Review: Captain Nice

Captain Nice
Captain Nice by William Johnston
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Even given the age of this book and being an adaptation of a TV show, this was an extremely mediocre book. It seems like the author either watched the pilot and wrote the book or was only given script treatments to base his work on. Carter Nash is way more clumsy than he usually was in the show, and Mrs. Nash was far more domineering than she was portrayed by Alice Ghostley. I’ve recently watched most of the series on the internet over the past year and this was NOT a good depiction of a light-hearted sitcom.

The story was fairly well-written, and there were a few chuckles amid the dated humor, but it was all far too repetitive – like this was written for a comic book instead of a proper novel.

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Review: I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny
I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny by Bob Newhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent autobiography by Newhart, which reads just like his various comedy routines and TV characters: Subdued, normal, and hilariously funny. Lots of great anecdotes, comedy bits, and behind-the-scenes tidbits about Bob and his varied career.

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Review: Archie: Pureheart the Powerful Volume 1

Archie: Pureheart the Powerful Volume 1
Archie: Pureheart the Powerful Volume 1 by Frank Doyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not the greatest attempt at superhero comics, but still a bit enjoyable. The Captain Hero stories are the better tales in this one. They’re all pretty fast-paced, but dull. Understandable considering this is Archie Comics, but they had come so close to getting it right with the Mighty Crusaders… ah, well. A half-hour of nostalgia.

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Review: Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Battlefield, Vol. 1

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Battlefield, Vol. 1
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Battlefield, Vol. 1 by Hank Chapman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent volume in the Marvel Masterworks series! This one features some very well-written and poignant war stories, very akin to the EC Comics tales of the day and the later masterpieces of Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert.

You’ve got a Who’s Who of fifties’ artists here, too: Joe Maneely, Don Rico, Ogden Whitney, Werner Roth, and even early stories by more humor-centric artists like Dave Berg, Jack Davis.

The stories are set mostly during the Korean War (which was going on at the time of publication), but they span the years and cover many salient points about war and the human condition.

A very good read on all counts!

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Review: Pineapple Mystery Box: A Pineapple Port Cozy Mystery: Book Two

Pineapple Mystery Box: A Pineapple Port Cozy Mystery: Book Two
Pineapple Mystery Box: A Pineapple Port Cozy Mystery: Book Two by Amy Vansant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was very happy to receive an advance copy of this e-book from the author, as I really enjoyed the first Pineapple Port book. Cozy mysteries are about the only readable kind of detective fiction that I bother with now, since most of the “big name” stuff is always so dark and predictable. Ms. Vansant is a welcome breath of fresh air in the arena.

I’ve been disappointed by other independent author cozy mysteries as of late, with recycled mysteries and cardboard characters. Pineapple Mystery Box however is one of those rare ones that are consistent, with enjoyable characterization and dialogue, and also manage a first rate whodunit at the same time.

If you like the Cat Who books by Lillian Jackson Braun, or the Lighthouse Mystery stories of Tim Myers, I think you will definitely enjoy Amy Vansant’s quirky little retreat at Pineapple Port!

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