Saturday, July 3, 2010
This week on the show, Koop talks to Otto about Tiki Oasis 10, there are some big acts there once again this year, Brad Parker has been working hard creating some incredible art. Koop also has some great news about the return of a weekender that has been missing in action for a while, and in his regular Ask Koop segment, our congenial host tackles dental hygiene.
Don Tiki ~ Pajama Tops
DJ Bonebrake ~ Bernstein 007
Martin Denny ~ Love Dance -
Eartha Kitt ~ April in Portugal
Abe Lagrimas ~ Everpresent
John Buzon Trio ~ Ill Wind
Buddy Greco-Girl Talk
SG Sound ~ Escapade Velocity
Frank Bennet ~ Pretend We're Dead
Willie Smith ~ Sophisticated Lady
Arthur Lyman ~ Cubana Chant
Janet Seidel ~ Moment To Moment
Hugo Montenegro ~ Come Spy With Me
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HERE'S THE WORD FROM HARD CASE CRIME EDITOR CHARLES ARDAI . . .
The books Max Allan Collins has written for us about the hitman known as Quarry -- THE LAST QUARRY, THE FIRST QUARRY, QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE -- have been some of our most popular. One of them was even turned into a movie, "The Last Lullaby," starring Tom Sizemore as Collins' enigmatic killer.
When October comes around, we'll be adding a new entry to the list: QUARRY'S EX. This one puts Quarry in particularly hot water when, on a job, he runs into one of the few people in the world who know his true identity: his adulterous ex-wife. If you'd like to read the first chapter, you can find it on our Web site: www.HardCaseCrime.com
Want more than a chapter? We're giving away a dozen free advance copies of the book. All you have to do is send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org (including your name and the address you'd like the book mailed to if you're selected). There's just one other thing we're asking this time: if you're chosen, we ask that you post a review somewhere online of one of the OTHER Quarry books -- it can be on your own blog if you have one, it can be a site like Amazon.com or BN.com, it can be anywhere you like. If you've already read the first three Quarry novels, that'll be easy -- just pick your favorite and tell people about it If you haven't read any of them yet, getting one (or all three!) is easy, too: just visit your favorite local or online bookseller.
All entries must be in by 5PM New York time on July 31; only one entry per person, please. Good luck!
Oh, and while I have you: We've also finally posted the first chapter of CHOKE HOLD, Christa Faust's upcoming sequel to MONEY SHOT, on our Web site, and I think you're really going to like it. Just click on the words "CHOKE HOLD" in the list of book titles on our home page, then on "Read A Sample Chapter." We're not holding a drawing for advance copies of this one yet -- but you can still enjoy a taste of what's coming...
And speaking of what's coming: At the end of this month you'll be able to find Brett Halliday's MURDER IS MY BUSINESS, the first appearance of famous detective Mike Shayne in bookstores in a couple of decades. The cover's a brand new painting by long-time Halliday illustrator (and Hard Case Crime favorite) Robert McGinnis, and the book even features a brief introduction from Hollywood screenwriter Shane Black (creator of "Lethal Weapon" and writer/director of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," which Shane based on two Mike Shayne novels).
If even the end of the month is too long for you to wait for some great summer reading, I can't urge you strongly enough to pick up a copy of the book we have in stores now, NOBODY'S ANGEL by Jack Clark. This is the book the Washington Post raved about recently, calling it "a gem" and "just about perfect." The Chicago Sun-Times called it "captivating...heartbreaking," saying "each page turn feels like real, authentic Chicago." And those are just two of the many raves the book has gotten. It's an amazing, amazing book, truly one of the finest we've ever published, and if you haven't read it yet, you should. Go get a copy and settle in for a great read.
Time for one more bit of Coming Attractions? This coming Friday -- July 9th -- is the premiere of Hard Case Crime's first ever TV series, "Haven" on SyFy. It airs at 10PM on Fridays in the U.S.; check your local listings for times and dates if you're in another country. The series is based on our bestselling book of all time, Stephen King's THE COLORADO KID, and I've been fortunate to get to work on it as a writer and producer. Yes, being a SyFy show it contains more supernatural elements that you'd normally associate with Hard Case Crime -- but it's also a mystery show at its core (the main characters are an FBI agent, a cop, and a criminal), and I promise we've got some great stories up our sleeves.
I'll be watching, popcorn in hand, when Friday night rolls around. Won't you join me?
Friday, July 2, 2010
MAX ALLAN COLLINS
COMING IN OCTOBER 2010 FROM HARD CASE CRIME!
Even the enigmatic hit man called Quarry had to start somewhere. And for him that was the day he returned stateside from Nam to find his young wife cheating. He’d killed plenty overseas, so killing her lover was no big deal. And when he was recruited to use his skills as a contract killer, that transition was easy, too. He survived in this jungle as he had in that other one—by expecting trouble.
COVER ART BY GREGORY MANCHESS
Blood ‘n’ Thunder #26 weighs in at 108 pages and is packed with the usual array of articles, departments, illustrations, and advertisements. The Spring 2010 issue begins with a “Convention Corner” update on this year’s PulpFest. “Tricks of the Trade” reprints a 1943 Writer’s Digest article by G. T. Fleming-Roberts, who describes the various gimmicks he used to plot his pulp mystery yarns. “Cliffhanger Classics” presents a beginner’s guide to collecting movie serials, featuring scans of many rare photos and posters. “Adventurous Airwaves” offers the second and final part of a lengthy excerpt from an excellent new book on the Green Hornet radio show, written by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson. It includes newly uncovered publicity photos taken in 1937 with members of the original cast.
Feature articles include “A Chronology of Clubfoot,” in which Daniel J. Neyer exhaustively analyzes the all-but-forgotten series of adventure/espionage novels written in the years between the two World Wars by British author Valentine Williams; “Hopalong Cassidy: Birth of a Legend,” Ed Hulse’s comparison of the first Hoppy movie to the 1910 Clarence E. Mulford novel from which it was adapted; and “Unholy Jitters: Sex and Sadism in the Red Circle Horror Pulps,” reprinted by popular demand from the long out-of-print second issue of BnT. The issue closes with “Seven Doughty Doughs,” a lengthy Arthur Guy Empey novelette reprinted from the January 1931 issue of Battle Stories.
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From the mid-Twentieth Century, when The Spider clashed with Mr. Hyde; The Domino Lady worked with The Black Bat, The Avenger, and Airboy; Batman variously teamed up with The Shadow, Captain America, The Spirit, and Sherlock Holmes; Philip Marlowe had a brush with the Deep Ones and later worked with Sam Spade; The Green Hornet crossed paths with The Shadow; Mandrake the Magician attended The Phantom's wedding; Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, and the Wolf-Man mashed it up; Tarzan battled the Predators and went to Barsoom; James Bond crossed paths with Doc Savage, The Saint, OSS 117, Derek Flint, and U.N.C.L.E.'s Napoleon Solo; Spider-Man and The Thing had cross-time adventures with Doc Savage; the Nyctalope teamed up with Professor Quatermass; Bulldog Drummond combined forces with Richard Hannay for one last adventure; Nero Wolfe, Ellery Queen, Lord Peter, Perry Mason, and Mike Hammer solved a murder; P.I. Chester Drum collided with shamus Shell Scott; Madame Atomos encountered Kato, U.N.C.L.E.'s Mr. Waverly, and Modesty Blaise; Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin met John Steed and Emma Peel, Fu Manchu, Miss Marple, Simon Templar, and Sherlock Holmes; Number 6 took a brief trip with The Doctor; El Santo faced-off against Dracula; Greatheart Silver was involved in a showdown with all the great pulp heroes; Kolchak ran into Barnabas Collins; the Ghostbusters went up against Cthulhu; and Vampirella teamed up with or fought just about everyone…
…To the Twenty-first Century, when Frankenstein's Creature battled Dracula and Mr. Hyde, and traveled to the Lost World; Witchblade and the Darkness joined forces with Vampirella; the worlds of Boston P.I. Spenser, Sheriff Jesse Stone, and detective Sunny Randall came together; Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider, clashed with the Deep Ones; Ash Williams crossed swords with Dracula and Dr. Herbert West; and a modern-day Van Helsing went up against the current incarnation of the Black Coats…
…To the far-flung future, when Spock claimed Holmes as an ancestor and Ishmael flew with the wind whales…
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VOLUME 1: (DAWN OF TIME - 1939) IS STILL AVAILABLE!
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INTRODUCTION BY WILL MURRAY
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WW2 Combat is a fully loaded clip of two fisted, lead blazing Battle Tales!
Action, drama, and even a laugh or two with stories and vignettes showcasing the courage and patriotism of the Greatest Generation.
If you’re a fan of classic TV shows like Combat!, Rat Patrol, and Garrison’s Guerillas then you won’t want to miss this!
Stories from T.J. Glenn, Wayne Skiver, and Norman Stanton.
In a typical musical coincidence, i was recently given two new blues cds featuring female artists. Not my usual listening fare, but i enjoyed both, especially Cyndi Lauper’s as i admire the way she’s survived in the music business on her own constantly reinvented terms . . .
MEMPHIS BLUES ~ CYNDI LAUPER
Cyndi Lauper has never followed trends. Her hits have come despite the oddness of her sounds. However, on the surface Lauper may sound as if she’s channeling Betty Boop, but underneath the performance there is a signature sound and some amazing vocal phrasing.
Now, Lauper has again bucked current pop trends and has immersed herself in the blues – and how the music loves her. With help from B.B. King, Charlie Musslewhite, and Johnny Lang, among others, Lauper really shows her chops. Anyone who has ever underrated her is in for a surprise.
Memphis Blues is a heartfelt, gritty, emotional, full-out blues album. Well beyond the lightweight pop of her early years, Lauper is at the point in her career where she can claim ownership of a continuing artistic legacy. Lauper makes you listen, makes you feel, and on this CD she really makes you feel the blues.
1. I m Just Your Fool (Charlie Musselwhite)
2. Shattered Dreams (Allen Toussaint)
3. Early in the Morning (B.B. King)
4. Romance in the Dark
5. How Blue Can You Get (Jonny Lang)
6. Down Don t Bother Me (Charlie Musselwhite)
7. Don t Cry No More
8. Rollin and Tumblin (Ann Peebles)
9. Down So Low Listen
10. Mother Earth (Allen Toussaint)
11. Cross Roads (Jonny Lang)
12. Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues
BACK TO THE BLUES ~ SUE FOLEY!
Foley has been on the blues scene since the early ‘90s. She is an accomplished guitarist with a voice that sneaks up on you without warning. There are some high points on this CD, which contains a number of outtakes from her earlier efforts, including her cover of Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street, the original Come Play with Me, and Gone Blind, which closes the album on a traditional blues note.
1. Lightnin' Boogie
2. Come On
3. Positively 4th Street
4. If You Think I've Lost You
5. I Feel So Good
7. Me and My Chauffeur Blues
8. Come Play With Me
9. Can't Afford to Do It
10. Make Me a Pallet on the Floor
11. Guitar Rumba
12. The Leading Brand
13. Gone Blind
If you are into the blues or have them, both these CDs will fit your needs.
CAN ANYBODY TELL ME WHAT THE WOMAN ON THE ABOVE ALBUM COVER HAS JUST FINISHED DOING?
YOU GOTTA LOVE THE ‘50s . . .
THANKS TO KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ FOR THIS COOL DOWNLOAD . . .
Milt Buckner's Hammond organ style and sound is quite different from others who followed in his footsteps. His choppy two-hand chord approach, thorny and biting sound and his regular usage of a bass player identified him as a raw industrialist coming from the Midwest hearths of St. Louis and Detroit. Buckner has largely been ignored as a pioneer of the organ in the '50s. He actually came out of the swing era as a pianist and sometimes cocktail lounge performer who was able to straddle the line between popular sounds of the day and more riveting and substantive jazz.
The sessions from "Send Me Softly" are distinctly more cocktail or martini induced than his usual ale or stout style.
01) Someone Else's Love
02) All Or Nothing At All
03) You're My Girl
04) Idle Gossip
06) When Sunny Gets Blue
01) Easy Come, Easy Go Lover
02) Irresistible You
03) Our Engagement Day
04) Let Me Love You
05) Lullaby Of The Leaves
06) You Are My Love
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
As the World Cup brings us the drama of the quarter finals this weekend (the clashing of styles, Brazil vs. Netherlands, Germany vs. Argentina, it doesn’t get much more dramatic), I wanted to weigh in on my favorite collection of football/soccer short stories – For Whom The Ball Rolls by renown soccer journalist Ian Plenderleith.
Plenderleith is a master of crafting entertaining, offbeat tales, often a web of coincidences and circumstances leading to a punch line delivered with the precision of a world class striker.
FOR WHOM THE BALL ROLLS
The ex-pro sitting in front of the TV, interminably replaying the last moment of his career; the political activist who’s struggling to concentrate on a seminar because he knows a vital international match is being shown in the bar; the failed, alcoholic actor who reflects on life from inside the club mascot; the quiet left-back who never speaks to any teammates . . . Ian Plenderleith gets inside the heads of all his characters and finds one thing in common: that football is, for the most part, the be-all and end-all.
But also in this collection is a set of stories that proves life does exist away from the square acre of turf and that Plenderleith is an adept chronicler of the lives of the mad, the aging, and the averagely dysfunctional . . .
Whether about football or just everyday life, the stories in For Whom The Ball Rolls make up a wonderful, understated and gritty first collection from one of When Saturday Comes regular contributors
These are stories that bring out the passion, fears, hopes and failures known to all true footie fans, while also capturing the sheer joy and importance of the game’s meaning to so many people – not the trophies and final results, but how the game influences the everyday life of everyday people.
I DIDN’T KNOW PULP AND SURFIN’ COULD BE COMPATIBLE, BUT IN THE NOIR WORLD ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE . . .
THIS COOL DOWNLOAD IS FROM FAT CITY CIGAR LOUNGE . . .
Let's get the party started with Pulp Surfin'. You get old school & modern surf groups, and a keen variety of novelty tunes and straight out surf instrumentals. Some of the coolest highlights include Bobby Fuller's raw take on "Miserlou," The Blue Hawaiians' cover of Penetration" (trivia note: for you Spongebob fans, the cool instrumentals in the cartoons are often The Blue Hawaiians!), and "Intoxica" by The Centurions. The piece that wins me over, above everything else, is Eden Ahbez's spoken prose "Full Moon," a celebration of his solitary earthy lifestyle. If his name does not ring a bell, Eden Ahbez is best known for penning the song "Nature Boy" that was made famous by Nat King Cole, and has been covered by many vocalists since then. The cover is a neat homage to the Pulp Fiction movie poster, and despite the title "Pulp Surfing," its contents go far beyond surf music.
1. Pipeline - Lively Ones
2. Ft. Lauderdale - Impacts
3. Pintor - Pharos
4. Ultimate Wave - Eddie Day
5. Nite Prowler - Deuce Coupes
6. In My Moondreams - Brian Wilson
7. Bengazi - Insect Surfers
8. Letter From Jeepers - Frank Zappa
9. Penetration - Blue Hawaiians
10. Monte Carlo Nights - Tiki Gods
11. Jacques Cousteau - Young Jacques
12. The Lonely Dragster - Bobby Fuller Four
13. Surfer Girl - Sentinals
14. Rumble - Link Wray
15. A Shot In The Dark - Boardwalkers
16. Intoxica - Centurians
17. Full Moon - Eden Ahbez
18. Misirlou (Live) - Bobby Fuller Four
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COMING SOON TO A HONDA DEALER NEAR YOU . . .
In 1936, Shōnen Club magazine published an illustrated article entitled “World Transportation Invention Competition,” which took a look at the future of transportation.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD
WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON
A universal fairy tale, not linked to any particular country or culture, but showing the point of the old tales - to teach you to watch out ...for the real monsters.
What kind of a place is it?
Why it's an old town in a new time, can't you tell?
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JESS WILLIS OVER AT SFF AUDIO GIVE TELLS US AUDIBLE.COM IS OFFERING ANY ONE OF FIFTY AUDIOBOOKS TO AUDIBLE.COM ACCOUNT HOLDERS. HERE’S THE TEXT . . .
Welcome to Audible.com’s Summer FREE Audiobook Giveaway! We’re offering some of the season’s top titles, along with a number of our best-sellers, absolutely free with no strings attached. This is your best opportunity to try an audiobook absolutely free and kick-start your summer with a great book. Choose 1 FREE audiobook on us. There is no credit card required to participate. This event ends July 2, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST.
I ESTABLISHED AN AUDIBLE ACCOUNT A WHILE BACK WHEN THEY WERE OFFERING OTHER FREE BOOKS. I JUST WENT BACK IN TO CHECK OUT THE CURRENT FREE BOOK OFFER AND HAD NO PROBLEMS GETTING THE DOWNLOAD WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED . . .
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis, the one true king will arise. The King Arthur myth gets dramatically retold through the eyes of street hustler King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers, gangbangers and the monsters lurking within them to do the right thing. From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis, the one true king will arise. The King Arthur myth gets dramatically retold through the eyes of street hustler King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers, gangbangers and the monsters lurking within them to do the right thing. Broaddus' debut is a stunning, edgy work, genuinely unlike anything you've ever read.
Meet Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie. Meet Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie. His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis. This place has always been ruled by the vampire lords. Now they're planning to destroy the city. Over his dead body. More pulp than Pulp Fiction, more butt-kicking than Buffy, Nekropolis is the first in a deathly new series.
Meet Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie. His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis. Book two of the Nekropolis series sends Matt Richter out on another deathly adventure. More pulp than Pulp Fiction, more butt-kicking than Buffy, Dead Streets is the second in this deathly new series.
HERE'S THE WORD FROM EDITOR CHARLES ARDAI . . .
As promised, Gabriel Hunt's new adventure has finally landed in bookstores all across the continent: HUNT AMONG THE KILLERS OF MEN, co-authored with Hollywood screenwriter and award-winning novelist David J. Schow. In it's review, Booklist magazine called the book "very entertaining" and Hunt himself "a great character." What more could you want in your summer reading? High adventure in the streets of Shanghai? Bare-knuckle brawling? A speedboat chase in which our hero smashes through the wall of a floating restaurant? You'll get all that and more.
Want an extra inducement to pick up a copy? Well, if you pick one up before the end of July and e-mail us a photo of yourself reading it, we'll e-mail you an advance copy (in pdf format) of the upcoming sixth novel in the Hunt series, HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB, co-authored by James Bond novelist Raymond Benson.
Will NAPOLEON'S WEB really be Gabriel's final adventure? Well...maybe not. After all, didn't Sean Connery teach us to never say "never again"? But it will definitely be the last one for a while -- Gabriel has turned out six novels in just 18 months, which is a pretty ferocious pace for anyone, even someone with a crew of crack ghostwriters helping out. So don't miss this chance to get an early taste of what will be the climactic Hunt yarn...at least for now.
If you want to get your advance copy of NAPOLEON'S WEB, just e-mail your photo to:
Finally, a reminder about my own latest adventure: At 10PM on Friday, July 9th -- a week from this Friday as I write this -- my new TV series "Haven" debuts on SyFy. It's loosely based on THE COLORADO KID, the book Stephen King wrote for Hard Case Crime, and I'm fortunate enough to be one of the show's writers and producers. It's a fun show with great characters; I hope you'll give it a try. Who knows? You might find yourself hooked.
But first, get yourself a copy of HUNT AMONG THE KILLERS OF MEN. Priorities, people.
WHEN REAL LIFE IS STRANGER THAN FICTION . . .
A 28-year-old divorcee with a swanky New York address and Russian roots is emerging as a real-life Bond girl in what the FBI describes as a more than decade-long spy ring allied to Moscow.
Anna Chapman, who reportedly has a master's degree in economics and runs her own $2 million online real estate business, is one of 10 alleged Russian spies who appeared in federal court Monday. The FBI says she's part of a long-term, deep-cover espionage network trying to infiltrate U.S. policy-making circles and collect information for Moscow.
Her Facebook page's address contains the more Russian first name "Anya" instead of the Americanized "Anna" and is adorned with glamorous, suggestive self-portraits. Many of them are being republished today in the tabloids, with captions calling Chapman a "femme fatale" with a "Victoria's Secret body."
One of her status updates from January says, "When you speak the truth, you don't have to remember it." Another says, "My new Mac has been the buy of the year. ... Love it!"
That's likely the same Macintosh laptop referenced in an 18-page court document unsealed Monday, in which the FBI alleges that Chapman sat in a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and sent secret information to Russian agents in a van passing by outside, using a short-range wireless network.
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THE LA TIMES BLOG HAS A SHORT PIECE UPDATING THE STATE OF THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. MOVIE IN A POSITIVE MANNER . . .
Now, U.N.C.L.E. is picking up more speed – of a sort. Borenstein has turned in his script (which is said to be a commercial action thriller with some comedic touches, but not the other way around) and the studio likes it and wants to move forward, according to sources. But Dobkin, it turns out, will only produce, not direct, which has led the studio to intensify its search for a director.
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Zephyr Hollis is an underfed, overzealous social activist who teaches night school to the underprivileged of the Lower East Side. Strapped for cash, Zephyr agrees to help a student, the mysterious Amir, who proposes she use her charity worker cover to bring down a notorious vampire mob boss. What he doesn’t tell her is why. Soon enough she’s tutoring a child criminal with an angelic voice, dodging vampires high on a new blood-based street drug, and trying to determine the real reason behind Amir’s request — not to mention attempting to resist his dark, inhuman charm.
To promote Gilstrap’s second Jonathan Grave thriller, Hostage Zero, Amazon is featuring a free download of the first book in the series, No Mercy.
No Mercy introduces PI Jonathan Grave. Much like Bruce Wayne, Grave is single and rich, uses expensive gadgets and has a vigilante alter ego. No names. No feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates.
As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done – especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood – and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret . . . someone rich and powerful . . . someone willing to capture, torture, and kill anyone to get it. Even the people he loves most . . .
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Monday, June 28, 2010
While considered espionage in only the broadest sense of the term, Knight & Day, will still be a satisfying romp for those fans of the genre who get it.
So, what’s to get? Basically, for all its goffiness, Knight & Day is a sophisticated spoof – the stunts are just over the top enough for those savvy enough in the audience to realize that’s exactly what they are supposed to be – none of it is supposed to be believable, and the sooner a viewer realize that fact, the sooner they can sit back and enjoy the ride.
The film brings this attitude into focus when Cameron Diaz’ character gets out of focus while drugged. The audience gets to see the action from her point of view, which means, as she fades in and out, we get to see all of the jepoardy, but none of the brilliant escapes – it’s a cinamatic conceit that works exceptionally well for those willing to go along.
Both my wife and I went along – happily. Knight & Day is great escapist fare. The fact some of it doesn’t make a speck of sense doesn’t matter. The stunts are cool, the chemistry and dialogue between Cruise and Diaz is funny, and Diaz’ role actually has a character arc that brings the story full circle.
Go see it for a summer fun ride.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
HERE’S THE WORD FROM MAST PULP ILLUSTRATOR FRACESCO FRANCAVILLA . . .
A couple of years ago I was commissioned to do a cover for a GN, THE BROADCAST, written & drawn by the talented Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon. This GN is finally gonna be out in stores this August so I can reveal the cover art (below).
Since the cover was done some time ago, I thought to draw something just for this Pulp Sunday post, and the result is the above illustration (which I hope you'll dig).
WHAT'S THE BROADCAST ABOUT?
A rural Indiana town loses power halfway through Orson Welles’ WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast having never learned the infamous radio play is a hoax. Now, fearing the worst is upon them, four diverse families band together in an effort to make it through the night. But tensions build as differences surface, and it isn’t long before everyone involved begins to realize they have as much to fear from each other as they do the “alien invasion” heading their way.
The book is 180 pages and costs only $13.99.
Enjoy and have a wonderful Pulp Sunday everyone :)
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Mel Odom, author extrodinaire – actually storyteller extrodinaire, which is even cooler – has just start a new blog where he intends to discuss writing fiction and the processes he uses to get words on paper.
Mel not only practice what he teaches, turning out book after book – not quite at the same pace as James Reasoner or Robert Randisi, but close – but he also shares his knowledge with his students at the University of Oklahoma. Now he’s sharing with the rest of us.
I like Mel because he has many of the same nitch interests as me, but also because I admire his straight forward wordsmithing along with his abilty to clearly deconstruct the process.
TO CHECK OUT HIS ON WRITING FICTION BLOG CLICK HERE
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL TO BONESHAKER . . .
Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Mercy sets out toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she’ll catch a train over the Rockies and—if the telegram can be believed—be greeted in Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her father in Seattle.
Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.
What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated west, so Mercy can’t imagine why they’re so interested. Perhaps the mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has something to do with it?
Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she’ll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Dreadnought alive.
“I only know one man who might be able to tell me where I come from, and that man is a liar and a fraud.”
As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.
It’s a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as “The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.” But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.
When Floyd stages an elaborate plot to revive Corenwalders’ belief in the mythical swamp-dwellers known as the feechiefolk, he overshoots the mark. Floyd’s Great Feechie Scare becomes widespread panic. Eager audiences become angry mobs, and in the ensuing chaos, the Charlatan’s Boy discovers the truth that has evaded him all his life—and will change his path forever.
A COLLECTION BY RJURIK DAVIDSON
Visit the fantastic metropolis of Caeli-Amur, where rival Houses of thaumaturgists-half scientist, half magician--battle one another in vendetta, espionage, and murder, ruthlessly employing philosopher-assassins: killers weighed down one minute by deep thought, uplifted the next by pure ecstasy. Enter the totalitarian city of Varenis, whose librarians every week consign thousands of forbidden books to obscure shelves, in halls haunted by dead writers, half-ghost, half-demon...
Voyage to an alternate post-World War Two Australia, whose vast inland sea has made her one of the world's Great Powers; there, in a Melbourne colossal beyond conception, criminals, communists, and government agents weave shadowy conspiracies only a weary veteran private eye can hope to penetrate. And holiday in a French resort whose cinema offers patrons fugitive glimpses of their countless possible futures, torturing them with hope, exhilarating them with despair...
In this collection, PS Publishing presents the short works of a powerful, exciting new voice in SF and fantasy: Rjurik Davidson, whose protagonists wander dark cities of dreams, ravished by love and tormented by destiny...
These are the visions of Rjurik Davidson: cogently atmospheric, psychologically profound, boundlessly imaginative.
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From the internationally bestselling author who brought us Ender’s Game, a brand-new series that instantly draws readers into the world of Rigg, a teenager who possesses a secret talent that allows him to see the paths of people’s pasts.
Rigg’s only confidant is his father, whose sudden death leaves Rigg completely alone, aside from a sister he’s never met. But a chance encounter with Umbo, another teen with a special talent, reveals a startling new aspect to Rigg’s abilities, compelling him to reevaluate everything he’s ever known.
Rigg and Umbo join forces and embark on a quest to find Rigg’s sister and discover the true depth and significance of their powers. Because although the pair can change the past, the future is anything but certain . . .
ON OF MY FAVORITE BLOG STOPS, PULP INTERNATIONAL, ALWAYS GIVES US SOMETHING TANTALIZING FROM YEARS PAST . . . IN THIS CASE THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER'S SCOOP ON SINATRA'S BAD BEHAVIOR . . .
National Enquirer published this week in 1964, with a story about Frank Sinatra and his anger issues. The Enquirer, in detailing instances when Sinatra lost his temper, had numerous examples from which to choose—he once beat Frederick Weisman with a telephone, dumped hot coffee on a casino manager, and shoved a woman through a plate glass window. Except for getting his front teeth knocked out on one occasion, Sinatra suffered no consequences from his behavior—he was simply too powerful, and nobody wanted to get on his bad side.
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REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR TO CINEMA RETRO, DEAN BRIERLY, IS BLOWING THE DOORS OFF THE CINEMATIC CRIME PANTHEON OF TWO SPECIFIC DECADES – THE ‘50s AND THE ‘60s – BOTH RIPE WITH FANTASTIC CRIME FILM FODDER.
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THE YOUNG BOND DOSSIER HAS THE LATEST SCOOP ON THE NEW PROJECT X BOND NOVEL COMING IN 2011 FROM NEWLY MINTED BOND AUTHOR JEFFREY DEAVER . . .
First off, Deaver’s 007 will be a young Bond. Deaver confirmed that Project X will be a contemporary “reboot” and will feature a James Bond somewhere around 28-30 years of age. “We haven’t exactly settled on an age yet,” he says. Born in the 1980s, Bond will be a veteran of the Afghan War (Operation Herrick) and part of an elite new double-oh section. Fans on the CBn forums have tagged this new Bond, X-Bond.
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