Friday, July 11, 2008





The Back Alley Webzine, the online home to hardboiled and noir fiction which snagged two Derringer Awards this year, has a new issue going live tomorrow, Friday July 11!

This is great lineup, featuring Derringer Award winner Patricia Abbott, Shamus and Anthony Award nominee Jack Bludis, Spinetingler Award winner Chris F. Holm, acclaimed breakout Scottish author Tony Black, and a newcomer with a very strong voice named Greg Lee.

In addition, they will continue with our ongoing serialization of Frank Norris's nineteenth century noir novel McTeague, and will feature a eulogy to Norris written by W. D. Howells.

Keep an eye peeled in September for their All-Canada Issue!You can catch all the action at www.backalleywebzine.com , beginning tomorrow!



The list that will not die attaches yet another name rumoured to be attached to the Quantum of Solace title tune.

Entertainment Online claims that R&B and soul singer Alicia Keys is now the top contender for the 22nd James Bond film.

While no official announcement has yet come from Eon Productions, a source for the site stated ‘I believe Alicia is the winner’.

The multi-Grammy winning Keys joins numerous others rumoured for the job, including Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, Leona Lewis, Jack White, Duffy and, most recently, Duran Duran and Annie Lennox.

A representative for Keys declined to comment on the report, while a Quantum of Solace rep stated there was currently ‘no info’ available regarding the title song.

In comparing to 2006’s Casino Royale, Chris Cornell was offcially confirmed in late July of that year.

Thursday, July 10, 2008



There has been a spate of recently released crime shows on DVD. Some of the releases are notable (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mannix), but others seem to come out of left field (Cannon, Jake and the Fat Man)


Just release, Cannon brings us the weekly adventures of Frank Cannon (William Conrad), an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures, who becomes a high-priced private investigator. Since Cannon's girth didn't allow for many fist-fights and gun battles (although there were many), the series substituted car chases and high production values in their place.


Also just released, Jake and the Fatman gives us veteran district attorney "Fatman" McCabe (William Conrad again) who solves cases in Los Angeles with the help of his easygoing private investigator partner Jake Styles (Joe Penny). This is a nero Wolfe rip off, but still plays well due to Joe Penny in a pre Riptide role.


Warner Brothers, in the latest step in their plan to acquire ALL of your discretionary income, have announced that The Man from Uncle: the complete series will be released on October 21st. Previously, the set was only available online. The suggested cost is $199.92, but Amazon is taking pre-orders for $139.00

Extras include:

*Interviews with stars David McCallum and Robert Vaughn
*Commentaries and home movies from the U.N.C.L.E. set
*Rare promos and TV appearances


This seminal private eye show originally aired over eight seasons starting in 1967 and had a fantastic Lalo Schiffren title track. Forty years later it’s still a great watch.

The shows first season had Joe Mannix working at Intertect, a security and investigations firm on a corporate scale run by Lew Wickersham. Mannix is, of course, a rough card who doesn’t fit in with the new smooth corporate world. Mannix believes in legwork and hitting tough guys in order to solve cases. Wickersham, the boss, believes in computers and obsessive compulsive neatness is the way to clear crimes. Obviously they clash.

The first season plays heavily on the relationship between Mannix and Wickersham. While they are at odds, there is always a twinkle of friendship and respect. Mannix gets involved in all the standard P.I. cases – missing persons, kidnapping, forgery – and does it all with a low threshold for polictical correctness or other baloney. He hits hard and gets hit hard, he gets shot at and hit, but always prevails – probably because he drives a really cool car, a ’68 Toronado.

Extras include a recent two part conversation with Mike Conners (Mannix) and Joeseph Campanella (Wickersham).


Season one of Nash Bridges will be released on October 14th. This wasn’t a favorite of mine, but it was one of the last traditional crime shows on the network airwaves. Even though he was a San Francisco cop working the elite Special Investigations Unit, Bridges often acted more as a private eye. The show was most notable for the casting of Cheech Marin as Bridge’s partner – both of whom starred in one of my favorite sports films, Tin Cup.



Daniel Collins has written a cool article on the Bond cars.

“The personification of suave and sophisticated, James Bond is perhaps as well known for his love of cars as he is for his love of women. In fact, many of his cars live on in the memory of fans long after those of the Bond girls have faded away.”

To read the complete article go to:




Variety reports: In what will be his first job since the blockbuster Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in Sherlock Holmes, the drama that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros.

Downey committed to the pic, which begins shooting in October, after Ritchie turned in a polish of the latest version of the script, written by Anthony Peckham.

Downey emerged as an action star with Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes also will take advantage of his physical skills as the character displays brawn as well as brains.

With Downey aboard, the film will go into production before a comedy that just coalesced at Columbia Pictures, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Holmes, and Will Ferrell playing his crime-fighting partner Dr. Watson.



USA Networks hit series Burn Notice returns tonight ( Thursday, July 10th) at 10pm/9c. I am so looking forward to this second season premiere! Burn Notice is a wonderfully hip throwback to the shows I loved in the ‘80s – Magnum P.I., The Equalizer, Simon & Simon, Riptide, etc.

Why was spy Michael Westen burned? And what's he gonna do about it? The answers begin to drop into place right from the beginning of the season two premiere – starting inside the truck that Michael reluctantly drove into into at the end of last season.

He's transported to a place where he hears multiple gunshots, and then he is introduced to what will be his case for the episode. It's his trial run with the people who put the burn notice on him, and they have their own plans in mind for Michael.

While Michael humors them, his goal is to meet the mysterious voice on the phone. When he finally does meet Carla, played by the beautiful Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), she brings a whole new set of rules to the table.

Michael has met his match. Carla isn't perfect though, and she has a bit of a slip at the end of the second episode, which may help Michael in figuring out her history.

Bottom line, Burn Notice is a brilliantly written and acted show. If you're not watching it, you should be. Rarely does a series come along that can deliver serious storylines while still retaining the ability to make fun of itself when the time is right. Be sure to check out season 2 of Burn Notice Thursday nights on USA Network.

Check out the official Burn Notice site:
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Wednesday, July 9, 2008




As anyone knows who reads this blog with any regularity (all two of you), I’m a sucker for inspirational sports films and this low budget documentary gets high marks. It’s a challenge to find as it’s only just going into limited release. Chances are higher of finding it when it’s released on DVD, but don’t miss it.

You can check out
www.kickingitthemovie.com for more info.

In the summer of 2006, while the football world's attention was focused on Germany, thousands of players around the globe were training hard and competing to be part of the World Cup...The Homeless World Cup.

It began in 2001 as a wild idea by a Scot and an Austrian—to give homeless people a chance to change their lives through an international street soccer competition. Five years later, the annual Homeless World Cup had become an internationally recognized sports competition.

500 homeless players from 48 nations would ultimately be selected to represent their country in Cape Town, South Africa—coming from such disparate parts of the world as war torn Afghanistan, the slums of Kenya, the drug rehab clinics of Dublin, Ireland, the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, the overflowing public shelters of Madrid, Spain, and the unforgiving city of St. Petersburg, Russia, where the homeless have no rights or identity.

Win or lose, for these players it would be the journey of a lifetime.

The film follows seven players in their own tough worlds as they confront the daily challenges of life on the streets, battle drug and alcohol addiction, and fight for the right to be recognized as human beings. We witness their struggles, hopes, and determination.

The teams are greeted by the South African President, as they make their spirited entrance in to two newly built street soccer "pitches", located at the precise spot where Nelson Mandela was released from prison—with the glorious Table Mountain as the backdrop. Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu joins the players, declaring homelessness the new "apartheid."

For 7 days of fiercely competitive matches, the teams vie for the championship cups. Despite the fact that they may not have a home, the players wear the colors of their country with pride.

From shattering misconceptions about the homeless to seeing people living at the edge of society discover that they also can be winners, the film shows in a real and powerful way that sports can and does change lives. As the Russian coach observes, "To me, football is the best model for real life. There is no last game in football and there is no last game in real life. You always have another chance to win."


There are an estimated one billion homeless people in the world.

That's roughly the same number of football fans who watched the 2006 World Cup.

What happens when football and homelessness come together?

Lives change.

And the annual Homeless World Cup has the statistics to prove it.

In 2006, 48 countries competed in the 4th annual Homeless World Cup.

One year later...

92% players have a new motivation for life
73% have changed their lives for the better
93 players successfully addressed a drug or alcohol dependency
35% have secured regular employment
44% have improved their housing situation
39% chose to pursue education
72% continue to play football

The Homeless World Cup also supports and inspires grass roots football projects around the world working with homeless and excluded people throughout the year.
Co-founded by world leading social entrepreneur Mel Young and Harald Schmied, it is supported by Nike, UEFA, United Nations, football clubs (e.g. Manchester United, Real Madrid, SL Benfica), ambassador Eric Cantona, and international footballers Didier Drogba, Rio Ferdinand.

73% of players change their lives for the better after participating by coming off drugs and alcohol, moving into jobs, education, homes, training, reuniting with families and even going on to become players and coaches for pro or semi-pro football teams.
More info at www.homelessworldcup.org



There's no doubt I'm most looking foward to Orson Scott Card's new Ender novel, but these other titles will provide lots of reding enjoyment as well.

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card returns to his best-selling series with a new Ender novel.
At the close of Ender's Game, Andrew Wiggin – called Ender by everyone – is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony’s training facilities, but instead the twelve-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies. With him went his sister Valentine, and the core of the artificial intelligence that would become Jane. The story of those years has never been told… until now.

Eion Colfer

Artemis's mother has contracted a deadly disease--and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in time and save them. Not only that, but he must face his deadliest foe yet...his younger self.

Michael Connelly

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next. Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.

J. R. Ward

This companion to J. R. Ward’s paranormal romances includes a ton of fan information and an original story.

Christopher Paolini

OATHS SWORN . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.
First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength—as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices— choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice. Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once-simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008



You'd think from the title, Complete TV Action Jazz — Mundell Lowe (LoneHill Jazz), this would be one of those slick 1960s soundtracky albums with little in the way of substance.

In fact, this album features smart, straight-up jazz based on TV themes of the period. The single CD combines two albums recorded in 1959 and 1960.

Arranged by guitarist Lowe, the first album included Donald Byrd (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Herbie Mann (flute, tenor sax), Tony Scott (clarinet and baritone sax), Eddie Costa (piano and vibes), Lowe (guitar), Don Payne (bass) and Ed Shaughnessy (drums).

The second album has a little more punch and featured Clark Terry (trumpet); Willie Dennis, Urbie Green and Frank Rehak (trombones); Rod Levitt (bass trombone); Phil Bodner (reeds); Eddie Costa (piano and vibes); Lowe (guitar); George Duvivier (bass); and Ed Shaughnessy (drums).

The CD is out of print and going for $75 used
here. But I located the CD at another site here for just $13.



As a sports fiction junkie, when I first heard about this Italian action film – The Last Match (1990) starring starring the unholy trinity of Martin Balsam, Ernest Borgnine and Henry Silva – I had to see if I could find out more about it.

The film’s premise is incredibly inept: Somewhere on an island in the Caribbean, a girl is imprisoned for owning drugs. As she is the daughter of a football team coach help is soon on the way with the entire team mounting an expedition to set her free using their skills on the gridiron to take on uzis, attack helicopters, and diposable foreign guards.

Apparently the whole mish-mash is so bad it’s good – giving the term low budget new meaning. You gotta love a film this bad.

YouTube provides us with the famous (infamous) punting an attack helicopeter out of the sky scene.



Louis Fowler has a great review of this nitch interest book at

“Even during the height of the zine craze, while most of them were happily reviewing Italian horror, one pasta-encrusted genre that often went unnoticed was the Italian action film. Often times even more shocking and bizarre than their gory counterparts, they were wonderfully volatile, ultra-violent and, even with all the RAMBO rip-offs, unabashedly imaginative. Bloggers Paul Cooke and David Zuzelo are finally bringing this much-ignored genre to the forefront in their wonderfully nostalgic TOUGH TO KILL, VOLUME 1: THE ITALIAN ACTION EXPLOSION.

I say “nostalgic” because this self-published book hearkens back to the aforementioned zine era, so much so that even its (minor) flaws are endearing. The first of a series, this starting volume collects the duo’s reviews, written with such a fanboy love and craze for these flicks that their lack of professional tact will probably turn off readers looking for an in-depth, analytical review.”





Dame Diana Rigg may be 70 this month but she still drives a Mercedes sports car, smokes 20 a day and swears by a bottle of Merlot before bedtime. The spirit of Emma Peel lives on, finds Nigel Farndale in this article from

There is a low-boughed tree in the Chelsea Physic Garden that bears strange blossom: a tall, broad-shouldered woman with a straight spine and a thick bob of dyed blonde hair. It is Dame Diana Rigg, and she is standing under the tree, with her head in the branches, because our photographer has asked her to. When she emerges picking petals from her hair, she looks to the overcast sky and says, 'This flat light is very good for a woman of my age.'

Since she mentions it, she turns 70 this month. And although she looks her age in a way that, say, Julie Christie, her fellow 1960s sex symbol, does not, her strong features - retroussé nose and high cheekbones, down-turned eyes and mouth - are still softly handsome. Dressed in pin-stripe trousers and a red jacket, and with only a suggestion of make-up, she seems comfortable with herself. Too dignified to be vain. Not the cosmetic surgery type. (Actually, that's not quite true. She had the wrinkles around her eyes removed when she was 44, but that was it.)

She lights a cigarette, getting one in before lunch. The last time we met, a decade ago, when she was in Ted Hughes's adaptation of Racine's Phèdre, people were still allowed to smoke in restaurants, and boy did she make the most of that. She still smokes 20 a day, but is relaxed about the smoking ban in public places. We debate whether to eat here at the Physic Garden - she is a member - or round the corner at Foxtrot Oscar. She opts for the latter because they mix a good bloody Mary there.



The thought of Diana Rigg in her Emma Peel cat suit can still take my breath away!



Here we go again with another major singer linked to the title track for the next Bond film Quantum of Solace...

This time around it's Scottish singer and eclectic mega-star Annie Lennox who is rumoured to be recording the title track for the latest 007 film 'Quantum of Solace' (not a bad choice, in my opinion).

Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Duffy and Duran Duran have previously been mentioned as possible artists for the song. Duran Duran have already recorded the theme for one Bond film – 1985's 'A View to a Kill'.

Super-producer Mark Ronson is working on the track, and although Leona has recently emerged as the favourite, movie bosses will have the final say on the decision.

The reason so many stars have been linked to the project is because producers invite artists to submit tracks and they pick their favourite. While some stars are approached directly, others put in their own bid.

'Quantum of Solace' starring Daniel Craig as Bond, Gemma Arterton and Dame Judi Dench will be in cinemas worldwide from October.

Annie Lennox rose to fame in the 80s as one half of pop duo Eurhythmics. She then went on to have a successful solo career in the 90s. She most recently performed at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday party last weekend.



eBay has an auction listed for a large group of bound Strand Magazine volumes, including many Sherlock Holmes stories. Starting price is $995.00. Below is the action copy…

Yes, the Strand Magazine is where the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, was first published. It is extremely rare to have so many of the Strands in order. You may never see this on Ebay again. These books, in worse condition, typically sell for a minimum of 90.00(US) per volume. As a group, these go for big money. No Reserve. Contact me right after the winning bid so as to arrange payment.

Each volume is listed below, along with the Doyle articles included and a few others of interest, and then the condition of the book. Unless otherwise noted, the books are in very good condition, with some wear and/or discoloration to the boards and minor scuffing to the leather. Hinges are fine unless otherwise noted as well. Endpapers are generally browned as is normal on these.

Volume 1 - Jan to Jun 1891. Stories include "A Day with an East-End Photographer", "Metropolitan Fire Brigade Its Home and Work", "The Voice of Science" by A Conan Doyle, and many others. Spine panel detached and laid in (2 pieces). Occasional dampstaining and foxing internally. Hinges sound.

Volume 2 - Jul to Dec 1891. Stories include "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" parts 1-6, by A Conan Doyle, "Captain Mayne Reid: SOldier and Novelist" by MQ Holyoake, "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Private James Lamb one of the six hundred, "Smuggler's Devices", "Varieties of Alpine Climbing", "Lady Dufferin and the Women of India" and many others. Spine detached and laid in.

Volume 3 - Jan to Jun 1892. Stories include "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by A Conan Doyle, chapters 7-12, "Drake the Fairy a story for children" from the french of Emile Souvestre, "Illustrated Interview with H Rider Haggard", "Instantaneous Photographs", "Romance of the Telegraph Wire a story for children" from the german of Harl Von Schlozer, "Sundials" by Warrington Hogg, and many others. Dampstaining to upper right corner pageblock, leather on spine dry on bottom half, scorched at very bottom.

Volume 4 - Jul to Dec 1892. Stories include "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by A Conan Doyle, Chapter 13, "Day with Dr. Conan Doyle" by Harry How, "Romances from a Detective's Casebook" by Dick Donovan, "Shafts from an Eastern Quiver" by Charles Mansford, first parts, and many others. Spine panel detached and laid in. Foxing esp to plates. Dampstaining to bottom margins nearest spine.

Volume 5 - Jan to Jun 1893. Stories include "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by A Conan Doyle Chapters 14-19, "Peculiar Playing Cards", "Shafts from an Eastern Quiver" by Chrales J. Mansford cpaters 7-12, "Weathercocks and Vanes" by Warrington Hogg, and many others. Binding cracked at title page. Dampstaining to lower margins affecting some text. Base of spine scorched. Foxing esp to plates.

Volume 6 - Jul to Dec 1893. Stories include "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by A Conan Doyle, chapters 20-end. "A Christmas Story" from the french of Sarah Bernhardt, "A Haunted Villa", "Little-Pigley-In-The-Pound" by JF Sullivan, "Sun-Dials" Part 2, by Warrington Hogg, "The Royal Wedding from an Oriental Point of View" by Moulvie Rafiuddein Ahmad, and many more. Binding cracked at title paeg. Front joint rubbed, several dark spots on spine, minor foxing.

Volume 7 - Jan to June 1984. Stories include "Crimes and Criminals - I Dynamite and Dynamiters, II Burglars and Burgling, III Coiners and Coining, IV Forgers and Beggin-Letter Writers", "A Bohemian Artists Club" by Alfred T. Story and many others. Front board nearly detached, spine scorched at bottom and one section on side. Minor foxing.

Volume 8 - Jul to Dec 1984. Stories include "An Alpine Pass on 'Ski'" by A Conan Doyle, "The Dogs of the Celebrities", "Lord of Chateau Noir" by A Conan Doyle, "Medal of Brigadier Gerard" by A. Conan Doyle, "The Training of Performing Animals" by E. A. Brayley-Hodgetts, and many others. Front hinge tender (joint cracked top to bottom), rear joint cracked top and bottom few inches. Rear hinge fine. Minor foxing.

Volume 9 - Jan to Jun 1895. Stories include "Electrocution" by Paul Cray, "Elephant Catching" by DH Wise, "Exploits of Brigadier Gerard" by A Conan Doyle first parts, "Illustrated interview of Jules Verne" by Marie A. Belloc and many others. Rear joint cracked at bottom (hinges sound).

Volume 10 - Jul to Dec 1985. Stories include "Artists of 'The Strand Magazine'", "Exploits of the Brigadier Gerard" by A Conan Doyle, parts 407, "Express of the Future" by Jules Verne, "Frost Photography" by James Leadbeater, "War-Ballooning" by Charles Knight and many more. Dampstaining to base of spine affecting boards and bottom 2 inches of pageblock. Still readable, no mold damage. Base of spine leather scorched, both outside joints cracked at bottom. Hinges sound.

Volume 11 - Jan to Jun 1896. Stories include "Carries the Telegraph Girl: A Romance of the Cherokee Strip" by Captain Jack Crawford, "How the Queen Travels" by Riginald H. Cocks, "Railway Facts in Fancy Frames" by J. Hold Schooling, and many others. Base of spine panel leather scorched and joint cracked at bottom (hinge sound). Minor foxing to first few/last pages.

Volume 12 - Jul to Dec 1896. Stories include "Mr. Andrees Balloon Voyage to the North Pole" by Alfred T. Story, "Some wonders of the microscope" by William G. Fitzgerald, "The Princes Derby as told by Lightning Photography", "Rodney Stone" by A Conan Doyle, chapter 12-end, "The Secret Panel" by M P Shiel, "Through a telescope, the discovery of Neptune" by Sir Robert Ball. and many others.

Volume 13 - Jan to Jun 1897. Stories include "Antarctic Exploration" by CE Borchgrevink, "The total eclipse of 1896" by Sir Robert Ball, "The New Flying Machine" by Professor S. P. Langley, "Greenland Whaler, Life on a" by A. Conan Doyle, "Tragedy of the Koroski" by A. Conan Doyle and many others. Binding cracked at title page.

Volume 14 - Jul to Dec 1897. Stories include "Some unpublished sketches by George Cruikshank", "Longfellow with his children" by Miss Alice Longfellow, "Tradgedy of the Korosko" by A. Conan Doyle (chapters 4-end). Binding cracked at title page, several front pages creased lower corners. Rear joint cracked lower portion (hinge still sound).

Volume 15 - Jan to Jun 1898. Stories include "A Metal Balloon" by James Walter Smith, "Lewis Carroll" by Beatrice Hatch, "Round the Fire" by A Conan Doyle part 1, "Stilt-racing" by William G. Fitzgerald, and many others. Rear joint split at top of spine (hinge still sound).

Volume 16 - Jul to Dec 1898. Stories include "Ascent of Aconcagua" by E. A. Fitzgerald, "Before 'Alice' - The Boyhood of Lewis Carroll" by Stuart Collingwood, "Mr. Ledbetter's Vacation" by HG Wells, "Round the Fire" by A Conan Doyle, parts 2-7, "The Stolen Body" by HG Wells and many more. Front joint rubbed and split at top and bottom (hinge still sound)

Volume 17 - Jan to June 1899. Stories include "Liquid Air" by Ray Stannard Baker, "The Sinking of the 'Merrimac'" by Raymond Pearson Hobson, "Mr. Brisher's Treasure" by HG Wells, "Round the Fire" by A. Conan Doyle (parts 8-12), "Wedding Tour in a Balloon" by M Dinorben Griffith and MME. Camiile Flammarion, and many others. Rear joint badly scuffed at top.

Volume 18 - Jul to Dec 1899. Stories include "Over the Alps in a Balloon" by Charles Herbert, "Assasin of the Empress" by Benj H. Ridgely US Consul at Geneva, "The Croxley Master" by A Conan Doyle in 3 parts (see photograph), "Signally in the Navy and Army" by Herbert C. Fyfe,

Volume 19 - Jan to Jun 1900. Stories include "Curious Electrical Display" by Harold J. Shepstone, "How the Great Paris Telescope was Built", "Musical Curiosity, or An Automaton Orchestra" by Dinorben, "Playing with Fire" by Doyle, and many others.

Volume 20 - July to Dec 1900. Stories include "The Zeppelin Airship" by Thomas E. Curtis, "Ambulance Dogs in the German Army" by Frederick A. Talbot, the first installments of HG Wells' "First Men in the Moon" (finished in Vol 21), "The First Moon Photographs Takes with the Great Paris Telescope" by Francois Deloncle, and many more.

Volume 21 - Jan to June 1901. Stories include "Breaking Wild Horses for the Army", "British Commando, An Interview with Conan Doyle" by Captail Philip Trevor, the last 6 installments of "First Men in the Moon" by HG Wells, "Strange Studies from Life by A Conan Doyle - I The Holocaust of Manor Place, II - The Love Affair of George Vincent Parker, and III - The Debatable Case of Mrs. Emsley", "A Visit to Tennyson" by Lewis Carroll and many others.

Volume 22 - July to December 1901. Stories include chapters 1 through 9 of a Hound of the Baskervilles by Doyle, "The New Accelerator" by HG Wells, and a story "Mr. William Gillette as Sherlock Holmes" about Gillette performing as Holmes in the theatre with many photographs. Rear joint cracked but holding, cloth on front board streaked a lighter color red.

Note that the books weigh nearly 80 lbs without packaging, and will likely require 2-3 boxes to allow for adequate packaging and to meet weight limits. Good luck with your bidding. Postal Money Orders are preferred, or wire transfers. Shipping outside the United States will be more expensive.

Monday, July 7, 2008





Check it out! It's the new look for MartiniInTheMorning.com. Not only is it a new look, but it's easier to get around to all the information, entertainment and new features. Two very important points as you visit
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As a community, we share many common bonds. Our love for Our Music and the lifestyle for which it is the soundtrack is just one of the common threads that connects us as Lounge Lizards in Exile. Another of our common goals is to come together as a community, to take on a cause or a challenge.

Breast cancer is a battle we've chosen to fight, with the encouragement from our Lounge Lizards in Exile around the world. Breast cancer touches us all in some way. If it hasn't affected us directly, we all know someone who has been touched by breast cancer. So once again this year, Team Martini will mobilize for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The Southern California Team Martini will walk in the 2008 Orange County Race for the Cure on September 28th. We also encourage you to form your own local Team Martini to raise money for the battle against breast cancer. Click the Team Martini Race for the Cure logo above to join our Southern California Team Martini, to support our walk with a donation, or to organize your own Team Martini. Let's save lives together - our goal is to have a Team Martini in every Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure over the next 12 months. Please visit the Team Martini page and get started today.


First, for our LLIEs in the U.S., I hope you had a great Fourth of July holiday. There is so much going on as you've already read! Fresh off our very successful Semi-Annual Membership and Money-Grubbing Campaign, we are so grateful for your participation in

MartiniInTheMorning.com. Whether you participate financially, by acting as our Marketing Department, telling your friends, family and even total strangers to tune in, or whether you participate by listening and being part of our rapidly growing community, your support is what keeps us on the air.

Your support also helps us toward our goal of remaining commercial free. That's not to say we'll never have any kind of advertising. Quite the contrary. It is our goal to make available sponsorships and informational segments of interest to the Lounge Lizard About Town. On our newly remodeled website, you'll see sponsor ads scattered around the website. You'll see them on the "Player," where you listen to

Also, coming soon, when you click on the Listen Live link, while our broadcast is loading in the player, you'll see a ten to fifteen second TV commercial from one of our sponsors. You will only see one of these commercials each time you log-in to listen to the stream. One commercial, 10 to 15 seconds MAX, and hopefully this commercial and all of our ads, will be of interest to you. These ads help cover our ever increasing costs, keep us on the air, and keep us from having to run 10 to 15 minutes of commercials each hour, in between songs like traditional broadcast radio stations.

There's more news coming - some really BIG news. So please, read on, keep in touch, and thank you for making
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Saturday, May 10th, Brad and Michelle paid off on a big Membership and Money-Grubbing Campaign victory. 400 new members meant much needed operating revenue and roughly 40 minutes each in the dunk tank. After all that liquid, Brad celebrates at home after the event with his favorite liquid and green vegetables. The dunking was a small price to pay for the inspiration you give us to continue this mission. We are humbled by your kind support.



In 2005 it was announced former James Bond continuation novelist John Gardner had written a brand new Moriarty novel.

The book, featuring Professor James Moriarty, arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, was part of a contract Gardner had signed in continuing his Moriarty novels. The first two in the series, The Return of Moriarty and The Revenge of Moriarty, were both published several decades earlier in 1974 and ‘75, respectively.

Publishing delays must have obviously followed as the novel never hit bookshelves. Only now is this third Moriarty tale, simply titled Moriarty, finally scheduled for publication this upcoming November. The book will be published posthumously as Mr. Gardner died at the age of 80 in August 2007.

The official blurb follows:

It is the turn of the century and, having survived the struggle with Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, Professor James Moriarty is alive and well and about to realize his plans to establish crime syndicates in the major cities of the United States. But suddenly he is called back to London, where his vast criminal society has been overrun by a rival concern led by the shadowy Sir Jordan Jack Idell—or Idle Jack—a supposed gentleman hoodlum acting on behalf of criminal elements in France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

As Moriarty fights back—against both the unruly crime families and the forces of law and order—readers are thrown in among the lurkers, punishers, dippers, cracksmen, and the professor’s elite guard.

Moriarty lives again and revolts against those who attempt to oust him from his rightful place as king of “Napoleon of Crime.”

Sunday, July 6, 2008



Mark Patinkin’s current column in The Providence Journal’s Lifestyle section deals with his facination with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and othr spy shows of the ‘60s. His feeling run close to my own.

“I think I'm becoming my father. He's constantly saying they don't make movies like they used to, then launching into a reverie about "Stagecoach," the 1939 version; now that was a flick.

Well, the release of "Get Smart" in theaters has me thinking the same way.

"Get Smart" -- now that was a TV show; and from an era full of them.

You had to love Smart's Cone of Silence and his shoe phone -- and that time the bad guy had him hostage, and told Smart he could choose the way he would die. So Smart suggested, "How about old age?"

I think every 11-year-old boy back then wanted to be a secret agent, and would have done it had Woodstock and the counterculture not taken away the CIA's glamour.

For me, it was all about "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

Napoleon Solo, played by Robert Vaughn, was my hero. He paired with Ilya Kuryakin, who of all things was a Russian agent, this at the height of the Cold War. But it was logical because the two were fighting something greater than any enemy nation: The evil international conspiracy called THRUSH. This was far worse than the SMERSH of James Bond fame. THRUSH was going to take over the world and only Vaughn and Kuryakin could stop them, chiefly by administering karate chops while wearing nicely tailored suits.

They were very resourceful, like the time they got locked in a bathroom that was filling with poison gas, but grabbed a shaving-cream can, wrapped it in a hand towel, set the package on fire and it blew off the door. I would get very defensive -- still would today -- if anyone called scenes like that unrealistic. Don't you dare say that about Napoleon Solo.

I've clung fast to my worship of Vaughn, even as he's become the spokesman for law firms wanting you to call them after a slip-and-fall. He can do no wrong. About 10 years ago, when I was hosting a Sunday-morning TV interview show, he was in town, and we landed him as a guest. The whole time, I kept thinking, "I am not worthy." Afterward, the show's producer, who knew the backstory, gave me a photo of the two of us live on camera. On it, he'd drawn a thought balloon over my head saying, "This is the high point of my life." Over Vaughn's head was a thought balloon saying, "This is the low point of my life."

Patinkin’s run in with Robert Vaughn is a parallel to my own meeting with David McCallum about five years ago. McCallum came in to have lunch in an English tea shop in Santa Monica where I was a regular. As he was leaving I couldn’t help approaching him and telling him how his portrayal of Illya Kuryakin and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in general influence me to become a police detective. He was very gracious and told me he is surprised how often he hears the same story.

To read the rest of Patinkin’s article click:
By MARK PATINKIN, The Providence Journal



Consumers like large displays on the mobile devices they use for reading an e-mail message or an e-book, but they also like to tuck those devices into their pockets. But the bigger the screen on a cellphone or an e-reader, the sooner it outgrows pocket size.

Now a hallmark feature of these screens — their rigidity — is changing. New technologies are developing that make displays flexible, foldable or even as rollable as papyrus, so that large screens can be unfurled from small containers.

One new mobile device, the Readius, designed mainly for reading books, magazines, newspapers and mail, is the size of a standard cellphone. Flip it open, though, and a screen tucked within the housing opens to a 5-inch diagonal display. The screen looks just like a liquid crystal display, but can bend so flexibly that it can wrap around a finger.

Because the Readius is pocket-sized, but has a generous, supple screen, people with five minutes to spare in a taxi, bus or subway can use the dead time to open it, read a page or two of a book and then return the device to a shirt pocket, said Karl McGoldrick, the chief executive of Polymer Vision, the company in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, that created the device.

The Readius may even help stop people from obsessing over their e-mail: with the device, spare moments for reading may be put to a possibly better use — say, a novel by Stendhal. But if their good intentions fail, the device has a wireless connection to download e-mail as well as books.

The black-and-white display holds about 22 lines of a book page, depending on the font, all shown in the crisp black type provided by technology from E Ink, also used in Amazon’s Kindle and other e-readers. The screen changes from one page to the next in about half a second, at the touch of a thumb.

The Readius will be introduced in England, Italy and Germany this fall, and in the United States early in 2009, Mr. McGoldrick said. Its battery lasts for about 30 hours of reading — long enough to get through “The Red and the Black,” and possibly a chunk of “War and Peace.” Pages can be read under a variety of lighting conditions, even including full sunlight, he said.

The price is not yet set, but Thomas van der Zijden, vice president for marketing and sales, said the Readius would be more expensive than the Kindle, which now is selling for $359.



Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics edited by Paul Gravett is a collection of the 25 best graphic short stories in the crime genre, spanning all the colours of noir, from classic American newspaper strip serials and notorious uncensored comic books to today's global graphic novel masterpieces.

This must-have collection is fully loaded with some of the greatest writers and artists in comics publishing, including Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Will Eisner, Max Allan Collins, Johnny Craig, Alex Toth, Joe Kubert, Bernie Krigstein - plus adaptations of/collaborations by famous crime writers, such as Dashiel Hammett, Mickey Spillane, Lesley Charteris and Raymond Chandler.

Meet a gallery of hard-boiled, iconic heroes and killers inside including: Dashiell Hammett's smooth operator Secret Agent X-9, Will Eisner's masked mystery man The Spirit, Mickey Spillane's heavyweight tough-guy Mike Hammer, Frank Miller's scarred and brutal Marvin from Sin City, Munoz and Sampayo's brooding ex-cop Alack Sinner, Abuli and Bernet's venal hitman-for-hire Torpedo 1936, Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty's femme fatale investigator Ms. Tree, and Charles Burns' Mexican wrestler and defective detective El Borbah.



When I was a kid growing up in England, I loved their digest sized comic – especialy Football (soccer) Stories and Commando. Both of these were filled with great storylines, superb black and white illustrations, and intense action. These comics/magazines were published four times a month and kept me interested and entertained for years.

Over the last few years, the best issues of Commando have been republished in fantastic collections by long time Commando editor George Low – including my favorite so far, All Guns Blazing!

Now, Low has put together a brilliant new collection from the files – Rumble in the Jungle:The 12 best Jungle-Fighting Commando Comic Books Ever.

Stories set in the jungles of Malay and Burma are, like all other Commando comics, packed with action and adventure. But there is something about these plots that really get the writers in top gear and they pull out all the stops. Who couldn't get enthusiastic about ambushes, impenetrable undergrowth, mysterious caves, deep river gorges flooded by monsoons, samurai swords, slithering snakes, fiendish fevers, strange cries in the night, menacing idols, dangerous insects and animals added to the usual threats from bullets and bombs?

Featuring such stories as "Jungle Madness", "Grudge Fight", "The Black Pagoda", "Halt - or Die!", "Danger Everywhere!" and "Jungle Sniper", this carefully selected anthology will transport you into a world of sweat, swamps and where our ever invincible allied heroes battle bravely and honourably to victory.