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Savage Membrane: A Cal McDonald Mystery Paperback – April, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097122823X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971228238
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Steve Niles is the writer for Spawn: The Dark Ages, Hellspawn and the new upcoming series from Image Comics entitled Fused!. He has also contributed to several issues of Todd McFarlane's flagship series Spawn and is co-writer on the upcoming film Spawn 2 for Sony Pictures. Prior to his work for McFarlane, Steve had his own publishing company where he published, edited and co-published several anthologies, as well as adapted works by Clive Barker and Richard Matheson. Originally from Washington D.C., Steve now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Nikki and their two black cats.

About the Author

STEVE NILES is the current writer of the monthly comic book HELLSPAWN and the new Image Comics series entitled FUSED! He has also contributed to several issues of SPAWN, SAM & TWITCH, and is co-writer with Todd McFarlane on the upcoming SPAWN 2 movie for Sony. Steve got his start in the industry when he formed his own publishing company called Arcane Comix, where he published, edited and adapted several comics and anthologies for Eclipse Comics. His adaptations include works by Clive Barker, Richard Matheson and Harlan Ellison, among others. He has also worked as a writer for Dark Horse comics contributing to titles such as DARK HORSE PRESENTS, and most recently 9-11: ARTISTS RESPOND. Steve's latest projects are the upcoming novel SAVAGE MEMBRANE with artist Ashley Wood, and the new comic series 30 DAYS OF NIGHT with publisher Idea & Design Works. Originally from Washington DC, Steve now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Nikki and their two black cats.

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This cross of pulp comedy, film noir detective work, and Lovecraftian horror works on so many levels!
Christopher
So without giving anything away this book picks up from the start and never lets down, the only let down was finishing it and putting it on the shelf.
Anthony Trevino
Poor character development, except the protagonist Cal McDonald, stunts the book as does the rather short length.
Christopher R. Price

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Igor on May 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
Written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ashley Wood this book is AMAZING... I have enjoyed the comics, but the graphic novels are absolutely to die for!! Why??

The atmosphere he creates is gritty, dirty, and real - you can feel these characters, you can see the locations, and you can sense the danger, as you giggle at the dark humor sprinkled through out.

The storytelling is perfectly paced and keeps your attention right to the end - smooth, lots of action, great dialogue... genius! Short chapters suck you in until the wee morning hours as you tell yourself, 'well, they're short, i'll just read ONE more'...

IDW Publishing carries a 'Warning: Mature Reading' tag for the book, but honestly it's barely outside of pg13. There is drug/alcohol use by our star witness, er loveable character Cal, but honestly... if YOU could see what he sees you'd stay drunk too!

Did I like it?? Loved it! Definately a five star rating Cal and his 'ghoul' sidekick Mo'Lock are definately worth your time and money - find this now!!
-Horrorwench
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on June 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
This cross of pulp comedy, film noir detective work, and Lovecraftian horror works on so many levels! It's an excellent book in all senses and should be reccomended to everyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Boyd on May 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Reading this book was like watching a sitcom on TV: short, sweet, and quickly faded from memory.

There was potential here, and I wanted to like 'Savage Membrane', but the story was way under developed. I am a slow reader, and it only took me about 2 hours to read this book. At 208 pages with wide spaced, large type, there was very little substance to this book, and next to no character development.

A decent short story, not a good novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D. Hatcher on March 5, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like a cross between Kurt Russel's character in Big Trouble in Little China and F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack, Cal more or less stumbles on solving cases than actually figuring anything out himself. Both humorous and scary, Cal McDonald is a character for the times, not to be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shane W. Green on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book because the cover image caught my eye; I bought it because the back cover described my kind of book. I wasn't dissapointed. In Savage Membrane, Niles introduces anithero Cal McDonald and sidekick Mo Lock. Cal is a poly-addict who drinks from morning to morning and induldges in pretty much any drug he can get his hands on, except heroin, he had a problem with heroin. Mo Lock, who is a Ghoul, is his faithful partner. Cal is a private investegator who has always had a knack for seeing the evil in the world. If you enjoy Anita Blake or Harry Dresden novels, you'll love this; Savage Membrane is an action packed, humorous, quick read packed full of monstors, magic, and substance (abuse).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Trevino on March 8, 2007
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I first read "Savage Membrane," back when it first came out, i'am not sure wether or not i was a sophmore or junior in high-school; regardless thats neither here nor there. Savage Membrane captivated me from the minute I started reading and even afterwards. Steve Niles has managed to create the horror genre's own Indiana Jones, Cal Mcodnald is probably my favorite character to come out in anything be it comics or books in a long time. So without giving anything away this book picks up from the start and never lets down, the only let down was finishing it and putting it on the shelf. However i encourage anyone who like this to check out all of Steve Nile's other Cal Mcdonald Mysteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Price on August 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I didn't expect much from this book and I was pleasantly surprised. It was a film noir in writing that resulted in a somewhat stunted writing style but Niles pulls it off in great fashion. Poor character development, except the protagonist Cal McDonald, stunts the book as does the rather short length. Cal McDonald should have his own series as his character is rather interesting to follow and one cannot help but love him. Even if he is a junkie and an ex-cop.
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More About the Author

Steve Niles (born June 21, 1965) is an American comic book author and novelist, known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society and Batman: Gotham County Line.

He is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence, authoring such works as 30 Days of Night, its sequel, Dark Days (IDW Publishing), and Criminal Macabre (Dark Horse Comics) with frequent artist collaborator Ben Templesmith.

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