Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Review: Yesteryear

Yesteryear by Tommy HancockTitle: Yesteryear
Author: Tommy Hancock
Publisher: Pro Se Press [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011)]
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-10: 1461061598
ISBN-13: 978-1461061595

One of the brightest of the rising stars in the New Pulp movement is a jovial, fedora-bedecked fellow by the name of Tommy Hancock. I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy some time ago and was taken by his friendly personality and deep knowledge of fiction that disappeared years before he was born. That someone of his youth should be taken with the writings that formed my own interests when I was a boy (so very, very long ago) seemed odd at first, but Tommy's enthusiasm wasn't just that of a fan. It was that of an individual dedicated to the resurrection of a genre I thought would languish in obscurity forever.

In Yesteryear, Tommy Hancock has created the beginnings of a new series of novels whose heritage reaches back into the first part of the 20th century. In Yesteryear we are once more caught up in the intrigue and fascination of costumed heroes and villains, set in their native era. We get to find out where these characters come from, what they fear, and what they're capable of doing. When the particulars of their lives are threatened with public exposure, we find that even the best can sometimes be untrustworthy. The tell-all book central to the story, written by a legendary figure Ramsey Long, appears on the doorstep of a journalist and sets off a firestorm that echoes throughout the pages.

The book itself has been reviewed extensively, so if you want to know what the consensus is reference its publication, check Amazon. I found the novel interesting mainly because it is the herald of a movement that is quickly gaining momentum, outstripping steampunk and dieselpunk in its reach. Oh, and by the way, if you want to annoy Hancock, ask him what he thinks of dieselpunk.

Overall, this is a two-thumbs up book for anyone interested in pulp fiction, or just like adventure stories.