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Mick Herron’s standalone This Is What Happened begins in medias res, with 26-year-old Maggie Barnes hiding in a bathroom in a high-rise building during a dangerous spy mission.
Until recently, she was working in the corporate …

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TV Review: GCB

March 12, 2012 – 12:00 am | 4 Comments
Potts & Bibb

Are y’all watching GCB Sunday nights on ABC? Would it help if I told you it stands for Good Christian Bitches, which was the original title (based on Kim Gatlin’s novel of the same name) …

Adventures in the Real World

March 9, 2012 – 12:21 am | 9 Comments
Mine, ALL MINE!!

I’ve been quiet this week partly because of work (editing Brett Battles’s The Destroyed, among other things), and partly because certain recent events made the Internet explode in anger and ugliness that just wore me …

Winner of Cristina Alger’s THE DARLINGS

March 5, 2012 – 3:15 am | One Comment

The name selected by Random.org was:


Please use this contact form to let me know where you would like Penguin to send the book. If I don’t hear from you by noon on Wednesday, March 7, …

Book Review: BLEED FOR ME by Michael Robotham

March 2, 2012 – 2:20 am | 3 Comments
bleed for me

The novel begins with a diary entry by a girl named Sienna about how she cuts herself because “when i bleed i feel calm and clear-headed. it’s like the poison inside me is dripping out. …

AMERICAN IDOL S11: Top 12 Girls Perform

March 1, 2012 – 12:26 pm | 4 Comments

Once again, guest blogger Poncho breaks down Idol as only he can.—PCN
Before I start bashing the girls, I have to dedicate a little rant to dear ol’ dawg Randy Jackson: Stop with the freaking name …

AMERICAN IDOL S11: Top 13 Guys Perform

February 29, 2012 – 2:13 pm | 7 Comments
j ledet

This post is by guest blogger, Poncho.—PCN
I have to thank PCN for inviting me again for this year’s Idol. Last year was sort of a disappointment but hey, Scotty McCreery’s selling like bread (or cheese, …

On the Road with Hilary Davidson

February 27, 2012 – 10:50 pm | 11 Comments

Award-winning author Hilary Davidson‘s second crime novel, The Next One to Fall, was released on Valentine’s Day to ecstatic reviews, such as the one from Publishers Weekly, which said, “Davidson’s exciting follow-up to her debut, …

Oscars Fashion 2012

February 27, 2012 – 5:04 am | 16 Comments
g paltrow

OK, so you’ve read what I thought were highlights from the show, but what you really want to know about is the fashion, right? Let’s do a rundown of the beautiful, the bad, and the …

84th Academy Awards Highlights

February 27, 2012 – 3:38 am | 4 Comments

When I first heard Billy Crystal named as host this year, I thought it was a very good choice. He’s one of very few hosts who can improvise and riff on unexpected moments that occur …

Movie Discussion: WANDERLUST

February 24, 2012 – 12:05 am | 7 Comments
Rudd, Aniston, and Justin Theroux

My day was a little stressy and funky so by the time I got to the Wanderlust screening, I was ready to laugh. And, boy, did I. The movie, directed by David Wain, is about …

TV Review: AWAKE

February 22, 2012 – 7:50 pm | 10 Comments
awake with rex

After watching the pilot for NBC’s new show, Awake, I’m wondering why it was held for midseason—even the dull The Firm made it on air before this—because it’s an intriguing, intelligent show that gives hope …

Book Giveaway: THE DARLINGS by Cristina Alger

February 20, 2012 – 9:12 pm | 14 Comments
the darlings

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 …

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