Saturday, May 06, 2006
Once again Nooky's Erotic Bakery -- without a doubt the finest place in Fort Bend County to purchase a dick-shaped cake -- is finding itself in the crosshairs.
This time it's their reprehensible decision to actually put up a billboard advertising their store. A billboard with no pictures, and nothing racier than the words 'naughty' and 'erotic' on it."
The original story is here.
Friday, May 05, 2006
I was slightly bemused by this blurb from PW that appears on the back cover of Shotgun Opera, the new Dell paperback from Victor Gischler, who's looking for a few "Gischler Virgins," by the way. The blurb, from a review of Suicide Squeeze says, "Gischler is a light and clever satirist . . . ." You can read my review of that book here. Somehow the phrase "light and clever satirist" is not one that would have leapt to mind as I read it. Sure, it's funny from time to time, but, well, never mind. Let's get to Shotgun Opera. Probably PW thinks this one is another of those light and clever satires. I found it to be a fast-moving chase novel with a really high body count, which is only to be expected when you're dealing with "the most dangerous woman in the world." Her job is to kill a few guys who happen to know that a terrorist is on the loose in the U.S. Before long we meet her murderous family, a deadly geezer who'd be right at home in Damned Near Dead, other assorted killers, and a few nice folks. There's even an assassin named Lee Goldberg, except that his show-biz name is Jack Spratt. But what really won my heart is the fact that Jack's (or Lee's) wife is an alligator wrestler. You simply can't go wrong with female alligator wrestlers. If you haven't read anything by Victor Gischler yet, you're missing out. Not to worry, though. He's going to be around for a while.
The tomb, found by archeologist Hector Escobedo last week, contains a king of the El Peru Waka city, now in ruins and covered in thick rainforest teeming with spider monkeys.
He may have been the dynastic founder of the city, on major Mayan trade routes that could have stretched from the city of Tikal in Guatemala up through Mexico.
'If this is indeed the founder, then it is a discovery of a lifetime,' said David Freidel of Southern Methodist University in Texas, who co-directs the project with Escobedo."
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Paperback and magazine covers, along with 12 episodes of the Shayne radio show. Part 2 is here, more covers, more shows. Mike Hammer soundtrack music is here. You might want to spend some time exploring the site. Lots of covers and other good stuff.
According to online magazine www.zsaru.hu, workers in Szeged in the south of Hungary tried to move the barrel after they had drained it, only to find it was surprisingly heavy and were shocked when the body of a naked man fell out."
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
The book is divided like a travel book, by the regions of Texas that are depicted in the movies. I found it all very interesting, and it does include a few movies about Texas that weren't filmed here (Red River comes to mind). There are even two indexes, one of the films and one of the places. Great for browsing and for armchair traveling. Check it out.
Guardian Unlimited | Science | Top 10 sci-fi films: "Our expert panel votes for the top 10 sci-fi films"
Australian Vintage Paperbacks: "This website, produced by Graeme Flanagan, author of Australian Vintage Paperback Guide, is devoted to several series of Australian vintage paperbacks, including the long-running Carter Brown and Larry Kent series, as well as the unique and fascinating Phantom Books series. New cover scans will be added on a regular basis. Click on any of the images below to enter different parts of the website."
|From the NY Post. And in case you're wondering, I'm not guilty.|
New Anna Nicole battle aborning?
If true, the former Playmate - who battled relatives of her late husband, J. Howard Marshall 2nd, at the Supreme Court over his estate - could be in for another scrap.
Smith, 38, is said to have conceived the child with the help of a friend.
"Anna's freaking out because she got pregnant by this guy, who's now saying, 'I want money and access to the kid,'" an insider tells our Gatecrashing colleague, Ben Widdicombe.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
As the other two movies before it, this one followed the book pretty closely. That's both good and bad, since the plot was pretty thin in the book, and the movie didn't improve on it. There were a couple of narrative glitches that bothered me, too. Overall, I didn't like this one as much as the first two, but when Selleck does another one, I'll be watching.
Monday, May 01, 2006
I commented on this novel in its new Hard Case Crime edition here. Now I see that the movie's coming to DVD in June. Here's what Netflix says: "In director John Farrow's taut drama, insurance investigator Al Colby (Glenn Ford ) has taken an assignment that may be more complicated than he can handle. He's become a smuggler and must make his way from Havana to Mexico without being found out. Colby doesn't know what he's transporting and doesn't want to know until a shipboard murder forces him to ask more questions than he intended -- but doing so may endanger his life. Releases on DVD Jun 06, 2006."
I wonder if the new edition of the book had anything to do with the DVD? Whatever the case, I'm glad the movie's going to be available.
Supreme Court Backs Ex-Playmate's Effort: "The Supreme Court ruled Monday that one-time stripper and Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith could pursue part of her late husband's oil fortune.
Justices gave new legal life to Smith's bid to collect millions of dollars from the estate of J. Howard Marshall II. Her late husband's estate has been estimated at as much as $1.6 billion.
Smith has been embroiled in a long running cross-country court fight with Marshall's youngest son, E. Pierce Marshall. The court's decision, which was unanimous, means that it will not end anytime soon."
But I digress. I was talking about Glenn Ford, right? I'd seen him before The Blackboard Jungle, in movies like The Man from the Alamo and The Big Heat, and he'd already made an impression on me. The Blackboard Jungle put him firmly among those actors I really liked, and he went on to make some movies that are still among my favorites: The Sheepman, 3:10 to Yuma, Don't Go Near the Water (another one that sent me to the book; William Brinkley wrote a couple of novels that I loved, including that one), Cowboy, Experiment in Terror. A lot of them, including Gilda, will be on TV this week. Click here for a schedule. Ford had a fine career, and I wish him the best today.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
It's hard to find books about Ennis Willie's most famous creation, Sand, and this one's about an ex-cop named Gard Hogan who’s irresistible to women of a certain type (“She shrugged and her breasts played games beneath the negligee”). He’s out to solve a murder, and if you’ve ever read a Mickey Spillane novel, you’re not going to have a bit of trouble spotting the killer. Hogan left the force because of some problems of his own, and now he's back in town with a vengeance.
Just so you know what you're in for, here's the opening paragraph: "The big man swung his right fist hard and the grin that had been stretched across the face of Louigi the Lump suddenly crumbled into broken teeth and blood. The blow slammed him against the sweating wall of his buck-a-day room, and sound of surprise and pain was just finding its way out of his throat as he bounced off." There's lots of action and a lengthy torture sequence. Ennis Willie did this stuff very well, but obviously it's not for everyone. Don't say you weren't warned.