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David Hughes | Tales From Development Hell (Titan Books)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:41

The entire book is filled with interesting stories and frustrating endings for films that could have been terrific.

 

 

Stephen J. Burn (ed.) | Conversations with David Foster Wallace (University Press of Mississippi)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 10 February 2012 17:19

 

book conv-dfwWhereas Wallace’s books highlight his brilliant mind and flair of the written word, these interviews show him to be just as thoughtful—and every bit as genius—in a straightforward and unedited form.

 

 

   

Al Riske | Sabrina’s Window (Luminis)

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Written by Al Riske Friday, 10 February 2012 17:15

 

book sabrinas-windowYou become entangled in their lives, cringing when they miss an opportunity or make a bad emotional decision.

 

Jeffrey Ricker | Detours (Bold Stroke)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 21 January 2012 13:36

book detoursIf you can ignore the nagging questions, you’ll enjoy the read.

   

Marcus Hearn | The Hammer Vault: Treasures from the Archive of Hammer Films (Titan Books)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 06 January 2012 08:44

Each entry is copiously illustrated with production photos, posters, and related materials, giving you a real feel for the spirit of each film.

 

Tyler McMahon | How the Mistakes Were Made (St. Martin’s Griffin)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:44

book mistakesHow the Mistakes Were Made gets it all right: the gritty underground music scene, the big-name label games, the discord that invariably springs from band members.

   

Allison Baggio | Girl in Shades (ECW Press)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:41

book shadesWhile Girl in Shades is decently written and at times original, it is often unsatisfying and ultimately frustrating.

 

Frank DeCaro | The Dead Celebrity Cookbook (HCI)

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Written by Andrea Braun Monday, 12 December 2011 15:16

book decaroOnce in a while, you find a recipe like “John Wayne’s Favorite Casserole,” and know instantly why he had heart disease and cancer.

 

   

Wendy Dager | I Murdered the PTA (Zumaya Enigma)

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Written by Gordon Hopkins Wednesday, 21 September 2011 19:27

It is Daphne’s take on people and events, rather than the events or people themselves, which is funny.

 

Otto Penzler (ed.) | Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (Vintage)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 18 September 2011 20:24

Thinking in bulk is a wise approach because Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! is such a mix of the well-known and the obscure, the masterful and the tedious, that it's difficult to say much about it in general.

   

Jim Knipfel | The Blow-Off (Simon & Schuster)

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Written by Gordon Hopkins Monday, 22 August 2011 19:43

The populace of the Big Apple, famous for being fearless and intolerant, would certainly never put up with the government moving in and curtailing freedoms for the sake of security. These days, of course, we know better.

 

Tess Gerritsen | The Silent Girl (Ballantine)

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Written by Gordon Hopkins Tuesday, 02 August 2011 20:28

Some folks might be turned off by the supernatural element of the story, whether or not it turns out to be just a guy in a suit. Of course, readers looking for a realistic police procedural probably aren’t reading Tess Gerritsen anyway.

   

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