Book Review: Dear Henchmam by Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat

If writing a good parody is hard (and believe me, it is), writing a good follow-up to that parody is even harder. The pressure to top past work can be intense. For these reasons, I was curious but worried when I got my copy of Dear Henchman, the sequel to the hilarious superhero parody Dear …

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Thoughts on West Side Story: The Novel

One of the joys of writing book reviews is that sometimes you discover a book you really didn't expect to enjoy. I picked up a copy of West Side Story: A Novelization just after Christmas in a mall bookstore for two reasons: first, it's a reprint of a novelization written for the original film, and …

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My Review: Cari Mora by Thomas Harris

While my fiction writing so far has mostly been in the sci-fi/fantasy genre with ventures into ghost stories, I keep telling myself I should write a thriller. I enjoy the well-tuned psychological games, the tension and the chase between hunter and hunted. As I mentioned in my MovieThoughts series on Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels, I …

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Movie poster for 2021 film Nightmare Alley. Source: https://sobrosnetwork.com/2021/12/14/vse-nightmare-alley/

Resurrecting a classic: My review of Nightmare Alley

As you probably know from reading many of my blog posts, I enjoy C.S. Lewis' work and am fascinating by his life. One of the odd side subjects in his story is that his wife, Joy Davidman, was originally married to New York writer William Lindsay Gresham. Gresham wrote a variety of things (everything from …

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