Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Other reviews and links to the books of which the reviews are of them (the books)


5.0 out of 5 stars Black Centipede's Back !, April 14, 2013
By Raven "Raven"

I found this volume of the Black Centipede fascinating, with its mixture of the occult and the simply criminal. The Centipede is called to Hollywood to consult on a movie featuring one of his pulp magazines. With him, as a special envoy from President FDR, travels Amelia Erhart, who proves to be handy in a tussle, plus helping the Centipede rein in some of his kill lust. She also has a secret that will be crucial to stopping Jack the Ripper, if only for a time.

But I want to share something I found to be fascinating. The Centipede is dreaming of a court case with twelve jurors. Each person rises and says something unusual. It was awesome to see how Chuck Miller used verbal tapestry to allow one to identify each as a suspect in the unsolved Jack the Ripper case. He names one of them but even without that, what the person says would allow most readers to recognize the individual, although they might NOT have known this person was even a suspect.

The book is a wild roller-coaster ride with some of the usual suspects from the first book, Rise of the Black Centipede, such as Bloody Mary Jane Gallows and Lizzie Borden, along with Baron Samedi and Jack the Ripper. It also introduces a fearsome female who calls herself The Black Centipede Eater, and the very mysterious White Centipede. If you love pulp fiction, you'll love this book!

The part that deals with Jack the Ripper raises yet another genuine suspect, although exactly who or what the Ripper truly is may leave you still wondering by book's end. This is far from a bad thin since there are hints that perhaps the Ripper is still not truly gone. The discovery of just who is the Black Centipede Eater is also worth the read. Then there is the White Centipede, a conglomeration between a real person infamous for madness and drunk with power, and an undisclosed Symbiote from a burial ground. Miller also ties this volume in with other characters of his creation, such as Dr. Unknown, Jr..

Well worth reading, highly enjoyable.

Quoth the Raven...
The Pop Virtuoso of Psychedelic Pulp Strikes Again! April 23, 2014
By Josh Reynolds

Entertaining and unique, written with the sort of tongue-in-cheek humor I've come to expect of Miller's writing. There's plenty to enjoy here for fans of occult detective fiction, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, steampunk and comic books, all mashed up together in one quirky, slightly psychedelic package.

Plus, Moriarty hits Dracula with an asteroid. How can you not love that? 

5.0 out of 5 stars An injection of originality May 20, 2014
By Percival Constantine
To be honest, I'm not a fan of the masked vigilante in the pre-WW2 era. There have been a number of them, and with each iteration, it seems like there is less effort going into them. So it was a wonderful change of pace to be introduced to the Black Centipede.

Chuck Miller's mind clearly has as many thoughts as a centipede has legs, because you can see the roots for an endless series of stories embedded within the lines of this one book. Not only that, but he's continuously planting the seeds for even more stories of the Black Centipede's adventures throughout social media. He manages to weave together important historical figures into this captivating pulp tale with such ease that you might find yourself double-checking their Wikipedia entries to see what is real and what's not.

I've already picked up a copy of the second book in the series, Blood of the Centipede, and I'm looking forward to cracking it open. 


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