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August 7, 2017 – 1:37 am | 7 Comments

Summer is almost over and I’m relieved because I’m melting. But I’ve had more excellent reads this summer than I did in the past few years, and many of the standout books are August releases.
Here are our recommendations this …

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Headed for Hogwarts: Experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

March 28, 2016 – 12:20 am | 4 Comments
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The new Wizarding World of Happy Potter isn’t officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood until April 7, but Mr. PCN and I received invitations to take an early peek this past weekend. (We’re not that special; …

Movie Review: BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

March 25, 2016 – 12:00 am | 4 Comments
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When I was a kid—heck, even now—nothing much could get me out of bed early on a Saturday morning. If something could, it was a BIG DEAL.
And so it was, the show Super Friends, which …

How HAMILTON Lets Me Be a Part of the Narrative

March 13, 2016 – 7:00 pm | 4 Comments
With writer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda, cast member Daveed Diggs, and other National Student Poets

The following piece is by my niece and contributor, Aline Dolinh, who’s starting college this fall. Whaaaaat? Remember when she was 12 years old and contributing book and theatre reviews to PCN? But I digress. Read …

Nerdy Special List March 2016

March 8, 2016 – 1:51 am | 2 Comments
jane steele

So…it’s been an interesting month. For the past several weeks, I’ve been traveling a lot—all over California, into Nevada, and down under to Australia. Some of it was work-related, some not, but none of it was …

Book Review: THE SHUT EYE by Belinda Bauer

February 10, 2016 – 8:20 pm | 4 Comments
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Detective Chief Inspector John Marvel is obsessed with the disappearance of 12-year-old Edie Evans, who went missing more than a year earlier while riding her bike, but Marvel’s boss, the superintendent, wants the detective to …

Nerdy Special List February 2016

February 7, 2016 – 9:18 pm | 8 Comments
back blast

I’m baaack!
I’ll wait until all 3 of you are done thinking, “Wait, she went somewhere?”
This past month was challenging because Mr. PCN had surgery, but he’s well on his way to recovery so life has returned …

Thoughts on the 73rd Golden Globes

January 10, 2016 – 11:02 pm | 5 Comments
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This was one of the weirder Golden Globes ceremonies in recent memory. Sylvester Stallone winning best supporting actor in a motion picture for Creed? Lady Gaga is the best lead actress in a limited series for American …

Q & A with Robert Crais

January 8, 2016 – 12:26 am | 8 Comments
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After a long wait for readers, Robert Crais released The Promise last November. I pounced on it like it was the last piece of bacon post-apocalypse. It’s billed as an Elvis and Joe novel but …

Nerdy Special List January 2016

January 5, 2016 – 11:23 pm | 5 Comments
even dogs in the wild

Happy 2016! Hope your holidays were beautiful and full of things that made you all fuzzy inside. Or on the outside, if that’s your preference. I don’t judge.
I had a wonderful time with family, mooching …

An INSIDE OUT Christmas

December 14, 2015 – 8:31 pm | 5 Comments
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This past weekend I attended my friend Mari’s annual holiday theme party. Long-time PCN readers might remember her incredible Harry Potter party and the Dr. Seuss one, among others. This year’s theme was:

In case you don’t …

Mini Movie Reviews: More Based-on-True-Events Fare

December 8, 2015 – 10:04 pm | 4 Comments
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As I mentioned in a previous post, many of this year’s award contenders are about real people and based on real events. After reviewing Trumbo, Steve Jobs, and The Danish Girl, here are my thoughts …

Nerdy Special List Year-End Edition

December 7, 2015 – 12:42 am | 3 Comments
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Instead of a December list, I thought I’d post a list featuring outstanding books from any month this year, titles that weren’t on previous lists because we didn’t read them before pub date or whatever other reason. This isn’t a best-of or …

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