Chuck Noll: His life’s Work by Michael MacCambridge. (Biography, 2016). For my money, a truly involving and compelling sports biography like this is among the rarest of rare literary birds. I say this although I personally enjoy watching pro football (among many other things) and particularly follow the Pittsburgh Steelers. In my experience, famous and successful […]Read more "REVIEWED: Chuck Noll"
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (Myth-Based Story Collection, 2017). In his new book, the incomparable Neil Gaiman (a multiple award winner and best selling author in a variety of genres) faces the challenge of converting the often fragmentary surviving myths from the Viking Era into a series of connected short stories accessible to modern readers […]Read more "REVIEWED: Norse Mythology"
The Other Side of Silence by Bill Pronzini (Mystery/Suspense Novel, 2008). Okay, here’s another older book–though still available in various formats from Amazon (and other places). There is also at least one other, more recent book with the same title (inspired by the same George Eliot quote that leads off this one, no doubt). In any […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Other Side of Silence"
32 Cadillacs by Joe Gores (Crime Novel, 1992). I’ve been reviewing mostly recent publications of late, but what the heck–this is MY blog and I can review whatever I want. This one’s new to me, folks. Besides, even older and out-of-print/used books are easy enough to track down these days. Sooooo this time out I’m reviewing a […]Read more "REVIEWED: 32 Cadillacs"
Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider. (Mystery Novel, 2016). I’m a late-comer to novelist Bill Crider’s work, but with this book you can count me as a new (if less than slavish) admirer. It seems he specializes in rural-Texas-based murder mysteries. It fact, this is the latest of over twenty novels centered around County […]Read more "REVIEWED: Survivors Will Be Shot Again"
Devils & Demons edited by Marvin Kaye. (Horror Anthology, 1987). Putting myself in a Halloween mood, I checked this thick (586 pages) anthology out of my local library. The book contains 52 works–mostly short to medium-length horrific fiction, but with a sprinkling of poems and even one short play script. The contents range from old classics […]Read more "REVIEWED: Devils & Demons"
Fear Itself: The Horror Fiction of Stephen King edited by Tim Underwood & Chuck Miller. (Nonfiction Anthology, 1982/1984). An interesting collection of insights into the horror master’s early career. There’s a warm yet probing introduction by novelist (and soon-to-be King collaborator) Peter Straub and a Foreword where King himself describes (in amusing and rather bemused […]Read more "Reviewed: FEAR ITSELF"