Art Fitzpatrick & Van Kaufman – Masters of the Art of Automobile Advertising

200-page hardcover book – released August 23rd – chronicling the work of automobile advertising illustrators Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman.

This is the definitive book about the greatest artists in automobile advertising history. Produced in cooperation with the estates of Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman, this 200-page hardcover volume includes 196 illustrations, with many images newly-photographed from the original artwork.

Unprecedented access to the artists’ archives reveals never-before-published sketches, reference photos, and color studies. Based on years of research and many hours of interviews, Art Fitzpatrick & Van Kaufman finally tells the story of the people, processes, and techniques that produced these masterpieces of advertising illustration. Available in the US only at this time.

From my first glimpse of the automotive art of this pair, not knowing at the time who they were or anything about them, I loved the art. After years of hoping for a comprehensive book on their artwork, finally, here it is. If you like, or love, automotive advertising art, this book is a must for you, as it was for me.

It’s expensive, but worth it. You can purchase it here: (U.S. only)

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short stories: Silver Waves of Summer

The Silver Waves of Summer, edited by David M. Olsen, Kelp Books 2021 short story anthology, mystery

The stories here are all set on or near the beach, as the title suggests. All but one is set in the late 1960s or the 1970s, and, since I grew up in southern California, I was able to recognize many places, named highways and so on, which added to the reading experience.

I bought this 99⊄ ebook on a whim. Of the eleven stories I’d rate nine fair and two stinkers.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • “In the Bank” by Antoine Wilson
  • “Off the 405” by Naomi Hirahara
  • “Summer of ’86” by Todd Goldberg
  • “Mody’s Dock” by Steve Winn
  • “The Naked and the Dead” by Charles Ardai
  • “The Five Thieves of Bombay Beach” by Rob Roberge
  • “Lighthouse Seen for Miles” by Michael Scott Moore
  • “The Crossing” by Oliver Brennan
  • “Bad Moon Rising” by David Olson
  • “Sundays are for Robberies” by Samantha Tkac (particularly brutal)
  • “Wasteland” by Alex Webb Wilson
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“You’re alibi sounds suspicious to me.“

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It’s the end of Summer…

…so here’s an end of Summer-y image for you.

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Doing Time by Jodi Taylor

Doing Time by Jodi Taylor, Headline 2019 (UK), 2020 (US) trade paper science fiction novel, first in series. 468 pages

Jodi Taylor is the author of the delightful and popular time travel series The Chronicles of St. Mary’s, which is up to 10 books so far. Though I’m behind on my reading of that series, I have them all in hand and look forward to reading them when I can. This book is the beginning of a new series, The Time Police.

The Time Police have been mentioned in more than one of the St. Mary’s novels, and not usually in a particularly friendly way. Think of them – St. Mary’s and the Time Police – as adversaries with dissimilar goals using similar methods. In this first book we meet Matthew Ferrell, Jane Lockland and Luke Parrish, new recruits who will form Team 236. They are very different people with different reasons for joining the Time Police, but they need to jell to form a successful team. It’s not easy; some think they are the worst recruits in Time Police history.

After many weeks of training and classwork, they are ready for their first assignment. It seems it should be easy, but things do not go smoothly. Success is…questionable. But there is more going on in the Time Police organization than the routine assignments given to Team 236 and the other, more experienced teams. There is entrenched opinion about the methods the institution has, is and should use to accomplish their goals. Nothing is as obvious as it first seems, as our team tries to succeed in the Time Police. And then there is the murder.

Taylor’s writing is wonderful, full of humor, insight into character and the plot keeps the reader turning the pages. I read this in just over a day, very fast for me, and enjoyed every bit of it.

The next book in the series, Hard Time, is scheduled to be published this coming January, 2022.

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niggles & peeves

  1. Texas doesn’t want you to vote – or have an abortion. Damned GOP State legislature and damned GOP Governor taking away rights of persons of color and women. I’m steamed! I guess Texans get what they vote for, but damn, super right-wing reactive Republicans sure make it hard on lots of people Not Like Them.
  2. Anti-vaxxers. / anti-maskers are a pack of idiots. Their ignorance and gullibility affect the rest of us, and they don’t know or care. Damn it, get vaccinated and put on a mask!
  3. it was time and past time we got out of Afghanistan. Biden did the right thing. People saying we did it wrong or should have stayed have excrement pudding for brains.

I really feel it for everyone suffering from Hurricane Ida. But… Louisiana had decades to learn from the past, and still the entire city of New Orleans and surrounding cities have no power or safe water? WTF?

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Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson’s Worlds


republished from The Broken Bullhorn:

Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson’s Worlds edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois [Subterranean Press 2014 hardcover, cover and illustrations by Bob Eggleton, purchased new] – science fiction.

Friends and regular readers of this blog know that Poul Anderson is one of my favorite science fiction writers. I have all of the fine NESFA collections of his short fiction and a copy of just about every novel he wrote. Not every one is great, but most are very good or excellent, and I’ve read some of my favorites several times. So when I saw Subterranean Press was publishing this, it was a mandatory addition to my shelves, and will have pride of place thereon.

Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. Named a Grand Master by the SFWA in 1997, he produced an enormous body of standalone novels (Brain WaveTau Zero) and series fiction (Time Patrol and Dominic Flandry books) and was equally at home in the fields of heroic fantasy and hard SF. He was a meticulous craftsman and a gifted storyteller, and the impact of his finest work continues, undiminished, to this day.

full cover by Bob Eggleton

full cover by Bob Eggleton

Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson’s Worlds is an all-original anthology; a mixture of fiction and reminiscence. It contains thirteen stories and novellas by some of today’s finest writers, along with reflections by – among others – Anderson’s wife, his daughter and his son-in-law, novelist and co-editor Greg Bear. (Bear also writes the introduction, “My Friend Poul”.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: My Friend Poul by Greg Bear
  • Outmoded Things by Nancy Kress
  • The Man Who Came Late by Harry Turtledove
  • A Slip in Time by S. M. Stirling
  • Living and Working with Poul Anderson by Karen Anderson
  • Dancing on the Edge of the Dark by C. J. Cherryh
  • The Lingering Joy by Stephen Baxter
  • Operation Xibalba by Eric Flint
  • Tales Told by Astrid Anderson Bear
  • The Fey of Cloudmoor by Terry Brooks
  • Christmas in Gondwanaland by Robert Silverberg
  • Latecomers by David Brin
  • An Appreciation of Poul Anderson by Jerry Pournelle
  • A Candle by Raymond E. Feist
  • The Far End by Larry Niven
  • Bloodpride by Gregory Benford
  • Three Lilies and Three Leopards (And a Participation Ribbon in Science) by Tad Williams

If you like the work of Poul Anderson, or just good solid science fiction, this is a book for you.

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Reading short stories

January 2018 trade paper

Between novels, I worked these in from The Thinking Machine: Fifty Novelettes & Short Stories by Jacques Futrelle. If this looks familiar, yes, I’ve been working my way through this for months, a few at a time.

This time:

”Problem of the Cross Mark”

”The Jackdaw”

”Problem of the Crystal Gazer”

”Problem of the Deserted House”

”Problem of the Ghost Woman”

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niggles & peeves

  1. It’s hot. – Again. We are so sick of this heat, and it’s going to be 85 today, in the 90s tomorrow and into triple digits by Wednesday and continuing. Arrg!
  2. Commercials – Watching the Olympics, it seemed excessive so for an hour in the early evening I kept track. There were 72 commercials between 6 and 7pm. 72! More than one per minute. We set up to record some stuff, so we could fast forward through, but with live watching, it was grim. Still we enjoyed the events we like, swimming, diving, beach volleyball, some gymnastics (don’t get me started on Biles), a few other things. Overall, we thought the coverage was so-so.
  3. Anti-vaxxers. What a pack of idiots. Their ignorance and gullibility affect the rest of us, and they don’t know or care. We’re staying home, masking and distancing if we need to go out. We’ll all never get back to normal until they wake up and get vaccinated.

That’s enough for today, but I may post more niggles & peeves in the future. Meanwhile, I hope you are cool, calm and reading a good book.

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ffb: The Jewel That Was Ours by Colin Dexter

The Jewel That Was Ours by Colin Dexter, Ballantine (Ivy), 1991, paperback, mystery, police procedural – Inspector Morse

Jewel That Was OursThis is Inspector Morse’s ninth outing, if I have the count right, and though I’ve tried to read these in order it’s been a while and I think I pulled this off the shelf out of order. Still, little seems to have changed, perhaps Lewis is slightly more confident, and Morse is an angrier, sadder, boozier man than I remembered from the last one I read.

I liked John Thaw as Morse on the Mystery! and now I can’t read these books without picturing him in the role. No problem there.

This story concerns a group of tourists, all from California, on a tour of Oxford and other historical cities. One of the group is going to present an Oxford museum with The Wolverton Tongue, part of a buckle artifact originally set with three rubies (only one left now). The woman has a heart attack, the “jewel” is stolen, then a lecturer is murdered. Morse is attracted to a woman who drinks too much and is one of the lecturers to the group. With two deaths and a theft, the tour halts while Morse and Lewis investigate the many clues.

Dexter is a pleasure to read, though the last chapter seems overly drawn out in this book. Still, the motives are sound, the red herrings sufficiently convincing, the language satisfying, the clues well if scantily placed, and it’s another good Morse outing. These books are satisfying enough that I never seem to want to read two in a row, but each time I pick one up I’m glad I did. I think I still have a couple unread, so there is more to enjoy ahead. I was lucky enough to meet him at a signing some years ago in southern California, he was a very personable fellow.

If your only experience with Morse is with the televised series, I encourage you to try the books, these are very good.

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