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Scott McNulty
Philadelphia, PA
A techie with an English degree.
Interests: macs, reading, writing, technology, scifi
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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 yesterday at Blankbaby
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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 2 days ago at Blankbaby
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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 5 days ago 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Tor.com 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
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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
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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
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Vacations are for reading mysteries! Missing, Presumed is a modern day (well, set in 2011) police procedural; a genre that I typically eschew. I generally look for reading material that takes me away from the real world, not stories which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Blankbaby
Seaside, Oregon isn't my favorite Oregon coast town. It feels to me what I imagine the Jersey Shore feels like, though to be fair I've never “gone down the shore,” as they say in Philadelphia. It is a town populated... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Blankbaby
The second book purchased on vacation is a brand new copy of “Blueprints of the Afterlife” by Ryan Boudinot (the cover of which assures you that is it, in fact, a novel). Why this book? Well, I've looked at it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Blankbaby
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I'm on vacation, and you know what that means: I buy books! The first two books were purchased at the Goodwill in Tillamook, Oregon. I don't expect the Simon R. Green book to be good, but I enjoy reading his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Blankbaby
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Another day, another mystery! Though I tend to think that a book qualifies as a mystery only if it is possible for the reader to figure out the answer before the main character. Given my definition, I suppose “Celine” by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Blankbaby
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K.J. Parker is one of my favorite writers, which is odd because they don't exist. Well, I mean they do but that's not their name. K.J. Parker is the pen name of Tom Holt, another author, when he feels like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Blankbaby