Category: Reviews

Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

Perhaps the most devastating, heinous, and heartbreaking story of my lifetime is the decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church. The idea that an organization would fail to root out a cadre of pedophiles preying upon its own flock is inexcusable. But when that organization purposely ignores the problem, making it even worse … Continue reading Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

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Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

If you’ve hung around my dingy corner of the Internet for any amount of time, you know that Lawrence Block is one of my favorite writers (click here to see me get all gushy about the man, as well as to read my review of his hilarious novel, Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man). … Continue reading Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

A quick tangent before getting to the reviews… Readers of the blog have heard me lament the fact that book reviews are the worst performing posts on the site. From a content perspective, I couldn’t care less: I’m still going to write the damned reviews. But, on some level, I suppose it makes me sad … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

Hello, friends, and welcome back for another set of reviews about Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series. In the first installment of “All McBain, All the Time,” I offered a brief introduction as to why I enjoy the author's writing, then followed that up by reviewing three of the 87th Precinct books. If you’d like to … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

Review of Joe Hill’s Strange Weather

Review of Joe Hill’s Strange Weather

I first came across Joe Hill’s writing via a 2005 Subterranean Press chapbook entitled Voluntary Committal. At the time, Hill was a relative unknown in the genre, so I don’t know how the book ever showed up on my radar. Regardless, I bought it, read it, and was blown away. It was easily one of … Continue reading Review of Joe Hill’s Strange Weather

All McBain, All the Time

All McBain, All the Time

Readers of this site know my affinity for Ed McBain, specifically his series of police-procedural novels set in the 87th Precinct. Late last year, during a review of a Lawrence Block book entitled Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man, I said McBain would be on my Mount Rushmore of favorite writers. In fact, after … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time

Review of The Wolf’s Hour by Robert McCammon

Review of The Wolf’s Hour by Robert McCammon

Have you ever read a book synopsis that sounded so absurd you couldn’t bring yourself to try the finished product, even if it was written by a favorite author? With all due respect to Robert McCammon – whose work I love – I felt this way about The Wolf’s Hour when I first heard about … Continue reading Review of The Wolf’s Hour by Robert McCammon