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Giveaway: THE COLD NOWHERE by Brian Freeman

Giveaway: THE COLD NOWHERE by Brian Freeman

April 22, 2014 – 6:34 pm | 3 Comments

Just popping in to give you a chance to one of three copies of Brian Freeman‘s The Cold Nowhere from Quercus. I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet so the review will …

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Book Review: THE INTERN’S HANDBOOK by Shane Kuhn

April 20, 2014 – 10:43 pm | 3 Comments

intern's handbook coverThis originally appeared as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.

Shane Kuhn’s The Intern’s Handbook may have an innocuous title, but the titular instruction manual is far from toothless. The handbook is written by John Lago for the new employees at Human Resources, Inc., a placement agency for assassins who pretend to be interns to infiltrate major corporations and eliminate targets. Lago is about to turn twenty-five, forced retirement age for HR, Inc. employees; any older and the interns would draw attention. Lago wants to pass on his knowledge and survival skills so the new recruits can avoid the “all-inclusive interrogation and torture package” at Guantanamo Bay. He does this by detailing his final assignment, which he initially worried wasn’t challenging enough to be his swan song but it turned out to be all kinds of wrong.

Lago is an appealing narrator, a hit man with his own code of honor about collateral damage that sometimes puts him at odds with his elusive boss, Bob, who may or may not have Lago’s best interests in mind. Fans of Duane Swierczynski’s Charlie Hardie trilogy and Josh Bazell’s Beat the Reaper should enjoy this witty but deadly thriller. The pace may induce whiplash and some of the action is way over the top, but that’s what makes the story so fun and w(h)acky. Just when Lago thinks he knows where his last job is headed, it jinks in an unexpected direction, with the biggest surprise for him and readers being how affecting the journey is.

Nerd verdict: Wild and thrilling Handbook

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Gillian (Anderson) Killin’ It

March 16, 2014 – 10:24 pm | 3 Comments
Gillian (Anderson) Killin’ It

I was idly surfing the Internet this past weekend when I stumbled upon an interview with Gillian Anderson promoting her new TV show, Crisis, that premiered on NBC on Sunday. Network programming hasn’t impressed me …

Book Review: BARK by Lorrie Moore

February 25, 2014 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
Book Review: BARK by Lorrie Moore

This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of Da Mau Magazine.
Lorrie Moore’s Bark is more like a dachshund’s whimper. An elegy to fifty-something baby boomers, this collection of short stories is listless despite the high-concept packaging: the notion of stories …

Book Review: ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB by Patience Bloom

February 23, 2014 – 9:27 pm | 4 Comments
Book Review: ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB by Patience Bloom

This book is a testament to how much a cover can help a book’s discoverability. I rarely read memoirs and never read romance novels, but when I received a pitch for this memoir by Harlequin …

Weekend Viewing Pleasure

February 7, 2014 – 1:34 am | 5 Comments
Weekend Viewing Pleasure

If you’re looking for entertainment this weekend, there are some good options across different media platforms. The Winter Olympics are on TV, and Amazon just posted ten new pilots for you to watch and rate …

Golden Globes 2014: A Few Thoughts & Fashion

January 12, 2014 – 10:54 pm | 7 Comments
Golden Globes 2014: A Few Thoughts & Fashion

I enjoy the Golden Globes every year because it’s the first show of the season so awards fatigue hasn’t set in yet, and because the stars can eat and drink there, crazy things happen.
Jacqueline Bisset …

Book Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

January 9, 2014 – 9:20 pm | 20 Comments
Book Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

Hello, dear PCN readers, are you still there?
In case anyone noticed, I have been away for a while, not just from this blog but from home. I spent the last 6 weeks of 2013 on …

Movie Review: ALL IS LOST

October 27, 2013 – 12:51 pm | 3 Comments
Movie Review: ALL IS LOST

Robert Redford stars in a one-person show as a man whose boat (and radio equipment) is incapacitated somewhere in the Indian Ocean and he struggles for 8 days to find land.
If you think that plotline …

Book Review—BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding

October 24, 2013 – 11:38 pm | 6 Comments
Book Review—BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding

I really hated starting this book after I’d seen Entertainment Weekly‘s major plot spoiler in a headline on its homepage, with no spoiler alert or option to have the spoiler revealed only to readers who …

Book Review: THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver

October 17, 2013 – 11:48 pm |
Book Review: THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
In the foreword to The October List (or is it the afterword, since it’s at the back of the book?), Jeffery Deaver explains …

Nerdy Special List October 2013

October 6, 2013 – 7:45 pm | One Comment
Nerdy Special List October 2013

October is here, which means Valentine’s Day decorations should be going up soon. This year has flown! Hope you’re enjoying the fall weather, though it’s 87 degrees outside as I write this. I try to …

Movie Review: GRAVITY

October 3, 2013 – 11:13 pm | 23 Comments
Movie Review: GRAVITY

Movie awards season is finally here, which means the studios are holding screenings all over town, pushing their contenders for the Oscars and the plethora of other awards. This week I went to two screenings, …

Book Review: NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

September 17, 2013 – 11:59 pm | 8 Comments
Book Review: NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

This review appeared last week in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
After trying for several books to get to Virginia, Jack Reacher finally makes it there in Lee Child’s Never Go …

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