Monthly Archives: August 2011

Breaking Bad – “Problem Dog” – review

August 29, 2011
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Breaking Bad – “Problem Dog” – review

Seems like everyone but Jesse gets a little wiser this week in “Problem Dog,” an episode that pretty much guarantees Aaron Paul another Emmy.  But before we get to his struggles over what he did to the metaphorical canine of this week’s title, let’s talk Walt and Hank. Walt is still being fairly reckless, for...

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Barry Graham – video interview

August 29, 2011
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Barry Graham – video interview

Barry Graham is a bit intimidating to sit down with. Maybe it’s the Scottish burr or the fierce intelligence which radiates from him or maybe it’s the long string of hard as nails characters he’s been writing about for the past 20 years? Who knows? But without question Graham has hit his stride as...

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Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn – review

August 27, 2011
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Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn – review

It’s 4 am on March 13, 1964 and Kat Genovese has just been stabbed in the courtyard of her Queens apartment complex.  Many of her neighbors hear her scream and see her lying on the ground, but none call 911, each assuming someone else already did so.  Kat’s neighbors are going through their own...

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Blitz by Elliot Lester – review

August 25, 2011
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Blitz by Elliot Lester – review

Blitz doesn’t get its source material at all.  Based on the novel by Ken Bruen, the filmmakers know the words but are completely fucking tone-deaf when it comes to the music.  The characters have the right names and do the right things book-wise, but jesus christ does this not feel like the book I...

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Volt by Alan Heathcock – review

August 25, 2011
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Volt by Alan Heathcock – review

Have you ever picked up a book because every where youturn people have it tucked under their arm or are reading it in the park or on the bus? That every review you read (and reviewed by people you absolutely respect without question.) was a glowing love letter to the brilliance of this author’s work? And...

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Cold Shot to the Heart – review

August 24, 2011
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Cold Shot to the Heart – review

Professional thief Crissa Stone’s latest heist yielded dick.  After paying her contact, her lawyer, and shooting some cash her cousin’s way in return for taking care of the daughter she gave up years ago, said dick is even smaller.  (I couldn’t resist!)  On top of that, her lover and mentor is rotting away in...

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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

August 23, 2011
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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

When I pick up a Duane Swierczynski novel I expect certain things.  Humor, an insane pace, a high body count, and an inventive spin on classic genre tropes.  With novels like The Wheelman, The Blonde and Severance Package, Swierczynski has proved time and again that he’s one of the most entertaining and straight-up bugfuck...

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Breaking Bad – “Cornered” – review

August 22, 2011
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Breaking Bad – “Cornered” – review

“Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family.”  Thus is the closing line and ultimate decision of Skyler in “Cornered.”  After putting together Walt’s “I love you” call and drunken rant from last week’s episode, Skyler finally realizes the stakes of the game her husband has joined.  Naturally, Walt...

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Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli – review

August 18, 2011
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Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli – review

An unnamed mid-list author is pawning off his mother’s art prints and his father’s coin collection before heading out of Denver to go live with his brother in New York.  He’s lost his wife to another man and his house to the tough economy.  Now he’s about to lose the last mementos he has...

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Michael Hemmingson – interview

August 16, 2011
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Michael Hemmingson – interview

I recently came to Michael Hemmingson’s work based on an impulse purchase of his new novel, Hard Cold Whisper, for .99¢ on the Kindle. The book blew me away, it is a hard and fast novel that reads like a Gold Medal book for the new millennium. What really blew my hair back was...

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Breaking Bad – “Shotgun” – review

August 15, 2011
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Breaking Bad – “Shotgun” – review

For all the suspense of last week’s cliffhanger ending and the high intensity sequences that opened this week’s Breaking Bad, “Shotgun” eventually ended up being about two of our characters finding their purpose again.  Yes, the mystery of what the fuck Mike had in store for Jesse on their never-ending pick up run hung...

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2011 Short Story Collections & Anthologies

August 15, 2011
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Some of the hardest categories to stay on top of for the Spinetingler Awards are the Anthology and Short Story collection categories. As a general rule anthologies and collections don’t sell as well and they don’t get as much coverage. So this is a simple exercise. The following collections and...

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Already Gone by John Rector – review

August 15, 2011
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Already Gone by John Rector – review

John Rector is a game changer I know that’s a bold statement, but look at the Nebraska author’s history. He was one of the first novelists to start selling his first novel, the Grove, through the then begrudging Kindle market. He then turned around and sold his second novel, the Cold Kiss (my 2010...

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One Dead Hen by Charlie Williams – review

August 11, 2011
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One Dead Hen by Charlie Williams – review

After a couple years minding his own and watching television in his cellar, Royston Blake takes to the streets of Mangel once again in Charlie Williams’ One Dead Hen.  After being picked up by the police on suspicion of being The Reaper, the local serial killer decapitating young women, Blake gets it in his...

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Breaking Bad – “Bullet Points” – review

August 8, 2011
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Breaking Bad – “Bullet Points” – review

Been hearing some folks bitch (not on this site, though, because you’re all fuckin’ lovely, naturally) about the slowness of season four thus far, talking about how decidedly un-suspenseful shit’s been lately.  I guess I can see that, but personally I don’t feel that way at all.  If you want a fucking action scene every...

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Breaking Bad – “Open House” – review

August 1, 2011
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Breaking Bad – “Open House” – review

Walt and Jesse are getting out of their work clothes, knocking off for the day. Jesse asks Walt if he’d like to go go-kart racing with him.  Walt gives him a look and asks “if there’s anything we need to talk about?”  Jesse counters by asking Walt about his black-eye, asks if perhaps that’s...

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