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BEAT to a PULP: Round Two Paperback – May 14, 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great read. Very entertaining. I would definately recommend this book to purchase. I also like the cover art.Published on December 20, 2012 by Titan
The stories were so badly written that I fell immediately in love with them. I couldn't wait to get to the next story to see if it was worse then the previous ones. It was a hoot. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer