Release List Reviews Shop Join News DVD Giveaways Video Games Advertise
DVD Reviews | Theatrical Reviews | Price Search Buy Stuff Here
DVD Talk
DVD Reviews DVD Talk Headlines HD Reviews


Add to My Yahoo! - RSS 2.0 - RSS 2.0 - DVD Talk Podcast RSS -


Go Back   DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Book Talk

Book Talk A Place To Discuss Books and Audiobooks

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-16-10, 08:43 AM   #76
DVD Talk Legend
 
Sean O'Hara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Vichy America
Posts: 13,116
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

My copy finally showed up yesterday. I was surprised how big it is, almost twice as long as the normal HCC book.
__________________
Goodnight, everyone. Tomorrow will be worse.
Blog
Twitter
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-10, 08:48 AM   #77
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
xmiyux's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: WV
Posts: 9,901
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Still haven't gotten mine.
__________________
I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time.

Live gamertag: xmiyux
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-10, 12:56 PM   #78
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Boston,MA.
Posts: 1,179
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

My copy finally showed up today.


...I see the price jumped from $5.99 up to $7.99 !

On the Dorchester website it reads that Memory is $5.59. I just looked over some of my old
bills and they would charge $3.99 for the book and then $2.00 for shipping.
So now they are charging $5.99 and $2.00 for shipping ...Same price (minus tax) as a book store.
I thought being part of this book club saved a little $$$...

Last edited by Drake; 04-16-10 at 01:39 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-10, 07:08 AM   #79
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Nth Power's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 2,336
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

My copy finally arrived today. It is a fat one.
__________________
My DVDSpot
DVDProfiler
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-10, 07:21 PM   #80
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
DJLinus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 8,537
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

I finished Grifter's Game yesterday. Though I kind of saw the twist coming, the ending is totally messed up and will stay with me for a while. I can't imagine reader reaction in 1961.
__________________
"Food snobs believe that anything created in Europe is inherently superior to the American-made equivalent. Allow me to explode that fallacy with these words: the 1983 Renault Alliance." - Michael J. Nelson

Not that you care...
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-10, 10:24 AM   #81
DVD Talk Reviewer Emeritus
 
FunkDaddy J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 3,157
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

That's still one of my all-time favorite HCC titles. That ending knocked me down and kicked me. Awesome!
__________________
Jason Bovberg
Author of the apocalyptic horror novel Blood Red
and the throwback pulp novel The Naked Dame
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-10, 10:32 AM   #82
Moderator
 
Geofferson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: The Village Green
Posts: 38,595
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

I read this when it came out (the HCC printing, that is ). Anyway, it's been a few years and I don't recall the ending (I may have to go back and reread it).
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-10, 08:14 PM   #83
Suspended
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 167
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Hey guys, I love the covers of these books, especially the ones by Glen Orbik. I've been meaning to try these out. I've got a new baby in the house and not much time to read, so can everyone give me their TOP 3 in the series so far?? If there is a concensus of sorts, I can make my first choice that way. I would hate to get a dud on my first read! Thanks!!

Your top 3?
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-10, 08:21 PM   #84
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
xmiyux's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: WV
Posts: 9,901
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Money Shot is one of my top picks.

There was also that 2 book run... Little Girl Lost.... what was the other one?
__________________
I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time.

Live gamertag: xmiyux
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-10, 08:54 PM   #85
Suspended
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 167
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Thanks! I saw on the Dorchester Publishing site they are having a 50% off Mother's Day sale including all the Hard Case Crime books, from now until May 3rd if anyone needs to pick up some titles.

http://www.dorchesterpub.com/Dorch/Genre.cfm?L1=6&L2=0
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-10, 09:06 AM   #86
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
DJLinus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 8,537
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crow331 View Post
Your top 3?
1. Money Shot (my first and the one that got me hooked)
2. Grifter's Game
3. Bust

I discovered these about a month and a half or so ago and have already plowed through six of them, with another nine on my reading pile. That's unheard of for me. So beware.

Be sure to check out Big Lots and Dollar Tree. Sometimes you can find a few titles for $2 and $1, respecitvely. (#s 1 and 3 above I found at those stores). It makes paying full price at Amazon kind of hard to do, but I also do that, as well - luckily HCC books qualify for their "buy 4 for the price of 3" promotion. My area Dollar Tree stores seem like they got a recent shipment of titles in, I guess in anticipation for the summer reading season.

Quote:
Originally Posted by xmiyux View Post
Money Shot is one of my top picks.

There was also that 2 book run... Little Girl Lost.... what was the other one?
Songs of Innocence. I just started Little Girl Lost a couple of days ago.
__________________
"Food snobs believe that anything created in Europe is inherently superior to the American-made equivalent. Allow me to explode that fallacy with these words: the 1983 Renault Alliance." - Michael J. Nelson

Not that you care...

Last edited by DJLinus; 05-01-10 at 09:14 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-10, 01:56 AM   #87
Suspended
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 167
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Thanks guys!

I read through all 4 threads completely and compiled a list of 7 and then narrowed that down to 4 for now:

MONEY SHOT
LITTLE GIRL LOST
GRIFTER'S GAME
TOUCH OF DEATH

Got the 4 for the price of 3 at Amazon and free super saver shipping for a total of around $21 ... not bad!


I really like the interview someone posted earlier with Charles talking about the covers and the cover artists! Glen Orbik is by far my favorite ...
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-10, 07:30 AM   #88
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Boston,MA.
Posts: 1,179
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crow331 View Post

Your top 3?
My Top 3

Home is the Sailor .....first one I read, very Noir.
Somebody Owes Me Money ....First Westlake I read and now I am a huge fan!
The Last Quarry ...I love all the Quarry Books ,you really can't go wrong with any of them!
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-10, 09:26 PM   #89
Moderator
 
Geofferson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: The Village Green
Posts: 38,595
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Hard to limit to top 3, but my favorites include:

The Westlake titles (3-4 of them, I think)
The John Lange titles (i.e., Crichton -- 2 of them)
Say It With Bullets (has some great humor)
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-10, 08:05 AM   #90
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Meglos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 5,408
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Fade to Blonde
The Vengeful Virgin
Lemons Never Lie
The Murderer Vine
__________________
Cordially,

Future Dwight

"Why don't you give me Ape Tit for two hundred." - Turd Ferguson
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-10, 07:33 PM   #91
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
DJLinus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 8,537
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Finished Little Girl Lost and Lucky at Cards and dug both of them. For a minute there I thought the former was going to fall into one of the trappings of the genre...

Spoiler:
...namely, "the good woman turns out to be not-so-good" when John received the death threat at his mom's apartment. I thought Susan/Rachael would turn out to be Jocelyn in disguise (via plastic surgery, maybe). Glad I was wrong.


As for the latter, I loved reading it as a time capsule of a bygone era - that's one of the best things about these books. I think I'm going to go with a "modern/classic/modern/classic" pattern in my reading now, just to shake things up.

Just started Kiss Her Goodbye. Though I'm liking the Scottish setting - a nice change of pace - it hasn't immediately grabbed me like the other HCC books I've read.

Among the books on my reading pile is The Last Quarry and, out of curiosity, I looked up the series on Wikipedia. This is actually the seventh Quarry book. Does it make any difference jumping in with this one without reading any of the previous books? I figured it wouldn't, seeing as how it's the first one HCC published. Just wondering.
__________________
"Food snobs believe that anything created in Europe is inherently superior to the American-made equivalent. Allow me to explode that fallacy with these words: the 1983 Renault Alliance." - Michael J. Nelson

Not that you care...
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-10, 09:02 AM   #92
Moderator
 
Geofferson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: The Village Green
Posts: 38,595
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

^ No issue reading the HCC Quarry w/o any of the prior ones. I've been meaning to pick those earlier books up since I would like to read them eventually.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-10, 01:07 PM   #93
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 2,386
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by Meglos View Post
Fade to Blonde
The Vengeful Virgin
Lemons Never Lie
The Murderer Vine
Lemons Never Lie was one of my favorites, too -- you'll never go wrong with Richard Stark.
__________________
David J. Montgomery
My website
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-10, 03:26 PM   #94
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Meglos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 5,408
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by DJLinus View Post
Does it make any difference jumping in with this one without reading any of the previous books? I figured it wouldn't, seeing as how it's the first one HCC published. Just wondering.
Nope. It was the first Quarry I read and I wasn't at all lost.
__________________
Cordially,

Future Dwight

"Why don't you give me Ape Tit for two hundred." - Turd Ferguson
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-10, 10:57 PM   #95
DVD Talk Reviewer Emeritus
 
FunkDaddy J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 3,157
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Latest from Charles Ardai ...

***************************

Friends,

Back in 2008, we published one of our most popular books (and our first by a female author), Christa Faust's MONEY SHOT. The book was called "an instant pulp classic" by Rolling Stone magazine, was a finalist for the Edgar Award, and is currently in development as a movie. Ever since it came out, people have been asking us if there was a chance they'd someday get to read more about Angel Dare, the former adult film star turned vigilante killer.

I'm happy to report that the answer is yes. There'll be a bit of a wait -- 9 months, give or take, and why shouldn't gestation take about that long? -- but when next February comes to a close you'll see a book called CHOKE HOLD arriving in bookstores. We haven't posted a sample chapter yet (Christa's still putting the finishing touches on the final draft), but the cover's worth a look all by itself...



Want a great read sooner than 9 months from now? I urge you to visit your favorite local bookseller (or online retailer) and pick up a copy of our latest title, NOBODY'S ANGEL by Jack Clark. It's an extraordinary novel -- written by a Chicago cab driver, about a Chicago cab driver -- and I don't think I've ever read a more passionate, heartbreaking, moving depiction of the Windy City in my life. This is a dark book, a sad book, a noir book through and through...and you'll be kicking yourself if you don't give it a read. The Chicago Sun-Times will shortly be running a profile about the book and the author; Booklist magazine has already given it a starred review, writing "The cynical, melancholy cabbie point of view is perfect for this kind of neon-lit, noir-tinged, saxophone-scored prose poem, and Clark hits all the right notes." Originally, when Jack wrote the book, instead of publishing it the conventional way, he printed up 500 copies himself and sold them to his passengers by hand; the only way you could get a copy of the book was if you were lucky enough to catch a ride in the author's cab. We are incredibly proud to be able to give the book the professional publication it has deserved all along, and I very much hope you'll try it.



One other bit of news, and it's a big one: Our best-selling title of all time, Stephen King's THE COLORADO KID, is about to become a TV series! The show is called "Haven," and it debuts on July 9 on SyFy (the network formerly known as The Sci-Fi Channel). In New York, it airs at 10PM; not sure what time it's on in other parts of the country, but check your listings. It'll also be shown outside the U.S., so wherever you are, there's a good chance you'll be able to watch it. The series expands on the story of the book, introducing a new main character (an FBI agent with a mysterious past), but you'll see as the series unfolds that the central mysteries of the book are very much at the heart of the TV show as well. There's a brief video up on SyFy's Web site if you want to get a taste of the show: you can find it by going to http://www.syfy.com/haven/ and clicking on the video link on the right side of the screen that's labeled "Haven - Everyone's Hiding Something." I'm fortunate to be working on the show as a writer and producer and am very excited about how it's coming out. There are some terrific stories hidden in the town of Haven, Maine, and week by week we'll do our best to bring them to you.

We've got more big developments in the works that I'm itching to tell you about...but those are still in the works, so we'll save them for a future update. In the meantime, please do grab a copy of NOBODY'S ANGEL -- and when July 9 rolls around, please tune in to SyFy and join me in watching Hard Case Crime's television debut!

Many thanks,
Charles
----------
Charles Ardai
Editor, Hard Case Crime
__________________
Jason Bovberg
Author of the apocalyptic horror novel Blood Red
and the throwback pulp novel The Naked Dame
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-10, 11:53 AM   #96
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
DJLinus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 8,537
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Really looking forward to the next Angel Dare book. Money Shot was the first HCC book I'd read and still my favorite.

Also good to hear that it may be turned into a movie. I've been wondering why more HCC books haven't been adapted - The Last Quarry and now The Colorado Kid are the only ones, right? - considering the amount of books they've put out and the length of time some have been around since first being published.

BTW, has anyone seen The Last Lullaby? Thoughts? I haven't seen it, but judging by The Last Quarry's cover art, Tom Sizemore looks the part.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Geofferson View Post
^ No issue reading the HCC Quarry w/o any of the prior ones. I've been meaning to pick those earlier books up since I would like to read them eventually.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meglos View Post
Nope. It was the first Quarry I read and I wasn't at all lost.
Thanks. I didn't figure HCC would do that with one of their books. After all, I had never heard of the Ms. Tree character before I'd read Deadly Beloved and followed that one just fine.
__________________
"Food snobs believe that anything created in Europe is inherently superior to the American-made equivalent. Allow me to explode that fallacy with these words: the 1983 Renault Alliance." - Michael J. Nelson

Not that you care...

Last edited by DJLinus; 05-21-10 at 11:56 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-10, 02:17 PM   #97
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Meglos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 5,408
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by FunkDaddy J View Post
This is now out. Picked it up on my lunch break.
__________________
Cordially,

Future Dwight

"Why don't you give me Ape Tit for two hundred." - Turd Ferguson
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-10, 06:09 PM   #98
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Posts: 210
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Nine months will be a long wait for that new Christa Faust, but I'm pleased with the announcement!

I'm not digging the cover for "Nobody's Angel" and that's really making me not that interested in the book (yes, I'm judging the book by its cover). However, Ardai makes it sounds pretty intriguing!

I'm interested to see what the TV show of The Colorado Kid is like. The book was good, albeit a little bit off from the normal HCC fare.
__________________
My DVDs
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-10, 07:24 PM   #99
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
xmiyux's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: WV
Posts: 9,901
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Quote:
Originally Posted by Meglos View Post
This is now out. Picked it up on my lunch break.
And yet again my book club subscription hasn't gotten it to me.

This is really beginning to frustrate me.
__________________
I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time.

Live gamertag: xmiyux
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-10, 09:58 PM   #100
Suspended
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 167
Re: Hard Case Crime, Part 4

Well, I just finished my first Hard Case Crime novel. I read Grifter's Game. I can't say I liked the ending that much, but I really liked the book as a whole. The dialog was exactly what I was expecting from this line and it was a lot of fun. Reminded me of film noir like the Maltese Falcon. I liked the mood and the atmosphere and Lawrence Block's way with description. I did figure it all out pretty quickly, but it didn't really ruin it for me. I'm not much of a book reader to be honest, but this was probably the fastest I've ever read a book, and that's because it was interesting and kept the pages turning.

Next up is Money Shot.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:00 AM.


Copyright 2011 DVDTalk.com All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0