Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday's "Forgotten" Books: the links to the reviews and more: 16 February 2018

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, this week we have a few not at all forgotten titles. Patti Abbott will host again in two weeks and recommends Alessandra Stanley on Alistair MacLean; we have an unusual degree of contributors and former contributors having their own books reviewed this week...and this week is of course dedicated to the memory of Allen Billy aka Bill Crider, Rest in Glory.

Yvette Banek: They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

Bernadette: The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan

Les Blatt: Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert

Elgin Bleecker: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy

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

Ben Boulden: Brothers by Ed Gorman and Richard Chizmar

Brian Busby: The Land of Frozen Suns by Bertrand W. Sinclair  Ron Scheer on Bertrand Sinclair

Martin Edwards: The Woman in the Sea by Shelley Smith

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: DC war comics, February 1972

Barry Ergang (hosted by Kevin Tipple): Pattern for Panic by Richard S. Prather

Will Errickson: Lovers Living, Lovers Dead by Richard Lortz

Curtis Evans: Untimely Guest by "Marian Babson" (Ruth Marian Stenstreem)

Paul Fraser: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July-August 2017, edited by C. Coleman Finlay

Barry Gardner: Coyote Wind by Peter Bowen

John Grant: Letter of Intent by Ursula Curtiss; The Scent of Blood by Raymond Miller

Bev Hankins: Avalanche by Kay Boyle

Don Herron: "The Flitcraft Parable" by Dashiell Hammett

Rich Horton: Amos Judd by J. A. Mitchell

Jerry House: The Descent of the Sun by F. W. Bain

Tracy K: The Last Billable Hours by Susan Wolfe

Kate: Third Party Risk by Nicolas Bentley

Colman Keane: "Keller the Dogkiller" by Lawrence Block

George Kelley: Oh, For the Life of a Writer's Wife by Elizabeth Brown

Joe Kenney: The Baroness #2: Diamonds are for Dying by "Peter Kenyon"

Margot Kinberg: The Anderson Tapes by Lawrence Sanders

Rob Kitchin: The End of the World in Breslau by Marek Krajewski (translated by Danusia Stok)

D. F. Lewis:  The Egotist by Philip Fracassi

Evan Lewis: Shiloh by James Reasoner

Steve Lewis: "The Crawling Horror" by Thorp McClusky; Please Pass the Guilt by Rex Stout

Todd Mason: The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band by Michelle Cruz Gonzales

James Nicoll: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

John F. Norris: Clay by David Almond

John O'Neill: The Snail on the Slope by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (translated by Alan Meyers)

Matt Paust: Of All Sad Words by Bill Crider

J. Kingston Pierce: Bill Crider

James Reasoner: Oh, For the Life of a Writer's Wife by Elizabeth Brown

Gerard Saylor: A Little More Free by John McFetridge; Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham

Steven H. Silver: "Rings Around the Moon" by Jack Dann; "A Gift from the Culture" by Iain M. Banks

Victoria Silverwolf: Worlds of Tomorrow Science Fiction, April 1963, edited by Frederik Pohl

Kerrie Smith: The Stranger by Melanie Raabe

"TomCat": "A Stretch of the Imagination" by Randall Garrett

David Vineyard: Night Film by Marisha Pessl (Juri Nummelin on the book)


Mathew Paust said...

Great cover for Of All Sad Words. Wish I'd have found it first!

Todd Mason said...

Kind of more pleasant than compelling, but the other covers make it look good, don't they?

Gerard Saylor said...

Thanks for putting this all together.

Mathew Paust said...

A wholesome, moonshine-making, flying-saucer-visiting Texas town.

Elgin Bleecker said...

Todd – Thanks for doing the FFB. I changed the link in my post so folks can find this week’s list.

Kate said...

Wow"! That's an impressive list of links and such great variety too!

John said...

I've discovered many new sites to explore. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

Mathew Paust said...

Too bad Don Herron has no comment feature on his post today about Hammett's "Flitcraft Parable." I wanted to say how astonishing I found it. ;)

TracyK said...

Thanks for collecting the links and thanks for including mine.

Todd Mason said...

Thank you folks for the kind words and the contributions. This Friday should be a bit more prompt, as less sudden necessity and previously scheduled activity will be involved.

Matt, Don Herron might not have a comment section on his blog, but he does invite commentary via email:

the restless reader said...

Wow! I just discovered your wonderful blog and the many links you provided. Now I have superb exemplars as models for my own (modest and new) blog where I've just "published" my first posting. Thanks!
Best wishes, Charles