FORGOTTEN BOOKS #285: TARZAN: THE LOST ADVENTURE By Edgar Rice Burroughs & Joe R. Lansdale

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Joe R. Lansdale completed a story about Tarzan that Edgar Rice Burroughs left unfinished. The completed story was published in four parts by Dark Horse Comics before this single volume was issued in 1995. If you’re an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan and a Tarzan fan, you’ll want this adventure. Many people think the Tarzan series ended when Fritz Leiber’s authorized Tarzan and the Valley of Gold was published in 1966 as the 25th Tarzan novel. But, no. There were more! This Lansdale collaboration was followed by two further novels authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.. R. A. Salvatore’s 1997 Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, and Philip José Farmer’s 1999 The Dark Heart of Time are also worth reading. I haven’t seen the 21st Century Tarzan novels…yet.
THE TARZAN SERIES:
1 The twenty four main books
1.1 Tarzan of the Apes (1912)
1.2 The Return of Tarzan (1913)
1.3 The Beasts of Tarzan (1914)
1.4 The Son of Tarzan (1914)
1.5 Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (1916)
1.6 Jungle Tales of Tarzan (1919)
1.7 Tarzan the Untamed (1920)
1.8 Tarzan the Terrible (1921)
1.9 Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1922/23)
1.10 Tarzan and the Ant Men (1924)
1.11 Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1927/28)
1.12 Tarzan and the Lost Empire (1928)
1.13 Tarzan at the Earth’s Core (1929)
1.14 Tarzan the Invincible (1930/31)
1.15 Tarzan Triumphant (1931)
1.16 Tarzan and the City of Gold (1932)
1.17 Tarzan and the Lion Man (1933/34)
1.18 Tarzan and the Leopard Men (1935)
1.19 Tarzan’s Quest (1935/36)
1.20 Tarzan and the Forbidden City (1938)
1.21 Tarzan the Magnificent (1939)
1.22 Tarzan and the Foreign Legion (1947)
1.23 Tarzan and the Madman (1964)
1.24 Tarzan and the Castaways (1965)
2 Other official works
2.1 The Eternal Lover and The Mad King (1914–15, 1925, 1926)
2.2 The Adventures of Tarzan (1921, 2006)
2.3 Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins (1927/1936)
2.4 Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)
2.5 Endless Quest Books
2.6 Tarzan: the Lost Adventure (1995)
2.7 Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996)
2.8 The Dark Heart of Time (1999)
2.9 Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy (2011)
2.10 Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior (2012)
2.11 “Tarzan: The Savage Lands” (2013)

THE BUFFALO BILLS NEW OWNER!

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Local billionaire, Terry Pegula, just purchased the Buffalo Bills. He spent a reported $1.1 billion. Terry Pegula also owns the Buffalo Sabres, our NHL team. The other bidders to buy the Bills were Donald Trump and the Jon Bon Jovi Group. If The Donald had bought the Bills, he would have moved them to Los Angeles. If the Jon Bon Jovi Group–which was basically Canadian money interests–bought the Bills, they would have moved the team to Toronto.

With Terry Pegula and his wife Kim in charge now, the Buffalo Bills will be here for a generation. The headline on the front page of our local newsper, Buffalo News, said it all: THANKS A BILLION!

THE SUPERNATURAL ENHANCEMENTS By Edgar Cantero

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Told through documents, transcripts, letters, and cryptograms The Supernatural Enhancements masquerades as a haunted house novel. It’s not. Yes, the house has a ghost, but there’s more to this story than that. There’s a secret room, a garden maze (that hides some secrets), a strange energy that affects lights and beds and the inhabitants of the house. If you like codes and puzzles, this is the book for you. I liked The Supernatural Enhancements but I wish it were more spooky. GRADE: B

BABETTE’S FEAST [Blu-ray]

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Babette’s Feast won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s also the first Danish film to win an Academy Award. Basically, the story is straight-forward: an inspirational minister and his two beautiful daughters live in a rural Danish town in the 19th Century. The movie then shows what happens when the minister dies and his sect dwindles. The beautiful daughters, who had opportunities to live and marry, are now old and white-haired–and alone. Through a twist of fate, a French woman joins their small community. The French woman, Babette, shows the community what Real Life and real French cooking are like. I enjoyed this story of decisions made and opportunities lost. Many viewers will consider Babette’s Feast too slow, but its leisurely pace is part of its charm. GRADE: B

THE HISTORY OF ROCK’N’ROLL IN TEN SONGS By Greil Marcus

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Greil Marcus’ new book, The History of Rock’N’Roll in Ten Songs, is basically a device to allow Marcus to riff about other artists and other songs. I found the book entertaining, but I came up with my own list of 10 songs to tell the story of Rock’N’Roll:
MY 10 SONGS:
1. “Return to Sender”–Elvis (1962)
2. “She Loves You”–The Beatles (1963)
3. “Come See About Me”–The Supremes (1964)
4.”Like a Rolling Stone”–Bob Dylan (1965)
5. “Tumblin’ Dice”–The Rolling Stones (1972)
6. “Bad Girls”–Donna Summer (1979)
7. “Hey Nineteen”–Steely Dan (1980)
8. “Live to Tell”–Madonna (1986)
9. “Genie In A Bottle”–Christina Aguilera (1999)
10. “Just Dance”–Lady Gaga (2008)

GREIL MARCUS’ 10 SONGS:
1.”Shake Some Action”–Flamin’ Groovies (1976)
2. “Transmission”–Joy Division (1979)
3. “In the Still of the Nite”–The Five Satins (1956)
4. “All I Could Do Was Cry”–Etta James (1960,) Beyonce (2011)
5. “Crying, Waiting, Hoping”–Buddy Holly (1959)
6. “Money (That’s What I Want)”–Barrett Strong (1960), Beatles (1963)
7. “Money Changes Everything”–Cyndi Lauper (1984)
8. “This Magic Moment”–The Drifters (1960)
9. “Guitar Drag”–Christian Marclay (2006)
10. “To Know Him Is To Love Him”–Amy Winehouse (2006)

What 10 songs would you choose to tell the history of rock & roll?

BUFFALO BILLS VS. CHICAGO BEARS

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The Buffalo Bills enter this First Game of the season with plenty of question marks. Can QB E. J. Manuel stay healthy and develop? Can the Bills defense overcome the losses of Kiki Alonso (best defensive player, he blew out his ACL working out in the pre-season) and All-Pro free safety Jairus Byrd (who signed with New Orleans)? The Bills have never won a game at Chicago. Their prospects look dim this time, too. How is your favorite NFL team going to fare today?

CHEF

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Jon Favreau plays a volatile, but talented chef. After a public fight with a food critic (it’s captured on cell phone video and goes viral on the Internet), he quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant. At a loss about what to do with his career in shambles, the chef returns to his home town of Miami. His ex-wife, played by Sofía Vergara, convinces him to fix up a food truck and start a new business. The chef repairs some of his relationship with his ex-wife. Their son wants to join him in the journey of driving the food truck back to L.A. Father and son renew their relationship as well. While on the road trip, the food truck stops and sells Cubanos in cities like Miami, New Orleans, and Austin along the way to L.A. The essence of the movie is to “get back to basics.”

Favreau, who directed Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys and Aliens, wrote the script to Chef wanting to “get back to basics” and to create a movie celebrating cooking and family. I enjoyed the film with its talented cast and uncomplicated plot. No surprises here. I really liked Emjay Anthony’s performance as the chef’s 11-year-old son. So much of this film is about the father/son relationship. It could all have gone wrong with a bad casting choice. But, it didn’t. GRADE: A-

FORGOTTEN BOOKS #284: THE VERY BEST OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, VOLUME 2 Edited by Gordon Van Gelder

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I started reading The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction back in the 1950s. It was classy and attracted some of the best writers of that era. Periodically, volumes of The Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction appeared collecting some of the better stories that appeared in that publication. I bought them, too. Now, Gordon Van Gelder, the current editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, has published two volumes of great stories from the 60+ year run of his periodical. This second volume just came out this summer and if you scan the Table of Contents, you’ll see some classics. Van Gelder made his choices in a chronological fashion. I think this collection is a bargain at $12.58 on AMAZON. The first volume, just as good, is still available, too. These two volumes give you great value for the money!
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
“The Third Level” by Jack Finney (1952)
“The Cosmic Charge Account” by C. M. Kornbluth (1956)
“The Country of the Kind” by Damon Knight (1956)
“The Anything Box” by Zenna Henderson (1956)
“The Prize of Peril” by Robert Sheckley (1958)
“ ‘—All You Zombies—’ ” by Robert A. Heinlein (1959)
“A Kind of Artistry” by Brian W. Aldiss (1962)
“Green Magic” by Jack Vance (1963)
“NarrowValley” by R. A. Lafferty (1966)
“Sundance” by Robert Silverberg (1969)
“Attack of the Giant Baby” by Kit Reed (1976)
“The Hundredth Dove” by Jane Yolen (1977)
“Jeffty Is Five” by Harlan Ellison (1977)
“Salvador” by Lucius Shepard (1984)
“The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything” by George Alec Effinger (1984)
“Rat” by James Patrick Kelly (1986)
“The Friendship Light” by Gene Wolfe (1989)
“The Bone Woman” by Charles de Lint (1993)
“The Lincoln Train” by Maureen F. McHugh (1995)
“Maneki Neko” by Bruce Sterling (1998)
“Winemaster” Robert Reed (1999)
“SuicideCoast” by M. John Harrison (1999)
“Have Not Have” by Geoff Ryman (2001)
“The People of Sand and Slag” by Paolo Bacigalupi (2004)
“Echo” by Elizabeth Hand (2005)
“The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates” by Stephen King (2008)
“The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (2011)

HOUNDED/HEXED By Kevin Hearne

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A friend of mine, who enjoys Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files series as much as I do, recommended Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles. Hearne’s series features Atticus O’Sullivan, the last Druid alive. He has an Irish wolfhound that talks to him. Atticus’ lawyers are a werewolf (during the day) and a vampire (for night court). There are witches and ghouls and demons. Yes, this is contemporary urban fantasy. I’m not a huge fan of this genre, but it’s a fun change of pace from spy novels and space operas. If you’re looking for some silly fluff with plenty of magical battles, Hounded and Hexed deliver. I’ll be reading the rest of The Iron Druid Chronicles soon. GRADE: B

MADMEN OF BENGHAZI By Gerald de Villers

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Gerald de Villers wrote over 200 spy novels featuring Malko, a contract agent for the CIA. In Madmen of Benghazi, Malko’s mission is to keep a Libyan aspirant to the throne safe from the marauding militias and terrorists. Malko finds time to entertain a London supermodel and confuse Egyptian security forces. The descriptions of the chaos in Libya are harrowing. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, quirky spy novel, give Madmen of Benghazi a try. GRADE: B