THIS IS VERY COOL STUFF . . . A HARD CONCEPT TO PULL OFF, BUT ONE THAT SUCCEEDS NONE-THE-LESS . . .
UNWRITTEN VOL. 1: TOMMY TAYLOR AND THE BOGUS IDENTITY
Tom Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass Tom.
When an enormous scandal reveals that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a very mysterious, very deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, eventually finding himself at locations all featured on a very special map -- one kept by the deadly group that charts places throughout world history where fictions have impacted and tangibly shaped reality, those stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture. And in the process of figuring out what it all means, Tom will find himself having to figure out a huge conspiracy mystery that spans the entirety of the history of fiction.
THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 2: INSIDE MAN
In this volume, Tom arrives at Donostia prison in Southern France and falls into the orbit of another story: The Song of Roland. Unfortunately for Tom, it's a story that ends with a massacre. .Tom discovers the true meaning of "out of the frying pan" after his escape from Donostia jail takes him to Stuttgart in 1940, a ghost city inhabited by the master liar of the Third Reich, Josef Goebbels, and a tortured soul who's crying out for rescue – or death . . .
THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 3: DEAD MAN'S KNOCK
The third volume of the critically acclaimed New York Times best selling new series from the Eisner-nominated creative team of Mike Carey and Peter Gross.
This volume includes “Dead Man’s Knock,” featuring the launch of the long-awaited new Tommy Taylor novel. A scheme by the Unwritten cabal to bring its author out of hiding works with dramatic results, including the momentous confrontation between Tom and Wilson.
Plus, learn the truth behind Lizzie Hexam, Tommy’s mysterious benefactor, in an interactive tale that lets the reader choose the story’s path.
PER PERIODICALLY ANACHRONISTIC . . . A HUMORUS LOOK AT THE GREAT 'WHAT IF' OF PERIODICALS THAT NEVER WERE, BUT MAYBE SHOULD HAVE BEEN . . .
Dowager Quarterly was the creation of the house of Lethal Muscato Publications, and has enjoyed a steady, yet elite circulation since 1809. Published Quarterly - a monthly publication would simply raise the eye brows of those who have nothing better to do than gossip - the journal bespoke of good breeding, proper behaviors and heralded a call aginst those types of social progress that furthered the agenda of the uncouth.
Each issue contained consistent features and topics (its "Seating Charts" section was among its most popular recurring features from 1861 to 1969) that reaffirmed to its readership that better living, indeed, could be had through dudgeon.
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one—other than Celie, that is—takes time to map out the new additions.
But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.
This delightful book from a fan — and bookseller — favorite kicks off a brand new series sure to become a modern classic.
At first glance, Duncan Dorfman, April Blunt, and Nate Saviano don’t seem to have much in common. Duncan is trying to look after his single mom and adjust to life in a new town while managing his newfound Scrabble superpower – he can feel words and pictures beneath his fingers and tell what they are without looking. April is pining for a mystery boy she met years ago and striving to be seen as more than a nerd in her family of jocks. And homeschooled Nate is struggling to meet his father’s high expectations for success.
When these three unique kids are brought together at the national Youth Scrabble Tournament, each with a very different drive to win, their paths cross and stories intertwine . . . and the journey is made extraordinary with a perfect touch of magic. Readers will fly through the pages, anxious to discover who will take home the grand prize, but there’s much more at stake than winning and losing.
With shrewd observations, wry humor, and a touch of whimsy, bestselling author Meg Wolitzer’s classic storytelling will delight readers of all ages.
A Scott O’Dell Award-winning graphic novelist follows three dauntless adventurers on a Jules Verne-inspired challenge: circling the world, solo!
As the nineteenth century wound down, a public inspired by the novel Around the World in Eighty Days clamored for intrepid adventure. The challenge of circumnavigating the globe as no one ever had before—a feat assuring fame if not fortune—attracted the fearless in droves.
Three hardy spirits stayed the course: In 1884, former miner Thomas Stevens made the journey on a bicycle, the kind with a big front wheel. In 1889, pioneer reporter Nellie Bly embarked on a global race against time that assumed the heights of spectacle, ushering in the age of the American celebrity. And in 1895, retired sea captain Joshua Slocum quietly set sail on a thirty-six-foot sloop, braving pirates and treacherous seas to become the first person to sail around the world alone.
With cinematic pacing and deft, expressive art, acclaimed graphic novelist Matt Phelan weaves a trio of epic journeys into a single bold tale of three visionaries who set their sights on nothing short of the world.
For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.
Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world’s secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.
N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an imagination-capturing adventure that inventively combines the contemporary and the legendary.
Was it a curse, a vengeful ghost, or murder? Or was it all three?
When their friend Oren died from a fall from his horse, range detectives Mick and Casey are sorry to hear it, but not surprised. Oren was prone to carelessness.
But Oren was only the most recent of many similar deaths on that same spot on the same trail, and it seems clear the first to die there was murdered. Were all those other deaths just accidents or is there something more to what the locals call the Curse of Scattershale Gulch?
About the series: Mick and Casey McKee aren't exactly your average gunslingers. He's young and inexperienced, and has much too sunny a disposition for a gunman. She's younger, meaner, less experienced, but a much better shot. They got married the day they met, and now they're courting as they solve the mysteries of life around them.
From Studio 67 in Hollywood – Join the “Big W” as he goes undercover and shares some “Spi-Fi” Space-Age pop cuts just for you for the full hour – presented in Living Stereo!!! Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, baby!
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 . . . HARDBOILED!
HARRY SHANNON ~ $2.99
Media psychologist Callahan is a failed Navy Seal, a recovering alcoholic and a loyal friend. He's also a man with a hot temper and a talent for getting himself into trouble.
In this brand new adventure, the fourth book in the popular series, Callahan finds himself up against an angry young soldier just home from Afghanistan. Wes McCann's father is a compulsive gambler and one of Mick's clients. His brutal murder sets these two dangerous men on a collision course.
Max Allan Collins has received a lot of deserved kudos over the years for his series featuring his hit man character, Quarry, his brilliant Heller private eye novels, and so many other consummate literary outings. However, I’m still partial to his original series featuring the professional thief Nolan.
Nolan introduced me to Collins writing, and I’ve been with him ever since. It doesn’t matter how influenced Collins was or wasn’t by Westlake/Stark’s Parker series, Nolan transformed over the course of seven novels into his own man, allowing Collins to develop the literary chops that have brought him award after award.
With the Nolan series, Collins was not only writing the kind of books I wanted to read, but also the kind of books I wanted to write – lean and mean with plenty of attitude and atmosphere.
The '80s covers were also pretty cool . . .
NOLAN #1 ~ BAIT MONEY
The mob couldn’t kill him, the cops couldn’t catch him, and even time wouldn’t slow him down . . .
His name’s Nolan . . . a shrewd, restless tough guy with a talent for theft. With a lifetime of heists under his belt and a bullet in his side, he’s ready to retire. And the Mafia’s eager to help him along . . . permanently. They think he’s got a debt to pay – with his life. But after all these years, they might be willing to settle for $100 grand instead.
Nolan’s got to pull a bank job to try to save his ass. Trouble is, the only people willing to help him are a kid whose idea of danger comes out of comic books, a punk as green as the grass he smokes, and a sweet young thing who gets her kicks playing one man off another . . .and another . . .
It’s a desperate gamble – for the highest stakes – and Nolan’s down to his last chip . . .
If you only know Collins’ other novels, there is a treat in store by tracking down his Nolan titles and seeing where it all began.
THE NOLAN NOVELS
Bait Money (1981) Blood Money (1981) Fly Paper (1981) Hush Money (1981) Hard Cash (1981) Scratch Fever (1982) Spree (1987) Mourn the Living (1999)
Anna Wilson’s revolutionary new album, Countrypolitan Duets, creates a magical union of country, jazz and pop by effortlessly blending the genres to form a fresh but timeless new sound that pays homage to Nashville’s musical roots.
“I would describe it as country music and jazz music shaking hands because it’s a real fusion of two great American musical art forms,” Anna says. But that modest description is an understatement, according to noted author/music historian Robert K. Oermann, who says, “Top vocalist Anna Wilson has made the first album that fully marries jazz to country music…Anna Wilson is not just ‘shaking hands’ with two Nashville traditions. She is embracing them both. Brilliantly.”
Anna, a sultry and soulful jazz singer and award-winning songwriter, is joined on this project by some of country music’s biggest names, from current chart-toppers like Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts to legends such as Kenny Rogers, Ray Price and Connie Smith. In addition, famed jazz musicians Rick Braun and Larry Carlton added their unique musical interpretations to create a sound that is appealing to jazz and country fans alike.
1. You Don't Know Me 2. Walkin' After Midnight 3. Just For What I Am 4. You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me 5. Night Life 6. Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues 7. You Can Depend On Me 8. Cherokee Maiden 9. Welcome to My World 10. I Will Never Know 11. For The Good Times
A NOT-SO-SECRET GATHERING OF C.O.B.R.A.S. AGENTS . . .
007 DOUBLE FEATURE AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATER IN LOS ANGELES!
GEORGE LAZENBY IN PERSON!
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE / DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER FRI, JUNE 17,2011 ~ 7:30PM
ACTOR GEORGE LAZENBY STOPS BY TO DISCUSS HIS PORTRAYAL OF JAMES BOND IN ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, FOLLOWED BY A SCREENING OF THE NEXT FILM IN THE 007 SAGA, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.
ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
1969, MGM REPERTORY, 140 MIN, UK, DIR: PETER HUNT
When Sean Connery decided to take a hiatus from the role of Bond, producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman turned to former male model George Lazenby to play Ian Fleming’s super-spy - and wound up with one of the most satisfying (and underrated) of the 1960s Bond films. Lovely Diana Rigg proves more than Bond’s match as the two team up to topple scar-faced Ernst Blofeld (Telly Savalas) in the Swiss Alps.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
1971, MGM REPERTORY, 120 MIN, DIR: GUY HAMILTON
James Bond (Sean Connery returning to the role after a one film hiatus) goes from Amsterdam to Las Vegas on the track of missing diamonds and encounters his arch-nemeis, Ernst Stavros Blofeld (Charles Gray) along the way.
SHERLOCK’S CORNER: THE BAKER STREET SLEUTH RETURNS!
Airship 27 Productions and Golden Hammer Press are delighted to announce the next chapter in their best selling series with Volume III of “Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective” and present a brand new quintet of terrific, classic Holmes mysteries written in the tradition of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Five brand new puzzles to challenge the Great Detective and his ever loyal companion, Dr.Watson. Within these pages they will encounter mythological fairies seeming to plague a beautiful country estate, man-eating tigers on the loose in the streets of London and a stolen museum mummy. These are only some of the mysteries awaiting the famous crime solving duo as penned by today’s most gifted writers; Aaron Smith, I.A. Watson, Joshua Reynolds and Andrew Salmon. Both Salmon and Watson having won the prestigious Pulp Factory Award for their earlier Holmes tales in volumes one and two respectively.
Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to be continuing this extremely popular series which Sherlock Holmes fans around the globe have made an overwhelming success. “Of all the books we’ve done in the past six years, this series generates the most reader mail,” Airship 27 Managing Editor Ron Fortier reports. “For months we’ve been bombarded by our Holmes fans wanting to know when this book was coming out. I’m truly happy to say the wait is over.”
Volume III features a wonderful new cover painting by Brian McCulloch plus eleven interior illustrations by the book’s designer, Rob Davis, another Pulp Factory Award winner for his work on volume one. So load your revolvers, hail a hansom and prepare yourself for page turning thrills aplenty. Once again, the game is afoot!
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS ~ PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION ~$21.95
On the show this week, we find out about Danish modern furniture with an expert Koop tracked down in Sydney. Koop will also look at the life of a recently departed European Playboy, and give us some swank advice about extricating yourself from a boring conversation at a party . . .
Jennifer Keith ~ An Occasional Man Jimmy Vargas ~ Love is A Racket Pink Martini ~ Ninna Nanna Blue Dahlia ~ Penthouse Serenade Hans Karl ~ The Uninvited Guests Combustible Edison ~ Tickled To Death Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica ~ Arab Dance Blue Martini’s ~ Great City Frank Sinatra ~ Fly Me To The Moon Si Zentner ~ Desfinado Don Ralke ~ Safradesia Richard Hayman ~ Live Just For Tonight
I PICKED THIS NORWEGIAN SERIES UP ON DVD (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES, NATCH) A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO ON A WHIM WHEN LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT . . .
I’VE ONLY JUST FOUND TIME TO WATCH A COUPLE OF EPISODES AND . . . WOW! GREAT MOODY STUFF WITH TERRIFIC NORWEGIAN SCENERY AND A VERY COOL TROND ESPEN SEIM IN THE TITLE ROLE . . .
BASED ON THE CRIME NOVELS OF GUNNAR STAALESEN, THE TALES FEATURE EX-SOCIAL WORKER TURNED PRIVATE DETECTIVE, VARG VEUM, BASED IN BERGEN, ON THE WEST COAST OF NORWAY. THIS SIX DISK SET, EACH FEATURING A 90 MINUTE MOVIE, IS A MUST FOR EURO-CRIME FANS . . . THESE ARE NOT COZY MYSTERIES. INSTEAD THEY ARE MUTI-LAYERED, INTELLIGENT, BEAUTIFULLY FILMED TALES WITH HARSH LANGUAGE, NUDITY, SEX, AND SORDID MOTIVES – AS I SAID, NOT TO BE MISSED . . .
LAST YEAR, I HAD A BLAST READING ALLY CARTER’S FIRST CAPER NOVEL, HEIST SOCIETY, A Y/A VERSION OF IT TAKES A THIEF CROSSED WITH CHARADE AND TOPKAPI . . . GREAT STUFF (AND A BIG STEP UP FROM HER GALLAGHER GIRLS SERIES) . . . SO, I’LL BE DOWNLOADING THIS TO MY KINDLE AS SOON AS IT’S AVAILABLE . . .
Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.
There are only three problems. First, the gem is owned by the most secure auction house in the world. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply . . . the emerald is cursed.
Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend — the gorgeous Hale — and the rest of her intrepid crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the world, realizing the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.
Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.
Critics and fans alike have fallen for Heist Society (no conning necessary). With more mystery, non-stop action, romance and humor, this second novel in the hit series is just as irresistible.
GOLDEN IS A HIGHLY ACCLAIMED HORROR WRITER WITH AN ECLECTIC FOLLOWING (INCLUDING ME). HERE, HE GOES MAINSTREAM BRINGING HIS HORROR IMAGINATION TO THE Y/A MARKET. SHOULD BE A HECK OF A RIDE . . .
The world knows Jack London as awriter who lived his own thrilling, real-life adventures. But there are parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things even he couldn’t set down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical — these are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.
We meet Jack at age seventeen, following thousands of men and women into the YukonTerritory in search of gold. For Jack, the journey holds the promise of another kind of fortune:challenge and adventure. But what he finds in the wild north is something far more sinister than he could have ever imagined: kidnappingand slavery, the murderous nature of desperate men, and, amidst it all, supernatural beasts of the wilderness that prey upon the weakness in men’s hearts. Jack’s survival will depend on his ability to quell the demons within himself as much as those without.
Acclaimed authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator Greg Ruth, have crafted a masterful tale both classic and contemporary, a gripping original story of the paranormal in the tradition of the great Jack London.
It was never proven that Fera Jones was the product of SepFem-G, the outlawed genetics program that came out of the feminist studies program at Smith College. But one thing was absolutely certain: When it came to boxing, Fera Jones floated like a butterfly and stung like a B-1 Bomber. . . .But would her incomparable skills in the ring withstand an onslaught from the outside world?
Her father and trainer, Leon, is addicted to Pulse--a gene drug that slowly kills its users. Her boyfriend, Pell Lightner, is fresh from the streets. Lana Lordess, governor of Massachusetts and head of the FemLeague, wants Fera's political endorsement. The Randac Corporation will pay her a billion dollars to plug an amusement park on the Moon.
Meanwhile, Travis Zeletski, the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, is waiting for Fera to step into the ring and meet him in the ultimate battle of the sexes: a twelve-round thrilla that will leave only one fighter standing. . . .