Sunday, December 15, 2019

Friday's (Saturday's) "Forgotten" Books and More: the links to the reviews and texts: 13/14 December 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: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout 

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

Frank Babics: the fate of damaged books 

Mark Baker: The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Paul Bishop: the Mike Carter collection of men's adventure fiction 

Les Blatt: A Six-Letter Word for Death by Patricia Moyes; Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries by Melville Davisson Post; 42nd annual Black Orchid Weekend

Joachim Boaz: "Wish Upon a Star" by Judith Merril, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, December 1958, edited by Robert P. Mills 

Ben Boulden: The Night Hunters and three other novels by Jack (John Miles) Bickham as by "John Miles" 

Brian Busby: Max Braithwaite novels (last cover at end of column probably NSFW) 

Bob Byrne: Dead Man's Brand by Norbert Davis 

Alice Chang: Is The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator pseudo-science?

Douglas Cohen: Realms of Fantasy, December 1994, edited by Shawna McCarthy 

Don D'Ammassa: SF reviews

Liz Dexter: Jackson's Dilemma by Iris Murdoch

Scott Edelman: Lisa Tuttle; Ramsey Campbell (Eating the Fantastic interviews)

Martin Edwards:
Appointment with Yesterday by Celia Fremlin 

Peter Enfantino: Atlas (proto-Marvel) horror comics, January 1953 

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: DC war comics, March 1976

Will Errickson: Book of the Dead edited by John Skipp and Craig Spector

José Ignacio Escribano: Murder in the Mill-Race by "E. C. R. Lorac" (Edith Caroline Rivett); "Anthony Bathurst" novels by Brian Flynn

Curtis Evans: The Return of Solar Pons by August Derleth 

Eric Leif Davin: Other Worlds Science Stories, June 1952, edited by Raymond Palmer and Beatrice Mahaffey

"Olman Feelyus": The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann; Courtroom USA 2 by Rupert Frumeaux

Paul Fraser: Clarkesworld, January 2010, edited by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace 

Barry Gardner: The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly

John Grant: These Violent Delights by Sharon Linnea; X by Sue Grafton 

Aubrey Hamilton: Pronto by Elmore Leonard; 
Irreparable Harm by Melissa F. Miller 

Bev Hankins: The Dutch Shoe Mystery by "Ellery Queen" (Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee); The Case of the Second Chance by Christopher Bush 

James W. Harris: "Wish Upon a Star" by Judith Merril, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, December 1958, edited by Robert P. Mills; "Lungfish" by John Brunner, Science Fantasy, December 1957, edited by E. J. Carnell; The Generation Starship in Science Fiction: A Critical History, 1934-2001 by Simone Caroti

Rich Horton: Catherine L. Moore and the Forry AwardThe Strange Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt

Jerry House: Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: The Day I Died scripted by Max Allan Collins, with art by Marcelo Salaza & Marcio Freire and lettering by Tom Williams; Strange Suspense Stories, July 1968, edited by Dick Giordano

Maureen Howard: "Expiation" by Edith Wharton, Cosmopolitan, December 1903, edited by John Brisben Walker

Kate Jackson: Catt Out of the Bag by Clifford Witting; Xmas Mysteries, Ranked; Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie 

Tracy K: The Black-Headed Pins by Constance and Gwenyth Little; The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (translation in this edition by Ann Long) 

Karen/"Kaggsy": The Owl, The Duck and--Miss Rowe! Miss Rowe! by John Cowper Powys

Colman Keane: The Snatch by Bill Pronzini 

George Kelley: The Great SF Stories #17 (1955) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg

Joe Kenney: City Come A-Walkin' by John Shirley; Operation Hang Ten #8: Beach Queen Blowout by "Patrick Morgan" (in this case George Snyder) 

Rob Kitchin: Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran 

B. V. Lawson: The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories edited by Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert 

Des/D. F. Lewis: Remember the Dead edited by J. A. Mains 

Evan Lewis: Nero Wolfe, the comic strip"On the Level" by C. H. Moorecontemporary reviews of Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

Steve Lewis: The Duveen Letter by Edwin Leather; The Grail Tree by Jonathan Gash; "Suicide Scenario" by Robert Leslie Bellem, Thrilling Detective, February 1948, edited by Leo Margulies et al.; 
The Case of the Shapely Shadow by Erle Stanley Gardner

Gary Lovisi (and friend): Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine cover and interior illustration

Todd Mason: Famous Fantastic Mysteries, June, 1953, edited by Mary Gnaedinger; Strange Stories, February 1939, edited by Mort Weisinger

Peter Nelson-King and Brian Bigelow: Crown of Flowers and Sweet Bobby by Joel Kurtzman; Diary of a Useless Day by Janine Bregeon (translated by Helen R. Lane and Bernard Frechtman); The Princess of 72nd Street and three other novels by Elaine Kraf

Jess Nevins: Russian/Soviet pulp-related fiction

John F. Norris: Murder Comes Back by Harriette Ashbrook; best reissues 

John O'Neill: The Astounding-Analog Reader edited by Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss

Matt Paust: The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 

Mildred Perkins: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 

Jordan Prejean: The Twilight Zone Magazine, April 1982, edited by T. E. D. Klein 

James Reasoner: My Old Man's Badge by "Ferguson Findley" (Charles Frey); Exciting Western, May 1953, edited by Everett H. Ottner


Jack Seabrook said...

Thanks, Todd! Quite a packed house this week.

Todd Mason said...

As with most weeks of late...contributing to, along with other matters, their tardiness...thank you, Jack.

Jose Ignacio Escribano said...

Cheers, Todd!

Todd Mason said...

To you as well, Jose!

Gram said...

Loved Uncle Abner!

Todd Mason said...

Then, if you don't have that volume or something comparable, you might well have something to drop hints about for those looking for a seasonal (or other) gift for you...

John Grant said...

As always, thanks and thanks!

Todd Mason said...

And back at you, sir!

Walker Martin said...

Todd, I was impressed by the unusual piece by Gary Lovisi and his wife concerning collecting original art. I know you have started to show the Lovisi's youtube collecting videos and I hope you continue. I've been collecting original art since the seventies and it really adds to any paperback or pulp library. As Gary says, there may be hundreds or even thousands of copies of a magazine or paperback but there is only one unique piece of original art.

Todd Mason said...

Glad you like them, Walker. You should write something public-facing about the little magazines you love. Steve or I would be among those wanting to publish, I suspect.