurance has a disclaimer that reads: not available in all states. What? If Donkey Kong's main character is a monkey, why isn't it called Monkey Kong? Why does the word lisp have an "s" in it?

    Funny Questions about life - Group 5 How come you never read the headline, "Psychic Wins Lottery"? The next time someone says, "Now I've seen everything", ask them if they've ever seen a UPS truck parked in a parking space. Has anyone ever really seen a Jolly Rancher? If you get a club soda stain, how do you remove it?

    Funny Questions about life - Group 6 Has anyone (besides Donald Trump's wife) ever been fooled by a comb over? Is it really possible to change the direction of a bowling ball by waving your hands? There's senior citizens, so why aren't there junior citizens?

    Funny Questions about life - Group 7 They say laughter is the best medicine - so who came up with the phrase, "I died laughing"? Why do doctors leave the room when your getting dressed? After all, they've already seen you naked. What's wrong with the United States? They only have two choices for President, but fifty for Miss America. Any reason they nail down the lid of a coffin? When butterflies get upset or nervous, what do they get in their stomachs?

    Funny Questions about life - Group 8 Where do they put price stickers on non-stick pans? If it's called lipstick, why is it always coming off? When they sing, "Take me out to the ball game" they're already there. Why? Who's idea was it to make the word abbreviation so long?

    Yes, these are just a few of the Funny Questions about life that try men's -and women's souls. And there's a ton more funny questions about life not listed here. Some of them come to me during the course of a day. For example, why does every shampoo bottle say, lather, rinse, repeat? I'm sorry, did I miss my head entirely the first time or do you just want to sell more shampoo? If you have or have thought up any funny questions of life yourself, feel free to send them along and thanks for wasting a few minutes of your life pondering these funny questions of life. Now get out there and do something good. Like figuring out what people in China call their good plates...

    Friday, April 23, 2010

    A Local author, "MYcellF Prisoner of the Pen"

    Jason Breedlove is a fairly huge, young man who frequents the Senior Center, playing Pinochle, and chatting whit us old timers. Jason spent time in prison. He wrote down his thoughts, many of which are profound, while some are profane. Here are a few, which I call anger management issues; after all he was in prison! I thought these somewhat amusing.

    “Anger Management”, quotes from Jason Breedlove’s book, “My Cellf, Prisoner of the Pen”

    • I’d like to punch you until I damage your whole frontal lobe!

    • I’ll knock your f**king gums down your throat!

    • Your body will collapse around my fist.

    • Remind me later to punch you in the eye.

    • I want to hit you with something sharp.

    • I’ll send you home with broken teeth.

    • You need to douche your mouth!

    • I’ll break your f**cking mustache!

    • I’ll beat you down to nothing.

    It is available from Powells Books, and on-ling at Jason's Blog.

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    Books About Natural Disasters....A warning?

    Unless you've been on another planet or had your head in the sand, you may have noticed the increased frequency of natural disasters such as earthquakes, snow storms, heat & cold extreams, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, etc.  Just watch any news program.  Tonight for example, April 8, 2010, a 70 mile in diameter asteroid is making a "Close Encounter" within the moons orbit to the Earth!

    Scientist say this is normal activity.  I say this is increasing in intensity and frequency, and is a warning of things to come...2012, Jesus, The End, etc. Regardless of the “catastrophe” involved, the will to survive and survival skills necessary to accomplish the act are similar. These attributes are the main importance, at least to me, when reading this type of literature. Perhaps it is because I pride myself in having many of these skills.

    For you to form an intelligent or unbiased opinion & perhaps save your life, you should read and do a little research.  I an including a few Bibliography's, selected web sites, etc.  Inform yourself, come bach to this Blog and comment.  This is just the "tip of the iceberg" on references and may help get you started.


    The Bible
    Natural Disaster Science Bibliography
    CBS News Disaster Links
    Amazon Books on Disasters
    2012  Resources
    Book of Daniel
    Nuclear War Bibliography

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Best Sellers, Week of 3-28-10

    Hardcover Fiction

    1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett
    2. HOUSE RULES, by Jodi Picoult
    3. THE SILENT SEA, by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul
    4. THINK TWICE, by Lisa Scottoline
    5. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, by Seth Grahame-Smith

    Hardcover Nonfiction

    1. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis
    2. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler
    4. THE PACIFIC, by Hugh Ambrose

    NY Times listings

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    My Latest Read, "Into the Paths of Gods", by Kathleen Cunningham Guler

    I have always loved Arthurian legends of Britian, and since this book awas a Library Thing author gift, I really enjoyed it. After doing some personal reserch on Britain of 500 CE, I was impressed by the authors use of historical facts and her ability to paint the images of that time for the reader.

    Let me not forget to mention the great main character, Claerwen, a do everything, kick-ass woman of beauty and intelligence, who survives on hardship after another, and becomes stronger for it!

    I have just reserved the next book of the series, "In The Shadow of Dragons" from the library, and look forward to reading it.

    I am delighted to recommend this series to historical and Arthurian readers.

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    Stars on Ice

    Stars on Ice is a touring figure skating show produced by IMG. It was originally conceived in 1986 as a vehicle for IMG client Scott Hamilton, who had been released from his contract with Ice Capades, after being told that male skaters do not sell tickets. Hamilton now has retired from regular touring with the show, but remains actively involved as a producer.

    Stars on Ice was originally conceived as an ice show for adults, without the skating Smurfs or Disney cartoon characters typical of other commercial ice shows of the period, such as Disney on Ice. Another concept that has carried through the show from the beginning is that of a small cast of elite skaters who perform together in ensembles as well as solo numbers. In 1991, the Canadian branch of the show, Canadian Stars On Ice, began.

    Also features my Oswego State College roommate Jef Billings, the shows Director and Designer! A very talented person!

    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    Best Sellers, Wk of 3/1/2010

    Hardcover Fiction

    1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

    2. WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

    3. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown

    4. POOR LITTLE BITCH GIRL, by Jackie Collins

    5. WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah

    Hardcover Nonfiction

    1. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

    2. THE POLITICIAN, by Andrew Young


    4. I AM OZZY, by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres

    5. WILLIE MAYS, by James S. Hirsch

    Monday, February 22, 2010

    My Latest Read - "Trust No One"

    "Trust No One" by Gregg Hurwitz was a great read.  Political conspiracies, murders and corruption at the highest levels create a plot with twists and turns that is enjoyable to read and difficult to put down.

    There is a cool tattoo also "Trust No One" in asian characters.......sounds like it could be my one and only tat!

    Japanese: 信頼誰も

    Chinese: 信任沒人

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    33rd Portland International Film Festival

    OK, the 33rd International Film Festival is here in Portland, OR.  I've never been to one, have no money for such entertainment, nor am I interested in watching films I can't understand either by language or plot. Who the hell likes sub-titles?  Speak English damn it!

    But I know there are plenty of new age, tree hugger, yuppie types that go to such things, so I'll mention it here.  Pretend your in Caines or is the link.


    Monday, February 15, 2010

    Best Sellers Week of February 15, 2010

    Hardcover Fiction

    1. WORST CASE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

    2. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

    3. FLIRT, by Laurell K. Hamilton

    4. WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah

    5. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown

    Hardcover Nonfiction

    1. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

    2. THE POLITICIAN, by Andrew Young

    3. ON THE BRINK, by Henry M. Paulson Jr.

    4. I AM OZZY, by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres


    Monday, February 8, 2010

    Best Sellers .......Week of February 8, 2010

    Hardcover Fiction

    1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

    2. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown

    3. KISSER, by Stuart Woods

    4. BLOOD TIES, by Kay Hooper

    5. THE FIRST RULE, by Robert Crais

    Hardcover Nonfiction

    1. GAME CHANGE, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

    2. I AM OZZY, by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres

    3. THE POLITICIAN, by Andrew Young

    4. COMMITTED, by Elizabeth Gilbert

    5. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    So You Wanna Be A Proofreader: Ten Tip

    by: Tom Aaron

    The title in this article should grab your attention for one of two reasons: you are interested in being a proofreader or you notice the language is inappropriate. "Wanna" is not standard English. Looking at this title, you probably came to one of two conclusions: the writer deliberately used a mistake to grab your attention, or the writer did not proofread very well. At Aaron Language Services, we see error after error from people who apply for proofreading work. We do not expect perfection, but we do have ten tips to help proofreaders get closer to producing good work.

    1. Careful checking

    Your email message may not be your proofreading work. If you are looking for proofreading work though, any typos or other errors will cast doubt on the quality of your work. If the email message is accompanying proofreading work, the errors will cast doubt on the attached work.

    2. Three times

    Good proofreading borders on the obsessive. Catching those last errors requires attention to detail. Proofread everything at least three times. I needed three reads to finally notice that I had written "tree times" above instead of "three times".

    3. Time intervals

    If you keep reading the same writing over and over, catching mistakes becomes more difficult. We suggest that you spread out your three proofreadings over time. For simple text, this proofreading does not have to be on different days. For a longer and more complicated document though, each reading should be on a separate day.

    4. Fresh and alert

    We work best when we are fresh and alert. Proofreading is complicated because we read for meaning, not for errors. Be sure that you are fresh and alert when you do your final proofreading.

    5. Your spellchecker

    As basic as this tip is, many people seem to forget. Use your spellchecker.

    6. Search engines

    Spellcheckers are not perfect. When writing this, the spellchecker said "proofreadings" was misspelled. I was positive it was not, but I still checked. Even when I am positive, I am still wrong sometimes.

    7. When in doubt

    With the Internet just a few keystrokes away, the answers to most of our questions are just as close. If you do not know something, research it. Check dictionaries and other references. Check search engines to see what standard usage is.

    8. Read

    Reference materials help us to become better writers and to catch mistakes. Take advantage of them.

    9. Reading

    Anyone wanting to be a better writer, editor, or proofreader needs to read. Reading gives us the unconscious language knowledge that we need. As you read more books on writing, editing and proofreading and as you write, edit and proofread, you will also start to look more consciously as you read in general. You will notice Hemingway's short active sentences and Faulkner's punctuation of his long descriptive sentences. The more you read, the more you will notice. The more you notice, the better you will write, edit and proofread.

    10. Taking a break

    We do not work in an ideal world; sometimes we must work when we are tired. Take breaks; refresh yourself. Do a page; walk around the room; do another page. A tired proofreader is a poor proofreader.

    Being a good writer, editor, or proofreader takes time. Improving your writing, editing, and proofreading takes time too. If you follow these ten tips, you will learn and get better. Writing, editing, and proofreading are not mysterious skills that come to us naturally. If we work on them, we will get better. We wish you the best in developing your proofreading and editing skills.

    About The Author

    If you are an experienced editor specializing in medicine or the hard sciences, Aaron Language Services is interested in working with you. You can find us at on the web at

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    The Voynich Manuscript

    I am reading "The Book of God and Physics", a book on the Voynich manusript, and the third book I have read on this subject.

    A large bibliography: Voynich Bibliography

    The Voynich Manuscript  is probably the world's single most intriguing and potentially solvable puzzle. The puzzle consists in determining the age, origin and purpose of the Voynich manuscript: but first, one must be able to read it. The manuscript is written using a mixture of vaguely familiar characters with some very strange ones. Despite the efforts of a great many professional and amateur cryptologists, we quite simply do not know if the manuscript is a hoax or a code.

    It is somewhat futile to try to decode any document without being able to put it into a context of time and place. It is time and place which give us our first clues as to the author's probable purpose and language. Thus, before going into any detail about the Voynich manuscript itself, I shall give some historical background. Meanwhile, just to whet my reader's appetite, here is a picture comparing a small portion of the original manuscript with a computer-readable document version.

    The Voynich manuscript takes its name from Wilfrid M. Voynich, a book dealer who claimed to have acquired it in 1912, in Italy. He was a Polish revolutionary who escaped to London where he met and married his wife, Ethel. He had seen her before, from a window in his prison in Warsaw. They later emigrated to America. If the Voynich manuscript is a hoax, a fake, a means to make some quick money, then the prime candidate for the faking must be Wilfrid Voynich. Everything that can be determined about Wilfrid and Ethel Voynich suggests that he had the funds to purchase the manuscript in good faith.

    Behind the Voynich manuscript lies a web of connected names so strange that it reads like fiction, or a Who's Who of academics and revolutionaries. Indeed, Ethel Voynich, by her own account, was inspired to write much of her fiction from her own experiences and acquantances. Political turmoil, revolution, espionage and intrigue; all are to be found in the Voynich manuscript story. More strange, perhaps, than the mystery of the manuscript is the list of well-known names which are connected with the history of the manuscript. Most of the names can be linked directly to Ethel Voynich.

    Monday, January 4, 2010

    My recent reads!

    Try as I may, I fail to read more than three books per week!  So many books, so little time.  Here are some I have read in the last two weeks, and enjoyed.

    • "Damage Control" by J A Jance
    • "Triple Cross" by Mark T Sullivan
    • "Portland Noir" edited by Kevin Sampsell
    • "The Ninth Generation" by John L Owens
    I am currently reading "Gone Tomorrow" by Lee child ( a Reacher novel), and soon will work on the "The book of God and physics : a novel of the Voynich mystery" by  Enrique Joven (the third book I have read on this subject).