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)
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)
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
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
Has it really been over a month since I sat down at the keyboard and knocked out a blog post? Well…yes and no. I actually have five essays – count ‘em, five! – that I started but haven’t finished. I also have a couple more that are fighting to come out. So what’s the problem? … Continue reading Where’ve You Been, Man?!
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
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