Monthly Archives: January 2011

How was San Francisco/San Mateo?

Sunday Night: Cities are, as far as I’m concerned, their music. I don’t want cheap plastic souvenirs, t-shirts, or coffee cups emblazoned with local landmarks. I desire sense memories: Jameson on my palate, my body twisting and moving in time to … Continue reading

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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox, and Unusual; Edited by Loren Rhoads

“The slight breeze blew the smell of the baking cadaver from the dock into the room’s open windows(127).” There’s cool serendipity in picking up a collection of essays and discovering that most of the authors are from the city you’re three … Continue reading

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The Empty Family by Colm Toibin

A short story collection so beautiful, one quote is not enough: “My eye, solitary, filled with its own history, is desperate to evade, erase, forget; it is watching now, watching fiercely, like a scientist looking for a cure, deciding for … Continue reading

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Irregular Creatures by Chuck Wendig

For your first ebook, Chuck Wendig’s Irregular Creatures is not a bad place to start. Readers of his blog, who are familiar with Wendig’s particular blend of whimsy and irreverent obscenity, will be happy to see that style carry into his fiction. The light … Continue reading

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Collusion by Stuart Neville

Sequel to the previously mentioned Ghosts of Belfast. My hope is that if newly wed Neville has not yet finished writing the third book in this series, his wife leverages the nightly marital embrace against the daily page count. I … Continue reading

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Stand adaptations: American Nightmares & Soul Survivors; by Aguirre-Sacasa, Perkins, and Martin

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Captain Trips, adapted from Stephen King’s The Stand; by Aguirre-Sacasa, Perkins, and Martin

OMFG. Lately, offline,  I’ve done nothing but rant about what lazy complacent bastards film makers are (hey, Tron: Legacy will do that to a girl), but if I ever write a 1,200 page novel, I want Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing the … Continue reading

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