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Gregg Taylor's love of the classic adventure stories of the golden age of radio, comics and pulp fiction are the driving passions behind the "Tales of the Red Panda" series of books. The books began as a companion piece to his popular radio adventure series "The Red Panda Adventures", heard on independant radio stations around North America and around the world as part of the Decoder Ring Theatre podcast, and have gone on to reach new audiences who love the two-fisted adventure style that recalls the work of the legends of mystery and adventure. Like the classic Hero Pulps that inspired them, the Tales of the Red Panda books can be read in any order, with or without knowledge of the radio series.
on May 01, 2012 :
If you are a fan of Decoder Ring Theatre's "Red Panda Adventures" audio drama, this is a wonderful expansion of that fantastic world. If you've never heard of the Red Panda, this is a fun, pulp-inspired tale os super heroics the likes of which are rarely seen these days.
Inspired by the likes of the Shadow, the Spider, the Green Hornet and other Golden Age Mystery Men, the Red Panda and his sidekick the Flying Squirrel have to defend 1930s Toronto against Captain Clockwork's evil machines.
Part super hero story, part mystery, all fun. An excellent throwback to the days of the pulps, when anything you could imagine was possible (static shoes, electric knuckles, retractable gliding membranes) and fun, exciting stories were the priority. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on April 25, 2012 :
Gregg Taylor has created a wonderful universe that seamlessly combines old-fashioned science-fiction gadgetry with magic, and filled that universe with truly memorable characters.
If you like old fashioned pulp / noir stories, you will love this book.
If you are a fan of the podcast, you will hear the voices of familiar characters as you read. It is a thrill ride.
(reviewed the day of purchase)