Monday, February 24, 2014

2 Great Books!: "Dead Things" and DC Archive: Robin the Boy Wonder

 I just read two great books that are worth looking into.
The first is a novel about a guy that talks to the dead (what a coincidence!), the other is a vintage collection of 1940s stories of Robin the Boy Wonder.  - Rob

"DEAD THINGS" (paperback) by Stephen Blackmoore
ROB'S REVIEW:   As a paranormal investigator I picked up this book just based on the book jacket description. What a find! This was a well-written, fast-moving, gritty novel that I couldn't put down. The main character Eric Carter is almost like a social misift and his abilities to communicate with the dead take the reader through a paranormal romp from the first to last chapter. I'm anxious to read the next installment in this series. I loved the character, and the supporting characters really enhanced the story. I highly recommend this book. 

BOOK SUMMARY: Necromancer is such an 
ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with. He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course. When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.
But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why. Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patrion saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him. Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay.  As long as they don't kill him firs

2)  THE ROBIN ARCHIVES: Volume 1  by DC Comics, Archive Edition
ROB'S REVIEW: I've always loved the Robin character, especially Dick Grayson's positive attitude. Similarly, I loved Chuck Dixon's run on the Robin series from the 1990s through the 2000s. This archive is a great collection of the original Robin's first solo adventures. There are some creative villains, too. A really enjoyable collection, and I'm looking forward to volume 2!

BOOK SUMMARY: Don't miss the first archive edition focusing on the early adventures of Robin, collecting stories from Star-Spangled Comics numbered 65-85 (1947-1948)! Presented here are 21 exciting Golden Age solo adventures of The Boy Wonder featuring the talents of Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Curt Swan, Dick Sprang, Jim Mooney, Win Mortimer and more of comics' finest writers and artists!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next