Saturday, November 16, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews and texts: 15 November 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.



Todd Mason: What If? (Vols. 1-3) edited by Richard Lupoff; Masters of the Maze by Avram Davidson; Cold Chills by Robert Bloch; Starlight: The Great Short FIction of Alfred BesterShip of Shadows (the collection) by Fritz Leiber; The Fantastic Pulps edited by Peter Haining; What Did Miss Darrington See? edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson; How to Suppress Women's WritingTo Write Like a Woman and The Country You Have Never Seen by Joanna Russ; The Men in My Life by Vivian Gornick; Benchmarks Continued by Algis Budrys



Saturday, November 9, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews and texts: 8 November 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: The Odds by Stewart O'Nan

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

Angie Barry: Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke

Brian Bigelow: Cats in the Isle of Man by Daisy Fellowes; Mr. and Mrs. Cugat by Isabel Scott Rorick 

Paul Bishop: bicycling fiction: The Black Jersey by Jorge Zepeda Patterson (translated by Achy Obejas); The Big Loop by Claire Huchet Bishop; Two Wheels; Derailleur; Perfect Circles; Dead Air and Deadroll by Greg Moody; Cat by Freya North; The Race and The Tour by Dave Shields 

Les Blatt: The Chinese Orange Mystery by "Ellery Queen" (Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay); Plot It Yourself  by Rex Stout 

Joachim Boaz: Cage a Man by F. M. Busby 

Ben Boulden: Missing at Tenoclock by "Arthur Williams" (Jack M. Bickham) 


Paul D. Brazill: Still Bleeding by Steve Mosby; White Rabbit by K. A. Laity

Brian Busby: The Miracle and Other Poems by Virna Sheard 

Jason Cavarallo: Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss; Gateway by Frederik Pohl 

Bill Crider: The Best of Robert Bloch (chosen as well) by Robert Bloch

Martin Edwards: The Far Cry by Fredric Brown 

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

Will Errickson: 1980s horror anthologies

José Ignacio Escribano: The Seventh Hypothesis and other work by Paul HalterThe Inugami Clan by Seisho Yokomizo (translated by Olga Marín Sierra) 

Curtis Evans: Henry von Rhau, continued; Agatha Christie and adenoids; Christie and contemporary poets

"Olman Feelyus": Famous Trials 4 edited by James H. Hodge (and booksale finds); Severance by Ling Ma; Mamur Zapt and the Spoils of Egypt by Michael Pearce; The Executioner #21: Firebase Seattle by Don Pendleton 

Paul Fraser: Astounding Science-Fiction, January 1944, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr. 

Barry Gardner: True Crime by Andrew Klavan

John Grant: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (translated by Anthea Bell) 

Aubrey Hamilton: Madame Storey by Hulbert Footner; The Worm of Death by "Nicholas Blake" (Cecil Day-Lewis)









Bev Hankins: Ellery Queen's Challenge to the Reader edited by "Ellery Queen"(--in this case possibly Frederic Dannay alone) 

Rich Horton: The Creatures of Man by Howard L. Myers; The Precipice and short stories by Ben Bova; stories by Rahul Kanakia 

Jerry House: Look Behind You! by Arthur J. Burks; 

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, November 1965, edited by Sam Schwartz 



Tracy K: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

Karen/"Kaggsy": Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin (translated by Eugene Jolas)

Colman Keane: Shadows by "Jill Emerson" (Lawrence Block); Dark Passage and The Moon in the Gutter by David Goodis 

George Kelley: American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s edited by Gary K. Wolfe 


Elizabeth Hand and Joshua Kendall: The Third Man and other work by Graham Greene

Joe Kenney: The Stardroppers by John Brunner; The Spy at Angkor Wat by Bill S. Ballinger 

Rob Kitchin: London Boulevard by Ken Bruen


Sean Kitching: Ubik by Philip K. Dick

B. V. Lawson: Ghost of a Chance by "Kelley Roos" (Audrey Kelley and William Roos) 

Xavier Lechard: Ursula Curtiss

Des/D. F. Lewis: Petals and Violins by D. P. Watt

Evan Lewis: The Dead-Line by W. C. Tuttle; the Nero Wolfe comic strip, weeks 1 & 2 

Steve Lewis: "The Evil Eye of Count Ducrie!" script by Joe Millard, illustration by Reed Crandall, Ken Shannon, Crime Busting Private Eye, October 1951, edited by Alfred Grinet; "Blues in the Kabul Night" by Clark Howard, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2007, edited by Janet Hutchings; Another Weeping Woman by Donald Zochert; "Time Out" by Edward M. Lerner, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January/February 2013, edited by Stanley Schmidt; The Killing of Katie Steelstock by Michael Gilbert

Gary Lovisi: at Pulp AdventureCon 2019


Richard Lupoff: Frozen Hell by John W. Campbell, Jr.


Todd Mason: US fantasy and sf magazines at the time of Galaxy's founding, late 1950; briefly: The Glass Teat by Harlan Ellison; Smoke and Mirrors by John Leonard; The View from Highway 1 by Michael Arlen; TV: The Television Annual 1978-79 edited by Steven H. Scheuer 

John F. Norris: The Reluctant Medium by L. P. Davies; The Secret of Bogey House by Herbert Adams 


John O'Neill: City of Pearl by Karen Traviss 


Matt Paust: Easy Errors by Steven F. Havill 


Mildred Perkins: Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss


James Reasoner: "The Green Master" by "Kenneth Robeson" (Lester Dent), Doc Savage, Winter 1949, edited by Daisy Bacon 


Richard Robinson: The Measure of Malice: Scientific Detection Stories edited by Martin Edwards 


Sandra Ruttan: Stain of the Berry by Anthony Bidulka; Bidulka interview


Gerard Saylor: Wall of America by Thomas M. Disch; Rut by Scott Phillips 


Lloyd Schwartz and Robert Giroux: "Was It in His Hand?" by Elizabeth Bishop, Grand Street, #36 1990, edited by Jean Stein


Steve Scott: the Park Falkner stories of John D. MacDonald; "Think You Can Write?": A Symposium (The St. Petersburg Times 11 July 1965) and JDM's contribution


Jack Seabrook: "Escape to Sonoita" by James A. Howard, Suspense, October 1959 


Steven H Silver: H. Warner Munn; The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr. 


Marina Sofia: Exposure by Helen Dunmore, Four Bare Legs in a Bed by Helen Simpson, and other old favorites


Kerrie Smith: Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (translated by Lois Roth)


Tiff Stevenson and Jackie Kashian: Eve's Hollywood by Eve Babitz

Dan Stumpf: The Haunting of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley 


Scott Tipple: The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder and Jock  


"TomCat": Murder on Wheels by Stuart Palmer; Murder en Route by Brian Flynn; Blind Man's Hood by "Carter Dickson" (John Dickson Carr)


David Vineyard: The Amazing Quest of Doctor Syn by Russell Thorndyke 


Bill Wallace: Soon by Lois Murphy


Pierce Watters: the novels and career of Ralph Arnote




























































Sunday, November 3, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to the reviews and texts; 1 November 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 terribly sorry for what's turned out to be an illness delay, probably the longest delay in FFB's reasonably long history. This is a good week for Lawrence Block, John Pugmire, locked-room mysteries, and seasonal horror (of course). 

Patricia Abbott: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

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


Brian Bigelow: Trance by Appointment by G. E. Trevelyan 


Paul Bishop: the novels of Ralph Compton 


Les Blatt: Nine Times Nine by "Anthony Boucher" (William White); The Fourth Door by Paul Halter (translated by John Pugmire) 


Elgin Bleecker: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by "R. A. Dick" (Josephine Leslie) 


Joachim Boaz: The Year of the Crack (aka The Crack) by Emma Tennant 


Ben Boulden: Vengeance Valley by Richard S. Wheeler 


Brian Busby: Harlequin Books Hallowe'ens... 


Jason Cavallaro: Penpal by Dathan Auerbach, My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due, and others 


Christy (at Bristol Library): The Hunger by Whitley Strieber


Bill Crider: The Best of Xero edited by Pat and Richard Lupoff 


Martin Edwards: Skin for Skin by Winifred Duke



Peter Enfantino: Atlas (proto-Marvel) horror comics, November (All Hallows) 1952


Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: DC war comics December 1975/best & worst of '75


Will Errickson: False Idols by Betty Ferm 


José Ignacio Escribano: locked room stories: "The Stalker in the Attic" by "Edogawa Rampo" (Taro Hirai)(translated by Seth Jacobowitz); "The Locked House of Pythagoras" by Soji Shimada (translated by Yuko Shimada and John Pugmire); "The Lure of the Green Door" by Rintaro Norizuki (translated by Ho-Ling Wong); and the novels of Seishi Yokomizo 


Curtis Evans: The Case of Alan Copeland by Moray Dalton; Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie; Henry von Rhau


"Olman Feelyus": Testament by David Morrell; The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt 


Paul Fraser: The 1977 Annual World's Best SF edited by Donald Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha


John Grant: The Gray Flannel Shroud by Henry Slesar; Jemima Shore's First Case and Other Stories by Antonia Fraser; The Art of Arrow Cutting by Stephen Dedman; The Nightspinners by Lucretia Grindle; After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman


Aubrey Hamilton: The Crime at the Noah's Ark by Molly Thynne; Jury Double by Edward Stewart


Bev Hankins: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North 


Rich Horton: Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick; The Big Jump by Leigh Brackett; Michael Blumlein, in memoriam 


Jerry House: A Scent of New-Mown Hay by John Blackburn 


Kate Jackson: Case with Ropes and Rings by Leo Bruce


Tracy K: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote; book sale finds 


Karen/"Kaggsy": Doe Lea by M. John Harrison


Colman Keane: Shadows and Warm and Willing by "Jill Emerson" (Lawrence Block); Four Lives at the Crossroads by Lawrence Block 


George Kelley: The Great SF Stories 15 (1953) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg 


Joe Kenney: Balzan of the Cat People #3: The Lights of Zetar by "Wallace Moore" (Gerard F./Gerry Conway); Istanbul (Nick Carter: Killmaster #10) by "Nick Carter" (in this case, Manning Lee Coles)


Rob Kitchin: A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey 


B. V. Lawson: The Hanging Doll Murder by Roger Ormerod


Des/D. F. Lewis: Nox Pareidolia edited by Robert S. Wilson 


Evan Lewis: Nero Wolfe the comic strip (1956-58) written by John Broome and then Ed Herron, illustrated by "Mike Roy", "Fran Matera" and then Jim Christiansen, attributed  to and with input from Rex Stout 


Steve Lewis: Phi Beta Murder by C. H. Challinor; locked room stories: "The Yellow Room" by Paul Halter (translated by John Pugmire), Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2017, edited by Janet Hutchings; and "Vanishing Act" by Bill Pronzini and Michael Kurland, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, January 1976, edited by Ernest Hutter; The Looking Glass Murders by Philips Lore; "Gibraltar Falls" by Poul Anderson, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1975, edited by Edward Ferman; "Good Intentions" by Michael Z. Lewin, EQMM, November 2012, edited by Janet Hutchings


Gary Lovisi: Avon Fantasy Reader, edited by Donald Wollheim 


Todd Mason: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Month of Mystery (and such variants as AHP: Dates with Death) edited by Robert Arthur


Francis M. Nevins: Time to Murder and Create and In the Midst of Death by Lawrence Block 


John F. Norris: The Shapes of Midnight by Joseph Payne Brennan; Kthulhu Reich by Asamatsu Ken (translated by Jim Rion) (and please see comments, below) 


John O'Neill:  Cats Have No Lord and The Tangled Lands by Will Shetterly; Matter's End by Gregory Benford


Matt Paust: Parallel Play by Tim Page


James Reasoner: Young Kit Carson by H. Bedford Jones 


Richard Robinson: The Shadow: "Partners of Peril" by "Maxwell Grant" (in this case, Theodore Tinsley)

Sandra Ruttan: Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice 


Gerard Saylor: The Force by Don Winslow; Brainquake by Samuel Fuller 


Steve Scott: "Who Will Kill Travis McGee?" by Patrick Hynan and John D. MacDonald 


Doreen Sheridan: The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook

Steven H. Silver: The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard 


Adrian Simmons: The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton


Kerrie Smith: The Child's Child by "Barbara Vine" (Ruth Rendell) 


Marina Sofia: Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen (translated by David Hackston); Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver


Peter Straub/Mark Finn: "The Black Stone" by Robert E. Howard, Weird Tales, November 1931, edited by Farnsworth Wright 


Scott Tipple: The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder and Jock 


"TomCat": locked room mysteries; Bones Don't Lie by Curtiss T. Gardner; The Open Window by Roger Ormerod


Gordon Van Gelder: Michael Blumlein 


Bill Wallace: Weird Tales, April 1926, edited by Farnsworth Wright


Mark Yon: New Worlds SF, November/December 1964, edited by Michael Moorcock