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May 17, 2015 – 10:57 pm | 2 Comments

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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Q&A with Authors Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne

April 29, 2013 – 2:35 pm | 3 Comments
Brett, reacting to Rob's feet on his desk

Recently, Brett Battles and Robert Gregory Browne, two popular thriller writers, released their first collaboration, Poe, a first-in-series action adventure about a woman who infiltrates a prison as part of a deal to learn more …

Book Review: ICE COLD KILL by Dana Haynes

April 25, 2013 – 12:07 am | One Comment

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
Daria Gibron, the formidable ex-agent for Shin Bet (Israeli Secret Service) from Dana Haynes’s Crashers and Breaking Point, gets to be …

Creepy Covers

April 22, 2013 – 10:13 pm | 14 Comments
man on primrose lane

Several weeks ago, while on Twitter, I saw Jon Jordan of Crimespree Magazine mention that a book he was reading had a really creepy cover. He had a picture link so of course I clicked on …

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned While Paddleboarding

April 19, 2013 – 12:54 am | 11 Comments
photo-15

My birthday was last week, and every year, I do something that scares me a little. I figure if I get through that, I’d be able to handle whatever else comes my way the rest …

Book Review: THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET by Menna van Praag

April 15, 2013 – 11:21 pm |
house at end of hope street

Yesterday’s horrific events left me desolate, so I thought it’d be appropriate to republish—with permission—this review of mine, which ran in last week’s Shelf Awareness for Readers. The three lead characters in this novel have …

Nerdy Special List April 2013

April 2, 2013 – 11:05 pm | 2 Comments
point & shoot

Spring has arrived, as has a deluge of new releases. The number of March and April titles I received increased dramatically from what came in for the first two months this year.
So let’s jump right …

Book Review: RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight

March 31, 2013 – 11:00 pm | One Comment
reconstructing amelia

Kate Baron is a Manhattan lawyer and single mom to fifteen-year-old Amelia, an academically superior student at a Brooklyn prep school. Imagine Kate’s shock, then, when she gets a phone call from the school asking …

First Impressions 3.29.13

March 28, 2013 – 8:24 pm | 7 Comments
silken prey cover

By popular demand—OK, one person asked—I’m bringing back the First Impressions post, at least for today. You may have seen last week the pics of all the books that have entered my home.
I read the first …

Book Review: RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman

March 26, 2013 – 9:09 pm | 4 Comments
rage against the dying

I’ve been raving about this book since I read it a couple months ago. My review ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers last week, so I can finally publish it here with permission.—PCN
The prologue of …

To Be Read

March 21, 2013 – 10:41 pm | 8 Comments
JUNE:JULY ARCS

I often pester my pals on social media to post pics of their TBR stacks, or of their loot after they go book shopping, or attend a library sale. Pictures of books make me happy.
Then …

A Couple of Voting Thingies

March 20, 2013 – 11:03 pm | One Comment
Han-Leia

I’m doing my taxes today so this will be a short post. Wanted to let you know about a couple of fun things you can vote for, if you feel so inclined.
The first is happening …

TV Review: BATES MOTEL

March 19, 2013 – 10:44 pm | 8 Comments
norma watching sign

I didn’t have much interest in watching A&E’s Bates Motel (Mondays, 10 p.m.) until I started hearing lots of good buzz about it, so I sampled the first episode, titled “First You Dream, Then You …