Saturday, October 10, 2009

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #51 ~ THE PUZZLE MASTER!

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #51 ~ THE PUZZLE MASTER!

NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE!


Scientific scerets are being stolen by a sinister superfiend with a mind for mazes and the morals of a monster. But when the Terrific Twosome of Toronto are made an offer of "help" that they can't refuse, will they ever best the mighty will of... The Puzzle Master!

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE 71!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE 71!

Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explorer, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

TONIGHT we present for the first time “An Evening At The Buddies Lounge” in FULL FIDELITY 320 STEREO (320 kbps / 44.1 khz) for an amazing clean, crisp sound. The file is larger, and it will take a bit longer to download, but the quality will be fantastic!

PLAYLIST:

• One Mint Julip - Sarah Vaughan
• Boat 'Dat's Leaving Soon - Buddy Morrow
• Your Love - Nat “King” Cole
• Road To Hong Kong - Billy May
• Long Way From St. Louis - Tom Jones
• 77 Sunset Strip - Frank Comstock
• It's Delovely - Anita O’Day
• I Get A Kick Out Of You - Enoch Light
• Heard That Song Before - Steve & Eydie
• Goldfinger - Dick Hyman
• Eee-O Eleven - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Frenesi - Tino Contreras
• It’s A Good Day - Perry Como
• Just You, Just Me - Buddy Cole
• Jungle River Boat - Martin Denny
• The Best Is Yet To Come - Nancy Wilson
• Motherless Child - Jim Tyler
• Everybody But Me - Dean Martin
• Oklahoma - Nelson Riddle
• Lucy Baines - The Mitchel Trio
• The Twister - Mel Henke
• What’d I Say - Buddy Rich

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Friday, October 9, 2009

AGE OF ACES AIR PULP DOWNLOAD!

AGE OF ACES AIR PULP DOWNLOAD!

NEW THIS WEEK : "Hell Over Hainan" by Arch Whitehouse from the June 1939 FLYING ACES featuring Tug Hardwick and Beansie Bishop.

Those two news-hawks, Tug Hardwick and Beansie Bishop, were well acquainted with Old Man Trouble. And by steering clear of Hainan they were sure they could stay out of his clutches.

But what Tug didn’t know—though he would soon find out—was that Old Man Trouble could find you anywhere, especially in China where oil flows thicker than blood.

TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE CLICK HERE

AWSOME MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: IV NEWS!

AWSOME MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: IV NEWS!

TANNER AT DOUBLE O SECTION HIT THE SCOOP ON THIS ONE . . .

This would be utterly, utterly awesome. Hercules at Aintitcool attended a press conference with J.J. Abrams for the DVD release of Abrams' incredible Star Trek movie and asked him if after having Leonard Nimoy appear in that as Old Spock, he'd consider approaching the actor to reprise his Mission: Impossible TV role as Paris in the fourth Tom Cruise Mission, which Abrams is producing and possibly directing. (He directed the third.) Abrams not only acknowledged that possibility, but also brought up the prospect of Mission roles for Peter Graves and Martin Landau (who apparently turned down a cameo in the third film, no doubt upset over how badly the first one treated his series)!

FOR THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

THE BLUE HIPSTER!

THE BLUE HIPSTER!

ARTWORK FOR THE HIP AND COOL IS THE BLUE HIPSTER’S STOCK IN TRADE. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE LOGOS DISPLAYED HERE, HE HAS DESIGNED MANY OF THE LOGOS FOR SWANK, SWINGING AND RETRO BLOGS. HE’S THE COOLEST, HIPPEST, ARTIST CAT SINCE SHAG.

TO CHECK OUT HIS WEBSITE CLICK HERE







Y/A CORNER ~ CONSPIRACY 365: JANUARY!

Y/A CORNER ~ CONSPIRACY 365: JANUARY!

Conspiracy 365: January by Gabrielle Lord is set for publication in January 2010. This is the first of a twelve books series, to be published monthly in 2010.On New Year's Eve, Cal is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning: They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days!Forced into a life on the run, Cal finds himself hunted by ruthless criminals and the police. Somehow he must uncover the truth about his father's mysterious death and solve the Ormond Singularity, a secret from the past, before the year is up. But who can he turn to when the whole world seems to want him dead? The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last. Callum Ormond has been warned. He has 365 days. The countdown has begun ...


Read more about the series and get a sneak peek at book 1 at the
Conspiracy 365 website.



THANKS TO THE TEEN FICTION FOR ALL AGES BLOG

Y/A CORNER ~ PASTWORLD!

Y/A CORNER ~ PASTWORLD!

IAN BECK

Pastworld. A city within a city. A city for excursions and outings. Pastworld is a theme park with a difference, where travellers can travel back in time for a brush with an authentic Victorian past. But what if the Jack the Ripper figure stopped play-acting and really started killing people? For Caleb, a tourist from the present-day, his visit goes terribly wrong when his father is kidnapped and he finds himself accused of murder. Then Caleb meets Eva Rose, a Pastworld inhabitant who has no idea the modern world exists. Both Caleb and Eva have roles to play in the murderer's diabolical plans - roles that reveal disturbing truths about their origins.

ALL THAT AND ZEPPLINS TOO!



WONDROUS READS HAS A REVIEW OF
PASTWORLD AND AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, IAN BECK.
THANKS TO THE TEEN FICTION FOR ALL AGES BLOG

STERANKO ~ RED TIDE!

STERANKO ~ RED TIDE!

PULP 2.0 POINTS THE WAY TO A NICE ARTICLE ABOUT STERANKO’S GRAPHIC NOVEL RED TIDE, LABELING IT STERANKO’S NOIR MASTER WORK . . . STERAKO’S PREVIOUS WORK TO FEATURE CHANDLER, THE HARDBOILDED LEAD IN RED TIDE, IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE FIRST, IF NOT THE FIRST, REPRESENTATION OF TODAY’S GRAPHIC NOVEL FORM . . .


Jim Steranko hit comics like a smart bomb at the height of the 1960s psychedelic era. Young readers were barely prepared for the sophisticated sequencing and eye-popping op art effects of his furiously inventive Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD for Marvel Comics. Steranko’s work was informed by his comprehensive grasp of comics history and his inventive incorporation of a wide range of techniques imported from his graphic design experience and his study of film narrative. For this writer, what really set Steranko apart from his contemporaries was that he controlled every aspect of his work; he wrote, drew, and colored his own pages. That an artist was writing for himself was unusual enough, but the consideration of color is inexplicably still rarer amongst cartoonists. Even among the past and present masters of the form who both write and draw, very few have had either the ability or inclination to color their narratives. Steranko’s color has always been intrinsic to the form and content of his work. In SHIELD and his subsequent work he used color to add psychological depth, or to layer imagery, or the image was the color; Steranko could achieve a painterly finish in four colors with no black drawing at all. As a consequence, he raised the production bar in comics with each successive comic he did.

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND NAVIGATE THE REST OF THE STERANKO/RED TIDE WEBSITE CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ FULL HOUSE!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ THE MYSTERY BOX BY FREDRICK HIGHLAND!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ THE MYSTERY BOX BY FREDRICK HIGHLAND!

This collection of 25 short fiction pieces based around stamps and stamp collecting is a strange little collectors item. Published in 1998, my mail-order copy came with a cigar box full of interesting, if relatively worthless, ‘mystery box’ of stamps, adding a nice flair and favor to the package.

Intrigues & Enigmas

A vanished ship and a fabulous cargo await the reader in The Mystery Box.
Drawing upon a real-life encounter with a tantalizing legend, Frederick Highland’s The Mystery Box offers an illustrated story collection that caries us to exotic places and across the boundaries of time. Each mystery tale is inspired by images from the world wide postage stamps discovered by the author in a ‘mystery box’ while in the Portuguese colony of Macao during the Vietnam War. This box has a curious link with the 1851 disappearance of a merchant vessel belonging to Sir James Brooke, the legendary ‘White Rajah’ of Sarawak, a remote and fabled kingdom on the north coast of Borneo.

“I held on to the mystery box through many years of sailoring and travel, and… I would go back to ponder the curiosities it contained. Ach time I would linger longer, for it seemed these arresting images from places as remote as Nyasaland and Aden, from the Maldives and Paraguay, were instilled with a curious hold on me, a power to transport me to different lands and climes…”

“Each stamp was a miniature puzzle with a mystery inside,” adds the author. “It was as if the strange box had been placed in my hands to write down the stories it contained.”

These stories are as diverse as the postage stamps that inspired them. A murderous alter ego pursues his victim across time in ‘Chain Letter.’ An escaped slave makes a plea for freedom in ‘Never,’ a story that takes us to the African nation of Sierra Leone and the conundrum of nineteenth century abolitionist law. In ‘The Emperor’s Tomb,’ a former Maoist Red Guard has a terrifying encounter with the past.

Included in the collection are several non-fiction pieces, or enigmas, based on provocative images collected in the mystery box from Macao.

Enter the legend… With fine reproductions of the stamps in each story and commentary on the stamps themselves, The Mystery Box is an original blend of memorable writing and evocative imagery that will be treasured by all those who enjoy well-told tales.

Okay, I was sold by the hype, which the book (and the writing) lives up to in many ways, although the overall effect is more academic than pulp.

It’s also no surprise author Fredrick Highland lists himself as a member of Mystery Writers of America AND the American Philatelic Society. Clearly he is indulging his passions.

A very cool overall package, which I enjoy having on my shelf. If you are a stamp lover this is a package worth seeking out. A quick Internet check turned up Highland’s interesting associated website.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

CHARLES BRONSON ~ ST. IVES FEATURETTE!

CHARLES BRONSON ~ ST. IVES FEATURETTE!

CINEMA RETRO TIPS US TO THIS COOL PIECE ON CHARLES BRONSON ~ THE ULTIMATE TOUGH GUY . . .


Charles Bronson disdained being interviewed and said less offscreen than Buster Keaton said onscreen. Nevertheless, occasionally a publicist could induce him to sit for a few comments in conjunction with publicizing a new film. Here's a rare Warner Bros. production featurette for his action flick St. Ives. It shows Bronson performing his own stunts and even gets him to mutter a few sentences about his approach to acting. The film was not a commerical success in the 1970s, but it looks damned good.


OTR ~ FLASHGUN CASEY!

OTR ~ FLASHGUN CASEY!

OLD TIME RADIO HAS JUST POSTED A NEW DOWNLOAD OF THE FLASHGUN CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER EPISODE "TOO MANY ANGELS" FROM 1947 . . .

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ULTRA SWANK ~ NEW DESIGN AND FEATURES!

ULTRA SWANK ~ NEW DESIGN AND FEATURES!

ULTRA SWANK, ONE OF MY FAVORITE RETRO BLOGS, HAS A NEW LOOK WITH ARTWORK FROM THE SHAG-WORTHY BLUE HIPSTER. . .

What you are looking at right now represents many months of late night work sessions. Ultra Swank has been around for a little more than four years now and I thought it was due for a real change, to give it its own style and persona that represents more elegant and fun times. This new design, color scheme and art courtesy of extraordinary artist Blue Hipster (thank you!) hopefully represents that and I hope you will love it as much as I do. Of course it is not only the design that has been updated, a couple of really nice features has also been implemented. Interested in what? Find out after the link.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

JAMES BOND / RAYMOND BENSON INTERVIEW!

JAMES BOND / RAYMOND BENSON INTERVIEW!

BLOG BUDDY AND WRITER EXTRODINAIRE LEE GOLDBERG TIPS US TO THIS BUZZ NEWS INTERVIEW WITH JAMES BOND AUTHOR RAYMOND BENSON . . .

Raymond Benson is most well known as the author who became the third major contributor to the James Bond collection of stories. Accepting the assignment in 1996, he spent the next seven years adding six novels, three short stories and three movie novelizations to the series. But before tackling this endeavor, Raymond had already spent more than two decades carving out a career for himself in several other areas of the entertainment industry. Musical Theatre Composition -- Play Writing -- Directing -- Video Game Design.

BUZZ: How does a boy from Texas wind up living in Chicago and becoming the "Official Bond Novelist"? What got you here and what brought you to the attention of Ian Fleming Publications?

BENSON: I grew up a Bond fan, having been a child of the 50s and 60s... Was fortunate to see the original Connery films in the theater... Started reading the books at the same time, so from the get-go I was heavily into Bond. But I became a normal person, finished high school, went to college in Austin, Texas, studied theatre, graduated with a degree, and went to New York City to direct plays.

In the early 80s, I got the idea to write a non-fiction "encyclopedia" about Bond, because at the time there weren't any. Now they're a dime a dozen. It was 1981 when I made contact with a publisher, submitted a proposal, and lo and behold I got a contract to write the book. It took three years to complete. During that time I traveled to England and met members of Ian Fleming's family, his business associates, friends and colleagues... And then when the book came out in 1984, the Fleming people were pleased with it. This was THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION.

The book established me as something of a Bond expert, so I got involved with the American Fan Club and wrote articles for their fanzine, BONDAGE Magazine, spoke at fan conventions, and whatnot. Meanwhile, Glidrose Publications (that's what Ian Fleming Publications was called then) and I stayed in touch. I did small oddjobs for them (no pun intended).

TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

FOYLE'S WAR!

FOYLE'S WAR!

TANNER OVER AT DOUBLE O SECTION TIPS US TO THIS NEW SPY RELEASE:

...most impressively, Acorn Media unleashed Foyle's War: Sets 1-5: From Dunkirk to VE Day. While I knew that this British wartime mystery series was masterminded by Alex Rider creator Anthony Horowitz, I had never actually realized that it was a spy show! But I suppose the very nature of police work in wartime dictates that DCI Foyle (played sublimely by the screen's best Bill Tanner, Michael Kitchen) routinely encounters foreign agents and saboteurs–and just as routinely crosses paths with (or steps on the toes of) MI-5 and other British spy agencies.

TO READ THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

SESAME STREET MAD MEN!

SESAME STREET MAD MEN!

While I've never been a huge Sesame Street fan, I still wanted to share this puppet parody of
Mad Men to be shown as part of the coming 40th anniversary season of Sesame Street.


RAT PACK ~ NO TRADEMARK!

RAT PACK ~ NO TRADEMARK!

All five members of the Rat Pack, from left, Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop, perform at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Jan. 20, 1960. Their gigs were often improvised and when one member of the Rat Pack was scheduled to give a performance, other members would show up for an impromptu show.

PER THE LAS VEGAS SUN:

The phrase “The Rat Pack,” referring to tribute shows to Frank Sinatra and his pals, is generic and isn’t subject to trademark protection, a Nevada federal judge has ruled.

Ruling in a lawsuit pitting competing Rat Pack tribute show producers against each other, U.S. District Court Judge Lloyd George found Monday that one of the shows “cannot appropriate the term ‘The Rat Pack’ for its exclusive use.”

The ruling came in a case filed in May 2008 by TRP Entertainment LLC of Las Vegas against BC Entertainment Inc. of Las Vegas and BC President Barrie Cunningham.

TRP has been producing a Rat Pack show at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas.

Cunningham says on his Web site he has produced a Rat Pack show and shows such as Superstars of Country and Superstars Live in Concert; and that he is an entertainer known for his tributes to Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffett and Neil Young.

“As the term ‘The Rat Pack’ is generic in the context of live shows about or in tribute to members of the Rat Pack, TRP does not have an exclusive right to use the term ‘The Rat Pack,’” the judge wrote in his ruling granting partial summary judgment in favor of Cunningham.

But factual issues remain over the competing shows’ use of other identifying marks, and George ordered the case to proceed so they could be resolved.

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY!

I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY!

A retired corporate executive, now a widower, decided to take a vacation. He booked himself on a Caribbean cruise and proceededto have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank.

He found himself on an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts.

After about four months, he is lying on the beach one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rows up to the shore.
In disbelief, he asks, "Where did you come from? How did you get here?"

She replies, "I rowed from the other side of the island. I landed here when my cruise ship sank."

"Amazing," he notes. "You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you."

"Oh, this thing?" explains the woman. "I made the boat out of raw material I found on the island. The oars were whittled from gum tree branches. I wove the bottom from palm branches, and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptus tree."

"But, where did you get the tools?"

"Oh, that was no problem," replied the woman. "On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum of alluvial rock is exposed. I found if I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into ductile iron..I used that for tools and used the tools to make the hardware.."

The guy is stunned.

"Let's row over to my place," she says.

After a few minutes of rowing, she docks the boat at a small wharf.

As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat. Before him is a stone walk leading to an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white.

While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck.. As they walk into the house, she says casually, "It's not much, but I call it home. Sit down, please. Would you like a drink?"

"No! No thank you," he blurts out, still dazed. "I can't take another drop of coconut juice."

"It's not coconut juice," winks the woman. "I have a still. How would you like a Pina Colada?"

Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, and they sit down on her couch to talk.

After they have exchanged their stories, the woman announces, "I'm going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave?Th ere is a razor upstairs in the bathroom cabinet."

No longer questioning anything, the man goes into the bathroom. There, in the cabinet, a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened on to its end inside a swivel mechanism. "This woman is amazing," he muses. "What next?"

When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but vines, strategically positioned, and smelling faintly of gardenias. She beckons for him to sit down next to her.

"Tell me," she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him, "We've been out here for many months You've been lonely. There's something I'm sure you really feel like doing right now, something you've been longing for?" She stares into his eyes.

He can't believe what he's hearing. "You mean . . " he swallows excitedly and tears start to form in his eyes.

"Don't tell me you've built a Golf Course"

STEVE TYRELL @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!

Monday, October 5, 2009

MATT DUSK NEWSLETTER!

MATT DUSK NEWSLETTER!

Want to be treated like a VIP at Matt Dusk's GOOD NEWS CD release party?

Here's your chance to win a trip for 2, including VIP passes, transportation and accommodation to Matt's exclusive CD release party, on Tuesday October 27th, at a top secret location!

To enter this contest, simply visit Matt's website (
www.mattdusk.com) and click on the contest tab to guess the secret location of the event. Daily clues will be released EXCLUSIVELY on the discussion boards of the Matt Dusk Facebook Fan Page to help you solve the mystery.

Contest closes at 12am on Saturday, October 10th.

Good luck, and have fun!

LACE & BLADE!

LACE & BLADE!

An original new anthology series of elegant romantic fantasy, edited by Deborah J. Ross.


In the spirit of classic period swashbucklers, Zorro, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and D'Artagnan, brimming with romantic courtly intrigue and dangerous liaisons, with cloak and dagger and perfumed handkerchiefs, the language of the fan and stolen glances, with the manners of Jane Austen and the sparkling rapier wit of Oscar Wilde, here are nine fantastic stories of adventure, derring-do, love, and glamorous yet subtle magic, by such stellar authors as Tanith Lee, Catherine Asaro, Diana L. Paxson, Madeleine E. Robins, Robin Wayne Bailey, Dave Smeds, Mary Rosenblum, Chaz Brenchley, and Sherwood Smith.

Don't hesitate another moment... step into a sophisticated other world where passion is a courtly mistress, mystery is moonlight on steel, and magic is the god of love.


LACE & BLADE 2

Contributors in this volume:

Rosemary Hawley Jarman, Mary Rosenblum, Diana L. Paxson, Francesca Forrest, Robin Wayne Bailey, Daniel Fox, Sherwood Smith, Traci N. Castleberry, Pauline Zed, Elisabeth Waters, Tanith Lee, and Madeleine E. Robins.

En garde, mon amour!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

NOIRCON 2010!

NOIRCON 2010!

International Noir
November 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th

Johnny Temple – Recipient of the Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence in Publishing
www.akashicbooks.com

George Pelecanos – Recipient of the David L. Goodis Award
www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/features/georgepelecanos

Charles Benoit – Keynote Speaker for NoirCon 2010
www.charlesbenoit.com

NoirCon 2010 Headquarters:
Society Hill Playhouse
507 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Contact:
info@noircon.com

Registration Information:

$180 (Award Banquet included) BEFORE December 31, 2009
$200 (Award Banquet included) AFTER January 1, 2010
$50 (Award Banquet for Spouse of Registrant)
$50 Last Call Panel – Sunday for Non-registrants
$ 160 per night at the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia

NoirCon Hotel:
Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia
237 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107-5686
215-893-1600

"Years down the pike, the boast will be: 'NoirCon? I was there.' " Ken Bruen

Thank you for your support, and we'll see you in Philly!

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

THE LOST FLEET ~ DAUNTLESS BY JACK CAMPBELL!

THE LOST FLEET ~ DAUNTLESS BY JACK CAMPBELL!

I’M NOT MUCH ON MILITARY SF, BUT JOHN SCALZI’S OLD MAN’S WAR OPENED MY EYES TO THE GENRE. NOW, I’M ALSO HOOKED ON THIS NEW SERIES (THERE ARE FIVE TITLES SO FAR) FROM JACK CAMPBELL (AKA: JOHN HEMRY) STARTING WITH THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES DAUNTLESS . . .


The Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century - and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is a man who's emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he had been heroically idealized beyond belief . Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild.

Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

ASIDE FROM THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE LOST FLEET SERIES, I’VE ALSO ORDER UP THE FIRST BOOK, UNDER HEMRY’S REAL NAME, IN HIS JAG IN SPACE SERIES, A JUST DETERMINATION.

Hemry's superior military sf novel takes us aboard a modern space warship (as opposed to one conceptually derived from C. S. Forester), the USS Michaelson, and confronts its protagonist, Ensign Paul Sinclair, more with ethical dilemmas than with risks to life and limb. Not that the latter aren't there, in the form of accidents and a confrontation with a South Asian survey vessel that, when Captain Paul Wakeman believes it is attacking, the Michaelson destroys.

When Wakeman is hauled before a court-martial for disobeying his orders, Sinclair is called to defend him. The captain, Sinclair insists, shouldn't be scapegoated for actions within the bounds of his orders, even if those orders were poorly phrased, and Wakeman's judgment was flawed.

The last third of the book recalls nothing so much as The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial in an sf setting, and it attains the same high level of achievement. Although Hemry probably has too much taste to launch a googolplexology from this book, if he were to do so, discerning readers might applaud.

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

ROGER MOORE AND THE CRIME FIGHTERS!

ROGER MOORE AND THE CRIME FIGHTERS!

FELLOW C.O.B.R.A.S. AGENT DAVID POSTED THE ABOVE COVER ON HIS PERMISSION TO KILL BLOG TODAY AND IGNITED A SMALL FUROR. MANY OF US LIKE TO THINK WE’RE FAMILIAR WITH MOST ENTRIES IN THE FICTION SUB-GENRE’S WE CALL OUR OWN, SO IT ISN’T TOO OFTEN WE GET TAKEN BY SURPRISE. STILL, SEVERAL OF US WERE UNAWARE OF THIS SERIES UNTIL DAVID POSTED THE COVER TO THE FIFTH BOOK IN THE SERIES, THE SECRETS MAN, TODAY.

HERE’S WHAT DAVID HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE BOOKS WHILE UNDER INTERROGATION:


Roger Moore and the Crimefighters was a six book children's series. However, despite the prominence of Roger Moore on the cover, and in the title, he isn't really a part of the stories till the end - where he plays himself (the actor).

The Crimefighters are a trio of kids, much like the Famous Five, or the Secret Seven, etc. [for American readers, think The Three Investigators] and they, er, fight crime.

The books were published by Everest Books in the UK in 1977.

ROGER MOORE AND THE CRIME FIGHTERS SERIES:

THE SIEGE by Malcolm Hulke
1001 SHOPLIFTERS by Robin Smyth
CROOK AHOY! by Fielden Hughes
DEATH IN DENIMS by Dulcie Gray
THE SECRETS MAN by Deben Holt
THE ANCHOR TRICK by Anthony Wall

The last five are apparently quite common, but THE SIEGE is quite difficult to track down (this is unlike most Y/A series where it’s usually difficult to find the final title).

CHEERS FOR THE INFO, DAVID!

TO INVESTIGATE PERMISSION TO KILL CLICK HERE

Y/A CORNER ~ SNAP BY CAROL SNOW!

Y/A CORNER ~ SNAP BY CAROL SNOW!

Madison Sabatini thought she knew who she was: an almost-sophomore with a bright future. The newest photographer on her school paper. A shopaholic with great hair and a fabulous wardrobe. Then, in a flash, everything changed.

Now she's stuck in Sandyland, a gloomy beach town in the middle of nowhere, living with her parents in a crappy hotel "suite." Instead of spending the summer with her friends at home, she's hanging out with pink-haired Delilah, an artist who works in a shop called Psychic Photo, and a skater boy named Duncan who's totally not her type. Except, maybe he is . . .

Determined to make the best of things, Madison throws herself into her one passion: photography. But when strange figures start appearing in her pictures—people who weren't there when she snapped the shots, people who are later reported dead—she begins to question everything about who she is . . . and who she wishes she could be.

Y/A CORNER ~ SWITCH BY CAROL SNOW!

Y/A CORNER ~ SWITCH BY CAROL SNOW!

Claire Martin has some serious body issues.

Not much happens in Claire's sleepy beach town, but that's okay. All she wants is to hang out with her best friend, make the high school swim team, and convince Nate, the guy of her dreams, to stop calling her "Dude." And, oh—she'd really, really like to stay in her own skin.

Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck as another girl. And not just any girl, but the icy beauty who has caught Nate's eye.

Suddenly Claire goes from being Miss Average to Miss Gorgeous—the model-thin blonde that every girl wants to look like and every guy wants to date. Will she ever figure out how to get back to her old life? More importantly, will she want to?

COOLNESS IS TIMELESS!

COOLNESS IS TIMELESS!

BLOG BUDDY KEITH, OVER AT THE DINO LOUNGE WHERE COOLNESS IS TIMELESS, CAME UP WITH THE VERY COOL AD ABOVE FEATURING CONNERY SHILLING FOR LOUIS VITTON (HE MAY BE SHILLING, BUT HE STILL LOOKS COOL) AS WELL AS THE ‘MAKING OF’ VIDEO BELOW . . .



Y/A CORNER ~ TIMERIDERS BY ALEX SCARROW!

Y/A CORNER ~ TIMERIDERS BY ALEX SCARROW!

TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow (published 4 Feb 2010 (UK))Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand . . .’ But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose – to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That’s why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world . . .

HARD CASE EDITOR!

HARD CASE EDITOR!

HARD CASE CRIME EDITOR CHARLES ARDAI CAN BE HEARD IN A SERIES OF AUDIO CLIPS TALKING ABOUT THE ADVENTURE GENRE AND HIS CHARACTER GABRIEL HUNT.

ON DICOVERING ADVENTURE
ON INDIANA JONES
ON CREATING GABRIEL HUNT
ON RACISIM IN ADVENTURE FICTION

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COCKTAIL NATION #94 ~ THE EXOTIC TRAVELLER!

COCKTAIL NATION #94 ~ THE EXOTIC TRAVELLER!

THANKS TO TIKI SHARK, IT’S THE COCKTAIL NATION AND KOOP KOOPER BROADCASTING FROM THE SOUTH COAST HOLIDAY HOUSE. IT’S THE LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND DOEWNUNDER, SO KOOPER HAS HEADED TO THE BEACH.

COMING UP ON THE SHOW, KOOP SPEAKS WITH SPONSOR BRAD PARKER WHO HAS A VERY COOL GIVEAWAY, AND THEN TAKE THE USUAL LOOK AT THE WORLD OF SWANK WITH A STACK OF EVENTS TO CHECK OUT.

KOOP’S NEW SEGMENT, ASK KOOP, WILL DEBUT THIS WEEK, AND KOOP WILL ALSO FILL US IN ABOUT A NEW BLOG FOR WHICH HE’S WRITNG. THERE’S A NEW FLICK TO SEE, AND SPEAKING OF MOVIES, AN UNEXPECTEDLY GOOD FILM SCORE.

PLAYLIST:

Lushy ~ Bella Beretta
Lucas Vigor ~ WapWap
Billy May ~ Return Of The Zombie
Cocktail Angst ~ Mindless
Chaquito Big Band ~ Spies and Dolls
Spy Fi ~ Black Tie Spy
Tiki Cowboy ~ Tiki Lady
Lalo Schifrin ~ Tiger Tank
Vicki Car ~ Like Love
Tiki Joe's Ocean ~ Bamboo Skin
Buddy Bergman ~ End of Party
Esquivel ~ Tico Tico
Joanie Sommers ~ Heart Belongs/Daddy
Frank Sinatra ~ How Little We Know
Tikiyaki Orchestra ~ SingaporeSwing
Chet Baker ~ Easy Living

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