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Thursday, August 27th
Offsite Blogging CCXXXIV
On Orange 20's blog this week, we bring you some Reality-Based News: Road Diets Work. (Sorry, Rumsfeld….)

And at Flying Pigeon LA we are happy to report that Bikeshare comes to Los Angeles…sort Of.

And it's too hot here to report on more….

Richard Risemberg on Thu, 27 Aug 2015 03:21:57 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, August 26th
Don't Be Afraid of the Noir
Selections from reviews of "The Dust Will Answer":

The best thing is that, even though you visit the seedier quarters of Los Angeles and meet all the characters through Lenny's eyes, everything and everybody is as three-dimensional and real as if a friend was telling you a true story. The novel has an original climate; it might seem dark and slightly pessimistic but I found it very enticing. You know, I am like a bat—I love darkness or at least dusk. It has also some slightly dreamy poetic quality, finding and describing beauty of quite unexpected places.
--Reviewer Aneta Kochanska

The Dust Will Answer is filled with adventure in discovering parts of LA as Lenny and Dave search for Kate. The description of these places are so well detailed it felt as if I was actually there. Richard Risemberg left no stone unturned in this amazing tale. You felt every sensation, this tale awoke every sensation for the reader and pulled you in deep and didn't let go until the very end leaving the reader hoping for more.
--Reviewer Ashley Schoen

A great debut novel! Risemberg takes his knack for shrewd social commentary and weaves it into an excellent noir tale. [...] The first-person narration does a fine job of placing you in the gritty LA of yore while hinting at the changes to come.
--Reader Brian

I thoroughly enjoyed The Dust Will Answer as a companion during a recent vacation. The author does a great job of developing the characters and weaving together a twisting plot that keeps the pages turning. I'm not a bookworm, but this intriguing novel leaves me looking forward to Risemberg's sequel.
--Amazon Customer

I loved this book! Shades of Mosley's Easy Rawlins in this gritty tale of a reluctant sleuth trying to help a buddy find his missing girlfriend in the industrial blight along the river in late 70's L.A.. The characters ring true, and the plot twists keep you turning the pages. Highly recommended for fans of noir fiction, especially anyone with any ties to L.A..
--Reader D. Jensen

In his book "The Dust Will Answer", author Richard Risemberg has opened a door to a place, a time, characters, and events…all richly, intriguingly described. Once through the door, I found myself very much an enthusiastic "fellow-traveler" in the story, so wonderfully vivid are all the portrayals. Very satisfying, and so effectively transportive, I felt I could have brushed that Los Angeles dust off my hands when I finished. A marvelous story!
--Reader Leo Kodl

This novel starts off interesting and full of adventure and it last until the very last page. [...] I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery or thriller novel. This book keeps the pages turning and it is guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very end!
"Adventure comes when life narrows your choices and you have to act" ~Rick Risemberg.
--Reviewer Sandra of Crandomblog

Risemberg's "The Dust Will Answer" is a terrific book! I found it to be very entertaining and I often had trouble putting it down. As a native of Los Angeles, I especially enjoyed his unique descriptions of a city which is often difficult to put into words. Risemberg also has a great talent for creating characters with multiple dimensions, making the dialogue fresh and interesting.
--Amazon Customer


So you see, it's quite safe for you to buy it! Which you can do at:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iBooks
Kobo
Smashwords
And Lulu (paperback only)

Read all the reviews in full at Amazon.

The first draft of the sequel is almost done, so you'd better read #1 soon!

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:49:18 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, August 19th
Offsite Blogging CCXXXIII
After exploring how Neanderthals and a Changing World keep confusing LA's progress to modernity, on Orange 20's blog, I take a break from frustration and indulge in A Visit to the Dream World of a brand-new cycle track in Redondo Beach—a place far from Flying Pigeon LA's address, but very near to its heart.

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:00:54 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, August 12th
Offsite Blogging CCXXXII
Los Angeles's City Council passed the Mobility Plan 2035 (with two predictable "no" votes), but…will it actually be implemented? LA has a history of great plans that only gathered dust….

Two views of what we must still only hope, not expect, will be a move towards a functioning human-scale city:

Orange 20 Bikes loks on in dismay as Cedillo, Koretz Mount Brute Farce Attacks on Mobility Plan 2035.

And Flying Pigeon LA examines the effect of Additive Neglect on current bicycle infrastructure, and wonders whether the new plan will address that.

So, Kum-Ba-Ya…maybe.

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:33:00 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, August 5th
Offsite Blogging CCXXXI
A discouraging week, this, with lots of social clutter and little good news on the urban cycling front. But I beg you to put up with my grumping, as I fancy that it is, at least now and then, gracefully phrased. And we do need to know the terrain we face as we strive to move forward in this laggardly City of Angels….

So, on Orange 20's blog, I show how LA's current bike infrastructure shows that They Love Us This Much…now hold your fingertips about an inch apart….

And at Flying Pigeon LA I report on the Snow Job the City Council is preparing as it considers how to gut LA's massive Mobility Plan 2035.

Why is it that nearly every city worldwide, from Paris to Podunk, treats its travelers better than LA…the very city that mandates the most travel?

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:30:11 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, July 29th
Offsite Blogging CCXXX
Things have gotten bad enough in some of LA's more backward council districts that a community coalition struggling to convince the uncivil bureaucracy not to turn a bridge between two shopping streets into a speedway has finally decided, So Sue 'Em.

But in CD14, graced for now with a truly community-minded council member, you should see the good things that are happening On Broadway.

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:59:25 -0800 [link]  

Wednesday, July 22nd
Offsite Blogging CCXXIX
On Orange 20 Bikes this week, I revisit the Sixth Street road diet debacle in Do These Lanes Make Me Look Fat? Be Honest Now…. It's still got a bad safety record, and it's still uncorrected, thanks to former council member LaBonge's cluelessness. With luck, and a new representative….

Meanwhile, at Flying Pigeon LA, To TOD, or Not to TOD? questions whether LA will ever effing get it…. Ever.

Richard Risemberg on Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:19:14 -0800 [link]  

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