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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: BEAT to a PULP (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983377510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983377511
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Randy Johnson VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
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Just finished ROUND 2. Did so in a rush. There are twenty-nine stories in here plus an article on pulp art by Cullen Gallagher.

Something for everyone here: westerns, crime stories, horror, pirates, even a bit of science fiction.

Some favorites were LOST VALLEY OF THE SKOOCOOM by Matthew P. Mayo: I like Bigfoot stories. THE QUICK...AND THE DEAD, a really weird zombie story by Bill Crider. Evan Lewis' detective Skylar Hobbs mixes it up with fairies. James Reasoner's A WORLD YOU DON'T KNOW kept me guessing, and Ed Gorman does a turn in a western I'd read somewhere before.

Make no mistake. They are all good, both writers I was familiar with, those I had a passing acquaintance with, and a few new ones. Wayne Dundee gives us a short story with Joe Hannibal. Larry D. Sweazy moves us down the generations of his own Texas Rangers with a story set in the heyday of the pulps.

A fine assemblage of stories put together by David Cranmer and Matthew P. Mayo.

Highly recommended.
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Another standout collection of stories. Pronzini, Gorman,Hendricks, Zeltserman; what a lineup. This book will keep you happy for many hours. Plus it brings us new work from two of my favorites, Jake Hinkson and local "Father of the Year", Keith Rawson. 29 stories at this price, from these author's is a steal. Also, make sure you get Round 1 as it is equally as good.
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I used to think that all pulp stories were pretty much the same, but now I get it. There is a feel or an attitude that runs through all of the BTAP books. Each on it's own has a unique theme but there is definitely something intangible that ties them all together. This is certainly helped by the great covers that engender the style of the old paperback pulps but add a modern twist. I would talk about this in more detail but that is done a lot better than I could in the final section of this book. As usual for a book edited by David Cranmer there is an excellent forward that is not only interesting enough not to skip over but makes you stop and think. I like to think of them as a pulp adjustment phase.

There are just shy of thirty stories in this anthology and every single one stands up on it's own, each as different from the next as they were from the last. Sometimes the shift between subject matter can be quite abrupt, but that feeling of looking at the nasty side of society is always there. The star of this book for me was the story by Patricia Abbott. That lady has talent and is reason enough to buy this book. There are plenty of other excellent stories and more importantly for me there wasn't a single one that I didn't enjoy reading.

I read most of this book whilst feeling really ill in a hotel room hundreds of miles from home. Even though all I wanted to do was curl up and drift I could not put this book down. Morbid fascination held me in sway until I finished the book. It is a really enjoyable read and one that makes you think about how crap people can be to each other.
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Reviewing short story collections, and especially anthologies, can be difficult. Beyond the length of the story which means the review of it has to be short as one does not want to inadvertently reveal too much, there is the problem of what to include in the review. Just mention two or three of the works involved and those that were not mentioned have reason to feel slighted. Cover every single story and occasionally a reader will complain about the length and having to read all those words. I err on the side of covering everybody in an anthology, so if you are looking for a three or four sentence review that tells you nothing more than the person liked whatever (the kind of meaningless review that seems to be all the rage these days) you really should look elsewhere.

After an introduction to this second collection by Sophie Littlefield that discusses some of the authors and their works as well as those little things that serve as inspiration, it is on to the stories. Beat To A Pulp-Round 2 features 29 solidly good--and occasionally disturbing--tales.

The book opens with an out of this world tale by Bill Pronzini titled “The Space Killers.” Two Terrans walk into a bar for some local food and drinks on Outpost 14 somewhere in the asteroid Belt. They are not there to be a joke, but to settle some business as a contract is a contract.

It is back to Earth in “Far From Home” by Vin Packer. Gil has a jerk for a father and it wasn’t just because dear old dad never finished High School. The booze certainly doesn’t help his dad’s attitude, but Gil never thought this would happen.

Mary Crowley has a reputation of being the crazy pigeon lady in “King” by Dave Zeltserman.
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This anthology includes stories by three of the best fiction writers working today - Hilary Davidson, Vicki Hendricks and Jake Hinkson - at the top of their game.
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