023 – A Princess of the Moon

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated PG

A Princess of the Moon by Patricia Correll. Narrated by Lorna Boyle.

Music is In Kamakkura — The Traditional Samurai Metropolitan in Japan by Ichiro NAKAGAWA.

The first night in the new village, Hinako couldn’t sleep. The house creaked and sighed all around her. She tried to hear Father breathing in the next room. But he was drowned in the settling of the house and the distant roar of the sea. Hinako rose. She dressed and slipped barefoot past her father’s door, out into the summer night.

Hinako wandered between the little houses, keeping near the walls, in the shadows. Inside the houses, strangers slept. But out here she was alone. Hinako hummed to herself, a song her mother used to sing. She turned a corner, onto the main road that bisected the village.

A ghost stood in the middle of the road.

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Shelves 007 – The Dracula Trilogy by Kim Newman

Author: Jim  //  Category: The Bookshelves

Adam’s Bookshelf disgorges The Dracula Trilogy by Kim Newman.

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022 – The Wadi

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated G

The Wadi, by Glyn Hedeg. Narrated by Richard Kunz. Music is Marrakesh Breakdown Lane by Guillermo del Noche.

This story was previously published online by Yesteryear Fiction.

“Go and fetch some water Hassim,” my mother said. I picked up the buckets
and started to walk down towards the river. As I did so I overheard her
talking to her aunt.

“At least the well is safe now. It hasn’t collapsed for two years.”

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Shelves 006 – The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Author: Jim  //  Category: The Bookshelves

Adam opens his Bookshelf yet again and finds The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum.

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021 – Just Another Graveyard Shift

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated PG

Just Another Graveyard Shift, by Tom Swoffer. Read by Charles McFall.

“I know it’s the second time this week he ain’t showed up. What the hell am I supposed to do about it?”

Whenever my old lady starts up with me, telling me something stupid I already know, something she expects me to do something about when there’s not a damn thing I can do, it really gets under my skin, like an itch you can’t scratch away. And the damn bitch knows that, too.

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Shelves 005 – The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraser

Author: Jim  //  Category: The Bookshelves

Adam returns with another tome from him Bookshelf, this time The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraser.

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020 – Padre

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated PG

Padre by Jennifer Leeper. Narrated by John Robinson.

Music is Suil a ruin by Ceili Moss.

Be sure and pick up a copy of the novel Padre, beginning 01 November, 2011.

Death stands beside me. It stands near me like an old prison warden I’ve known for years, but we’ve never quite become friends and at times I even hated this warden. Now, though, there is no hate left in me for my warden. Death is no longer simply a frightening and inevitable destination, but I can see that it is the composite of all the moments that came before this moment and it completes the necessary whole of my life.

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019 – Obligatory Leanings

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated R

Obligatory Leanings, by Carissa Halston.

Read for us by Richard Kunz.

During the unfortunate decade that heralded the popularity of polyester, frosted bangs, and designs shaved into white kids’ hair, I grew up in Billings, Montana. In the wake of my undergraduate education, I fled to Chicago, forsaking my hometown and, as my Mom called it, “the promised land of plenty.” There was no use in trying to explain mixed metaphors to her; she just liked the sound of them.

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Shelves 004 – The Sergeant Cribb Novels of Peter Lovesey

Author: Jim  //  Category: The Bookshelves

We rejoin Adam at his Bookshelf, for a look at the Sergeant Cribb series of detective novels, written by Peter Lovesey.

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018 – The Autobiography of God

Author: Jim  //  Category: Rated R

The Autobiography of God, by J. Michael Shell.

Music is The Knowledge, by Robert A. Wolf.

Special thanks to Charles McFall for his narration assistance.

Actually, I’m not entirely sure this isn’t a preface as opposed to an introduction. In fact, the entire body of this work will, for most readers, be an introduction. Still, I am reluctant to “preface” God’s autobiography. It seems to me at best impertinent, at worst a trifle blasphemous.

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