Category: Books

The Best of 2017

The Best of 2017

Well, 2017 is in the rearview mirror, and what a year it was: the introduction of a divisive president; a rash of deadly shootings, including the atrocity in Las Vegas; myriad high-profile stories about sexual harassment and improprieties by men against women; deadly hurricanes that devastated the southern states; and on and on. While each … Continue reading The Best of 2017

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Review of Lawrence Block’s Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man

Review of Lawrence Block’s Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man

If I was asked to recreate Mount Rushmore using the faces of my four favorite authors, the monument would include Stephen King (no introduction needed), Ed McBain (prolific writer of crime fiction, best known for his 87th Precinct police procedurals), Joe Abercrombie (the best fantasy writer working today; yes, even better than George R. R. … Continue reading Review of Lawrence Block’s Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man

Why Do You Like That Stuff?!

Why Do You Like That Stuff?!

The official movie trailer for Part One of Stephen King's IT came out within the last couple weeks. Have a looksie, if you haven't already: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKJmEC5ieOk After viewing it, I immediately reposted the trailer to my mom's Facebook page, telling her to mark her calendar for dinner-and-a-movie night. Soon after, people started commenting about how … Continue reading Why Do You Like That Stuff?!

All Pronzini, All the Time

All Pronzini, All the Time

Bill Pronzini, award-winning author who has written across numerous genres, has been churning out top-notch fiction for over forty-five years. While many of his standalone novels are fantastic (my favorite of which is The Crimes of Jordan Wise, which I reviewed here many moons ago. Run out and read it now, if you haven’t already; … Continue reading All Pronzini, All the Time

Book Review of Mindy Mejia’s Everything You Want Me to Be

Book Review of Mindy Mejia’s Everything You Want Me to Be

Fresh off my post about happenstance comes another bit of randomness that I was happy to experience… A few months back I was slogging through my evening commute. With one hour and forty-five minutes of drive-time awaiting me, I was trying to find a way to pass the time. Normally I would have an audiobook … Continue reading Book Review of Mindy Mejia’s Everything You Want Me to Be

Number Forty-Five: Review of Stephen King’s END OF WATCH

Number Forty-Five: Review of Stephen King’s END OF WATCH

[**NOTE**  Minor spoilers are used in this review.  I don't believe they will ruin your reading experience if you haven't gotten to any or all of the books in the trilogy, but if you prefer going into material with absolutely no spoilers, you may not want to proceed.] Readers of this site know that I'm … Continue reading Number Forty-Five: Review of Stephen King’s END OF WATCH

Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi

Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi

I have a confession to make in regard to Ray Garton: he scares the shit out of me, and I mean that with the utmost respect and admiration. As a fan of horror and suspense novels, this is hard to come by these days. Lord knows Stephen King has given me some sleepless nights over … Continue reading Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi