Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies: British Intelligence

The hunt for master German spy Franz Strendler during World War I sparks dangerous intrigues in this film adaptation of Anthony Paul Kelly's "Three Faces East."  Stars Boris Karloff and Margaret Lindsay.  Directed by Terry O. Morse.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: Manhunt of Mystery Island - Chapter 11: Satan's Shadow!

Lance has been waylaid and stabbed and the radium detector is missing as Manhunt on Mystery Island Chapter 11: Satan's Shadow begins!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: The Fantastic Four in "Meet Doctor Doom!"

Adapted from Fantastic Four #5 here is the FF's first encounter with Doctor Doom featuring the voices of Stan Lee and Bill Murray.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #56 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

A book of poems celebrating sensuality when such an attitude was considered immoral, "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman was first published in 1855 but Whitman revised the collection repeatedly until his death.  It contains such classics as "I Sing the Body Electric," "Song of Myself" and the elegy to President Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd."

Here in multiple formats is "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman from ManyBooks.net









The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
36. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
38. The Iliad by Homer
39. The Odyssey by Homer
40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 
41. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 
42. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol 
43. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells 
44. Walden; or, A Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau 
45. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
46. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott 
47. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne 
48. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
49. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 
50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
51. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 
52. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 
53. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 
54. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 
55. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 
56. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Doctor Who Series 6.2 Trailer from BBC America

Here's the latest trailer for the second half of Series 6.  Doctor Who returns on Saturday August 27th on BBC America.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: "Manhunt of Mystery Island" - Chapter 10: The Sable Shroud!

Lance and Claire are trapped as the tunnels flood with water in "Manhunt of Mystery Island" Chapter 10: The Sable Shroud!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: The Fantastic Four in "The Coming of the Sub-Mariner!"

Dramatized from Fantastic Four #4 here is the reintroduction of Namor the Sub-Mariner to the Marvel Universe, "The Coming of the Sub-Mariner!" featuring the voices of Stan Lee and Bill Murray.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"From Microcosmic God to Slow Sculpture: The Short Stories of Theodore Sturgeon" Parts 1 & 2

From ReaderCon 2010 a panel discussion of Ted Sturgeon's short stories with Samuel R. Delaney, Paul Di Filippo, Barry Malzberg, Noel Sturgeon and Diane Weinstein.



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #55 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Charles Marlow travels upriver through the Congo to find the ivory trader, Kurtz in this 1902 novella by Joseph Conrad -- the inspiration for 1979's Apocalypse Now.

Here in multiple formats is "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad from ManyBooks.net.













The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
36. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
38. The Iliad by Homer
39. The Odyssey by Homer
40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 
41. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 
42. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol 
43. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells 
44. Walden; or, A Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau 
45. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
46. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott 
47. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne 
48. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
49. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 
50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
51. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 
52. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 
53. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 
54. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 
55. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Night at the Movies: Ladies Crave Excitement (1935)

Don and Bob, fearless newsreel cameramen, team up with a thrill-seeking heiress named Wilma to get the scoop on a mob of gangsters in Mascot Pictures' "Ladies Crave Excitement" (1935) -- a fast-talking, fast-moving little gem that features such names as Jason Robards, and "Gabby" Hayes.  Stars Norman Foster, Eddie Nugent, and Evalyn Knapp.  Directed by Nick Grinde.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials; The Manhunt of Mystery Island - Chapter 9: The Fatal Flood!

As our story opens Lance and Claire have returned with the radium detector but Brand intends to bomb their car from his airplane in "The Manhunt of Mystery Island" Chapter 9 - The Fatal Flood!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: The Fantastic Four in "The Menace of the Miracleman"

A stage performer presents a deadly challenge to the Fantastic Four in "The Menace of the Miracleman" based on the comic Fantastic Four #3.  Voices include Stan Lee as the Narrator and Bill Murray as the Human Torch.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

100 Essential E-books #54 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

First published in 1883 "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson relates young Jim Hawkins' adventures -- a tale of pirate, buried gold and mallable morality.  This boy's adventure novel has made an indelible impression on children (and on the image of "pirate") around the world.


Here in multiple formats is Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" from ManyBooks.net.











The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
36. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
38. The Iliad by Homer
39. The Odyssey by Homer
40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 
41. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 
42. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol 
43. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells 
44. Walden; or, A Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau 
45. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
46. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott 
47. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne 
48. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
49. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 
50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
51. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 
52. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 
53. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 
54. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Places: Union Station, Los Angeles CA







Sunday Night at the Movies: "The Most Dangerous Game" 1932

Big game hunter Bob Rainsford survives a shipwreck in the South Seas and becomes one of the mysterious Count Zaroff's guests.  Zaroff is also a big game hunter and intends to hunt "the most dangerous game" - his reluctant guests.   Stars Joel McCrea, Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: Manhunt of Mystery Island - Chapter 8: Bombs Away!

Lance dangles from the side of a skyscraper by a fire hose as Chapter Eight begins of "Manhunt of Mystery Island" - "Bombs Away!"


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: The Fantastic Four - "The Fantastic Four meet the Moleman!"

The 1975 radio series of the Fantastic Four featured Bob Maxwell as Mr. Fantastic, Cynthia Adler as the Invisible Woman, Jim Pappas as The Thing, and Bill Murray as the Human Torch and was narrated by Stan Lee.  "The Fantastic Four meet the Moleman" is an adaptation of the comic Fantastic Four #1.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Places: Outside Union Station - Los Angeles CA







 


100 Essential E-Books #53 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Ne'er-do-well Tom Sawyer' mischievous ways embroil him, Becky Thatcher, and pal, Huck Finn in a dangerous murder case in this 1876 novel by Mark Twain -- the first of three novels featuring Tom, the other two being Tom Sawyer Abroad, and Tom Sawyer, Detective.  Tom also appears as minor character in Twain's classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


Here in multiple formats is "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain from ManyBooks.net







The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
36. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
38. The Iliad by Homer
39. The Odyssey by Homer
40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 
41. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 
42. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol 
43. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells 
44. Walden; or, A Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau 
45. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
46. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott 
47. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne 
48. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
49. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 
50. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
51. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 
52. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 
53. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Friday, July 1, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: "Manhunt of Mystery Island" Chapter 7: The Death Drop!

Lance and Captain Mephisto battle in a runaway speed boat as it races towards a deadly impact with the rocks that surround Mystery Island in "Manhunt of Mystery Island" Chapter 7 - The Death Drop!