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Comics 101: Recommended Reading for Sequential-Art Newbies

At the request of a newly initiated member of Team Comics, a brief list of some beginner-friendly favorites. Read More »

The Iron Wagon

Norwegian cartoonist Jason adapts a period mystery story - in animal drag. Read More »

McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales

I'm a big fan of plot-driven stories. On the other hand, though, I tend to prefer my thrilling tales without manifestoes attached... Read More »

The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl

“Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood. How shall I say what wood that was! I never saw so drear, so rank, so arduous a wilderness! Its very memory gives a shape to fear.” Finding a work that combines Dante Alighieri, 19th Century Boston, Harvard ... Read More »

Judgment Calls for new author Alafair Burke

Deputy DA Samantha Kincaid, looking for variety and advancement, takes on a possible rape case turned down by the Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Major Crimes Unit – and plunges into a maelstrom of trouble. The victim, a 13-year-old girl by turns sullen and vulnerable, began turning tricks to support a drug habit nurtured by her ... Read More »

From Page to Screen

Did the movies butcher your favorite book? They certainly did mine. The Outsiders is probably one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. The acting was atrocious, the writing was poor, and the pacing was slow. These are legitimate criticisms. And while the Harry Potter movies aren’t considered the best adaptations ever, my friend’s complaint was that they left too ... Read More »

Gallows Thief – Bernard Cornwell

Don’t click the ready bag or you’ll be doing the Newgate Morris at the Kings Head Inn, so fake away off, culley. Bernard Cornwell is, I must confess, one of my all-time favorite authors of historical fiction. It is such a rare find, an author who writes well, creates exceptional atmosphere and characters and actually gets his history right….Author of ... Read More »

Money For Nothing

Donald Westlake, dabbling in spy stuff. Read More »

Winterkill is Killer!

Winterkill is, quite simply, the novel I have been waiting for Wyoming mystery novelist C.J. Box to write. Read More »

Fatherland – Robert Harris

Our hero, Xavier March, is an SS agent in Nazi Germany, but we still root for him. That's storytelling. Read More »