Saturday, March 7, 2020

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews, the texts, and more: 6/13 March 2020 (and past time)

This bi-month'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. Hope to not skip February again, as this is going to be a huge file...personally, the worst thing to have happened in the recent interregnum was the sudden death of Paul Barnett, who did most of his writing, including his book and film reviews and more on Noirish, as by "John Grant"...and was a friend. His reviews (which he had stockpiled in reserve; new ones are still appearing at this time) are hardly the only thing we'll miss here.

I'd stopped on 6 March when I learned of the death of Earl Kemp. Picking it up again now. (I tend to go alphabetically, though the first off a multi-author website will disrupt the strictness of that alpha sequence.) We get to miss jazz pianist McCoy Tyner today, too. 

Patricia Abbott: Thursday's Children by Nicci French; The Black Mountain by Rex Stout; Patricia Moyes's Henry Tibbett novels

Sergio Angelini: 26 crime fiction novels not to miss; A Closed Book by Gilbert Adair

Brad Bigelow: 
Angels in Ealing by Eileen WinncroftMy Hey-Day Or, the Crack-up of the International Set by Princess Tulip Murphy as told to Virginia Faulkner; The Barbarians by Virginia FaulknerDrives My Green Age by Josephine Carson

Paul Bishop: Six-Gun Justice Podcast

Les Blatt: Murder en Route by Brian Flynn; 
The Lucky Stiff by Phoebe Atwood Taylor; Death of a Frightened Editor by E. and M. A. Radford

Elgin Bleecker: An Order for Murder by Steve Fisher; Under a Raging Moon by Frank Zafiro

Joachim Boaz: The Bleeding Man and Other Stories by "Craig Strete"; The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D. Simak

Ben Boulden: The Wolf in the Clouds and Nowhere to Run by Ron Faust 

Sara Boyle: The Dark Shore by Susan Howatch

Brian Busby: 10 Canadian Books for International Women's Day; 
Maria Monk; The Man from Nowhere by Anna T. Sadlier;  Not for Every Eye aka Le libraire by Gérard Bessette (translated by Glen Shortliffe)

Bob Byrne: "Immune to Murder" by Rex Stout, The American Magazine, November 1955, edited by Sumner Blossom


Jerry House said...

Damn. I hadn't heard about Earl Kemp.

Todd Mason said...

A month going by doesn't make it any easier to take, no.

Nor does the fact that Earl was 90, but still sharp.

Charlie Ricci said...

Welcome back! I don't know anything about your friend but I'm sorry for your loss.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, Charlie. Hope to finally get monthly music up and running again, soon.

Earl and I were acquaintances, and if time had been less tight I would've contributed to Earl and Luis Ortiz's CULT MAGAZINES almost a decade ago (see the flip-through video at end of the post)...Earl was involved in a variety of interesting cultural activities over the decades, and was personally persecuted through prosecution by the Nixon Administration.

He did mostly good and pretty great things.

Jack Seabrook said...

Welcome back, Todd! I missed your posts.

TracyK said...

I am glad to see you back too, Todd. I was worried about you.

I really miss Paul Barnett, who I only knew as John Grant, and only via blogging. I enjoyed his insightful reviews and his humor.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, Jack, Tracy...Paul was a very good guy, indeed, and an excellent writer and critic.

Rick Robinson said...

When will we see the rest of the FFBs?

Todd Mason said...

More fun arose. Working on it again now.

Neeru said...

Dear Todd

Hope you and your loved ones are fine.

After a long time, here's my entry for the FFB:

Black-out in Gretley by J.B. Priestley

Have revived my blog and shifted it @wordpress.

Thanks and Take Care.


Todd Mason said...

Thanks, Neeru. It's past time I got back on this stick for real. Today's a better day to do so than most of the last several Fridays...sorry, yet again, for the delays.

Todd Mason said...

And I hope you and your loved ones are doing well, as well!

Neeru said...

Todd glad to know that you are feeling better now. Thanks for doing this. Must be tough linking up all the entries. Here is mine for today:

Two Novels by Miles Burton

Thanks once again and Stay healthy and happy.