Books

Books

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

The Twenty-Year Death

The Twenty-Year Death

Quentin Tarantino is a student of film, like most directors. But he truly loves film in a way that transcends most directors. It is clear in his interviews, and it is clear in his work. He lifts quite liberally shots and styles from others in homage. All artists borrow, and it takes an encyclopedic knowledge [...]

Book Review: The Hand of Fu-Manchu

Book Review: The Hand of Fu-Manchu

The Hand of Fu-Manchu is an entertaining but racist read. There is no denying the elephant in the room, so we might as well discuss to what extent the book is racist so you can decide for yourself whether or not it would interfere with enjoying a classic yarn. To be fair, the racism is [...]

Book Review: Billy Purgatory: I Am the Devil Bird

Book Review: Billy Purgatory: I Am the Devil Bird

The book Billy Purgatory: I Am the Devil Bird by Jesse James Freeman is very hard to describe. It’s part character drama, showing Billy’s character arc rise and fall as gracefully as a spiralling football. It’s part adventure story, as he’s running from vampires, Time Zombies, and goddesses  in every chapter. And then it’s part quest. [...]

Speeding in Reverse

Speeding in Reverse

Chapbooks are traditionally unassuming initial entries from poets. At first glance, what I hold in my hands appears to be another such humble offering, but it is anything but. Speeding In Reverse is a primal ride and Jennifer Joseph writes with maturity and finesse. The journalist in me wants to refer to her now in [...]

Book Review: 'Luther: The Calling'

Book Review: ‘Luther: The Calling’

“Luther is a big man with a big walk.” This isn’t your standard tie-in. The author himself admits that Luther has taken the opposite route for a crime thriller — usually it’s a book first, then a TV show or film. But Neil Cross brought DCI John Luther and his universe to life in the [...]

Book Review: Darth Plaugeis by James Luceno

Book Review: Darth Plaugeis by James Luceno

“Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise?” “No.” “I thought not. It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you. It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith who lived many years ago. He was so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force [...]

Interview: Max Allan Collins

Interview: Max Allan Collins

Max Allan Collins is an extremely talented, prolific, and influential writer. He has been nominated an unprecedented 16 times for the Private Eye Writers of America “Shamus” award. He was also given their lifetime achievement award, The Eye. Collins was asked to finish several of (equally influential author) Mickey Spillane’s unfinished manuscripts upon his passing. I [...]

Book Review: Lady, Go Die!

Book Review: Lady, Go Die!

In 1945 Mickey Spillane sought to raise money to buy a house. He wrote a novel in 19 days, with a heavy focus on sex and violence (by 1945 standards). That book, I, The Jury, was an instant success, selling over 6.5 million copies in the first two years. Spillane spearheaded an explosion in pulp [...]

BDSM Takes a Beating

BDSM Takes a Beating

Two weeks ago, EL James’ Fifty Shades trilogy was in sole possession of the top three spots on the New York Time’s Best Seller’s list. Clearly its dominance is slipping. Today it only holds the first, second and fourth spot. The first novel started as erotic fanfiction and was then printed on demand through a virtual [...]

What's Next for Star Wars?

What’s Next for Star Wars?

Star Wars is one of those franchises that will never go away. Personally, I’m glad of that because I love Star Wars. For all of George Lucas’ many failings in recent years, he still created a universe so vibrant, imaginative and full of wonderful characters, that I still want to go back to that galaxy [...]