Monthly Archives: August 2013

All The President’s Men (1976)

Two Washington Post reporters–Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein–brought down the President of the United States. This is their story. The Watergate scandal is old hat to most Americans today. Nearly everyone knows about the bungled burglary at the Watergate office … Continue reading


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Moriarty, by Daniel Corey (story) & Anthony Diecedue, et al, (illustration) (2013)

The Dark Professor Returns (nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Sherlock Holmes has been dead for twenty years, and there’s nobody to rein in Professor James Moriarty. Can the world still be standing? The … Continue reading

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Gimme Shelter (1970)

Gimme Shelter (1970) Some people have said that the Monterey Pop Festival was the beginning of the Hippie Movement, “Summer of Love,” “Era of Flower Power,” or whatever the hell you want to call it. Regardless of your chosen moniker, … Continue reading

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Raising Innocence (Rylee Adamson #3), by Shannon Mayer (2013)

Shannon Mayer’s Rylee Adamson series is like any other really good paranormal series in the same way that a Formula One car is like a Prius: they’re both good for what they are, but one is a hell of a … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Could See Demons, by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (2013)

“The Boy Who Could See Demons” is named Alex Connolly. He’s ten-years-old, and lives in a decrepit council house in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His mother, Cindy, has serious problems. She loves Alex, but she can barely take care of herself. … Continue reading

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A to Z Survey: Book Nerdy Goodness in Handy Alphabetical Form :-)

This was designed by Jamie at  and it’s quite a cool little A to Z book survey. (Thanks to Nova for pointing me that way). And thus, away we go… Author you’ve read the most books from: It’s a … Continue reading

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(Love of) The Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (this ed. 1995, orig. 1940)

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s penultimate novel, “Tender is the Night,” saddened me, because it showed a once-great man struggling—and failing—to write a novel worthy of his prodigious talent and storied past. Reading “The Last Tycoon” saddens me, because he found … Continue reading

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Holidays in Hell, by P.J. O’Rourke (1988)

My good friend Amy is an honors student in journalism. She’s about to start her Senior Year as editor-in-chief of her college newspaper. Anyway, something she mentioned in a recent blog post was that she’d left for college, certain that … Continue reading

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Tampa, by Alissa Nutting (2013)

If you have a fourteen-year-old son, you just might want to home-school him after reading Alissa Nutting’s chilling novel, “Tampa.” For it is upon fourteen-year-old boys that Celeste Price preys, and she’s quite good at it. Celeste is a middle-school … Continue reading

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Roads to Berlin, by Cees Nooteboom (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) “Whoever writes a book in a fluid political situation is writing on an icefloe.” In many ways, that’s the most telling line in Dutch author Cees … Continue reading

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