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Book Review: OVERSEAS by Beatriz Williams

May 16, 2012 – 1:56 am | 2 Comments

After four disappointing crime fic novels in a row, I decided I needed a change of pace, and was happy to fall into Overseas, an engrossing fairy tale by debut author Beatriz Williams.
Twenty-five-year-old investment banker …

Stalker Awards Nominations 2012

May 13, 2012 – 10:00 pm | 8 Comments

Since May is Mystery Month, it’s time for the second annual Stalker Awards! I created these last year so that crime fiction readers at large can nominate and vote for their favorite novels and authors …

First Impressions 5.11.12

May 10, 2012 – 11:53 pm | 14 Comments

Time for another sampling of opening passages from the books in my TBR pile, a regular Friday feature here at PCN. As some of you know, I go straight to the first page of the …

Book Review: BLACKBIRDS by Chuck Wendig

May 8, 2012 – 11:09 pm | 4 Comments
Blackbirds cover

This originally ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is republished here with permission.
Miriam Black, the protagonist of Blackbirds, has the Dead Zone-ish ability to see a person’s future when she touches him or her, but Chuck …

Fashion Roundup: The Met Gala 2012

May 8, 2012 – 12:45 am | 4 Comments

On Monday night, some of the biggest stars in Hollywood and the fashion world attended the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala in their fanciest duds. Some of the outfits were duds in another …

First Impressions 5.4.12

May 4, 2012 – 1:14 am | 6 Comments
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May the Fourth be with you! You know I had to get that out of the way.
Now, for this week’s First Impressions, let’s add something new. After reading the following opening passages, leave a comment …

Movie Review: THE AVENGERS

May 2, 2012 – 11:25 pm | 6 Comments

My greatest concern about having so many superheroes crammed into one movie was that it’d be a disjointed mess, but Joss Whedon has managed to justify—for the most part—each character’s presence in The Avengers, and …

Inside Classic Films

April 30, 2012 – 1:44 pm | 11 Comments
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Late last night, Deadline.com reported that Warner Bros. Digital Publishing will be releasing a series of eBooks that contain shooting scripts for classic films, with loads of extra content about each movie. The four announced …

First Impressions 4.27.12

April 27, 2012 – 1:54 am | 10 Comments
criminal karin slaughter

Another Friday, another sampler of opening passages from books in my TBR pile to see which ones grab your attention right away.
For your perusal this week:
Long Gone by Alafair Burke, Harper, out June 19
Second Acts: …


April 23, 2012 – 2:59 am | 5 Comments

If you walk through the memoir section in bookstores, chances are you’ll find books by people who have no business writing a memoir, such as a twentysomething reality-show star whose biggest life struggle so far …

First Impressions 4.20.12

April 20, 2012 – 1:15 am | 11 Comments
gone girl gillian flynn cover

Last week I got several votes to make this a regular feature, so I’ll once again feature the opening passages of three upcoming books to see a) which ones you would read based on the …

Why Write the Great American Novel When You Can BE in One?

April 19, 2012 – 3:05 pm | 15 Comments
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I saw this on Twitter this morning via @PenguinLibrary and thought it was such a fun idea, I had to share. Flavorwire had written an article about a service called U Star Novels that will …