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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!
Because a smoke advisory is in effect, I have to stay inside and read. Luckily, cabin fever …

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Nerdy Special List August 2015

August 7, 2015 – 1:52 am | 7 Comments
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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 …

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Interview with Shane Kuhn

July 22, 2015 – 8:26 pm | No Comment
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A few days ago, I ran a review of Shane Kuhn’s Hostile Takeover. Now meet the author in the following interview I did with him, which also appeared originally in Shelf Awareness for Readers and …

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Book Review: HOSTILE TAKEOVER by Shane Kuhn

July 19, 2015 – 5:49 pm | 6 Comments
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Shane Kuhn shot onto the crime fiction scene last year with The Intern’s Handbook (movie rights were snapped up), and now his assassin John Lago is back in Hostile Takeover with more explosive action.
At the …

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Nerdy Special List July 2015

July 2, 2015 – 12:08 am | 10 Comments
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We have a long weekend ahead! Hope you have fun plans for the Fourth of July, if you celebrate it. After a rough week, I hope to commence Operation Couch Potato.
This month, I’m very excited …

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Book Review: DISCLAIMER by Renée Knight

June 18, 2015 – 6:14 pm | 4 Comments

Imagine reading a thriller and suddenly realizing the much-hated main character is you. And the disclaimer about resemblances to real people being coincidental has been crossed out. This is the premise of first-time novelist Renée …

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Guest Book Review: PARADISE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale

June 14, 2015 – 9:35 pm | One Comment

When a copy of this novel first appeared on my doorstep, Mr. PCN, being a big Joe R. Lansdale fan, immediately snatched it up and claimed it for himself. After he tore through it in about two blinks, …

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Nerdy Special List June 2015

June 4, 2015 – 7:59 pm | 4 Comments
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Summer starts in June, so I’m looking forward to more time for pleasure reading. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m self-employed and make myself work every day.
But for those who do get to take summer vacations, here are …

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May 2015 Pop Culture Consumption

June 3, 2015 – 9:08 pm | 5 Comments
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While I didn’t review everything I read and watched last month, I consumed a lot of pop culture. Much of it was unexceptional, but there were a couple of gems. I’ll write more about some of these in …

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Book Review: LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll

May 26, 2015 – 9:09 pm | 4 Comments
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Jessica Knoll, a former Cosmopolitan magazine editor, debuts in book publishing with Luckiest Girl Alive, a novel that adroitly handles timely news topics.
Ani FaNelli is an editor at a women’s magazine in New York City, and engaged …

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Big Bear Adventure

May 25, 2015 – 6:11 pm | 7 Comments
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Since we had a long weekend, Mr. PCN and I decided to run away from civilization and the noisy neighbors with their chainsaws and leaf blowers and constantly barking dogs.
We rented a cabin in the mountains near Big …

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Guest Book Review: HOLD STILL by Sally Mann

May 17, 2015 – 10:57 pm | 2 Comments
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This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of Da Mau Magazine.
The cover photograph of Sally Mann’s memoir, Hold Still, shows the author as a prepubescent tomboy, airborne against a gray expanse of sky. She …

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When Is a Spoiler a Spoiler?

May 14, 2015 – 10:47 pm | 12 Comments
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I had two extremely annoying reading experiences recently and it brought to mind a question I’ve had for a while so I thought I’d seek outside opinions.
Here’s what happened, with two books in a row. I was reading …

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