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April 25, 2016 – 9:56 pm | One Comment

It’s 1958, New York City.
Cliff Nelson is a Hemingway wannabe who feels destined to be a famous writer, if only his editor father would help him—and if he could get some ideas for great stories.
Eden …

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Book Review & Giveaway: CRIMINAL by Karin Slaughter

July 29, 2012 – 11:20 pm | 9 Comments
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I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness for Readers, and am reprinting it here with permission.
Fans of Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent series know that his boss at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Amanda Wagner, is …

First Impressions 7.27.12

July 27, 2012 – 2:17 pm | 3 Comments
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I hope you all have had a good week. I was out of town, though not on vacation, and in a mostly no-Wi-Fi area. It’s good to unplug once in a while, but it’s also …

Book Review: THE PRISONER OF HEAVEN by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

July 18, 2012 – 10:37 pm | 6 Comments

I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness for Readers, and am reprinting it here with permission.
Fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books series finally have another installment to enjoy with The Prisoner of Heaven, …

How Much Do Book Covers Matter?

July 16, 2012 – 2:56 pm | 21 Comments
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I saw this beautiful cover for Michael Frayn’s book, Skios, this morning and was immediately attracted to it.

My trip to the Greek islands remains my favorite so far, and I have fond memories of the …

First Impressions: PULP INK 2 Anthology

July 12, 2012 – 11:54 pm | 4 Comments
Cover by Eric Beetner

I thought I’d do something different this week. Instead of featuring three openers from three books, I decided to post the openers of three short stories from a recently released crime fiction anthology called Pulp …

First Impressions: Flashback Edition

July 5, 2012 – 10:21 pm | 20 Comments
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Couldn’t find three hard-hitting openers among the ARCs I received this week, so I thought I’d take a look back at some older favorites. I wanted to feature authors whose work you may not have …

Movie Review: SAVAGES

July 5, 2012 – 2:47 am | 6 Comments
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If you’ve seen Oliver Stone’s U-Turn or Natural Born Killers, and/or have read the Don Winslow novel on which this movie is based, Savages is pretty much what you’d expect it to be—violent, in your …

Book Review: THE KINGS OF COOL by Don Winslow

July 2, 2012 – 9:15 pm | 2 Comments

My review appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers last week and is reprinted here with permission.
After Savages became a breakout hit and Hollywood movie (directed by Oliver Stone, out July 6), Don Winslow is back …

Book Review: THE NIGHTMARE by Lars Kepler

July 2, 2012 – 5:17 am | 3 Comments

Because I was light on posts last week, it probably looked like I was slacking off, but I was actually experiencing pop culture overload. I did a marathon of the entire first season of Homeland …

Musical Memories

June 25, 2012 – 7:47 pm | 19 Comments
songza playlist

A couple weeks ago, I discovered this cool new iPad and iPhone app called Songza. When you log in, it knows what day and time it is and what you might be doing, and it offers …

First Impressions 6.22.12

June 21, 2012 – 10:47 pm | 26 Comments
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Today sees the return of my featuring three openers from new or upcoming books for you to determine which make(s) you want to keep reading. Intros with long descriptions of weather and/or scenery are immediately …

Book Giveaway: SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness

June 20, 2012 – 6:59 pm | 5 Comments
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I had family in town for the past several days and had a lovely time, but I’m seriously sleep-deprived so it may be another 144 24 hours before I can write a longer post. Today, …