Another good novel in an excellent urban fantasy series. Surprisingly, less crossovers than in previous volumes - there's strong ties to Gustainis' stAnother good novel in an excellent urban fantasy series. Surprisingly, less crossovers than in previous volumes - there's strong ties to Gustainis' standalone novel The Hades Project, and Quincey Morris refers to an occult investigator named William Sebastian who had a run in with Asmodeus in the '70s, referring to Gene Roddenberry's unsold pilot Spectre. Nevertheless, worth a read....more
I have enjoyed Adam Lance Garcia's take on Kendell Foster Crossen's classic pulp hero the Green Lama ever since I read the original version of his novI have enjoyed Adam Lance Garcia's take on Kendell Foster Crossen's classic pulp hero the Green Lama ever since I read the original version of his novel The Green Lama Unbound in 2011. I am pleased to say that he has outdone himself here. In this particular entry, the Lama finds himself against a dangerous scientific enclave that poses a threat not only to him, but to his closest allies as well. The Lama's Buddhism in some ways sets him apart from many of the other pulp heroes, and is one of the most intriguing aspects of the character for me. Adam delivers on the action in spades, and also delves deeply into what drives the Lama and his aides. They are all well-rounded characters, particularly the Lama's lover, actress Jean Farrell.
Another aspect of the novel that I very much enjoy is that Adam plants some crossover nods in the novel placing the Lama in the same universe as other pulp heroes. I won't list all of them, but I will name a few. Betty Dale, Secret Agent X's girlfriend, has a strong supporting role. One of the Lama's foes here, Omega, first appeared in Garcia's story "The Black Rock Conspiracy," included in the anthology The New Adventures of Foster Fade, the Crime Spectacularist. There are also nods to his other story in that anthology, "Dead Man's Guns." Evangl Stewart-Brown remembers her mother talking about vigilantes such as "the bat fellow and that doctor gentleman," referring to not only the Black Bat, but also a certain bronzed doctor as well. Finally, near the end of the book, the alter ego of a future lesser-known superhero of the 1940s (who was published by a company that also did Green Lama comics) and a being created by a certain legendary weird fiction writer appear.
Adam Lance Garcia is a tremendous talent, and I am always glad to recommend his work. I am very grateful to him for sending me a copy of this superb novel for review. I am very much looking forward to his future work with the character, including a crossover with the Black Bat in a forthcoming anthology of new stories featuring that character. Kudos as well to Moonstone Books, one of my favorite current publishers, for giving Adam's Green Lama stories a home!...more
I have consistently enjoyed Frank Schildiner's writing, and his first full-length novel is just as excellent as his short stories and novellas. This nI have consistently enjoyed Frank Schildiner's writing, and his first full-length novel is just as excellent as his short stories and novellas. This novel showcases Gouroull (the particularly vicious version of the Frankenstein Monster featured in French novels by Jean-Claude Carriere) as he travels the world seeking the components H.P. Lovecraft's mad scientist Herbert West needs to create a mate for him. Along the way, he encounters, a virtual who's who of famous monsters. Schildiner is adept at blending characters from over a dozen works into one cohesive narrative, and his love and affection for them shows in every page. This characterization of the Monster, so very different from Mary Shelley's, makes me dearly hope that Carriere's novels are someday translated into English, particularly as I'm a fan of his screenwriting for Luis Bunuel, which is what he's probably best known for in this country. I highly recommend this novel!...more