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harrygbutler keeps reading in 2018 — 8

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75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Aug 9, 2018, 11:51am Top

Welcome to thread 8! I’m Harry, and this is my third year in the 75 Books Challenge. By training I'm a medievalist, by occupation an editor; my taste in reading runs to Golden Age and earlier mysteries, pulp detective and adventure fiction, Late Antique and medieval literature, westerns, and late nineteenth and early twentieth century popular fiction, among others. I also have a fondness for collections of cartoons and comic strips. I usually have a few books going at once.

My wife Erika and I live in eastern Pennsylvania with three cats — Elli, Otto, and Pixie — and a dog, Hildy. Our pets occasionally make an appearance in my thread. My other interests include model railroading, gardening, and birding, so you'll sometimes see something related to them as well.

I’ll be spending time this year building model railroad kits. The boxes for these kits often are good examples of mid-century commercial art design, and I’ll be using scans of some of these as thread toppers.

Two new projects will be features of my threads in 2018 as well: pulp magazine reads and some sort of account of the movies I’ll be watching (I’m aiming to average one a day over the year). These will likely have an impact on my book totals for the year.

I try to provide some sort of comment on the books and magazines I read, but they aren't really reviews.

Edited: Aug 9, 2018, 11:58am Top

Not quite In the Wild with Harry Butler! :-)

A highlight of our summer has been a visit to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pa., where we got to spend a little time interacting with their 11-month-old two-toed sloth, Vivien (seen with me above).

Edited: Aug 9, 2018, 12:55pm Top

Books completed in the first quarter of 2018

1. Gold Brick Island, by J. J. Connington
2. Tales of Our Coast, by S. R. Crockett, Gilbert Parker, Harold Frederic, Q, and W. Clark Russell
3. Circus, by Alistair MacLean
4. Poisoned Arrow, by Ibn-e Safi
5. Katzenjammer: A Selection of Comics, by Rudolph Dirks and Harold H. Knerr
6. Vintage Murder, by Ngaio Marsh
7. Cows of Our Planet, by Gary Larson
8. Feeling No Pain, by Syd Hoff
9. The Key, by Patricia Wentworth
10. The Far Side Gallery, by Gary Larson
11. The Groaning Board, by Charles Addams
12. The Old English History of the World: An Anglo-Saxon Retelling of Orosius, ed. and trans. by Malcolm E. Godden
13. The Complete Adventures of Feluda I, by Satyajit Ray
14. Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley, by Lord Dunsany
15. The Rumble Murders, by Henry Ware Eliot Jr.
16. Aunts Aren't Gentlemen, by P. G. Wodehouse
17. The Pocket Book of Cartoons, ed. by Bennet A. Cerf
18. The Years Between, by Rudyard Kipling
19. My Best Girls, by Helen E. Hokinson
20. Mystery in the Channel, by Freeman Wills Crofts
21. Ben Sees It Through, by J. Jefferson Farjeon
22. History of the Bishops of Salona and Split, by Archdeacon Thomas of Split
23. The Far Side Gallery 2, by Gary Larson
24. Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Terror of the Beagle Boys", by Carl Barks
25. Alexander and Dindimus: or, The Letters of Alexander to Dindimus, King of the Brahmans, with the Replies of Dindimus; Being a Second Fragment of the Alliterative Romance of Alisaunder; Translated from the Latin, about A.D. 1340-50, ed. by Walter W. Skeat
26. Cap'n Warren's Wards, by Joseph C. Lincoln
27. The Horror on the Links, by Seabury Quinn
28. Headlong Hall, by Thomas Love Peacock
29. Look on the Light Side, ed. by Gurney Williams
30. Midnight Murder, by Gerald Verner
31. The Owner Lies Dead, by Tyline Perry
32. The Crimson Query, by Arlton Eadie
33. Smokewater, by Ibn-e Safi
34. Young Men in Spats, by P. G. Wodehouse
35. Sainted Women of the Dark Ages, ed. and trans. by Jo Ann McNamara and John E. Halborg, with E. Gordon Whatley
36. Sailors' Knots, by W. W. Jacobs
37. The Tale of the Good Cat Jupie by Neely McCoy
38. Mr. Pinkerton Goes to Scotland Yard, by David Frome
39. Modern Times: Cartoons from The Wall Street Journal, by Charles Preston
40. The Black Dream, by Constance Little and Gwenyth Little
41. "Honey, I'm Home!": A Collection of Cartoons from The Saturday Evening Post, ed. by Marione R. Nickles
42. The Mystery at Stowe, by Vernon Loder
43. Tales from the White Hart, by Arthur C. Clarke
44. The Broken Fang and Other Experiences of a Specialist in Spooks, by Uel Key

Edited: Aug 9, 2018, 1:12pm Top

Books completed in the second quarter of 2018

45. Devil's Planet, by Manly Wade Wellman
46. Through More History with J. Wesley Smith, by Burr Shafer
47. Drawn and Quartered, by Charles Addams
48. History and Hagiography from the Late Antique Sinai: Including Translations of Pseudo-Nilus' Narrations, Ammonius' Report on the Slaughter of the Monks of Sinai and Rhaithous, and Anastasius of Sinai's Tales of the Sinai Fathers, by Daniel F. Caner
49. Blood on His Hands, by Max Afford
50. I Meet Such People, by Gurney Williams
51. After Hours: Cartoons from The Saturday Evening Post, ed. by Marione R. Nickles
52. What Am I Laughing At?, by Sgt. Ralph Stein
53. The History of the Norman People: Wace's Roman de Rou, trans. by Glyn S. Burgess
54. "One Moment, Sir!" Cartoons from The Saturday Evening Post, ed. by Marione R. Nickles
55. The Annals of Fulda, trans. by Timothy Reuter
56. At Ease, Beetle Bailey, by Mort Walker
57. Life of Columbanus, Life of John of Réomé, and Life of Vedast, by Jonas of Bobbio
58. The Girl on the Boat, by P. G. Wodehouse
59. She Came Back, by Patricia Wentworth
60. Little God Ben, by J. Jefferson Farjeon
61. More Brother Juniper, by Father Justin McCarthy
62. The Gods of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edited: Sep 26, 2018, 9:26pm Top

Books completed in the third quarter of 2018

63. The Rogues' Syndicate, by Frank Froest
64. The Paddington Mystery, by John Rhode
65. The Lyttleton Case, by R.A.V. Morris
66. The Cat Saw Murder, by D. B. Olsen
67. Up Three Points, Please! Cartoons from The Wall Street Journal, ed. by Charles Preston
68. Yondering, by Louis L'Amour
69. Meet Mr. Mulliner, by P. G. Wodehouse
70. Back to B.C., by Johnny Hart
71. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
72. The Ponson Case, by Freeman Wills Crofts
73. Punch in the Air: A Cartoon History of Flying, ed. by David Langdon
74. Summer Lightning, by P. G. Wodehouse
75. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle
76. Bats in the Belfry, by E.C.R. Lorac
77. The Black Iris, by Constance Little and Gwenyth Little
78. The Grell Mystery, by Frank Froest
79. Blood on the Tracks: Railway Mysteries, ed. by Martin G. Edwards
80. Showdown at Yellow Butte, by Louis L'Amour
81. Down the Long Hills, by Louis L'Amour
82. Mr. Mulliner Speaking, by P. G. Wodehouse
83. Death over Newark, by Alexander Williams
84. Renard the Fox, trans. by Patricia Terry
85. The Grouse Moor Murder, by John Ferguson
86. The Crime Club, by Frank Froest and George Dilnot
87. Grin and Bear It, by George Lichty
88. The Body in the Silo, by Ronald A. Knox
89. When Were You Built?, by Helen E. Hokinson
90. A Dreamer's Tales and Other Stories, by Lord Dunsany
91. The Pit-Prop Syndicate, by Freeman Wills Crofts
92. The Plumley Inheritance, by Christopher Bush
93. To the Far Blue Mountains, by Louis L'Amour
94. Detective Ben, by J. Jefferson Farjeon
95. Darkness at Dawn: Early Suspense Classics by Cornell Woolrich, by Cornell Woolrich
96. Belvedere: Hot Dog!, by George Crenshaw
97. Still Dead, by Ronald A. Knox

Edited: Sep 22, 2018, 10:35pm Top

Argosy kicked off the pulp magazine era with its April 1894 issue, and it remained a major pulp until it became a slick-paper magazine in the 1940s.

After years of reading reprinted stories and novels from the pulp magazines, last November I picked up a number of the original magazines, and I’ve decided to try reading approximately one a week. I don’t intend to include them in my book count, so I’ll be tracking them separately here. If all goes well, I should read about 50 over the year.

Magazines completed in 2018

1. Short Stories, September 10, 1947
2. Railroad Stories, July 1933
3. Argosy All-Story Weekly, September 7, 1929
4. The Phantom Detective, September 1934 (facsimile)
5. Railroad Stories, January 1933
6. Argosy, August 31, 1940
7. Tales from the Magician's Skull, No. 1 (pulp-inspired or neo-pulp)
8. Wings, December 1928
9. Argosy All-Story Weekly, September 8, 1928
10. Short Stories, May 1952
11. Argosy All-Story Weekly, October 27, 1923
12. Railroad Stories, May 1934
13. Argosy All-Story Weekly, December 15, 1923
14. Argosy All-Story Weekly, August 8, 1925
15. Argosy All-Story Weekly, October 13, 1923
16. Argosy All-Story Weekly, February 23, 1924
17. Argosy All-Story Weekly, August 16, 1924
18. Cirsova, Spring 2018 (pulp-inspired or neo-pulp)
19. Tales from the Magician's Skull, No. 2 (pulp-inspired or neo-pulp)
20. Storyhack Action & Adventure, Issue 1 (pulp-inspired or neo-pulp)
21. Argosy All-Story Weekly, July 4, 1925
22. Argosy All-Story Weekly, March 3, 1928

Aug 9, 2018, 11:53am Top

Several years ago I challenged myself to view 500 movies in a year. I was successful, but I did find it fairly difficult to manage. I haven’t been watching many movies recently, and I’d like to change that. For 2018, I am hoping to average a movie a day over the whole year, for a total of 365 or thereabouts.

Movies watched in the first quarter of 2018

1. After the Thin Man (MGM, 1936) — viewed Jan. 1
2. Doctor in the House (GFD, 1954) — viewed Jan. 2
3. Lawless Valley (RKO, 1938) — viewed Jan. 3
4. Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939) — viewed Jan. 4
5. Unknown Island (Film Classics, 1948) — viewed Jan. 5
6. All Over Town (Republic, 1937) — viewed Jan. 6
7. The Case of the Howling Dog (WB, 1934) — viewed Jan. 7
8. Seven Keys to Baldpate (RKO, 1947) — viewed Jan. 8
9. A-Haunting We Will Go (Twentieth Century Fox, 1942) — viewed Jan. 9
10. Oklahoma Blues (Monogram, 1948) — viewed Jan. 10
11. The Falcon's Brother (RKO, 1942) — viewed Jan. 11
12. The Man They Could Not Hang (Columbia, 1939) — viewed Jan. 12
13. Bringing Up Baby (RKO, 1938) — viewed Jan. 13
14. Air Hawks (Columbia, 1935) — viewed Jan. 14
15. Blackbeard the Pirate (RKO, 1952) — viewed Jan. 14
16. Charlie Chan at the Race Track (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936) — viewed Jan. 15
17. Live Wires (Monogram, 1946) — viewed Jan. 16
18. Hidden Valley (Monogram, 1932) — viewed Jan. 17
19. Conspiracy (RKO, 1930) — viewed Jan. 18
20. Chandu the Magician (Fox, 1932) — viewed Jan. 19
21. Three Smart Girls (Universal, 1936) — viewed Jan. 20
22. The Monster of Piedras Blancas (Filmservice Distributors, 1959) — viewed Jan. 21
23. Tarzan Triumphs (RKO, 1943) — viewed Jan. 22
24. Fog Island (PRC, 1945) — viewed Jan. 22
25. The Old Fashioned Way (Paramount, 1934) — viewed Jan. 23
26. The Garden Murder Case (MGM, 1936) — viewed Jan. 25
27. Doctor X (WB, 1932) — viewed Jan. 26
28. Destination Tokyo (WB, 1943) — viewed Jan. 27
29. Guns in the Dark (Republic, 1937) — viewed Jan. 28
30. Mysterious Mr. Moto (Twentieth Century Fox, 1938) — viewed Jan. 28
31. Nick Carter, Master Detective (MGM, 1938) — viewed Jan. 29
32. Call of the Prairie (Paramount, 1936) — viewed Jan. 31
33. English Without Tears (GFD, 1944) — viewed Jan. 31
34. The Ace of Spades (Radio Pictures, 1935) — viewed Feb. 1
35. The Earth Dies Screaming (Lippert, 1964) — viewed Feb. 2
36. Go West (MGM, 1940) — viewed Feb. 3
37. Charlie Chan at the Opera (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936) — viewed Feb. 5
38. Tarzan's Desert Mystery (RKO, 1943) — viewed Feb. 6
39. The Cat and the Canary (Paramount, 1939) — viewed Feb. 7
40. Bonanza Town (Columbia, 1951) — viewed Feb. 8
41. The Night Cry (WB, 1926) — viewed Feb. 10
42. Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) — viewed Feb. 10
43. Ghost of Hidden Valley (PRC, 1946) — viewed Feb. 11
44. The Deathless Devil (Atadeniz Film, 1973) — viewed Feb. 11
45. The Falcon Strikes Back (RKO, 1943) — viewed Feb. 11
46. Raffles (Goldwyn/UA, 1939) — viewed Feb. 12
47. Before Dawn (RKO, 1933) — viewed Feb. 14
48. Theodora Goes Wild (Columbia, 1936) — viewed Feb. 14
49. Secrets of the Night (Universal, 1924) — viewed Feb. 15
50. Yukon Manhunt (Monogram, 1951) — viewed Feb. 17
51. Desperate Cargo (PRC, 1941) — viewed Feb. 18
52. Old Mother Riley in Paris (Butcher's Film Service, 1938) — viewed Feb. 18
53. The Man from Planet X (UA, 1951) — viewed Feb. 20
54. Charlie Chan's Secret (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936) — viewed Feb. 21
55. Outlaws of Sonora (Republic, 1938) — viewed Feb. 22
56. The Black Cat (Universal, 1941) — viewed Feb. 23
57. The Private Eyes (New World, 1980) — viewed Feb. 24
58. A Song Is Born (Goldwyn/RKO, 1948) — viewed Feb. 25
59. The Case of the Curious Bride (WB, 1935) — viewed Feb. 26
60. Arizona Legion (RKO, 1939) — viewed Feb. 28
61. In Fast Company (Monogram, 1946) — viewed March 1
62. Isle of the Dead (RKO, 1945) — viewed March 3
63. They Live (Universal, 1988) — viewed March 3
64. I Sell Anything (WB, 1934) — viewed March 4
65. Jim Hanvey, Detective (Republic, 1937) — viewed March 5
66. Curtain at Eight (Majestic, 1933) — viewed March 7
67. Passage to Marseille (WB, 1944) — viewed March 7
68. King of the Zombies (Monogram, 1941) — viewed March 9
69. The Fighting Frontiersman (Columbia, 1946) — viewed March 10
70. Charlie Chan on Broadway (Twentieth Century Fox, 1937) — viewed March 10
71. Meet Boston Blackie (Columbia, 1941) — viewed March 11
72. Murder at Midnight (Tiffany, 1931) — viewed March 11
73. Sins of Jezebel (RKO, 1953) — viewed March 14
74. The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (ARC, 1955) — viewed March 16
75. The Wayne Murder Case (Monogram, 1932) — viewed March 15-16
76. Whistling in Brooklyn (MGM, 1943) — viewed March 17
77. Minesweeper (Paramount, 1943) — viewed March 17-18
78. The Girl from Mexico (RKO, 1939) — viewed March 18
79. Bowery Bombshell (Monogram, 1946) — viewed March 20
80. The King Murder (Chesterfield, 1932) — viewed March 20-21
81. Hands Across the Table (Paramount, 1935) — viewed March 21
82. The Canary Murder Case (Paramount, 1929) — viewed March 22
83. Strangler of the Swamp (PRC, 1946) — viewed March 22-23
84. The Gay Divorcee (RKO, 1934) — viewed March 23
85. Seven Men from Now (WB, 1956) — viewed March 24
86. Mystery House (WB, 1938) — viewed March 25
87. Mystery of the Wax Museum (WB, 1933) — viewed March 26
88. Fugitive of the Plains (PRC, 1943) — viewed March 27
89. Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (Universal, 1949) — viewed March 27
90. The Ghost and the Guest (PRC, 1943) — viewed March 28
91. Tarantula (Universal International, 1955) — viewed March 28
92. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (Twentieth Century Fox, 1938) — viewed March 28
93. Murder at Glen Athol (Chesterfield, 1936) — viewed March 28-29
94. The Devil Commands (Columbia, 1941) — viewed March 29
95. Jungle Bride (Monogram, 1933) — viewed March 29-30
96. The Thing from Another World (RKO, 1951) — viewed March 30
97. House of Danger (Peerless, 1934) — viewed March 30-31
98. Cavalier of the West (Artclass, 1931) — viewed March 31
99. Sword of Venus (RKO, 1953) — viewed March 31
100. Murder She Said (MGM, 1961) — viewed March 31

Aug 9, 2018, 11:54am Top

By Source, Fair use, Link

Movies watched in the second quarter of 2018

101. The Case of the Lucky Legs (WB, 1935) — viewed April 1
102. Sinister Hands (William Steiner, 1932) — viewed April 1-2
103. The Narrow Margin (RKO, 1952) — viewed April 2
104. Murder by Television (Cameo, 1935) — viewed April 2-3
105. Death from a Distance (Invincible/Chesterfield, 1935) — viewed April 4-5
106. Below the Border (Monogram, 1942) — viewed April 5-6
107. Face in the Fog (Victory, 1936)
108. A Shot in the Dark (Chesterfield, 1935)
109. Jaws of Justice (Principal, 1933)
110. The Dark Hour (Chesterfield, 1936) — viewed April 10-11
111. The Prisoner of Zenda (UA, 1937)
112. The Giant of Marathon (Italian/MGM, 1959)
113. The Crooked Circle (Sono Art-World Wide Pictures, 1932)
114. Wild Horse Mesa (Paramount, 1925)
115. The Devil Plays (Chesterfield, 1931)
116. Devil Woman from Mars (Danziger/British Lion, 1954)
117. A Shriek in the Night (Allied, 1933)
118. West of Cimarron (Republic, 1941) — viewed April 17-18
119. The Case of the Velvet Claws (WB, 1936) — viewed April 18
120. Ali Baba and the Seven Saracens (1964) — viewed April 20-21
121. The Falcon in Danger (RKO, 1943) — viewed April 21
122. Strangers of the Evening (Tiffany, 1932)
123. The Moonstone (Monogram, 1934)
124. Army of Darkness (Universal, 1992) — viewed May 1
125. The Tall T (Columbia, 1957) — viewed May 6
126. The Lady in Scarlet (Chesterfield, 1935) — viewed May 5-6
127. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (Twentieth Century Fox, 1939) — viewed May 8
128. The Black Raven (PRC, 1943) — viewed May 8-9
129. The Wolf Hunters (Monogram, 1949) — viewed May 11
130. The Case of the Black Cat (WB, 1936), with the cartoon Mexicali Schmoes (WB, 1959) and short subject The Trouble with Husbands (Paramount, 1940) — viewed May 12
131. The Phantom of 42nd Street (PRC, 1945) — viewed over a few days, ending May 12
132. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (Columbia, 1956) — viewed May 13
133. Captain January (Twentieth Century Fox, 1936) — viewed May 13
134. A Canterbury Tale (Eagle-Lion, 1944), with the cartoon Here Today, Gone Tamale (WB, 1959) and Chapter 1 of the serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939) — viewed May 13
135. The Monster Walks (1932)
136. Crime Doctor (Columbia, 1943), with the cartoon The Sleepwalker (Disney/RKO, 1942) and short subject The Wide Open Spaces or The Cowboy's Lament (RKO Pathé, 1931) — viewed May 15
137. Without Reservations (RKO, 1946), with the cartoon T-Bone for Two (Disney/RKO, 1942) and short subject Thru Thin and Thicket or Who's Zoo in Africa (RKO, 1933) — viewed May 16
138. The Devil Bat (PRC, 1940) — viewed May 17-18
139. Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940), with the cartoon Pluto at the Zoo (Disney/RKO, 1942) and Chapter 2 of the serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939) — viewed May 20
140. Bloodhounds of Broadway (Twentieth Century Fox, 1952), with the cartoon The Beach Nut (Lantz/Universal, 1944) and short subject Unaccustomed As We Are (Roach/MGM, 1929) — viewed May 22
141. Mr. Wong, Detective (Monogram, 1938)
142. Zombies of Mora Tau (Columbia, 1957), with the cartoon Ski for Two (Lantz/Universal, 1944) and short subject Berth Marks (Roach/MGM, 1929) — viewed May 25
143. Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion (Universal, 1950), with the cartoon Chew-Chew Baby (Lantz/Universal, 1945) and short subject Men o' War (Roach/MGM, 1929) — viewed May 26
144. Blazing Across the Pecos (Columbia, 1948), with the cartoon Woody Dines Out (Lantz/Universal, 1945) and Chapter 3 of the serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939) — viewed May 27
145. Tonight We Raid Calais (Twentieth Century Fox, 1943) — viewed May 27
146. The Mystery of Mr. Wong (Monogram, 1939)
147. Mr. Wong in Chinatown (Monogram, 1939)
148. Blacula (American International, 1972), with the cartoon Wild Elephinks (Fleischer/Paramount, 1933) and short subject Hoi Polloi (Columbia, 1935) — viewed May 30
149. The Falcon and the Co-Eds (RKO, 1943), with the cartoon Sock-a-Bye Baby (Fleischer/Paramount, 1934) and short subject Three Little Beers (Columbia, 1935) — viewed May 31
150. We're Not Dressing (Paramount, 1934), with the cartoon Let's You and Him Fight (Fleischer/Paramount, 1934) and short subject Lost in Limehouse, or Lady Esmerelda's Predicament (RKO, 1933) — viewed June 1
151. The Glass-Bottom Boat (MGM, 1966), with the cartoon The Man on the Flying Trapeze (Fleischer/Paramount, 1934) and Chapter 4 of the serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939) — viewed June 2
152. Trailing Double Trouble (Monogram, 1940) — viewed June 3
153. El ataúd del Vampiro (The Vampire's Coffin) (Cinematográfica ABSA, 1958 / K. Gordon Murray Productions, 1965) — viewed June 3
154. Charlie Chan in Panama (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940), with the cartoon The Case of the Stuttering Pig (WB, 1937) and short subject The Revelers (WB, 1927) — viewed June 4
155. The Penguin Pool Murder (RKO, 1932), with the cartoon Little Pancho Vanilla (WB, 1938) and short subject The Morrissey & Miller Night Club Revue (WB, 1928) — viewed June 6
156. Trouble in Texas (Grand National, 1937)
157. The Fatal Hour (Monogram, 1940)
158. Operation Amsterdam (Rank, 1959), with the cartoon Little Beau Porky (WB, 1936) and short subject Sharps and Flats (WB, 1928)
159. Scream Blacula Scream (American International, 1973)
160. Twentieth Century (Columbia, 1934), with the cartoon Now That Summer Is Gone (WB, 1938) and Chapter 5 of the serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939) — viewed June 10
161. Doomed to Die (Monogram, 1940)
162. Northwest Territory (Monogram, 1951), with the cartoon Porky in the North Woods (WB, 1936) and Chapter 6 of the serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939) — viewed June 15
163. The Corpse Vanishes (Monogram, 1942)
164. News Hounds (Monogram, 1947)
165. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (RKO, 1949), with the Oswald the Rabbit cartoon Hells Heels (Lantz/Universal, 1930) and short subject The Forgotten Man (Paramount, 1941)
166. Affairs of Cappy Ricks (Republic, 1937)
167. Footsteps in the Dark (WB, 1941), with the Oswald the Rabbit cartoon Spooks (Lantz/Universal, 1930) and short subject The Moonshiner's Daughter, or Abroad in Old Kentucky (RKO, 1933)
168. Partners of the Sunset (Monogram, 1948)
169. The Giant Claw (Columbia, 1957) — viewed June 24
170. Creature with the Atom Brain (Columbia, 1955) — viewed June 24
171. Bluebeard (PRC, 1944)
172. Phantom of Chinatown (Monogram, 1940)

Edited: Sep 30, 2018, 9:40pm Top

Source: "The Story Behind... The Universal Pictures Logo," MyFilmViews.com

Movies watched in the third quarter of 2018
173. Murder over New York (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940), with the Oswald the Rabbit cartoon Grandma's Pet (Lantz/Universal, 1932) and Chapter 7 of the serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939) — viewed July 8
174. Tarzan and the Amazons (RKO, 1945), with the Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Steam Roller (Disney, 1934) and the Laurel & Hardy short subject Perfect Day (MGM, 1929/1937) — viewed July 9
175. Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940)
176. The Mummy's Hand (Universal, 1940)
177. The Ninth Guest (Columbia, 1934)
178. Charlie Chan in Rio (Twentieth Century Fox, 1941)
179. Invisible Ghost (Monogram, 1941)
180. Yukon Gold (Monogram, 1952)
181. Saludos Amigos (Disney/RKO, 1942)
182. International House (Paramount, 1933)
183. Castle in the Desert (Twentieth Century Fox, 1942)
184. Fighting Fools (Monogram, 1949)
185. The Swordswoman in White (1992)
186. The Mummy's Tomb (Universal, 1942)
187. The Mandarin Mystery (Republic, 1936)
188. Tremors (Universal, 1990)
189. Officer Thirteen (Allied, 1932)
190. House of Mystery (Monogram, 1934)
191. The House of Secrets (Chesterfield, 1936)
192. Laramie (Columbia, 1939)
193. The Rogues' Tavern (Puritan, 1936)
194. Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (RKO, 1946)
195. The Ghoul (Gaumont-British, 1933)
196. The Panther's Claw (PRC, 1942)
197. Cowboy Cavalier (Monogram, 1948)
198. Doctor at Sea (Rank, 1955)
199. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (Universal, 1943)
200. Snow Dog (Monogram, 1950)

As I somewhat expected, things slowed up during the summer.

Aug 9, 2018, 11:55am Top

Next one's yours.

Edited: Aug 9, 2018, 1:23pm Top

>2 harrygbutler: you have a nice, kind face. :)


...I just ordered my ELEVENTH copy of a Prince Valiant story, #10 in the series actually...and it's all your fault! You got me with a BB and I've not recovered yet.

Aug 9, 2018, 4:08pm Top

>11 fuzzi: Thanks, and you're welcome! :-)

I just checked, and I'm a couple volumes behind in acquisitions myself; I need to pick up 16 and 17, and 18 is due out before the end of the month (with 19 in late November). I don't know whether I'll continue if the Fantagraphic reprint series continues after the Hal Foster years.

Aug 9, 2018, 4:43pm Top

Movie 165. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (RKO, 1949), with the Oswald the Rabbit cartoon Hells Heels (Lantz/Universal, 1930) and Robert Benchley short subject The Forgotten Man (Paramount, 1941)

Source: IMDB

Probably the best, and almost certainly my favorite, of the movies making up John Ford's "cavalry trilogy" is She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, a story amusing, stirring, and touching by turns as aging widower Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne), faces retirement and an uncertain future away from the service that has been his home. Also on the verge of retirement is Top Sergeant Quincannon (Victor McLaglen), who has been serving alongside the captain for years, and who supplies some excellent comic scenes, including a terrific saloon brawl. Romantic rivalry among young lieutenants and the menace of Indian attacks help round out the story, but at its heart it is a character study of Brittles and a celebration of the flawed but sympathetic men who serve. Highly recommended!

Where to watch: Available on DVD, as are the Oswald the Rabbit cartoon and the Robert Benchley short we also watched.

Aug 9, 2018, 5:09pm Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 9, 2018, 6:30pm Top

>14 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori!

Edited: Aug 9, 2018, 6:47pm Top

>13 harrygbutler: okay, I'm not much of a movie-watcher, but I love John Ford westerns, and I liked your review, so I guess I'll put that on my TBW list. :)

EDIT: I just checked out your previous thread and saw a comment about reading the Sackett novels in order. If you want a shared challenge, I'm game for it. It's been a number of years since I last reread those books.

Aug 9, 2018, 7:05pm Top

>16 fuzzi: Sure, I'd be up for a shared challenge, though I don't think I want to reread the first right now. So you could read Sackett's Land at your leisure, and then we could start the shared read with To the Far Blue Mountains when you're ready to move on to that one.

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80. Showdown at Yellow Butte, by Louis L'Amour

Louis L'Amour has long been a favorite, so I jumped at the chance to read some of his work for the American Author Challenge this month. I started out with Showdown at Yellow Butte, an early novel originally published under the pen name Jim Mayo. It's a fast-moving story of an ex-soldier who is brought in to move squatters off land that belongs to the company but who soon discovers that all is not as it was said to be when he was hired. The brevity of the book means that some characters and aspects of the plot are a little undeveloped, but the pace of the action sweeps the reader on to a fairly satisfying conclusion. Mildly recommended.

Aug 10, 2018, 7:56am Top

Morning, Harry! Happy new thread! I can remember watching She Wore a Yellow Ribbon many times over the years with my Dad - he loved John Wayne.

LOVE the photo of you with the sloth!

Aug 10, 2018, 11:36am Top

Happy new thread, Harry!

Aug 10, 2018, 2:38pm Top

Happy new thread, Harry!

I love the picture with you & the sloth :-)

Aug 10, 2018, 5:56pm Top

>19 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie! Thanks!

We watched many John Wayne movies when I was a kid; I'm pretty sure we even went to see Brannigan (and possibly also McQ) at the drive-in. And I've got quite a few on DVD, as I like him, too.

Aug 10, 2018, 6:00pm Top

>20 mstrust: Thank you, Jennifer!

Aug 10, 2018, 6:00pm Top

>21 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! It was fun to get to meet one. :-)

Aug 10, 2018, 7:22pm Top

Happy New Thread, Harry! Love the Harry & Vivien photo! A new pal. Have a good weekend. We are getting geared up for our Colorado trip.

Aug 11, 2018, 8:27am Top

>25 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I'll be looking forward to your birding reports from Colorado.

Aug 11, 2018, 8:53am Top

Magazine 15. Argosy All-Story Weekly, October 13, 1923

The cover of this issue highlights a new serial starring occult detective Semi Dual. who first began appearing in the pulps before World War I but is now largely forgotten, although Altus Press has to date issued two collections of reprints of the stories. As usual, however, I skipped this and the other serials for the moment, as I lack all the parts, and concentrated on the material complete in the single issue. These provided an interesting range. The novelette, "Peridoux," by Fred Jackson, describes how a young man on the verge of suicide finds a new purpose and a new life through the offices of a mysterious benefactor. Corinne Harris Markey's "Into the Hands of the Enemy" is a mildly amusing tale, with a couple twists, as a hotel owner looks to retire and finally get shut of the daily torments of catering to the guests, especially long-term guests. "Sea Vultures," by Lt. C. Donald Feak, is a quick action story about treachery in the South Pacific, while Charles B. Stilson's "The Cheer Leader" is the comic highlight of the issue, as a young man entertains a group of businessmen meeting to deal with a crisis in their industry. Mabel H. Wharton's "Jes' Like His Pa" is a domestic tale of compromise and change for a young married couple. In Murray Horton Johnson's "The Image of Vengeance," doom comes to greedy men in the American Southwest. Finally, Lemuel L. De Bra's slight "Was It Murder?" asks the reader to decide the title question. The poems remain largely pleasant enough but forgettable. Another good issue on the whole, even if not all the stories were exactly to my taste.

Aug 11, 2018, 9:36am Top

Hi Harry! Happy new thread, and happy Saturday to you.

Thanks to you and fuzzi for your Louis L'Amour recommendations. I'll try to find one of them at our local used book store today. I've starred the AAC challenge thread, too.

I'm glad to see that you're reposted the Harry & Vivien photo. I like it a lot.

Aug 11, 2018, 10:56pm Top

>28 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! I hope you were able to find a L'Amour book and that you enjoy it when you give it a try.

Aug 11, 2018, 11:19pm Top

Movie 166. Affairs of Cappy Ricks (Republic, 1937)

By https://archive.org/details/affairs_of_cappy_ricks - https://archive.org/details/affairs_of_cappy_ricks, Public Domain, Link
Walter Brennan as Cappy Ricks

Sea captain Cappy Ricks (Walter Brennan) finds both family and business problems awaiting him when he returns from a long voyage, and he aims to resolve the issues by staging a fake shipwreck and stranding his daughter (Mary Brian) and other passengers with him on a desert island. Fate intervenes, however, to undermine his plan. Mildly amusing, and mildly recommended.

Aug 14, 2018, 8:39am Top

81. Down the Long Hills, by Louis L'Amour

Seven-year-old Hardy Collins faces the challenge of his young life after the massacre of a wagon train leaves him alone with three-year-old Betty Sue Powell, far from help or the post where he believes his father to be waiting, in the high country very late in the traveling season, with snow and wintry weather a looming threat. How Hardy overcomes the obstacles the two children encounter, with little help save that provided by the horse Big Red and his own knowledge and cunning, and some luck, makes for an engaging tale. Recommended.

Aug 14, 2018, 6:12pm Top

>31 harrygbutler: I love that one, almost as much as Conagher.

I started reading Sackett's Land last night, to start my reread of the series...it's been a while since I read them in order.

Want a challenge thread? :D

Aug 14, 2018, 7:18pm Top

>32 fuzzi: Sure, a Sackett challenge thread would be good! I'll skip Sackett's Land this time, since it hasn't been that long since I last reread it, but I'll be ready to join in with To the Far Blue Mountains.

Aug 14, 2018, 9:48pm Top

>34 fuzzi: Starred and commented. Thanks for getting it set up!

Aug 16, 2018, 7:01am Top

Good morning, Harry, happy Thursday to you.

Aug 17, 2018, 9:02am Top

>36 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! Thanks for dropping by.

Aug 17, 2018, 9:51am Top

82. Mr. Mulliner Speaking, by P. G. Wodehouse

More escapades, chiefly romantic, involving members of the Mulliner family, including three stories retailing the sad misadventures of young men with the misfortune to be infatuated with the devastating Roberta "Bobbie" Wickham. Consistently amusing, with plenty of laughs. Recommended.

Aug 17, 2018, 10:00am Top

Greetings from Colorful Colorado, Harry. I wish I could report that I have been ticking a lot of birds off my list, but only a few so far. I am trying though. Hope all is well there.

Aug 17, 2018, 5:43pm Top

>39 msf59: Hi, Mark! Too bad about the birds, but I hope you've been having a good vacation otherwise. My week has been fairly busy, but I'm looking forward to a pleasant weekend now.

Aug 18, 2018, 8:00am Top

Hi Harry!

I hope your weekend is as pleasant as you anticipate. We're back to nasty humidity here, unfortunately.

Aug 22, 2018, 7:21pm Top

Hey harrygbutler, everything okay there? How was your weekend?

I finished another James Oliver Curwood, thought you might be interested.

Aug 23, 2018, 10:21pm Top

>41 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! It was a good weekend, including a visit to the Middletown Grange Fair, and we were there for what I consider the highlight: the annual 4-H Beef Cattle Show. The week has been fine as well, but I haven't gotten around to spending time on LT.

Aug 23, 2018, 10:26pm Top

>42 fuzzi: Thanks for checking in! Things are fine, but I've been focused elsewhere — including reading, but also some enjoying the weather (especially today, as it has been much cooler than usual for this time of the year), gardening in fits and starts, and more. The weekend was a pleasant time; I'll try to find a decent photo or two to share from the beef cattle show. We also tried out a new tabletop game, Pulp Alley (https://www.pulpalley.com/index.html), which we enjoyed enough to plan to try again.

I'll pop over to your thread to see what you have to say about the Curwood book.

Aug 24, 2018, 6:40am Top

Morning, Harry. Happy Friday. I hope you had a good week. I did a little birding yesterday and saw my first warblers of the season. Yah!!

Aug 24, 2018, 7:44am Top

Hi Harry! Fairs are fun. I must admit that I haven't gone to any 4H events except when my daughter was in a 4H horse club for about a year when she was ten-ish.

Happy Friday to you.

Aug 24, 2018, 9:52am Top

>45 msf59: Hi, Mark! It has been a good week, thanks. The weather has been great the last couple days in particular; it has been nice to have the windows open and the air conditioners off. If the pleasant temperatures hold through the weekend without rain, perhaps we'll get a chance to hit a park and do some birding out this way, too.

Aug 24, 2018, 9:58am Top

>46 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen! I do like fairs. It's possible we'll visit another of the local fairs this weekend. Among its features is a 4H club with the oh-so-cute pygmy goats, which weren't really in evidence at the Grange fair (although regular goats were around). We usually walk through the 4H exhibits — arts, crafts, produce, baking — when we visit a fair, as well as the animal barns.

Aug 24, 2018, 10:03am Top

Most of my photos from the fair didn't really come out, but this one shows a striking steer, Buster, that won its weight class at the beef cattle show.

The best in show tractor was this International 300.

Aug 24, 2018, 7:18pm Top

>49 harrygbutler: both of those boys look good! Any idea what was the year/age of the tractor?

Aug 24, 2018, 9:29pm Top

>49 harrygbutler: The International 300 series was produced in 1955 and 1956, according to TractorData.com, so that one is a little over 60 years old.

Aug 25, 2018, 9:08am Top

Hi Harry, and happy Saturday to you. Nice photos!

Great photos. It's not a fair, but there's a Pumpkin Festival before Thanksgiving at a local farm. We went once when Jenna was little. I wonder if it's still going... if it is, we might go this year. They have a tractor pull, and pumpkin toss, plus crafts, music, and food.

Aug 25, 2018, 1:23pm Top

Glad you had fun at the fair, and that really is a beautiful steer. I like to see the animals, and every year they have a section of babies. Last year was piglets, year before, ducklings.

Aug 26, 2018, 3:39pm Top

>52 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! I've always been a fan of local festivals and fairs, and we try to take them in when we can. Coming up on Labor Day weekend is the first of the area's Oktoberfest events, the Volksfest at the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein (http://cannstatter.org/history/gallery/); that will also be the first weekend of the Polish-American Festival at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (http://polishamericanfestival.org/). If the weather is cooperative and we don't go out of town antiquing, we're likely to go to one or both. And it is likely that we'll take in others over the next couple months, though I can't be certain at the moment.

Aug 26, 2018, 3:42pm Top

>53 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer. They don't have a separate section highlighting babies at this one, but there tend to be some around to see. One of the animals in the beef cattle show was a cow, and her calf made an appearance in the smallest weight class, too.

Aug 27, 2018, 9:11am Top

Good morning, Harry!

>54 harrygbutler: Those sound like a lot of fun. I like the idea of finding local fairs - Bill's been 'after me' to find local events we can go to on the weekend, and at this time of year fairs sound perfect.

Aug 27, 2018, 12:39pm Top

>56 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! I hope you're able to find some of interest. We added to our prospective list over the weekend, and it looks like we could have something to attend every weekend through early October, if not beyond. We shan't be able to manage the trip to southern Ohio for the pawpaw festival (https://www.ohiopawpawfest.com/) this year, but it remains something we'd like to do.

Aug 27, 2018, 1:18pm Top

Over the weekend I bought some heavy-duty plastic shelving units to hold my pulp magazines, kits, and other items, but I made sure to save some space for the cats. Here's Otto on the top of the shorter shelf unit earlier today.

And Elli found a spot one shelf down.

Pixie visited briefly but wasn't particularly interested.

I'm hoping to be able to reclaim the lower shelf for storage after they get bored with the space, but we'll see.

Aug 27, 2018, 2:11pm Top

>58 harrygbutler: Such sweeties! Cats do love our shelves.

Aug 28, 2018, 8:45am Top

Hi Harry! Thanks for the new pics of Otto and Elli. I'm sure they were supervising...

I hope you have a good Tuesday.

Aug 28, 2018, 5:06pm Top

>59 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori! They do indeed.

Aug 28, 2018, 5:07pm Top

>60 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! Otto in particular is a hard-working cat. He meets me at the door to the home office pretty much every morning and spends most of the day in there with me — and he often wants us to go back to work in the evenings or on weekends, too.

Aug 28, 2018, 5:08pm Top

Aug 29, 2018, 8:23am Top

83. Death over Newark, by Alexander Williams

A body plummeting from a plane to the sidewalks of Newark, N.J., opens this mystery, which was first published in 1933. New York Police Department Detective Sergeant Pete Tonelli gets the case, as the victim, New Yorker John R. Holstead, was dead before the plane reached the New Jersey city's skies. Suspicion lights on Dr. Holstead's nephew Jack, who may be involved in drug-smuggling; indeed, the Coast Guard had solicited Dr. Holstead's help in running down the gang involved, in part because Jack's plane seems to be the one ferrying drugs from a vessel outside territorial waters. There are other suspects, however, including a gang interested in the experimental scientist's latest discovery, and Tonelli works his way through the people involved. The story is let down a bit by insufficient attention to some of the characters and by a rather far-fetched turn of events late in the novel, but I liked it well enough to pick up another by the same author. Mildly recommended.

Aug 29, 2018, 9:27am Top

Hi Harry and happy Wednesday to you.

I wish my Kitty William would be as supportive as Otto. Kitty yowls for breakfast and then, because he's 18 and going deaf and blind, gets 'lost' in the house and yowls more. I swear he wishes he had opposable thumbs too, because sometimes he sits right at the monitor and watches as I type and even tries to touch the mouse moving. Silly old boy that he is.

Aug 29, 2018, 10:00am Top

>65 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen! Otto occasionally tries to assist with typing, but luckily he's generally not too agressive about it. Our yowling cat is usually Pixie. She will go off by herself to sleep but apparently wakes up disoriented and feeling alone, so she starts crying, and we have to call to her, whereupon she comes running out or down from wherever she was napping and rejoins us.

Aug 29, 2018, 12:26pm Top

>63 harrygbutler: Ha!
Congrats on the new cat shelving!

Aug 29, 2018, 1:49pm Top

>67 mstrust: This particular volume — When Were You Built? — has several book-related cartoons, so I'll likely scan and share at least one or two more.

The shelves are seeing a fair amount of use already, and at least so far the cats haven't gotten bored enough to go climbing around on the rest of the shelving.

Aug 30, 2018, 7:20am Top

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Movie 167. Footsteps in the Dark (WB, 1941), with the Oswald the Rabbit cartoon Spooks/i> (Lantz/Universal, 1930) and short subject The Moonshiner's Daughter, or Abroad in Old Kentucky (RKO, 1933)

Source: IMDB

Respectable investment banker Francis Warren (Errol Flynn) is leading a double life: Unknown to nearly everyone, including his wife (Brenda Marshall), he also writes mystery novels under the name F. X. Pettijohn. When he becomes embroiled in the investigation of a real murder, it becomes ever more difficult to keep his secret identity a secret. A lighthearted mystery, with Flynn appealing in the lead comic role. Recommended.

Where to watch: Available on DVD, as are both cartoon and short subject.

Aug 30, 2018, 8:17am Top

'Morning, Harry!

How old is Pixie? This morning I made it all the way to the kitchen before Kitty William realized I was awake and that it was Time for Breakfast. Then he told me all about it until the bowl was in front of him.

Aug 30, 2018, 9:09am Top

>71 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! Pixie is seven years old; she and Otto were littermates. Pixie came to the office first this morning, apparently so she could get first crack at the "coffee" cup up here. (Otto has his own coffee mugs for drinking water, one in the kitchen and one in the home office, because he kept wanting a drink out of mine — but was constantly disappointed to find coffee, not water.)

Aug 30, 2018, 11:07am Top

Morning, Harry. Sweet Thursday. I hope you have had a good week. Last work day for me and then I get to enjoy my weekend, teamed up with the holiday. I have an organized bird walk tomorrow morning and I hope to go at least one other day.

Aug 30, 2018, 3:24pm Top

>73 msf59: Hi, Mark! It has been a good week so far. I do work tomorrow but have Monday off. Our weekend plans are still rather up in the air. There's a moderate chance of rain, and that is likely to play a role in our activities.

Aug 30, 2018, 5:13pm Top

84. Renard the Fox, trans. by Patricia Terry

This volume brings together a few of the "branches" to make a more coherent structure for the Old French beast tales involving Renard the fox, his foe Ysengrim the wolf, and many others. Occasionally amusing, with some outrageous violence that reminded me of old cartoons (with tremendous physical damage effectively erased moments later), but overall not really something I enjoyed much. Not recommended.

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The Detective Club (from the Collins Crime Club imprint of HarperCollins), is fast approaching publication of its 50th reprint volume, and the club has shared a couple images of the books while asking whether anyone has all of the volumes issued so far.

I do not have all the books in the series, as some I already have in other editions that I don't need to replace, but I do own several. They seem to be well-made books, comfortable to the hand, and quite reasonably priced, too. Recommended.

Aug 31, 2018, 10:23am Top

Hi Harry!

That's cute about Otto's coffee cups and Pixie's first strike yesterday. Sometimes if I have a glass of water in the living room and am not watching, Kitty William will drink out of it, thus necessitating a clean glass for me. Lately, though, I've taken to recycling water bottles and just pulling a nice cold one out of the fridge when needed.

I hope your 3-day weekend plans go well even if there's rain a'comin'.

Aug 31, 2018, 10:57am Top

>77 karenmarie: Otto will check out any glass that is sitting around and drink from it if he can, but luckily he doesn't have much interest in coffee, whether hot or iced, so we really only need to be on the lookout when we have glasses of water.

We may do some antiquing over in Adamstown, Pa. (about 90 minutes away), in which case I could end up with a few more books, but nothing's certain at the moment.

Aug 31, 2018, 1:13pm Top

>76 harrygbutler: Really nice looking books! I'd love to have them on my shelves.
Have fun shopping!

Aug 31, 2018, 1:55pm Top

>79 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! I have more than a dozen of the Detective Club hardcover volumes so far, and there are several more that I know I want (including a few being released later this year) and one that I plan to release into the wild at some point, as I didn't enjoy it and shan't reread it. I do wish all the reprints in the Ben the Tramp series by J. Jefferson Farjeon had been Detective Club hardcovers, as only the second in the series, The House Opposite, was released that way, and the rest have been paperback.

Aug 31, 2018, 4:33pm Top

I've just returned from a sale at our local indie. One of my finds was the Vintage Crime Ratking by Michael Dibdin. I really like their covers.

Aug 31, 2018, 6:19pm Top

>76 harrygbutler:

I wish!...though I have read a fair proportion of the books shown in that photo.

Which one are you releasing into the wild?? :)

I actually stopped in to ask (unlikely as it seems) if you happen to have a copy of John Rhodes' The Hanging Woman? Having snabbled The Paddington Mystery at last, that has now been promoted to my new Rhodes 'frustratingly unavailable series work'.

Sep 1, 2018, 6:57am Top

>82 lyzard: ouch, that's expensive! If you do a search for it on Ebay, they will send you reminders when newly-listed books become available. That's how I've been adding to my Prince Valiant series, as they're a bit too much for my budget when full priced.

Sep 1, 2018, 10:02am Top

Hi Harry and happy Saturday/Labor Day Weekend to you.

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>78 harrygbutler: Good pickin's if you do go to Adamstown, Harry. Once upon a time, Judi and I went there quite frequently, but we haven't been there in several years.

Sep 1, 2018, 11:00pm Top

>81 mstrust: Evocative cover on that one.

Erika picked up a used Steady Clothing (steadyclothing.com) bowling shirt while we were out and about today, with a tiki embroidered on one panel of the front and also, and more important, buttons that are tikis as well.

Sep 1, 2018, 11:05pm Top

>82 lyzard: The Mayfair Mystery is the one that will go away. It is more science fiction or fantasy than mystery, and I know I shan't read it again.

Alas, I do not have a copy of The Hanging Woman. I guess we'll have to hope that the Detective Club / Collins Crime Club gets to it eventually (and, since they do appear to be willing to release volumes out of order, perhaps sooner rather than later).

On the smaller press front, I read today that the Amazon print-on-demand service CreateSpace is being folded in with one of its Kindle services, which (if I understood the situation correctly) will allow more publishers to offer POD paperbacks via amazon.com.au, though I don't really know the details, or when the changes will take place.

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>83 fuzzi: It has been some time since I really shopped for books via Ebay. I found that I was getting nearly equivalent results just going through the Amazon Marketplace, at least for the casual shopping I was doing at the time. One thing I noticed was that some sellers (e.g., Thriftbooks) were listing in both places, so it sometimes was easier just to go through Amazon, or even to order direct from the seller's website. I've not tried setting up searches on Ebay, but I do have a few on AbeBooks, but I don't know that I've ever actually gotten a notification of a book at a good price that way. Glad to hear that the Ebay searches are working for you!

Sep 1, 2018, 11:10pm Top

>84 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen, and to you as well!

Sep 1, 2018, 11:13pm Top

>85 weird_O: Thank you, Bill! We generally get over there once or twice a year on a Saturday and do about half the shops in a day trip. We're planning to head over tomorrow, however, so that we can go to Stoudt's and to Renninger's, which are only open on Sundays. Then we may loop down to US30 and stop in at the Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall in Paradise, which we haven't visited in quite some time.

Sep 2, 2018, 6:58am Top

>88 harrygbutler: thanks. I have used both Amazon Marketplace and Ebay (often through bookfinder.com or abebooks) but have had fewer issues with Ebay sellers and 100% satisfaction, which I can't say about Amazon.

Using Paypal instead of my credit card is another method of ensuring a satisfactory transaction, as Paypal also is fairly strict with sellers who don't follow through with issues.

Sep 2, 2018, 10:42am Top

>86 harrygbutler: I checked out the Steady line. Very cool, and great tiki buttons!

Sep 2, 2018, 6:19pm Top

>87 harrygbutler:

That's on The List of course but I've had no prompting yet to try and track it down.

Thanks for the heads-up about CreateSpace, I hadn't seen that.

Sep 2, 2018, 7:42pm Top

>91 fuzzi: Interesting. I do use PayPal to avoid having to set up new accounts with assorted sellers. I just got a notice this week of a standing order payment for my annual dues for the Early English Text Society, which I set up once they allowed online payment so that I don't have to remember each year.

Sep 2, 2018, 8:29pm Top

>92 mstrust: I liked several of their shirts when I looked over the Steady site, so I may consider getting one or two for me eventually.

Sep 2, 2018, 8:31pm Top

>93 lyzard: I confess to being drawn to it by the cool dust jacket. Unfortunately, I didn't really warm to the characters and was disappointed to find it less a mystery than I'd anticipated.

Sep 3, 2018, 11:20am Top

85. The Grouse Moor Murder, by John Ferguson

A young man injured in an apparent hunting accident is later found dead apparently a suicide, but enough uncertainties exist that the Procurator-Fiscal is glad to recruit the vacationing Inspector Francis MacNab to undertake an investigation. Masquerading as the lawyer for the victim's mother, MacNab follows up thread after thread to unravel the mysterious circumstances of the two incidents. And though the explanation of the mystery came as no surprise to this reader, it was a pleasant enough journey to the end. Mildly recommended.

Sep 3, 2018, 10:09pm Top

86. The Crime Club, by Frank Froest and George Dilnot

Frank Froest's two mystery novels (The Grell Mystery and The Rogues' Syndicate, the latter co-written with George Dilnot) bracketed a collection of short stories, which has also been reprinted as part of HarperCollins's Detective Club; the volume includes a few other stories not included in the original edition. The detectives of the novels, Heldon Foyle and Weir Menzies, make appearances in some of the stories, which largely put the accent on police investigations. An entertaining collection. Recommended.

Sep 4, 2018, 6:30am Top

Morning, Harry. I hope you had a nice holiday weekend. We had a good time, visiting my cousin in Wisconsin. Back to the grind today, in the heat and humidity. Ugh...

Sep 4, 2018, 8:26am Top

>99 msf59: Good morning, Mark! It was a pleasant weekend. We hit some antique malls and flea markets. I did find a few books, and a couple other small items.

Sep 4, 2018, 8:32am Top

Hi Harry and happy Tuesday to you. I'm glad to hear that you had an antiquing/flea market weekend. We were pretty lazy.

Sep 4, 2018, 8:36am Top

87. Grin and Bear It, by George Lichty

Though many of the cartoons are topical and thus less pointed today, there's still a fair amount of amusement to be had from this collection of Grin and Bear It panels. Lichty's style is not well served by the quality of the reproductions in this paperback edition, however, so I can't really recommend it.

Sep 4, 2018, 8:39am Top

>101 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen! We opted for a fairly relaxing day yesterday after dashing around on Saturday and Sunday.

Sep 4, 2018, 9:01am Top

>102 harrygbutler: Too many of those paperbacks just used black & white versions of the cartoons which really needed the color added. I'm thankful many of the publishers began realizing the need to put out color editions of the compilations.

Sep 5, 2018, 9:21am Top

>104 thornton37814: The decline in the cost of color printing has really made a difference in the quality of cartoon and comic reprints, I think.

Sep 5, 2018, 10:07am Top

88. The Body in the Silo, by Ronald A. Knox

In the third Miles Bredon mystery by Msgr. Knox, the couple are guests at a weekend house party on an estate whose chief feature is a brand-new silo for storing grain. (The presentation in the novel, including careful explanation of a silo's attributes, makes it clear that silos were novelties in England at the time.) The morning after a late-night road race among the occupants, one of the guests is found dead in the silo, apparently asphyxiated there, although just why he would have gone into the structure late at night, when he knew the danger, is unclear. Though initially unwilling to visit the house, Miles becomes intrigued by the puzzle, including evidence that seemed to have been planted and then removed. An interesting mystery, though I thought the resolution a little weak. Mildly recommended.

Sep 5, 2018, 10:18am Top

>106 harrygbutler: Was the silo empty or did it have silage in it? An Ag student wants to know.

Sep 5, 2018, 10:27am Top

>107 2wonderY: It had some silage in it. Workers discovered the body when they came in the morning to begin adding to what was already in the silo.

Sep 5, 2018, 11:04am Top

Okay then. Asphyxiation is plausible.

Sep 5, 2018, 12:25pm Top

>109 2wonderY: Right. There was quite a bit of exposition in the book about it all. Rather surprising to find that particular element of farming treated as a new technology given how commonplace they are nowadays, at least around here.

Sep 6, 2018, 7:01am Top

Morning, Harry! Sweet Thursday! It cools off today! Yah! The winds have switched to the north, NE, so maybe I will spot a migrant or two. Looking to see my first warbler on the route.

Sep 6, 2018, 9:29am Top

Hi Harry, and happy Thursday to you.

My friend in Montana keeps sending me photos of Sandhill Cranes in the fields near her house. I only saw one juvenile while visiting, so I figure they're laughing at me. Other than that, it's the usual suspects at my feeders - Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Cardinals, Goldfinches, House Finches, Titmice, the occasional Indigo Bunting. I have heard two vees of Canada Geese but no other migrants.

Sep 6, 2018, 12:37pm Top

>111 msf59: Hi, Mark! Today's a hot one here, but we'll get the break for the weekend, just in time for Oktoberfest at the Vereinigung Erzgebirge. Aside from that, our plans are still pretty indeterminate.

Sep 6, 2018, 12:38pm Top

>112 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! Clearly you'll need to watch for migrating cranes, then! :-) I have to refill all our feeders and see whether the cold front causes anyone to drop in unexpectedly.

Sep 6, 2018, 12:39pm Top

Sep 6, 2018, 2:06pm Top

>115 harrygbutler: hahaha! Let me know if you get an answer to that question.

Sep 6, 2018, 4:03pm Top

>116 fuzzi: They are quite persistent, aren't they? Maybe Mark (msf59) will update us on his experience with using fishing line on his feeders.

Sep 6, 2018, 9:06pm Top

Hey harrygbutler, did you see that Burt Reynolds passed away?

I'm not much of a movie-watcher, but Smokey and the Bandit remains one of my favorites. Think I'll rewatch it this weekend in tribute.

Sep 6, 2018, 9:20pm Top

>118 fuzzi: Thanks for checking in. I did see that news. Though I've not really seen his more recent work, I got a lot of hours of enjoyment out of some of his movies over the years, including the excellent Smokey and the Bandit.

Sep 7, 2018, 8:09am Top

89. When Were You Built?, by Helen E. Hokinson

This is another amusing collection of cartoons by Helen E. Hokinson, some of which I've shared up-thread. Recommended.

Sep 7, 2018, 8:26am Top

'Morning Harry, and happy Friday. Whew. This week went by quickly for me. I hope your day goes well.

Sep 7, 2018, 9:56am Top

>119 harrygbutler: Reynolds seemed like a fun guy. It was clear there were health issues from his appearance in that infomercial. My husband loved Smokey and the Bandit when he was a little kid and it never left him.

Sep 10, 2018, 8:55am Top

>121 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 10, 2018, 8:57am Top

>122 mstrust: I really enjoyed Smokey and the Bandit when I was younger, too, and have seen it several times. It may be time to watch it again.

Sep 10, 2018, 9:22am Top

90. A Dreamer's Tales and Other Stories, by Lord Dunsany

A solid collection from a master of fantasy, the Modern Library edition brings together A Dreamer's Tales and The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories, with many winners among its often-elegiac content. It was a pleasure to reread "Idle Days on the Yann," "The Sword of Welleran," "The Fortress Unvanquishable Save for Sacnoth," "Carcassonne," "Blagdaross," and "The Fall of Babbulkund" — a wealth of riches that are difficult to particularize. Both of the component collections are freely available via Project Gutenberg, and I encourage those who haven't yet sampled his work to give Dunsany a try. Recommended.

Sep 10, 2018, 2:45pm Top

Hi, Harry. I hope you had a good weekend, despite your cruddy weather. We are finally getting a nice stretch, which we could really use.

My feeders continue to be busy, with mostly the usual suspects and I am still seeing hummingbirds, which is always a treat.

Sep 11, 2018, 4:34pm Top

>126 msf59: Hi, Mark! Thanks for stopping by. It was indeed a good weekend overall.

Nothing unusual at our feeders, but the last time I put out the peanuts in the shell for the squirrels and birds, one of the little black squirrels came up right around me as I was filling the ring and was willing to take a peanut from my hand.

Sep 12, 2018, 8:17am Top

Hi Harry, and happy Wednesday to you! I can't imagine my being patient enough to have a squirrel take food from my hand - how charming.

Sep 12, 2018, 8:26am Top

>128 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen! It was a bit difficult to hold still long enough, since any sudden movements made the squirrel back away again, though it was unwilling to go far from the food. If it comes around again when I'm filling the feeder, I'll try again to get more practice.

Sep 12, 2018, 11:07am Top

Movie 168. Partners of the Sunset (Monogram, 1948)

Source: IMDB

Singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely and comic sidekick Dub "Cannonball" Taylor unravel a crafty plot that could have come straight out of a contemporary film noir. A wealthy older ranch owner brings home a lovely young bride and her "brother," and in response to criticism of the marriage by his adult son banishes the young man from the ranch. Jimmy, as foreman, assays the role of peacemaker and lends a hand when crime rears its head. A decent little film. Recommended.

Where to watch: Available on the first collection of Monogram westerns from Warner Archive.

Sep 12, 2018, 11:52am Top

The little black squirrel came to meet me when I went out to refill the peanut feeder just now. It was happy to take another couple peanuts in shell right from my hand again, but I wasn't able to get a picture of that. Here it is on the way to get the food.

Sep 12, 2018, 12:19pm Top

That looks like a demanding customer!

Sep 12, 2018, 1:18pm Top

>132 mstrust: It's certainly not shy! It has figured out that the people are responsible for refilling the peanut ring, and it's quite willing to get up close to get the food. That was what led me to offer it a peanut from my hand a couple days ago and again today. Going forward, I guess I'll be sure to carry one or two separately to give it by hand should it show up.

Sep 12, 2018, 10:17pm Top

I love it, feeding squirrels by hand.

Sep 13, 2018, 10:50am Top

I'm enjoying it so far. It was out and about again this morning, so I called it over and gave it another as I was filling the ring feeder. I tried for an action photo of it taking the peanut from my hand, but no dice this time.

Sep 13, 2018, 1:13pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Harry! Another gorgeous day here, but I am spending it indoors, recovering from my sting. At least, I have the feeders to check on.

Love the black squirrels. We see them rarely around here.

Sep 14, 2018, 8:23am Top

>136 msf59: Hi, Mark! Most of our squirrels are gray, but there are at least two of the black squirrels in our neighborhood. Princeton is said to have a large colony of them.

Sep 14, 2018, 8:45am Top

91. The Pit-Prop Syndicate, by Freeman Wills Crofts

While idling through France at the end of a business trip, Seymour Merriman chances upon a sawmill making and exporting to England timbers to serve as pit props for mines. He makes the odd discovery that the number of a truck had been changed but thinks little of it until he trots it out as an anecdote at his club and a fellow member who works for British Customs, Claud Hilliard, sees the likelihood of a smuggling scheme as an explanation. The amateur sleuths then assay to investigate the company's activities, with Merriman motivated in part by the desire to further his acquaintance with a young woman whom he met while at the sawmill. But the efforts of the amateurs fall short, and when murder intervenes, the professionals, most notably Inspector Willis of Scotland Yard, step into the case. The two-part structure is not wholly successful, but the cleverness on display by both detectives and plotters is entertaining. Mildly recommended.

Sep 14, 2018, 9:11am Top

Movie 169. The Giant Claw (Columbia, 1957)

Source: IMDB

A giant bird made of antimatter threatens mankind. A fair amount of fun in a standard menacing monster flick, though let down by the monster design. Mildly recommended.

Sep 14, 2018, 1:38pm Top

I came across The Giant Claw on tv about a week ago. It's worth a peek, but probably wouldn't hold me for the whole picture. Yes, very fake monster, which is good in it's own way.

Sep 14, 2018, 2:09pm Top

92. The Plumley Inheritance, by Christopher Bush

The apparent suicide of a prominent millionaire and the subsequent discovery that companies associated with him are unsound sets off an odd series of events, including most prominently an unorthodox search for money the dead man may have hidden in expectation of a sudden flight. An intrusive authorial voice undercuts a good deal of the potential suspense, and the critical twist is one that would likely work better on screen than in print. Long out of print, The Plumley Inheritance is the first of a series of 63 mysteries featuring Ludovic Travers, but the character has a very limited role here. A rather disappointing entry in the surprisingly crowded field of Golden Age mystery reprints. Not recommended.

Sep 14, 2018, 2:13pm Top

>140 mstrust: I actually like the monster, but it is generally disapproved — and a well-designed monster, or a later reveal, might have elevated the picture. The creature makes me think of Eon, from Rudolph's Shiny New Year.

Sep 17, 2018, 9:04am Top

93. To the Far Blue Mountains, by Louis L'Amour

The second Sackett novel in chronological order continues the story of the family's founder in the New World, Barnabas, at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth century. The blend of wilderness and frontier adventure with shipboard action works fairly well, though some of the segments might have benefited from a little more expansion. I recalled the ending, though not the details, but had associated it with a different book in the series, so I was a bit surprised. Recommended.

Sep 17, 2018, 9:35am Top

Movie 170. Creature with the Atom Brain (Columbia, 1955)

Source: IMDB

A gangster teams with a scientist to wreak vengeance using the living dead. I wouldn't call it exactly "shock-full of thrills," but it was an OK time-waster. Mildly recommended.

Sep 17, 2018, 11:37am Top

Morning, Harry. Hope you had a good weekend and I hope the weather has not hit your area very hard.

Glad you like the L' Amour. I hope to get to that one this year.

Sep 17, 2018, 12:59pm Top

>145 msf59: Hi, Mark! It was a good weekend, with pretty good weather. I got some book shopping done, which was a plus.

I'm likely to stick with the Sackett reading challenge, as it will be my first opportunity in a number of years to reread them all.

Sep 17, 2018, 8:13pm Top

>139 harrygbutler:

See, I think it's the other way around: a standard 50s SF effort rescued from mediocrity by its gloriously terrible monster! :D

>141 harrygbutler:

Mostly averted my eyes but saw the last two words. Sorry it didn't work for you but thanks for making the purchase.

Sep 17, 2018, 9:37pm Top

>147 lyzard: I can see that take on The Giant Claw. :-)

I own another in the Ludovic Travers series, so I'll likely try that before giving up on them. But I do wish Dean Street Press were tackling T. Arthur Plummer's Detective-Inspector Anthony Frampton series instead!

Edited: Sep 17, 2018, 11:27pm Top

...assuming they couldn't do both. :D

I rather like the Travers books I've read so far but I can see how they might not appeal. Good on you for giving them a second go: I don't think you can ever really judge a series on one book (least of all the first book).

Edited: Sep 18, 2018, 7:33pm Top

>149 lyzard: I can't keep up with all the reprints being issued now! :-)

The willingness to give Travers another try at some point is certainly helped by already owning another in the series. I have abandoned series after just a single book, but those cases involved strong dislike of either the writing or the sleuth, though sometimes even those get a second look.

Sep 18, 2018, 7:31pm Top

Movie 171. Bluebeard (PRC, 1944)

Source: The Movie DB

In this film from early in his horror career, John Carradine stars as a mad puppeteer in 19th-century Paris. Jean Parker costars as a woman intrigued by the puppeteer and his puppets. A minor movie, but entertaining. Mildly recommended.

Sep 19, 2018, 7:56am Top

'Morning, Harry, and happy Wednesday to you.

>131 harrygbutler: Your squirrel friend is pretty cute - I love that photo.

Sep 19, 2018, 8:00am Top

>152 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen! After a rainy day yesterday it has dawned bright and clear, so I suspect I'll try to get out to mow the lawn later. I'll refill the feeders at some point, so I'll likely see the squirrel again then.

Sep 19, 2018, 10:29am Top

Magazine 17. Argosy All-Story Weekly, August 16, 1924

Another interesting mix of stories appears in this issue of Argosy All-Story Weekly from the mid-1920s. In Charles A. King's creepy "The Nameless Doom," a reporter investigates mysterious deaths in a New Jersey swamp that may be associated with an archaeologist and his investigations. Herman Howard Matteson's "The Justice of Biorg Vaten" is a tale of character in the context of Arctic survival, while Beatrice Ashton Vandegrift's "Beth Beautiful" tells how romance comes to a telephone operator. Murderous gangsters get their comeuppance in E. L. Penry's "Retribution," and a young athlete finds a future in Frank Richardson Pierce's "The Mysterious Nexus." The last short story, Douglas M. Dold's "The Sky's the Limit," is a humorous western tale in which a rustler surprisingly is eager to be hanged. Rounding out the issue are parts of five serials and the same number of short poems.

Sep 20, 2018, 8:08am Top

Morning, Harry. Sweet Thursday. I had a nice time at the organized bird walk, yesterday. The guide is the head of the ornithological department at the Field Museum, so it was like going to school, but the fun kind. We even saw warblers, but they were as elusive as ever.

We are heading to MI, later this A.M. for a camping weekend with friends. Looking forward to it.

Sep 20, 2018, 8:11am Top

Hi Harry and happy Thursday to you! From some of the maps I saw your rainy day might be remnants of Florence. It was supposed to curve up and through PA.

Sep 20, 2018, 8:36am Top

>155 msf59: Good morning, Mark. Sounds like a good time on the bird walk. I'm frequently impressed by how well the guides can identify birds, whether by song, behavior, or shape, that would stymie me. Enjoy your trip!

Sep 20, 2018, 8:42am Top

>156 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! The National Weather Service tells me to expect a cloudy day, and it does look as though we may have had some light rain. Yesterday stayed sunny all day.

We ended up going out for dinner last night, so the plan today includes making some sausage-stuffed baked apples. I've not made them before (only regular baked apples), so I'm looking forward to giving them a try.

Sep 20, 2018, 11:10am Top

Movie 172. Phantom of Chinatown (Monogram, 1940)

Source: IMDB

The final film in Monogram's James Lee Wong series of mysteries is effectively what is now called a "reboot": Keye Luke takes over the role of the detective from Boris Karloff, and though Grant Withers does reappear as Captain Street, Bobbie Logan (Marjorie Reynolds), his foil and romantic interest in the previous few movies, is absent. Wong here is present when a noted archaeologist is killed while delivering a talk on a recent expedition. The engaging Lotus Lee costars as the slain professor's secretary. The film is fairly entertaining, but Luke unfortunately isn't quite as effective as one might desire as the lead. Mildly recommended.

Sep 20, 2018, 11:47am Top

Otto Penzler's new imprint Penzler Publishers is launching with a new series of reprints, American Mystery Classics, starting this fall with books by Ellery Queen, Dorothy B. Hughes, Clayton Rawson, Craig Rice, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Stuart Palmer, with more planned for 2019. You can read more about the new series here: https://penzlerpublishers.com/.

I could wish the books on offer were a bit more obscure, but there's a good chance I'll take the opportunity to pick up a copy of The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan, and I'll keep an eye on the future offerings, too.

Sep 21, 2018, 6:04am Top

Hi Harry and happy Friday to you.

Penzler is tempting. I love the old Ellery Queen mysteries best. I got rid of my ratty paperback editions when I moved to NC in 1991.

Edited: Sep 21, 2018, 8:21am Top

>160 harrygbutler: Some of those titles look very tempting! I've read some of them, including the Erle Stanley Gardney "careless kitten," which if I recall correctly does not match the pictured kitten on the cover. I think I'll look through them and see which ones I might want to read/re-read.

ETA: Just read the plot. I guess it was a real fur-baby instead of the other kind of kitten. I just remember one of the Perry Mason novels had the other kind in it.

Sep 21, 2018, 8:41am Top

>161 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen! I've only read a few Ellery Queens that I can recall, though I may have forgotten some I read in my youth. I have many on hand but just haven't gotten to them yet, though I liked those I've read.

Sep 21, 2018, 8:49am Top

>162 thornton37814: Hi, Lori! I'm glad the info was of interest. I would probably have been more excited if I needed more of the books in the first wave, but I'm happy to see that there are yet more mystery reprints on the way.

I've only read one Perry Mason novel, I think, but I have several more kicking around. I don't have The Case of the Careless Kitten, but I'm only picking up Gardners casually until I read a few more and am certain I want to try for completeness.

Sep 21, 2018, 9:08am Top

>164 harrygbutler: I read most of them back in the 1970s. Most were available on my public library's paperback racks back then. I was probably in middle school at the time.

Sep 21, 2018, 9:22am Top

Magazine 19. Tales from the Magician's Skull, No. 2

The second issue of Goodman Games' swords and sorcery magazine continued the combination of illustration and short story that worked fairly well in the first issue. Seven stories and a "graphic novel" interpretation of Abraham Merritt's "The People of the Pit," plus an appendix of gaming content, give the reader a reasonable value. I enjoyed most of the stories, with James Stoddard's tale of self-sacrifice "Day of the Shark" perhaps the standout. The only story that really didn't work for me was Setsu Uzume's grim account of magical vengeance, "Break Them on the Drowning Stones," which I thought a bit too incoherent. Still, the issue on the whole was good enough that I'm likely to subscribe to the magazine once the company offers a subscription, as is planned.

Sep 22, 2018, 9:45am Top

94. Detective Ben, by J. Jefferson Farjeon

A meeting with a dead man on a bridge and a subsequent shooting precipitate endearing Ben the tramp into international intrigue in the assumed guise of an assassin, as I strives to see the situation through until he can turn the culprits over to the police, carrying on the work of the detective whom he saw shot on the bridge. Another good entry in the series. Recommended.

Sep 22, 2018, 10:03am Top

'Morning, Harry, and happy Saturday to you!

Sep 23, 2018, 9:21am Top

>168 karenmarie: Hi, Karen! It was a fairly quiet day yesterday, but pleasant. This afternoon I may go to a library sale, but I haven't decided yet.

Sep 23, 2018, 9:57am Top

95. Darkness at Dawn: Early Suspense Classics by Cornell Woolrich, by Cornell Woolrich

This collection of early pulp stories by Cornell Woolrich offers some good time-fillers, but some were rather too gruesome for my tastes. The opening story, "Death Sits in the Dentist's Chair," was effective, if rather far-fetched, as a seemingly harmless poor patient is poisoned while the dentist is at work. I didn't really care for "Walls That Hear You," a tale of an electrician's revenge for the mutilation of his younger brother, and "Preview of Death," with a horrible murder (sadly based on a real-life accidental death). In "Red Liberty," a police detective visiting the Statue of Liberty investigates the disappearance of one of his fellow tourists, and it held my attention fairly well. The novelette "Dark Melody of Madness," a tale of voodoo vengeance, is the centerpiece of the collection; I think it may been collected elsewhere as well, as I had read it before. My preference was for the final two tales in the collection, "The Showboard Murders," involving killings in the middle of a river, and "Hot Water," a tale of a fake kidnapping gone awry. Mildly recommended, but Woolrich's later stories are better on the whole.

Sep 23, 2018, 10:53am Top

I was hoping some of these would be in Angels of Darkness, a book of Cornell's short stories that I own, but nope, all different stories. Sorry these didn't work for you, but I'd still like to read them as I'm a Woolrich fan.
Btw, if you want a scary dentist story (and who doesn't, everybody loves them) that doesn't get too graphic, you can listen to "A Day at the Dentist" on Youtube. It was part of their "Fear on Four" radio series.

Sep 23, 2018, 8:06pm Top

>171 mstrust: I'm a fan of Woolrich, but enough of the stories didn't click for me that I'll be getting rid of the book. If you'd like it, send me your address and I'll send it along.

I'll check out "A Day at the Dentist" — thanks for the recommendation!

Sep 24, 2018, 8:45am Top

173. Murder over New York (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940), with the Oswald the Rabbit cartoon Grandma's Pet (Lantz/Universal, 1932) and Chapter 7 of the serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (Republic, 1939)

Source: IMDB

When his friend Inspector Drake is killed while investigating a deadly sabotage ring headed by the mystery man Paul Narvo, Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) takes up the inquiry while also seeking his friend's killer. Number Two son Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung) is on hand as the detective makes his way through an assortment of suspects. More murders follow, until Chan sets a trap by placing all the suspects aboard an aircraft that was the intended target of sabotage. Fun stuff. Recommended.

Sep 24, 2018, 10:11am Top

96. Belvedere: Hot Dog!, by George Crenshaw

I was not familiar with the single-panel comic Belvedere, which features the dog so named and the rest of his household, before I came across this collection published in 1987. Indeed, at first I wondered whether it was a second strip by George Gately, creator of Heathcliff, given similarities in the strips and in the cartoonist's signature, only to discover that Belvedere predated Heathcliff by more than a decade, launching in 1962. The humor is pretty slight, so I don't expect I'll go out of my way to get more reprints, but I shan't pass them up if I can get them in, say, a library bag sale. Mildly recommended at best.

Sep 24, 2018, 4:43pm Top

>172 harrygbutler: Why, that's so nice of you to offer! I'll PM you.

Sep 24, 2018, 6:41pm Top

Hi, Harry. I hope you had a relaxing weekend. Saw some bird activity while in MI, but nothing unusual, but I always enjoy seeing a rafter of turkeys and I saw a surprising amount of hairy woodpeckers. Downys seem to rule the day around here.

Edited: Sep 25, 2018, 6:33am Top

Hi, Harry! I just finished The Plumley Inheritance: to the best of my knowledge that's a completely atypical book for the Ludovic Travers series. I gather that most of them are more---Freeman Wills Crofts-y, for want of a better comparison, only with an amateur detective. (For instance the second book in the series, The Perfect Murder Case is a murder mystery built around alibi-cracking.)

I don't care for them myself but there sure were a lot of these treasure-hunting pseudo-mysteries published in the mid-20s. Since this was Bush's first, he might have been writing to the market; or maybe someone nudged him that way.

Sep 25, 2018, 8:19am Top

Sep 25, 2018, 8:20am Top

>176 msf59: Hi, Mark! It was a good weekend. I went to a library sale on Sunday afternoon, but didn't really find much in the way of books. Luckily, I also found some DVDs and CDs to make the bag/box sale worthwhile.

Sep 25, 2018, 8:23am Top

Hi Harry, and happy Tuesday to you.

I've only got one book by Cornell Woolrich, Waltz into Darkness but I remember really liking the stories. Another author to look for.

Did you go to the Library sale?

Sep 25, 2018, 8:35am Top

>177 lyzard: Hi, Liz! Thanks for letting me know that The Plumley Inheritance is likely an exception; that definitely makes me more willing to try another. I can enjoy that sort of treasure hunt, but it wasn't particularly engaging here. Another aspect, like the twist at the end, that would probably have been more effective and entertaining in a movie.

Sep 25, 2018, 8:45am Top

>180 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen! I like Woolrich's work overall; the stories in the collection I just read mostly weren't to my taste, but even there I found some I liked.

I did make it to the sale. I only found a couple books — a volume of poetry by Edgar A. Guest and a duplicate copy of The Adventures of Jimmie Dale that may be in better condition than the copy I already own. But because it was a bag/box sale day, I also picked up several movies (including a few I'd be unlikely to buy otherwise but am willing to try "for free") and even a few CDs.

Sep 25, 2018, 10:11am Top

Movie 174. Tarzan and the Amazons (RKO, 1945), with the Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Steam Roller (Disney, 1934) and the Laurel & Hardy short subject Perfect Day (MGM, 1929/1937)

Source: IMDB

Jane (Brenda Joyce) returns to the jungle after a stay in England during World War II, but the happy homecoming is undermined when Boy (Johnny Sheffield) leads a group of archaeologists to the forbidden city of Palmyria, where dwell the Amazons of the title. Greed leads to betrayal and murder, and Tarzan must intervene. An enjoyable entry in the series. Recommended.

Sep 25, 2018, 7:45pm Top

Magazine 20. Storyhack Action & Adventure, Issue 1

Storyhack Action & Adventure is another of the pulp-inspired magazines that have appeared in recent years. I sampled the magazine with the first issue (Issue 0) and enjoyed the content well enough to pick up the first regular issue, Issue 1. The issue offered a fair amount of variety, largely fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but weird western and historical adventure had a place among the stories as well. The opening story, "New Rules for Rocket Nauts," in which a young couple deal with an alien surprise attack, is fairly fun. A cursed item is at the heart of "The Price of Hunger," a "weird Northern" by Kevyn Winkless whose opening illustration promised a humor that didn't really appear, and a fantastic west, which includes dragons, is the setting for "Retrieving Abe," by Jay Barnson, a story that I thought too long and that never quite drew me in. Steampunk isn't really my thing, so John M. Olsen's "Protector of Newington" didn't have much appeal; better was Julie Frost's time-traveling werewolf private eye story, "Brave Day Sunk in Hideous Night," though the series will never be a favorite. Weird western "Taking Control," by Jon Del Arroz, and "Some Things Missing from Her Profile," a sci-fi story by David Skinner, were OK time-wasters, though the latter in particular was a bit incoherent. Gene Moyers' "Dream Master" was evocative of the hero pulps, like those about the Shadow and the Spider, with a plot — involving wealthy men compelled to commit suicide — that could have come right out of one of those. Though not exactly to my taste, David J. West's weird western "Under the Gun," about a killer (demonic?) pistol, was fairly effective. The final story brought the issue firmly into the realm of history, as Mike Adamson's "Circus to Boulogne" recounts the story of an RAF pilot shot down over the Channel during a WWII raid; there was a little too much technical detail, as though the author was intent on showing that he had studied the subject, which was rather a distraction from the action and human interest that were the core of the story. I'd say the issue is worth a look if the genres are of interest and you'd like to sample some current writers of short fiction (the issue was published in 2017); I may pick up Issue 2 at some point, but I won't be rushing to do so.

Sep 27, 2018, 8:47am Top

Movie 175. Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (Twentieth Century Fox, 1940)

Source: IMDB

Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) is lured to a wax museum that serves as a front for a doctor (C. Henry Gordon) who performs plastic surgery on criminals to change their appearance, as escaped murderer Steve McBirney (Marc Lawrence) wishes to kill the detective in revenge. Tangled up with this plot is an old murder case, as Chan comes to discuss that case, and his belief that the man convicted of and executed for the crime was innocent, and that the real culprit, "Butcher" Dagan, eluded justice. Murders follow, as well as mix-ups involving the highly realistic wax figures, and son Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung) is again on hand to enliven the proceedings. Recommended.

Sep 27, 2018, 9:39am Top

Morning, Harry. Sweet Thursday. The cool fall weather has arrived. Only around 50, as I made my way into work. No complaints out of me yet...

Sep 27, 2018, 10:25am Top

>186 msf59: Good morning, Mark! It's not quite that cool here, but definitely autumnal weather today, after a warmer day yesterday. If the rain holds off this weekend, we'll have to get out and do some preparing of the garden and the yard for the winter.

Sep 27, 2018, 11:22am Top

I hope the rain holds off for you, Harry.
>185 harrygbutler: She looks absolutely terrified! She must have spotted the disembodied head floating over her.

Sep 27, 2018, 12:05pm Top

>188 mstrust: That could be it — or else she realized just how small her part is in the movie.

Sep 27, 2018, 12:17pm Top

Magazine 21. Argosy All-Story Weekly, July 4, 1925

Fewer serials than usual are to be found in this issue of Argosy All-Story Weekly, perhaps because the issue contains another in a series of stories about "Hopalong Cassidy's Pal," Mesquite Jenkins: number 10, "The Gift of the Dark." It also offers two novelettes instead of the usual one: the dated cover story, "The Lure of the Wild," in which an artist finds adventure and romance, and a fine story about how a dog saves a man from himself. In Henry Holt’s “On Jeweled Altars,” a successful but spoiled violinist learns of the self-sacrifice that made her success possible and takes the lesson to heart, and in Arthur Preston Hankins’ “The Seventh Quail” a district attorney on holiday undertakes to save an innocent man from a murder charge. Light romance is to be seen in “Charlie Chong and the Perfect Way,” by James Perley Hughes, while the concluding story, “Rags,” by E. K. Means, shows fatherhood in action. Rounding out the issue, as usual, are some poems, slight things, occasional verse, but overall enjoyable.

Edited: Sep 27, 2018, 6:26pm Top

97. Still Dead, by Ronald A. Knox

The fourth entry in Msgr. Ronald A. Knox's Miles Bredon series is an interesting puzzler, though one with most of the characters perhaps less than fully drawn. A man is found dead early one morning, but when the discoverer brings others, there's no body to be found. Then, he finds the body in the same place two days later, and the doctor who did the post mortem attests that he had died just a few hours before, of exposure. For the Indescribable Insurance Co., the difference in death dates is the difference between owing and not owing payment on a policy in arrears, so Miles Bredon is sent to investigate. Much of the goings-on will be obvious to an attentive reader, but I did find the final explanation in some ways surprising. Well enough written, but minor. Mildly recommended.

Sep 28, 2018, 8:46am Top

Movie 176. The Mummy's Hand (Universal, 1940)

Source: IMDB

Universal's Mummy movies are among my favorites. The original features Karloff at his most menacing and may be my top pick among the early '30s horror films. But I enjoy the pretty much unrelated Mummy series of the '40s, too. The Mummy's Hand started the series, as unsuccessful archaeologist Steve Banning (Dick Foran) and his friend Babe Jenson (Wallace Ford) find a clue to the location of the lost tomb of the Princess Ananka. Their desire to locate and excavate the tomb draw the attention of Andoheb (George Zucco), priest of Karnak and head of the Cairo Museum. He tries to thwart their attempt to get funding from American magician Solvani (Cecil Kellaway), but is too late; however, his warning that Banning and Jenson are swindlers prompts Solvani's daughter Marta (Peggy Moran) to insist on accompanying the expedition. With the archaeological expedition poised to discover the tomb of the princess, Andoheb resorts to restoring the mummy Kharis to locomotion to kill the intruders. Mayhem ensues. Fun, quick programmer. Recommended.

Edited: Sep 28, 2018, 7:55pm Top

Today I got the most recently published Prince Valiant reprint in the series being put out by Fantagraphics Books: Prince Valiant, Volume 17: 1969-1970, which came out earlier this month.

Source: Fantagraphics Books

Volume 18 is due out in November. It will cover 1971 and 1972 and thus should have the last strip that Foster drew (#1788), though he continued writing the strip until 1980.

Sep 29, 2018, 8:18am Top

Movie 177. The 9th Guest (Columbia, 1934)

Source: IMDB

A tolerable movie based on a terrible book, Invisible Host, by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning, as an assortment of guests are brought together, ostensibly for a party, but actually for revenge. Experienced viewers will likely have little difficulty sorting out the mystery. Mildly recommended.

Sep 29, 2018, 10:56pm Top

Interesting to read the film notices Harry.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Sep 30, 2018, 5:45pm Top

>195 PaulCranswick: Hi, Paul! Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 1, 2018, 7:03am Top

Morning, Harry. I hope you had a good weekend. We are back to the low 70s today, after a cool weekend. No complaints here.

My feeders have been hopping lately with the usual suspects.

Oct 1, 2018, 9:39am Top

>197 msf59: Good morning, Mark! We had a young Cooper's hawk visit last week, on the lookout for birds coming to the feeders, but unfortunately my photos, taken from a distance through a screen window, came out too blurry to share. It was interesting watching the squirrels scamper about and eat without any real concern while it was there; I guess they knew they weren't its prey.

Oct 1, 2018, 1:59pm Top

I realized that I didn't leave a placeholder spot for fourth-quarter reads, so I've started a new thread a little early. Come on over!


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