Saturday, March 19, 2011

VINTAGE COVERS: TOMORROW'S ANOTHER DAY!

Y/A CORNER: THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD!

Y/A CORNER: THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD!

GREG VAN EEKHOUT

Fisher is the last boy on earth—and things are not looking good for the human race. Only Fisher made it out alive of the carefully crafted survival bunker where Fisher and dozens of other humans had been sleeping was destroyed.

Luckily, Fisher is not totally alone. He meets a broken robot he names Click, whose programmed purpose—to help Fisher “continue existing”—makes it act an awful lot like an overprotective parent. Together, Fisher and Click uncover evidence that there may be a second survival bunker far to the west.

In prose that skips from hilarious to touching and back in a heartbeat, Greg van Eekhout brings us a thrilling story of survival that becomes a journey to a new hope — if Fisher can continue existing long enough to get there.

Y/A CORNER: WILL SUPERVILLAINS BE ON THE FINAL?

Y/A CORNER: WILL SUPERVILLAINS BE ON THE FINAL?

NAOMI NOVIK

HEROISM 101

As universities go, Liberty Vocational is the private college of choice for budding superheroes learning to master their extraordinary powers for the good of humankind. But for sixteen-year-old Leah Taymore, just making her way through classes without incident is shaping up to be a superhuman task.

Star struck by legendary ex-hero turned student advisor Calvin Washington, petrified by ultrastrict dean Dr. Santos, and tongue-tied over her supercool (and handsome) classmate Paul Lyman, timid Leah fears that even her ability to manipulate atoms won’t be enough to survive the rigors of L.V. — and become a full-fledged defender of all that is right.

But the real test of her mettle is yet to come, in the form of infamous supervillain Bane, who has infiltrated Liberty with a sinister plan to bring down the best and brightest heroes of tomorrow before they even take flight.

FANTASY CORNER: THE ALLOY OF LAW!

FANTASY CORNER: THE ALLOY OF LAW!

BRANDON SANDERSON

Three hundred yearsafter the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice. One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will.

After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES: FIFTIES BLONDES!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES: FIFTIES BLONDES!

SEXBOMBS, SIRENS, BAD GIRLS AND TEEN QUEENS

RICHARD KOPER

An illustrated look at the lives and careers of the sexiest women of the 1950s. From major star to starlet, author Richard Koper shows - with hundreds of rare photos from his personal collection - that gentlemen still prefer blondes!

Among the 100 actresses who are featured in the book are famous Hollywood names like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Kim Novak and Anita Ekberg, as well as starlets like Jeanne Carmen, Gloria Pall, Sandra Giles and Kathy Marlowe. Also featured within the pages of this book are England's reigning blondes Diana Dors, Belinda Lee and Carole Lesley, and fifties cult fan's favourites: Mamie Van Doren, Cleo Moore, Beverly Michaels, Barbara Nichols and Joi Lansing.

LINDA CARTER WHO?

LINDA CARTER WHO?

ANTHONY VENUTOLO OF BUKOWSKI’S BASEMENT GIVES US A TASTE OF THE NEW WONDER WOMAN . . .

Last month we reported that a new TV series based on the DC comic character Wonder Woman was in the works. Today, EW.com got a sneak peek at what star Adrianne Palicki looks like in costume.

The former "Friday Night Lights" actress stars in the NBC pilot to be developed by David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "The Practice" and "Boston Legal"). The last time we saw the comic book heroine on the small screen was in "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" (1975-79) with Lynda Carter.

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

Friday, March 18, 2011

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

ELEMENTARY!

ELEMENTARY!

EMMINENT MYSTERY CRITIC JON BREEN HAS A STRONG PIECE ON SHERLOCK HOLMES PASTICHES POSTED ON THE MYSTERY SCENE WEBSITE . . .

For reasons related more to fear of litigation by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate than any lack of irregular enthusiasm, novel-length Sherlock Holmes pastiches were rare indeed before the 1970s. H.F. Heard’s A Taste for Honey (1941) was the pioneer—the beekeeping sleuth in this novel and two sequels was known as Mr. Mycroft, but any knowledgeable reader knew it was Sherlock and not his brother. Ellery Queen’s A Study in Terror (1966), probably the first in which the Baker Street sleuth took on Jack the Ripper, was the novelization of a movie. Not until Nicholas Meyer’s bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1974) did the floodgates open. Since then there have been scores of ersatz Holmes novels. Some of them have been excellent; others have only the authors’ devotion and enthusiasm to recommend them. They take many different forms, some of them shifting the central role to another character or reshuffling canonical details in shocking ways. I prefer those that stick closest to the original pattern: told in the first person by Watson throughout, keeping to a length not much greater than Conan Doyle’s own novels, and not distorting the characters as they appear in the original stories . . .

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VINTAGE BOXING NOVELS!

VINTAGE COVERS: HEADED FOR A HEARSE!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!

FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!

FROM TWO HOUR WAR GAMES

YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE . . .

A twenty-foot square ring doesn't give you much room to move and definitely nowhere to hide. Boxing - it's called the "Sweet Science" for a reason.

You can move around your opponent flicking jabs and dancing away. "Rope a dope" and pick your spots firing punches and scoring points.

All that skillful stuff, putting on a boxing clinic and looking pretty while you're doing it. Then.... BOOM! Your opponent throws a hook from downtown and "out go the lights!"

Friday Night Fights is unlike any boxing game you've ever played. With FNF you can...

Build your fighter the way you want him. Boxer or slugger it's all up to you.

Fight your way to the title through 36 pre-generated fighters that are run by the game mechanics.

Become a promoter with your own fighters. Train them and pick and choose your opponents on your way to the top.

Everything you need to start your own "fight club" with your friends is included. It's an exciting game where you have to think as you fight. Do you go "all out" as soon as the bell rings? Or maybe pace yourself for the full fight? And what's he doing?

DO YOU HAVE THE HEART OF A CHAMPION? ONLY YOU CAN TELL. FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS ... PLAY TO WIN!

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

VINTAGE COVERS: ALIBI BABY!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: KILLINGER!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: KILLINGER!

In 1974, Pinnacle published two novels in the Killinger series. P.K. Palmer was the author’s name on the cover – apparently a pseudonym for the equally mysterious Keith Parnell. There is a very good reason why there were only two books in this series and why the author would want to hide behind a pseudonym – the writing is so over the top bad that it becomes hilarious to read.

The series tagline – More exciting than James Bond, Mike Hammer, Travis McGee, and then some. He's ruggedly virile, he's karate-quick, he's... Killinger! – says it all, right down to the exclamation point. How could anyone believe an unknown author could deliver such a character, let alone why a novel delivering on that kind of hype would be published as a paperback original from Pinnacle – house of schlock. I’m not complaining, however – along with publishing my first novel, Pinnacle has provided me with many happy hours of schlock reading.

The problem is, Killinger is not just schlock – it’s badly written schlock.

KILLINGER #2: THE RAINBOW/SEAGREEN CASE

Plane crash in the Pacific.

It was not an ordinary case. But then, Jedediah Killinger III was not an ordinary man. He was a man who made his own rules and called his own game.

They called him in because the implications of the crash were far-reaching. They reached to Russia, where the KGB held a meeting to discuss their next step. To Peking, where the matter was given urgent attention. The British were asking questions. The French were looking for answers. The CIA was searching for clues.

This time Jed Killinger had to hurry. Because a blonde mermaid, Marja-Liisa Kikkonen, found a piece of pipe. Seagreen was the color, AJB567037 was the identifying number, and death may be the reward.

And she was much too beautiful to die . . .

Fortunately, despite the cool ‘70s covers, the Killinger series was not too beautiful to die.

If the author had done it right, Killinger’s name would have been Dirk Pitt. Instead, Killinger is simply a two dimensional rip off of all the characters he’s supposed to be outdoing – James Bond, Mike Hammer, Travis McGee, and then some.  The thinking behind this series might have gone like this:  If the Travis McGee novels all have a color in the title, the Killinger novels have to be better because they have two colors in each title . . . twice the colors, therefore, twice the quality . . .

Like my Forgotten Books entry from a couple of weeks ago – Blood On Frisco Bay – the Killinger novels exist on a different plane, one in which awful writing is elevated to an art form . .

THE KILLINGER NOVELS:

KILLINGER #1: THE TURQUOISE-YELLOW CASE
KILLINGER #2: THE RAINBOW/SEAGREEN CASE

THE GEAR FROM U.N.C.L.E.

THE GEAR FROM U.N.C.L.E.

THERE IS A NEW CAFE PRESS SITE OFFERING TEE-SHIRTS, TOTE BAGS AND OTHER GEAR WITH THE U.N.C.L.E. LOGO . . . I HAVE MY DOUBTS THAT THESE ARE OFFICIALLY LICENSED PRODUCTS, SO BUYER BEWARE . . .

TO CHECK THE GEAR OUT CLICK HERE

Thursday, March 17, 2011

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . SHERLOCK HOLMES!

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE ZOMBIE PROBLEM ~ $4.99

NICK S. THOMAS

Holmes is just days away from bringing down the biggest criminal ringleader in London. But his quick and wicked foe is as cautious and intelligent as he. When Moriarty learns of Holmes’ plans against him he releases an evil on England the likes of which no civilised man had ever seen.

In a desperate attempt to save England and perhaps the known world, Holmes and his trusty friend Watson travel across Europe to find the source of Moriarty’s new found power and end him and his wicked plan for good.

With the aid of every friend and ally they can find, the two detectives make regular and efficient usage of their shared experience of boxing, fencing and firearms in a bloodthirsty adventure.

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . SHERLOCK HOLMES!

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND COUNT DRACULA

THE ADVENTURE OF THE SOLITARY GRAVE

THE SUPERNATURAL CASEFILES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ~ $2.99

CHRISTIAN KLAVER

From the Supernatural Case Files of Sherlock Holmes

London's most beloved detective encounters his most deadly foe, and the results will be unlike any Sherlock Holmes adventure before it!



SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ADVENTURE OF THE INNSMOUTH WHALER

THE SUPERNATURAL CASEFILES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ~ $2.99

From the Supernatural Case Files of Sherlock Holmes.

Holmes and Watson encounter sinister dealings with an American ship from the town of Innsmouth comes to England in pursuit of an implacable revenge.

FANTASY CORNER: CON AND CONJURE!

FANTASY CORNER: CON AND CONJURE!

LISA SHEARIN

Raine Benares is a seeker who finds lost things and people. Ever since the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone that's given her unlimited power, has bonded to her, the goblin king and the elves have wanted to possess its magic themselves.

Which means a goblin thief and her ex-fiancé-an elven assassin-are after her. To survive, she'll need the help of her notorious criminal family . . .

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: THE TUDOR SECRET!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: THE TUDOR SECRET!

THE ELIZABETH I SPYMASTER CHRONICLES

C. W. GORTNER

The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies.

Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth’s quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C. W. Gortner is the author of the acclaimed historical novels The Last Queen and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. He holds an MFA in writing with an emphasis on Renaissance studies from the New College of California. In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a Spanish castle. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues. Half Spanish by birth, he lives in Northern California. Readers can visit him online at www.cwgortner.com

BIG BAND OLYMPICS!

BIG BAND OLYMPICS

COMING MAY 26-29, 2011
L.A. JAZZ INSTITUTE PRESENTS
BIG BAND OLYMPICS
CELEBRATING THE BIG BAND SOUND
FROM AROUND THE WORLD
A FOUR-DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

VINTAGE COVERS: BEYOND THE LAW!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

BOXING BOOKS: THE BULLET MEANT FOR ME!

BOXING BOOKS: THE BULLET MEANT FOR ME!

JAN REID

On April 20, 1998, Jan Reid was shot during a robbery in Mexico City, where he had gone to watch his friend, the boxer Jesus Chavez, fight. In The Bullet Meant for Me, Reid powerfully recounts his ordeal, the long chain of life events that brought him to that fateful attack, and his struggle to regain the ability to walk and to be a full partner in a deeply satisfying marriage.

Re-examining the whole trajectory of his life, Reid questions how much the Texan ideal of manhood shaped his identity, including his love for boxing and participation in the sport.

He meditates on male friendship as he tells the story of his close relationship with Chavez, whose career and personal travails Reid details with empathy and insight. And he describes his long months in physical therapy, during which he drew on the unwavering love of his wife and daughter, as well as the courage and strength he had learned from boxing, to heal his body and spirit.

A moving, intimate portrait of a man, a friendship, and a marriage, The Bullet Meant for Me is Jan Reid's most personal book.

BOXING GYM ~ A FREDERICK WISEMAN FILM!


Trailer for Frederick Wiseman's BOXING GYM from Dossier on Vimeo.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A MAN!

THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A MAN!

1. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

2. You know stuff about tanks.

3. A five day vacation requires only one suitcase.

4. Monday Night Football.

5. Your bathroom lines are 80% shorter.

6. You can open all your own jars.

7. Old friends don't annoy you if you've lost or gained weight.

8. Dry cleaners and haircutters don't rob you blind.

9. When clicking through the channel, you don't have to stall on every shot of someone crying.

10. A beer gut does not make you invisible to the opposite sex.


11. Guys in hockey masks don't attack you.

12. You don't have to lug a bag of useful stuff around everywhere you go.

13. You can go to the bathroom without a support group.

14. Your last name stays put.

15. You can leave a hotel bed unmade.

16. When your work is criticized, you don't have to panic that everyone secretly hates you.

17. You can kill your own food.

18. The garage is all yours.

19. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

20. You see the humor in Terms of Endearment.

21. You never have to clean the toilet.

22. You can be showered and ready in 10 minutes.

23. Wedding plans take care of themselves.

24. If someone forgets to invite you to something, he or she can still be your friend.

25. Your underwear is $10 for a three pack.

26. The National College Cheerleading Championship

27. None of your co-workers have the power to make you cry.

28. You don't have to shave below your neck.

29. If you're 34 and single nobody notices.

30. Everything on your face stays its original color.

31. Chocolate is just another snack.

32. You can be president.

33. You can quietly enjoy a car ride from the passenger seat.

34. Flowers fix everything.

35. You never have to worry about other people's feelings.

36. You can wear a white shirt to a water park.

37. Three pair of shoes are more than enough.

38. You can eat a banana in a hardware store.

39. You can say anything and not worry about what people think.

40. Michael Bolton doesn't live in your universe.

41. You can whip your shirt off on a hot day.

42. You don't have to clean your apartment if the meter reader is coming by.

43. Car mechanics tell you the truth.

44. You don't care if someone notices your new haircut.

45. You can watch a game in silence with your buddy for hours without even thinking: He must be mad at me.

46. You never misconstrue innocuous statements to mean your lover is about to leave you.

47. You get to jump up and slap stuff.

48. One mood, all the time.

49. You can admire Clint Eastwood without starving yourself to look like him.

50. You know at least 20 ways to open a beer bottle.

51. Same work....more pay.

52. Gray hair and wrinkles add character.

53. Wedding Dress $2000; Tux rental $100.

54. You don't care if someone is talking about you behind your back.

55. You don't mooch off others' desserts.

56. The remote is yours and yours alone.

57. People never glance at your chest when you're talking to them.

58. ESPN's sports center.

59. You can drop by to see a friend without bringing a little gift.

60. You have a normal and healthy relationship with your mother.

61. You needn't pretend you're "freshening up" to go to the bathroom.

62. If you don't call your buddy when you say you will, he won't tell your friends you've changed.

63. Someday you'll be a dirty old man.

64. If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit, you might become lifelong buddies.

65. Princess Di's death was almost just another obituary.

66. If something mechanical didn't work, you can bash it with a hammer and throw it across the room.

67. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

68. You don't have to remember everyone's birthdays and anniversaries.

69. Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with: "So... notice anything different?"

70. Baywatch

71. There is always a game on somewhere.

A HARDY CHUCKLE TO MISS CELLANIA

THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A WOMAN

THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A WOMAN


1. We got off the Titanic first.

2. We can scare male bosses with mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.

3. We can be groupies. Male groupies are stalkers.

4. We can cry and get off speeding fines.

5. We've never lusted after a cartoon character or the central figure in a computer game
 6. Taxis stop for us.

7. We don't look like a frog in a blender when dancing.

8. Free drinks, Free dinners, Free movies (you get the point).

9. New lipstick gives us a whole new lease on life.

10. No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival The Speedo.

11. We don't have to fart to amuse ourselves.

12. If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

13. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her butt.

14. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.

15. If we're dumb, some people will find it cute.

16. We have the ability to dress ourselves.

17. We can talk to people of the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.

18. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we're aware that we look like an idiot.

19. There are times when chocolate really can solve all yourproblems.

20. We'll never regret piercing our ears.

21. We can fully assess a person just by looking at their shoes.

22. We'll never discover we've been duped by a Wonderbra.

A HARDY CHUCKLE TO MISS CELLANIA

COCKTAIL NATION #145 ~ EDDIE NICHOLS PART 2!

COCKTAIL NATION #145 ~ EDDIE NICHOLS PART 2!

On the show this week, we continue our two part series on one of the greats of the retro lounge and swing scene ~ a man who I caught up with when he visited Sydney recently ~ Eddie Nichols of Royal Crown revue. Our segment on swank advice is back this week as we talk about looking as good as you can. Also our new segment Review With Koop will do an album review, and we’ll tell you about plenty of events to dress up to attend, and take our look into the blogosphere.

PLAYLIST:

Vibes On Velvet ~ Jorge’s Basement
Blue Dahlia ~ Ill Wind
Royal Crown Revue ~ Datin With No Dough
Esquivel ~ Flower Girl From Bordeaux
Spy Fi ~ Black Tie Spy
Vicki Carr ~ Better than Anything
Morton Gould ~ I Get A Kick Out Of You
Lucas Vigor ~ Garota De Ipanema
Narco Lounge Combo ~ The Seduction
Henry Mancini ~ Something for Cat
Robert drasinin ~ east of Xanadu
Waitiki7 ~ Similau
Jonah Jones Quartet ~ Cecilia
Bobby Hackett ~ Mood Indigo

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SPY-FI: ON THE CASINO FLOOR!

SPY-FI: ON THE CASINO FLOOR!

HOTELS

VIA TIP TOP MUSIC . . .

Two years after their well deserved critically acclaimed sophomore album Where Hearts Go Broke the Seattle-based sci-fi pop band Hotels releases their third album; On The Casino Floor. A seven track concept album that moves their cinematic sound close to fulfillment.

On The Casino Floor tells the story of a secret agent, his former mentor gone bad, and a devious prince's plan to destroy the universe's only space casino complex. Not surprisingly this gives a soundscape made out of spaghetti western images, and romantic Bond-like moves, added just a dash of Star Trek. A most charming combination . . .

FOR THE FULL POST OR TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . A COZY MYSTERY!

WALKING INTO MURDER ~ $2.99

JOAN DAHR LAMBERT

Who would believe that an innocent walking trip in the English Cotswolds would include not just one murder but three, and even more hair-raising adventures? The intrepid American heroine of WALKING INTO MURDER, professor Laura Morland, would have scoffed at the idea. All she wanted was a few days of peace to recover from a humiliating (if not entirely unwelcome) divorce and a chance to test her new independence. That she certainly does; peace is another matter.

WALKING INTO MURDER is a light-hearted mystery with a delightful setting, an intriguing plot and distinctive characters headed by Laura Morland, a wonderfully appealing new amateur detective. It is part traditional English mystery, part middle-aged female sleuth of independent spirit who solves mysteries that confound the experts, part primer on the the battle between the sexes since Laura is an expert on gender, part rousing adventure. Laura is hardly Miss Marple - she is younger, more active, attractive, even romantically inclined, but the settings and characters are very British indeed.

THE CAT'S MEOW!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

VINTAGE MIKE HAMMER COVER CAVALCADE!

VINTAGE COVERS: NO CHANCE IN HELL!

FEMME FATALES!

FEMME FATALES!

JOE ACKERMAN GIVES US ANOTHER OF HIS INTIMATE FEMME FATALE POSTS TODAY – THIS TIME FEATURING DIANA DORS – OVER AT HIS TWO-FISTED TALES OF TRUE-LIFE WEIRD ROMANCE BLOG . . .

Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck on 23 October 1931 in Swindow, Wiltshire, and was educated at Colville House in Swindon. She was considered the English equivalent of the blonde bombshells of Hollywood . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WESTERNS: THE JOURNEYMAN!

WESTERNS: THE JOURNEYMAN!

AUTHOR DAVID ROBBINS MAKES THIS LITTLE KNOWN MOVIE ON DVD SOUND LIKE A CLASSIC . . . AFTER READING THE REVIEW, I’M GOING TO HAVE TO SEE THIS . . .

The Journeyman is pure goodness. If you’re a Western fan, or a Frankenstein fan, or even if you can’t get enough of Willie Nelson (who is in this movie for all of two minutes) you might like this a lot.

You have never seen a Western like it. When I talked about Purgatory I mentioned that its storyline is unique in Western annals. The same can be said of The Journeyman but in a whole different vein . . .

FOR DAVID’S FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

URBAN FANTASY CORNER: DANTE VALENTINE ~ THE OMNIBUS!

URBAN FANTASY CORNER: DANTE VALENTINE ~ THE OMNIBUS!

LILETH SAINTCROW

Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer.

Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there were just some she couldn't turn down. Like when the Devil showed up at the door and offered her a deal. Her life - in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. But how do you kill something that can't die?

Dante Valentine, one of urban fantasy's hottest series, is compiled into one volume for the first time. Included in this omnibus edition are: Working for the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil's Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, and To Hell and Back.

PULP NOW: THE BATMAN ~ CRIMSON HARVEST!

PULP NOW: THE BATMAN ~ CRIMSON HARVEST!

MORE BATMAN ART FROM FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA . . .

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

BRITISH HARDBOILED: HAZELL!

BRITISH HARDBOILED: HAZELL!

HAZELL WAS BORN IN A THREE BOOK PRIVATE EYE SERIES BEFORE BECOMING A POPULAR BRITISH TELEVISION SHOW AND LATER A BRITISH COMIC FEATURE . . .

CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW