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August 14, 2014 – 8:38 pm |

The Giver, adapted from Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning novel, opens in black and white, with best friends Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), Fiona (Odeya Rush), and Asher (Cameron Monaghan) living in a dystopian community free of strife. Every …

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Golden Globes 2014: A Few Thoughts & Fashion

January 12, 2014 – 10:54 pm | 7 Comments
Golden Globes 2014: A Few Thoughts & Fashion

I enjoy the Golden Globes every year because it’s the first show of the season so awards fatigue hasn’t set in yet, and because the stars can eat and drink there, crazy things happen.
Jacqueline Bisset …

Book Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

January 9, 2014 – 9:20 pm | 20 Comments
Book Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

Hello, dear PCN readers, are you still there?
In case anyone noticed, I have been away for a while, not just from this blog but from home. I spent the last 6 weeks of 2013 on …

A Peek Inside J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S.

October 29, 2013 – 8:15 am | 2 Comments
A Peek Inside J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S.

Some of you may have heard about the book called S. that J.J. Abrams collaborated on with Doug Dorst. Abrams came up with the idea and Dorst wrote it.
According to the press release, Abrams saw …

Movie Review: ALL IS LOST

October 27, 2013 – 12:51 pm | 3 Comments
Movie Review: ALL IS LOST

Robert Redford stars in a one-person show as a man whose boat (and radio equipment) is incapacitated somewhere in the Indian Ocean and he struggles for 8 days to find land.
If you think that plotline …

Book Review—BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding

October 24, 2013 – 11:38 pm | 6 Comments
Book Review—BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding

I really hated starting this book after I’d seen Entertainment Weekly‘s major plot spoiler in a headline on its homepage, with no spoiler alert or option to have the spoiler revealed only to readers who …

Book Review: THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver

October 17, 2013 – 11:48 pm |
Book Review: THE OCTOBER LIST by Jeffery Deaver

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
In the foreword to The October List (or is it the afterword, since it’s at the back of the book?), Jeffery Deaver explains …

Hanging at the White House

October 10, 2013 – 12:30 am | 8 Comments
Hanging at the White House

If you’re a long-time PCN reader, you’re probably familiar with my niece Aline Dolinh, who has contributed reviews of books, movies, and even plays. Four years ago, she and her sister, Mena, reported on their …

Nerdy Special List October 2013

October 6, 2013 – 7:45 pm | One Comment
Nerdy Special List October 2013

October is here, which means Valentine’s Day decorations should be going up soon. This year has flown! Hope you’re enjoying the fall weather, though it’s 87 degrees outside as I write this. I try to …

Movie Review: GRAVITY

October 3, 2013 – 11:13 pm | 23 Comments
Movie Review: GRAVITY

Movie awards season is finally here, which means the studios are holding screenings all over town, pushing their contenders for the Oscars and the plethora of other awards. This week I went to two screenings, …

Book Review: NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

September 17, 2013 – 11:59 pm | 8 Comments
Book Review: NEVER GO BACK by Lee Child

This review appeared last week in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
After trying for several books to get to Virginia, Jack Reacher finally makes it there in Lee Child’s Never Go …

Book Review: THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes

September 6, 2013 – 12:17 am |
Book Review: THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes

This review appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers last week, and is reprinted here with permission.
Jojo Moyes follows her word-of-mouth hit Me Before You (one of my top three 2012 reads) with The Girl You Left Behind, a …

Nerdy Special List September 2013

September 3, 2013 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
Nerdy Special List September 2013

September is finally here, which makes me happy, because fall is one of my favorite seasons, though it’s been ridiculously hot, so I may have to wish winter would hurry.
It didn’t help at all that …

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