Review: Sandman Slim

Posted on Fri 19 March 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews, richard kadrey • 3 min read

What do you get when you combine the genres of hard-boiled detective noir, spaghetti-western and urban fantasy set in L.A.? You get Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey.

This book was recommended to me by my friend Quentin, and my fiancé had also mentioned to me that she had read …


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Review: “Let The Right One In”

Posted on Sun 05 April 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, movies, reviews • 5 min read

Let The Right One In is a novel from Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, and also now a film from Swedish director Tomas Alfredsson. I’ve consumed both now, and while they each should be judged on their own merits I’m going to attempt to review both the novel …


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Watchmen: Stan Lee Style

Posted on Tue 05 September 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, books, comics, culture, funny • 1 min read

Via Boing Boing:

Just a quick post, but if you are at all into comics you will get a kick out of blogger Kevin Church’s hilarious reimagining of Alan Moore’s Watchmen as if it was written by Stan Lee. It really captures the over-the-top ridiculousness of Lee’s …


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Evil Editor Is Here To Help You

Posted on Fri 05 May 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, writing • 2 min read

If you are interested in being published, or just want some great entertainment, you should head on over to Evil Editor and read his hilariously vicious critiques.

The relatively new blog is run by an anonymous editor (surprise!) from an unspecified publishing house offering free advice on writing effective query …


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Podiobook Recommendation: How To Disappear Completely

Posted on Thu 19 January 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, online fun • 2 min read

I highly HIGHLY recommend you go over to Podiobooks and subscribe to the novel How To Disappear Completely: The Terrible Business of Salmon and Dusk by Myke Bartlett. It is strongly written, with interesting characters, and a story that reaches out, grabs you and pulls you along for a twisted …


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So Now I’m Also Hooked On Podiobooks

Posted on Thu 19 January 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, books, tech, writing • 2 min read

Okay, I have yet another addiction provided by the Internet. Among all the other things I spend my time doing online, between listening to podcasts, reading blogs, writing blog entries, tracking news and writing code, I am now avidly listening to the podiobooks provided at (where else?) Podiobooks.com.

Podiobooks …


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Review: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Posted on Wed 21 September 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 3 min read

I have been eagerly waiting the publication of Anansi Boys ever since I read about it over a year ago on Neil Gaiman’s blog. So it was with a great deal of excitement, that I brought home my copy today. I was even a little perturbed at myself for …


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Review: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Posted on Mon 15 August 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with books, reviews • 3 min read

Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel, The Historian is a scholarly thriller set in Cold War Europe. It is the tale of several academics who become obsessed with the legend of Vlad the Impaler after having mysterious volumes delivered to them containing only a detailed illustration of a enormous dragon within …


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