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Scott McNulty
Philadelphia, PA
A techie with an English degree.
Interests: macs, reading, writing, technology, scifi
Recent Activity
I ran my second 5K race ever yesterday! You can read all about my first experience in 2008 (so young!) on this very blog. Mayor Nutter (who was the mayor of Philadelphia at the time) was there, and I met... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Blankbaby
Adam Roberts is one of those authors who writes whatever they want, and damn the marketability. Generally I enjoy his work, and he is a very talented writer. This book wasn't his best work, though I did think it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Blankbaby
Trilogies can be tough. The first book is exciting because you're discovering a whole new world populated with interesting characters (at least in good ones!), the second book generally moves the story along and not much more, and the third... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Blankbaby
The world is anything but cozy at the moment what with severe weather, missile launching madmen, and more than one Trump in the White House (I know, some of you are happy about that… though I have no idea how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Blankbaby
I was examining the crotch of my jeans and I got to wondering: how many pairs of jeans should a person own? I probably have too many (which is ironic since there was a time in my life were I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Blankbaby
A good hook is important for any book, but I feel like it is doubly important for mysteries. There are thousands and thousands of them, and to stand out you need to come up with something unique. “Arrowood” takes the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Blankbaby
I signed up for the Philadelphia Undy Run several months ago so I could raise some money for colon cancer research in honor of my mom. And I had trouble remembering when the run is taking place (Sept. 9th if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Blankbaby
I have something like 1,000 books (both electronic and physical) that I haven't read as of yet, but I still find myself at the library once or twice a month. Usually I'm there to pick up a book I've placed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Blankbaby
The follow up to “Missing, Presumed” does not disappoint. You know you're reading a good mystery when you say, “Oh no!” out loud at the end of a chapter. This installment finds Manon Bradshaw back where she started with an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Blankbaby
As I mentioned in my Oregon trip recap post Marisa and I basically stumbled upon the Pompeii exhibit at OMSI (which is still happening, so check it out if you're in the area). I just wanted to take a few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Blankbaby
Another book by Simon R. Green! I borrowed this one from the library and read it in a day (it is both a quick read and a short book). Ishmael Jones, the hero of this Green series, is an interesting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Blankbaby
If you're my friend on Flickr then you already know I spent some time in Oregon recently. It was my mother-in-law's 70th birthday so Marisa arranged for her entire immediate family (her sister and her husband, their kids, her parents,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Blankbaby
I am a master of timing, I tells ya. Fellow Incomparable folks have been singing the praises of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King for a very long time and yet I've been resistant to start reading it. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Blankbaby
Marisa just posted on her blog for the first time in awhile and laments the sad state of personal blogging: The other thing that I found striking as I scanned through the list of blogs that had gone dark was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Blankbaby
A few years ago we were vacationing in the Hudson Valley. I found myself at a bookstore and I picked up a copy of “New Pompeii” on a whim (and based on the subject matter + the cover). It was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Blankbaby
The final bookstore stop during our trip to Oregon was Powell's Books on Hawthorne. This is one of the “smaller” Powell's at only 10,000 square feet. I, of course, bought some books: Golden Hill by Francis Spufford - We heard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Blankbaby
When you vacation with Marisa chances are good you'll be visiting a thrift store or 4. While we were in Portland we headed on down to the Goodwill where Marisa found herself some fancy, expensive shoes for a steal (though... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Blankbaby
It would seem that the Prince Consort of Denmark isn't happy. For 50 years he wanted to be the King Consort, but the Danes said, "hard pass." And so, the Prince Consort has decided he won't be buried with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Blankbaby
Urban fantasy is not my cup of tea. An urban fantasy book with a blurb by Seanan McGuire is a great way to get me not to read a book. And yet. Mishell Baker's Arcadia Project series is the exception... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Blankbaby
Editorial Preview Any book lover who visits Portland, OR has got to go to at least one Powell's. I went to two whilst I was in Portland, because why not? The City of Books is their biggest store right in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Blankbaby
My doughnut tour of Portland concludes with 2 mini-doughnuts (Marisa ate the other two) from Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai. I ordered the candied bacon doughnut and the cinnamon sugar. They were tasty (and hot! Part of their deal is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Blankbaby
Image has always been a favorite of mine, and when they started publishing novellas I bought a few. I didn't read any, since I'm a very busy man and all, but I bought them and that has got to count... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Blankbaby
Simon R. Green writes several series and Ghost Finders is my least favorite. I only pick them up if I find them for cheap in used bookstores which is why I just read “Ghost of a Dream.” I paid $2.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Blankbaby
The other doughnut you have to have while in Portland is from Voodoo Doughnuts. While Blue Star focuses on simplicity, quality, and unique flavor profiles Voodoo answers the question, “How much Capt'n Crunch can you get on a doughnut?” My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Blankbaby
When you're in Portland, well at least when I'm in Portland, that means it is donut time! Marisa prefers Blue Star to other famous Portlandian donuts, and so we made our way to Blue Star to have a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Blankbaby