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December 8, 2017 – 1:36 am | 4 Comments

While all the TV shows and commercials are depicting snow, here in L.A. it’s raining ash and debris. Happy holidays!
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SPELLMAN FILES Handed to Director Barry Sonnenfeld

April 2, 2009 – 10:36 am | 2 Comments
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Couple weeks ago, I reviewed the third book in Lisa Lutz‘s series about a family of private investigators, Revenge of the Spellmans. Now Variety reports that the movie of the first book, The Spellman Files, …

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LONG LOST Myron and Win Are Back!

March 26, 2009 – 11:01 pm | 14 Comments
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I hate Harlan Coben. Every time I pick up one of his books, I think, Oh, I’ll just read one chapter and then I’ll get on with my work/grocery shopping/showering, whatever. But it never works …

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The Spellmans' Satisfying REVENGE

March 23, 2009 – 5:10 pm | 10 Comments
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The Spellmans are back in Lisa Lutz‘s Revenge of the Spellmans, the third in her series about the lovably dysfunctional family of private eyes. The story begins with Izzy, the 31-year-old underachieving middle child, attending …

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Winner of WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE Prizes

March 16, 2009 – 10:39 am | 12 Comments
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Congratulations to Viktoria of North Hollywood, CA, who won the black tour T-shirt and tomato seeds from the Angel Corporation! Viktoria sent along these pictures of her wearing the shirt and, um, the ketchup she …

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Audrey Niffenegger's Second Novel Coming Out in September 2009!

March 14, 2009 – 1:24 pm | 5 Comments
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Earlier this week, we discussed the upcoming movie version of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Now, the New York Times reports that Audrey Niffenegger’s next novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, will be coming out late September! [UPDATE: …

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Free Stuff–Win WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE Prizes!

March 5, 2009 – 10:15 pm | 14 Comments
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Are you a fan of Kim Harrison’s the Hollows series? If yes, you’re gonna like some cool stuff I’ve got to give away to tie in with the recent release of book #7, White Witch, …

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THE REAPER Kicks Butt!

February 26, 2009 – 12:50 am | 6 Comments
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Man, oh man, I just finished this book by Josh Bazell called Beat the Reaper and it was so good, I started writing this review before the book’s back cover had slapped shut. That’s how …

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Gets Under Your Skin

January 24, 2009 – 12:48 pm | 17 Comments
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Over the holidays, I stumbled upon a book called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in my brother-in-law’s library. After gobbling it down in a few days (if eyeballs can swallow, that is), I was …

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Comparison Between BENJAMIN BUTTON the Story and the Movie

November 16, 2008 – 1:48 am | 10 Comments
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After seeing the movie last week, I sought out the short story to see how they compare. I was surprised to find that, except for the title, lead character’s name and general concept of a …

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One Cool Ride with Don Winslow’s THE DAWN PATROL

October 21, 2008 – 7:17 pm | 3 Comments
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My friend Betsy had been recommending Don Winslow’s The Dawn Patrol to me for a few months but I’d resisted ’cause I found out it was about surfing. I’ve never surfed, don’t know anything about …

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When Is It Time to Give Up a Series Character?

October 9, 2008 – 3:03 am | No Comment
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I read a lot of mystery-thrillers and in this genre, there are many series characters—Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole, to …

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

October 2, 2008 – 12:52 am | No Comment
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I picked up this book almost two months ago, when it was first released. The title was curious but it included the words “literary” and “pie” so that did it for me. Only way …

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