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AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 6 Sing Carole King

April 28, 2011 – 12:37 am | 3 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 6 Sing Carole King

by Poncho
This week’s theme was Carole King’s songbook, and I have to say CK was good for most of these kids. The night was kind of boring, though, except for a few “highlights” now and …

Movie Review: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

April 26, 2011 – 11:29 pm | 14 Comments
Movie Review: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

It’s always hard for me to write a review for something that I neither loved nor loathed. Such is the case for the movie adaptation of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants (which I haven’t read), …

Book Review: THE INFORMATIONIST by Taylor Stevens

April 21, 2011 – 10:08 pm | 7 Comments
Book Review: THE INFORMATIONIST by Taylor Stevens

One of the reasons I love to read is to educate myself. There are books that entertain and examine the human condition and tell great stories but sometimes I’m attracted to something simply because it …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 7 in the 21st Century

April 21, 2011 – 12:03 am | 3 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 7 in the 21st Century

by Poncho
I’ll be the first to admit this episode was much more interesting than the last. The premise by itself, “Songs of the 21st Century”, made me smile a little, because this was the first …

Book Review: Tina Fey’s BOSSYPANTS

April 17, 2011 – 10:43 pm | 13 Comments
Book Review: Tina Fey’s BOSSYPANTS

Tina Fey’s essays on everything from girlhood rites of passage (such as “men-stru-hating”) to her days at Saturday Night Live and her struggles as a working mom are laugh-out-loud funny, but many of the details …

Book Review: Marcia Clark’s GUILT BY ASSOCIATION

April 15, 2011 – 4:14 am | 6 Comments
Book Review: Marcia Clark’s GUILT BY ASSOCIATION

Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Marcia Clark acquits herself nicely in her debut novel, Guilt by Association (April 20), which is also the first title out of the gate for Mulholland Books, the new …

Hot Trailers: COWBOYS & ALIENS, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

April 15, 2011 – 12:29 am | 10 Comments
Hot Trailers: COWBOYS & ALIENS, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

In case you weren’t watching the American Idol results show last night, the second Cowboys & Aliens trailer premiered and the movie, opening July 29, continues to look gooood. I can’t embed the video but …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 8 Perform Movie Songs

April 13, 2011 – 10:18 pm | 3 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 8 Perform Movie Songs

Poncho is back to get all up in Idol business, which he’ll be doing until a new champion is crowned.—PCN
This week, we’re missing one great vocalist with no sense of showmanship, and left with eight …

Winners of Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

April 13, 2011 – 9:45 pm |
Winners of Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

My two randomly selected winners are:

Nora
Kathy P

Congrats! You each will receive an ARC from Viking, so please give me your address via this contact form. If I don’t hear from you by Saturday, April 16, …

WRITE MORE GOOD

April 10, 2011 – 11:48 pm | 10 Comments
WRITE MORE GOOD

Some of you might know I freelance as an editor (I’m working on a fantastic manuscript right now), which requires me to be familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook.  …

Book Giveaway: Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

April 7, 2011 – 11:47 pm | 9 Comments
Book Giveaway: Geraldine Brooks’s CALEB’S CROSSING

Thanks to the generous folks at Viking, I get to give away two galleys of Geraldine Brooks’s latest novel, Caleb’s Crossing. Brooks is the Pulitzer-winning author of March and People of the Book.
Here’s the description …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 9 Rock Out

April 7, 2011 – 10:22 am | 9 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 9 Rock Out

This post is by guest blogger Poncho, an expert on AI and many things pop culture.—PCN
Even with the theme being “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,” the episode had little rock and less roll. …

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