Thursday, December 30, 2021
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Good Deed Rain published 6 books during 2021: The Puttering Marvel, Something Bright, The Trillium Witch, Cosmonaut, Thriftstore Madonna, Half a Giraffe. Hope you got a chance to read them, if not Oprah has copies on her divan. 2022 already has 4 books lined up in the factory, so stay tuned. Thanks for reading!
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Sunday, December 19, 2021
BOOK REPORT! The Shaggy D.A. begins with the disclaimer, “All the characters in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental.” Nevertheless, I decided to read The Shaggy D.A. as a true story. An ancient curse inscribed on a ring has the power to turn businessman Wilby Daniels into an English sheepdog. The strange thing is, the dog he becomes already belongs to Tim, the ice cream man. I still don’t understand how that transformation occurs. Both characters, man and dog, disappear and merge into one supernatural being. Daniels is hindered by this curse in his efforts to run for office against the current District Attorney, a gangster with a warehouse full of stolen goods. There’s a pie fight, a jail break, and the sheepdog drives a getaway car. I know it sounds fantastic, but it really happened! So read the curse out loud if you dare: “In Canis Corpore Transmuto!” You or someone you know will turn into a dog.
Posted by allen frost at 1:54 PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
BOOK REPORT! Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout. Not only did this glutton detective Nero Wolfe manage to procure free room and board in two different country estates, he had the gall to laze in them and solve the crime (before there even was a crime!) while doing nothing more than consuming chicken fricassee, dumplings and beer. Archie was sent roving in circles for 400 pages. Did I like this book? Yes. Did I deduce the murderer? No. I’ll admit I thought Lily Rowan was guilty. Sorry, what can I say? I expected a Scooby Doo ending. For the answer, cut to Wolfe plopped atop a boulder sketching a bull. Next week: The Shaggy D.A.
Posted by allen frost at 5:22 PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
As Canadians gather around their televisions tonight to watch the holiday classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I must implore our Northern Neighbors to restore Clarice's heartfelt song "There's Always Tomorrow" to their print. How on Earth could they censor that poor doe's aria? It's outrageous! Of course Sam the Snowman may have the best line in the program when he sighs in consolation, "Ah well...such is the life of an elf..."
Posted by allen frost at 7:24 PM
Every year at this time, I’m reminded what an amazing story old Charles Dickens pulled off. I’m always surprised that A Christmas Carol published way back on December 17, 1843, isn’t one of America’s banned books. It’s an outright slaying of capitalist greed with a karmic awakening. Every time I watch Alastair Sim’s Scrooge, I think they should do a version set in our modern day to really hit home.
Posted by allen frost at 2:31 PM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Friday, December 3, 2021
Thursday, December 2, 2021
I just remembered this time I was walking down the office hallway and, thinking I was alone, began to sing “O Sole Miiiooo!!!” Suddenly a woman appeared around the corner and snapped, “Do you know the next line?” I said, “Chicken cacciatorio?” She was displeased.
Posted by allen frost at 9:10 AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Planet Tralfamadore sends its most revered young band to Earth. They arrive for the Milky Way Music Contest. They listen in horror to the awful music the other bands are playing, the trite plight of the American teenager. When it’s their turn to play, they sing of philosophy, thermodynamics, the stock exchange and bird migrations. They were trying to impart advanced thought. But they come in last place, booed off stage. Their UFO is vandalized. They fix it and go home. Only to discover that in every city, every radio, every record player and 8-track deck is playing the Earthling winner.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Three days of constant rain and a newspaper reporter wants to interview me about the flood. “What flood?” I asked. My poncho and rainpants are hanging to dry behind the office door. The creek was a mountain river. I said, “I just come to work as usual.” She said, “Can I quote you?”
Posted by allen frost at 10:26 AM
Saturday, November 13, 2021
If you've read the previous Good Deed Rain novels, The ROBOTIC AGE, A FIELD of CABBAGES, COSMONAUT, you will be delighted to know that our heroic bucket o' bolts Cronco is back in the brand new adventure HALF a GIRAFFE, published this Thanksgiving. Sponsored by Radio Shack. Order your copy today!
Posted by allen frost at 2:02 PM
Monday, November 8, 2021
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
I'm reading Dear Sandy, Hello. A bizarre tale in early 60s America. What got me there was Ron Padgett's beautiful book about friendship with Ted Berrigan titled, Ted. I borrowed a copy through interlibrary loan. Meanwhile, I have searched Everywhere for a copy of Ted to buy. It has vanished from Earth! Even the publisher has no more copies! I'm afraid this could be the future fate of Good Deed Rain books too. Hope not, but if there are GDR books you want to read let me know.
Posted by allen frost at 11:30 AM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
I'm enjoying reading Escape to Witch Mountain. However, I'm at the last chapter and no sign of a Winnebago. That may have been just for the movie, but for us fans of flying 1970s Winnebagos, it's kind of disheartening. I'm hoping there's still a chance it might appear in these last 11 pages though. Fingers crossed.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Approved proof for the new Good Deed Rain book, titled THRIFTSTORE MADONNA. Thriftstore Madonna is a visionary collection of 124 story poems written during the summer of 2021. Inspired writing pinned on washing lines to dry in the sun. Illustrated throughout by the author. Publication date is this Halloween! Available from Amazon.com This is the cover spread (if book was run over by a Richard Scarry steamroller):
Posted by allen frost at 4:04 PM