On my recent western Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Jade, our itinerary took us on a half-transit of the Panama Canal (did you know ships can slip into Gatun Lake and turn around?). Just after daybreak, the ship entered the canal and nearly all passengers on board gathered around the top ship decks or in the forward observation lounge. [Read more…] about Photos of Panama Canal & Monkey Island
During my recent Western Caribbean cruise aboard Norwegian Jade, we decided to skip the nearby ruins of Chacchoben and opted for the Dzibanche ruins at Kinichna in Mexico’s Yucatan along Costa Maya. It’s bigger and grander than Chacchoben, though farther away (100 minutes’ drive each way).
As Wikipedia tells us: “The name Dzibanche means “writing on wood” in the Mayan language, taking its name from the sculpted wooden lintels of the Temple of the Lintels” (pictured in the gallery above).
A major Maya city whose importance came to light just a few years ago, Dzibanche includes the Temple of the Captives, the Temple of the Lintels and the Temple of the Owl. We were able to walk freely on most of the structures. For three hours, we had the entire complex to ourselves. Heaven!
Author: Cory Doctorow
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Release date: Re-release on Amazon, Feb. 12, 2018; original publication date Oct. 25, 2016, Blackstone Publishing
What we have in “Overclocked” is a passionate, smart collection of shorts and novellas that plies the territory of speculative sci-fi with an absurdist, cyberpunk edge. It reminds one of the Netflix series “Black Mirror,” a sci-fi anthology that explores a twisted high-tech near future—except in “Overclocked” a ray of hope often pierces the darkness. [Read more…] about Book review: ‘Overclocked’ by Cory Doctorow
Recently back from a Western Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Jade. Our first stop was the historic coastal city of Cartagena, Colombia. We prowled around the thoroughly walkable historic walled district. It’s a charming collection of colonial-era churches, monasteries, plazas, palaces and mansions with street after street filled with shady patios and flowering terraces.
One highlight was Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a superfort that dates to 1536. Rebuilt and enlarged several times over the years, it became the greatest fortress Spain ever built in the Americas. It’s impressive, with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and Cartagena’s cityscape.
Author: Marcus Sakey
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Release date: July 16, 2013 (Thomas & Mercer, an Amazon imprint) on Amazon
Athriller that’s long been on my reading list and that finally made its way onto my Kindle, “Brilliance” is a smart, fast-paced page-turner that opens the three-part Brilliance series by indie author Marcus Sakey. [Read more…] about Book review: ‘Brilliance’ by Marcus Sakey
Lately I’ve been paying a bit more attention to grouping together photo galleries on this blog rather than simply pointing offsite to my Flickr albums, with more than 11,700 photos. I did a test run of two WordPress plug-ins in my photo galleries here and thought I’d share the results. [Read more…] about Envira vs. Essential Grid for image galleries
Author: Michael C. Grumley
My rating: ☆☆☆☆½
Release date: March 6, 2013 on Amazon
Ihave a break in my schedule, so I’m reviewing a number of suspense novels that I’ve been reading over the past year. I finally got to Michael C. Grumley’s first entry in his four-part “Breakthrough” series. [Read more…] about Book review: Michael Grumley’s ‘Breakthrough’
Title: No Exit
Author: Taylor Adams
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Release date: June 25, 2017 (Joffe Books) on Amazon
On my cruise to Central America last month, I loaded up my Kindle Paperwhite with a dozen suspense novels, nearly all of them by independent authors. The story that stays with me one month later is that of the protagonist in “No Exit.” [Read more…] about Book review: ‘No Exit’ (thriller)