Friday, June 7, 2019

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: The Links to the Reviews: 7 June 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: City of Bones by Michael Connelly; The Widower's Notebook by Jonathan Santlofer

Scott Adlerberg: Hopscotch by Brian Garfield

Brad Bigelow: The Mere Living by "B. Bergson Spiro" (Betty Miller)

Les Blatt: Hopjoy Was Here by Colin Watson

Elgin Bleecker: Zero Day by David Baldacci

Joachim Boaz: Halcyon Drift by Brian Stableford; "The Death of Odjigh" by Marcel Schwob (translated by Kit Schluter)

Joe Bonadonna: A Survey of Dystopian Novels, H. G. Wells onward

Ben Boulden: A Mammoth Murder by Bill Crider

G. S. E. Cooney: On Gene Wolfe

Woelf Dietrich: "Wolves Beyond the Border" by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp (Conan the Usurper, Lancer Books 1967)

Martin Edwards: The Girl in Cabin B54 by Lucille Fletcher; disappointing cruise-shipboard mysteries

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Warren Comics magazines, November/December 1966

Peter Enfantino: Atlas (pre-Marvel) horror comics, May 1952

Will Errickson: Silver Scream edited by David J. Schow

José Ignacio Escribano: The Mongol Plot aka The Mongolian Conspiracy by Rafael Bernal (translated by Katherine Silver) 

Curtis Evans: Murder at the Women's City Club by "Q. Patrick" (in this case, Richard Webb and Martha Kelley);further details on this novel and its (unspecified but) Philadelphia setting 

Olman Feelyus: A Black Fox Running by Brian Carter; Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst  

Paul Fraser: Astounding Science-Fiction, January 1949, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr.  

Barry Gardner: Point of Darkness by Mike Phillips 

John Grant: Force of Nature by Jane Harper; The Wind in the Rose-Bush and Other Tales of the Supernatural by Mary Wilkins Freeman 

Aubrey Hamilton: I Start Counting by Audrey Erskine Lindop 

Rich Horton: The Interior Life by "Katherine Blake" (Dorothy Heydt); A Point of Honor by Dorothy J. Heydt; Kit Reed's short fiction; Ray Nayler short fiction; Margo Lanagan short fiction; Kristine Kathryn Rusch short fiction; The Sky is Falling and Badge of Infamy by "Lester del Rey" (Leonard Knapp)  

Jerry House: Closeup and Comedy by Erskine Johnson and George Scarbo 

Kate Jackson: Three Sisters Flew Home by Mary Fitt; Through a Glass, Darkly by Helen McCloy

Nick Jones: Anthony Price, 1928-2019

Tracy K: Save the Last Dance for Me by Ed Gorman 

Colman Keane: "Found Money" by Steve Brewer; There Was a Crooked Man by "Day Keene" (Gunard Hjertsted)

George Kelley: Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy by L. Sprague de Camp; Conan's World and Robert E. Howard by Darrell Schweitzer 

Joe Kenney: Prime Cut by "Mike Roote" (Leonore Fleischer); Bodyguard #2: The Blonde Target by Richard Reinsmith 

(TM's review of the film Prime Cut)

Rob Kitchin: Bolivar: American Liberator by Marie Arana 

B. V. Lawson: Exeunt Murderers: The Best Mystery Stories of Anthony Boucher by "Anthony Boucher" (William White) 

Fritz Leiber: "Knight to Move" with annotation by Ted Gioia and others

Evan Lewis: Wild Times by Brian Garfield; Zorro and the Dragon Riders by David Bergantino; "Fact Realism vs. TV is 'em Real?" by Jack Davis, Crazy, March 1959  

Steve Lewis: "Barred Doors" by T. T. Flynn, Detective Fiction Weekly, 18 May 1935; The Book of the Dead by Robert Richardson; "The Sad Serbian" by Frank Gruber,Black Mask, March 1939; "Thus Love Betrays Us" by Phyllis Maclellan, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, September 1972, edited by Edward Ferman; The Case of the Late Pig by Margery Allingham

Gideon Marcus: Analog Science Fact->Science Fiction, June 1964, edited by John W. Campbell, Jr. 

Francis M. Nevins on John Creasey, Cornell Woolrich and others 

John F. Norris: Wishes Limited by W. A. Darlington

John O'Neill: A Survey of Anthologies from Weird Tales ***(Todd Mason's survey of WT anthologies)

Matt Paust: Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

James Reasoner: El Cazador by Chuck Dixon and Steve Epting

Kurt Reichenbaugh: Manhunt, October 1961, edited by John Underwood 

Richard Robinson: The Wall Around the World by Theodore R. Cogswell

Gerard Saylor: Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin; The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu 

Jack Seabrook: the Alfred Hitchcock Presents: literary adaptations of James Cavanagh

Steven H Silver: On Wings of Song by Thomas M. Disch; "The Way of Cross and Dragon" by George R. R. Martin, Omni, October 1979, edited by Kathi Keeton (Ben Bova, fiction editor) 

Victoria Silverwolf: Worlds of Tomorrow, August 1963, edited by Frederik Pohl 

Kerrie Smith: Don't Let Him Go by Harlan Coben

Kevin Tipple: Game Face by Mark Troy 

"TomCat": Unholy Dying by R. T. Campbell

Prashant Trikannad: Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole

David Vineyard: The Little People by "John Christopher" (Christopher Youd)


TracyK said...

Thanks for this list, Todd. I see I have quite a few blogs to visit tomorrow.

Todd Mason said...

Always more to check! Sorry for the late and staggered arrival. Various tasks piled on at week's end. And thanks for your contribution...

Elgin Bleecker said...

Thanks for doing the list, Todd.

Todd Mason said...

You're welcome, Elgin, and thank you.

col2910 said...

Prime Cut has grabbed my attention! Cheers Todd

Todd Mason said...

The film was potentially a work of untrammeled genius, till its small studio, National General, managed to go bust during the film's production...and basically the commonly-seen cut was less than Prime, utilizing, it seems, just about every scrap of film they shot, and not getting to do or redo certain scenes.

So, it's a film of still impressive results with even greater potential. The cast alone was remarkable. The director a genius at the height of his energy and offering such other films as THE CANDIDATE, SMILE, and DOWNHILL RACER. The script probably much better than what we get to see...and, apparently, that resulted in an excellent tie-in novel, never a probability particularly in the 1970s or published by Award.

col2910 said...

I think I'll try and track the film down. Cheapest copy of the book on the net is a shade under £40, I think I'll take a rain check on that one. I'll have to investigate the other films mentioned, thanks.

col2910 said...

forgot to tick the box...doh

Jack Seabrook said...

Thanks for the links, Todd. Nice to see a new post from Mike Nevins.

Todd Mason said...

Film's up on YouTube, Colman. Couldn't stop watching last night. And THE CANDIDATE is particularly brilliant, SMILE only a shade less, but it swept me up even watching it as edited for television at age 11y. £40 a bit steep, indeed.

Thank you, Jack...Nevins will do maybe one every month or two on Steve Lewis's blog...