Moving On…

Well, I finished the “Sky Captain” novelization. Meh… It was okay, not good, not bad. Kinda heavy on metaphor and simile in some really odd, awkward places. My biggest problem with the book is a tiny, nitpicker’s complaint: the phrase “collectible pulp magazines”. They weren’t collectible at that time, they were made to be read once, then discarded. I guess that’s part of their appeal to me: they were throwaway amusement, and we only recently have begun to recognize their contributions to popular culture. I refuse to acknowledge that “collectible” phrase, even if it takes place in a “Sky Captain Alternate Universe”.


Okay, I’m calmer now. It’s just a book, Dummy. Get over it…

Anyway, I got my latest issue of “High Adventure” yesterday, but before I go blasting off with retro sci-fi, I’m reading the Shadow novel “Malmordo” (orig. published 07/46). It’s been sitting on my shelf for a long time, so it’s about time I gave it a spin. I usually don’t like the later Shadow stories; editorial choices and the radio program’s influence kind of neutered the character by then. The sweet spot for me is in the first 4 or 5 years of the magazine, when he was just plain weird. Judging from the atmosphere-heavy first chapter,though, it looks like I’m in for a good ride.

Work’s getting to be a bitch, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel (however temporary it may be):


(Am I gloating, just a litte?)


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