Monthly Archives: May 2010

Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane – review

May 31, 2010
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Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane – review

It’s easy for a casual visitor to get lost in the winding streets of Boston, and the same proves true for Akashic Books’ noir anthology, Boston Noir. Dennis Lehane edits this volume of nominally noir short stories — each based in a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts — and his appreciation of the inconclusive and...

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Breaking Bad – “Abiquiu” – Review

May 31, 2010
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Breaking Bad – “Abiquiu” – Review

Tonight’s episode opened with a flashback that referenced Jane’s lipstick-stained cigarette that we saw last week in Jesse’s car ashtray, but the scene also holds the key to all the action that follows it in “Abiquiu.”  The cold open showed Jesse and Jane visiting a Georgia O’Keeffe (who spent a great deal of her...

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Write and Wrong: Questions & Answers

May 29, 2010
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The question of the day is: I know your max word limit for fiction is 5,000 words. is that firm? or are you open to longer stories, say in the 6,000 range? As a complete aside, unless an email comes through saying it was sent from a Blackberry or comparable device with a miniscule...

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40th anniversary of Cotton Comes to Harlem

May 27, 2010
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Thanks to Film Gordon for reminding me that yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the movie Cotton Comes to Harlem based on the Chester Himes book of the same name. I’d love to see a new filmed version of one of the Harlem books. If there was a movie version being filmed today who...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Stagger Lee

May 26, 2010
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Two weeks ago when I wrote about Hey Joe I said that there were at least two songs entered into the crime song hall of fame. The other besides “Hey Joe” is “Stagger Lee”. In terms of song Stagger Lee (and all of various names) is the baddest of the bad. The song “Stagger...

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Examination of a character type: The Driver

May 26, 2010
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This is just a thinking out loud piece rather then a full on analysis. I wanted to take a look at the history of and riff on a recurring character type, The Driver. I have two...

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Justified – “Veterans” – Review

May 26, 2010
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Justified – “Veterans” – Review

Another damn fine episode of Justified, this time seeming to address practically every damn storyline we’ve seen to date.  As an added bonus, there was no time-wasting disposable US Marshal’s office case to be seen for miles in any fucking direction.  You better believe a big ol’ dumbass grin did not leave my face all hour, dear reader....

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Breaking Bad – “Fly” – Review

May 24, 2010
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Breaking Bad – “Fly” – Review

While the world watched ABC to find out that the Lost island was actually located in a retarded kid’s snow globe, AMC put up an episode of Breaking Bad that will probably win this year’s Peabody.  “Fly” was part chamber piece, part slapstick comedy and completely fucking kick ass.  It was also one of...

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Is Lost the greatest shaggy dog story ever told? What a load of cock and bull.

May 23, 2010
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Now that Lost is done its time for the debates to begin. Here’s my quick two cents for what they are worth. I’m writing this 10 hours before the series finale of Lost airs because I think that my thoughts about the series as a whole have largely coalesced regardless of what happens tonight....

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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: A Wee bit of news

May 23, 2010
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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: A Wee bit of news

What’s up, gang? It’s been a busy week around the Rawson homestead and I needed a few days to get my head on straight and finish up some fiction. But it’s Saturday, the daughter is out with the in-laws, the car’s in the shop, so I thought I’d peak my head through the door...

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On Reviewing

May 22, 2010
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If you email us and ask us to review your book, we expect your book to be done. I don’t mean that in some subsequent print run you can’t change a word or correct a typo. But if you send a book asking for a review, and then, because someone else somewhere in the...

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Curmudgeon of Craft takes on CBS’s NO REMORSE

May 22, 2010
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We’re a fan of the late Robert B. Parker, so we tuned into CBS Television Tuesday night to watch Tom Selleck portray Parker’s Jesse Stone. The episode was called No Remorse, but we had plenty for watching it. Two hours wasted. Selleck, Mr. Magnum P.I. (a show we loved), is too old to be...

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The Good Guys “Pilot’ – review

May 19, 2010
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The Good Guys “Pilot’ – review

After watching the first episode of The Good Guys my thumb nail opinion is that it was pretty fucking hilarious. My thumbnail criticism is that while the central conceit was funny on so many levels I don’t know if it is enough to sustain for a whole season. The central conceit is that Bradley...

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Review: THE GOOD GUYS

May 19, 2010
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I can’t remember the last time I actually watched a series premiere on TV. Too many great shows have been canceled in the television equivalent of a blink of an eye, without a chance to really gain the following that’s out there for them. However, I couldn’t resist checking out the debut of The...

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The Psychopaths of Charles Willeford’s Shark Infested Custard

May 19, 2010
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The Psychopaths of Charles Willeford’s Shark Infested Custard

By Sheila O’Malley ***...

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Justified – “The Hammer” – Review

May 19, 2010
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Justified – “The Hammer” – Review

A relatively quiet, decidedly slower-paced (!) episode of Justified this week.  One could argue that “The Hammer” is about as close to a “character study” episode as we’re likely to ever get out of the show, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some ‘splosions and car crashes thrown in the mix as well –...

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A Quiet Belief in Angels by R J Ellory – review

May 18, 2010
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A Quiet Belief in Angels by R J Ellory – review

The book that I had read prior to reading A Quiet Belief in Angels was an all tell thriller that frustrated me to no end. So when I read the opening lines I fell into it with ease as an antidote to that which I had just read. Sentences to swim in was what...

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Killer by Dave Zeltserman – Review

May 17, 2010
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Killer by Dave Zeltserman – Review

Killer is the story of Leonard March, a former hitman for Boston mob boss Sal Lombard.  In 1993 he ratted on Lombard in return for a reduced sentence of fourteen years in prison instead of life.  Now he’s been released an old man with no family, friends or money, nothing but a shitty apartment...

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Breaking Bad – “Kafkaesque” – Review

May 17, 2010
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Breaking Bad – “Kafkaesque” – Review

This week found our characters trying to take back control of their lives.  The methods we saw were varied as hell and often defeating, but this particularly bleak episode played out like a classic Sopranos “suburbs family not mob family” episode.  In addition to the excellent character shit at work in “Kafkaesque” we got a couple of...

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Nick Mamatas takes on (out?) Lee Child

May 16, 2010
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On an Australian TV show, thriller writer Lee Child suggested that writers such as Ian McEwan and other “literary” sorts are terribly jealous of commercial novelists like himself because “they know in their heart that we could write their books but they cannot write our books.” He further suggested that he could write a...

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