Dragonlance Reading Order 2022 — Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

Logo Credit: Wizards of the CoastImage Credit: Larry ElmoreBanner Credit: Fantasy Book Nerd The Dragonlance world is one I happily revisit every year. Rich in detail and huge in scope, the series itself boasts over one hundred novels, and the first book in a new trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, titled Dragons of […]

Dragonlance Reading Order 2022 — Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

‘Prey’ Is a Solid Prequel That I Didn’t Even Know I Needed — Future of the Force

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‘Prey’ Is a Solid Prequel That I Didn’t Even Know I Needed — Future of the Force

The Spirit of Vengeance!

One of my oldest Internet friends is Chris Munn. Chris is, arguably, the biggest Ghost Rider fan and expert on the freakin’ planet. Last year he released a book titled Wheels on Fire: An Unofficial Guide to Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider from 1972-1983. I immediately bought it, devoured it, and recommended it to others.

Shortly thereafter, Chris approached me with some fantastic news – he was working on a follow-up, one that would deal with my personal favorite of the Ghost Riders: Daniel Ketch. He then asked me if I would be interested in writing the forward to the book. Of course, I jumped at the chance.

You can now purchase Road to Vengeance: An Unofficial Guide to Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider, From 1990-1993 (Unofficial Guides to Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider from Amazon.com for a paltry $14.95. Definitely go and support Chris — he’s a fantastic writer and he captures the nuances of the stories and their characters quite well.

Our art today is courtesy of Felipe Smith and you can view more of his works at DeviantArt.

Bob Howard Returns

The Cowboy and the Conqueror by Teel James Glenn

The first volume in this series was pretty audacious in its premise: author Robert E. Howard doesn’t commit suicide but instead decides to travel the world, during which he crosses paths with no less than Count Dracula. It was a fantastic book and when I heard a sequel was coming, I was very excited.

This book is very different from the first in that this tale is told from the perspective of a German writer. This means that REH is somewhat removed from the reader. We don’t get to see the ins and outs of his thoughts and he becomes a little more larger-than-life as a result.

Also, our writer is a thinly disguised Adolf Hitler.

Yes, so you probably wonder about that part, don’t you? I was amazed that TJ Glenn would actually try to portray this alternate history version in such a positive light… but there is a scene near the end when our writer-Hitler is confronted with the knowledge of what he’s like in OUR world… and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t make the entire book worth it. It’s a tremendous creative risk that was taken here and I’m so impressed (and, as a writer myself, more than a bit jealous) that it was paid off.

If you enjoyed the first book, you owe it to yourself to move on to the second volume. Let’s hope there’s a third book soon.

Recommended Link

If you’re a dedicated follower of this blog, chances are that you’re also a fan of classic and/or new pulp. If so, you owe it to yourself to check out ThePulp.Net. This site not only has news and reviews, it also has some great blogs (including my personal favorite, the Pulp Super-Fan). I’m not making anything off this referrel but while you’re there and commenting on the latest post, let ’em know that I sent ya!

Our image today is by artist Gilbert Monsanto and depicts a character named Ephemera. She’ll be appearing in a volume of the Straw-Man series that’s launching soon. Enjoy this sneak peek!

The Batman Mini-Review

The Batman is not only the best Batman movie I’ve ever seen, it’s one of my favorite superhero movies ever. From the first minutes I knew that this was a film with a vision. I loved the colors, the rainy Gotham, the ferocity of the Batman mixed with actual detective work… Pattinson was fantastic as Batman/Bruce and I really, really like the realization that the character had that vengeance alone is not what is needed to save Gotham. He has to inspire, as well. Great character arc.

The Gordon and Catwoman characters were awesome and I never thought the Riddler could be terrifying but he was.

Yes, it’s a long film but I can’t think of what I’d have wanted to cut. In fact, it was so good that despite the fact that my bladder assured me that I couldn’t have handled it, I would have been fine with ANOTHER hour of this movie!

I really want to go see it again!

Recommended Reading

A Cowboy in Carpathia by Teel James Glenn is one odd beast. Basically, it starts off as a work of alternative history — in this reality Robert E. Howard, creator of such pulp characters as Conan and Solomon Kane, did not commit suicide after the death of his mother. Rather, he decides to honor her memory by exploring the world and continuing to write his stories. What follows is bizarre, humorous, and strangely thought-provoking: Bob Howard fights Dracula.

Yep, you read that right. Conan’s creator ends up hanging out with the Harker family from Bram Stoker’s classic novel and then ends up exchanging fisticuffs with the vampire lord himself. It’s a lot of fun and makes me hopeful that we’ll get many more adventures of Bob Howard — personally, I hope a sequel lets him pay a visit to his buddy “Howie” Lovecraft. Highly recommended to pulp lovers everywhere.