Sunday, April 19, 2015

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles (Cash Laramie & Gideon Miles Series Book 1) - Kindle edition by Edward A. Grainger. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles is a short story collection of eight rousing, noir Western tales with a hardboiled edge. 

In 1880s Wyoming Territory, two Deputy U.S. Marshals find themselves on the outside of societal norms. Cash Laramie, raised by the Arapahos, is known as The Outlaw Marshal for his unorthodox conduct toward criminals and his cavalier approach to life. Gideon Miles, one of the first African Americans in the marshal service, is honorable, fearless, and unrivaled in his skills with guns, knives, and tracking. 

These independent, resourceful lawmen develop a bond, establishing a formidable defense in a wayward land where good and wicked is often hard to distinguish and life is as cheap as a two-bit game of poker.

Those Wacky U.S. Presidents

Those Wacky U.S. Presidents 

Song of the Day

Jackie Wilson and Linda Hopkins - Do Lord - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 12 Best Civil War Movies

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Walter D. Edmonds, The Wedding Journey, Dell 10-cent Book #6

James Bond And The Fall Of The British Empire

James Bond And The Fall Of The British Empire: For Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the spectacular collapse of the British Empire after the Second World War was like a bereavement. It even followed -- almost to the letter -- the classic sequence of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and, finally, acceptance.

Croc Update (You've Got a Friend Edition)

The Friendly Crocodiles of Paga

Do You Remember These Long Gone '00s Retail Stores

Do You Remember These Long Gone '00s Retail Stores

The Secret Origin of 7 Extremely Important Actions

The Secret Origin of 7 Extremely Important Actions

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Outrage at Blanco is Currently a Bestseller!

Outrage at Blanco: An Ellie Taine Thriller - Kindle edition by Bill Crider. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) 
#6 in�Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime Fiction 
#8 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Women Sleuths #8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Women Sleuths

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All Time

A Podcast of Interest to Geezers

Utterly Immortal Billboard Hits From 1965  

The good stuff starts around 2:50 and lasts about 12 minutes.

Song of the Day

Ray Price - Under Your Spell Again (1959) - YouTube:

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The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review 

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Bayard Kendrick, The Murder Who Wanted More, Dell 10-cent Book #32

20 Emojis All Texans Wish Existed

20 Emojis All Texans Wish Existed

Lynn Kostoff Interview

Short, Sharp interview: Lynn Kostoff 

Croc Update (Bubblegum Edition)

Maurizio Savini - Philadelphia Zoo: A jaw dropping 8-foot long crocodile made of chewing gum stretches the boundaries of repurposing. Chewing gum is a worldwide problem, costing businesses and taxpayers millions of dollars per year to clean up if not properly disposed. These sticky sculptures have been exhibited all over the world, including London, Edinburgh, Rome and Berlin, demonstrating a creative way to repurpose a material that cannot typically be recycled or composted.

Photo at the link.
Hat tip to Jeff Segal.

Friday, April 17, 2015

You Know You Can't Wait

Archie Comics teams up with... 'Sharknado'?

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

Southwest flier booted for jabbing snoring flier with pen

First It was the Thin Mints Melee

And now it's the Smartphone Debate!

Smartphone Debate Ends With Stabbings 

What Happened to the Venus De Milo's Arms?

What Happened to the Venus De Milo's Arms?

Song of the Day

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Or Maybe You Did

15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 'Animal House' 

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26 People Who Failed So Hard At The English Language They Almost Won

26 People Who Failed So Hard At The English Language They Almost Won

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Geoffrey Household, Delilah of the Back Stairs, Dell 10-Cent Book #29

9 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

9 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

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The 20 Best Hollywood Comedy Movies of All Time 

Uh-Oh

NBC Reorders a 10-Episode First Season of ‘Emerald City,’ a ‘Game of Thrones’-y Reimagining of Oz

FFB: Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir -- Arthur Lyons


This is a rerun from July 12, 2004.  I thought that after more than 10 years, it might be time for another look at it.

Lately I've been browsing the capsule movie summaries in Arthur Lyons' book called Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir, and I find them highly entertaining. 

But here's something that's really bothering me. It has nothing to do with the movies or the book itself. It's a sentence in the blurb from Robert Crais in the front of the book. Here it is: "Written with the sure hand of a gifted novelist, Arthur Lyons has opened an entertaining treasure chest that will have you racing to your local video rental joint." As a former English teacher, all I can say is, "Arrrgggghhhh!" And to think that Crais out-sells me about a million to one. 

Since I'm far from a film noir geek, or even a film geek of any kind, I don't have too many nits to pick with Lyons himself. However (you knew there was going to be a "however," right?) there's this on page 122 in Lyons' comment on THE MYSTERIOUS MR. VALENTINE (1946): "This film was a new kind of role for Linda Stirling, who up to this time had spend most of her time at Republic dressed in a leopard cat suit and beating up bad guys in THE TIGER WOMAN serials (sic). Tristram Coffin, in contrast, was right at home, having been a staple minor villain in many a Republic feature. In 1951, he finally got a taste of what it was to play a good guy when he starred as Commando Cody in LOST PLANET AIRMEN, Republic's feature release of its serial KING OF THE ROCKETMEN." 

As I said, I'm no expert, but this wrong on so many levels. 

As far as I know, for example, there was only one TIGER WOMAN serial (Lyons is right about the leopard costume, though. Why they didn't call her the Leopard Woman is a still-unanswered question.) She certainly hadn't spent all her time at Republic in that one serial, either. How can one forget her sparkling performance in another serial, ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP? (Alas, I'm pretty sure it wasn't Linda wielding the whip in several scenes, which sort of takes away the fun of it if you know what I mean, and I think you do.) Or THE PURPLE MONSTER STRIKES, for that matter? 

And if Tristam Coffin played Commando Cody in the feature release of KING OF THE ROCKETMEN, wouldn't he have played good-guy Cody in the serial itself? (You'd think so.) But wait. Since the title of the serial is KING OF THE ROCKETMEN, wouldn't Coffin have played a guy named "King"? (Darned right. Jeff King.) And wasn't Commando Cody in a completely different serial? (Darned right: RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON. He was played by George Wallace [not the Governor of Alabama]. And by some other guy in COMMANDO CODY: SKY MARSHAL OF THE UNIVERSE.) 

Sort of makes a fella wonder about the rest of Lyons' commentary.