Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday's "Forgotten" Books: with another link

Yvette Banek: Favorite Books of the Year; 200 Decorative Title-Pages edited by Alexander Nesbitt

Joe Barone: The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen

Bill Crider: First Flight (aka Now Begins Tomorrow) edited by Damon Knight

William Deeck: Nine Doctors and a Madman by Elizabeth Curtiss

Ed Gorman: Black Friday by David Goodis

Randy Johnson: Run, Come See Jerusalem! by Richard C. Meredith

George Kelley: 3 Novels by Michael Moorcock (originally published as by Edward P. Bradbury): Blades of Mars aka Lord of the Spiders; Warriors of Mars aka Cities of the Beast; Barbarians of Mars aka Masters of the Pit

Evan Lewis: 3 Novels by W. T. Ballard: Say Yes to Murder; Murder Can't Stop; Dealing Out Death

John F. Norris: The Poisoner's Mistake by Belton Cobb

Ray O'Leary: The Old Contemptibles by Martha Grimes

James Reasoner: Winter Girl by Harry Whittington (aka The Taste of Desire as by Curt Colman)

Karyn Reeves: Penguin (Books) reading and collecting 2011

Gerard Saylor: Indigo Slam by Robert Crais

Ron Scheer: Lights on a Ground of Darkness by Ted Kooser

Kevin R. Tipple: Shot To Death: 31 Stories of Nefarious New England by Stephen D. Rogers

"Tomcat": Too Much Poison by Anne Rowe

The variant title version I have a copy of...TM


Yvette said...

Thanks for posting my Favorites list, Todd. Sorry I'm so late with my entry. But it's finally up. Hooray!

Ron Scheer said...

Taste of desire. . . is that the clammy, gummy sensation you get in the back of your mouth when you can't think of anything but a nice cold bottle of beer? Ha.

Todd Mason said...

Powerful thirsts, those tastes of desire, Ron. Sorry I was so late in getting it in, excellent bookish yet design-oriented choice.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Lots of good stuff here listed.

Thank you again for doing this Todd.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Todd, a Happy and Wonderful New Year to you and your family!

FYI: This morning I picked up a complete and unabridged paperback edition of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GOLDEN AGE SCIENCE FICTION for 20 cents. Presented by Asimov, the sf book consists of ten short novels by the likes of Asimov, Sturgeon, and Van Vogt. Any thoughts, Todd? Thanks...

Todd Mason said...

Thanks for contributing, Kevin! And this Friday's FFB will be a bit less tardy.

Prashant, that's a fine antho, though you can't quite get a sense of the later (or some of the earlier!) writing in the field from solely a collection from the 1940s...among these, my favorites would lean to "E for Effort" and "No Woman Born" and "Nerves"..."Killdozer" has always struck me as less than the best of Sturgeon's early work, but it's still solid Sturgeon...and Ross Rocklynne's story is one I haven't read yet (I haven't picked up this antho for myself yet), but I like the good Rocklynne stories I've come across (I understand he also wrote a fair amount of routine work). I also need to read "Daymare" yet...

The Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1940s ed. Isaac Asimov, Charles G. Waugh & Martin H. Greenberg (Robinson 1-85487-017-3, Jun ’89, £4.99, 504pp, tp) Sf anthology. Simultaneous with an American edition.

1 · The Age of Campbell · Isaac Asimov · in
7 · Time Wants a Skeleton · Ross Rocklynne · na Astounding Jun ’41
60 · The Weapons Shop [Isher] · A. E. van Vogt · nv Astounding Dec ’42
97 · Nerves · Lester del Rey · na Astounding Sep ’42
167 · Daymare · Fredric Brown · nv Thrilling Wonder Stories Fll ’43
205 · Killdozer! · Theodore Sturgeon · na Astounding Nov ’44
269 · No Woman Born · C. L. Moore · nv Astounding Dec ’44
313 · The Big and the Little [Foundation] · Isaac Asimov · na Astounding Aug ’44
369 · Giant Killer · A. Bertram Chandler · nv Astounding Oct ’45
414 · E for Effort · T. L. Sherred · nv Astounding May ’47
462 · With Folded Hands... [Humanoids] · Jack Williamson · nv Astounding Jul ’47

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I could be very tardy on Friday, Todd. My wife has a doctor appointment and lab work at the cancer doctor early Friday morning. If I can get mine up before I go, I will. But most likely it will be sometime Friday afternoon.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Todd, thanks for the insight. Asimov has written and edited an awful lot of sf, a genre I'm barely familiar with not counting Wells, Burroughs, Bradbury... I hope to read as much sf as I can this year, based also on sf literature mentioned in your posts, provided I can lay my hands on them. The guy at the secondhand bookstore who sold me THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION said he could also get THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF CLASSIC SCIENCE FICTION. I said I'd think about it. For now I'm going to sit back and read what I have.

Todd Mason said...

Never a rush, Kevin, even with much less good reason than that.

Prashant, there's quite a lot waiting for you. But a whole lot of what was written in the '50s onward is simply better-written than all but the best of the 1940s material. And there are other ridiculously prolific writer/editors, such as Robert Silverberg, Damon Knight (he didn't write as much fiction as Silverberg nor quite as much as Asimov, but it averaged better...and Asimov was never as prolific a fiction writer as he would be a nonfiction writer from the late '50s onward), Barry Malzberg, and others...