Saturday, April 3, 2010

EXTRA PULP!

EXTRA PULP!

50+ CRIME RAGS!

TO CHECK OUT THE COOL CRIME COVERS FROM LA TIMES MAGAZINE CLICK HERE

MOIR CORNER: LA TIMES MAGAZINE!


NOIR CORNER: LA TIMES MAGAZINE!
MEGAN ABBOTT BREAKS BIG IN LA TIME MAGAZINE'S NOIR ISSUE . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE
A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO PATTINASE

CORSAIR!

CORSAIR!

COOL PULP FROM THE WARPED AND BRILLIANT MIND OF BILL CUNNINGHAM OVER AT PULP 2.0 . . .

TAMELA D'AMICO @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!

Catalina show

BEAT TO A PULP #68!

BEAT TO A PULP #68!

FETISH BY HILARY DAVIDSON


HERE’S THE WORD FROM EDITOR DAVID CRANMER . . .


Hilary Davidson’s "Insatiable" was not only a ratings juggernaut for BTAP, but now this hardboiled adrenalin kick has also snagged a nomination for a Spinetingler award. We couldn’t be happier for Hilary and are looking forward to her forthcoming appearance in the latest Thuglit anthology as well as her debut crime novel, THE DAMAGE DONE, coming out in October of this year.


While We're anxiously awaiting, BTAP is proud to present her latest short story, Fetish.


TO READ CLICK HERE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ DORIS DAY!

SINATRA/JOBIM: THE COMPLETE REPRISE RECORDINGS!


SINATRA/JOBIM: THE COMPLETE REPRISE RECORDINGS!

COMING MAY 4 ON CONCORD RECORDS

TWENTY-SONG SET CONTAINS THE COMPLETE 1967 FRANCIS ALBERT SINATRA & ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM ALBUM PLUS ALL 10 SONGS FROM ITS INTENDED 1969 FOLLOW-UP, SINATRA/JOBIM

In 1967, Frank Sinatra teamed up with Brazilian singer, pianist, guitarist, composer and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim to record an album that married the Chairman’s signature vocals with rhythms from the master of bossa nova. The resulting album, Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim, reached #19, remaining on Billboard’s rock-dominated album chart for 28 weeks.

Forty-four years later, on May 4, 2010, Concord Music Group, on license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), will release a deluxe reissue of the Sinatra/Jobim classic including all ten songs from the original album plus seven songs from a subsequent collaboration between the two, and three songs from that session that were not released until decades later, when they were included in a box set. Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings features digital remastering and expanded liner notes by Stan Cornyn, longtime head of creative services at Warner/Reprise and author of the book about the Warner Music Group, Exploding.

Sinatra and Jobim gathered at Hollywood’s Western Recorders for three nights, January 30 through February 1, 1967. Jobim brought the beat in the form of bossa nova percussionists and arrangers. Sinatra supplied the producer (Sonny Burke), the string arranger/conductor (Claus Ogerman) and the rest of the orchestra. The resulting session produced ten songs including the classic “The Girl From Impanema” plus “Dindi,” “How Insensitive [Insensatez],” “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” and six others. (After bidding até a vista to Jobim, Sinatra, on the high of making one of his finest albums ever, stayed at the studio to record a duet with daughter Nancy that would reach #1 on the charts, “Something Stupid.”)

Two years later, Sinatra and Jobim returned to Western Recorders to record ten more bossa novas for a shorter-titled follow-up: Sinatra-Jobim. Replacing Ogerman was a 26-year-old long-haired arranger named Eumir Deodato (later to be known for his 1973 jazz version of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra [2001]”). The songs were all written or co-written by Jobim, many with unusual melodic twists. Producer Burke enlisted conductor Morris Stoloff to ensure a pop feel to the session.

After three nights, the album was wrapped, and was readied for release in the fall of 1969. The eight-track version of the album had shipped when the call was placed to Warner/Reprise’s Burbank, Calif. offices. It was Sinatra, demanding that the label “kill the album,” so Warner recalled most of the recordings. A 2005 Goldmine story reported that the rare eight-track would command $5000.

Sinatra later agreed to permit Reprise to release seven of the Sinatra-Jobim vocal tracks on the album Sinatra & Company. It reached #73 and remained on the album chart for 15 weeks in 1971.

More than 40 years later, the airport in Rio has been named Antonio Carlos Jobim International. And an American postage stamp honored Frank Sinatra. And the Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sinatra-Jobim albums have been combined to form Concord’s Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings set.

TRACK LISTING:

FRANCIS ALBERT SINATRA & ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM


01. 01/31/67 The Girl from Ipanema

02. 01/30/67 Dindi
03. 01/30/67 Change Partners
04. 01/31/67 Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
05. 01/31/67 Meditation
06. 01/31/67 If You Never Come to Me

07. 02/01/67 How Insensitive

08. 01/30/67 I Concentrate on You
09. 01/30/67 Baubles, Bangles and Beads
10. 02/01/67 Once I Loved

SINATRA JOBIM

11. 02/13/69 Song of the Sabiá

12. 02/12/69 Drinking Water

13. 02/12/69 Someone to Light Up My Life

14. 02/13/69 Triste
15. 02/13/69 This Happy Madness

16. 02/11/69 One Note Samba
17. 02/11/69 Don’t Ever Go Away

18. 02/11/69 Wave
19. 02/12/69 Off Key

20. 02/12/69 Bonita


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KICKSTART ATHENA VOLTAIRE!

KICKSTART ATHENA VOLTAIRE!

I'M NEW TO THIS WHOLE KICKSTART CONCEPT, SO I THINK IT'LL BE EASIER TO JUST QUOTE ATHENA VOLTAIRE CREATOR STEVE BRYANT ON THIS ONE . . .


"For the past few years, I've been working on AV in my downtime. Along the way, the comic earned an Eisner Award nomination (2005, Best Digital Comic), released two trade paperbacks and earned me a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award. I'm grateful for the reception of the book and the supporters we've had along the way."


"I'm appreciative of every fan I meet at a convention or every email I receive from a reader who wonders when the next mini-series is going to be released. And I hate to tell them, lamely, that I'm working on it and I hope to release it soon."


"That's the downside to producing something that's a labor of love—it always takes a back seat to paying work. Don't get me wrong—I'm not complaining or asking for sympathy—it's just frustrating to not be able to give someone a definitive timetable for the next mini-series' release."


"Instead of doing the same thing over and over (and getting the same results), I'm trying something different. I've started a Kickstarter campaign for our favorite globetrotting aviatrix. Kickstarter is a terrific site where creative folks can get funding for their projects by offering special incentives (like original art, deluxe editions of books, etc) to folks who pledge their support. Think of it like PBS, but instead of tote bags, you can get an AV cover, interior page, a sketch from me, and more!"


ATHENA VOLTAIRE IS ONE THE BEST PULP CHARACTERS CREATED IN RECENT YEARS, AND BRYANT IS OFFERING SOME PRETTY GREAT INCENTIVES FOR YOUR MONEY.


I'M IN.


TO CHECK OUT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE CLICK HERE AND AT LEAST CONSIDER PLEDGING.


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A SHRUG OF THE FLYING JACKET TO PIMPERNEL’S BLOG


COCKTAIL NATION #118 ~ I SPY!

COCKTAIL NATION #118 ~ I SPY!

It’s the Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark, with Koop Kooper! On the show tonight Koop takes a look at the life of Robert Culp from the 60’s TV show I Spy, focusing on both his life and the wonderful TV show.


The segment nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Ask Koop, is back tonight plus a few cool events to attend across the globe. And Koop has found the most amazing website about a fictional town from the fifties called Elgin Park, plus some very cool classic and neo lounge and exotica


PLAYLIST:


Lucas Vigor ~ WapWap

Spy Fi ~ WEB Theme

Hugo Montenegro ~ Theme From I Spy

David Carroll ~ Baia

Bob Thompson ~ Midnight Sailing

Diana Krall ~ The Boy From Ipanema

Jack Costanzo ~ Latin Fever

Tiki Joe's Ocean ~ Baxter Pad

Arthur Lyman ~ Fire down below

Lushy ~ Bella Beretta

Alvino Rey ~ I love Paris.

Kava Kon ~ Chinese Surfer

Vicki Carr ~ The Silencers

Waitiki 7 ~ Sacha-cha

Esquivel ~ Temptation


TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Friday, April 2, 2010

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #93!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #93!


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


PLAYLIST:


• It’s A Wonderful World - Ann Richards

• Never On Sunday - Buddy Morrow

• Who’s Got The Action - Dean Martin

• Always - Bob Thompson and his Orchestra

• A Room Without Windows - Steve Lawrence

• I’ve Got Your Number - Ray Ellis

• You Do Something To Me - Kirby Stone Four

• Paris - Perez Prado

• They Didn’t Believe Me - Julie London

• Such A Night - Elvis Presley

• Ol’ Man River - Van Alexander

• I Got Plenty O’ Nothing - Rosemary Clooney

• I’m A Believer - Morton Gould

• Can’t We Be Friends? - Sinatra & Fitzgerald

• I Wound It Up - Peggy Lee

• One Mint Julep Twist - Les Elgart

• I Spy - Earle Hagen

• The Ballad Of Davy Crockett - Wellingtons

• Mission: Impossible - Billy May

• Carioca - Esquivel

• Easter Parade - Vaughan & Eckstine


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I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT!

I’LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT!

Oliver Stone is set to develop and possibly direct the detective thriller "Travis McGee" for 20th Century Fox says Variety.


John D. MacDonald's character creation is a beach bum and scrappy private dick who lives on a houseboat in Florida and takes random cases.


Leonardo DiCaprio was already set to star as the scrappy detective, a self-described beach bum who resides on a houseboat in Florida, taking on random cases.


The McGee film, penned by Dana Stevens, is based on the first book in the series "The Deep Blue Goodbye" in which he searches for missing World War II treasure.

AGE OF ACES PRESENTS!

AGE OF ACES PRESENTS!


DOWNLOADABLE PDF AIR WAR PULP STORIES!


NEW THIS WEEK:


RAIDER WINGS

ARCH WHITEHOUSE

FEBRUARY 1940 FLYING ACES

FEATURING TUG HARDWICK


That sleek Northrop was beautiful as it hurtled over the shimmering Sulu Sea—beautiful, that is, until its vitals were poisoned with whistling lead! Anyhow, this hot interview was something Flying-Reporter Tug Hardwick hadn’t expected. Why, before his story was written it was getting punctuated—with bullets! But bullets or no. Tug was bent on tracking down his man. And he knew he was on the right track when a booming laugh brought forth—a little ship that wasn’t there!


TO READ OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

DARE-DEVIL ACES ~ COVER CAVALCADE!

DARE-DEVIL ACES ~ COVER CAVALCADE!

THERE IS A WONDERFUL COVER GALLERY FOR THE AIR PULP DAREDEVIL ACES ON DISPLAY OVER AT AGE OF ACES . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

BLACK WIDOW!

A TASTE OF MCGINNIS!

Y/A CORNER: PRINCESS OF GLASS!

Y/A CORNER: PRINCESS OF GLASS!


MAY 2010


JESSICA DAY GEORGE


Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances?and potential marriages.


It’s got the makings of a fairy tale?until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.

MYSTERY CORNER: DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING!

MYSTERY CORNER: DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING!


DEANNA RAYBOURN


OCTOBER 2010


With an exotic setting in the foothills of the Himalayas and the introduction of an arch-villain, Dark Road to Darjeeling promises to be the most exciting Lady Julia novel yet.


I DISCOVERED RAYBOURN’S LADY JULIA GREY NOVELS EARLIER THIS YEAR AND ENJOYABLY POWERED MY WAY THROUGH THE FIRST THREE IN THE SERIES. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FOURTH OUTING.

Y/A CORNER: ALEX VAN HELSING ~ VAMPIRE RISING!

Y/A CORNER: ALEX VAN HELSING ~ VAMPIRE RISING!

JASON HENDERSON


A descendant of legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, fourteen-year-old Alex is stuck at boarding school near Lake Geneva, Switzerland, when he finds himself drawn into a web of paranormal intrigue. It turns out that Lake Geneva is also home to a secret school for vampires called the Scholomance—and now to a dangerous vampire clan lord known only as Icemaker, who’s using the Scholomance for his own dangerous endgame. With the help of his friends and of special agent Sangster, it’s up to Alex to fulfill his family destiny and stop Icemaker’s frightening plans once and for all.


Alex Van Helsing is a showstopping hero set to leap off the page—stake, naturally, in hand. Drawing from centuries of actual vampire lore and literature (and with a nod to zombies, too!), Jason Henderson delivers a breathlessly paced thriller that will captivate vampire fans as well as readers who loved Alex Rider.

PARANORMAL CORNER: BLACK BLADE BLUES!

PARANORMAL CORNER: BLACK BLADE BLUES!


J. A. PITTS


Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most twenty-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group.


The lead actor breaks Sarah’s favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that’s when things start to get weird. Could the sword really be magic, as the “dwarf” claims? Are dragons really living among us as shapeshifters?


And as if things weren’t surreal enough, Sarah’s girlfriend Katie breaks out the dreaded phrase… “I love you.” As her life begins to fall apart, first her relationship with Katie, then her job at the movie studio, and finally her blacksmithing career, Sarah hits rock bottom. It is at this moment, when she has lost everything she has prized, that one of the dragons makes their move.


And suddenly what was unthinkable becomes all too real…and Sarah will have to decide if she can reject what is safe and become the heroine who is needed to save her world.

PARANORMAL CORNER: BLOOD LAW!

PARANORMAL CORNER: BLOOD LAW!


JEANNIE HOLMES


To stop a vampire killer, she’ll have to slay her own demons first.


A provocative and savvy vampire, Alexandra Sabian moves to the sleepy hamlet of Jefferson, Mississippi—population 6,000, nearly one-half vampires—to escape the demons lurking in her past. As an Enforcer for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation (FBPI), Alex must maintain the uneasy peace between her kind and humans, including Jefferson’s bigoted sheriff, who’d be happy to see all vampires banished from town. Then really dead vamps start turning up—beheaded, crucified, and defanged—killed in the same gruesome manner that Alex’s father was murdered decades ago. For Alex, the professional has become way too personal.


Things get even more complicated when the FBPI sends in some unnervingly sexy backup: Alex’s one-time mentor, lover, and fiancé, Varik Baudelaire. Still stinging from the betrayal that ended their short-lived engagement, Alex is determined not to give in to the temptation that soon threatens to short-circuit her investigation.Like it or not, though, as the body count grows, and the public panic level rises, Varik may be her only hope to stop a relentless killer who’s got his own score to settle, and his own bloody past to put right.

FANTASY CORNER: OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS!

FANTASY CORNER: OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS!


CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN


A secret sect of the Catholic Church, armed with an ancient book of the undead called The Gospel of Shadows, has been slowly destroying vampires for centuries. Now the book has been stolen, and the sect races to retrieve it before their purpose is discovered: a final purge of all vampires. As the line between saints and shadows grows ominously faint, private eye Peter Octavian is drawn into the search. And he’ll do anything to find the book . . . for Peter Octavian is also a vampire.”


Of course, there’s a lot more going on in the book than that, including some surprising historical figures showing up as vampires, down and dirty sex, demons, sorcery . . . a little bit of everything.

ICEBOX RADIO THEATER!

ICEBOX RADIO THEATER!

QICE: VOICE OF THE NORTH


THE WORLD PREMIERE OF A NEW COMEDY SERIES FROM THE ICEBOX RADIO THEATER!


Podcaster Gary Shepard has a dream: he wants to take his horror anthology podcast, 'The Black Mask Theater' to radio's airwaves! But when Gary goes down to his local, small town station, he finds himself mixed up with office shenanigans, crazy characters, and the wacky world of 21st Century radio.


There's Just Plain Bill: the ancient manager/engineer who's been with the station since dinosaurs walked the earth.


There's new owner Glory: a rich hippie (huh?) bent on using kind words and a gentle spirit to mold everyone to her iron will


And there's Gary's wife Lynn: the star of Black Mask Theater who's ever supportive but always ready to remind Gary what's important.


Plus: a slew of guest stars from the world of podcasting. This week, The Red Panda himself stops by for cameo. Gregg Taylor stars as himself, via the miracle of Skype (warning: technical difficulties were experienced)


TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #57!

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #57!


SONG OF THE SIREN


NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE . . .


Sun, sand, the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean... What could be more relaxing than an extended tropical vacation? With pleasure craft mysteriously disappearing from the waters around a sinister and seemingly deserted island, just about everything. Can even our vacationing man of mystery and his fearless fighting female resist...The Song of the Siren?


TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ JACK WEBB!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ JACK WEBB!

HERE’S TO JACK WEBB AND HIS ALTER EGO JOE FRIDAY, THE QUINTESSENTIAL L.A.P.D. TV COP WHO HAD MORE TO DO WITH THE IMAGE OF THE L.A.P.D. THAN ANY REAL POLICE CHIEF.

WEBB WAS BORN APRIL 2, 1920.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE FALCON STRIKES!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE FALCON STRIKES!

MARK RAMSAY


I’ve recently been branching out more often into historical mysteries. I’ve particularly enjoyed several titles in John Maddox Roberts SPQR series. As a result, I was pleasantly surprised to learn (while browsing around the recent vintage paperback convention in Los Angeles) Roberts was the author behind the pseudonym Mark Ramsey used on the Falcon series of historical adventure titles from Signet/New American Library in the ‘80s.


I remember this series as an outstanding set of well-written stories about Draco Falcon, a knight of the First Crusade, and still have all four titles on my bookshelves. Signet had produced a scattershot of similar series at the same time, but this was the only one of any lasting value.


The stories are almost aimed at a sophisticated young adult audience, as opposed to the traditional mouth-breathing men’s adventure series, with plenty of sword slinging action as Falcon returns from the Crusades only to find his father murdered and the need for vengeance pounding through his blood. With his mercenary band, Falcon returns to Europe, to seek revenge against the men who betrayed the Christian cause and murdered his father.


THE FALCON STRIKES


Draco Falcon is the ultimate warrior in an age of chivalry and slaughter. He wore the armor of a knight, but called no lord his master. Some said he fought for gold. Others, that he fought for vengeance. But all agreed on one thing: Draco Falcon fought to kill.


If men would not fight for what was theirs, they deserved to lose all they had. He had long ago divided all of mankind into two camps: those who would fight, and those who would not. He knew which camp always prevailed.


John Maddox Roberts would later go on to also write a number of Conan titles, and the Falcon books read almost as a warm up for those adventures – a high recommendation.

THE FALCON SERIES


THE FALCON STRIKES (1982)

THE BLACK POPE (1982)

THE BLOODY CROSS (1982)

THE KING’S TREASURE (1983)

MCARTNEY @ THE BOWL

MCARTNEY @ THE BOWL

When Paul McCartney took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl last night, he paused for a few seconds, as if energizing himself with the history of everything that has come to pass since The Beatles' legendary 1964 and 1965 appearances on the same stage. It was a time warp moment, both for McCartney and for every member of the enthusiastic crowd – even if they were too young to remember Wings, let alone The Beatles.

Lean, lithe, and electrified, boyish smile and mop of (only slightly thinning) hair in place, McCartney is an ageless wonder. His distinct vocals cut across the pristine Hollywood Bowl sound system, growling, harmonizing, and effortlessly smoothing out melodies. You only have to think about the debacle of The Who’s appearance at this year’s Superbowl half-time show (voices ravaged, instruments barely in tune, poses and posturing that was simply an imitation of their youthful vigor and anger) to know how bad some of our rock icons have become.

Not McCartney . . .

McCartney is nothing more than authentic – then and now. He is the real deal, wearing his fame as lightly as his maturity. All the others are simply pretenders to the throne. McCartney is true rock royalty.

The consummate professional, obviously demanding precision/perfection from everyone, his band, his crew, his pyrotechnics team, lighting, and visuals. Pacing his voice through three hours of continuous singing and playing, delivering notes of which his peers can only dream, he also appeared to be genuinely having fun. Regularly switching beloved guitars (“I changed to this guitar because I used it when we originally recorded this song”), moving to and from the piano, cheerfully mugging with the audience, telling tales out of school about Hendrix and Clapton, bouncing and moving and flat out enjoying himself, McCartney appeared delighted to be on stage playing and performing his heart out.

There were plenty of highlights to fill up the evening – some shared by all in the audience, others more personal. McCartney’s tribute to John Lennon – a lyrical imagined conversation McCartney would have with John if he were here today – was sung with a genuine catch in his voice betraying the emotion behind the relationship.

Something In The Way She Moves, a later in the show tribute to George Harrison, was played with a different feel for the relationship, but was no less heartfelt.

Paperback Writer, my favorite Beatles’ song for obvious reasons, was played with high energy against a visual backdrop of changing paperback cover art from the ‘50s and ‘60s genre of ‘nurse stories.’ An odd choice perhaps, but still cool.

And the ringing drama of the James Bond title tune Live And Let Die literally exploded on the stage. Pyrotechnics are a rock concert standard, if not a cliché, but these were as phenomenal and they were unexpected.

Give Peace A Chance
and Hey Jude pandered to the audience, but they still played out with genuine involvement on both sides of the stage.

And then there was the ferocious punk-blues abandon with which McCartney tore into harder rock anthems, showing he is as rocking and relevant as ever.

It might not show from this review, but I’ve never particularly been a Beatles or a Paul McCartney fan – both are my wife’s favorites, and it was she who dragged me to the Bowl – but three-quarters of the way through last night’s concert, I turned to say this was without a doubt the best large venue rock and roll concert I’d ever experienced.

Sir Paul, you’re alright by me!

STANDARD OF THE DAY!

STANDARD OF THE DAY!

LAURIES’ WILD WEST, OF ALL PLACES, TIPS US TO THIS COOL BLOG SPOT FEATURES A STANDARD SONG, AND DISCUSSES THE HISTORY OF THE SONG AND POSTS THE LYRICS AND A VIDEO. THIS BLOG IS RUN BY BRIAN SOLOMON, WHO RUNS THE FANTASTIC
LOTS OF PULP BLOG

LIKE LAURIE, I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE FEATURE ON THE START OF SOMETHING BIG (SUNG BY BOBBY DARIN) POSTED A FEW DAYS AGO.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

LESTER DENT ONLINE!

LESTER DENT ONLINE!

PULP 2.0 LETS US IN ON THE NEWS OF PULP MASTER LESTER DENT’S NEW HOME ON THE WEB CURATED BY HIS AGENT AND POSTHUMOUS COLLABORATOR WILL MURRAY, WHO IS WORKING ON BRINGING US SOME NEW DOC SAVAGE ADVENTURES BASED ON DENT'S NOTES, ETC...

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

NORI CORNER: SURF NOIR!

NOIR CORNER: SURF NOIR!

I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHATEVER THIS POSTER IS ADVERTSING, BUT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE . . .

NOIR CORNER: OVERNIGHT CASE

ANNE HOENIG ~ 2008

ON THE RADAR: THE IMPERFECTIONIST!

ON THE RADAR: THE IMPERFECTIONIST!

TOM RACHMAN

RELEASE: APRIL 6TH

In his zinger of a debut, Rachman deftly applies his experience as foreign correspondent and editor to chart the goings-on at a scrappy English-language newspaper in Rome. Chapters read like exquisite short stories, turning out the intersecting lives of the men and women who produce the paper—and one woman who reads it religiously, if belatedly.

In the opening chapter, aging, dissolute Paris correspondent Lloyd Burko pressures his estranged son to leak information from the French Foreign Ministry, and in the process unearths startling family fare that won't sell a single edition. Obit writer Arthur Gopal, whose overarching goal at the paper is indolence, encounters personal tragedy and, with it, unexpected career ambition. Late in the book, as the paper buckles, recently laid-off copyeditor Dave Belling seduces the CFO who fired him.

Throughout, the founding publisher's progeny stagger under a heritage they don't understand. As the ragtag staff faces down the implications of the paper's tilt into oblivion, there are more than enough sublime moments, unexpected turns and sheer inky wretchedness to warrant putting this on the shelf next to other great newspaper novels.

MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND!

MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND!

HELEN SIMONSON

I PICKED THIS UP ON A WHIM AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT FROM START TO FINISH . . .


You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.

The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner.

Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ESPIONAGE CORNER: THE BOOK OF SPIES!

ESPIONAGE CORNER: THE BOOK OF SPIES!

GAYLE LYNDS


A legendary library, containing written works dating back to ancient Rome and Greece, forms the tantalizing background of this winning thriller from bestseller Lynds (The Last Spymaster).

When The Book of Spies, one of the bejeweled volumes of the Library of Gold (a rare book archive people have sought for centuries) surfaces, the CIA links a terrorist plot with the library and a cabal of powerful men who have been its keepers.

Rare-book expert Eva Blake and former intelligence agent Judd Ryder have personal reasons for joining in the hunt for the library. Eva, released from prison for vehicular manslaughter in the death of her husband, learns that her husband, an authority on the library, is alive. A sniper shot Judd's father, a CIA agent, soon after the father claimed to have learned important information from the library.

These two complicated, appealing characters complement the satisfying, conspiracy-laden plot that smoothly moves throughout Europe at breakneck speed.

Y/A CORNER: iBOY!

Y/A CORNER: iBOY!

KEVIN BROOKS

Before the attack, sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was just an ordinary boy. But now fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain and it's having an extraordinary effect . . . Because now Tom has powers. The ability to know and see more than he could ever imagine.

And with incredible power comes knowledge - and a choice.

Seek revenge on the violent gangs that rule his estate and assaulted his friend Lucy, or keep quiet? Tom has control when everything else is out of control. But it's a dangerous price to pay. And the consequences are terrifying . . .

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

BOBBY DARIN SINGS RAY CHARLES!

BOBBY DARIN SINGS RAY CHARLES!

A COOL AND SWINGIN’ DOWNLOAD VIA KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ . . .


Bobby’s last recording project for Atco (three other albums of material recorded earlier were released subsequently) was his homage to his hero Ray Charles, made with ace arranger Jimmie Haskell and sidemen Red Callender, Plas Johnson, Nino Tempo and Earl Palmer. No wonder Bobby said: "Making this album was one of the biggest kicks of my life!" Indeed, Bobby takes to the R&B material like the natural he was, and his sheer joy in performing these songs really shines through on this 1962 vinyl.


TRACKLIST:


01) What'd I Say

02) I Got A Woman

03) Tell All The World About You

04) Tell Me How Do You Feel

05) My Bonnie

06) The Right Time

07) Hallelujah I Love Her So

08) Leave My Woman Alone

09) Ain't That Love

10) Drown In My Own Tears

11) That's Enough


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ESPIONAGE CORNER: MODESTY BLAISE ~ SWEET CAROLINE!

ESPIONAGE CORNER: MODESTY BLAISE ~ SWEET CAROLINE!


Titan Books continue with their attempt to complete the full run of Modesty Blaise with Sweet Caroline in August, with art by Neville Colvin, whose work deserves a second and even third look. Previous attempts to reprint Modesty have only managed to cover Jim Holdaway and Romero runs on the strip and Colvin tends to be forgotten, undeservedly so.

MYSTERY CORNER: THE TOYMAN RIDES AGAIN!

MYSTERY CORNER: THE TOYMAN RIDES AGAIN!

ROBERT S. NAPIER (AKA: CAP'N BOB)

In Tacoma, Washington, veteran and former investigative reporter Jack Lorentz enjoys selling collectible toys to baby boomers though he only makes a modest living at the Olden Daze co-op. August Baldwin enters his shop and says he recognizes the smell of death by shooting (see Love, Death, And The Toyman). He explains to Lorentz that he wants to hire him to protect the reenactor Charles Swanson playing the role of General George Armstrong Custer. He feels with Jack’s recent reputation, he might keep away those who want to harm the reenactor playing the role because someone has threatened him.


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THE BIG BANG!

THE BIG BANG!

MAX ALLAN COLLINS' NEW/OLD COLLABORATION NOVEL WITH THE LATE MICKEY SPILLANE, THE BIG BANG, IS ABOUT TO MAKE ITS BIG PUBLICATION SPLASH. IT’S AN IMPORTANT BOOK ~ IMPORTANT FOR EVEN NON-SPILLANE FANS.

COLLINS EXPLAINS IN PART WHY IN A RECENT UPDATE ON HIS WEBSITE . . .


Mickey’s first seven novels were the bestselling American mystery novels of all time. In the 20th century, he outsold everybody – from Erskine Caldwell to Stephen King, from Jacqueline Susann to Dean Koontz. In mystery fiction, only Agatha Christie has outsold him worldwide. In America, during Mickey’s heyday, only Erle Stanley Gardner came close.

But the difference is this: Christie wrote 33 Poirot novels and 54 Poirot short stories; Gardner wrote over 80 Perry Mason novels and stories. The great Rex Stout wrote 33 Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin novels and dozens of Wolfe/Archie novellas.

Mickey wrote no formal Mike Hammer short stories (there are a couple of exceptions that I helped find their way into print) and a mere 13 Mike Hammer novels.

For a fictional detective of Hammer’s fame, popularity and influence to have appeared in such a relative handful of books is remarkable in itself. That another six stand to be added to the canon – completed by the writer Spillane chose himself, in his final weeks – is unique in the genre.

It’s particularly interesting (if merely coincidental) that Spillane made his fame and fortune based on six Mike Hammer novels, published between 1947 and 1952 – I, THE JURY; MY GUN IS QUICK; VENGEANCE IS MINE!; ONE LONELY NIGHT; THE BIG KILL; and KISS ME, DEADLY. The entire private eye novel revival of the fifties and the TV show craze it spawned grew out of the success of those half dozen novels.


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BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, BUY THE BIG BANG AND DISCOVER FOR YOURSELF WHY SPILLANE WAS SO GOOD, AND WHY COLLINS MAKES HIM EVEN BETTER!

GREATEST JAZZ FILMS EVER!

GREATEST JAZZ FILMS EVER!

Disc 1 contains the legendary short "Jammin' The Blues" (1944) with Lester Young, Sweets Edison, Illinois Jacquet, Barney Kessel and others; the 1952 telecast of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie performing "Hot House"; and four pieces by Miles Davis's sextet with John Coltrane and Gil Evans's orchestra in 1959.

Disc 2 contains the celebrated 1957 CBS-TV program "The Sound of Jazz" with Count Basie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Pee Wee Russell, Jimmy Rushing, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and more plus tunes each by the Ahmad Jamal trio and the Ben Webster-Buck Clayton Sextet from 1959.

130 min. B&W.

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