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MYSTERY TIMES TEN 2011

July 25, 2011 – 1:56 am | 30 Comments
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I must start with a disclaimer: My parents taught me and my siblings to be humble. They told us to dream big, do our best, then shut up about it. No one likes people who …

Movie Review: FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

July 22, 2011 – 12:06 am | 4 Comments
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Justin Timberlake’s character, Dylan, has an impediment that prevents him from doing simple math, i.e. he thinks 6×3=92. But it doesn’t take someone with a math problem to see that Friends with Benefits, despite a …

Harry Potter and the Unsung Hero

July 20, 2011 – 10:46 pm | 18 Comments
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With the release of the final Harry Potter movie last Friday, millions have been saying goodbye to our beloved wizard friends and, for some, to their entire childhood. I was a lot older than school …

Book Review: Rebecca Cantrell’s A GAME OF LIES

July 18, 2011 – 1:31 am | 4 Comments
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I wanted to write about Harry Potter but got completely slammed this weekend with deadlines for various projects so I’ll just reprint, with permission, my Shelf Awareness review in case you missed it in Friday’s …

Summer Survey: Favorite Reading Spot

July 14, 2011 – 9:26 pm | 8 Comments
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As we head into the weekend with our Friday reads (have you shared yours on Twitter yet?), I’m already daydreaming about how many books I’ll get to complete and where I’ll be reading them. In …

Book Review: YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD CRIMINAL by Michael Van Rooy

July 13, 2011 – 9:24 pm | 7 Comments
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This is by Eric Edwards, my friendly neighborhood contributing reviewer.—PCN
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Ever try to quit something you know is bad for you, but it feels so instinctive it’d almost be wrong not to do it? That’s the …

Quick Movie Notes

July 11, 2011 – 10:58 pm | 4 Comments
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Here’s the first poster for The Dark Knight Rises. It’s clever in that Magic Eye way, which, come to think of it, I was never good at. But I figured out the trick in this …

Royal Memories

July 10, 2011 – 10:25 pm | 6 Comments
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I’m not a huge royals watcher but it’s funny how British princes keep following me around whenever they make their first official visits to the U.S. after marrying their lovely young wives. As you and …

Nerdy Recycling

July 6, 2011 – 10:52 pm | 5 Comments
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I’m copyediting a couple of manuscripts right now (Brett Battles’s Becoming Quinn is in da house!) and sleeping showering blogging time is a little scarce. So, I’m posting a link to a piece I did …

Pop Culture Binge

July 5, 2011 – 3:32 am | 4 Comments
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In addition to ingesting about two pounds of pasta salad, 3 bags of chips, 12 Popsicles, and 37 chicken wings over the long weekend, I also consumed a lot of pop culture stuff. Here’s a …

THE VOICE Wrap-up

June 30, 2011 – 1:30 am | 15 Comments
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I went into the results show thinking I’d be okay if either Javier Colon or Dia Frampton won, because he has the best voice and she is most mesmerizing while performing. After his audition with …

Winners of Karin Slaughter’s FALLEN

June 29, 2011 – 10:00 pm |

My two randomly selected winners are:

Lisa
Eddy

You will each get a copy of Karin Slaughter’s terrific Fallen if you claim it by noon PST on Saturday, July 2.

Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn’t …