Saturday, March 01, 2014

Honey West & T.H.E. Cat - Reviewed!

Honey West and T.H.E. Cat: A Girl and Her Cat, was released just a few weeks ago and is racking up some nice reviews:

British Fantasy Society - reviewed by Dave Brezski:
"I'd been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was pleased to be offered an advance pdf to review.
Honey West is a female PI, originally introduced in This Girl For Hire (1957), by Gloria and Forest Fickling under the pseudonym “G.G. Fickling”. This was the first of a series of nine novels written between 1957 and 1964 (followed by a two book revival in 1971/72). Most people will be more familiar with the short-lived 1965-66 TV series, starring Anne Francis in the lead role....
Ex cat burglar turned bodyguard, T.H.E Cat is possibly less well-known, as there were no books. The TV series, starring Robert Loggia, ran for just 26 episodes in 1966/67.... 
As those familiar with the previous works of Win Scott Eckert would expect, the crossovers do not stop with the main two characters. There are quite a few other characters and places from assorted print, television and film sources, albeit thinly disguised for copyright reasons... I won't mention any others here, as that would spoil the fun to be had spotting them for yourselves. It would be easy, when shoehorning in these various pop-culture references, to mar the flow of the story. Thankfully, Eckert and Baugh are far too experienced to fall into that trap. All the extra character cameos are perfectly logical and, more importantly, it won't harm the story in the slightest if the reader doesn't manage to spot some, or even all of them. 
I really don't want to say too much about the actual story. I hate spoilers. Suffice to say that it's an excellent fast-paced adventure, and one that left me looking forward to more. As I have come to expect from both authors, the writing is of a high quality...."
Rick Lai, Pulp and Pop Culture Expert:
"Just finished HONEY WEST AND T.H.E CAT: A GIRL AND HER CAT by Win Scott Eckert and Matthew Baugh. It's a wild romp in the style of David McDaniel's MAN FROM UNCLE novels. Your appreciation of the novel will be higher if you are familiar with classic TV shows of the 1960's (the novel reveals the identity of Honey's descent from a television character with the same surname). The novel has strong connections to Win's Green Hornet fiction and "The Wild Huntsman" (available in TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE). Among the most clever crossovers are references to the films THE SATAN BUG (based on the novel of the same name by Alistair MacLean) and BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (based on "Bad Time at Honda" by Howard Breslin). Both films starred Anne Francis who played Honey West on television. A must-read!"

Honey West and T.H.E. Cat: A Girl and Her Cat

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