Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

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July 27, 2013

I’ve gotten to where I like Joe Hill’s novels, so I was looking forward to this short story because of the interesting premise. Hill does a really good job portraying Mallory Grennan, ex-Iraqi war vet, and I sympathized with her immediately. She’s obviously dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, and Hill makes the reader feel the […]


July 5, 2013

In the wake of the recent tornadoes and the loss of sheds, I’ve had to rebox some of the books I’d had stored out there. Lost quite a few of them that I’d had since high school. But while rescuing what I could, I found books I hadn’t read in years. Some of the ones […]

SHE-HULK DIARIES by Marta Acosta

July 3, 2013

She-Hulk has been one of those Marvel characters that has constantly gotten makeovers as different writers have taken control of the strip. One of my favorite incarnations has been when John Byrne became the writer/artist for the book. His take on She-Hulk was fun and light-hearted for the most part, but he brought in some […]

WARRIOR OF LLARN by Gardner F. Fox

May 7, 2013

As a kid, I was a fan of both Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter of Mars books as well as Gardner F. Fox, who created the new takes on many of the Silver Age DC Comics heroes and wrote a fair share of fantasy novels as well as the Golden Age comics. I became aware […]


January 29, 2013

The television show Leverage has been a staple around my house for the last five years. I can’t believe it’s been that long, and I can’t believe it won’t be back next summer. Learning that was a total bummer because I totally enjoyed the characters. When I learned that there would be some original novels […]

GUN MACHINE by Warren Ellis

January 27, 2013

Warren Ellis is an amazing comic book writer whose career has spanned DC Comics and the Marvel Universe and independent comics companies. He wrote Red, which became a hot Bruce Willis action/comedy movie so successful a sequel is coming out. He’s one of those writers whose every move is watched by comics fans and Hollywood […]

JOE GOLEM AND THE COPPER GIRL by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola

July 25, 2012

Joe Golem and the Copper Girl is a prequel of sorts to Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola have been having some real success in storytelling through comics, short stories, and illustrated graphic novels, and I’m having fun trying to keep up with all of them. Their Hellboy stuff and […]

THE LIVING SHADOW by Maxwell Grant

June 7, 2012

The Shadow is one of my favorite pulp characters, but more for the appearance and mythos than for reading pleasure, which is a backhanded compliment, I know. The simple translation is that I am enamored of the character, but I simply haven’t read as many of his books as I have Doc Savage or the […]

THROTTLE by Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Joe Hill and Adam Johnson

June 6, 2012

Throttle is the first fiction I’ve seen that was written by horror writer Joe Hill and his father, Stephen King. It’s an interesting bit of fiction because one of the primary issues in the story is the relationship between fathers and sons, and it was written for the newest venue in literary entertainment, the ebook. […]

THE MAN OF BRONZE by Kenneth Robeson

February 4, 2012

In my early teens, I grew up reading Doc Savage novels. I discovered them when I was in 7th grade, a very impressionable time for a boy. I didn’t know what “pulps” were back then, but I totally grooved on the action and adventure. That would have been in 1969 or 1970, the heyday of […]