Monthly Archives: January 2013

Justified – “Truth and Consequences” – review

January 26, 2013
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Justified – “Truth and Consequences” – review

We’re getting ever closer to the full story behind the mystery of the Panamanian diplomat’s bag on this week’s Justified, “Truth and Consequences.”  While that storyline remains the most intriguing thus far this season (after all, the secret forced Arlo to cement his stay in maximum security even further in the first episode of...

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The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen – review

January 23, 2013
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This follow-up novel in the Department Q series, in which Carl Morck made his debut in “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” is quite different from the introductory book. It is more complicated, while the character of the protagonist and his assistant, Assad, essentially remain the same. And to spice things up, another “assistant” is...

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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen – review

January 21, 2013
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There are all kinds of Scandinavian protagonists, but Carl Morsck, the irascible Danish detective introduced to readers in this novel, is up there with the best of them. An iconoclast, the homicide chief doesn’t know what to do with him, as Carl insults and ignores his fellow police officers in Copenhagen. And when in...

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Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin – review

January 21, 2013
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Old soldiers may never die and John Rebus hopefully will never fade away. After a couple of years in retirement he’s back as a civilian consultant on cold cases (which seems to be becoming a trend in resurrecting protagonists in crime fiction). In the course of this work he is informed by the mother...

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Justified – “Where’s Waldo?” – review

January 16, 2013
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Justified – “Where’s Waldo?” – review

We’re week two into the fourth season of Justified and already the writers have completely ditched standalone “case-of-the-week” storylines.  Yes, there were no random fugitives to hunt down at all this week, just straight-ahead serialized storytelling, and you better believe I’m all for that.  But then again, with all the shit that happens in...

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Justified – “Hole in the Wall” – review

January 9, 2013
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Justified – “Hole in the Wall” – review

In the season four opener of Justified, everybody’s got a secret stash in the wall or, as new edition to the show Constable Bob Sweeney (a hilariously excellent Patton Oswalt) might put it, a “go bag.”  Raylan’s may be banging the babe who owns the bar he lives above but he’s squirreling away cash...

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Joe Clifford’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 8, 2013
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by Joe Clifford The problem with doing a Best Of list is you invariably leave someone off and then feel like a dick. I did one last year (on the recently revamped Candy & Cigarettes ), and when I realized I left someone off, I felt like a dick. Then...

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Best Crime Fiction of 2012

January 4, 2013
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Best Crime Fiction of 2012

“What does that mean? Whatever you want it to mean. Are these movies “the best”? Are they our favorites? Are they “movies we got to see before the deadline”? In my case, it’s some combination of all three — but I’m really quite happy with the aggregate results.” — Jim Emerson BRIAN LINDENMUTH [Insert...

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Rob Kitchin’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 3, 2013
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I’ve pulled out all my 5 star reviews for the year so far. They are in the order I read them, rather than a ranking (I’ll do that for a post in early January). I’ve also listed out the 4.5 star reads (depending on how long you want the list to be). I’ve reviewed...

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Eric Beetner’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 3, 2013
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First off, let me announce my disdain for the term “best of” for any list at year’s end. The best book/movie/song etc. is very likely something I have not read/seen/heard yet. So when someone announces a best list, it is really a “favorite of what I was exposed to” list. With that out of...

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Todd Morr’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 3, 2013
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A few of my favorite things Television I’ll start with the unholy trinity of criminal empire building shows, in a particular order, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and Sons of Anarchy. Let me put in my vote now that despite the calls that he has earned a tragic end Walt walks away from the final...

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j.a. kazimer’s Best of Whater 2012

January 3, 2013
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Best True Crimes of 2012 1) Guy steals Chinese food delivery car, and then delivers the pilfered meals. 2) Solider shoots friend while trying to cure friend’s hiccups. 3) Guy calls the cops to report a robbery, after the prostitute he’s doing asks for additional funds. 4) Guy beats his girlfriend for supposedly cheating...

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Patti Abbott’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 3, 2013
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As I look over the books and movies I saw in 2012, I have to say it was a pretty good year in this regard. These are a few of the older books I read. And a few of the movies that may not be on your radar. Books MEMORY, Donald Westlake. This was...

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Nik Korpon’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 2, 2013
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Nik Korpon’s Best of Whatever 2012

In an endless cycle of trying to make myself seem smarter than I really am, I’m perpetually oscillating between trying to read/watch the newest releases and catch up on all the classics I’ve completely missed. Couple that with a total inability to keep records and the attention span of a ferret on the tail-end...

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Pressed For Time: An Essay on The Novella by Kevin Lynn Helmick

January 1, 2013
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by Kevin Lynn Helmick Yes, we live in a fast paced society, a very fast world indeed. Gone, I think is the right word to describe the amount of time most of us can afford to spend indulging on literary works the size of War and Peace, A Farwell to Arms and other massive...

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