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The Flying Saucers are Real
The Flying Saucers are Real
by Donald E. Keyhoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.99
23 used & new from $6.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Poorly Published, June 13, 2016
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This is a great book, one of the early tent-poles of UFOlogy. It may not be completely relevant now due to outdated theories, but it is a fascinating look into the early days of the field of UFO research, and still sheds light on some unexplained and famous cases. However, be warned that this is a terrible, terrible edition, not due to the author, but due to the publisher. There are multiple mistakes, typos, and formatting problems on nearly every page. It is readable, and that's the best I can say about it, but there must be a better version of the text out there.


The House of the Seven Gables (Cliffs Notes)
The House of the Seven Gables (Cliffs Notes)
by Darlene B Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.99
137 used & new from $0.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID THE USED COPY!, April 4, 2016
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I bought a used copy for $3.83. When it arrived, the back cover and last few pages were mangled and bent. The entire copy seemed like it had been run over by a truck, but the most insulting part was that it had multiple clearance stickers on the front, the cheapest of which was 50 cents. Even the first page had $1.88 penciled on it. This copy had been around along, long time, and it showed. So I paid almost 4 dollars for a trashed copy that they couldn't move at 50 cents. Very nice, Amazon.


The Whispering Gorilla & Return of the Whispering Gorilla
The Whispering Gorilla & Return of the Whispering Gorilla
by Don Wilcox
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best gorilla with a human brain vs the Nazis book you'll ever read., August 19, 2015
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Wow, where to begin?

First, if you have not checked them out, look at the other titles published by Armchair Fiction. They publish a huge number of stories from the pulp era.

As for this book, it may be the best story of a gorilla with the transplanted brain of a man fighting Nazis that I have ever read. On the other hand it is also the worst. (I've only read one, of course.)

And that really does sum up this book. The first story is short, about 79 pages, but it is a fast read and deceptive. It reaches 79 pages only because it is printed in a larger font that the longer second story. However, it is the better of the two. It is written in a simple and straightforward style but it is surprisingly realistic. Although the Whispering Gorilla talks like a man and dresses and acts like a man, he is still in the body of a gorilla. A sillier story (and yes, I know how silly this already sounds) would have him simply accepted as a talking gorilla. But that never happens in this book. Everyone suspects he is a very eccentric man in a gorilla suit to hide his identity. As for the plot, the gorilla continues his previous human life as a crusading journalist and brings down a ring of war profiteers, before apparently dying at the hands of the police. Ridiculous as it sounds, it is a fun tale.

The second, longer story, is written by another, arguably better, author. I say "arguably" because while the writing is more complex and sophisticated than in the first, the plot is ridiculously laughable. The Whispering Gorilla did not die at the end of the first book but was secretly transported back to Africa to recover at the home of the scientist who created him. The problem is that he is slowly losing his humanity, yet also becoming leader of all the jungle apes. Well, if it stopped there, this could be a somewhat interesting variation on Tarzan. Problem is the author didn't stop there. The Whispering Gorilla is not the main character in this story. Neither is the scientist, who had a large part in the first book. Here, the scientist is bed-ridden and does little at all. The main plot is about a group of Nazis who plan to train gorillas to command submarines to sink allied destroyers. In the jungle!

I'll let that sink in. A group of Nazis who plan to train the gorillas to command submarines to sink allied destroyers.

To that end, they build silly ships and submarines on wheels and ride them around the jungle and teach the gorilla maneuvers to destroy the enemy ships. This takes only a couple of days and the head Nazi is ready to put his plan into action. To say it doesn't work is really not necessary, is it? The rest of the plot is about resistance fighters and a beautiful girl, to whom the gorilla- of course- falls in love.

This was certainly one of the stranger books I've read. I really enjoyed the first story. It was a great example of 40's pulp fiction. The second story had delusions of grandeur and never lived up to the fun of the first. I'm glad I read it and I'll probably reread the first story again, but not the second.


The Lufthansa Heist: Behind the Six-Million-Dollar Cash Haul That Shook the World
The Lufthansa Heist: Behind the Six-Million-Dollar Cash Haul That Shook the World
by Henry Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.32
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just an OK book., August 19, 2015
The book is strong on details, but the writing style leaves something to be desired. You have to wonder if any given section is narrated by Henry Hill or by an omniscient narrator, or if it is backed by factual recollection or made up by the author. The writing style is not clear or crisp (and I am not referring to the characters mode of speech.) There is an interesting story here, but it is under a layer of awkward writing.
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More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer
More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer
by Casper Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.99
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and insightful, quirky and intelligent, July 2, 2012
Do you like stories about spaceships and cancer but wish there were more stories about spaceships and cancer? For too long the cancer and spaceship demographic has been underserved, but fortunately Casper Kelly has stepped in and filled a long neglected need.

But seriously, More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer is not for everyone. And that's a good thing. The world needs people who read the fine print on white bread packages or breathlessly await the next sparkly teen-angsty vampire novel, despite their being over 35 years old and well-past the point where they should be breathlessly awaiting such things or-

You get the idea.

More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer is a collection of more-or-less related short stories. At first glance, sure, the conflicted duck who is in charge of a firing squad and his friend who bears more than a passing resemblance to a gorilla may seem off-putting, but stick with it. This book is not only funny, it is insightful. While it may not give you the answers you are looking for, it is a strangely accurate (and at times poignant) look at human nature as filtered through the fantasies of a man who dreams he is the last man on Earth, a great-great-great-grandfather who has lived long past his prime, and a family under assault by killer axe-waving ATM machines, among others.

There are B-movie horror hosts to guide you (a skeleton, a werewolf, and a sort-of killer undead chick) but each of them has their own problems too. Poor Professor Badbones, for example, who loses his hosting gig less than halfway through the book. You'll read about large breasted ninjas, brains living in virtual reality worlds (ok, that's the same story) a man who desperately wants to make a hat for a king, and even some characters with whom you will relate.

The stories are all interesting and at times laugh-out-loud funny. (That's LOL for the teens out there.) I said that this book is not for everyone and I mean that. But Casper Kelly has a nice body of work, take a second, look it up, I'll wait, it's in his Goodreads bio, and if anything there has made you laugh- Harvey Birdman, or especially my favorite, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then this is the book for you. Or perhaps I should say that you are it for the book, because this is a book (and author, it didn't write itself) that demands a following. I'm ready for the sequel, Even More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer.


Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Vol. 1 (10 CD Set)
Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Vol. 1 (10 CD Set)
by Rod Serling
Edition: Audio CD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done but padded, June 13, 2011
The programs are well-done and professionally produced. Unfortunately, many of them seem to be padded to fit into the proper length. Some editing and a shorter run time would do wonders for them. However, even as is, they are very enjoyable.


They Call Me Baba Booey
They Call Me Baba Booey
by Gary Dell'Abate
Edition: Hardcover
171 used & new from $0.01

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You know what you are getting, December 5, 2010
This is one of those rare books you really can judge by the cover, but I read it anyway. It only took an hour and a half. Only rabid Howard Stern fans, the few that are left, will love this book. The rest will be bored by the juvenile content and poor writing. But of course, what else did anyone expect? We all knew this man wasn't an author, he is barely competent on his own job. Looking for insights into Baba Booey? Look elsewhere. Want dirt on Howard Stern? Use your head- he still works for Stern and isn't going to rock the boat that made him rich. The best I can say abot this book is that it isn't one hundred pages longer.


Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (DC Showcase)
Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (DC Showcase)
DVD ~ Zach Callison
Offered by Best Bargains Inc
Price: $8.33
49 used & new from $2.84

26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for those who didn't buy the special editions., October 15, 2010
This disc contains one new and three previously released shorts. However, they were only released on the special editions of the longer films. If anyone, like me, didn't buy the special editions, these are all new. In the long run, getting them all here is cheaper than if I bought all the special editions.


DC Comics: The 75th Anniversary Poster Book
DC Comics: The 75th Anniversary Poster Book
by Robert Schnakenberg
Edition: Paperback
32 used & new from $11.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why not glossy?, October 4, 2010
I think this was a very nice selection of covers, covering the scope of the history of DC. My main problem is that DC printed these "suitable for framing" posters on flat matte paper. They would have looked much better glossy, though I'm not sure how badly that would have affected the price. DC also printed many of the covers from straight scans of the books, leaving many golden age covers faded, with wrinkles and missing edges, looking less than perfect. DC should have performed some simple work to make these older covers look vibrant and new.


Crisis on Multiple Earths - VOL 03
Crisis on Multiple Earths - VOL 03
by Mike Friedrich
Edition: Paperback
32 used & new from $6.00

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the nay-sayer., August 17, 2005
This collection of JLA-JSA team-ups is classic silver-age fun. Sure there are characters from various Earths, and even some duplicates, but these stories are not high-concept. They are fun tales of good guys versus bad guys, with worlds in the balance. Anyone who remembers how much fun comics were, or even how cheesey they could be, should enjoy these tales for what they are- fun diversions and good stories. Enjoy the world of comics from back when they were four-color fun. Hard to follow? No way!Enjoy the nostalgia of these fun tales.


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