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January 2014

Book Review: THE LAST DEAD GIRL by Harry Dolan

This originally ran as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.

When she’s murdered, he wants to find out why, and discovers the cause may have something to do with her work with the Innocence Project, which involved  trying to free a man convicted of killing his wife. Following her footsteps, Malone digs up old, terrifying secrets and puts himself in the crosshairs of Jana’s killer.

One of Dolan’s gifts is creating capricious and flawed characters who are nevertheless sympathetic. Jana is so well fleshed out and her life so tragic, her death is deeply felt. The tale is told in a nonlinear manner, with time jumps and interludes, but the style is effective because it allows Dolan to keep shocking truths hidden until they’re ready to be revealed.

Nerd verdict: Dark but vibrant Dead Girl

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Golden Globes 2014: A Few Thoughts & Fashion

20140113-030724.jpgI enjoy the Golden Globes every year because it’s the first show of the season so awards fatigue hasn’t set in yet, and because the stars can eat and drink there, crazy things happen.

Jacqueline Bisset provided the night’s first bit of wacky business, with an incoherent, rambling speech after she won best actress in a miniseries for Dancing on the Edge. She took really long pauses, let expletives fly, and completely ignored the band trying to play her off by continuing way past her allotted time.

Bisset said she couldn’t believe she’d won so perhaps she was simply unprepared to make a speech. There were a few other surprises, including Matthew McConnaughey for best dramatic movie actor (Dallas Buyers Club), Amy Adams (American Hustle) triumphing over Meryl Streep in the best comedy movie actress category, Robin Wright for best dramatic TV actress (House of Cards), Amy Poehler finally winning best TV comedy actress (Parks and Recreation), Andy Samberg for best comedic TV actor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Samberg’s series winning for best TV comedy.

The more predictable winners included 12 Years a Slave for best dramatic movie, American Hustle for best comedy movie, Jared Leto for best supporting movie actor for Dallas Buyers Club, and Cate Blanchett for best dramatic movie actress for Blue Jasmine. She’s unstoppable at this point on her way to the Oscar. Here’s a complete list of winners.

Tina Fey and Poehler were fun hosts, as expected. I think their best joke of the evening had to be:

**Gravity spoiler alert!**


“It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away and die than spend another minute with a woman his own age.”


**End spoiler**

You can read some of their other jokes here.

What I really want to discuss, though, is the fashion. And since Mr. PCN has proven to be popular with his commentary in the past, I asked him to once again chime in with his opinions on this year’s red carpet.

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Mr. PCN: I’ve got nothing bad to say about her. Ever.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Mr. PCN: It looks like the red carpet swallowed her legs.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

PCN: Sexy and slashy. I think Wolverine just gave her a bear hug.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

rocket popsicle

Mr. PCN: She looks like one of those rocket popsicles we used to eat when we were kids. Wait, rocket—and her movie was named Gravity. Coincidence?

jennifer lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Mr. PCN: For Halloween, I used to make ghosts out of tissue paper and rubber bands when I was in elementary school. They never turned out well and neither did this dress.

zoe saldana

Zoe Saldana

Mr. PCN: She shouldn’t be walking the red carpet in this. More like the walk of shame.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

(Long pause, so I prompt him.)

PCN: The color is bright, right?

Mr. PCN: And that’s about the only nice thing you can say about this. Next.


Julie Roberts

Mr. PCN: When she’s done with acting, she can go back to the secretarial pool.

julie bowen

Julie Bowen

PCN: Velour done right…

j. lange

Jessica Lange

PCN:…and when it turns bad.


Drew Barrymore

PCN: It looks like she fell into her kid’s arts and crafts project and didn’t brush herself off.

My friend Dan (who was also at the viewing party): Or she fell down at [the arts supply store] Michael’s.

emma watson

Emma Watson

PCN: She needs a transformation spell to turn this into something attractive.

Mr. PCN: The outfit that should not be named.

And finally, my favorite gown of the evening, hands down:


Lupita Nyong’o


Which were your favorites?

Photos: Getty images


Book Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

suspectHello, dear PCN readers, are you still there?

In case anyone noticed, I have been away for a while, not just from this blog but from home. I spent the last 6 weeks of 2013 on the East Coast visiting different family members, eating extremely well (my daddy can cook!), but also freezing my buns off, which counteracted any weight gain from aforementioned delicious food.

While traveling, I stayed away from blogging and almost all social media activity, and found myself not missing it at all. I loved the real life that was happening: face-to-face conversations, laughter over late-night coffee in my parents’ kitchen, birthday celebrations, actual hugs, and snuggling with my cute-beyond-words niece/goddaughter. But I can’t mooch free food off relatives forever, and my toes threatened to fall off due to frostbite, so it’s back home and back to business.

I’m starting off the year with a giveaway of one of my favorite books from last year, Suspect by Robert Crais. The paperback was released this past Tuesday, and the kind folks at Berkley are allowing me to give away two copies of the paperback to PCN readers. Enter by leaving a comment below, telling me something you suspect will happen for you this year. As usual, lies are accepted; this rule is simply to make comments/entries interesting.

Giveaway ends Friday, January 17, 9 p.m. PST. Winners will be randomly selected and have 48 hours to claim prize before alternate winners are chosen. US addresses only, please. Good luck!