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The SAG Awards may have a lower profile than the Golden Globes and the Oscars, but it’s the most personal awards show for me because I get to vote for the winners.
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Book Giveaway: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger

February 20, 2012 – 9:12 pm | 14 Comments
Book Giveaway: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger

Thanks to Lindsay at Pamela Dorman/Penguin, I get to give away one copy of Cristina Alger’s timely new novel, The Darlings (I’m still reading it so a review will come later). Here’s the description from …

Book Review: ALI IN WONDERLAND by Ali Wentworth

February 16, 2012 – 11:40 pm | 3 Comments
Book Review: ALI IN WONDERLAND by Ali Wentworth

Ali Wentworth, also known as the actress /comedienne/Oprah correspondent Alexandra Wentworth, adds author to her resume with a collection of stories about growing up in D.C. as the daughter of a journalist father and mother …

REVENGE: Chaos, Indeed

February 16, 2012 – 12:42 am | 6 Comments
REVENGE: Chaos, Indeed

*SPOILERS AHEAD*
After all the buildup, the big episode, titled “Chaos,” finally arrived, showing us who got shot in the pilot episode. I refused to believe it was Daniel because, well, this isn’t MI-5 so producers …

Book Review: NIGHT ROUNDS by Helene Tursten

February 13, 2012 – 12:50 am | 4 Comments
Book Review: NIGHT ROUNDS by Helene Tursten

Despite the title and the fact much of this novel concerns nocturnal activities, I wouldn’t recommend reading Helene Tursten’s Night Rounds (Soho Crime, Feb. 14) at night if you’re afraid of ghosts. As I went …

Whitney Houston 1963-2012

February 11, 2012 – 5:50 pm | 11 Comments
Whitney Houston 1963-2012

I was a radio DJ at a top 40 station in 1985 when a single by a new singer named Whitney Houston was added to the rotation. I was told she was …

Book Review: DRIFTING HOUSE by Krys Lee

February 9, 2012 – 1:11 pm | One Comment
Book Review: DRIFTING HOUSE by Krys Lee

This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of the literary webzine Da Mau.
With nine cinematic, well-crafted stories, Krys Lee’s debut collection literally takes your breath away in its unflinching portrayal of displacement. Almost all …

Book Review: DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay

February 7, 2012 – 11:47 pm | 5 Comments
Book Review: DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay

I originally reviewed this for Shelf Awareness. It’s reprinted here with permission.
When Assistant D.A. Andy Barber gets a case involving a murdered boy who’s a classmate of his son’s, there are gripes about conflict of …

Official THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Trailer

February 7, 2012 – 12:28 am | 4 Comments
Official THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Trailer

The official trailer is here. Can’t tell how good Andrew Garfield will be, or how much Emma Stone will get to do, but I’m still going to be among those first in line.
What do you …

In Search of a Good Character Name

February 6, 2012 – 6:37 pm | 18 Comments
In Search of a Good Character Name

I recently read three crime novels in which the character names were so over the top that they kept distracting me from the story. I couldn’t focus every time the ridiculous monikers came up because …

THE VOICE Returns

February 6, 2012 – 12:05 am | 5 Comments
THE VOICE Returns

While most people were excited about the Super Bowl, I was more looking forward to the return of The Voice, the singing competition I might abandon American Idol for after the latter’s lackluster season last …

TV Review: SMASH

February 2, 2012 – 10:05 pm | 9 Comments
TV Review: SMASH

Yeah, yeah, it’s exec produced by Steven Spielberg, stars Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing, has big musical numbers…but is it any good? Well, it’s technically impressive, but after finishing the pilot episode of Smash (premiering Monday, …

Winners of Elvis Cole Detective Agency Business Cards

February 2, 2012 – 12:12 am | 8 Comments
Winners of Elvis Cole Detective Agency Business Cards

I entered everyone’s names into Random.org and it selected the following 5 to receive an Elvis Cole Detective Agency business card signed by Elvis’s and Joe Pike’s creator, Robert Crais:
Rich Miner
Shell Sherree
Kelly V
Paulette
Rhonda Hicks
Congrats! Please …

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