Jo is watching Law & Order re-runs. We were happy to discover that one of our local stations has started showing them. So while she's doing that I'm going to do a quick post, update a book I've just finished, provide the synopsis for the next book in line and also the synopses of some books that arrived in the past couple of days.
It's a cool, windy, wet day, has been all day, gloomy and dark. Oh well.
1. Emperor Fu - Manchu by Sax Rohmer (Fu - Manchu #13). This is the last book in the Fu - Manchu fantasy / thriller series. I've enjoyed a few so far.
"During the Cold War of the 1950s former allies Russia and China turned communist, their threat casting a shadow over the free world. Yet another enemy lurked in the shadows—the deadly secret assassins of the Si Fan, led by…In remote Northern China, the dead walk again. American agent Tony McKay finds himself face-to-face with these “cold men,” zombies who exist to do the bidding of the Devil Doctor. It falls to McKay and Nayland Smith to defeat their eternal foe, and to destroy a biological warfare facility the Russians have hidden deep in the Chinese jungles."
An alien world where man had never dared to set foot, but in the days to come he would attempt to do… exactly that."
4. The Other by Thomas Tryon. A bit of a convoluted story on this one. Jo and I were watching Natalie Wood movies on TCM. Two were directed by Robert Mulligan; Inside Daisy Clover and Love with a Proper Stranger. So as I looked at his other works, I saw this movie, The Other. It sounded interesting and I saw it was also a book. Hence, I decided to try it. Sounds like an October horror read.
Originally published in 1971, The Other is one of the most influential horror novels ever written. Its impeccable recreation of small-town life and its skillful handling of the theme of personality transference between thirteen-year-old twins led to widespread critical acclaim for the novel, which was successfully filmed from Thomas Tryon's own screenplay.
This edition features original artwork by surrealist artist Harry O. Morris."
Mary and her younger brother Peter set out on foot, lost in the vast, hot Australian outback. They are saved by a chance meeting with an Aboriginal boy on walkabout, who teaches them to find food and water in the wilderness, but whom Mary can’t bring herself to trust.
Though on the surface Walkabout is an adventure story, darker themes lie just beneath. Peter’s innocent friendship with the Aboriginal throws into relief Mary’s no longer childish anxiety, and together raise questions about how Aboriginal and Western culture can meet."