Friday, October 25, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews and texts; 25 October 2019

This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments. And see the citation for Rudy Rucker, for a sort of farewell from the late, and brilliant, Michael Blumlein.

Patricia Abbott: The Widower by Georges Simenon (translated by Robert Baldick) 

Stacy Alesi: The L List: Fiction Reviews 1983-2013


Frank Babics: Digits and Dastards by Frederik Pohl


Brian Bigelow: Mrs. Rawleigh and Mrs. Paradock by Neil Bell 


Paul Bishop: Stephen Mertz's Cody's War series and more... 


Les Blatt: Death Has Deep Roots by Michael Gilbert; The Lacquer Screen by Robert Van Gulik 


Elgin Bleecker: Silver Street by E. Richard Johnson 


Joachim Boaz: Margaret and I by Kate Wilhelm 


Ben Boulden: Some Die Hard by Stephen Mertz


Brian Busby: Hotter than Hell by Mark Tushingham


Bob Byrne: "Murder is Corny" by Rex Stout (from his collection Trio for Blunt Instruments, 1964) (reprinted as "The Sweet Corner Murder")


Larry Clow: Come to Grief by Dick Francis


Bill Crider: William Campbell Gault

Keith Dettmar and Jonathan Lethem: "The Best of Acappella" by Lenny Kaye, Jazz and Pop magazine, December 1969


Martin Edwards: A Case in Nullity by Evelyn Berckman 


Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren horror comics, May-September 1969, edited by Bill Parente 


Will Errickson: Off Season by "Jack Ketchum" (Dallas Mayr)


José Ignacio Escribano: The Moai Island Puzzle by Alice Arisugawa (translated by Ho-Ling Wong) 


"Olman Feelyus": Terminal Beach by J. G. Ballard; We All Killed Grandma by Fredric Brown; Prisoner of Fire by Edmund Cooper; One-Way Ticket by Dolores and Bert Hitchens; Stolen Documents by S. Beresford Lucas; U-Boat 977 by Heinz Schaeffer 


Barry Gardner: Storme Front by W. L. Ripley 


John Grant: Criminal Damage by Margaret Yorke


Audrey Hamilton: The Dark Garden by E. R. Punshon; The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn 


Bev Hankins: Blueprint for Murder by "Roger Bax" (Paul Winterton); The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall; The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie (1954 play) as novelized by Charles Osborne (1999)


Rich Horton: Father Goose: His Book by L. Frank Baum; Charles Stross short fiction 


Jerry House: The Peter Quint stories by Erle Stanley Gardner from The Saturday Evening Post: "The Last Bell on the Street" (3 May 1941), "That's a Woman for You" (31 May 1941), "The Big Squeeze" (15 November 1941), edited by Wesley Stout"Four Doomed Men" by "Geoffrey Vace" (Geoffrey Cave), Oriental Stories, Summer 1931, edited by Farnsworth Wright


Kate Jackson: Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh: The Chinese Chop by Juanita Sheridan 


Tracy K: Paper Son by S.J. Rozan 


Karen/"Kaggsy": U.S.A.: The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos 


Colman Keane: Goldilocks by "Ed McBain" (Evan Hunter); Enough of Sorrow by "Jill Emerson" (Lawrence Block) 


George Kelley: The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volumes II A and II B, edited by Ben Bova with the Science Fiction Writers of America 


Joe Kenney: Marina Tower by Charles Beardsley; Soldato #3: Strangle Hold! by "Al Conroy" (Gil Brewer) 


Rob Kitchin: Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace 


B. V. Lawson: Lonelyheart 4122 by Colin Watson 


Des/D. F. Lewis: Singularity and Other Stories by Melanie Tem


Evan Lewis: Dead Men's Letters and Other Short Novels by Erle Stanley Gardner


Steve Lewis: The Late Mr. Smythe by Hugh B. Cave, Dime Detective, 1 August 1934, edited by Rogers Terril; The Circle by Peter Lovesey; "The Ultimate Egoist" by Theodore Sturgeon, Unknown Fantasy Fiction, February 1941, edited by John W. Campbell; "Does Thee Murder?" by Robin Hathaway, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013, edited by Janet Hutchings; A Lonely Way to Die by Art Borgeau 


Mike Lind: The Skeleton in the Clock by "Carter Dickson" (John Dickson Carr)


Gary Lovisi: the Black Gat Books imprint 


John D. MacDonald: favorite and least-favorite books of 1947 


Todd Mason: editorial career retrospectives Yesterday's Tomorrows edited and annotated by Frederik Pohl; Editors edited by Saul Bellow and Keith Botsford, with new notes by KB, among related texts; Horrors: Old and Almost New


John F. Norris: The Mystery of the Creeping Man by Frances Shelley Wees


John O'Neill: Beyond Apollo by Barry N. Malzberg; Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg; The Empire of Fear by Brian Stableford 


Matt Paust: Libra by Don DeLillo 


Mildred Perkins: Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge


James Reasoner: "Satan Calls His Children" by Arthur Leo Zagat, Dime Mystery Magazine, May 1937, edited by Rogers Terril 


Richard Robinson: The Shadow: "Lingo" by "Maxwell Grant" (Walter B. Gibson and Theodore Tinsley)


Rudy Rucker: "Unrestrained and Indiscreet" by  Michael Blumlein

Sandra Ruttan: The 50/50 Killer by Steve Mosby 


Jack Seabrook: "The Hero" by Henry de vere Stocpoole, from his collection In Blue Waters (1917)


Steven H Silver: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; The Persistence of Vision by John Varley


Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic: Stories of Imagination, October 1964, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli 


Adrian Simmons: Amazing Stories, November 1969, edited by Ted White  


Kerrie Smith: A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski


Marina Sofina: Almost Like Spring by Alex Capus (translated by John Brownjohn)

Simon Thomas: Vulgarity in Literature by Aldous Huxley 


Kevin Tipple: Bloody Halls by Carl Brookins 


"TomCat": Death after Evensong by Douglas Clark; The Single Staircase by Matt Ingwalson 


Bill Wallace: Curiosities of Olden Times by Sabine Baring-Gould; The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

Friday, October 18, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE; links to the reviews and texts; 18 October 2019



This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments. 

Patricia Abbott: April Evil by John D. MacDonald

Stacy Alesi: The K List: Fiction Reviews 1983-2013 


Brian Bigelow: Venus on Wheels by Maurice Dekobra


Paul Bishop: the Brothers in Blood trilogy/series by "Daniel St. James" (Ed/Edward Gorman) 

Les Blatt: Murder in the Mill-Race by "E. C. R. Lorac" (Edith Caroline Rivett)


Joachim Boaz: Port Eternity by "C. J. Cherryh" (Carolyn Cherry) 


John Boston: Amazing: Fact and Science Fiction Stories, November 1964, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli


Brian Busby: Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography of a Dog by Marshall Saunders 


Martin Edwards: A Bullet for Rhino by Clifford Whiting 


Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: DC war comics, November 1975 


Peter Enfantino: Atlas (proto-Marvel) horror comics, October 1952 


Will Errickson: The Moon Lamp by Mark Smith (and, in passing, The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow) 


José Ignacio Escribano: The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts: Annie Haynes 


Curtis Evans: Death Stops the Manuscript by Richard M. Baker

"Olman Feelyus": Barkskins by E. Annie Proulx; The Silver Tide by Michael Tod; The Spanish Cape Mystery by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee) 


Paul Fraser: Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Sixth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois (the 1977 volume of the Dutton series) 


Barry Gardner: Edsel by Loren Estleman


John Grant: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones); Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jannson (translated by Elizabeth Portch); The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid

Aubrey Hamilton: Hal's Own Murder Case by Lee Martin; Folly du Jour by Barbara Cleverly  


Bev Hankins: The Dutch Shoe Mystery by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee)


Rich Horton: Walter Jon Williams stories; James H. Schmitz stories; Daniel Hatch stories; Bruce McAllister stories; Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross 


Jerry House: Worlds Within by "Rog Phillips" (Roger Phillip Graham); The Anthony Boucher Chronicles: Reviews and Commentary, 1942-1947, edited by Francis M. Nevins


Kate Jackson: Very Cold in May by William P. McGivern; Murder Noon and Night by "Kelley Roos" (Audrey Kelley and William Roos); Deadlier than the Male: An Investigation into Feminine Crime Writing by Jessica Mann, part 1; part 2; three novels of Annie Haynes and hybridizing genres to reflect the female experience; Holmesiana and melodrama


Tracy K: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


Karen/"Kaggsy": The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie


Colman Keane: The Professor by Robert Bailey; Thirty by Lawrence Block (originally as by "Jill Emerson")

George Kelley: The Great SF Stories #14 (1952) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg; Resume Speed by Lawrence BlockSuperior Donuts and Bug by Tracy Letts


Joe Kenney: Spying Blind by "James Dark" (J. E. MacDonell); Show No Mercy by "Jack Hild" (Robin Hardy)


Rob Kitchin: Frost at Christmas by R. D. Wingfield


B. V. Lawson: Thorne in the Flesh by "Rhona Petrie" (Eileen-Marie Duell Buchanan) 


Des/D. F. Lewis: Blood Moon by Melanie Tem

Evan Lewis:  "Nero Wolfe Takes a Ghostly Client" by Rex Stout, Stevenson-Kefauver Bandwagon (a newspaper-format 1956 Democratic presidential campaign pamphlet)"Sure as Shootin'" by Claude Moore, comics filler feature, Black Diamond Western comics, edited by Bob Wood, in 1949


Steve Lewis: "Marley's Ghost" by John C. Boland, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2005, edited by Laura Landrigan; "Archie on Loan" by Dave Zeltserman, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September-October 2016, edited by Janet Hutchings; At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason

Walker Martin: Queen of the Pulps: The Reign of Daisy Bacon and Love Story Magazine by Laurie Powers

Todd Mason: John D. MacDonald short stories; "The Faithless" by John D. MacDonald, among other stories, Redbook, May 1958

William Patrick Maynard: the Dr. Phibes novels by William Goldstein


John F. Norris: Here's Murder Done by Charles Ashton

John O'Neill: King of Morning, Queen of Day by Ian McDonald 


Matt Paust: Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel


Bill Pronzini: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

James Reasoner: The Living End by Frank Kane; 

Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-Year Battle Between Marvel and DC by Reed Tucker

Richard Robinson: John Thorndyke's Cases by R. Austin Freeman


Sandra Ruttan: Secret of the Stars by "Gitz Crazyboy"

Hank Phillippi Ryan: The Red Scream by Mary Willis Walker


Gerard Saylor: Ways to Hide in the Wild by Sarah St. Vincent; Wrath of the Savage by Charles G. West


Steve Scott: April Evil by John D. MacDonald

Stephen H Silver: Scientifriction, July 1979, edited and published by Mike Glyer


Marina Sofia: Corduroy by Adrian Bell 


Peter Straub: "Yuki-Onna" by Lafcadio Hearn, from his Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (HMCo. 1904)


Dan Stumpf: "Evening Primrose" by John Collier, 1940?, original publication site uncertain 

Kevin Tipple: To Hell and Gone in Texas and A Turtle Roars in Texas by Russ Hall


"TomCat": The Mystery of the Peacock's Eye by Brian Flynn; Miss Madelyn Mack, Detective by Hugh C. Weir 


David Vineyard: Blink of an Eye by Tom Mitcheltree

Bill Wallace: Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right and the Radically Unseen by Gary Lachman; A Year In The Country: Straying from the Pathways: Hidden Histories, Echoes of the Future's Past and the Unsettled Landscape by Stephen Prince

Friday, October 11, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews and texts: 11 October 2019

1979; see Steven H Silver's links
This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments. 

Patricia Abbott: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 

Stacy Alesi: The J List: Fiction Reviews 1983-2013

Susan Amper: "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe, The Gift: a Christmas and New Year’s Present for 1845, edited anonymously 

Jessica Avery: 30 Haunted House (and Related) Novels and Novellas (courtesy John O'Neill)

Mark Baker: Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay

Brian Bigelow: On Wooden Wings by Rosemary Tonks 

Paul Bishop: Mountie and other Northern/Northwestern stories in the pulps, the slicks and the comics 

Les Blatt: Death of a Swagman by Arthur Upfield; The Mystery of the Peacock's Eye by Brian Flynn 

Elgin Bleecker: The Darkest Hour (aka Waterfront Cop) by William P. McGivern

Joachim Boaz: The Downstairs Room and Other Speculative Fiction by Kate Wilhelm 

Brian Busby: the novels of Constance Beresford-Howe 

Steve Carper: Gyro Gearloose comics by Carl Barks

Martin Edwards: Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout 

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren horror comics, November 1968-April 1969, edited by Bill Parente 

Stephen Erickson: The Sculptress by Minette Walters

Will Errickson: Echoes from the Macabre by Daphne Du Maurier 

José Ignacio Escribano: Bats in the Belfry by "E. C. R. Lorac" (Edith Caroline Rivett) 

Curtis Evans: The Murder of the Fifth Columnist by Leslie Ford 

Olman Feelyus: Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook; 
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel; Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan; A Time to Kill by Geoffrey Household 

Paul Fraser: Tor.com Short Fiction, Summer 2019, edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, George R. R. Martin, Lee Harris, Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Strahan, and Jennifer Gunnels 

Barry Gardner: Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? by G. M. Ford 

John Grant: Two Murders in My Double Life by Josef Škvorecký; The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst; The Hunter by Asa Nonami (translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter); The Villa Triste (aka Villa Triste) by Lucretia Grindle 

Aubrey Hamilton: The Cinnamon Murder by Frances Crane; Death of an Englishman by Magdalen Nabb

Bev Hankins: Hand in Glove by Ngaio Marsh; Let's Kill George by Lucy Cores; The Restless Corpse by Alan Pruitt 

Rich Horton: The Graftons by "Archibald Marshall" (Arthur Hammond Marshall); Steven Popkes stories; The Privilege of the Sword and short stories by Ellen Kushner

Jerry House: Dydeetown World by F. Paul Wilson; Tell It to the Marines, July 1955, Harold Betancourt, Art Director; Benton Resnik, Gen. Mgr. 


Kate Jackson: The Black Honeymoon by "Conyth Little" (Constance and Gwyneth Little); The Body in the Dumb River by George Bellairs

Tracy K: Killer's Choice by "Ed McBain" (Evan Hunter) 

Colman Keane: Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins; 
Piggyback by Tom Pitts; In Plain Sight by Mike Knowles 

George Kelley: The Living End by Frank Kane; The Widow by Georges Simenon (translated by John Petrie)

Joe Kenney: Ninja Master #7: The Skin Swindle by "Wade Barker"; Wetbones by John Shirley 

Rob Kitchin: The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves 

B. V. Lawson: Monkey Puzzle by Paula Gosling 

Des/D. F. Lewis: Collected Stories by Vladimir Nabokov; continues here.

Evan Lewis: "Alone" by Frederick Nebel, North-West Stories, August 22, 1926 

Steve Lewis: The Faberge Egg by Robert Upton; "Lieutenant Harald and the Treasure Island Treasure" by Margaret Maron, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, September 1989, edited by Cathleen Jordan; Polo in the Rough by Jerry Kennealy; "Broadway Malady" by John Lawrence, Dime Detective, February 1937, edited by Rogers Terrill 

Gideon Marcus: If, November 1964, edited by Frederik Pohl

Todd Mason: What Really Happened to the Class of '65? by David Wallechinsky and Michael Medved; Partners in Wonder by Harlan Ellison and his collaborators; the best of the year 1978 short fiction anthologies as edited by Edward D. Hoch, Joyce Carol Oates, Gardner Dozois, Gerald W. Page, Terry Carr, Donald A. Wollheim, Lin Carter, Shannon Ravenel, William Abrahams, Art Saha and Bill Henderson

Andrew Nette: Cruising by Gerald Walker

John F. Norris: The Sutton Place Murders by Robert George Dean

John O'Neill: The Traveler in Black by John Brunner; haunted house novels; Through the Heart by Richard Grant 

Matt Paust: Dancing in Santa Fe by Beate Sigriddaughter

James Reasoner: The Vengeful Virgin by Gil Brewer 

Richard Robinson: The Private Lives of Private Eyes, Spies, Crime Fighters and Other Good Guys edited by Otto Penzler

Sandra Ruttan: The Last Deep Breath by Tom Piccirilli

Gerard Saylor: The Fever Kill by Tom Piccirilli; 
Murder Among the O.W.L.S. by Bill Crider 

John Schulian: "Poetry in Motion" by Larry Merchant, The New York Post, April 11? 1968 

Jack Seabrook: "Road Hog" by Harold R. Daniels, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September 1959, edited by Frederic Dannay

Stephen H Silver: Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials by Wayne Douglas Barlowe; fantasy and sf novels of 1979 

Kerrie Smith: The Autumn Murders by Robert Gott

Duane Spurlock: the westerns of T. T. Flynn

Kevin Tipple: To Hell and Gone in Texas by Russ Hall

"TomCat": The Laughing Dog by "Francis Vivian" (Arthur E. Ashley); Death in the Cup by "Moray Dalton" (Katherine M. Renoir)

David Vineyard: "The Scrip of Death" by Fred M. White, Pearson's Magazine, July 1898, edited by C. Arthur Pearson 

Bill Wallace: Weird Tales, November 1925, edited by Farnsworth Wright (issue online); Evergreen Review, #1, 1957, edited by Barney Rosset and Donald Allen (issue online)