Monthly Archives: July 2010

My fourth birthday as a reviewer

July 31, 2010
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Today is my fourth birthday as an online reviewer. On July 31st 2006 my first online review was published. I started out as a mystery/crime reviewer on a site that mainly covered SF/F. I think this is worth noting up front. It helps to explain some of my older reviews. To date I’ve written...

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Julie Compton: THE DEMISE OF THE ACCIDENTAL READER?

July 30, 2010
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Julie Compton:  THE DEMISE OF THE ACCIDENTAL READER?

I don’t think I’m a Luddite. I embrace most technologies as soon as they come onto the scene. I own a first generation Kindle, and though it hasn’t come close to replacing print books in my house, I use it quite often and appreciate its conveniences. In fact, it’s the only thing keeping me...

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Gary Phillips–Interview

July 30, 2010
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Gary Phillips–Interview

Gary Phillips is like your favorite uncle. He’s the guy with the quick joke, the great story about your mom crushing over some boy in high school, the guy pulling quarters from behind the ears of star struck toddlers wandering around family gatherings. The difference between your favorite uncle and Phillips, though, is all...

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Detectives Inc. by Don McGregor, Marshall Rogers & Gene Colan – review

July 30, 2010
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Detectives Inc. by Don McGregor, Marshall Rogers & Gene Colan – review

From a historical perspective Detectives Inc. is a true classic of the genre and the medium. Don McGregor wrote one of the original graphic novels that was written and marketed exclusively for the Direct Market. Detectives Inc. collects A Remembrance of Threatening Green which was originally published in 1980 and A Terror Of Dying...

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Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon – Just thinking out loud

July 29, 2010
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Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon – Just thinking out loud

When we talk of crime fiction we often talk of fiction that deals with crime in two main guises. Violence in extremis like murder, rape, assault or schemes of theft like robberies, B&E’s, bank robberies. These extreme acts of crime lend themselves to a certain level of escapism. We are not murderers, or thieves;...

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Carl Hiaasen on Today show discussing Star Island

July 28, 2010
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Earlier today Carl Hiaasen was on The Today Show discussing his new novel Star Island. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in...

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Haiku by Andrew Vachss – review

July 28, 2010
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Haiku by Andrew Vachss – review

I had been wanting to read this book anyway but the reason I started was because the chapters were short. You see it was during the great blizzard dig out of ’09 a few months back and in between all of the shoveling and other stuff I wanted a book that would be kind...

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Sandra Parshall: AN UNDISTORTED LENS

July 27, 2010
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Sandra Parshall:  AN UNDISTORTED LENS

The first time I used impoverished southern mountain people in a (never published) novel, years ago, I quickly realized that a lot of readers see them through a distorted lens and expect writers to present characters that conform to stereotypes. One member of the critique group I was in at the time urged me...

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The Chill by Jason Starr – review

July 27, 2010
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The Chill by Jason Starr – review

I’m going to bloviate for a quick minute. In 1968 and 1970 Van Morrison released Astral Weeks and Moondance. These two early albums, each with radically different sounds, would come to define his whole career. Every successive album, it could be argued, would either fit into one mode or the other. So what the...

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Link for the day

July 26, 2010
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Seriously, just go read the whole thing NETWORK NOTES: We don’t like the detective very much here. He doesn’t stop the bad guy, has no plan, and at the end sort of just puffs after him yelling like an idiot. ME: It’s real. It’s what really happens when people are confronted with these types...

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Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido – review

July 26, 2010
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Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido – review

Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales (writer) and Juanjo Guarnido (artist) is a series of French market noir/hardboiled/PI graphic novels that feature anthropomorphic animals as characters. Somewhere Within the Shadows was originally published in 2000; Arctic Nation was originally published in 2003; Red Soul was originally published in 2005. This edition contains all three of...

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Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon – review

July 24, 2010
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Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon – review

Readers of Thomas Pynchon novels in the past usually were left wondering about the mysteries of the plots and their characters. So it is time that the author turned his attention to the mystery genre. And while this novel somehow is classified as a mystery, featuring a psychedelic PI, Larry Sportello, a/k/a Doc, it...

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Friday’s Forgotten to do list

July 23, 2010
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Over the years, at my old blog, BSC and here at Spinetingler, I’ve been an infrequent contributor to Patti Abbott’s long running Friday’s Forgotten Books series. I’ve been trying to do more of these posts this year though still not as much as I’d like. I’ve got a stack of books here that I’ve...

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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

July 22, 2010
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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

One of the books that I’ve been looking forward to reading the most this year was Pike by Benjamin Whitmer. It seems that the PM Press folks are running a bit behind schedule with getting their books out on time this year (all speculation btw nothing confirmed) so when the release date of July...

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Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela Choi – review

July 21, 2010
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Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela Choi – review

When you read the first chapter of Hello Kitty Must Die you are struck by three things: 1) the audacity of it 2) the voice of the protagonist 3) that you must have more of it. The voice is casual and conversational but never lazy. It is distinctive and very funny. The whole of...

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Frank Bill is Bookless no more

July 20, 2010
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I’ve said it before and I’ll happily say it again. We love it when a member of the Bookless leaves that title behind forever. Earlier today Stacia Decker tweeted: I’m pleased to announce that Frank Bill’s DONNYBROOK and CRIMES OF SOUTHERN INDIANA will be published by FSG! Big congrats to Frank Bill! Brian LindenmuthBrian...

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Rabid Child by Pete Risley – Review

July 20, 2010
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Rabid Child by Pete Risley – Review

Basement crazies of internetland: the Nerd is happy as a pig in shit to announce the arrival of a fresh, incredibly fucked up new voice in psycho noir.  From New Pulp Press, the guys behind the similarly deranged The Disassembled Man by Nate Flexer, comes Rabid Child, the debut novel of Pete Risley.  And believe...

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From Away by David Carkeet – review

July 20, 2010
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From Away by David Carkeet – review

From Away by David Carkeet is one of the more interesting crime novels that I’ve read this year. I call it a crime novel (and it is one) because solving the mystery, to the extent there is one, isn’t the thing but some of the crimes that we are talking about here are on...

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A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic – review

July 19, 2010
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A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic – review

A Thousand Cuts was published in the US as Rupture A Thousand Cuts is a thoughtful condemnation of the institutions and people that condone bullying and an examination of the aftermath of a school shooting that comes as a result of bullying wrapped in a crime novel. In a show of restraint the more...

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A Choice of Nightmares by Lynn Kostoff – Review

July 16, 2010
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A Choice of Nightmares by Lynn Kostoff – Review

Recently re-released by New Pulp Press, Lynn Kostoff’s 1991 debut A Choice of Nightmares is equal parts noir-as-fuck crime story and hoidy-toidy literary character study, the type of book the Nerd wants to wave in his old english major “strictly lit” friends’ faces while shrieking at them “this what crime can do, fuckers!”  Comparisons to the works of guys...

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