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Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith

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I picked up Stalin’s Ghost on the bargain table at a local bookstore.  Martin Cruz Smith rang a bell but I couldn’t place it; the description sounded interesting.  Here’s the official blurb: Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor’s office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians Stalin is again…read more

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Assegai by Wilbur Smith

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I am a huge Wilbur Smith fan and my bias may come through here.  To sound impartial I will mention I didn’t get through his last book The Quest as it just couldn’t hold my attention. Assegai is the story of Leon Courtney, a young man who finds his place in life by way of the military, hunting, action, adventure and a war.  This is Smith’s usual mix for his historical fiction and to be honest it works so why try and change it.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: It is…read more

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Speaker Connectors

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I recently purchased a new TV ( Sony SXRD 60″, simply stunning ) and decided to redo the all the wiring in my home stereo. For the most part cables simply had to be rerun and tie wrapped for neatness, but the big problem was speaker wire. For a while I had wanted to get speaker connectors for my speaker wire ( or at least every time I had to connect them to the receiver ). You know the hassle: twist the wire so it stays together, try and slip…read more

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