I picked up the BlackMask.com reprint of it, and -- a plethora of typos and
supposed estate illegalities aside -- I was a little disappointed in it.
Yes, it was a well-written, competent novel, but certainly was not the
pinnacle of Gold Medal storytelling that it's often purported to be. Not as
good as some, better than most, I suppose...but worth the hype (and
accompanying exorbitant prices)? No. I think this is a prime example of
hype-driven forbidden fruit demanding much more than it deserves to.
I'm glad to see Centipede come out with an alternative version. It's a
story well worth reading, but at prices more in line with their two-digit
price structure than the three- or four-figure prices many secondhand
dealers seem to think is justified.
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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
> Behalf Of Jeff Vorzimmer
> Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 6:04 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Black Wings Has My Angel
> > I recently bought the Black Mask.com reprint for $5 at the Baltimore
> > Book Festival. It was a new copy and apparently part of a series of
> > reprints of classics by Dan Marlowe, Charles Williams, Frederic Brown
> > and others. In all, I bought 10 different reprints. The editions are
> > not particularly handsome, but if you want to read it now, I think you
> > don't have to wait for the Centipede edition.
> Oh, I would definitely wait. You haven't read copy your copy yet, have
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