An indispensable resource for writers and readers of pulp fiction. Totally fun and logical with a broad range of topics that should appeal to a number of sub-genres. The chronologies for AJ Raffles and Jules de Grandin are worth the price alone.
I wasn't thrilled with Rick Lai's Criminal Masterminds book, mainly because it just wasn't what I expected going in, but since I had a better idea of what to expect with this one, I have to say that I enjoyed this one much more. My all-time favorite pulp hero was the Avenger and that chapter in this book earns a major thumb's up from me. Rick really managed to explore the Avenger's chronology in a fun way. As with all collections of essays, your mileage may vary along the way, depending on your interest in the particular topic being discussed. The writing style is smooth and concise, however, so you won't be bored even if it's a character who doesn't really catch your fancy.
I hesitate to call this collection of non-fiction essays "Wold Newton" given that they don't pertain to extending and expanding upon Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family genealogy, but they are Wold-Newtonish in that they mine the secret "truths" behind some of literature's greatest pulp, adventure, and mystery characters and series. With fascinating speculations on the possible intersections between those characters, and impressive timelines and histories, this is a well written volume which no fan of Wold Newton style speculation should miss.