Sunday, November 30, 2008

How Do We Feel About Biopics?

Ali Karim reading.

We saw MILK last week and I loved it. Thought Sean Penn did an incredible job of bringing the sweetness and earnestness that was Harvey Milk alive. All the supporting roles were filled well, especially the amazing Josh Brolin as Dan White.
They did a great job of integrating newsreels with new footage. I laughed; I cried.

You can imagine my dismay when neither my husband nor daughter much liked the film. Their principle complaint was that it was a typical biopic that refused to see the subject in anything but black and white. That the film ticked off the events of his last years in a dull fashion. That only the scenes with Dan White skulking around excited them.

So tell me what biopics have done a good job. I think MILK did. What others come to mind?


Grandfather Phil reading.

I just read Henry Louis Gates' remembrance of his grandfather in the New Yorker and it got me thinking about mine. My paternal grandparents were both dead when I came on the scene since my father was the third youngest in a family with nineteen kids.

But my maternal grandfather was around for my first 12 years, dying of a massive heart attack on the way home from seeing Please Don't Eat the Daisies at the Keswick movie theater in Glenside, PA. He crashed his car into their apartment building. I was watching a rerun of Twilight Zone when we got the news on a hot July night-- the episode where Burgess Meredith loses his glasses. When the phone rang, I knew it was bad news.

I adored my grandfather. He listened to me when no one else did. We had long talks every Saturday while my brother was in the doctor's office getting allergy shots. He gave me my first record player along with my first album, Gigi. He and my grandmother took me to my first movie, Daddy Longlegs. He taught me how to pump a swing.

My grandfather ate a small dish of canned petite soeur peas every night with his dinner. He always sat on the floor if he had a choice. He was an architect, but I dreamily convinced myself that he would have preferred to be a drummer, which he was until he married my grandmother. He collected four-leaf clover and stamps. He was an architect on the Cathedral of Learning building in Pittsburgh. He wore Bermuda shorts and sandals whenever he could.

What do you remember about your grandfather(s)? And if they're still alive, what will you remember?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Aging Writer

Unknown man reading.

There's an interesting article in the AARP Magazine about writing. John Updike looks at the positive and negative aspects of being an elderly writer. You can find it right here if you're lucky enough not to be over fifty and don't receive receive the publication.

One of the negative issues of aging has just begun to hit me. The occasional inability to come up with a word I want to use. The other day, it took me several minutes to come up with the word alibi. Scary, huh? That's a pretty basic word that must have been in my vocabulary for almost my entire life.

Unlike Updike though, I don't have much desire to write stories about senility or death. If I remember correctly, Updike's first novel was about the elderly, THE POORHOUSE FAIR, so perhaps this has always been a particular concern of his. No, I don't want to write about the kind of death that comes with old age. I look at these issues on a daily basis with my parents and come to the PC to think about other things.

I know it's not easy to be a young writer today. But the hardest thing to be is old in years but young in experience or credentials. Do you shy away from reading books about older people? When was the last time you wrote about one?

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Summing Up, Friday, November 28, 2008

Naomi Hirahara reading.

If you are reading this and would like to write a review of a forgotten book sometime soon, please contact me. I try to come up with a few new names every week, but I may have missed yours. Or I may have tried to contact you and failed. It would be very nice if you got in touch with me.

Be sure to check out Paul Bishop who I unintentionally omitted today.

Forgotten Books for Friday, November 28, 2008

Paul Bishop, Casca-The Eternal Mercenary, Barry Sadler
Robin Burcell, "The Death In" books by M.M. Kaye
David Cranmer, The Big Westerner: A Max Brand Biography, Robert Easton
Bill Crider, Hardman#1 Atlanta Deathwatch, Ralph Dennis
Chris, Garfield at Large, Jim Davis
Gary Dobbs, Get Carter, Ted Lewis
Martin Edwards, The Girl Who Loved Crippen, Ursula Bloom
Charles Gramlich, The Secret of the Martian Moons, Donald A. Wolheim
Lesa Holstine, Pierre Chambrun series by Hugh Pentecost
Ali Karim, Salem's Lot, (The Illustrated Version) Stephen King
Dana Kaye, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Chris Knopf, The Grifters, Jim Thompson
Terrie F. Moran, My Antonia, Willa Cather
Edward Pettit, The Quaker City or The Monks of Monks Hall, George Lippard
James Reasoner, To Tame a Land, Louis L'Amour
Kerrie Smith, The Council of Justice, Edgar Wallace
Barrie Summy, The Nero Wolfe books, Rex Stout

Friday's Forgotten Books, November 28, 2008

Christa Faust in a bed of books.

Robin Burcell, an FBO-trainsed forsensic artist is the author of the Anthony Award winning SFPD Homicide Inspector, Kate Gillespie novels, which include Every Move She Makes and Cold Case. Her upcoming novel Face of a Killer debuts this month.
,e of -trained forensic artist, has worked in law enforcement for
The DEATH IN...books by M.M. Kaye. DEATH IN CYPRUS,

DEATH IN KENYA, etc., etc.  I love this series, and
I think it may very well have been the
beginning of my love of mysteries.( Agatha Christie fans
who have not yet read Kaye's series may very well find
a hidden gem.) Though but a handful of books in the series,
each story takes a trip to a far away land, bringing intrigue
into exotic settings. Kaye's characters are excellent,
no cardboards here. (But then she is a master, having
penned the wonderful historicals of SHADOW OF THE MOON
and THE FAR PAVILLIONS. Unfortuntately, the ultra
success of
the latter two novels, IMHO, have caused her excellent mystery
series to be overlooked. Lucky for any new readers, the books have been
reprinted within the last five years, so are relatively easy to find.

Dana Kaye is a freelance writer and book critic based in Chicago. Her work has
appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, Crimespree Magazine,
Curve Magazine, Windy City Times and others. Her short story, “Running Back”
is featured in a new anthology, SIN.
For reviews, writing advice and other musings, check out her blog:

Published by MTV Books/Pocket Books
February, 1999

When asked to review a forgotten book, I immediately thought back to high school.
And if there was one book that completely defined my high school experience
(and many people’s high school experiences) it’d be PERKS. Told through letters to
a nameless recipient, Charlie’s story is both humorous and heartbreaking, universal
and unique. He’s a smart kid with minimal social skills, who, in high school, finally
finds a small group of friends, ones that listen to punk music and attend The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
As Charlie goes on first dates, smokes first cigarettes, learns secrets about his family and secrets
about his friends, he documents everything in the letters. Chbosky’s writing is honest, unapologetic,
and is perhaps the most truthful look at the most traumatic and influential time in a kid’s life:
Freshman Year.

Edward Pettit is a freelance book reviewer whose reviews have appeared in publications such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune and the Philadelphia City Paper. He had written extensively on George Lippard and Edgar Allan Poe, instigating the so-called Poe Wars. Find him at

THE QUAKER CITY, or the Monks of Monk Hall by George Lippard.

In the Fall of 1844, a young Philadelphia journalist, George Lippard, began a weekly serial
in the one of the city's newspapers. The story, entitled The Quaker City; or, the Monks of Monk Hall, was such a hit that when published became the best-selling novel in America until until Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

The Quaker City is a chaotic novel, set in Philadelphia in 1842. It's sprawling,
sensationalistic plot hinges on the evil denizens of a secret club, The Monks of Monk Hall,
who gather every night in a decrepit mansion in the Southwark section of the city.
But inside the walls of this house lurk all the horrors of the modern age. Vice and crime, rape and murder are perpetrated on a nightly basis. Monk Hall contains a tower and has three levels
below its ground floor, including a crypt, and, deepest of all, a dark pit, into which bodies
fall through trap doors, never to be seen again. Lippard takes all of the conventions of the
gothic novel, all of them— a decaying castle/mansion chock full of secret, labyrinthine passages,
trap doors and underground pits for prisoners, cackling torturers, sorcerers, innocent damsels
about to be ravished, evil "monks"— but doesn't give them the usual medieval setting for a gothic novel. Instead, he drops them right down in the midst of an urban Philadelphia in 1842.
Characters not only plot murder and are, in turn, murdered, but even the living walk
around with death-like visages, pallid lips, vacant stares, driven mad by the madness
that spirals around them. Philadelphia is a city of night, under a sky of doom.
Lippard writes about “Death-Angels, sent forth to dip their raven wings in blood.”
And then there is Devil-Bug, the monstrous porter of Monk Hall, a huge, misshapen,
troll-like man, who guards the door and the secrets of the club. Lippard paints him as a
vivid grotesque creation of "Satanic majesty" with a Quasimodo-like face, prodigious strength and wicked cunning. No one fools Devil-Bug and few survive his wrath.

The central plot of the novel concerns the rape of a young society girl, Mary, by a rich ne'er do well of the city, Gustavus Lorrimer. Lippard based this story on a sensational murder that had electrified the city just a year before, in 1843. Mahlon Heberton, a young man from a wealthy family in Philadelphia, had seduced (the 19th century euphemism for rape) another young girl of a reputable family, Sarah Mercer. When Sarah's brother, Singleton, found out, he hunted Mahlon down, finally catching him on a ferry escaping to Camden. Mercer fired four shots
at Heberton; the first probably killed him. The trial of Singleton Mercer made news across the country; it was a blockbuster media event of its time. And most surprising is that Mercer was acquitted of all charges. Such was the heinousness of Heberton's crime against Sarah, the jury found Mercer justified in taking action.

Lippard changes the names of the protagonists in his novel, but the bare bones of the story
are the same and his audience recognized the players in The Quaker City. However, Lippard
hasn't created a simple story of good guys and bad guys dueling over a pretty damsel in distress. His heroine continues to love her seducer, even after she has been disgraced and scorned by him. The brother in the novel is complicit in his own sister's seduction (although he doesn't know her identity at first) and has himself

The Quaker City was well-read, but also sorely criticized as lascivious, lurid entertainment,
the pornography of its day. And truth be told, Lippard never misses an opportunity to describe
a naked, heaving, snowy bosom, the more plump the better. According to one critic in 1849,
Lippard was either a "constellated lamp of learning" or a "brilliant satellite of sin." Lippard saw himself as the a firebrand, exposing corruption of all stripes, was branded the corrupting influence.

At the center of The Quaker City, Devil-Bug, who has been beset for years by hallucinations
of his murder victims, has a dream-vision, a waking-dream of the apocalypse. He envisions the city of Philadelphia in the far-off, future year of 1950, in which he stands in the ruins Independence Hall. A monstrous royal palace is rising next to it. The greed, corruption and vice have slowly created a Sodom of Philadelphia. A fleet of coffins come floating down the Delaware River, the corpses rising in them to point their accusing fingers at the city before clashing together in a thunderous naval bone-battle. The earth trembles, blood flows in the streets, the dead rise from their graves and all is lost.

Crime and zombies? You can’t beat that.

More forgotten books:

Terrie F. Moran
Charles Gramlich
Kerrie Smith
Bill Crider
Martin Edwards
Paul Bishop

James Reasoner
David Cranmer
Gary Dobbs
Lesa Holstine
Barrie Summy
Ali Karim
Chris Knopf

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for all of you among other things.

P.S. Let me know if you have a forgotten book for tomorrow. With the holiday, I'm not sure. Thanks.

PPS. Oh, and send me your picture. I'm running low.I want every one of you up here.

PPPS. And I am thankful for my husband who sees me in here and doesn't say a word.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

TOWER, Ken Bruen and Reed Coleman

Check out Busted Flush Press' blog for a teaser about TOWER, a joint effort from Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman due out next year.


Spencer reading Spencer (with the help of Daddy Quertermous).


I saw this movie for the first time this week. A couple of observations. The first and last scenes are brilliant, eerily setting the tone and then bringing it full circle. The pace was strangely slow--people even moved slowly. It was almost reminiscent of zombie movies. There was an ethereal quality-was it the lighting? Sometimes it looked sharp and other times so fuzzy. The barking dogs, the foggy night, the sycophantic nurse, the basement operating room, the balletic but disfigured daughter, the caged birds and dogs all were used to great effect. I think I'm going to like this movie even more tomorrow. A banal final thought: the disfigured girl wearing her mask looked so much like Mia Farrow.

What are the scariest movies for you? I'd pick THE EXORCIST and THE BIRDS.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Greatest TV Romance Ever?

Brian Lindenmuth and Sandra Ruttan reading.

There have been many TV romances over the last fifty-odd years. Most of the great ones have been more about loggerheads and lust than love. Witness Sam and Diane (Cheers), Maddy and Dave (Moonlighting), Laura Holt and Remington Steele, Buffy and Angel, Ross and Rachel (Friends).

Three of my favorites
are: Lorelai Gilmore and Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls, Monica Geller and Chandler Bing on Friends, and the most touching for me, Pam and Jim on The Office. (Or Dawn and Tim in the British version).

Pam and Jim remind me of Popeye and Olive Oil, and I say that in the most delighted way. Pam even stands like Olive when she looks up at Jim. (I'm sure this observation must have been made before). And certainly her onetime boyfriend, Roy, is a Bluto if ever there was one.

When something comes between Pam and Jim, it is always the intercession of fate. They seem incapable of anything other than the most charitable and loving behavior toward each other. Maybe it's too sweet for some of you, but for me, it's the essence of romance, if even the high school version.

Are there any other romances this captivating?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Town Monday, Kathe Koja, Detroit Writer

I was in a business center in a hotel in
Baltimore last month and Kathe Koja was on the screen next to me. Yes, on the screen. Someone was checking her out. Or her website, that is.

It was on
e of those eerie moments but served to remind me of Kathe, who'd been in my writing group five years before. She's one of those amazing people who knock you out with her fluid mind, cogent insights, verve, generosity.

So here's Kathe Koja for My Town Monday. She's a Detroit girl who made good, yet stayed. Kathe is the author of six adult novels and five YAs, with a sixth on the way. The adult novels came first and might be classified as horror, but they are literary horror. The YA books are literary too. She can pull it off.

Kathe was kind
enough to answer a few questions.
How has living in Detroit influenced or informed your writing?

Insofar as I'm a lifelong Detroiter, the city has shaped both my visual
sense and my taste for the authentic, if that doesn't sound too pretentious.
This is the no-bullshit city nonpareil, and
I think a certain impatience with s
is the birthright of citizens of the D.
Also, here we learn to earn our happy endings,
and enjoy working for what we get.

As a writer of both adult and young adult
novels, how does
the process differ? I would imagine
that YA novels are more inhibiting, not so much
as to what you
can't do as a writer, but
in what you might feel obligated to do, in other
write about specific issues more than in adult books.
Am I wrong in
this assumption? Do you ever feel burdened by this obligation?

I take myself wherever I go - whether it's YA or adult fiction, or
non-fiction (or letters to the editor, blog posts, anonymous comments
in the ladies' room at Cass Café, etc), so the voice is always the same.
Whether it's a YA or adult novel, I write only about what interests me
(animals, t
heatre, art, passionate relationships of all kinds), so there's no
pressure or sense of having to pick something specifically
"topical" or youth-oriented or whatever.

I've never had my YA work negatively vetted by an editor,
as far as what I can't say, can't write about, and so on,
so that's a non-issue too; though,sadly, I have had a
few run-ins with schools, driven by parents
who don't always read the books they complain about.(One nervous soul
got mad at BUDDHA BOY over something she'd read in an Amazon review.
A good review!)Teachers need administrative support behind them not
to get browbeaten, or worse, by the parents, some of whom seem
never to have heard the way kids actually talk, or perhaps
hold a book to a standard different from movies,
say, or games, or music, all of which their kids
consume freely. Or maybe they don't.

om my side of the fence, my responsibility
is to the fiction itself, doing
the best I can every time out of the gate.
The only constraint - and it's
self-imposed - is to remember that the
world breaks all our hearts, sooner or later,
but that news can be delivered with
varying degrees of hope and of force.

I would guess the average YA reader feels more of a bond with their
writers than the average adult reader. Do YA writers feel this
bond too?

What I mentioned above, of delivering the news in a different way
depending on the reader, is the major manifestation of my side
of that bond. I do not want to inadvertantly hurt my

younger readers. The grown-ups I figure can look out for themselves.

Is it difficult to tap into the voice of an adolescent,
especially as yo
u're getting further from that age yourself?
I tried to write a YA novel a few
years ago, and found I veered
from too mature to too childish?
Do you have a reader of that age
to help
you avoid this or do you learn it over time?

Nope, although I like to have my slang vetted (and try to keep brand names
to an absolute minimum; mostly I just make 'em up, to sound real without
being real, ie, undatable). The voice is my own voice. The first YA I
wrote, the story "Stray Dog" that became the novel straydog, was told in
voice of 14-year-old, really pissed off, animal-loving Rachel, and I knew
that girl the way I know the inside of my own head. All the subsequent ones,
the same.

What¹s next for Kathe Koja?

On the YA side of the street, HEADLONG is just out, and has gotten some
pretty good reviews (a star from PW), so I'm grateful and
pleased. The Monday this appears, I'll be at the
NCTE conference in San Antonio, talking
about writing edgy fiction for young people, and where
all the lines are drawn (or aren't). And the next YA
will be called FLOOR CANDY, about a girl,
a boy, and one very glam summer. I was a HUGE
David Bowie fan as a teenager(still am) and this book will draw from those
very happy memories.

On the adult side, I'm working on Part 2 of the puppet book - part one is
"Under the Poppy," part two is "The Garden Path" - cribbing from my own
blog, I'll note that this book is about "an orphaned brother and sister,
Istvan and Decca, and their childhood friend, Rupert, set in a Victorian-era
brothel called Under the Poppy. The brothel is owned by Decca, who¹s in love
with co-owner Rupert, who¹s in love with Istvan, who comes to town, louche
puppet troupe in tow." "The Garden Path" continues a few years after the
Poppy ends, following Istvan and Rupert into the big city, and modernity,
and some very old avenues of pleasure and danger. And the puppets are still
there, mimicking, facilitating, and commenting on the human life surrounding
them. So I'm happily toiling in puppet-world for the foreseeable future.
and thinking of some extracurricular 3D adventures in puppetry. Plus we
have to make another trailer, for Part 2....

Kathe's books

For Adults

For Kids

Take a look at Kathe Koja's site and book trailer for Under the Poppy as well as
the one above. It's the coolest book trailer I've seen.

Many of Kathe's fabulous covers were done by her husband,
Rick Lieder, another Detroiter
. Check him out too.

Check out Travis' other My Town Monday posts.

The Forgotten Books-April to December

Happy Christmas Shopping!!!
I am thankful for all the people who said yes when I asked them to talk about a book they loved but time forgot. And for all those who said yes more than once. And for those who said yes almost every week. If you haven't added your title to the list, chime in now. We want to hear about that book.

P.S. Despite the appearance, there are no links here. For the original reviews, check the archives for Friday's Forgotten Books on the left bottom or check the individual reviewer's blog.

Week One, April 25th
Patti Abbott, Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
Patrick Shawn Bagley The Dog of the South by Charles Portis
Bill Crider, City by Clifford D. Simak
Josephine Damian, Don't Let's Go to the Dog Tonight by Alexandria Fuller
Clair Dickson, The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
Ello, When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza
Travis, Erwin, The Rock Orchard by Paula Wall
Eudamonia, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Brian Lindenmuth, The God Files by Frank Turner
Sandra Ruttan, Dust Devils by James Reasoner
Sandra Scoppettone, Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
Anthony Neil Smith, Scar Lover by Harry Crews

Week 2
Steve Allan, The Temple of Gold, Goldman
Jennifer Archer, The Bronze Horseman, Pauline
William Boyle, Father and Son, Larry Brown
Declan Burke, Thieves Like Us, Anderson
Clair Dickson, The Westing Game, Raskin
Christa Faust, Run, Douglas Winter
Angie Johnson-Schmidt, Sally's in the Alley, Norbert Davis
Ali Karim, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Saint
Katrina Kimble, The Red Tent, Diamant
Brian Lindenmuth, Generation Loss, E. Hand
Todd Mason, The Enquires of Dr. Erhazy, Davidson
James Reasoner, Seven Faces, Max Brand
Gerald So. Spadework, Prozini and Collected Poems, Justice
Kay Sexton, Fred and Edie, Jill Dawson
Sandra Ruttan, The 50/50 Killer, Steve Mosley

Week 3
David Terrenoire, Cruddy, Lynda Barry
Sarah Weinman, The Late Man, James Preston Girard
Tom Piccirilli, The Hunter, Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
Travis Erwin, The Me I Used to Be, Jennifer Archer
Bookwitch, Sapper, Herman Cyril McNeile
James Reasoner, The Siamese Twin Mystery, Ellery Queen
Megan Powell, Cuckoo's Egg, C.J. Cherryh
Bill Crider, The Night Remembers, Ed Gorman
Declan Burke, Wild at Heart, Barry Gifford
Kirsty, Other Stories and Other Stories, Ali Smith
Jeff Shelby, The Standoff, Chuck Hogan
Shauna Sturge, Crossfire, Jeanette Windle
Steve Allan, Splinters of the Mind's Eye, Alan Dean Foster
Ed Gorman, The Kidnappers, Robert Bloch and 361 by Donald Westlake
Baglady, The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart
Kevin Burton Smith, The January Corpse by Neil Albert
Todd Mason, The Aleph and Other Stories 1933-1969, Jorge Luis Borges

Week 4
Bill Crider: The Assistant (Malamud), Passing Strange (Sale)
J. Kingston Pierce: The Lunatic Fringe (DeAndrea)
Keith Raffel: Kolymsky Heights (Davidson)
Steven Torres: Moony's Road to Hell (Ramas)
Terrie Farley Moran: The Great Divide (Terkel)
Jen Jordan: One Man's Chorus (Burgess)
R2: The Criminalist (Izzi)
Peter Rozovsky: Harper and Iles series (Bill James)
Daniel Hatadi: Gun in Cheek (Bill Prozini)
Sara Crowley: The Trick is to Keep Breathing (Janice Galloway)
Declan Burke: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye , Horace McCoy
Jim Winter: Blunt Darts, Healy)
Todd Mason: The Lively Lives of Crispin Mobey, Gary Jennings)
Brian Lindenmuth: Scalped , Jason Aaron
Lisa Kenney: A Fine and Private Place, Peter Beagle
Stephen Blackmoore: On Strange Tides (Tim Powers)
Steve Allan: The Giant's House (Elizabeth McCracken)
Patti Abbott: Roseanna (Sjowal and Wahloo)

Week 5
Steve Allan, The Temple of Gold, (Goldman)
Jennifer Archer, The Bronze Horseman (Pauline Simmons
William Boyle, Father and Son (Larry Brown)
Declan Burke. Thieves Like Us (Anderson)
Clair Dickson, The Westing Game, (Raskin)
Ello, Silk (Alessandro Barrico)
Christa Faust, Run (Douglas Winter
Angie Johnson-Schmidt, Sally’s in the Alley (Norbert Davis)
Ali Karim. Memoirs of An Invisible Man, (Saint)
Katrina Kimble, The Red Tent (Diamant)
Brian Lindenmuth, Generation Loss ( E. Hand)
Todd Mason, The Enquiries of Doctor Esterhazy (Davidson)
James Reasoner, Seven Faces, (Max Brand)
Sandra Ruttan, The 50/50 Killer (Steve Mosley)
Kay Sexton, Fred and Edie (Jill Dawson)
Gerald So, Spadework (Prozini) and Collected Poems (Justice)

Week 6
Patti Abbott: Roseanna (Sjowal and Wahloo)
Steve Allan: The Giant's House (Elizabeth McCracken
Stephen Blackmoore: On Strange Tides (Tim Power)
Declan Burke: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (Horace McCoy
Bill Crider: The Assistant (Malamud), Passing Strange (Sale
Sara Crowley: The Trick is to Keep Breathing (Janice Galloway)
Daniel Hatadi: Gun in Cheek (Bill Prozini)
Jen Jordan: One Man's Chorus (Burgess)
Lisa Kenney: A Fine and Private Place (Peter Beagle)
Brian Lindenmuth: Scalped (Jason Aaron
Todd Mason: The Lively Lives of Crispin Mobey (Gary Jennings)
Terrie Farley Moran: The Great Divide (Terkel
J. Kingston Pierce: The Lunatic Fringe (DeAndrea)
Keith Raffel: Kolymsky Heights (Davidson)
Peter Rozovsky: Harper and Iles series (Bill James
R2, The Criminalist, Eugene Izzy
Steven Torres: Moony's Road to Hell (Ramas))
Jim Winter: Blunt Darts (Healy)

Week 7
Steve Allan, Splinters of the Mind's Eye, Alan Dean Foster
Baglady, The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart
Bookwitch, Sapper, Herman Cyril McNeile
Declan Burke, Wild at Heart, Barry Gifford
Bill Crider, The Night Remembers, Ed Gorman
Travis Erwin, The Me I Used to Be, Jennifer Archer
Ed Gorman, The Kidnappers, Robert Bloch and 361 by Donald Westlake
Kirsty, Other Stories and Other Stories, Ali Smith
Todd Mason, The Aleph and Other Stories 1933-1969, Jorge Luis Borges
Megan Powell, Cuckoo's Egg, C.J. Cherryh
Tom Piccirilli, The Hunter, Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)
James Reasoner, The Siamese Twin Mystery, Ellery Queen
J.D. Rhoades, THE BEASTS OF VALHALLA by George C. Chesbro
Jeff Shelby, The Standoff, Chuck Hogan
Kevin Burton Smith, The January Corpse by Neil Albert
Shauna Sturge, Crossfire, Jeanette Windle
David Terrenoire, Cruddy, Lynda Barry
Sarah Weinman, The Late Man, James Preston Girard

Week 8
Dick Adler, When the Sacred Ginmill Closes, Lawrence Block
Steve Allan, Horse Latitudes, Robert Ferrigno
Bookwitch, Home, Sweet Homicide, Craig Rice
Bill Crider, Revenge, Jack Ehrlich
Lonnie Cruse, We Have Always Lived in a Castle, Shirley Jackson
Jenny Davidson, Colors Insulting to Nature, Cintra Wilson
Martin Edwards, Reputation for a Song, Edward Grierson
J.T. Ellison, Songs of Innocence, Richard Aleas (Charles Ardai)
Victor Gischler, Clans of the Alphane Moon, Philip K. Dick
Ed Gorman, Spree, Max Allan Collins
Lynne Hatwell (Dovegreyreader), The Scapegoat, Daphne Du Maurier
Laura Lippman, A Novel Called Heritage, Margaret Dukore
John McFetridge, Cutter and Bone, Newton Thornburg
Todd Mason, Trouble Valley, Lee Hoffman
A.R. Pickett(Woodstock’s Blog) Alas Babylon, Pat Frank
James Reasoner, Day of the Moon, Bill Prozini and Jeffrey Wallman
Linda Richards, Swann, Carol Shields

Week 9
Joe Boland, Lightening of the Sun, Robert Bingham
Gerard Brennan, Sacrifice of the Fools, Ian McDonald
Ken Bruen, Michigan Roll, Tom Kakonis
Bill Crider, The Hot-Shot, Fletcher Flora
Deborah (Knit Lady) Brat Farrar, Josephine Tey
Stephen Elliott, (an extensive list: see link from yesterday)
Alison Gaylin, The Dice Man, Luke Reinhart
Charles Gramlich, Desert Dog, Jim Kjelgaard
Lisa Kenney, The Dogs of March, Ernest Hebert
Kristy Kiernan, Into the Road, Adrienne Richard
Steve Lewis, Too Much Poison, Anne Rowe
Brian Lindenmuth, (an extensive list of forgotten Sci-Fi: see link)
Dick Lochte, The Honest Dealer, Frank Gruber
Stuart MacBride, Shooting Dr. Jack, Norman Green, Diamond Dove, Adrian Hyland
Todd Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to be Read with the Door Locked, edited by Harold Q. Masur
Jason Pinter, The Long Walk, Stephen King
Sandra Seaman, The Quiet Game, Greg Iles
Andi Shechter, Cut to the Quick, Kate Ross
Clea Simon, A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel
Wallace Stroby, The Rare Coin Score, Richard Stark
Dave Zeltserman, The Captain, Seymour Shubin

Week 10
Robin Agnew, The Last Witness, K.J. Erickson
Patrick Shawn Bagley, When the River Flows North, Howard Frank Mosher
John Baker, Murphy, Samuel Beckett
Joe Boland, The Art of Losing, Keith Dixon
Julia Buckley, I Don't Kow How She Does It, Allison Pearson
Sean Chercover, Derek Rayond's Factory Series
Bill Crider, Down and Dirty, W.B. Murphy
Travis Erwin, You Never Believe Me: And Other Stories, Davis Grubb
Anne Fraiser, Uther and Igraine and Sorrell and Son, Warwick Deeping
Steve Hockensmith, I Am the Cheese, Robert Cormier
Caroline Leavitt, After Life, Rhian Ellis
Steve Lewis, 57, Chicago, Steve Monroe
Lee Lofland, Postmortem, Patricia Cornwell
Jeff Marks, Home, Sweet Homicide, Craig Rice
Russel McLean, The Shark-Infested Custard, Charles Willeford
Medora, Guard of Honor, James Gould Cozzens
James Reasoner, The Sharpshooters, John Benteen
Clea Simon, Crooked Man, Tony Dunbar
Jay Tomio, Brittle Innings, Michael Bishop

Week 11
Patti Abbott, October Light, John Gardner
Joe Boland, Freak's Amour, Tom DeHaven
Gerard Brennan, Father Music, Dermot Bolger
Steve Brewer, The Tango Briefing, Adam Hall
Mark Coggins, Samurai Boogie, Peter Tasker
Bill Crider, One for Hell, Jada Davis
Deborah, Mother Love, Domini Taylor
Chris Holm, The Elementals, Michael McDowell
Ruth Jordan, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, George V. Higgins
Vince Keenan, Violence, Nudity and Adult Content, Vince Passaro
Larry, The Famished Road, Ben Okri
Steve Lewis, Pangolin, Peter Driscoll
Brian Lindenmuth, Four Kinds of Rain/Red Baker, Robert Ward
Tim Maleeny, Chinaman's Chance, Ross Thomas
Terrie Farley Moran, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
James Reasoner, The Dark Brand, H. A. De Rosso
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro, Jamaica Inn, Daphne DuMaurier
Gerald So, The Spy Who Loved Me, Ian Fleming
Jay Tomio, Sarah Canary, Karen Joy Fowler

Week 12
Gerard Brennan, Joseph O'Connor, The Salesman
Lyman Feero, Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
James Reasoner, Lewis B. Patten, Rope Law
Joe Boland, Thomas Perry, Island
Lesa Holstine, Stephen Cannell, King Con
David Corbett, Pete Dexter, God's Pocket
Bill Crider, Henry Kane, Too French and Too Deadly
Ed Gorman, John D. MacDonald, Border Town Girl
Steve Lewis, Donald Hamilton, The Ambushers
Robin Gorman Newman, Patrick McDonnell, The Gift of Nothing
Susan, Todd Borg, Tahoe Deathfall
Todd Mason, William Kotzwinke, The Exile
Lee Gold, Henrik Van Loon, Van Loon's Lives
Jim Ingraham, Kate Chopin, The Awakening

Week 13
Lori Armstrong, Naked in Death, J.D. Robb
Patrick Bagley, The Great Brain, John D. Fitzgerald
Joe Boland, Up in the Air, Walter Kirn
Gerard Brennan, The Salesman, Joesph O'Connor
Tony Broadbent, Funeral in Berlin, Len Deighton
Shannon Clute, New York Trilogy, Paul Auster
Bill Crider, Wolf House, Jack Lynch
Ed Gorman, Dog Soldiers, Robert Stone
Libby Hellman, Briarpatch, Ross Thomas
Lesa Holstine, Charms for the Easy Life, Kay Gibbons
Randy Johnson, The Mushroom Planet series, Eleanor Cameron
J.A. Konrath, Blackburn, Bradley Denton
Steve Lewis, Don Sturdy on the Desert of Mystery, Victor Appletion
Todd Mason, The Loner, Ester Wier
James Reasoner, The Ghosts of Elkhorn, Kerry Newcomb and Frank Schaefer
Peter Rozovsky, Bertie and the Seven Bodies, Peter Lovesey
Barry Summy, The Chrysalids, John Wyndham
Susan, Corpse de Ballet, Lucy Cores
David Thompson, The David Handler Series
Mary Ellen Walsh, Salvation, Lucia Nevai
Sarah Weinman, The Golden Road, L.M. Montgomery

Week 14-Kid’s Books
Patti Abbott-The Return of the Twelves, Pauline Clarke
Steve Allan-Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Patrick Shawn Bagley, The Great Brain, John Fitzgerald
David Cranmer, Dig Alley Space Edxplorers' Series by Joseph Green
Bill Crider, The 21 Balloons, William Pene DuBois
Travis Erwin, Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
Lesa Holstine, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Betty MacDonald; Snow Treasure, Marie McSwigan, The Happy Hollisters, Jerry West
Randy Johnson, The Mushroom Series, Eleanor Cameron
Steve Lewis, Seven Suspects, Michael Innes
Brian Lindenmuth, The Mouse and His Child, Russell Hoban
Todd Mason, The Loner, Ester Wier
Terrie Farley Moran, The Paperbag Princess, Robert Munsch
James Reasoner, The Rocket's Shadow, John Blaine
Sandra Ruttan, Twenty and Ten, Claire Huchet Bishop and Janet Joly
Susan Smith, The Ghost Next Door, Wylly Folk St. Jo

Week 15
Robert Gregory Browne, Control, William Goldman
Bill Crider, Death Tour, David J. Michael
Al Guthrie, Portrait in Smoke, Bill Ballinger
Woody Haut, Hard Rain Falling, Don Carpenter
Lesa Hostine, Bachelor Brother's Bed and Breakfast, Bill Richardson
Randy Johnson, Gone South, Robert McCammon
Claire Lamb, Kate Vaiden, Reynolds Price
Todd Mason, On Wings of Song, Thomas M. Disch
Craig McDonald, Four Corners of Night, Craig Holden
Karen E. Olson, Lockout, Lillian O'Donnell
Barrie Summy, The Sweet Second Season of Kitty Malone, Matt Cohen
Louise Ure, No Human Involved, Barabara Seranella

Week 16
Barbara D'Amato-HMS Ulysses, Alastair MacLean
David Cranmer, A Treasury of Great Mysteries, Haycraft and Belcroft
Bill Crider, Rafferty: Wrong Place, Wrong Time, W. Glenn Duncan
Jack Getze, Sleeping Dogs, Thomas Perry
Ed Gorman, Don't Cry for Me, William Campbell Gault
Lesa Holstine, A Dangerous Road, Kris Nelscott
Charlie Huston, Complicity, Iain Banks
Randy Johnson, Booked to Die, John Dunning
Colman Keene, Paco's Story, Larry Heinemann
Ken, The Anvil of the World, Kage Baker
Larry, Camp Concentration, Thomas Disch
Medora, Kristen Lavranstatter, Sigrid Undset
David Montgomery, Chinaman's Choice, Ross Thomas
Sandy Parshall, We Have Always Lived in a Castle, Shirley Jackson
James Reasoner, The Hangman of Sleepy Valley, David Dresser
Barrie Summy, Crackpot, Adele Wiseman
Jay Tomio Dossier, Stepan Chapman, Black Brillion, Matthew Hughes, Pandora, Holly Hollander, Coelestis, Paul Park, Sarah Canary, Karen Fowler, Brittle Innings, Michael Bishop
Dave White, Honor Among Thieves, Jeffrey Archer

Week 17
Steve Allan, Getting Away With It, Steven Soderbergh
Patrick Shawn Bagley, Gunsights, Elmore Leonard
Joe Boland, Quick Change, Jay Cronley
David Cramner, A Trap for Fools, Amanda Cross
Bill Crider, Assault on Ming, Alan Caillou
Ed Gorman, The Pat Hobby Stories, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Kevin Guilfoile, The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
Lesa Holstine, The Pershing Pickle, Sandra Dallas
Randall Johnson, The Man Who Moved a Mountain, Richard C. Davids
Ed Lynskey, A Feast of Snakes, Harry Crews
John McAuley, The New Centurions, Joseph Wambaugh
Craig McDonald, Death Will Have Your Eyes, James Sallis
Paul McGoran, Deadlier Than the Male, James Gunn
Bill Peschel, Forgotten News, Jack Finney
Robert J. Randisi, The Falling Man, Mark Sadler
James Reasoner, Hopalong Cassidy, Clarence E. Mulford
Stephen Rogers, Death of a Citizen, Donald Hamilton
S.J. Rozan, This Perfect Day, Ira Levin
Andi Shechter, Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages, Shirley Jackson
Jay Tomio, The Last Hot Time, John M. Ford

Week 18
Paul Bishop, The Power of One, Bryce Courtney
Joe Boland, A Stranger in This World, Kevin Cantry
Jackie Corley, The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kosinski
David Cranmer, A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
Bill Crider, Arizona Kiss, Ray Ring
Judith Cutler, Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
Martin Edwards, Woman of Straw, Catherine Arley
Travis Erwin, Outlaw, Warren Kiefer
Robert Fate, Sunset and Sawdust, Joe R. Lansdale
Lesa Holstine, Silver Lies, Ann Parke
Randy Johnson, And Justice for All, John Clarkson
Brian Lindenmuth, After Silence, Jonathan Carroll
Terrie Farley Moran, Painting as a Pastime by Winston S. Churchill.
Scott Parker, Mascaranda Pass, William Colt MacDonald
Lynne Patrick, Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
James Reasoner, Puzzle for Fiends, Patrick Quentin
Kerry Smith, Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
Roz Southey, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker,Tobias Smollett
Jochem Steen, Pretty Ballerina, John Wessell
August West, Valdez Is Coming, Elmore Leonard

Week 19
D.Z. Allen, The Oblivion Society, Marcus Hart
Paul Bishop, Sir, You Bastard, G.F. Newman
Tony Black, Rilke on Black, Ken Bruen
Joe Boland, Fletch, Gregory MacDonald
David Cranmer, Quantum of Solace, Ian Flemming
Bill Crider, A Game for Heroes, James Graham
Timothy Hallinan, The Christopher West series by Christopher West
C.T, Henry, Old Bones, Aaron Elkins
Lesa Holstine, The Blue Edge of Midnight, Jonathan King
Jay, Tamsin, Peter S. Beagle
Medora, Beyond the Dreams of Avarice, Walter Besant
Christopher Moore, Dirty Snow, George Simenon
Amy Myers, The Golden Crucible, Jean Stubbs
Scott Parker, Guns Along the Brazos, Day Keene
James Reasoner, The Hottest Fourth of July in the History of Hangtree County, Clifton Adams
A.N. Smith, Live is a Racket, John Ridley
Kerrie Smith, Don't Look Now, Daphne DuMaurier
August West, An Eye for An Eye, Leigh Brackett
Dan Wickett, The Blind Pig, Jon Jackson
Dave Zeltserman, Dead City, Shane Steven

Week 20
Patrick Balester, The Unquiet Night, Patricia Carlon
Charles Benoit, Uncle Dynamite, P.G. Wodehouse
Bill Castanier, Crooked Tree, Robert C. Wilson
Bill Crider, The Black Glove, Geoffrey Miller
David Cranmer, The Crime of Colin Wise, Michael Underwood
Jen Forbus, White Doves at Morning, James Lee Burke
Lesa Holstine, Triple Play, Elizabeth Gunn
Scott Parker, The Case of the Velvet Claws, Erle Stanley Gardner
Louise Penny, The Franchse Affair, Josephine Tey
Kerrie Smith, Halloween Party, Agatha Christie
Delores Gordon-Smith, The 12:30 from Croyden, Freeman Wills Croft
August West, The Last Detail, Darryl Ponicsan

Week 21
Suzanne Aruda, Trader Horn, Alfred Aloysius Horn
Patrick Shawn Bagley, Hell House, Richard Matheson
Paul Bishop, The Golden Keel, Desmond Bagley
David Cranmer, High Lonesome, Louis L'Amour
Bill Crider, (writing from the Kroger's store in Alvin, TX) The (Old) Man in the Corner (Baroness Orczy
Jane Finnis, The Caves of Steel, Issac Asimov
Lesa Holstine, The Good Friday Murder, Lee Harris
Randy Johnson, The Other, Tom Tryon
Brian Lindenmuth, The Jones Men, Verne Smith
Rafe McGregor, The Night of the Generals, Hans Hellmut Kirst
Medora, The Sense of the Past, Henry James
Terrie Farley Moran, First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped Presidents, Bonnie Angelo
Scott D. Parker, Top of the Heap, Erle Stanley Gardner
Nancy Pickard, Why They Kill, Richard Rhodes
James Reasoner, The Fast Buck, Ross Laurence
Kerrie Smith, When in Rome, Ngaio Marsh
Susan Smith, The Last Refuge, Chris Knopf
Barry Summy, The Last of the Crazy People, Timothy Findley
Wallace Stroby, The Out is Death, Peter Rabe
Tom Whitmore, King & Joker, Peter Dickson

Week 22
Archavist, The Goodnight Trail, Ralph Compton
Linwood Barclay, Marathon Man, William Goldman
Cara Black, Mayhem, J. Robert James
Bill Crider, Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties, David Madden, editor
Josephine Damian, The Good Brother, Chris Offutt
Martin Edwards, The Dying Alderman, Henry Wade
Chris Ewan, Love and War in the ApenninesL, Eric Newby
Lesa Holstine, A Medieval Mystery, Kathryn Swinebrooke
Randy Johnson, Jirel of Joiry, C. L. Moore, A Collection of Fantasy Stores
Juri Nummelin, Half Breed, Clint McCall
Scott D. Parker, America at War: The Best of DC War Comics, Michael Uslan; Stolen Woman,
Wade Miller
Andrew Pyper, How Insensitive, Russell Smith
Ray, The Leather Boys, Gillian Freeman
James Reasoner, West on 66, James H. Cobb
Kerrie Smith, Maigret Takes the Waters, Georges Simenon
Susan Smith, Iron Lake, William Kent Kruger

Week 23
Patrick S. Bagley, John, the Balladeer, Manley Wade Wellman
Paul Bishop-Embrace the Wolf, Benjamin M. Schultz; Hazell and the Three Card Trick, P.B. Yuell
David Cranmer, The City in the Sky, Max Brand
Bill Crider, Fat Chance, Keith Laumer
Martin Edwards. Five Minutes With a Stranger, Miles Tripp
R.J. Ellory, The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
Robert Eversz, Despair, Vladamir Nabokov
Rae Helmsworth, The Last Goodbye and The Blood of Angels, Reed Arvin
Lesa Holstine, Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Crime Novels, D.J. Donaldson
Terrie F. Moran, Thornyhold, Mary Stewart
Scott Parker, The Godwulf Manuscript, Robert Parker
James Reasoner, Fox #1 The Press Gang, Adam Hardy (Kenneth Bulmer)
Ray, Dark Warrior, Peter Cheyney
Shauna Roberts, Websters New Intl Dictionary, Second Edition, Unabridged
Kerry Smith, Quiet as a Nun, Antonia Fraser
Barrie Summy. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Mordecai Richter

Week 24
Patricia Abbott, Dead Men Don't Ski, Patricia Moyes
Sandy Balzo, Ammie Come Home, Barbara Michaels
Paul Bishop, Morgan's Rebellion, John Whitlach
David Cranmer, While the Clock Ticked, Franklin W. Dixon
Bill Crider, Preacher, Ted Thackery Jr
Charles Cumming, Journey Into Fear, Eric Ambler
Martin Edwards, Thus Was Adonis Murdered, Sarah Caudwell
Lesa Holstine, Ghostly Connection, Elena Santangelo
Scott D. Parker, The Halloween Tree, Rat Bradbury
Ray, Horn Silver, Frank C. Roberts
James Reasoner, Rogue Cop, William McGivern
Sandra Ruttan, The Works of Margaret Laurence
Kerrie Smith, The Collected Stories, W. Somerset Maugham
Barry Summy, Galliano's Circus, Enid Blyton
Dan Wagner, A Dry White Tear, Stephen F. Wilcox
Sarah Weinman, The Pugilist at Rest: Stories, Thom Jones
August West, Thin Air, Howard Brown
Women of Mystery, Come Closer, Sara Gran

Week 25
Archavist, The Riders of High Rock, Louis L'Amour
Paul Bishop, Just Another Day in Paradise, A. E. Maxwell
Cathy Coles, The Work of Stan Jones, Stan Jones
David Cranmer, The Saint in New York, Leslie Charteris
Bill Crider, Crockett on the Loose, Brad Lang
Joolz Denby, The Persian Boy, Mary Renault
Martin Edwards, Fear and Miss Betony, Dorothy Bowers
David Fulmer, The Bloody Bokhara, William C. Gault
Lesa Holstine, Every Crooked Nanny, Kathy Hogan
Becky Levine, Danny Dunn books, Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin
Terrie F. Moran, Nam: The Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women Who Fought There, Mark Baker; Cops: Their Lives in Their Own Words, Mark Baker
Scott D. Parker, Secret of Terror Castle, Robert Arthur
Cathy Pickens, Your Life in Christ, George MacDonald
Kerrie Smith, The Unquiet Night, Patricia Carlon
August West, Fat City, Leonard Gardner

Week 26
Archavist, Blood on the Big River, Shad Denver
Paul Bishop, Hang Dead, Hawaiian Style, Patrick Morgan
David Cranmer, Death In Ecstasy, Ngaio Marsh
Cathy Coles, The PF Chisolm books, Patricia Finney
Bill Crider, Jitter Joint, Howard Swindle
Martin Edwards, The Big Clock, Kenneth Fearing
Ed Gorman, The Handle, Richard Stark
Sophie Hannah, Jill McGowan's Lloyd and Hill series
Dana King, Levine, Donald Westlake
Steve Lewis, The Midnight Special Larry Karp
Patti-O. The Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast, Bill Richardson
Scott D. Parker, Legacy, James Michener
Ray, Passion Flower Hotel, Rosalind Erskine
James Reasoner, Climb a Broken Ladder, Robert Novak

Kerrie Smith. The Hills Is Lonely, Lillian Beckwith
Barrie Summy, Perry Mason-The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece, Erle Stanley Gardner

Week 27
Paul Bishop, The Prime Roll, Eugene Izzy
Bill Crider, The Dada Caper, Ross H. Spender
Gary Dobbs, Gene Autry and the Badmen of Broken Bow, Snowden Miller
Martin Edwards, Woman of Straw, Catherine Arley
Regina Harvey, "The Girl" series, Charles Mathes
Lesa Holstine, The Dead Cat Bounce, Sara Graves
Cameron Hughes, The Ax, Donald Westlake
Steve Lewis, The Last Man Standing, Jim Wright
Juri Nummelin, The Magus, John Fowles
Scott Parker, Double Indemnity, James Cain
Megan Powell, Return to Brookmere, Rose Estes
James Reasoner, River Queen, Charles N. Hechelmann
August West, The Big Kissoff of 1944, Andrew Bergman
Simon Wood, A Clubbable Woman, Reginald Hill
Dave Zeltserman, He Died with His Eyes Open, Derek Raymond

Wait-Don't Forget the Books From Earlier Years

Lesa Holstine reading with Josh in the background.

A big push is underway right now to suggest that people buy books this year as Christmas gifts, easily one of the most affordable options.

I want to suggest that we all buy books
both old and new. No reason our purchases have to be limited to recent publications.

Here's a good policy, buy everyone on your shopping list a recent book and one from an earlier year.

And while you're at it, buy some warm clothes at retail stores and donate them to charity. They need our help too. Both the stores and the charities.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

TV Westerns

Jim Winter reading.

Some of the most faithful book reviewers on this site have been writers and readers of Westerns. They have a passion about the genre that I remember well.

Because when I think of Westerns, I think of my husband's grandfather reading one after the other, sitting in a rocking chair in front of the furnace in his living room. It was nothing for him to read ten Westerns in a week. He readily admitted, he'd probably read the same ones many times since he counted on friends and family to keep him supplied. And he didn't like the fancy ones, he liked his justice rough.

Currently, we have two friends who watch reruns of The Rifleman every morning as they do their exercises. They find the that show a welcome tonic to the day ahead.

My own experience with the genre is from TV and movies in the fifties and sixties. They were as much as part of TV fare as cops shows are now. Maybe more.

Okay, Western fans. Which of the TV Westerns of the fifties-sixties were the best?My favorite was always
Maverick but I have the feeling, Maverick was an outlier. According to this website, there were more than a hundred Westerns of some sort in that era. I think my brother watched all of them.
So tell me, what were the best ones.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cameron Hughes' Review of The AX In Its Entirety


The Summing Up, Friday, November 21, 2008

Clea Simon's cat reading (and editing).

Thanks to all the contributors.
(We'll post next week because I have a few on hold but I more than understand if you want to take a week off).

Forgotten Books for November 21, 2008

Paul Bishop, The Prime Roll, Eugene Izzy
Bill Crider, The Dada Caper, Ross H. Spender
Gary Dobbs, Gene Autry and the Badmen of Broken Bow, Snowden Miller
Martin Edwards, Woman of Straw, Catherine Arley
Regina Harvey, "The Girl" series, Charles Mathes
Lesa Holstine, The Dead Cat Bounce, Sara Graves
Cameron Hughes, The Ax, Donald Westlake
Steve Lewis, The Last Man Standing, Jim Wright
Juri Nummelin, The Magus, John Fowles
Scott Parker, Double Indemnity, James Cain
Megan Powell, Return to Brookmere, Rose Estes
James Reasoner, River Queen, Charles N. Hechelmann
August West, The Big Kissoff of 1944, Andrew Bergman
Simon Wood, A Clubbable Woman, Reginald Hill
Dave Zeltserman, He Died with His Eyes Open, Derek Raymond