The Mystery & Adventure Series Review

by | Oct 22, 2011 | Fred Woodworth | 9 comments


  1. Cameron

    Great recommendation, thanks for this post!

    But if we swore off computers altogether (which is indeed an alluring idea) this blog or any of our typecast blogs would not be happening, either.

    Gotta do what we can, with the options available to us to get our typecasts out there.

  2. notagain

    I recall the Happy Hollisters mysteries and the Danny Dunn series that started my lifelong interest in science. That I didn't pursue it in college is the tragedy of my life. I couldn't decide, you see.
    I will have to check out this publication.

  3. Richard P

    Cameron: Fred is uncompromising in all his views. He would say that traditional publishing and mailing works just as well as it ever did, and if something isn't worth spending time and care on, then it's not worth doing at all. But I have to agree with you — I can't function professionally in the absence of all computers, and typecasting is a good compromise (or synergy) between the mechanical and the electronic, in my view.

    notagain: Interesting reaction. I gather that the science and technology in these series books made a big impact on many of their readers. The contributors to M&R are very scornful of the Harry Potter stories, which are based on wishful thinking rather than science. I bet you'll like this publication.

  4. Ted

    I wonder if they have anything to say on my old favorite series: "The Mad Scientists Club" by Bertrand Brinley…

  5. Richard P

    The answer, Ted, is just a typewritten letter to Tucson away.

  6. Dwayne F.

    If I can bring myself to actually addressing an envelope I will send off for this. I grew up on The Hardy Boys and thrift store Tom Swift books. I still love the genre and pick up an occasional Tom Swift just for the illustrations.

    Hmmm, might have to scan and post some those illustrations on my blog…

  7. Martin A. Rice, Jr.

    Dang! I gotta subscribe to this man! Where can I read his essays on the evils of the digital? Are they in the review? And Cameron is right. There's something oddly paradoxical about this whole thing … using computers to spread the …anti-digital… message??? Can't quite put my finger on what it is … Oh, I finally have a new Tlog posted. This one on a tricky Oliver repair.

  8. frank

    I didn't realize he was still publishing The Mystery Review…I last bought issue number 35 and I am so happy to know there are more. I have read and reread each issue a hundred times. The cover of number 45 looks delicious, I must send him some money and get this thing going again. Fred is a diamond in a coal black world.

  9. Peter

    This week, I received, unsolicited, a copy of the current M&A Series Review, along with a copy of a "sister" publication, The Opera Glass. I am absolutely delighted with both! My father was a printer, and as a high school student in the early 1980s, I worked during the summers in his shop. There, I learned the techniques that Frank is still using today to put out these captivating 'zines. I can't express how happy I am to learn of such a publication, however belatedly. (I am now busily combing through ETC and other resources to learn all I can about wonderful machines like the DSJ Varityper.) What a treasure Frank is- I only wish I had found out about him years ago.


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