Friday, September 20, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews: 20 September 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.


This week's least popular book might just be Agatha Christie's Postern of Fate, reviewed by Kate Jackson

Patricia Abbott: Beautiful Ruins by Jesse Walter 

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

Angie Barry: New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith

Brad Bigelow: Angry Man’s Tale by Peter de Polnay 

Paul Bishop: The Cowboy and the Cossack by Clair Huffaker 

Les Blatt: Sealed Room Murder by Rupert Penny; The Case of the Fighting Soldier by Christopher Bush

Elgin Bleecker: Zero Avenue by Dietrich Kalteis

Joachim Boaz: Orbit 4, edited by Damon Knight 

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

Brian Busby: The Silver Poppy by Arthur Stringer 

Joseph J. Corn: "The First Successful Trip of an Airship" by A. I. Root, Gleanings in Bee Culture, 1 January 1905

Martin Edwards: Dear Laura by Jean Stubbs 

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

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

Will Errickson: The Nightrunners by Joe R. Lansdale; Slob by Rex Miller 

José Ignacio Escribano: Murder in the Maze by "J. J. Connington" (Alfred Walter Stewart); Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie 

Curtis Evans: Sudden Death by Freeman Wills Crofts

Olman Feelyus: The Girl from Nowhere by "Rae Foley" (Elinor Denniston); No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase 

Paul Fraser: New Worlds SF, August 1965, edited by Michael Moorcock 

Barry Gardner: Down in the Zero by Andrew Vachss

Kathleen George: Scoundrels edited by Gary Phillips

John Grant: This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith; The Courilof Affair by Irène Némirovsky (translated by Sandra Smith) 

Aubrey Hamilton: The Gourmet Detective by Peter King; The Defendants by John Ellsworth 

Bev Hankins: Thrones, Donations by Dorothy L. Sayers and Joan Paton Walsh; The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North; False Scent by Ngaio Marsh; The Case of the Ill-Gotten Goat by Claudia Bishop 

Rich Horton: Tanith Lee stories; Why Do Birds? and stories by Damon Knight; Wil McCarthy stories; Howard Waldrop stories; Steve Rasnic Tem stories

Jerry House: The Silent Death by "Maxwell Grant" (Walter B. Gibson); originally in The Shadow Magazine. 1 April 1933, edited by John Nanovic; Thriller Comics Library, 6 November 1956, "Dick Turpin and the Double-Faced Foe" written by Joan Whitford, story illustrations by Ruggero Giovanni 

Kate Jackson: Stairway to an Empty Room and Terror Lurks in Darkness by Dolores Hitchens; Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie and Agatha Christie's Murder in the Making as edited by John Curran 

Tracy K: More Work for the Undertaker by Margery Allingham 

Colman Keane: Darwin's Nightmare by Mike Knowles

George Kelley: The Great SF Stories 13 (1951) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg 

Joe Kenney: Omerta by Peter McCurtin; Fire Bomb by "Stuart Jason" (James Dockery) 

Rob Kitchin: Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum (translated by Felicity David); Tightrope by Simon Mawer 

B. V. Lawson: Final Proof by Marie R. Reno

Evan Lewis: "Waterfront Wildcat" (text story) by Robert Turner, Crash Comics, November 1940 

Steve Lewis: "Small Chances" by Charlaine Harris, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/ October 2016, edited by Janet Hutchings; The Wiseman Originals by Ron Goulart; Wedding Treasure by David Wilson 

Mike S. Lind: The Madhouse in Washington Square by David Alexander

John O'Neill: The Quiet Invasion by Sarah Zettel

Matt Paust: Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov 

James Reasoner: Stampede by "Yukon Miles" (Dan Cushman)

Richard Robinson: The Man in My Grave by Wilson Tucker 

Sandra Ruttan: Sob Story by Carol Anne Davis 

Gerard Saylor: Locked Doors by Blake Crouch 

Steven H Silver: "The Button Molder" by Fritz Leiber, Whispers magazine, October 1979, edited and published by Stuart David Schiff; SF Commentary edited and published by Bruce Gillespie 

Victoria Silverwolf: Worlds of Tomorrow, September 1964, edited by Frederik Pohl; Counterfeit World aka Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye

Kevin Tipple: Parker Field by Howard Owen

"TomCat": Seeds of Murder by (F.) Van Wyck Mason; "The Case of Murder on D. Hill" aka "D zaka no satsujin-jiken" by "Edogawa Rampo" (Hirai Tarō), first published in Shin-Seinen, January 1925, and as translated by William Varteresian

Mike Tooney: Old-Time Detection, Summer 2019, edited by Arthur Vidro

David Vineyard: Prelude to a Certain Midnight by Gerald Kersh 

Bill Wallace: The Day of the Monkey by David Karp;  The White People by Arthur Machen; Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties & the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius by Gary Lachman



Friday, September 13, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews: Friday 13 September 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.

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

Brad Bigelow: Gaëtan, or The Stock-Taking by Edith de Born  


Paul Bishop: the Lance Spearman fumetti/photo-stories by James Richard Abe Bailey in African Film magazine

Les Blatt: Dead Men Don't Ski by Patricia Moyes; Death in Dark Glasses by George Bellairs

Joachim Boaz: Armed Camps by Kit Reed 

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

Paul D. Brazill: The Not Knowing by Cathi Unsworth

Brian Busby: The Watching Cat by Pamela Fry; Constance Beresford-Howe 

Paul Doiron: Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke

Martin Edwards: Cold Blood by Leo Bruce

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren horror comics, February-July 1968 

Will Errickson: Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror edited by Paul Sammon

José Ignacio Escribano: Green for Danger by Christianna Brand; about Brand (Mary Christianna Milne) 

Curtis Evans: The Leavenworth Case by Ana Katherine Green; the works of Ruth Fenisong (aka Ruth Feinsong)

Olman Feelyus: Laura by Vera Caspary; Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt 

Paul Fraser: Anthony Boucher: A Bibliography by Jeffrey Marks 

John Grant: Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard; Lisey's Story by Stephen King 

Aubrey Hamilton: Straw Man by Doris Miles Disney; Sleight of Hand by Philip Margolin 

Bev Hankins: Black Aura by John Sladek; His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet 

Steve Harper: Superworld Comics edited by Hugo Gernsback

Rich Horton: Pat Cadigan stories; Meeting at Infinity by John Brunner; Beyond the Silver Sky by Kenneth Bulmer; Olympiad by Tom Holt; The Scar by China Miéville; Tony Pi stories

Jerry House: FP1 Does Not Reply by Kurt (aka Curt) Siodmak (translated by H. W. Farrell); Schoolgirls' Picture Library #15: "Schoolgirls to the Rescue"

Kate Jackson: The Short Weekend by T. S. Strachan; Go, Lovely Rose and The Evil Wish by Jean Potts; The Mystery of the Peacock's Eye by Brian Flynn; Deep Waters edited by Martin Edwards

Tracy K: Champagne for One by Rex Stout

Colman Keane: Sara Gran


George Kelley: Lost Transmissions: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Deserina Boskovic

Joe Kenney: Death of an Informer by "Will Perry" (W. J. Weatherby); MIA Hunter #9: Invasion U.S.S.R. by "Jack Buchanan" (Stephen Mertz and Arthur Moore)

Rob Kitchin: The Three Evangelists by "Fred Vargas" (Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau) (translated by Sian Leonard); Gravesend by William Boyle 

Derek Kumsken: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

B. V. Lawson: The Bait by Dorothy Uhnak 

Xavier Lechard: John Dickson Carr and Edward D. Hoch 

Brian Leno: "Fungus Isle" by Philip M. Fisher, Argosy All-Story Weekly, 27 October 1923, edited by Archibald Bittner

Evan Lewis: "Their Guardian from Hell" by Norbert Davis, Star Western, March 1937, edited by Rogers Terril

Steve Lewis: "The House Party at Smoky Island" by L. M. Montgomery, Weird Tales, August 1935, edited by Farnsworth Wright; Tanner's Tiger by Lawrence Block; Robbers by Peter Whalley; Katwalk by Karen Kijewski


James McGlothlin: The Best of L. Sprague de Camp


James David Nicholl: collections by Mildred Clingerman, Margaret St. Clair (edited by Ramsey Campbell), Katherine MacLean, C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (as selected by David Curtis), and Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women 1958-63 edited by Gideon Marcus 

John O'Neill: Minds Unleashed edited by Groff Conklin; Strange Invasion by Michael Kandel

Matt Paust: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart 

James Reasoner: The Case of the Glamorous Ghost by Erle Stanley Gardner

Richard Robinson: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Sandra Ruttan: African Psycho by Alain Mabanckou (translated by Christine Schwartz Hartley)

Gerard Saylor: Bread and Butter by Michelle Widgen; The Secret Place by Tana French

Jack Seabrook: "The Chinless Wonder" by Stanley Abbott, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January 1965, edited by G. F. Foster, and the Alfred Hitchcock Presents: scripts of Arthur Ross

Steven H Silver: debut sf novels of 1979

"TomCat": The Billiard-Room Mystery by Brian Flynn

David Vineyard: A Kind of Anger by Eric Ambler 

Lisa Yaszek: "Mr. Sakrison's Halt" by Mildred Clingerman 

Bill Wallace: Weird Tales, February 1926, edited by Farnsworth Wright; The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
















































































Saturday, September 7, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews: 6/7 September 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.
Hammett's early story "Arson Plus" gets some supplementary attention this week...watch for the asterisks***.

Terribly sorry for the delay in posting...a bad and busy week didn't let up on Friday morning. Todd Mason

Patricia Abbott: The Name of Game is Death by Dan J. Marlowe 

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

Michael Davitt Bell: "The Passing of Sister Barrett" by Sarah Orne Jewett, Cosmopolitan, May 1892, edited by William Dean Howells

Brad Bigelow: As It Was in the Beginning by G. E. Trevelyan 

Les Blatt: Any Shape or Form by Elizabeth Daly; N or M? by Agatha Christie 

Joachim Boaz: A Wrinkle in the Skin (aka The Ragged Edge) by "John Christopher" (Christopher Youd) 

Ben Boulden: The Name of the Game is Death and One Endless Hour by Dan J. Marlowe

Brian Busby: Where to begin with Margaret Millar; "September Winds" by A. M. Stephen 

Bob Byrne: Holmes on the Range et seq. by Steve Hockensmith

Martin Edwards: The Innocent Mrs. Duff by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding 

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

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

Will Errickson: Prime Evil edited by Douglas E. Winter 

José Ignacio Escribano: The Case of the Crumpled Knave by "Anthony Boucher" (William White); "Arson Plus" by Dashiell Hammett (as by "Peter Collinson"), The Black Mask, 1 October 1923, edited by George W. Sutton, Jr.* 

Curtis Evans: Dorothy Cole Meade...and her novels 

Olman Feelyus: The Spoilt Kill by Mary Kelly; The Powder Barrell by William Haggard 

John M. Floyd: The Sands of Kalahari by William Mulvihill

Paul Fraser: Galaxy Science Fiction, December 1951, edited by H. L. Gold  

Barry Gardner: Icewater Mansions by Doug Allyn

John Grant: New Year's Eve by Lisa Grunwald 

Aubrey Hamilton: Black Beadle by E. C. R. Lorac; The Defense by Steve Cavanagh 

Bev Hankins: The Holmes/Dracula File by Fred Saberhagen; And Hope to Die by Richard Powell; Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers 

Rich Horton: Energumen edited by Susan Wood and Mike Glicksohn; Rick Wilber stories; Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn; Sleeping Planet by William R. Burnett, Jr., Analog Science Fact-->Science Fiction, July, August & September 1964, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.; Chris Willrich stories

Jerry House: Love Among the Ruins by Evelyn Waugh 

Kate Jackson: Groaning Spinney by Gladys Mitchell; Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks edited and annotated by John Curran; The Crimson in the Purple by Holly Roth; Cold Steal by Alice Tilton; CADS (Crime And Detective Stories), September 2019, edited and published by Geoff Bradley

Tracy K: Murder with Pictures by George Harmon Coxe; August reads 

Colman Keane: King Solomon's Carpet by "Barbara Vine" (Ruth Rendell) 

George Kelley: Marune: Alastor 933 by Jack Vance; A God in Chains by Matthew Hughes; Paperback Parade, August 2019, edited and published by Gary Lovisi; "The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin"

Joe Kenney: To Kill a Snowman by Charles Miron; The Vigilante #5: Detroit: Dead End Delivery by "V. J. Santiago" (Robert Lory) 

Rob Kitchen: The Smoke by Tony Broadbent 

B. V. Lawson: A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong [Lewi] 

Xavier Lechard: Death is No Sportsman (among his works) by Cyril Hare 

Evan Lewis: Tom Corbett, Space Cadet comic strip panels scripted by Paul S. Newman and drawn by Ray Bailey 

Steve Lewis: Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh; Elephants in the Distance by Daniel StashowerDeath of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton; The Last Straw by Ione Sandberg Shriber 

Mike S. Lind: The Chalk Circle Man by "Fred Vargas" (Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau)

*Steve Marcus: "Arson Plus" by Dashiell Hammett (as by "Peter Collinson")

Francis M. Nevins: Baynard Kendrick's works


Martin Quinn: A Cold, Red Sunrise by Stuart Kaminsky

John F. Norris: Case of the Cold Coquette by "Jonathan Craig" (Frank E. Smith)

John O'Neill: Cold Iron and Sister to the Rain by Melissa Michaels 


Matt Paust: Evergreen by Howard Owen 

James Reasoner: Gambling Man by Clifton Adams


L. J. Roberts: Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon


Richard Robinson: Chicken Every Sunday by Rosemary Taylor (illustrated by Donald Mackay)


Sandra Ruttan: Broken Skin by Stuart MacBride

Gerard Saylor: How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg 


Steven H Silver: "The Woman Who Loved the Moon" by Elizabeth A. Lynn, Amazons!, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson; "Enemy Mine" by Barry B. Longyear, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, September 1979, edited by George H. Scithers

Kevin Tipple: The Big Bad City by "Ed McBain" (Evan Hunter) 

"TomCat": The Rilloby Fair Mystery by Enid Blyton; The Murders Near Mapleton by Bryan Flynn 


Prashant Trikannad: The Ganesha Arati Book: Understanding Sukhakarta Dukhaharta edited by Chaitra Patel


Bill Wallace: Outside the Gates of Eden by Lewis Shiner


A. J. Wright: Thunder Mountain Review, Spring 1979, edited by Steven Ford Brown

*Terry Zobeck: "Arson Plus" by Dashiell Hammett (as by "Peter Collinson")