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November 23, 2015 – 12:27 am | 4 Comments

Like last year, many of this year’s batch of award-baiting movies are based on real people or stories. I’m not a big fan of this genre because unless you know very little about the subjects, …

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Nerdy Special List November 2015

November 2, 2015 – 12:01 am | 11 Comments
the promise

Happy November! Hope everyone had a fun Halloween weekend. I dressed up as Princess Leia. Does that surprise anyone? Not slave Leia but the I’m-gonna-keep-my-bits-warm Hoth version.
From here on out, we might as well coast into …

Book Review: THE KILLING KIND by Chris Holm

October 23, 2015 – 7:37 am | One Comment
killing kind

Hit man Michael Hendricks stares through his rifle’s scope at a man in Miami. Crack. Hendricks’s target is rubbed out. Which makes Hendricks the bad guy, right? Wrong.
Hendricks, the protagonist of Chris Holm’s The Killing …

Guest Post & Giveaway from Author Laura Benedict

October 13, 2015 – 10:28 pm | 5 Comments

I’m thrilled to have Laura Benedict here today because she’s one of my favorite people in the crime-fiction community. She’s as nice as can be, entices you with cookies and tea, but when you read her suspense thrillers, …

Nerdy Special List October 2015

October 6, 2015 – 9:30 pm | 5 Comments

Happy October! Have you eaten all the pumpkin spice-flavored things yet? I have some pumpkin-flavored mochi balls calling my name from the refrigerator, so I’d better hurry up with this post.

Book Review: FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff

October 4, 2015 – 9:51 pm | 2 Comments
fates and furies

While reading Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, I wasn’t sure I liked the protagonists, Lotto and his wife, Mathilde, but I could not stop reading. About halfway through, I realized it was like being hypnotized, when you’re …

Book Review: FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson

September 16, 2015 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, follows up her popular memoir, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, with Furiously Happy, another book of essays about incidents that sound too wacky to be true, but which longtime fans …

Book Review: HOSTAGE TAKER by Stefanie Pintoff

September 9, 2015 – 8:05 pm | 2 Comments
hostage taker

Days before Christmas, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City is seized by a hostage taker who threatens to kill the captives and blow up the landmark if certain demands aren’t met. The first demand: …

Nerdy Special List September 2015

September 2, 2015 – 10:14 pm | 26 Comments
make me

Happy September! Even though fall in L.A. looks the same as summer, I always welcome it because it’s a good season for books and marks the start of TV and movie awards season. From now until …

Book Review: MOVIE STAR BY LIZZIE PEPPER by Hilary Liftin

August 31, 2015 – 8:11 pm | 6 Comments
movie star lizzie pepper

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper is not actually by Lizzie Pepper, who’s a fictional celebrity, but by Hilary Liftin, a ghostwriter who has collaborated on bestselling celebrity memoirs. But Movie Star is a novel. Confused …

Book Review: RUBBERNECKER by Belinda Bauer

August 25, 2015 – 6:03 pm | 2 Comments

Due to a traumatic childhood incident, 18-year-old Patrick Fort is obsessed with death. He wants to analyze what happens when people die, which makes him a great candidate for the anatomy course at Cardiff University, …

Book Review: WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER by Carla Norton

August 16, 2015 – 9:43 pm | One Comment
what doesnt kill her

It’s been seven years since Reeve LeClaire, the heroine in Carla Norton’s What Doesn’t Kill Her, was rescued after being held prisoner as a teen by Daryl Wayne Flint, who’s serving time at a psychiatric …

Nerdy Special List August 2015

August 7, 2015 – 1:52 am | 7 Comments
gratitude diaries

I’m traveling right now but the Nerdy Special List must go on. I’m excited every month when the recommendations start coming in from my illustrious contributors, but I think this month the list is especially spectacular. Hope you’ll …