Monday, August 21, 2017

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas man drinks liquid explosives after he’s busted trying to bomb Confederate statue

Two New Ones from Stark House

Stark House and its Black Gat imprint have two great new publications, both from Clifton Adams.  Here's my review, from Steve Lewis's Mystery*File of Never Say No to a Killer, which originally appeared as by Jonathan Gant:  "Adams also wrote a paperback original for the Ace Double line. He used the name Jonathan Gant, and the book is one half of D-157, Never Say No to a Killer.

"It seems to have been influenced by Horace McCoy’s Kiss Tomorrow Good-Bye, as it’s narrated by an intellectual killer and begins with an escape from a prison work gang. Roy Surratt deludes himself in much the same way that Joe Hooper and Roy Foley do, though he’s well aware that he’s far from the innocent they think themselves to be before they begin their crime sprees.

"This book has a nice twist in that it doesn’t appear to be a mystery novel until the very end, when it’s revealed that one character was indeed doing some detecting and putting the clues together. Maybe this one’s not quite in the league with the two Gold Medals, but it’s worth a read."

And here's what I added about The Desperado and A Noose for the Desperado:  "If you’re curious about Adams’s westerns, I highly recommend two of his earliest, The Desperado and A Noose for the Desperado.

 "These are dandy noir westerns with a protagonist worthy of Jim Thompson. They’re hard to find, though. They hardly ever turn up even on eBay."  

But now they're available in one handy volume, and they're top-notch reading.

10 Awful Final Roles Of Actors That Deserved Better

10 Awful Final Roles Of Actors That Deserved Better

Song of the Day

The 59 U.S. National Parks, In Photos

The 59 U.S. National Parks, In Photos  

Slideshow.

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The Rise of the Cow-Boys

The Rise of the Cow-Boys: In search of the real Curly Bill.

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Theodore Sturgeon, The Synthetic Man (The Dreaming Jewels), Pyramid, 1957

The true-crime memoir

The true-crime memoir: when MFA grads and literary aspirants write true crime

I Miss the Old Days

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis: 30 Fascinating Photographs Capture Funny Moments of the Comedy Duo in the 1940s and 1950s

Sunset 8-20-17


Brian Aldiss, R. I. P.

Brian Aldiss - Wikipedia: Brian Wilson Aldiss, OBE (/ˈɔːldɪs/; 18 August 1925 – 18 August 2017[1]) was an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. His byline reads either Brian W. Aldiss or simply Brian Aldiss, except for occasional pseudonyms during the mid-1960s.

18 space suits from science fiction, from worst to best

18 space suits from science fiction, from worst to best: When has Hollywood actually gotten it (somewhat) right?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Words & Music: Bill Crider, Dead, To Begin With

Jerry Lewis, R. I. P.

Hollywood Reporter: Jerry Lewis, whose irrepressible zaniness and frantic creativity vaulted him to stardom as a comic movie star who wielded unparalleled green-light power at Paramount in the 1960s, died Sunday. He was 91.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I Miss the Old Days

Photographs capture New York from the 1960s to the 1990s  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

10 Unconventional Facts About William Burroughs

10 Unconventional Facts About William Burroughs 

Song of the Day

‘Casey at the Bat’ Leaves a Lot of Unanswered Questions

‘Casey at the Bat’ Leaves a Lot of Unanswered Questions: Was there a Casey? Where did he strike out? Does it really matter?

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Colt vs. Schofield

Colt vs. Schofield: During much of the Indian Wars era, the U.S. Cavalry relied primarily on these two revolvers—each with its own peculiarities. Which one would you prefer?

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Robert Finnegan (Paul William Ryan), The Bandaged Nude, Signet, 1957

Voyage to the Otherworld: A New Eulogy for Ray Bradbury

Voyage to the Otherworld: A New Eulogy for Ray Bradbury

Seepy Benton Could Have Solved It If He'd Tried

The Romance of Fermat's Last Theorem 

Dick Gregory, R. I. P.

Dick Gregory, civil rights activist and comedian, dead at 84: (CNN)Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform at white clubs, died Saturday.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

Part of Henry VIII's Birthplace Discovered: Workers at London’s Old Royal Naval College were prepping the site of a new visitors center for the Painted Hall, considered the Sistine Chapel of England, when they unearthed something equally incredible: two rooms from the Palace of Placentia, reports Giles Broadbent at The Wharf.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

The Lone Star Express (The Bill Travis Mysteries Book 13) by [Wier, George]The Lone Star Express (The Bill Travis Mysteries Book 13) - Kindle edition by George Wier. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.  In the aftermath of the death of former Texas Governor, Richard Sawyer, Bill Travis must accompany the body to its final resting place in West Texas...by train. The deadline is tight, the Old '19 is an ancient steam train that drives at a ponderously slow pace, and a quarry of ruthless and determined men are out to stop Bill and the steam-driven crew of the newly re-dubbed Lone Star Express at any and all costs. But who are they, and what do they want? It's Bill Travis in his most dangerous adventure of all time, along with a team of aging misfits who refuse to see history die and the last of the great steam behemoths of old stopped in its tracks.

She Wants to Believe!

Paris Hilton says she could've been like Princess Diana if sex tape wasn't released  

Hat tip to John Duke.

I Found a Penny in the Walmart Parking Lot Last Week

The Wreckage Of The USS Indianapolis, Missing For 72 Years, Has Just Been Found

“Plans and Revisions” by Steve Liskow

“Plans and Revisions” by Steve Liskow | Trace Evidence: Steve Liskow is the author of three mystery series, and his latest book is Hit Somebody. In 2016 he became the Black Orchid Novella Award‘s first repeat winner. You can read his winning story “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” in the current July/August 2017 issue. Here, he talks about the evolution of this story, his previous winner, and the Woody Guthrie series.

Song of the Day

(24) Boss Guitar-Duane Eddy & Rebelettes-1963-RCA Victor 47 8131.wmv - YouTube:

This week’s tabloids

Earth faces comet catastrophe, in this week’s tabloids: J. Edgar Hoover killed President Kennedy, O.J. Simpson aims to murder Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, and JonBenet Ramsey’s babysitter tells all, in this week’s reality-divorced tabloids.

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Remembering Sci-Fi Pioneer Hugo Gernsback

Fifty Years Later, Remembering Sci-Fi Pioneer Hugo Gernsback: Looking Back on a Man Who Was Always Looking Forward

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Roy Booth, Girl Stowaway, Intimate Novel, 1954

Roadside Dinosaurs

Documenting America’s Long, Venerable Tradition of Roadside Dinosaurs

I Miss the Old Days

53 Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Marilyn Monroe Filming 'River of No Return' in 1954

Karl Ove Knausgaard: By the Book

Karl Ove Knausgaard: By the Book: The author of the six-volume autobiographical novel “My Struggle” and, most recently, “Autumn” steers clear of crime fiction: “I only read crime novels when I’m depressed, so I try to avoid them.”

Forgotten Hits: August 19th

Forgotten Hits: August 19th  

Two Chicago surveys included.

Will the Persecution Never End?

Remembering Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton’s Reign of Hollywood Terror: The dream of the aughts is alive at a new art exhibit in Brooklyn. Behold the boozy, breakdown-fueled world of “Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day BBQ.”