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Scariest Book I've Ever Read

October 30, 2009 – 1:43 pm | 23 Comments

Since tomorrow is Halloween, I thought this would be a good time to tell you about the first and last time I ever read Dean Koontz.
I’d been in L.A. for only a few months and …


Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT

October 28, 2009 – 11:16 pm | 11 Comments
this is it

Watching This Is It, I felt like a cave person being exposed to fire, thinking, “Fire. Good,” because I lacked the vocab to adequately describe what I was seeing. This documentary of rehearsal footage for …


OD'd on PC

October 25, 2009 – 6:43 pm | 8 Comments
michelle pfeiffer Cheri

This past weekend, I wore my nerd badge proudly and indulged my reading, TV- and DVD-watching, M&M-eating, CD-listening, pop culture-loving tendencies. Here’s what I covered.
DVD — Chéri

Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Lea de Lonval, an early …


Winners of Michael Connelly's 9 DRAGONS & BRASS VERDICT

October 22, 2009 – 10:35 pm | 9 Comments

Thanks to Random.org, the following 5 winners were selected:

Jonnie H
Carol M.
Beth C

Each person will receive one hardcover copy of 9 Dragons and one paperback of The Brass Verdict. Click on “contact” in the top right …


Bouchercon Daydreams

October 21, 2009 – 8:47 pm | 14 Comments

All week, I’ve been reading reports about Bouchercon 2009, which took place last week in Indianapolis. (To my international readers: It’s an annual mystery convention held in a different U.S. city every year where fans …


No Disclosure Necessary

October 20, 2009 – 7:39 pm | 13 Comments

Hey, check it out. After all the recent hoopla about the FTC’s revised guidelines affecting bloggers who write reviews, PublishersWeekly.com ran this article stating that an FTC attorney, Mary Engle,
said Saturday someone with a “personal …


Movie Review: AMELIA with Hilary Swank

October 19, 2009 – 8:17 pm | 15 Comments

Having seen the gorgeous trailer, I attended a screening of this movie expecting to be uplifted and inspired and all those other positive adjectives. Alas, it didn’t quite happen. Though this is not a bad …


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE from Kids’ Point of View

October 18, 2009 – 8:53 pm | 14 Comments
from Maurice Sendak's book

I’m happy to have my junior reporters, Aline and Mena Dolinh (11 and 8, respectively) back with their takes on Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are. I’d published an earlier review by contributing writer, …


My Fantasy Fellow Jurors

October 15, 2009 – 6:17 pm | 20 Comments

Yesterday, I had jury duty and found Rumer Willis in my jury pool. This got me fantasizing about being on a jury panel full of famous people. Who would I want on there?
After some deliberating …


Video Interview with Michael Connelly & Giveaway

October 14, 2009 – 2:31 am | 17 Comments
9 dragons

Yesterday was pub date for Michael Connelly‘s Nine Dragons and the beginning of his tour (complete schedule here). Despite having just gotten off the plane, in the rain, Connelly graciously sat with me for an …


My Fake FTC Disclosure

October 12, 2009 – 7:00 pm | 12 Comments

You may have heard by now that the Federal Trade Commission has revised their guides about full disclosure of “material connections” between advertisers and endorsers. Many blah blah blahs aside, this means that starting December …


More TV Flippin'

October 11, 2009 – 10:25 pm | 6 Comments

The DVR was about to explode this weekend so I chained myself down with popcorn and cake for some marathon TV viewing. Some quick impressions:
Three Rivers. Warning: This soporific show might induce a coma. Though …

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