Thursday, January 19, 2017

Song of the Day

We're Not Gonna Take It - YouTube:

A History of Pepsi Cola

A History of Pepsi Cola 

Today's Vintage Ad


I'm Doomed

Sitting down for hours a day speeds up ageing

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William Beyer, Murder by Arrangement, Phantom Books (Australia), 1955

Marilyn Monroe's Forgotten Hollywood Sorority

Marilyn Monroe's Forgotten Hollywood Sorority

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Stu Palmer’s and Craig Rice’s Withers/Malone Team-Ups in EQMM”

“Collaborative Sleuthing: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Stu Palmer’s and Craig Rice’s Withers/Malone Team-Ups in EQMM”

Silent Film GIFs Reveal the Special Effects Tricks of Early Cinema

Silent Film GIFs Reveal the Special Effects Tricks of Early Cinema

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Possible Interest

The Communion of Saints (John Ray / LS9 crime thrillers Book 3) by [Barlow, John]The Communion of Saints (John Ray / LS9 crime thrillers Book 3) - Kindle edition by John Barlow. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.  Following the violent murder of his father, John Ray is getting his life back on track, and putting the criminal past of his family behind him. But when Shirley Kirk of the West Yorkshire Police asks him for a favour, he’s sucked into a mystery that is as confusing as it is devastating.

Allegations of historical abuse have emerged at a Catholic Boys’ Home in the city. They involve a prominent businessman who is keen to get to the bottom of who is making the accusations. And he wants John Ray to do the looking. Discreetly.

John soon begins to uncover a more complex mystery involving blackmail, kidnap and murder. But why are the police really asking for his help? There are people on the Force still out to get John Ray for his past misdemeanours. And they are not the only ones who know about his family's past.

A novel set in Leeds, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS is novel about innocence, vengeance, and the power of good and evil. It is the third crime thriller in the John Ray / LS9 series.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

SF woman arrested in stabbing over parking place

Death and the Naked Lady -- John Flagg (John Gearon)

Sad to think that I've neglected to read John Flagg all these years.  Stark House has been publishing some new editions of his Gold Medal novels, though, and I've been catching up.  The latest from Stark House is a sort of Triple-Decker, two novels and a short story, with an introduction by none other than James Reasoner.

I chose to read Death and the Naked Lady not just because of the title but because of the intriguing setting.  The entire book is set on an ocean liner traveling from France to the U.S. in 1950.  Aboard is Mac McLean, a nightclub singer who's suddenly had a big success in France and is now set up for his debut in New York.  Also on board are spies, counterspies, crossers, doublecrossers, and killers.  Not to mention a MacGuffin, a case of jade pieces.  And of course the famous Naked Lady.  

McLean finds himself involved with all of these, and he also learns that maybe his sudden career boost hasn't come about solely because of his own efforts and talent. 

The setting of the ocean voyage (no place to run, no escaping the villains) adds a lot to the interest of the book, and the complex plotting kept me guessing.  It's no wonder that Flagg was the first author to published by Gold Medal, and it's great to have these books back in print.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman stabbed man 9 times: Woman stabbed man 9 times after he wouldn't commit to relationship

The Best Cookbook to Come out of the 80s

Get in the Mood for Lurve with the Best Cookbook to Come out of the 80s

Song of the Day

The Delfonics - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - 1970 - YouTube:

Top 10 Biggest Thefts In The History Of Entertainment

Top 10 Biggest Thefts In The History Of Entertainment

Today's Vintage Ad


I Want to Believe!

Daily Mail Online: Elvis in disguise? Conspiracy fans claim the King is ALIVE and visited Graceland on his 82nd birthday

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George Worthing Yates, The Body that Wasn't Uncle, Dell, 1944

I Miss the Old Days

Mother Road Revisited  

This is a great site.

Forgotten Hits: January 18th

Forgotten Hits: January 18th

The Pioneering Female Sci-Fi Writer Whose Identity Was Kept Secret for 50 Years

The Pioneering Female Sci-Fi Writer Whose Identity Was Kept Secret for 50 Years

D.B. Cooper Update

New Evidence Suggests D.B. Cooper's Tie May Help Solve a 45-Year Mystery

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bargain of the Century

3-disc set, $5.  It's out of stock, but they promise delivery at that price when they get more in. 

Amazon.com: Woodstock 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited (BD) [Blu-ray]: Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and the Fish, Stills, Nash & Young Crosby, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, The Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Santana, John Sebastian, Sly & the Family Stone, Ten Years After, The Who, Michael Wadleigh, Bob Maurice

Neon Beauty of Times Square at Night

A Photographer Reflects on the Neon Beauty of Times Square at Night

Song of the Day

"Fourteen Carat Mind" By Gene Watson - YouTube:

Forgotten Hits: January 17th

Forgotten Hits: January 17th

Today's Vintage Ad


Shanthi Sekaran Returns to Haunt Her Childhood Library

Shanthi Sekaran Returns to Haunt Her Childhood Library

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Ledru Baker, The Preying Streets, Phantom Books (Australia), 1956

35 Things Turning 35 in 2017

35 Things Turning 35 in 2017 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Atlas Obscura: An old abandoned pharmacy building in Texas is brimming with collectibles and images of the little tuxedoed bulldog.

Overlooked Movies -- Scaramouche

After reading Scaramouche, nothing would do but that I see the movie again.  As I mentioned in my comments on the book, I loved the movie when I was a kid, and no wonder.  It had one of my favorite actors, Stewart Granger, a beautiful redhead, Eleanor Parker, a beautiful blonde, Janet Leigh, a villainous villain (Mel Ferrer), and one of the great movie sword fights of all time.  In fact, it was at one time the longest of all movie sword fights.  Maybe it still is.  Plus it's in glorious Technicolor.  You have to see it to realize how great it looks, that's all there is to it.  And there's a great score.

What's even better, the screenwriters took Elmore Leonard's famous advice years before he gave it and left out all the parts of the book that readers tend to skip.  Then they added almost nonstop action, a ton of witty banter, and tightened the plot to fit into two hours.  Scaramouche, the movie, is a lot faster and more fun than the book (and I say that having enjoyed the book).  If you like old Hollywood glamour, this movie has just about everything you could ask for.  I loved it when I was a kid, and I love it now.  You want entertainment?  That's what Scaramouche provides, and plenty of it.  You cannot go wrong.  Check out the trailer embedded below if you don't believe me.  That should convince anybody.

Scaramouche

Scaramouche (1952) Official Trailer - Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh Swashbuckler Movie HD - YouTube: