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review 2017-10-06 04:53
Like a good tv show in print
Bookburners - Jeffrey Veregge,Mur Lafferty,Max Gladstone,Margaret Dunlap,Mark W. Weaver,Brian Francis Slattery

I'm a little wary of multi-author narratives in print, which is a little goofy, considering that this is basically how all television is scripted. I love me some television, but, of course, it must be said that the strength of the singular vision -- the showrunner or creator -- is a huge factor in whether any given show is successful. (Successful to me, anyway; I'm not talking folding green. That's a whole other thing.) But I've been burned with uneven and unsatisfying multi-author novels before, so. I picked this is up because I've been slow-burning my way through Max Gladstone's Craft sequence. Maybe his name is top of the marquee because he's the best known of the writers, but I suspect not. This has his fingermarks on it, narratively speaking -- from the baroque murder mystery plotting to the strange other gods and devils.

 

But even if Gladstone wasn't the showrunner, if you will, whoever it was did an excellent job. I greatly enjoyed Bookburners, even despite my prejudice.. I felt like it overcame the lumpiness of multi-author novels I've read through what must have been good editorial control, which nevertheless allowed the individual writers to show off their specific style. Each section is episodic like television, with a mini-arc that has its own satisfaction. Sometimes the episodes were more mythology heavy, and that's fun too. The possibilities of the premise are no where near exhausted by the end, which is also a plus, given how many television shows / series / trilogies / whatever should be strangled after the first outing. How many Matrix movies are there, for example? Want to talk about season 2 of Heroes? or Lost?

 

Anyway, much fun was had by me.

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review 2017-08-28 19:39
"Chicago Monumental" springs off the page in television and radio interviews
Chicago Monumental - Larry Broutman

Photographer, author, and historian Larry Broutman has extensive knowledge of Chicago's vast public arts scene and a trained eye for beauty that can only come from many years working throughout the world as a professional photographer. Check out his television and radio interviews about his latest book, Chicago Monumental.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WTTW-TV’s Chicago Tonight

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/07/11/chicago-monumental-shines-light-city-s-public-art

 

 

 

WCIU-TV’s You & Me This Morning

http://www.wciu.com/videos/youandme/ym-chicago-monumental-306-for-web

 

 

WGN Radio’s The Steve Cochran Show

http://wgnradio.com/2017/03/14/chicago-monumental-by-larry-broutman/

 

 

WGN Radio’s Outside the Loop with Mike Stephen

http://wgnradio.com/2016/07/17/otl-509-chicago-monumental-the-chicago-property-tax-makes-some-il-politicians-richer-the-north-branch-trail-grows/

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review 2017-02-02 03:03
Except the Dying - A Review

I can’t believe it’s already the first of February and I haven’t posted one review.  In my own defense I got that horrific cold that’s going around – it’s a bad one – so stay healthy everybody.  I still have the tail end of the cough.  Also, every time I fired up the computer I had other things to do on it.  After being downsized out the door at my job at the end of last year I decided that while I have the safety net of unemployment benefits I am going to try to start a small home based business – but more on that later this week.  There are some prizes in the offing so stay tuned.

 
Sick as I was I was still reading, mostly light stuff that I could digest through my stuffy sinuses.  My BFF has long been a fan of the television series “Murdock Mysteries”.  I finally gave it a look when I was up at strange hours because of my cough and there were reruns on at crazy morning times.  I was pretty quickly hooked because it’s a rather clever series set in turn of the 19th century Toronto.  Of course when I found out that the series was based on books – WELL! – You know I had to pick up the books.  So on to my first review of 2017 …
 
EXCEPT THE DYING by Maureen Jenkins
 
In the winter of 1895 Toronto acting Detective William Murdock is called out to a murder scene.  A young woman is found naked in an alleyway.  She is clearly not a lady of the evening and winter in Toronto is not a time anyone would be outside without clothing so obviously, this young woman met with foul play.
 
William Murdock knows no boundaries when it comes to looking for a killer.  He visits the lowest and highest echelons of society to look for his answers.  And answers he finds through meticulous police work without the availability of all toys and whistles a reader might be used to in more modern police procedurals.
 
This was Ms. Jennings debut book and it was an interesting read.  It showed some good research into that era of Toronto’s history and the dialogue was excellent.  There were a few slow spots, but I could forgive those.  Having the hindsight of reading a few more in the series before writing this review I can honestly say the books improve with each addition to the series.
 
The cover of the book is a bit deceptive as it pictures the characters from the television series.  For fans of the series – be forewarned – the book is similar but definitely not the same.  While the show is often humorous and tongue-in-cheek the book is deadly serious (pun intended).  I did particularly enjoy the more in-depth look into Murdock’s life away from the police station.
 
“Except the Dying” is well worth the read and I’m giving it 3.5 stars because I know the series improves in subsequent books.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from the book cover)
 
Born in England, Maureen Jennings taught English before becoming a psychotherapist.  “Except the Dying” was published in 1977 followed by 6 more books in the series.  Three of her novels were adapted into movies of the week and four years later Shaftesbury films created the Murdock Mysteries television series.
 
Maureen lives in Toronto with her husband and their two dogs.
 
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review 2016-12-28 06:14
Above & Below: A 25th Anniversary Beauty and the Beast Companion - Edward Gross

I found this book a mixed bag. The book's formatting gives me the impression it's self-published. There are quite a few errors and some pages with monstrously long paragraphs. However, the information in its pages was still well worth the read. Given that I haven't watched an episode of Beauty and the Beast for many years, it was quite a shock to realise that George RR Martin wrote a number of the episodes! Given how violent some of his were, perhaps it's not all that surprising.
It was a nice reflection on a show that could have been so much more if the network had believed that true love was all that was necessary to sell a show.

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text 2016-05-22 16:57
The Preacher and Game of Thrones
Preacher: The Time of the Preacher (Issue #1, Volume #1) - Garth Ennis,Steve Dillon

 

I've not been posting much the last few days because...mom and because my allergies are bothering me a lot. I haven't been able to get as much reading done as I would like either, which bums me out. 

 

On a good note though, last week's episode of Game of Thrones was mind blowing, so I'm really looking forward to tonight's.

 

Also, I'm really looking forward to tonight's premiere of Preacher on AMC at 10. With a tagline like this, (which is faithful to the graphic novel), how could you go wrong?

 

 

"After a supernatural event at his church a preacher enlists the help of a vampire to find God."

 

Here's hoping that it doesn't suck! Happy Sunday, everyone!

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