My review of the 1932 novelization that became the 1933 film classic.
The estate of H. G. Wells authorized an official sequel to the classic invasion novel. This is my review.
My review of one of my favorite novels. Of course I'm biased.
Ian Fleming passed away in 1964, but his superspy alter ego seemed to be made of sterner stuff, especially in the Cold War era of the 1960s. James Bond was, for all intents, the right hero -- or antihero, depending on your point of view -- for the right job. Despite the loss of Fleming, … Continue reading Colonel Sun by Kingsley Amis, 1968
A lot changed this past month. A lot. That's typically how things work. You dig the hole deeper until one day you realize you're either stuck and need help or you're wise enough to figure a way out on your own. No one ever accused me of being wise. Fact is, I was stuck a … Continue reading March 2018 Overview and Assessments
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1940. The U.S.S. Bransfield, a decommissioned naval destroyer being retrofitted for sale to the British war effort, has been commandeered. The destroyer turns her guns towards Manhattan, targeting a specific hotel... and particularly the vaults beneath it that contain the hidden base of The Shadow. Agents of the force behind the destroyer's … Continue reading Doc Savage: Empire of Doom by Will Murray (as Kenneth Robeson)
Another month down, so it's time to check in on the progress I've made. The quest for financial improvement is still ongoing. I've hit a necessary wall that will force me to tighten my belt and pay down some debt, thanks to some technological disasters. Windows 10 crippled my desktop computer, I purchased a cheap … Continue reading February 2018 Overview and Assessment
This is one of those blog entries about random things going on in my world. I have been under an avalanche of new stuff lately. It's been nice digging myself out again, I have to be honest, but the overwhelm has been something to behold. One part holiday gift cards and birthday money, one part … Continue reading Entertainment Overload
Given Stephen Fry's passion for the works of Oscar Wilde, it's of no wonder to me that he should offer his commentary on The Sign of Four with the fateful meeting that led to its publication. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle met at the Langham Hotel in London with Joseph M. Stoddart, the managing editor of … Continue reading The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The game is afoot! The Sherlock Holmes buddy read is officially -- finally -- underway. I, for one, could not be happier to once more delve into the fog-shrouded backstreets and alleys of the Great Detective's London. Ah, it's been far too long... A Study in Scarlet is the first Sherlock Holmes story, published … Continue reading A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle