Old Site Menu

Author name: Ed Frey

Missive #223 Published 20 February 2024

Hugh of Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight, has been educated as a clerk, usually a prelude to taking holy orders. However, he feels no real calling—despite his lively faith—and he turns to the profession of surgeon, training in Paris, and then hanging his sign in Oxford.

Soon after, a local lord asks Hugh de Singleton to track the killer of a young woman whose bones have been found in the castle cesspool.

Missive #223 Read More »

Missive #222 Published 18 February 2024

Continuing The Anti-Federalist Papers

Agrippa XIV
by James Winthrop
(Concluded from our last)
To the Massachusetts Convention

Missive #222 Read More »

Missive #221 Published 16 February 2024

22. PAYMENT IN KIND…

Old West meets New West in this novel set in Southern California by early western writer Henry Herbert Knibbs (1874-1945). Most of the story, in fact, would happily take place in the 19th century. There is a ranch with cowboys on horses, gold prospecting in the Mojave, and a big gunfight outside a saloon. But for good measure, Knibbs also throws in a motor car, Los Angeles, and references to movie-making.

Missive #221 Read More »

Missive #220 Published 14 February 2024

"In this semi-autobiographical novel, an American named Roland Lancaster has a doomed affair with a younger woman, Elsa, in Cuba during World War II. The love story, in its happiest moments, parallels the idyllic life that author John Dos Passos had with his first wife, Katy."
I didn't dislike this book but think that Dos Passo's nonfiction is better than his fiction. A semi-autobiographical book is only half way between.

Missive #220 Read More »

Missive #219 Published 12 February 2024

Child of God established McCarthy's interest in using extreme isolation, perversity, and violence to represent human experience. McCarthy ignores literary conventions – for example, he does not use quotation marks – and switches between several styles of writing such as matter-of-fact descriptions, almost poetic prose, and colloquial first-person narration (with the speaker remaining unidentified). — Wikipedia
The book is all of that and may not be to everyone's taste.

Missive #219 Read More »

Missive #218 Published 11 February 2024

Continuing The Federalist Papers.

Federalist No. 14
Objections to the Proposed Constitution From Extent of Territory Answered
Author: James Madison
To the People of the State of New York:

Missive #218 Read More »

Missive #217 Published 10 February 2024

This completes the Videssos Cycle of books which I read out of order. They were good reads; although reading them in story line order would probably be best publication order is probably the simplest.

Missive #217 Read More »

Missive #216 Published 9 February 2024

21. NASRUDDIN AND THE CASE OF THE COW

Nasruddin’s neighbor came running up, shouting loudly. “There’s been a terrible accident!” he said to Nasruddin.
“What happened?” asked Nasruddin, alarmed.
“Your ox got loose and gored my cow to death,” the neighbor explained. “Someone will have to pay!”
“What do you mean?” replied Nasruddin. “Surely you can’t hold me responsible for what my ox did to your cow.”

Missive #216 Read More »

Missive #215 Published 5 February 2024

I have read a lot of Berry's essays and liked them however this collection left me disappointed. That may not prove to be true of all readers since the Customer Review rating were good. It is long on discussing the poetry of other writers which I have little interest in reading plus the language used in the discussion is not one that I understand. He has some other books of his essays that I'll continue to read and hope that he does not focus on poetry.

Missive #215 Read More »

Missive #214 Published 4 February 2024

Continuing The Anti-Federalist Papers

Agrippa XIII
by James Winthrop
To the People

Missive #214 Read More »