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thedarkman

Member Since 01 Nov 2010
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In Topic: Men's Action Adventure Fiction

09 October 2014 - 03:35 PM

Taking a break from S&S and jumping into the "Men's Adventure" literature ring. I know, I know. Most of this stuff is pretty trashy, written quickly for demanding publishers for very little money. But it is the modern version of the old-time pulps of the 30's and 40's, and a few good authors cut their writing teeth creating those tales back in the day! These paperbacks from the 70's and 80's cover a pretty wide range of sub-genres, like WWII, Vietnam, American West, Cold War, Mafia and Post-Nuke. I just downloaded the Post-Nuke series Phoenix, by David Alexander, from Amazon for $9. Five books in this series, and not a bad deal. Only 100 or so pages in, but what a ride. Hyper-violent, lurid, sexist, ridiculous and completely over-the-top! It's as if the author was making fun of the whole super-masculine hero adventure; and I think he was doing it on purpose. A real hoot if you don't take it seriously. Lots of good info online at the Glorious Trash blog on all sorts of these types of books. I would like to hear from folks at this site about this pulpy goodness; anyone read this stuff? Any favorites? Don't be embarrassed, I won't judge you-I love trash!


In Topic: Additions to my bookshelf

27 September 2014 - 03:56 AM

Recently picked-up The Savage Warriors and The Great Captains by Henry Treece. Also got Raven #1-Swordmistress of Chaos by Richard Kirk and The Tritonian Ring by L. Sprague deCamp. I have never read any pure deCamp works before, so I will give this one a try. My to-read bookshelf groans in protest...


In Topic: Which current author could best write pastiche Conan?

20 September 2014 - 03:40 PM

The Kull pastiche "Treason in Zagadar" by Adrian Cole is very well done, and proves that with careful author selection and good editorial work, an excellent anthology could be assembled that would be respectful to Howard's worlds, rather than a series of pale imitations. Not easy to do, but I think the talent and respect is out there...


In Topic: Blood And Thunder Historical Fiction

20 September 2014 - 03:32 PM

I just added Henry Treece's The Great Captains to my bookshelf, and that seems to have a gritty, dark ages feel to it.


In Topic: Which current author could best write pastiche Conan?

20 September 2014 - 03:17 PM

I've been bugging Jay@Paradox for over 2 years about possible new pastiche works on the horizon. Although it has been hinted at, nothing new has stirred from him/CPI for 2 years. I suppose they still feel the burn from the series of Hyborian Age adventures published several years ago that didn't do so well. Can't blame them for being cautious. I think enough time has passed since the Turtledove novel (shudder!) to try something new. Get Howard's most popular characters back in print with at least one (possibly more!) multi-author anthologies of short tales that pay tribute to Howard. I know I would be on board for that project. And I bet there would be a long line of current authors looking to sign up!