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December 8, 2016 – 11:29 pm | One Comment

This month, I asked our illustrious contributors for a December favorite or one from any month this year, as long as it hasn’t appeared on the NSL.
Since you might be looking for gift ideas, how about considering some of these …

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Weird Casting Conversation

November 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

Some of you know Mr. PCN is a casting director. I sometimes help answer phones. Yesterday, I had this conversation.
Man on the line, in heavy accent: “Yes. I have Japanese ladies. You looking for Japanese …

Movie Review: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

November 16, 2012 – 4:12 am | 8 Comments
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I still have to see many more awards contenders, but Silver Linings Playbook is an early favorite. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, charming, moving, wacky, and…well, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a bipolar …

ANNA KARENINA Review + Notes from Q&A with Joe Wright & Keira Knightley

November 14, 2012 – 1:04 am | 10 Comments
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I attended a Variety screening Monday night of Anna Karenina, and stayed afterward for the Q&A with director Joe Wright and Keira Knightley. It’s the kind of movie that benefits from such a chat.
For the …

Nerdy Special List November 2012

November 12, 2012 – 2:58 pm | No Comment
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Here are the November titles we enjoyed:
 
 
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
The Right Hand by Derek Haas (Nov. 13, Mulholland Books) is an action-packed spy thriller. Haas introduces his American spy, Austin Clay, in …

Movie Discussion: SKYFALL

November 8, 2012 – 7:19 pm | 6 Comments
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The AFI Fest started last week (wrapping up today) and for the third year, I’ve been attending as a press member. Last night was the annual “Secret Screening,” revealed at the last minute as Skyfall. Guess …

Literary Conversation Starters

October 23, 2012 – 11:20 pm | 15 Comments
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When you read in public, do people often come up to you wanting to discuss your book? It doesn’t always happen to me, but it did tonight while I was at a cafe reading Michael …

Book Review: THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton

October 21, 2012 – 9:17 pm | 4 Comments
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Kate Morton is one of the few authors I think can get away with writing fat, 500-page novels because she fills up those pages with a lot of story. I was a bit surprised, then, …

You Will Not Believe This Story

October 15, 2012 – 8:18 pm | 31 Comments
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As some of you might know, I’ve been doing a play called Year of the Rabbit at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA for the past couple months. The experience has been more rewarding professionally and personally …

Fun at Bouchercon 2012

October 13, 2012 – 1:07 am | 11 Comments
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Last week was Bouchercon, but it was also my fourth blogoversary. While everyone thought they were attending the world mystery convention, I knew it was really my blogoversary party, where I celebrated with some wonderful …

Nerdy Special List for October 2012

October 12, 2012 – 1:00 pm | 2 Comments
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I’m finally getting this list up because we’ve all been super busy, but it didn’t stop us from reading some good books. Here are our recommendations for this month:
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
I decided …

Book Review: TALKING TO THE DEAD by Harry Bingham

October 10, 2012 – 2:05 am | No Comment
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Despite having loads of fun photos to share from Bouchercon, and wanting to post about something mind-blowing and fantastical that happened to me over the weekend, I just haven’t had any time to write or …

Movie Reviews: PITCH PERFECT and BUTTER

October 3, 2012 – 10:59 pm | 3 Comments
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This Friday, Oct. 5, Pitch Perfect will open wide, and Butter will be in limited release and available as VOD. They both feature highly competitive people attempting to win a title, and both made me …

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