Archive for Author 'Bill Wolf', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

The Vault of Horror

by Craig, Davis, Feldstein et al.

There are fans, historians, and academics who take comic books quite seriously. EC titles, especially from the early 1950s, have a long-standing, proliferating reputation for excellence among all of these. We take a look at a representative sample of available EC reprints as we toss our hats of commendation and recommendation into the ring.

Silver Cloud II Brochure 

Quiet elegance with an appeal to a classic era. This could be said of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley models of the 1950s and 1960s. It could also describe this brochure for the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and the Phantoms, Bentleys, and Bentley Continentals—1959 to 1962.

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

More than likely you had to read Dickens’ masterpiece in High School or at University. More than likely you have not reread it since. So if you are planning to binge watch, say, the 21st season of Law and Order, why not put that aside for another weekend and, instead, put your nose in a classic novel? If you don’t have a copy in your library, we recommend this Penguin edition.

Paper Money of the United States

by Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg

So you are a collector. Invest in a collectable—and you can only hope that you won’t lose money. Plus there will be upkeep. But invest in money and you’ll always at least break even no matter how old and crumpled the note is.

Hot Rod

by Henry Gregor Felsen

Hank Felson didn’t write only car books but this one, part of a rodding series, was his best seller: eight million copies over the years. See why.

Shills Can’t Cash Chips

Erle Stanley Gardner (as A.A. Fair)

A big, fat Buick, a bevy of sultry dames, a plot more twisted than Dick’s hatband and a little chin music. Hard Case Crime, since 2004, has published a slew of detective fiction—classics from the 1940s and 1950s along with new novels with a gritty gumshoe modus operandi. Among them are the Cool and Lam adventures written by A.A. Fair, aka Erle Stanley Gardner. Here’s one to consider.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, A Novel

by Quentin Tarantino

You saw the movie! Now read the book! Filmmaker Quentin Taratino, of Pulp Fiction fame, scores another hit. Rated R for language, alcohol use, and sexual content!

Forgotten Motoring, A Miscellany on the Open Road

by Peter Ashley

There is a certain charm in the assembly of miscellanies, and this book is an example of just how charming such an assemblage can be. Ashley’s eye, his sensibility, and his appreciation for ephemera combine to create quite the attractive volume, a sweetly polished little gem.

Rolling Sculpture: A Designer and His Work

by Gordon M. Buehrig with William S. Jackson

Many of you will know the cars: the coffin-nosed Cords, the dual-cowl Duesenbergs and the elegant Continental Mark II. Some of you may know the name Gordon Buehrig–the mind and the hand that conceived them.

The Black Echo

by Michael Connelly

To fully enjoy a series of well-done detective novels, it is both entertaining and enlightening to start with the first one and read ‘em all sequentially. Michael Connelly’s Bosch procedurals are well worth the effort.

The Great Influenza

by John M. Barry

You think Covid 19 is a horror show? How about the influenza pandemic of 1918? Read this book, although you may find it too close to our current tribulations.

Car Tales, Classic Stories About Dream Machines

Five short stories by names you’ll mostly recognize, with unrelated but interesting photographs.