Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday's "Forgotten" Books and More: the links to the reviews, 15 March 2019 (the Ides)

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...as we face small trials (Facebook for a day was removing all the links to my blog) or much larger ones (and sparing a thought for former FFB contributor Richard Wheeler, who died in February, and the people killed and terrorized in the events in Christchurch, New Zealand, over the last day). 

Patricia Abbott: Sleep While I Sing by L. R. Wright; What It Might Feel Like to Hope by Dorene O'Brien 

Paul Bishop: the Gunships series by "Jack Hamilton Teed" (Christopher Lowder) 

Les Blatt: Three Witnesses by Rex Stout 

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

Ben Boulden: Snowbound by Richard S. Wheeler; Things to Come, January/February 1955, the catalog of the (Doubleday) Science Fiction Book Club 

Brian Busby: The Bright Path to Adventure by Gordon Sinclair 

Martin Edwards: Arrogant Alibi by C. Daly King

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren Comics (Creepy and Blazing Combat), October to December 1965, edited by Archie Goodwin

Will Errickson: The Manitou by Graham Masterton 

José Ignacio Escribano: Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks by John Curran

Curtis Evans: Swing, Brother, Swing by Ngaio Marsh

Paul Fraser: The Great SF Stories 5 (1943) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg; Unknown Worlds, June 1943, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr. 

Barry Gardner: Kahawa by Donald Westlake

John Grant: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig; The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

Aubrey Hamilton: Death in the Quadrangle by Eilis Dillon

Rich Horton: Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley; PITFCS: Proceedings of the Institute for Twenty-First Century Studies edited by Theodore R. Cogswell; Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart;

Jerry House: The Select (aka The Foundation) by F. Paul Wilson 

Gabino Iglesias: The Light of Day by Eric Ambler

Kate Jackson: three novels by Michael Gilbert; 
Death in Store by Jennifer Rowe 

Tracy K: Turncoat by Aaron Elkins

Colman Keane: Cast the First Stone and Heart of Stone by James W. Ziskin

George Kelley: The Great SF Stories 7 (1945) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg

Joe Kenney: Cold Iron by "Robert Stone Pryor"

Margot Kinberg: The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson

Rob Kitchin: Winston's War by Michael Dobbs

B. V. Lawson: The Port of London Murders by "Josephine Bell" (Doris Collier Ball)

Evan Lewis: Half Past Mortem by John A. Saxon

Jonathan Lewis: Journey into Fear by Eric Ambler

Steve Lewis: The Goodbye Look by "Ross Macdonald" (Kenneth Millar); "Eurema's Dam" by R. A. Lafferty; Lemons Never Lie by "Richard Stark" (Donald Westlake); "Schroedinger's Kitten" by George Alec Effinger

Mike Lind: Dashiell Hammett, Man of Mystery by Sally Cline

Todd Mason: best of the year horror fiction annuals for 2016

Jess Nevins: some women writers of horror from around the world 
  
John F. Norris: The Flight of the Doves by Walter Macken

Patrick Ohl: In the Best Families by Rex Stout (hosted by Kevin Tipple)

Scott D. Parker: Weird Western Tales, December 1973, edited by Joe Orlando

Matt Paust: The Trail to Seven Pines by Louis L'Amour; Ways of Looking at a Woman by Caroline Hagood

James Reasoner: "Blitzkrieg in the Past" by "John York Cabot" (David Wright O'Brien), Amazing Stories, July 1942, edited by Ray Palmer; All-Western Magazine, August 1936, edited by West F. Peterson

Richard Robinson: A Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara

Gerard Saylor: Murdaland, #1 (2007), edited by Michael Lagnas

Jack Seabrook: "One More Mile to Go" by F. J. Smith, Manhunt, June 1956, edited by Scott Meredith 

Steven Silver: Convergent Series by Larry Niven

Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic: Stories of Imagination, July 1963, edited by Cele Goldsmith-Lalli

"TomKat": Challenge the Impossible: The Final Problems of Dr. Sam Hawthorne by Edward D. Hoch

David Vineyard: The Seven Sleepers by Francis Beeding

Thursday, March 14, 2019

best horror fiction annuals for 2016 (mostly...collecting 2015 first publications, with one exception)

Almost a peak year, perhaps the peak year, for horror annuals, even with Best British Horror skipping 2016 and 2017, to arrive again (rise from the dead) last year...and with the Jones and Australian annuals arriving some months late for their target year.












This one not published till 2017, and the last so far. 

  • Publication: The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015
  • Editors: Liz GrzybTalie Helene
  • Date: 2017-04-04
  • Publisher: Ticonderoga Publications
  • Price: A$35.00
  • apparently uncredited cover artwork purchased from an image-bank.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday's "Forgotten" Books and More: the links to the reviews, 8 March 2019 (International Women's Day)


This week's books, 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: The Veiled One by Ruth Rendell

Paul Bishop: the Hatchet series by "Knox Gordon" (Michael Kasner)

Les Blatt: Rim of the Pit by Hake Talbot; Chicks on the Case interview

Elgin Bleecker: Last Year's Man by Paul D. Brazill


John Boston: Amazing: Fact and Science Fiction Stories, November 1963, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli

Ben Boulden: Novels reissued in 2018 

Brian Busby: The Arch-Satirist by Frances de Wolfe Fenwick

Bob Byrne: Not Quite Dead Enough, a Nero Wolfe novel by Rex Stout

Martin Edwards: The Chief Inspector's Statement by Maurice Proctor; The Birdcage by Victor Canning 

Peter Enfantino: Atlas (pre-Marvel) Comics Horror, February 1952

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: DC War Comics, July 1974

Will Errickson: Child of Hell by William Dobson


José Ignacio EscribanoMaigret Defends Himself by Georges Simenon (translated by Howard Curtis)

Curtis Evans: Black as He's Painted by Ngaio Marsh

Paul Fraser: Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1943, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.

John Grant: The Archivist by Martha Cooley

Aubrey Hamilton: Body Scissors by Jerome Doolittle


Rich Horton: The Blind Worm by Brian M. Stableford; Seed of the Dreamer by Emil Petaja; Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon; "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ

Jerry House: The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Sixteenth Series edited by Edward L. Ferman; Hopalong Cassidy, June 1948


Kate Jackson: Death in Store by Jennifer Rowe; Justice Hall by Laurie R. King

Nick Jones: Trilogy in Jeopardy by Henry Kane; Calamity in Kent by John Rowland; The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler (UK first editions)

Tracy K: Tears of Autumn and The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry

Colman Keane: They Don't Dance Much by James Ross(Elgin Bleecker's recent review)

George Kelley: The Century's Best Horror Fiction edited by John Pelan

Joe Kenney: The Godfather Killer by Dan Brennan

Margot Kinberg: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz; International Women's Day

Rob Kitchin: Clinch by Martin Holmén; 1000 reviews 

Richard Lamb: Tribute to My Father: Hugh Lamb

B.V. Lawson: Dover One by Joyce Porter

Evan Lewis: Davy Crockett, Frontier Fighter (1951); True Crime Comics, May 1947; Otto Penzler Auctions: Dashiell Hammett; Raymond Chandler

Steve Lewis: "Shaman" by John Shirley, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, October 1988, edited by Gardner Dozois; The Dutch Shoe Mystery by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee); "Peaches for Mad Molly" by Steven Gould, Analog Science Fact and Fiction, February 1988, edited by Stanley Schmidt 

Francis M. Nevins: The Black Angel by Cornell Woolrich 

Jess Nevins: Women writers who influenced H. P. Lovecraft...

John F. Norris: They Walk in Darkness by Gerald Verner 


Scott D. Parker: Mascarada Pass by William Colt MacDonald

Matt Paust: Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel 

James Reasoner: The Derelict of Skull Shoal: a Doc Savage novella by "Kenneth Robeson" (Lester Dent) 

Richard Robinson: The Case of the Substitute Face (a Perry Mason novel) by Erle Stanley Gardner

Gerard Saylor: The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

Steven Silver: "Can These Bones Live?" by Ted Reynolds, Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, March 1979, edited by Stanley Schmidt; Death's Master by Tanith Lee

Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic: Stories of Imagination, September 1963, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli

Kerrie Smith: A Stranger in the Family by Robert Barnard

Kevin Tipple: The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth 

"TomCat": Death Behind the Door by Norman MacClure


Katherine Tomlinson: Once Upon a Star edited by Anthea Lawson

Danielle Torres: Nothing but the Night by John Williams

David Vineyard: "The Great Ego" by Norman Daniels, Startling Stories, Spring 1944, edited by Oscar J. Friend