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October 31st, 2014 – Happy Halloween!

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OCtober 30th, 2014 – Book: “Two” by John D. MAcDonald.

by on Oct.30, 2014, under Books

TwoTwo by John D. MacDonald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m a huge John D. MacDonald fan. I decided to open up this set of short stories because it was one I had not read and i haven’t read MacDonald in quite a while. These two are reasons why I need to reread other MacDonald books to see if time has changed my view of his work.

These two stories are lackluster at best. The first really doesn’t go anywhere and the second is paced to be a thriller, but I wasn’t thrilled. I think I’ve read too many like the second story so that I knew where it was going. Likely if I had read it when the story came out, I would find it a genuine thriller.

The writing is good MacDonald, but not great. The characters in both stories are pretty thin.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book – 4 out of 10

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October 30th, 2014 – Happy National Candy Corn Day!

by on Oct.30, 2014, under Cartooning


Happy National Candy Corn Day!
Zuber & Penney find candy corn in a different forms! You can learn more at Swampy’s Florida:

This is my #Inktober contribution today.

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October 29th, 2014 – Book: ‘Bloody Kansas’ by Chuck Martin

by on Oct.29, 2014, under Books

Bloody KansasBloody Kansas by Chuck Martin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

‘Bloody Kansas’ seems to me to be more real than many westerns I’ve read. The language is not literate, nor direct. Many characters are not sure of themselves, many confused and many conflicted. Older characters are realizing their age but not much brighter than anyone else. I think this best portrays those that headed west. The majority of westerns have all the characters sound like they just left a Toastmasters meeting. The characters in this book likely never saw a school room. Which was true at that time.

AS much as I really like the stories and characters in the Johnstone Clan books, this seemed to me far more accurate. There are no brilliant geniuses in this tale. Plenty who think they are and get caught in it. There are characters who work to be a bad or good guy and cave during the book as situations bend them. It’s hard to say there is a good guy in the book, though there is a focus on a central character.

For all of this I would give this book five stars. The trouble is plugging all this in and making a coherent story. That’s where this stumbles. The author seems to have worked so hard to relate an illiterate group, that it is sometimes hard to follow the story. The constant mention of everyone’s nickname also makes reading difficult as the names don’t role off the tongue or mind. But, wouldn’t that be typical in the wild and illiterate west?

I think this book has bad ratings due to there being a questionable good guy or bad guy. I thinks it makes it more realistic.

Bottom line: I recommend this book.
I’ll start here adding a rating from 10, which makes more sense than Goodreads 5: 6 out of 10

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October 30th, 2014 – Happy Cat Day!

by on Oct.28, 2014, under Cartooning


Zuber, the cat, is heralded today for Cat Day!

This is my contribution today for #Inktober
Here’s the Swampy’s Florida post with more:



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October 28th, 2014 – New artwork: Ballet in a Florida Forest

by on Oct.28, 2014, under Illusration, Swampy's Florida, What's New?


Here’s one of my newest watercolor paintings to join the Swampy’s Florida lineup. At a suggestion by a friend I added a tutu to a Florida black bear and got a character Barishnikov would want to team with.

This is a watercolor painting and will be available soon as a Swampy’s Florida print.

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Happy Plush Animal Lover’s Day! #Inktober

by on Oct.28, 2014, under Cartooning


Penney carries her stuffed Florida black bear to show off for Plush Animal Lover’s Day.
This my ‪#‎inktober‬ contribution.



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October 27th, 2013 – Happy Navy Day!

by on Oct.27, 2014, under Cartooning


Swampy, Trilby, Zuber and friends lead the way wishing our servicemen & women at sea says Happy Navy Day!

Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!
You can learn more about the Navy in Florida by clicking over here to Swampy’s Florida.








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October 26th, 2014 – Book ‘Stars for the Toff’ by John Creasey

by on Oct.26, 2014, under Books

Stars for the Toff (Toff, #51)Stars for the Toff by John Creasey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another of the Toff series by John Creasey that will keep the reader guessing. There is a lot that happens involving all of the characters in the novel that keeps the reader trying to keep up with the mystery at hand, which also is written as being suspect throughout. There being very few options as to who might have done what, Creasy does an excellent job leaving the reader guessing and second guessing. I think this book would be far more fun trying to figure out who did it, than a reader just reading the book for fun.

Most all of the characters are well defined, with exceptions, such as Toff himself. The writing is very good, but I felt seemed a bit truncated in places. There are so many different incidents that occurs that are pretty much hit and run with little further regard. The ending also is wrapped a bit quick.

Bottom line: I recommend this book.

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October 26th, 2014 – Happy Howl at the Moon Day!

by on Oct.26, 2014, under What's New?


There’s not much of moon tonight in the Florida sky, but you can go out and howl at it anyway. Some, like Zuber, may not be as good howling as others.




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October 24th, 2014 – Happy National Baloney Day!

by on Oct.24, 2014, under What's New?


Zuber sends the baloney discs aflyin’ to Trilby for a tasty treat!

Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!
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