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At the outset of Shari Lapena’s first novel, Anne and Marco Conti are enjoying a rare night out at a dinner party next door. Their babysitter canceled at the last minute, so the Contis have …

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Marcus Sakey Helps Fight Pediatric Cancer

September 23, 2012 – 1:47 am | No Comment

Just a quick note today about something author Marcus Sakey is doing to help fight pediatric cancer. During September, he’s donating 100% of the proceeds from his sales of Scar Tissue: Seven Stories of Love and …

Mini Reviews of LAST RESORT, THE MINDY PROJECT, and BEN & KATE

September 22, 2012 – 12:18 am | 4 Comments
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The new shows are coming, the new shows are coming! This year, networks made several pilots available online (some have been pulled) before their premieres, which is great since I’m usually too impatient to wait for …

Mini TV Review: REVOLUTION

September 17, 2012 – 2:06 pm | 3 Comments
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The Jon Favreau-directed, J.J. Abrams-produced Revolution is one of the most highly anticipated new series of the fall season, and the pilot does show some promise, if it didn’t completely blow me away. The premise …

YEAR OF THE RABBIT

September 14, 2012 – 1:49 pm | 14 Comments
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I’ve been somewhat MIA since the end of July because my days have been consumed by rehearsals for a play that’s finally opening tomorrow. The official description:
Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles presents the world premiere of …

Book Reviews: BREED by Chase Novak & A WANTED MAN by Lee Child

September 12, 2012 – 12:00 am | 7 Comments
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Even though I haven’t been home much, I carry a book with me—a big, physical, heavy one—wherever I go. I may end up stoop-shouldered but at least I manage to squeeze in some reading whenever …

Giveaway: Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar Series

September 10, 2012 – 7:35 pm | 9 Comments
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I started tech last week for the play I’m doing, which means long hours, so most days I don’t even know what time or month it is. In addition to rehearsals, there’s some promo work, …

The Nerdy Special List

September 3, 2012 – 11:51 pm | 7 Comments
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Every month, indie booksellers release something called the Indie Next List, which contains their recommendations of titles being published that month. It is a great resource for finding new, noteworthy books, and has been responsible …

Liebsterized

August 31, 2012 – 1:42 pm | 7 Comments
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Earlier this week, my blogger pal le0pard13 gave me a Liebster Award. “Ich liebe dich” is “I love you” in German so I think this is a good thing. If “liebster” means something else in Chinese, …

Gunpoint Review: ALBERT OF ADELAIDE by Howard L. Anderson

August 29, 2012 – 2:16 am | 25 Comments
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My friend Lauren and I discuss books on a regular basis, and she always has incisive and insightful comments about why she likes or doesn’t like something. I’d asked her to be a guest reviewer …

Book Review: THE ABSENT ONE by Jussi Adler-Olsen

August 26, 2012 – 11:14 pm | 10 Comments

This appeared last week in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
In this second installment in the Department Q series (after last year’s excellent The Keeper of Lost Causes), Jussi Adler-Olsen wastes …

First Impressions 8.24.12

August 23, 2012 – 10:30 pm | 17 Comments
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I’m back to sampling openers of new books to see which ones I should read first. Because of busy stuff, I went about five days last week without reading for pleasure and was getting twitchy, …

Book Review: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple

August 21, 2012 – 11:42 pm | 3 Comments

After I finish a book, I often need some time to process it before reviewing it. But then life sometimes gets busy and I don’t get around to it and next thing I know it’s …

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