Review: The Cool War

The Cool War
The Cool War by Frederik Pohl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not Pohl’s best, but it was an interesting look at war without all the bloodshed; I wouldn’t doubt many of the things happening today are the result of this sort of behind-the-scenes activity.

The book does place high on the deceptive cover list, though, as there’s not a darn thing in this book that resembles what happening on the cover.

View all my reviews

Advertisements

Review: Star Hawks Empire Ninety Nine

Star Hawks Empire Ninety Nine
Star Hawks Empire Ninety Nine by Ron Goulart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A story 36 years in the reading…Yep, it took me over 35 years to read this one. I started it after I bought a copy at Kmart when it first came out, but in the middle of the book I lost my copy. I happened to see it on Amazon a few months ago, and I just finished re-reading it.

Fun story, based on a very good but rather obscure comic strip, full of great illustrations by comic book legend Gil Kane. It’s your standard space opera, with some interesting characters. I’d put in on the same level as Alan Dean Foster’s work, like in Splinter of the Mind’s Eye.

View all my reviews

Review: Avengers Epic Collection: Behold…the Vision

Avengers Epic Collection: Behold…the Vision
Avengers Epic Collection: Behold…the Vision by Roy Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the better Epic Collections, primarily for some great Buscema artwork on the initial Vision tales in The Avengers. Barry Windsor-Smith, Sal Buscema, Sam Giacoia, and Gene Colan all provide pencils for this book, with some great Roy Thomas stories to buttress them. The Vision debuts, as does Yellowjacket, the new Goliath, Hawkeye’s brother Barney, the Squadron Sinister, the Grandmaster, and Ultron-6.

It’s hard to go wrong with this book – it’s worth the cover price!

View all my reviews

Review: All Star Comics Archives, Volume 4

All Star Comics Archives, Volume 4
All Star Comics Archives, Volume 4 by Gardner F. Fox
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fun volume of the All Star Comics Archives, though even golden age fans will probably be disappointed with most of the artwork. There are a few chapters of Sandman by Simon and Kirby, Spectre by Bernard Bailey, and Sheldon Moldoff does his usual great work on the Hawkman chapters, but most of these Justice Battalion tales are a bit lacking. Maybe it was the loss of the bullpen to the war effort or something, and I normally don’t mind of the likes of Stan Aschmeier or Paul Reinman, but there’s too much of it here and I think it was done so quickly that it’s really sub-par. The stories are great though, featuring the first two appearances of the Brain Wave.

View all my reviews

Review: The Case of the Stuttering Bishop

The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop by Erle Stanley Gardner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the odder Perry Mason mysteries I’ve read, but it does keep you guess until the final pages. There’s a lot of strangeness going on with Perry’s clients this time, and Perry gets himself in what could be SERIOUS hot water – and Hamilton Burger ain’t gonna let it slide. Definitely worth reading if you’re a detective fiction fan!

View all my reviews

Review: The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece

The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece
The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece by Erle Stanley Gardner
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Very serviceable Perry Mason entry, like most of the early novels. Perry’s still a tad more hard-boiled than he was to become, and his clients are still trying to pull the wool over his eyes. He actually makes it to trial in this one, which has been a rarity, as he usually pulls down the prosecution’s case during preliminary discovery sessions. Well written, though the characters are broadly drawn as always.

View all my reviews