Reading Round Up & Crossover Universes

This week’s reading includes the following:

  1. John Dickson Carr’s Doorway to Doom

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This one I found a few years back at the local library on the shelf of books they were shuffling off into oblivion by selling for a buck or two. The one I picked up had no cover sleeve and looks precisely like the book on the right of this photograph–except mine has the added character of being a bit more battered.

This is another one of those books that looked intriguing and I gambled a couple of dollars on it. It’s a collection of detective tales–usually of the locked door variety where no one can possibly have gotten in our out (or so it appears)–and also includes a number of radio scripts.

John Dickson Carr has a wonderful grasp of evocative language and though one or two of the stories fell flat for me, I found myself imminently entertained by the rest. All of these stories have weird elements. Often times these weird elements are explained away by the end of the story, but in some cases they are not!

I found I enjoyed the radio scripts just much as the short stories.

2. The Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler

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Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo discover underwater temples that have been swallowed up by the ocean on the coasts of the Solomon Islands and at the same time they got tangled in a coup attempt to overthrow the local government.

Bonus Weird Plot Element: Cannibalistic Giants!

3.  Dillon and the Prophecy of Fire (Chapters 1-3) by Derrick Ferguson

This story is currently only available via Patreon , where patrons of the arts can choose to give financial support to creators of their choice. For $1 a month you get a chapter of Dillon and the Prophecy of Fire.

Here we find Dillon hosting tech-whiz Wyatt Hyatt, professional thief Reynard Hansen, and the lovely Professor Ursula at his secret home, even while sinister forces marshall against him.

As usual, Ferguson assembles a colorful cast of characters in a highly entertaining story.

Bonus Crossover Content in Chapter Three: Wyatt Hyatt uses the Clip Pad computer device that he developed, which is first mentioned in Dire Planet, and Dillon wears a Gantlet Brothers: Black Intelligence tour t-shirt. Both of these crossovers were a complete surprise to me.

 

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