Early Bird Certificate Package (1977) Even though I had most of these action figures, I got them later in the toys' run. I was too young for the original release of the figures. The story goes, Kenner either got the license for the toys too late to produce enough, or were just unprepared for the... Continue Reading →
Although the Sholes & Glidden is generally regarded as the first production typewriter in history, the Hansen writing ball in fact beat the S&G by no less than four years. The Reverend Rasmus Hans Malling Johan Hansen (1835-1890) worked as a teacher and as director of an institution for the deaf and dumb in Copenhagen.... Continue Reading →
"Jason and Valerie wanted a nice, leisurely vacation, visiting Jason’s brother in Virginia, but Mother Nature intervened, delivering a hellacious snowstorm to the region. With their transportation plans thwarted, the travelers find themselves on a deserted road in the middle of the night, a blizzard raging all around them, and a suspicious stranger has joined... Continue Reading →
I played quite a bit of little league baseball while growing up. I wasn't very good, at all, but that didn't matter. It was fun. I started out playing T-Ball, which had teams named after Major League teams - I played for the Yankees. The next level was Bronco and all the teams had sponsors... Continue Reading →
Max Linder returns home drunk after his bachelor party. The next morning, he is awakened by a loud noise. His valet John, while chasing his pretty maid, has broken his mirror. John claims Mary, the maid, dropped a napkin. By the time Max drags himself out of bed, Mary has cleared away the broken glass... Continue Reading →
Christmas is quickly approaching...be sure to check out the big sale on Millhaven's releases on Amazon and at millhavenpress.com. If you enjoy action filled adventures, epic fantasy, chilling tales of terror, or imaginative sci-fi, then Millhaven Press is for you.
Kaboom (General Mills 1969-2010). When my sister and I would go to the grocery store with my parents we would be allowed to pick out our breakfast cereal...if we were good. If not, we were stuck with Honey Nut Cheerios -- neither one of us wanted that. My sister's go-to was Cap'n Crunch; mine was... Continue Reading →
While scanning through several WordPress articles on…something, I came across a review of another sci-fi novel. It was a post-apocalyptic book, I believe, that doubled as an alien invasion story. Something said either in the post or in the comments was that readers could tell the writer had been inspired by his native Arizona, both with regards to this story and his previous works. His stories either take place in that state or in worlds that look like it.
Dean Koontz does much the same thing. Almost all of his stories take place in California. His characters might be from other states or countries but, eventually, they somehow find their way to the Golden State. The love a writer has for his or her native place often finds its way into their works. This may be a subliminal habit at first, but once an author becomes aware of this tendency…
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Dividend on Death Author: Brett Halliday (Davis Dresser) Cover Art: Robert McGinnis Originally Published: 1939 Reviewed Edition: Dell D293 (1959) This is the book that introduced the public to private detective Mike Shayne; the red-headed, temperamental, perpetually down-on-his-luck sleuth. Halliday (Dresser) would spend the rest of his life writing (and commissioning other writers) the adventures... Continue Reading →