Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Reviewed by Marvin Lachman: BILL CRIDER – Too Late to Die.

I Miss the Old Days

Space Shuttle Discovery First Launched 30 Years Ago

10 Incredible Facts About Ernest Hemingway

10 Incredible Facts About Ernest Hemingway

Song of the Day

Jungle Love- Steve Miller Band - YouTube:

Lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory published

Lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory published

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Houston the Top City for Rising Credit Card Debt

Today's Vintage Ad


I Want to Believe!

First-ever Yeti footprint photos could fetch almost $5000 at London auction  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

What Does Your State Buy the Most of on eBay?

What Does Your State Buy the Most of on eBay?

Will the Persecution Never End?

Paris Hilton Uses The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge To Further Awareness Of Her Existence  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

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Damon Drake, Seduced!, Merit Books, 1960

This Isn't about Those Twinkies from 1968 that You Found in the Back of Your Cupboard

11 of the Oldest Snack Foods We're Still Eating

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (August 30th)

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (August 30th)

Professor to Students: Don't Email Me!

Professor to Students: Don't Email Me! 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

We Take it All Back, THIS is the Worst First Pitch of the Season 

Happy Birthday to Allen Crider!

I'll bet that truck is in our attic even now.

Friday, August 29, 2014

I Want to Believe!

Pennsylvania woman sees UFO — cops see it too

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Moorhead machete, baseball bat attack linked to eBay sale

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

Mind Prison - Kindle edition by Dave Zeltserman. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Do you think you'll be able to guess the shocking ending of MIND PRISON? 

In this mind-bending mix of science fiction and noir, a renowned scientist, Dr. Graham Winston, is developing an ingenious and, some might say, horrifying technology that will revolutionize prison. He's close to a breakthrough, except that he finds himself distracted by his beautiful mistress... and thoughts of murder.

Did Game of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin Have a Hand in Creating Chewbacca?

Did Game of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin Have a Hand in Creating Chewbacca?

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

And keep off her lawn!

85-Year-Old Woman, aka "No Soul", Pleads Guilty to Ordering Hit on Prosecutors

Song of the Day

merle haggard - are the good times really over Lyrics - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend (August 29 - 30 - 31)

Forgotten Hits: 50 Years Ago This Weekend (August 29 - 30 - 31)

Today's Vintage Ad


Frankenstein exhibition: how the monster changed shape

Frankenstein exhibition: how the monster changed shape

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Andrew Shaw (Lawrence Block), $20 Lust, Nightstand, 1961

Lefty Unavailable for Comment

MiamiHerald.com: Pancho — a 12-foot, 300-pound American crocodile that has made its home in the backyard waters of the exclusive Gables by the Sea community— is on the run.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Fort Mill woman accuses boyfriend of assault with watermelon   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Did You Know? 25 Tidbits from Vintage Cigarette Cards

Did You Know? 25 Tidbits from Vintage Cigarette Cards 

I Miss the Old Days

Paper Dresses and Psychedelic Catsuits: When Airline Fashion Was Flying High  

Link via Boing Boing.

Library Cake: Literature Has Never Been So Delicious

Library Cake: Literature Has Never Been So Delicious 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

The One and Only Jeopardy Contestant to Truly Understand the Internet

Vintage Treasures: Horrors Unknown, edited by Sam Moskowitz

Vintage Treasures: Horrors Unknown, edited by Sam Moskowitz

Vintage Treasures: Big Planet by Jack Vance

 Vintage Treasures: Big Planet by Jack Vance

Forgotten Books: My Gun, Her Body (Dinah for Danger) -- Jeff Bogard (Leslie Bernard)

This is one of the books I bought at Kayo Books when I was in San Francisco.  I bought it because I liked the title and the cover, and I should have known better than to read it.  But I couldn't resist.

Jeff Bogar is a house name used by several of the residents of the Mushroom Jungle.  In this case, it's being used by Leslie Barnard, according to this website.  

Jeff Bogar is also the name of the detective in this novel, which is set in Florida.  I don't know if Leslie Barnard was ever in Florida, and the setting is indeed a lot like Florida as imagined by someone in Britain.  There are occasional Britishisms throughout the text, so I suppose the editors at Lion Books didn't really do much editing but instead just reprinted the British edition just as it appeared when it was called Dinah for Danger.  I have to admit that I like the U.S. title better.  

The story's nothing special.  A private-eye's looking for a reporter who's disappeared while working on a big story.  Bogar gets beaten up and dragged to the swamps. Or maybe he gets dragged to the swamps and beaten up.  I forget the order.  He vows revenge.  He gets it.  Dinah finally shows up, and there's a bit of a twist, but nothing surprising.  I wish I could say the book was fun in its goofy way, but it wasn't.  Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, but for now I'm pretty well convinced that it deserves to be forgotten.  Except for the title and the cover, of course.  Those are great.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Movie Novelizations: They Still Exist

Movie Novelizations: They Still Exist, and With Good Reason: Studio interference, zero royalties, a lack of acclaim. Adapting books based on movies can be thankless work, but the authors who write them deserve your respect.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Mom Clobbers Man In Iowa Following Toaster Pastry Incident 

The Perfect Coed -- Judy Alter

We all know that nobody's perfect.  Sometimes even the people who look perfect or who their parents think are perfect are the ones who wind up dead in the trunk of someone's car.  That's what happens to Missy Jackson in The Perfect Coed.  The car belongs to Susan Hogan, who teaches in the English Department at Oak Grove University.  Susan would much rather be working on her proposed book about Zane Grey than having to deal with being accused of murder, but things get worse: someone tries to kill her.  Amateur sleuthing ensues.

So does professional sleuthing, and since Susan is involved with Jake Phillips, the chief of the campus police, there's a certain amount of conflict about her trying to solve the mystery.  Another complication is the arrival of Susan's Aunt Jenny, who's confident from the first that she knows who the killer is.  There are other coeds who are in the mix, too, because something's going on, something slightly sinister that the women won't talk about to anyone.

I mentioned that I got a kick out of the academic hijinks in The Skeleton Takes a Bow, and the same is true here.  The shenanigans and maneuvers involving tenure are all too realistic (and funny if you're not involved in them), and some of the things about the students reminded me very much of my classroom days.

Susan is a prickly character, and she doesn't put up with any guff from her male colleagues, the cops, or even Jake.  Aunt Jenny is funny and a great cook.  I have a feeling all these characters will be returning for a sequel, so you'll want to pick this one up now before you get behind.  You won't regret it.

Back to School: The 70s vs. Today

Back to School: The 70s vs. Today  

Link via Boing Boing.

Song of the Day

The Crest - Sixteen Candles - YouTube:

Talmadge Gough, R. I. P.

WJRT – Flint, MI: FLINT (WJRT) - (08/27/14) - An original member of the doo-wop group the Crests has died in Mid-Michigan.  

Talmadge Gough was part of one of the first interracial singing groups of the '50's. 

The Crests' "Sixteen Candles" sold more than 1 million copies and climbed to the number two spot on the charts.

10 Forgotten Battles That Shaped History

10 Forgotten Battles That Shaped History 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Is that you, Sid?

Human Skull Donated to Goodwill Store in Texas

Today's Vintage Ad


A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Ed Gorman's blog: HALF IN LOVE WITH ARTFUL DEATH by Bill Crider

The Ghost Hotels of the Catskills

The Ghost Hotels of the Catskills

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Don Elliott (Robert Silvergerg), Expense Account Sinners, Nightstand, 1961

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Bigfoot Update

Bigfoot turns angry in new trailer for 'EXISTS'

50 Awesome Facts (About Everything) -- And More

50 Awesome Facts (About Everything)

And more:  50 More Awesome Facts (About Everything)

Hadrian Unavailable for Comment

Roman toilet seat unearthed near Hadrian's Wall

Forgotten Music

10 Artists You Didn't Realize Were One-Hit Wonders