For some reason I had a phase where I was fascinated with the Jack the Ripper murders, at one point I even picked up a thick paperback encyclopedia with everything related to the murders (at the time it was published sometime back in the 90’s). Eventually I lost interest in reading about the various theories... Continue Reading →
Who is Breach? What is the nature of (a) Breach? What, when it comes down to it, is between the city and the city?
One of my favorite genres of fiction has always been mysteries. Doesn’t matter what sub genre they might fall in (hard boiled, cozy, police procedural, the list could go on for the whole post), I enjoy the thrill of trying to figure out why the who did the what to the other who.
From the back cover: "The Warden's life of drugged iniquity is shaken by his discovery of a murdered child down a dead-end street...setting him on a collision course with the life he left behind." Book in stores Tuesday, August 16.
As you may have heard, Borders will be closing the rest of their stores. The small store here in my town, which had previously been a Waldenbooks, has been closed for a while now. The bigger stores in Louisiana will go now, of course, as well. On the level that every book addict hates to... Continue Reading →
It is a truth universally acknowledged that people who turn their nose up at steampunk are – wait a minute. I can’t do that. I am one of those. I was one of those. Let me explain.
“Bad things happen to people, and unless you have an infallible crystal ball, you aren’t always going to be able to stop them. Just deal with it…”
Castle is an ABC crime show, in the more humorous vein of shows like the Mentalist and Psych. The shows titular lead, Richard Castle, (Nathan Fillion of Firefly and Dr. Horrible fame) is a mystery writer on par with Patterson or Cannell, fresh off killing his main character out of boredom. Meanwhile Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic, The Spirit) is looking at two seemingly unrelated murders with one odd thing in common: Both were killed almost exactly like murders out of Castle’s books. She brings him in for questioning, leading to him volunteering to help with the case because of his familiarity with the crimes, which turns into a more permanent partnership as he decides to base his new book on her. But that's not why I've writing on the show, great as it is. I'm writing about Castle because they actually wrote the book he finished about Beckett last episode. So what is it when you have a book purporting to copy a book that doesn't exist? Welcome to third order simulacra and the blurring of reality.