Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DREAM LOVER

Bobby Darin from 1959.  A great talent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzkECdHu1dQ

OvERLOOKED FILM: JUNGLE SIREN (1942)

Famous stripper Ann Corio (1914-1999) appeared in only five movies, four of which were aptly titled:  Swamp Girl, Sarong Girl, The Sultan's Daughter, and this one, Jungle Siren.  (The fifth movie, Call of the Jungle, has Corio playing the white jungle girl, Tana.)  Corio's acting talents aside, she was a natural for wearing skimpy costumes on the screen.  In Jungle Siren, she's plays Kuhlaya, a girl raised in the jungle (skimpy costume) who aids the film's hero in stopping a Nazi plot to start a native uprising.

And the hero?  None other than Buster Crabbe, Olympic swimmer and former Tarzan, Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers.  Crabbe plays Captain Gary Hart, a guy who seems to wander aimlessly with his buddy Sgt. Mike Jenkins until they meet Kuhlazi and face an evil Nazi and his witchdoctor buddy.  The Santa Anita Park Race Track Botanical Gardens plays the jungle.

Not a movie with an intricate plot, nor great dialogue,   Jiust good old-fashioned Saturday matinee fodder.

Enjoy.

https://archive.org/details/JungleSiren1942

Monday, April 27, 2015

SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE

Today is the 99th birthday of baseball great Enos Slaughter.

To celebrate, here's the Ventures doing a well-known Richard Rogers number.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TDn4HdoM2w

INCOMING


  • Alcott Anderson, The White Stone, a Mystical Novel from Early Ireland.  No description from the back cover blurb except that the book "joins the list of significant works in which a memorable tale imparts a larger meaning."  That, and the fact that the novel is published by a company named Cosmic Connections does not bode well.
  • Kingsley Amis, The Alteration.  Alternate history SF.
  • C. Dean Andersson, Torture Tomb.  Horror.
  • Kelley Armstrong, The Summoning.  YA fantasy, Book One of the Darkest Powers series.
  • Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and  Charles G. Waugh, editors, Encounters.  SF anthology with 16 stories.
  • Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Demon in My View.  YA fantasy published when the author was 15.  (She wrote her first published novel when she was 13.  Part of me hates precocious children.)
  • Robin W. Bailey, Philip Jose Farmer's The Dungeon, Volume 4:  The Lake of Fire.  Fantasy in a multi-author series based on a concept by Farmer.
  • L. Frank Baum, The Treasury of Oz, 15-in-1 Omnibus.  Omnibus containing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Little Wizard Stories of Oz, Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow of Oz, Rinkitink in Oz, The Lost Princess of Oz, The Tin Woodman of Oz, The Magic of Oz, and Glinda of Oz.  That's all of Baum's Oz books except 1905's The Woggle-Bug Book, which is not very politically correct and contains many ethnic stereotypes.  (1960's The Visitors from Oz was a collection of rewritten stories of some comic strip continuities Baum wrote in 1904-5.)
  • Greg Bear, Dead Lines.  Horror.
  • "M. C. Beaton" (Marion Chesney), Death of Yesterday.  A Hamish Macbeth mystery.
  • Ben Bova, Prometheans.  Collection of 16 SF stories and articles.
  • Richard Bowes, The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others.  Collection of eight fantasy stories.
  • Allison Brennan, Cold Swap.  A Kincaid family thriller.
  • Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Colony.  Television franchise tie-in.  A "Stake Your Destiny" book, which is evidently Buffyverse-speak fo "Choose Your Own Adventure."
  • Jim Butcher, Furies of Calderon, Academ's Fury, Cursor's Fury, and Captain's Fury. Fantasy, the first foubooks of the Codex Alera sequence.
  • Lou Cameron, The First Blood.  WWII war novel.
  • "Nick Carter" (house name), Nick Carter 100.  The hundreth (?*) Killmaster book in the series.  This one contains a new novel (Dr. Death, ghosted by Craig Nova), a reprint of the first novel in the series (Run, Spy, Run, ghosted by Michael Avallone and Valerie Moolman -- although Moolman's contribution has been disputed in some quarters), and an 1895 short story featuring the original Nick Carter ("A Preposterous Theft," perhaps ghosted by Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey, perhaps not).
  • Mary Higgins Clark, Nighttime Is My Time and On the Street Where You Live.  Two from the "Queen of Suspense."
  • Max Allan Collins, Dick Tracy and the Nightmare Machine, a graphic novel, and Early crimes, a collection with two early stories and Shoot the Moon, an unpublished novel from the Eighties.
  • Bruce Coville, Philip Jose Farmer's The Dungeon, Volume 2:  The Dark Abyss.  Fantasy in a multi-author series based on a concept by Farmer.
  • William R. Cox, Cemetery Jones and the Dancing Guns.  Western, the third in the series.
  • Leif Davidsen, The Woman from Bratislava.  Thriller.  Translated from the Danish by Barbara J. Haveland.
  • Charles de Lint, Philip Jose Farmer's The Dungeon, Volume 5:  The Hidden City.  Fantasy in a  multi-author series based on a concept by Farmer.
  • Ron Dee, Succumb.  Horror.
  • Gardner Dozois, editor, The Year's Best Science Fiction:  First Annual Collection.  SF anthology of 25 stories from 1983, with a summation of the year by Dozois.  Dozois previously had five other "Best of" collections, continuing from editor Lester del Rey.  The first three collections in this newer series were published by Bluejay Books before the series moved to St. Martin's Press.  The Bluejay collections are rather rare.
  • C. S. Forester, Commander Hornblower.  Historical novel, the eighth in the Hornblower saga.
  • Ken Goddard, The Alchemist.  Crime novel.
  • Georgette Heyer, Detection Unlimited, Lady of QualityPenhallow, They Found Him DeadThe Unfinished Clue, and Why Shoot a Butler?  Kitty is a big Georgette Heyer fangirl.  We picked these up so she could be reunited with some old friends.
  • Tami Hoag, Deeper Than the Dead.  A Tony Mendez mystery.
  • Hans Holzer, Inside Witchcraft.  Occult bushwah.
  • Rich Horton, editor, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011.  SF anthololgy with 28 stories, the third in Horton's combined annual series (previously he had separate volumes for science fiction and for fantasy).
  • "Celia Jerome" (Barbara Metzger), Trolls in the Hamptons.  Humorsous fantasy.
  • Bill Knox, The Interface Man.  A Colin Thane, Scottish Crime Squad mystery.
  • Richard Laymon, Come Out Tonight.  Horror.
  • Robert Joseph Levy, Buffy the Vampire Hunter:  The Suicide King.  Television tie-in Stake-Your-Destiny book.
  • "Elizabeth Lowell" (Ann Maxwell), Whirlpool.  Thriller originally published under the title The Ruby as by Ann Maxwell.
  • George Mann, editor, The Solaris Book of new Science Fiction, Volume Two.  SF anthology with 15 stories.
  • Peter Maravelis, editor, San Francisco Noir.  Mystery anthology with 15 stories.
  • D. R. McAnally (oh, how I pity that name!), Irish Wonders:  Popular Tales as Told by the People.  Folklore.
  • Ashley McConnell, Days of the Dead.  Horror.
  • Ric Meyers, Living Hell.  Nope, not a life under a Ted Cruz presidency.  This one's a plain ol' horror novel, number 2 in the Book of the Dead sequence.
  • Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden, Joe Golem and the Drowning City.  Fantasy.
  • Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon.  SF/PI mashup.
  • Barbara Neely. Blanche on the Go.  A Blanche White mystery.  Signed.
  • Otto Penzler, editor, Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop.  Anthology of 17 stories published as annual holiday chapbooks from Penzler's Mysterious Bookshop, 1993-2009.
  • Terry Pratchett, The Wit and Wisdon of Discworld.  Compilation of  wise and funny stuff from 36 Discworld novels.  Compiled by Stephen Briggs
  • Roger Price, The Tomorrow People:  Four Into Three.  Television tie-in collection of three YA stories from the Thames Television series of the 1970s.
  • Stan Rice, compiler, Bride of Dark and Stormy, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, and Son of "It was a Dark and Stormy Night".  Sample entries from the annual Bulwer-Lytton contest.  Atrociously good first lines for nonexistant stories.
  • Rick Riodan, The Last King of Texas.  Before Percy Jackson made him a gazillionaire wrote some kickbutt mysteries featuring Texas PI Tres Navarre.  Like this one.
  • Peter Rubie, Werewolf.  Horror.
  • A. E. Silas, The Panorama Egg.  SF.
  • Jean Simon, Ghost Boy.  Horror.
  • Thomas E. Sniegoski, Dancing on athe Head of a Pin.  A Remy Chandler fantasy.
  • "S. P. Somtow" (Somtow Sucharitkil), The Aquiliad, Volume I:  Aquila in the New World, Volume II:  Aquila and the Iron Horse. and Volulme III:  Aquila and the Sphinx.  An alternate world SF series.
  • Troy Soos, Streets of Fire.  Historical mystery.  New York City in 1895.
  • Vernor Vinge, Rainbow's End.  SF.
  • Barbara G. Walker, Feminist Fairy Tales.  Collection of 28 fantasy stories.
  • Chris Ware, Novelty Library.  Comic collection.
  • Herman Wouk, Slattery's Hurricane.  Adventure.
*  Wikipedia lists this one as #96 in the series and The Katmandu Contract (by Jim Bowser) as #100.  Go figure.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BUTTONS

Neil Giman assures us we have nothing to fear from buttons...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HD5yh8ar2I

HYMN TIME

Red Allen, with mandolin by Frank Wakefield.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvCIOgTJXLA

Saturday, April 25, 2015

SING, SING, SING

Written by Louis Prima and performed by The Benny Goodman Orchestra, it's good, good, good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2S1I_ien6A