Archive for Items Categorized 'Fiction', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by Bruce McCall
In a former life, McCall was a principal in McCaffery & McCall, the huge New York advertising agency that served Mercedes-Benz USA. On the side, he wrote less serious stories for Car & Driver (remember the Denbeigh Super Chauvinist?), Playboy, and The National Lampoon.
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.
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.
Journey to the West
by Jim Schild
It’s 1915 and two young guys are driving from New York to California. Naturally, things happen along the way. Or so the author says.
Bugatti taucht auf
by Dea Loher
This very serious German novel is based on two real-life events:  a senseless murder in a town near  the lake on whose bottom a Bugatti is waiting for someone with enough of a reason to attempt raising it.
Murder in South Bend
by John A. Bridges
Studebaker built America’s first “people’s car.” Not!
But, what if? This novel is by a noted Studebaker historian who not only spun a yarn but is actually designing and building full-scale, running “alternate” Studebakers.
Taking the World by Storm
by Malcolm Cracknell
A rollercoaster ride of a book about what might have happened in an alternative history of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1997.
by Isabelle Allende
Here we have yet another Crime Novel—but from a reputable, serious author. It is her first one. So how does she fare in this, her first time out as a mystery writer? Read our review and be enlightened.
The Caped Crusade, Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture
by Glen Weldon
The Batman: Just when you think you have your Bat-Fix under control, another book comes along to let you know just how much more you really need. The Bat-Universe seems endless. This book adds Bat-Nerds into the mix and offers a new perspective on the heart of The Caped Crusader’s obsession.
Discovered: The Nineteenth Rolls-Royce Phantom IV
by Bill Wolf
Spoiler alert: there really are only eighteen, and only available (when new) to royalty which is why everything there is to know about them is known. But, asketh the fiction writer, What If?
Edited by Bruce Sterling
A science fiction story collection published every year by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their objective is to bring new technologies to the public’s attention through the popular medium of science fiction.