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I was in a bad reading slump recently. Picked up six novels and put them all back down after reading only the opening paragraphs. Nothing pulled me into its world, or introduced me to characters I …

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Book Review: DRIFTING HOUSE by Krys Lee

February 9, 2012 – 1:11 pm | One Comment
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 …

World Book Night 2012

February 1, 2012 – 8:56 am | 3 Comments
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You’ve probably heard/read a lot about the World Book Night that’s happening on April 23. It’s an event involving volunteer givers who will go out into their communities and give away 20 copies of a …

Book Review: THE RETRIBUTION by Val McDermid

January 30, 2012 – 9:20 pm | 5 Comments
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This originally ran in Shelf Awareness and is reprinted here with permission.
For her seventh thriller featuring profiler Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, Val McDermid unleases not one but two serial killers. …

Reactions to SAG Awards 2012 & Fashion Roundup

January 29, 2012 – 10:18 pm | 3 Comments
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Wow, I was bored throughout this show, despite the fact it’s produced by my union and I got to vote for the awards. I can’t even do a best & worst list because the show …

PCN’s Banished Words

January 26, 2012 – 10:06 pm | 42 Comments
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At the start of the year, Lake Superior State University published its annual list of words and phrases it feels should be banished. I perused the list and found that several are not that offensive. …

Academy Award Nominations 2012

January 24, 2012 – 1:55 pm | 21 Comments
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I’m sure you’ve heard the nominations so I’ll just share some of my reactions to them. For the most part, I like the nominees but of course, there were a few omissions I wasn’t happy …

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