It's been awhile since I read a Doc Savage adventure. Back in the 60s and 70s, I read these as they came out in the Bantam reprint editions. Then at sIt's been awhile since I read a Doc Savage adventure. Back in the 60s and 70s, I read these as they came out in the Bantam reprint editions. Then at some point, I decided to read them in the order they were published. Murder Mirage was originally published in January 1936 and is the 35th in the original order. Not sure why Bantam published these out of the original order but this one was the 71st to be published by Bantam. Anyway, I had kept a list of the ones I was reading in order and this was the next in line (after Fantastic Island).
This was a typical Doc adventure that was actually written by Lawrence Donovan...not by Lester Dent who wrote the majority of the stories. The book actually started out well with a freak snow storm in New York in July and with a woman being "frozen" into a plate glass window. The original cover was an attempt to show the woman frozen in the window.
So what caused these two freakish events? Doc and his crew wind up traveling to Syria to get to the bottom of the mystery. A gang of New York hoods is working with a group of Arab Bedouins to try to claim some kind of fortune in Syria. There were some definite racial stereotypical portrayals of the Arab characters...swarthy, hooked-nosed, etc...usual for writing of this time period. And its kind of ironic that even back in 1936 there were apparent conflicts with Middle Eastern "terrorists." The talk of the gangsters also could have been something straight out of a James Cagney movie...in one instance a gangster calls the coppers "dirty rats!" Overall, a mild recommendation; however, I probably won't be reading or rereading a lot of these. They're okay in small doses but not quite the thrillers I remembered from my high school days....more
I thought this Gothic ghost story was very enjoyable. It was told in a very straight forward manner and didn't have a lot of surprises but it was funI thought this Gothic ghost story was very enjoyable. It was told in a very straight forward manner and didn't have a lot of surprises but it was fun to read nevertheless. The story is about Hallie James who is living outside Seattle...her father in a nursing home with Alzheimer's...and believing that her mother had died in a fire. She then receives a letter that turns her world upside down. She inherits a house on an island in the Great Lakes and it turns out that her mother who recently died had found out that Hallie was alive. Hallie goes to the island and finds out that her real name is Halcyon Crane and that the house she inherits has a bleak history with several untimely deaths and a possibly ghostly haunting. The housekeeper for the estate tells Hallie the family history including encounters with a local medicine woman considered by many to be a witch. She also finds that her father had been accused of an unsolved murder that happened 30 years previously. Overall, a very atmospheric story to read on a stormy night. ...more
Marvelous collection of very weird tales by Bradbury. This is a collection I finally got around to reading after having it on my shelf for several yeaMarvelous collection of very weird tales by Bradbury. This is a collection I finally got around to reading after having it on my shelf for several years. These stories were originally published in Weird Tales magazine in the 40s and 5os by Bradbury for a half-penny or a penny a word as he relates in the introduction to this edition. Bradbury was definitely a master of the short story and the macabre. These stories were very reminiscent of The Twilight Zone and in fact Bradbury did write for both The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. These stories were filled with the unexplained and beasties from the netherworld including vampires (The Man Upstairs), beings with wings (Uncle Einar), the grim reaper (The Scythe), mummies (The Next In Line), a murderous baby (The Small Assassin), etc. etc. Bradbury usually ends his stories with a quick twist or with something unexpected making you want to read more. Overall, I really enjoyed this and would rate it with some of his best like The Martian Chronicles.
Read this back in 1983. I remember it being a very enjoyable, informative, and humorous memoir about Nevin's days in Hollywood. Including the partiesRead this back in 1983. I remember it being a very enjoyable, informative, and humorous memoir about Nevin's days in Hollywood. Including the parties at Hearst Castle. High recommendation....more
One of King's best that I put off reading for years. I think I did this for two reasons: (1) the length of the book was rather daunting (1090 pages ofOne of King's best that I put off reading for years. I think I did this for two reasons: (1) the length of the book was rather daunting (1090 pages of rather small print); and (2) I had seen the TV miniseries back when it came out and therefore thought I knew the story pretty well. Well the book was long...it took me almost 3 weeks to read, but it was well worth the effort with all the details and nuances that couldn't come through in a movie or TV version. I am, however, looking forward to the new movie version that comes out later this year.
Anyway, the book was appropriately creepy in King's usual style. If you don't know, the book is about an evil being (IT) that comes around about every 27 years in the city of Derry, Maine wreaking havoc. The being focuses on killing children and can take many different forms...the most prevalent being Pennywise, the clown. A group of children set out to rid Derry of the monster in 1958. They almost succeed but then vow to each other to return to Derry if IT returns which it does in 1985, bringing the group back together as adults. The children in 1958 must not only deal with IT, but also with a group of sadistic bullies and some adults who are blind to what is happening in the town.
I think the main theme of the book is basically how children can bond together and are open to most anything that comes their way...unlike adults. I actually grew up in the 50s and 60s and can relate to the adventures of the kids in this book although I never encountered the extreme bad people as described in the book. Very nostalgic! Overall, I would rate this as one of King's best...up there with Salem's Lot, The Shining, and 11/22/63....more
I waited patiently for this next Joe Pickett novel to come out and checked it out at the library as soon as it was available. Another good outing in tI waited patiently for this next Joe Pickett novel to come out and checked it out at the library as soon as it was available. Another good outing in the series...I was not disappointed! This one was in essence a followup to Endangered where Joe had taken on the vicious Cates family. Dallas Cates has been released from prison and is out for revenge against Joe and his family who he blames for the death of his father and two brothers and for the crippling of his mother who is now serving time in State prison as related in Endangered. As the novel starts out, one of the series regular characters, Dave Farkus, overhears Cates and some cohorts in a bar planning revenge on Pickett. Farkus ends up dead and Dallas is arrested for the crime but it appears he is set up by a local law enforcement officer. But was that really the case and how could Dallas afford a very high-priced attorney to get him off? Joe's unsavory mother-in-law, Missy, returns in this one and is now on her 6th marriage to the high-priced attorney. Nate Romanowski also helps Joe in his endeavors to sort everything out and bring justice to those deserving. A few good twists and unexpected occurrences along the way add to this good thriller in the series. Another high recommendation for Box and the Joe Pickett series. I guess I'll have to wait another year for the next one!...more
Listened to this abridged audio version on a long road trip back from house hunting in California. I kind of zoned out when I was listening to it butListened to this abridged audio version on a long road trip back from house hunting in California. I kind of zoned out when I was listening to it but overall a pretty good thriller....more
This novel really got me hooked from the very start of the story. Most enjoyable! This was originally a short story by Asimov that first appeared in tThis novel really got me hooked from the very start of the story. Most enjoyable! This was originally a short story by Asimov that first appeared in the September 1958 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction under the title "Lastborn". It was later republished under the current title in the 1959 collection Nine Tomorrows. Robert Silverberg later expanded it into a novel with the same title, published in 1992 as this full-length novel (also published as Child of Time in the UK).
The story is about a Neanderthal child who is brought to the present day as a result of time travel experiments by a research organization, Stasis Inc. He cannot be removed from his immediate area because of the vast energy loss and time paradoxes that would result. To take care of him, Edith Fellowes, a children's nurse, is engaged. She is initially repelled by his appearance, but soon begins to regard him as her own child, learns to love him and realizes that he is far more intelligent than she at first imagined. She names him 'Timmie' and attempts to ensure that he has the best possible childhood despite his circumstance. She is enraged when the newspapers refer to him as an "ape-boy". Edith's love for Timmie brings her into conflict with her employer, for whom he is more of an experimental animal than a human being. When Stasis decides to end the project with Timmie and move on to another experiment, Miss Fellowes decides on an unexpected drastic step to help him. The book also alternates with the story of the group of Neanderthals from which Timmie was taken. This part of the novel was part of the expansion by Silverberg.
Overall, I would give this a high recommendation. Silverberg and Asimov are two of my favorite science fiction authors and this collaboration was very good. This novel version was published in 1992, the year Asimov died, so this was probably a tribute to him by Silverberg....more
Read the first couple of chapters and really couldn't get into the first person plural narrative. Everything written from a "we" perspective. I'll pasRead the first couple of chapters and really couldn't get into the first person plural narrative. Everything written from a "we" perspective. I'll pass this one on....more
A good serial-killer thriller in the Frank Quinn series. This is the second in the series and the second I have read. A really fast-paced engrossing tA good serial-killer thriller in the Frank Quinn series. This is the second in the series and the second I have read. A really fast-paced engrossing thriller even though it was quite long at 477 pages. The book is about a very nasty killer of young women who drowns his victims, then dissects them and cleans all the body parts in a bathtub, leaving the parts neatly stacked for the police. Frank Quinn is called out of retirement to try to catch the killer along with Pearl and Fedderman who assisted on the previous case as related in Darker Than Night. After several of the killings, it is noted that the killer is spelling out QUINN using his victims' last names. Can Quinn and his team stop the killings before he strikes again? And will Quinn's daughter become a victim of the killer? The novel also delves into the mind of the killer and how what happened to him as a child affected him for life. Overall, a good page-turner with a sicko villain!...more
This is the third novel in Collins' Nate Heller series and the third of the Frank Nitti trilogy. In this one, Nate starts out in a hospital with amnesThis is the third novel in Collins' Nate Heller series and the third of the Frank Nitti trilogy. In this one, Nate starts out in a hospital with amnesia, not knowing who he is or why he is in the hospital. Then with the help of hypnotism, he remembers his experiences on Guadalcanal with his friend, boxer Barney Ross during WWII and that he is a detective from Chicago. The book goes on to describe the horrors of Guadalcanal and then flashes back to before the war and Nate's being paid to get involved in the rackets of the unions in Hollywood where the mob is using the unions to extort money. This operation is supposedly being run by Frank Nitti, the mobster who took over the Chicago gangs from Al Capone. Robert Montgomery, the actor wants Nate to infiltrate the mob so they eventually can let go of the unions in Hollywood. Along the way, Nate also is reunited with Sally Rand, the burlesque dancer and others from the previous excellent novels, True Dectective and True Crime.
When he returns from the war, he is called to testify against the mob in Chicago although he is very reluctant to do so. Although Nitti is the mob boss, Nate has always respected him. This was a very good novel combining historical fact and fiction. Most of the characters in the book were actual people and Collins weaves a very real-life story that I would highly recommend. I'll be reading more in the Nate Heller series!...more
Originally read this back in 1973. I remember at the time, back when I was in the military, I thought this book was hilarious. Well, on rereading, I gOriginally read this back in 1973. I remember at the time, back when I was in the military, I thought this book was hilarious. Well, on rereading, I guess my tastes have changed. The book was filled with racist and sexist language and remarks that now seems embarrassing. The book is told by Billy Clyde Puckett, who plays for the New York Giants, and who tells of his exploits before, during, and after meeting the New York Jets in the Superbowl. One of the reasons I reread this was because of the recent Superbowl comeback by the Patriots over the Falcons and indeed, a similar comeback occurs in this book. But the book really is not about the game but about the various shenanigans of the players and their cohorts. I guess it is still funny in many aspects but I would only mildly recommend this. ...more
My brother recommended this book to me and I was not disappointed! This was a fast-paced political thriller in the Vince Flynn/Brad Thor vein. The proMy brother recommended this book to me and I was not disappointed! This was a fast-paced political thriller in the Vince Flynn/Brad Thor vein. The protagonist FBI Special Agent Odysseus Carr (Odi) is on the FBI's Counterterrorism Response Team. He has been assigned, along with his team, to take out a terrorist training location in Iran but when they get there, it is apparent that the site is really a hospital treating injured children. And then his entire team is apparently attacked and killed but was it terrorists or something else? Odi survives the attack with the help of an Iranian doctor named Ayden who convinces Odi that he was setup by his superiors. Indeed, Odi turns up a nefarious conspiracy by the heads of Defense contractors and high-placed government officials to instigate terrorism for the benefit of the contractors and others. Well Odi sets out to take revenge using a very potent weapon that he has developed. Ayden is helping him in this but is he just using Odi for his own purposes? Overall, a very fast-paced, tense thriller that I would highly recommend!...more