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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440451079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440451072
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,104,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating speculations 19 Mar. 2010
By Win Scott Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
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I hesitate to call this collection of non-fiction essays "Wold Newton" given that they don't pertain to extending and expanding upon Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family genealogy, but they are Wold-Newtonish in that they mine the secret "truths" behind some of literature's greatest pulp, adventure, and mystery characters and series. With fascinating speculations on the possible intersections between those characters, and impressive timelines and histories, this is a well written volume which no fan of Wold Newton style speculation should miss.
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Pretty good -- esp. the Avenger chapter 3 Dec. 2009
By Barry Reese - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't thrilled with Rick Lai's Criminal Masterminds book, mainly because it just wasn't what I expected going in, but since I had a better idea of what to expect with this one, I have to say that I enjoyed this one much more. My all-time favorite pulp hero was the Avenger and that chapter in this book earns a major thumb's up from me. Rick really managed to explore the Avenger's chronology in a fun way. As with all collections of essays, your mileage may vary along the way, depending on your interest in the particular topic being discussed. The writing style is smooth and concise, however, so you won't be bored even if it's a character who doesn't really catch your fancy.
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Totally fun and logical with a broad range of topics that ... 17 Nov. 2014
By P. Rawlik - Published on Amazon.com
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An indispensable resource for writers and readers of pulp fiction. Totally fun and logical with a broad range of topics that should appeal to a number of sub-genres. The chronologies for AJ Raffles and Jules de Grandin are worth the price alone.
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Wonderful for pulp fans! 30 July 2013
By K. G. McAbee - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent collection of Mr. Lai's essays on pulp adventurers. His knowledge is immense and he has introduced me, a rabid pulp fan, to even more books I simply must read! Thanks, Rick Lai!
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