Monthly Archives: April 2011

Verse Noir by David Rachels – review

April 29, 2011
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Verse Noir by David Rachels – review

The micro genre of crime poetry can be a mixed bag with a lot of it falling into the prose poem category. Which is fine, if you look at some of the Crime Song Wednesday selections that we highlighted last year many of them read as well as they were preformed. So, I wasn’t...

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Poontang and Other Poems by Charles Willeford – review

April 29, 2011
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Poontang and Other Poems by Charles Willeford – review

Because it’s a small book of poetry it’s a quick read. I read it over a cup of coffee. I’m a fan of Willeford’s prose but never have really had the chance to read his poetry. You can’t beat the price. Willeford clearly was a man who loved words and that love comes through...

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Ballistics by Billy Collins – review

April 29, 2011
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Ballistics by Billy Collins – review

In this age of instant, push-button publishing the art of the carefully chosen word can sometimes feel lost. Poetry isn’t read as much and collections aren’t big sellers. Yet Billy Collins, along with just a small handful of other popular poets, defies all of that with collections that sell hundreds of thousands of copies....

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Bellman & True by Desmond Lowden

April 29, 2011
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Bellman & True by Desmond Lowden

Rare Treasures: Bellman & True By David Corbett What is it about the rare and obscure that inspires such devout allegiance? One of my favorite crime films is a relatively little known offering from George Harrison’s HandMade Films titled Bellman & True (1987). The title comes from an old Cumberland song titled “D’ye Ken...

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Justified – “Reckoning” – review

April 28, 2011
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Justified – “Reckoning” – review

The way shit was winding down towards the end of “The Reckoning” I was starting to think that maybe I miscounted how many episodes we’d been through.  The funeral service montage started going down (loved the shot where Winona noticed Raylan’s grave marker was all set and ready for his final rest, making their future away from the...

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The Terror of Living by Urban Waite – review

April 27, 2011
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The Terror of Living by Urban Waite – review

The Terror of Living begins with fifty-something ex-con Phil Hunt trekking into the wilds of northern Washington State on horseback to pick up an air-dropped heroin shipment.  Small town deputy Bobby Drake catches Phil and his partner in the act, with Phil managing to escape but the heroin and his partner shit out of luck. ...

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Years of Red Dust by Qiu Xiaolong – review

April 27, 2011
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The author of the Inspector Chen series, which usually portrayed incisive pictures of Chinese culture and politics, turns his attention to another form of literature: these short stories which mirror the changes in the country from 1949 and the beginning of the Communist takeover from the defeated Nationalists to the present day. Each chapter...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Todd Robinson

April 22, 2011
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Does Big Daddy Thug even need an introduction at this point? I’ll do one anyway. The web and all of the things that happen on it run the risk of being ephemeral. When it come to older things on the web you can only access something if you knew it was there. This isn’t...

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On transcending the genre…

April 21, 2011
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…or a brief, incomplete and informal history presented without commentary… …or you say tomato I say carpet bagging; I say tomato and you say transcending the genre. If a genre is constantly, over the course of its...

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Justified – “Full Commitment”

April 21, 2011
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Justified – “Full Commitment”

The “previously on Justified” segment that precedes the show made all viewers feel purty’ smart this week, way smarter than Raylan at least.  By teasing us with a bunch of Gary backstory and showing a little Wynn leg, it was obvious (even if you hadn’t figured it out from the classy cars last week)...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Chad Eagleton

April 21, 2011
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Today’s Conversations is with Chad Eagleton. Check it out after the jump…. 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 Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Malachi Stone

April 20, 2011
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Today’s Conversations with the Bookless features Malachi Stone. After the jump check out the interview… 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 Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website....

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Conversations with the Bookless: Steve Weddle

April 19, 2011
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Steve Weddle is in the running for the title of hardest working man in crime fiction. From blogging to short fiction to starting a publication with its own book imprint he has developed a reputation for getting things done. Some say he has clones and still others say he is a robot but neither...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Jodi MacArthur

April 18, 2011
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I’ve been pondering the idea that women are writing the best psycho-noirs out there right now. I haven’t really dug too deep in to this idea but I think it could make for an interesting discussion, especially if we try to figure out why. Pillow Talk by Jodi MacArthur certainly lends credence to the...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Matthew Funk

April 15, 2011
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On a personal note Matthew Funk is one of my favorite writers out there on the short fiction scene. There is a select group of writers that I will drop everything to go read something new of and his name is among them. More broadly he is one of the premier stylists working in...

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The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey – review

April 15, 2011
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The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey – review

I’ve been a big fan of Marcus Sakey’s work since 2007 when I sucked down The Blade Itself like it was a mug of Budweiser and two-for-one domestics happy hour was only an hour long.  The guy’s a fucking fantastic storyteller, able to keep you rooting for the characters and keep your ass in your seat for long stretches as you’re just dying...

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Justified – “Debts and Accounts” – review

April 14, 2011
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Justified – “Debts and Accounts” – review

After an action-packed episode last week we now find that in the aftermath of Coover’s death damn near all our characters are either about to embark on a different path or are making moves down that new road already.  The episode opens with Raylan confronting Art about what “didn’t happen” in the evidence locker with Art giving...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Matthew McBride

April 14, 2011
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If it feels like Matthew McBride stormed the scene, kicked in the door of the genre and took the house it’s because he did. Have Chainsaw, Will Travel has become something of a cult classic. Read it then read on. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Dan O’Shea

April 13, 2011
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In this installment we talk to Dan O’Shea 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 Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.More...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Chris Holm

April 12, 2011
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It is to my great shame that I’ve waited until the third round of Conversations interviews to include Chris Holm. Ladies and gentlemen your next favorite writer…. 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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