For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan — an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben’s father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills. Ben’s parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now he’s not the only one his father’s going to scrutinize.
It isn’t long before Ben is Zan’s favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. To him, Zan is only a specimen, no more, no less. And this is going to have consequences. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true — between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate.
Half Brother isn’t just a story about a boy and a chimp. It’s about the way families are made, the way humanity is judged, the way easy choices become hard ones, and how you can’t always do right by the people and animals you love. In the hands of master storyteller Kenneth Oppel, it’s a novel you won’t soon forget.
A fun and clever literary reinterpretation, with Henry James hot on the trail of Jack the Ripper
Henry James is suffering through boring drunken dinner parties in London, but when his brother William-renowned for his groundbreaking work in the new science of psychology-is summoned from America by Scotland Yard to help investigate an East End serial killer who calls himself Jack the Ripper, things are suddenly much more interesting.
Their bedridden sister Alice James takes on the role of lead detective, as the three precocious siblings attempt to unravel the true identity of the killer. Searching London high and low, encountering characters both suspicious and ridiculous, they inch closer to a killer neither they, nor readers, would suspect.
And now, representingÉ Eisner winner Mark Wheatley brings us a plague of blood crazed zombies that are spreading across the city.
Only the swift cold justice of The Spider stands between the remnants of humanity and the hoards of the Cannibal Queen. Expanded, updated and includes unseen art and information from the vaults of The Spider!
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Drow ranger Drizzt Do’Urden, first introduced in The Icewind Dale Trilogy, quickly became one of the fantasy genre’s standout characters. But Homeland first reveals the startling tale of how this one lone drow walked out of the shadowy depths of the Underdark, leaving behind a society of evil and a family who want him dead. It is here that the story of this amazing dark elf truly began.
This week, Koop talks to the webmaster of one of the most fascinating retro websites and forums in the world/ Plus, he has another new track from the upcoming orchestrotica album for us to enjoy, and a fabulous niche book publisher that with some great books for your library or to give to your retro scene friends.
We’ll head up to the Cocktail Nation blogsphere with another cool blog, plus there’s the look at the world of swank.
Blue Martini's ~ Hershey Bar Frank Bennett ~ Been Caught Stealin The Three Suns ~ Fever Arthur Lyman ~ Leis of Jazz Mr Ho's Orchestrotica ~ Boulevard Of Broken dreams Combustible Edison ~ Blue Light Frank Sinatra ~ Dream Your Dreams Away James Bond and His Sextet ~ Goldfinger Waitiki 7 Sacha ~ cha Bobby Darin ~ A Taste of Honey Les Baxter ~ Coronation Shagxotica ~ Crandall Meets His Match Tiki Joes Ocean ~ Alegre Xavier Cugat ~ La Dolce Vita Martini Kings ~ Cuchy Frito Man Jo Basile and His Accordian Orch ~ Mack The Knife
BIG KAHUNA and the Copa Cat Pack is BACK with Shake Those Hula Hips, an album that shakes and stirs the flavors of big band swing, Hawaiian songs, TV themes, Las Vegas lounge, and full-strength party music into a big, tasty, mightily swinging, musical Mai Tai.
An artful arranger, masterful saxophonist, hip crooner and animated bandleader, the BIG KAHUNA (aka Matt Catingub) packs fun and excitement into each and every swinging note. The tunes on this album don't really remind one of Hawaii, even though there are some great Hawaiian standards. In fact, this album makes you wanna get up and dance swing or latin, and that's not a bad thing at all.
01.Hawaii Five-O 02.Fever 03.Ain't No Big Thing 04.Avalon 05.Hey Baby (Shake Those Hula Hips) 06.It Don't Mean A Thing (If Ain't Got That Swing) 07.Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya 08.I Dream Of Jeannie 09.And the Angels Sing 10.Waikiki 11.In the Mood 12.Little Grass Shack 13.It Was A Very Good Year 14.Tequila
Johnny Depp has been aggressively courting his Pirates 4 director Rob Marshall to direct him once again in a remake of The Thin Man at Warner Bros. It'd be a fitting follow-up to Depp's turn as the rum-soaked Captain Jack Sparrow: The famous detective novel by Dashiell Hammett centers on Nick Charles who — after marrying wealthy, young socialite Norah — gives up a career as a hard-boiled gumshoe to become a semi-professional alcoholic and full-time trophy husband.
There's no script yet for the remake, but we're told that Depp is eager to play the role and has been looking to develop the property through his Warner Bros. based Infinitum Nihil production outfit (run by his sister, Christi Dembrowski), with former WB executive turned producer Kevin McCormick also producing.
IF YOU DON’T MIND REPEATED, HILARIOUS, USE OF THE F-WORD, THEN TOD I-WRITE-THE-BURN-NOTICE-TIE-IN-NOVELS-HOW-LUCK-IS-THAT GOLDBERG’S RECENT RANT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, SHAKE YOUR HEAD, AGREE, AND THEN SIT DOWN TO WRITE A LETTER OF COMPLAINT TO PARADE MAGAZINE . . .
I had so much fun with last week’s Forgotten Books: Sexpionage post, I wanted to do a follow up this week with another similar series I came across while returning last week’s books to my shelves.
THE MAN FROM T.O.M.C.A.T.
MALLORY T. KNIGHT
Written by Bernhardt J. Hurwood, under the pseudonym Mallory T. Knight, super spy Tim O’Shane, T.O.M.C.A.T.’s top man in the field, operated for nine sexpionage assignments from 1967 to 1969.
Hurwood was known more for his horror anthologies, but he did serve one term on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America.
Here’s the hype from the back cover of one of O’Shane’s typical assignments:
THE TERRIBLE TEN
Welcome to Hyenas’ Port. A fly speck on the Gulf coast where The terrible Ten are throwing a barbecue – with chopped liberty for a starter . . .
Where the lords of the underworld have erected an enormous temple of temptation, while just outside the 12 mile limit an ancient Chinese woman plows the Gulf in a floating pleasure palace that make Cleopatra’s barge look like a garbage scow . . . where The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T. has baited his most elaborate trap with some of the most delectable bait to ever run up a secret agent’s expense account!
Hit the trail of The Terrible Ten with T.O.M.C.A.T.’s Tim O’Shane as the assignment leads him from unlimited dalliances in the island paradise of Satyria to swinging sessions in London’s Horny Gardens. From a strange confrontation in the back room of Ma Fia’s sweet shop in New York to a double masquerade in San Francisco, an incredible double feature in wide-open Las Vegas, and finally to the heart of Terrible ten territory – the moth-eaten, flea-bitten, not-on-the-map nothingness known as hyenas’ Port where, with the aid of a $750,000 contribution from BLINTS, the assistance of a half-dozen leading American Gangsters, and the eager cooperation of countless sexually adept young women, The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T. finally faces the leaders of The Terrible Ten – AND IS THEN PUT UNDER ORDERS NOT TO DESTROY THEM!
If you’re like me none of that really made any sense, nor was it particularly titillating. Still, like its contemporaries, The Man From T.O.M.C.A.T. series sold well during its heyday, while currently forgotten by all but the most hardcore collectors among us. I think half of the fun of these series was thinking up appropriate wording for all of their clever acronyms . . .
THE MAN FROM T.O.M.C.A.T. SERIES
THE DOZEN DEADLY DRAGONS OF JOY (1967) THE MILLION MISSING MAIDENS (1967) THE TERRIBLE TEN (1967) DIRTY ROTTEN DEPRIVING RAY (1967) TSIMMIS IN TANGIER (1968) THE MALIGNANT METAPHYSICAL MENACE (1968) THE OMINOUS ORGY (1969) THE PEKING PORNOGRAPHER (1969) THE BRA-BURNER’S BRIGADE (1969)
If you thought standing in line at your local warehouse store was murder, then you haven't been to Megamart. These flash fiction tales of superstore madness and mayhem will make you think twice the next time you hear 'clean up on aisle 13.'
This anthology contains works by: Patricia Abbott, Sophie Littlefield, Kieran Shea, Chad Eagleton, Ed Gorman, Cormac Brown, Fleur Bradley, Alan Griffiths, Laura Benedict, Garnett Elliot, Eric Beetner, Jack Bates, Bill Crider, Loren Eaton, John DuMond, John McFetridge, Toni McGee Causey, Jeff Vande Zande, James Reasoner, Kyle Minor, Randy Rohn, Todd Mason, Byron Quertermous, Sandra Scoppettone, Stephen D. Rogers, Steve Weddle, Evan Lewis, Daniel B. O'Shea, Sandra Seamans, Albert Tucher, Donna Moore, John Weagly, Keith Rawson, Gerald So, Dave Zeltserman, Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen, Jay Stringer, Anne Frasier, Kathleen A. Ryan, Eric Peterson, Chris Grabenstein and J.T. Ellison.
The Autry Museum has an interesting film series going on called "What Is a Western?". This weekend they are showing OUT OF THE PAST (1947) starring Robert Mitchum.
PER THE AUTRY WEBSITE:
In his first starring role, Robert Mitchum plays Jeff Bailey, the friendly but secretive proprietor of a mountain-village gas station. As Jeff’s worshipful deaf-mute attendant (Dick Moore) looks on in curious fascination, an unsavory character named Joe (Paul Valentine) pulls up to the station, obviously looking for the owner. Jeff is all too aware of Joe’s identity; he’s been dreading this moment for quite some time, knowing full well that it will mean the end of his semi-idyllic existence and his engagement to local girl Ann (Virginia Huston).
In a lengthy flashback, the audience is apprised of the reasons behind Jeff’s discomfort——and thus begins a tale of treachery, betrayal, and intrigue that extends into the present day and turns Jeff’s life upside down.
Ever notice how so many peculiar things come in 3s? Like a Martian’s three eyes . . . Like a Morlock’s three fingers . . . Like, well, you know . . . And this Hallow’s Eve, even those odd-ball folks out there who only have two ears to listen with, are sure to get triple the monstrous fun out of this spine-tickling Trilogy of Java’s Cosmic Halloween Specials!
Tell all the Kool Kats, Killer Kittens, and other like-minded Trick-or-Treaters in your neck of the Haunted Woods, to tune-in to this Pointy-Taled Trio' for a triple-shot of bonfirelicious Radio/Podcast Fun!
Hey, they may come for you with the torches and pitchforks anyway, but at least they’ll be laughing!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, from Java’s Bachelor Pad and Curtis Amusements!