V.23 No.42 | 10/16/2014
photos by Alan Mitchell
Gothic Rompings Charm in The Mystery of Irma Vep
By Nora Hickey
Effervescent and flagrant, The Mystery of Irma Vep draws on Wuthering Heights, Edgar Allan Poe and Rebecca—but is lewder and funnier.
V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
Resistance Is Futile
Review by Suzanne Buck
The Resistance Man
French farmhouses? Fine wines? Erudite mystery? At first blush, this novel seemed right up reviewer Suzanne Buck’s alley. So why was it such a clunker?
V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013
A Few Small Repairs
Review by Suzanne Buck
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Why is someone trying to sabotage the opening of Mma Soleti’s new beauty parlor, the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon? The tensions between the past and the future ratchet up as the city of Gaborone swelters.
V.22 No.38 | 9/19/2013
A Tuscan Immersion
Review by Lisa Barrow
Cold Tuscan Stone
It's the kind of book that you want to hand off to a good friend when you finish.
V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013
Go ahead, scratch it
Introducing Stage Whispers, your lowdown on the performance arts. This week, the ladies seize the spotlight.
V.22 No.4 | 1/24/2013
Webgame Wednesday: Westerado
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Jan 23 2013 4:54 PM ]
Sometimes you just want to play cowboy, but your wife/
V.20 No.21 |
Gift or Warning?
Bizarrely marked pencil suspiciously placed on my desk
By Summer Olsson [ Thu May 26 2011 3:03 PM ]
When I arrived at work today, there was a strange item smack in the middle of my desk. It was a pencil, but not one I had used or left there. It is a near-perfect number 2, unsharpened with an only slightly used eraser. But near the business end, there are three deep, narrow, perpendicular grooves, equally spaced and cut down to the lead.
What does this mean? Who left this pencil for me to find? What were they trying to communicate? Is it someone who, as a coworker suggested, is harboring a secret, tormenting crush on me and has to chew up pencils? Doubtful. The grooves are too small and regular to be caused by normal human teeth. Is someone trying to send me an ominous message? Confuse me? Make me waste time writing this blog?
Admittedly it's not as bad as a dead bird left by your cat, or a horse head left by the Godfather. But it's freaking me out. Who are you, mystery pencil leaver?!
V.20 No.2 | 1/13/2011
Musician disappears in the desert; 35 years later his masterpiece is reissued
By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Fri Jan 7 2011 5:29 PM ]
Jim Sullivan was an American musician who in 1975 left his wife and son on the West Coast, striking out for Nashville to find success. He didn’t make it there, though—his car was found abandoned and motel room unused outside of Santa Rosa, N.M. In ‘69 Sullivan had released U.F.O., an album backed by the acclaimed Wrecking Crew—session musicians employed by Phil Spector on numerous hit songs. Sullivan and his psych-folk-rock masterpiece went mostly unnoticed until late last year when crate-diggin’ reissue label Light In The Attic rereleased U.F.O. NPR’s “All Things Considered” did a story on the album—listen here. Find out more about Sullivan, listen to audio samples or buy the record here.
V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010
The First New Roger Zelazny Novel in 15 Years
By Nick Brown [ Thu Apr 15 2010 4:01 PM ]
Purely by accident, in the Mystery Section of a local bookstore (and I'm not a big mystery fan, but a loud weird-out-nerd-out conversation in the Science Fiction section forced me over a couple of aisles. Guys, keep it down, there are girls in here), I noticed a spine with " Zelazny" on it. Turns out it was a manuscript discovered posthumously in Zelazny's piles, lost for 30 years. That's from around the time of My Name is Legion but it's not science fiction; it's a spy/crime/adventure novel, and that's fine with me. I've said it before: nobody writes a classier fight scene than Zelazny, and few manage to propel a story with mystery as well as he did. Anyway, I haven't read it yet because I'm bogged down in Jungle Tales of Tarzan (haha) but at least I have something to look forward to besides drinking and getting made fun of for reading books with monsters on the cover.
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