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I AM THE WEAPON by Allen Zadoff

September 1, 2014

Allen Zadoff has dug into the YA suspense/spy market that has gone largely untouched. Since Anthony Horowitz stopped writing the Alex Rider novels (why, Anthony????), there exists a vacuum in this area that needs filling. Zadoff comes close with his Boy Nobody series, now called the Unknown Assassin series. This first book is a zinger […]

CITY OF THE BEAST/WARRIORS OF MARS by Michael Moorcock

August 31, 2014

Michael Moorcock originally wrote the first Michael Kane book under the name Edward P. Bradbury. I read the DAW version of the book back in the 1970s, I think, and the book carried both titles City of the Beast or Warriors of Mars. I enjoyed the book a lot when I was a kid because […]

DEATHWORMS OF KRATOS by Richard Avery (Edmund Cooper)

August 17, 2014

When I was much younger, I picked up the four books in Richard Avery’s Expendables series (which he glommed onto before Sylvester Stallone and his crew of action heroes nabbed lately). Mostly I was drawn to them by the SF covers, the action, and the women (on some of the covers). As a young reader, […]

SWAMP BONES by Kathy Reichs

August 17, 2014

Lately, before the release of the new Tempe Brennan novel, author Kathy Reichs blows through a novella about her signature character that takes Tempe and the reader to a new place and usually a new corner of forensics. In this one, Tempe is on vacation (doesn’t last long because a body turns up—well, pieces of […]

CASTLE PERILOUS by John DeChancie

August 17, 2014

People who are coming through the doors of Castle Perilous for the first time are in for a treat. I first entered the castle almost 30 years ago, though it does not seem so long ago. I recently re-read the book on an e-reader and was surprised at how much of the story and characters […]

SPIRIT OF STEAMBOAT by Craig Johnson

May 28, 2014

Walt Longmire is a great addition to the mystery scene, and to summer television. I enjoy Walt in both mediums and like sitting down to see where his latest cases are going to take me. I also appreciate the fact that author Craig Johnson sits down every now and again and blows through a short […]

THE ROAD TO RECKONING by Robert Lautner

May 28, 2014

I’m a sucker for coming-of-age in the Old West novels. I’ve read a few of them over the years. Many of the books in Louis L’Amour’s Sackett series and other novels he penned fill that vein. Then there’s True Grit and Joe Lansdale’s latest offering, The Thicket, to add to the pile. Robert Lautner joins […]

CONAN THE REBEL by Poul Anderson

May 28, 2014

Conan the Rebel was written back in 1980 by Poul Anderson, a writer I’ve read and admired for years. I’ve always enjoyed Anderson’s Dominic Flandry series (haven’t read all of them and it’s been years since I picked them up), but my favorite book he wrote was Three Hearts and Three Lions, a mix of […]

CHRONICLES OF CONAN: TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT AND OTHER STORIES by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith

May 25, 2014

Roy Thomas was the second major writer at Marvel Comics, groomed by Stan Lee himself. But Thomas was also the first guy to bring Conan the Barbarian to comics. In fact, he was the one who named Conan “the Barbarian” instead of the Cimmerian as Robert E. Howard usually referred to his larger-than-life hero. I […]

RED SONJA: QUEEN OF PLAGUES by Gail Simone & Walter Giovanni

May 25, 2014

Gail Simone really GETS Red Sonja! Simone has long been one of my favorite comics writers, but she exceeds all my expectations with her first graphic novel collection featuring Red Sonja. This is absolutely a wonderful story, and Walter Giovanni’s art is a visual cornucopia of imagery. The story caught me completely off-guard because I […]