Saturday, March 20, 2010
OVER AT MOVIE MORLOCKS, KIMBERLY LINDBERGS HAS A COOL POST ON THE VARIOUS MUSICAL THEMES FROM THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN FILMS . . .
All month long TCM has been celebrating the 100th birthday of Akira Kurosawa and playing many of the director’s best films. On Sunday TCM will also be showing one of my favorite westerns, John Sturges’ THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960) which happens to be based on Kurosawa’s classic THE SEVEN SAMURAI (1954). If you haven’t had the opportunity to see THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN it’s a great time to catch up with this entertaining movie.
One of my favorite things about John Sturges’ film is its incredible theme composed by the legendary Elmer Bernstein. Elmer Bernstein is responsible for some of Hollywood’s greatest film scores but his theme for THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is one of the most recognizable pieces of music he ever recorded.
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HERE’S A SWINGIN’ 1957 DOWNLOAD FROM JENSENBRAZIL . . .
01. Do It Again
02. A Woman's Intuition
03. You're My Boy
04. Mama Do I Gotta
05. What Is There to Say
06. A Lover Like You
07. Summer Romance
08. Life Can Be Beautiful
09. It's Magic
10. You're Adorable
11. Try a Little Tenderness
12. It's A Most Unusual Day
13. Sing A Rainbow
14. Brooklyn Love Song
15. What Its Like In Paris
16. Time Was/Its So Peaceful
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LUCY A. SNYDER
Shotgun Sorceress is an urban fantasy set in Columbus, Ohio and in Cuchillo, Texas. It's a direct sequel to Spellbent and features the continued adventures of Jessie, her familiar Pal, Cooper Marron, and The Warlock.
Outlaw sorceress Jessie Shimmer and her friends are trapped in an isolated West Texas town that is being decimated by a soul harvester named Miko. As they battle Miko and her minions, Jessie discovers a darkness within herself that she must overcome to save the town, her friends, and her own soul.
KÜNSTLER DREW COVERS AND OTHER ART FOR PAPERBACK BOOKS AND MEN'S ADVENTURE MAGAZINES, AND ALSO DID ART FOR AURORA MODEL KIT BOXES, SUCH AS THE RAISING THE FLAG ON IWO JIMA KIT.
HERE’S THE WORD FROM EDITOR DAVID CRANMER . . .
Alec Cizak is holding all the right cards. After unleashing Diseases from Loving on the world last year, he returns to BTAP with an ace of a story, The Gimme.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alec Cizak is a writer from Indianapolis. His work has appeared in Thuglit, A Twist of Noir, Nite Blade, and Static Movement. He also contributes poems to zygote in my coffee.
Coming soon: A Joe Hannibal story by Wayne Dundee.
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It’s the Cocktail Nation with Koop Kooper! On the show, Koop talks to a new discovery out of Sydney, a canary called Diana Holt, plus there are some more letters to read this week, and we’ll take a look at the world of swank, our regular segment, Ask Koop, also Beachbum Berry has released a new book to keep behind our tiki bars, and sad news of the passing of a legend – Peter Graves from Mission Impossible – so we‘ll take a look at his life.
Combustible Eddison ~ Vertigogo
Blue Dahlia's ~ Love is here to Stay
Diana Holt ~ At Last
Martini Kings ~ Lady Is A Tramp
Frank Sinatra ~ Have You Met Miss Jones
Vibes on Velvet ~ Caravan
Al Caiola ~ Thunderball
SSS Unlimited ~ November Morning
Lalo Schifrin ~ Mission Impossible
Esquivel ~ Latin-esque
Royal Crown Revue ~ Take A Long Drink
Astrud Gilberto ~ So Nice
Lucas Vigor ~ So Daco Samba
Jazz for Playboys ~ Baubles, Bangles & Beads
Julie London ~ You, The Night, The Music
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Friday, March 19, 2010
JORDAN MECHNER, LEUYEN PHAM, ALEX PUVILLAND
Solomon’s Thieves is a swashbuckling adventure set in medieval France, based on the historical events of the fall of the Knights Templar. It’s the story of a group of outlawed knights who band together, Ocean’s Eleven-style, to pull off the greatest heist of the 14th century.
On the run from the law . . . in 14th century France
Life as a Templar Knight returning from the Crusades is dull— bread, beans, and lots and lots of walking. But after Martin stumbles upon his lost love (now married—to someone else), things begin to get more interesting very quickly. There’s a vast conspiracy afoot to destroy the Templar Order and steal their treasure. Soon, Martin finds himself one of the only Templars out of prison—and out for revenge!
A swashbuckling story of betrayal, adventure, and an epic swindle, Solomon’s Thieves is the first volume in a trilogy written by Jordan Mechner (the creator of the acclaimed Prince of Persia video games) and illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland.
When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.
Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.
In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth.as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.
Age of Aces Books is now offering a new feature on their Web site called Age of Aces Presents. You can now download free PDF versions of some great Air War pulp stories.
NEW THIS WEEK:
THE SPY IN THE OINTMENT
ROBERT J. HOGAN
WAR BIRDS ~ NOVEMBER 1933
When they asked for volunteers to fly that spy mission, Abe answered because he couldn’t sit down. It took another spy to convince him that medals were not always granted for bravery.
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Max August was a point man when he served during the Vietnam War, the guy who had to lead his patrol through dangers he couldn't possibly anticipate. Now he’s a disc jockey, at one with the music and his faithful audience . . . until the day when he is swept into a battle invisible to all but the participants.
For the first time, nine all-new stories starring the classic pulp heroes of the 1930s, featuring characters such as The Phantom Detective, The Black Bat, The Lone Eagle, The Masked Detective, Secret Agent X, and Nightwind. Written by pulp scholar Tom Johnson, it’s nearly 350 pages of excitement!
Trade paperback, $24.95, available from Amazon.com
Limited Edition hardcover, $34.95, available from Lulu.com
NEW FROM AGE OF ADVENTURE
Galloping out of the pages of the Western Pulps of yesteryear rides The RIO KID!
Thrill to three full length, gun slinging classics collected together in
one BIG book of pulse pounding, quick drawing ACTION!
Over 200 pages for under 10 bucks!
Saddle up and strap on your six shooters for this latest release from Age of Adventure!
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to keep up with all the latest news!
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COMING IN AUGUST!
Dark Horse introduces a stunning line of officially licensed Buck Rogers accessories, produced by our friends at Retro-a-go-go for the modern space traveler!
We bring you four stylish Buck Rogers T-shirts, in both men's and women's sizes, to be worn by distinguished and brave fashion explorers!
BUCK ROGERS RAY GUN T-SHIRT
BUCK ROGERS VINTAGE T-SHIRT
BUCK ROGERS LOGO T-SHIRT
BUCK ROGERS WILMA T-SHIRT
SADDLE UP FOR ADVENTURE
Airship 27 Productions & Cornerstone Book Publishers are saddling up to bring their readers three rip-roaring yarns of gun-blazing justice from out of the Old West. One of the hallmark genres of the early pulps were the many western titles available to readers. Heroes like the Masked Rider and many others rode the plains month after month in wild and wooly six-gun tales.
In the years immediately following the Civil War, the land west of the great Mississippi River was a lawless frontier being shaped by the courageous men and women who ventured there in hopes of finding a better life. What they found was a vast wilderness exploited by outlaws, drifters and cattle barons who made their own law at the end of a gun. Caught in the middle were the brave and noble Native American people, struggling to survive against this tide of so-called civilization.
A rare breed of men took on the challenge of bringing justice the west; men like the mysterious Masked Rider, Virgil Earp and Wild Bill Hickok. These were men who cast their long shadows over western history and went on to become legends. Now writers Eric Jones, Tommy Hancock and Aaron Smith bring us their adventures in three fast paced, no-holds barred shoot’em ups wherein it’s good versus evil on the dusty streets and rolling plains of this big country.
The Masked Rider and his blood-brother, Blue Hawk, must stop a gang of outlaws from taking over an entire town in The Raid on Granite Gap, while Virgil Earp walks a gauntlet of blood to rescue his kidnapped wife in Crossing Contention, and finally Wild Bill tries to stop two men of honor from destroying each other in The Long Trail of Vengeance. This title features a cover by Rob Davis and Shane Evans with interior illustrations by Nick Miller.
So load your six shooters, pilgrims and saddle up for western action Airship 27 style; Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!
Release date: 03/19/2010
Retail Price: $21.95
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I am very much enjoying the adventures of Mary ‘Jacky’ Faber in the teriffic series of Y/A tales from author L.A.Meyer. Jacky’s adventures on the high seas in the 1800s are wonderfully imagined, Meyer’s prose is tight and exciting without being overwrought, and Jacky is a fantastic character. But these qualities aside, it is the enthralling audio performance of these novels by Katy Kellgren, making me race to get on to the next adventure in the seven books in the series.
Kellgren is a marvel with accents. When she’s relating the seafaring excitement of Mary ‘Jacky’ Faber’s life in the Royal Navy, she believably inhabits officers, sailors, and ship’s boys alike. Kellgren convinces us of Mary’s gutsy nature, and we’re not a bit surprised when, at 13, she takes to the high seas, hiding her female identity on a Navy ship, becoming ‘brave Jacky.’
I’ve just finished the second book in the series, Curse Of The Blue Tattoo, which finds Jacky in the dangerous waters of an elite Boston school for young ladies. Her adventures, involving on one side a puritanical, muderous, preacher, and on the other side a horse race on which everything – including Jacky – is riding, are a magical continuation of those from her first outing in Bloody Jack.
Kellgren’s reading energy and true performacne make this series can’t-miss listening – she is definitely a narrator to keep an ear out for.
NEW FROM ICEBOX RADIO THEATER . . .
Frozen Frights returns with a psychological thriller starring Jeffrey Adams, Jim Yount and Karen Shickell. When the northern snows melt each spring, what will they reveal? Learn at the exciting conclusion of 'Meltdown'.
And to lighten the mood, enjoy another installment of 'Nekid Radio' this time featuring raw studio recordings from the recent IBRT sessions for 'Scoop Sisters: Wanted Man.'
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A DISH BEST SERVED COLD
NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE . . .
Our mysterious masked marvel has spent many years protecting the citizens of Toronto from the worst of the worst. A man makes a lot of enemies that way, and every one of them has had long days and nights in a prison cell to consider their next move. Can even the Red Panda be prepared for...A Dish Best Served Cold?
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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Nominated for both Anthony and Macavity awards for Best First Novel, Cara Black’s debut Parisian mystery is hardly forgotten in the traditional sense. However, as the publication of the 10th title in the series is on the stands, taking a look back at the beginning of this intriguing series is worthwhile.
I came to this series, featuring half-American / half-French private eye Aimée Léduc, through my devotion to Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti Venetian tales. I’d tried out several other European set mystery series, but couldn’t find anything comparable to the literate level and fine characterization of Leon’s work.
When I read a blurb about Black’s Parisian take on mysteries, I sought out the first title and was pleasantly surprised. This is hardly a knock off of Leon’s work, in fact it’s quite different in tone, but Black does a wonderful job of capturing Paris and in creating characters with whom you want to spend time.
MURDER IN THE MARAIS
The initial installment of a projected series of mysteries set in Paris, this standout first novel introduces dauntless private investigator Aimée Léduc.
The French-American, whose specialty is computer forensics, is confronted with a seemingly mundane task: to decipher an encrypted photograph from the '40s and deliver it to an old woman in the Marais (the historic Jewish quarter of Paris). When Aimée arrives at the home of Lili Stein to present the photo, however, she finds the woman dead, a swastika carved into her forehead.
Thus begins a thrilling, quick-paced chase involving neo-Nazis, corrupt government officials and fierce anti-Semitism. With the help of her partner, René, a computer hacking expert, Aimée uncovers tantalizing clues relating to German war veteran Hartmuth Griffe, the Jewish girl he saved from Auschwitz, a French trade minister and other enigmatic figures. But the data Aimée and René come up with only takes them so far.
In order to understand the true motive behind the killing, Aimée must delve into history, confronting older residents of the quarter, who'd prefer she leave the past alone, and doing some undercover work.
The suspense is high as she fraternizes dangerously with the enemy, even becoming briefly involved with an Aryan supremacist. Black knows Paris well, and in her first-rate debut she deftly combines fascinating anecdotes from the city's war years with classic images of the City of Lights.
Aimée Léduc, with her hip outlook on life and a penchant for retro clothing, and her partner, René Friant, a handsome dwarf with green eyes, a goatee, and considerable computer skills, make an appealing duo. They hit all the highlights of the hardboiled genre without ever appearing anachronistic.
AIMÉE LÉDUC MYSTERIES
Murder in the Marais (1998)
Murder in Belleville (2000)
Murder in the Sentier (2002)
Murder in the Bastille (2003)
Murder in Clichy (2004)
Murder in Montmartre (2005)
Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis (2007)
Murder in the Rue de Paradis (2008)
Murder in the Latin Quarter (2009)
Murder in the Palais Royal (2010)
CBS IS HAS FINALLY GIVEN AN AIR DATE FOR THE 6TH JESSE STONE MOVIE . . .
JESSE STONE: NO REMORSE, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Tom Selleck, will be broadcast Sunday, May 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Selleck reprises his Emmy-nominated role as Jesse Stone (Jesse Stone: Sea Change) in the sixth installment of the Jesse Stone franchise from Sony Pictures Television. The series includes Stone Cold, Jesse Stone: Night Passage, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, Jesse Stone: Sea Change and Jesse Stone: Thin Ice. The movies are based on characters created by the late Robert B. Parker in the best-selling series of books.
In JESSE STONE: NO REMORSE, Police Chief Jesse Stone, who was suspended by the Paradise, Mass. Town Council, begins moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy, by investigating a series of murders in Boston, leaving Rose and Suitcase to handle a crime spree in Paradise on their own. Jesse pours his energy into his work in an effort to push away his twin demons: booze and women. When his investigation leads to notorious mob boss Gino Fish, Jesse's pursuit becomes hazardous.
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Kathy Baker ("Picket Fences") and Kohl Sudduth ("Grosse Pointe") reprise their roles as Rose Gammon and Luther "Suitcase" Simpson, the only police officers in Paradise. Stephen McHattie ("2012") reprises his role as State Homicide Commander Healy, as does William Devane ("24") as Jesse's psychiatrist, Dr. Dix, and William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption") as Gino Fish. Saul Rubinek ("Warehouse 13") returns as Hasty Hathaway, fresh from a stint in prison, and Krista Allen ("The Starter Wife") joins the cast as Hathaway's ex-wife, Cissy, who never misses an opportunity to tell Jesse she's interested.
A classic literary character, Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers for decades-from his repartee with Dr. Watson and his unparalleled powers of deduction to the settings, themes, and villains of the stories. Now, this friendly guide offers a clear introduction to this beloved figure and his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, presenting new insight into the detective stories and crime scene analysis that have has made Sherlock Holmes famous.
Inside you'll find easy-to-understand yet thorough information on the characters, recurring themes, and locations, and social context of the Sherlock Holmes stories, the relationship of these stories to literature, and the forensics and detective work they feature.
• A plain-English guide that helps you better understand and enjoy this influential literary character.
• Gain insight on these classic Doyle tales-from the classic Hound of the Baskervilles to the lesser-known short stories to Holmes stories written by other mystery writers.
• Explores the appearance of Sherlock Holmes on film, TV, and stage.
• Discusses Holmes today -- from the ever-expanding network of fans worldwide to story locations that fans can visit.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
WORD HAS IT WARNER BROS. IS DUSTING OFF IT’S CLASSIC TV SERIES 77 SUNSET STRIP AND TURNING IT INTO A HIP PERIOD FEATURE.
The series ran for 6 seasons on ABC from October 1958 through February 1964. The show personified cool, from the catchy theme song to the ruggedly handsome detectives – played by Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Roger Smith. Former government agents, they freelanced as private detectives from their stylish offices located between La Cienega and Alta Loma. Though the address doesn’t really exist, the headquarters sat next to the Dean Martin’s nightclub, Dino’s.
The detectives' cars were retrieved by Kookie Kookson (played by Edd Byrnes), a hip valet parking attendant who became a cultural phenomenon and had every kid copying his trademark move of running a comb through his hair.
The series was based on novels and short stories written by producer Roy Huggins, who introduced the character of Stu Bailey in his 1946 novel The Double Take. Huggins, of course, would go on to develop and produce several crime dramas, including The Rockford Files.
WHILE THIS COULD BE COOL, ESPECIALLY IF THE PLAN TO PRODUCE THE FEATURE AS A PERIOD PIECE HOLDS UP, BUT ARE THERE REALLY NO FRESH IDEAS FOR HOLLYWOOD TO TAKE A CHANCE ON – OR IS CHANCE JUST ANOTHER DIRTY WORD IN HOLLYWOOD?