Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lake Country by Sean Doolittle – review

August 29, 2012
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Lake Country by Sean Doolittle – review

Sean Doolittle is one of my favorite authors, one of the guys whose work brought me back into crime fiction after a few years away in high school and early college.  No other writer in the genre does what he does, to the point that it’s difficult to discuss what sets him apart.  His...

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Breaking Bad – “Say My Name” – review

August 27, 2012
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Breaking Bad – “Say My Name” – review

I’m guessing this will be the big Emmy submission episode for season five (part 1!) of Breaking Bad next year.  You’ve got Cranston giving last year’s “I’m the one who knocks” speech a run for its money with his monologue in the desert to the Phoenix boys wherein he insists they “say my name.”...

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Sean Chercover interviewed by Kieran Shea

August 27, 2012
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Sean Chercover interviewed by Kieran Shea

Sean Chercover’s new thriller The Trinity Game has just come out, and its garnering great reviews and super buzz. Kieran Shea caught up with Chercover for a bite of lunch at the new bistro Le Petit Goût in Chicago for this interview. Kieran Shea: Hey, Sean. Glad you could make it. Hope you don’t...

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott – review

August 24, 2012
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Dare Me by Megan Abbott – review

Coming off of last year’s middle school girl-centered The End of Everything, Megan Abbott has graduated to high school with the cheerleader-centered Dare Me, another constantly surprising and refreshing crime novel smothered in the pain and confusion of young womanhood.  This time out our narrator and protagonist is Addie Hanlon, a junior who serves...

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Flash Fiction: Party Favors by Chris Leek

August 24, 2012
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Ever since the accident Merv had holed up at the Capri Motor Lodge. Some wise ass had inked over Capri with Crappy on the sign out front. They had a point. Merv’s ‘deluxe’ room included a cracked sink, a TV with three channels of raging static and a king size bed that shook like...

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Nick Mamatas – interview

August 22, 2012
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Nick Mamatas – interview

David Holbrook exists everywhere and nowhere. David Holbrook is a scrawny kid, the victim of bullies, and the neglected son of insane parents. David Holbrook is the Kallis Episkipos, a vicious murderer turned imprisoned leader of a death cult dedicated to Eris, the Hellenic goddess of discord. David Holbrook never killed anyone, and lives...

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How I came to write Bullettime by Nick Mamatas

August 21, 2012
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How I came to write Bullettime by Nick Mamatas

In speculative fiction—you know, science fiction, fantasy, and horror—there is a widespread antipathy for “loser” characters, for “whiners.” It’s considered intuitively obvious that stories should be about excellent people surmounting the obstacles before them using logic and reason (in SF), or via powers granted by their special inherent role in the telos of the...

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Breaking Bad – “Buyout” – review

August 20, 2012
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Breaking Bad – “Buyout” – review

After last week’s shocker ending we get a great, atmospheric and creepy cold open in “Buyout,” watching as Todd, Mike and Walt do their dissolving trick on the kid from last week’s bike in the pest control shop before moving onto, you know, the kid himself.  Jesse is absent, apparently hanging back and having...

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Hardcore and the Art Form of the Novel by Ian Truman

August 20, 2012
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Hardcore and the Art Form of the Novel by Ian Truman

I recently read both of Ian Truman’s novels. The Factory Line captures an entertaining voice in a highly readable manner which relays the exploits of some blue collar factory workers over the course of a day. It’s a voice in need of a story but definitely worth a buck. Tales of Lust, Hate and...

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Flash Fiction: The Memory Hole by Gary Clifton

August 17, 2012
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Charlie Patcher had disappeared.   A runt, even for age nine, he lived in a trailer park with his mama, Shena, a crack whore.   Step-daddy was biker badass “Scruffer”.  Child Protective Services had been out there and unless they were blind, should have yanked the kid. Everybody was looking for Charlie in bushes and creeks...

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Killer Joe by William Friedkin – review

August 15, 2012
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Killer Joe by William Friedkin – review

The pairing of writer Tracy Letts and director William Friedkin is about as good as peanut butter and chocolate, or maybe, say, sex and violence would be more apt.  When Letts adapted his play Bug for the screen it lead to Friedkin’s 2007 comeback film of the same name, one of my favorites of...

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Breaking Bad – “Dead Freight” – review

August 13, 2012
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Breaking Bad – “Dead Freight” – review

Goddamnit, broke badasses, was tonight’s episode of Breaking Bad terrific or what?  It had plenty of particularly dark turns and a season-one-or-two-style caper in it that was on par with the best of their capers, followed by a truly fucked up ending.  All it needed was a sprinkling of Saul or Badger and it’d...

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Flash Fiction: Whips on Fire by Ursula Wong

August 10, 2012
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Albert saw dark clouds on the horizon and knew he was in for trouble. He waved his arms into the air.  “Get goin’,” he yelled. He watched the cows as they lumbered through the gate and into the pasture, many walking head to tail along a narrow path that meandered around rocks and juniper...

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Criminal Economics by Eric Beetner – review

August 8, 2012
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Criminal Economics opens with armed robbers Slick and Bo sitting in the back of a paddy wagon on its way to prison, i.e. the place the two will call home-sweet-fucking-hell for the next quarter century.  Bo ratted on Slick when he was caught shortly after their last job where they took $642,000 off a...

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Breaking Bad – “Fifty-One” – review

August 7, 2012
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Breaking Bad – “Fifty-One” – review

A very Sopranos-esque, character-driven episode is offered this week to mark Walt’s fifty-first b-day, an occasion that also means that all the shit we’ve seen go down on Breaking Bad over the past four years?  Yeah, that’s only been one year in the world of the show.  As the flash-forward that opened this season...

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