martinez 002 You know I’m a retired bookseller, sometime prison librarian, writer and general raver when I find a writer that does it? I’m fussy and discriminating, not into the F– word being thrown around as an excuse for abandoning excellent writing. I’VE GOT STANDARDS!

Which is where A. Lee Martinez comes in. Whatta dream! He’s holding up well, halfway through Ogres for the next two days when I really, physically need some decent writing to get through work, during the slow bits when everyone’s sitting around waiting and nobody is coming through the door.

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Lee’s got monsters nailed down tight, the real scoop on ogres, orcs, vampires, Werewolves, Dwarfs, elves – the entire supernatural rhealm, sure there are physically disgusting bits but whatta bunch of page turners! He’s one of those writers where you keep reading bits out to your significant other or going up to quasi-acquaintances, clutching their sleeves and saying, ‘Lookit THIS!”

Just finished his first, Gil’s All Fright Diner and hoping the characters come back for a sequel. The library has sent me four more, enough for a couple weeks, I hope. Thank heavens he hasn’t stopped writing.

If you’ve got a good book at the end of the day, you can stand anything, Wodehouse said. HOORAY FOR A. LEE MARTINEZ!!
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NOTE ON THE HEAT WAVE -Have you noticed how often discourse tends to throw up song lines? Especially when discussing the weather. I’ll bet all our good classic weather songs stemmed from something somebody said when a lyricist was mulling over some tunes:

“IT’S TOO DARN HOT!’ from Kiss Me Kate, “AIN’T IT AWFUL THE HEAT?” from Brecht, “WE’RE HAVING A HEAT WAVE” from No Business Like Show Business. Which leads me to think the songs that last the longest tend to come from everyday talk. Everywhere you can hear song lyrics from regular people who do not know that their words sing.

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