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DavidCranmer
January 17 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part II

Last week, we began Wizard and Glass by defeating Blaine the Mono and ending up in some when's Topeka, Kansas. This week, we begin Roland's backstory in Mejis and meet the beautiful Susan...
DavidCranmer
January 12 2017

Review: An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames

An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames is the 6th book in the Samuel Craddock Mystery series. For first time readers of Terry Shames’s Samuel Craddock series, of which I’m...
DavidCranmer
January 11 2017

Review: Creation in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death, we're taking a look back at every single book in the In Death series. Today, David Cranmer reviews...
DavidCranmer
January 10 2017

Review: Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death, we're taking a look back at every single book in the In Death series. Today, David Cranmer reviews...
DavidCranmer
January 10 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part I

Last week, we finished up The Waste Lands with a pain of a cliffhanger. Thankfully, we only had to wait 6 days instead of 6 years to find out what happens! This week, our ka-tet tries to outriddle Blaine...
DavidCranmer
January 3 2017

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part VI

Last week, we snaked our way through the underbelly of the city of Lud. This week, we meet Blaine the Mono and find out why Blaine is such a pain.  Thank you for joining me on a journey of Stephen...
DavidCranmer
January 2 2017

Review: The Hollow Men by Rob McCarthy

The Hollow Men by Rob McCarthy follows police surgeon Harry Kent, who's determined to help those the world would rather brush aside, in a smart and electrifying new crime series that evokes the...
DavidCranmer
December 28 2016

Review: Purity in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death, we're taking a look back at every single book in the In Death series. Today, David Cranmer reviews...
DavidCranmer
December 20 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part V

Last week, we learned a bit more about Mid-World and the future for our ka-tet. This week, ramp the action back up as we travel into the city of Lud and meet the Pubes and the Grays.  Thank...
DavidCranmer
December 13 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part IV

Last week, Jake Chambers returned to Roland's world in an incredibly tense scene featuring a monster haunted house. This week, we slow down a bit to learn more of Mid-World and the future for this...
DavidCranmer
December 6 2016

Review: Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae

Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae is the 1st book in the Highland Bookshop Mystery series, where a murder in a garden turns the four new owners of Yon Bonnie Books into amateur detectives. In...
DavidCranmer
December 6 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part III

Last week, Jake struggled mightily with the duality of his existence and the “doubling” of his mind. This week, Jake Chambers returns to Roland's world in an incredibly tense scene featuring...
DavidCranmer
December 5 2016

Westworld Season Finale, 1.10: “The Bicameral Mind” Episode Review

The Westworld creators have certainly kept their cards close to their vests, keeping us guessing for most of the season while adding plenty of teaser tidbits along the way that, when all put in...
DavidCranmer
December 2 2016

Review: The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner

The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner was meant to be the 2nd book in the Cool & Lam Mystery series but was shelved and subsequently lost for 75 years until Hard Case Crime got their hands on...
DavidCranmer
November 29 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part II

Last week, we began The Waste Lands with a towering 70-foot cyborg bear! This week, Jake Chambers returns, struggling with the duality of having died and longing to return to Roland's world.  Thank...
DavidCranmer
November 28 2016

Westworld 1.09: “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Episode Review

Lines are starting to intersect with lots of gut-wrenching carnage as we race to the show’s finish, and three big reveals came out of this week’s episode. Maeve (Thandie Newton)...
DavidCranmer
November 23 2016

A Jack London Adventure: The Cruise of The Snark Part II

Read Part I first! Departing Hawaii on October 7, 1907, after what can only be considered a disaster first leg of the journey, The Snark headed toward the Marquesas Islands, located two thousand...
DavidCranmer
November 22 2016

A Jack London Adventure: The Cruise of The Snark Part I

The idea for high adventure came to Jack London (1876-1916) and his wife, Charmian, almost as a lark while swimming in their pool in Glen Ellen, California—but it wasn’t a hard sell....
DavidCranmer
November 22 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part I

Last week, we finished up The Drawing of the Three in dramatic fashion! This week, our ka-tet leaves the beach and continues their journey into Out World with the beginning of Book III of...
DavidCranmer
November 21 2016

Westworld 1.08: “Trace Decay” Episode Review

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) discovering he’s not flesh and bone last week may not have been a shocker for me, but it was a twist that opened some new avenues for the ongoing conversation of...
DavidCranmer
November 18 2016

Review: Sinner Man by Lawrence Block

Sinner Man by Lawrence Block is the legend's first ever crime novel—lost for over 50 years but now available from Hard Case Crime! Whenever I get a new Lawrence Block novel from Hard Case...
DavidCranmer
November 17 2016

Review: Storm Cell by Brendan DuBois

Storm Cell by Brendan DuBois is the 10th Lewis Cole Mystery, where defense analyst Lewis Cole must try to save a close friend from a death row murder conviction (Available November 22, 2016). Fletcher...
DavidCranmer
November 16 2016

Page to Screen: Graham Greene’s The Comedians

Graham Greene's The Comedians (1966) opens as the Medea ship makes its way to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti with a rich assortment of passengers aboard, including a former presidential candidate, a military...
DavidCranmer
November 15 2016

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, Part VI

Last week, we met THE PUSHER—the evil man responsible for killing Jake and hurting Odetta on separate occasions. This week, we close out The Drawing of the Three in dramatic fashion!  Thank...
DavidCranmer
November 14 2016

Review: The Collection by Lance Charnes

The Collection by Lance Charnes is an art thriller and the 1st book in the DeWitt Agency Files series (Available November 14, 2016).  The Collection’s plot begins four years ago at an...
DavidCranmer
November 14 2016

Westworld 1.07: “Trompe L’Oeil” Episode Review

There’s a big reveal in this episode, and some solid direction is taking form. First, let’s catch up with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and William (Jimmi Simpson), who didn’t appear...
DavidCranmer
November 8 2016

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, Part V

Last week, we got to see the two sides of (O)Detta as Roland's infection got worse. This week, we meet THE PUSHER—the evil man responsible for killing Jake and hurting Odetta on separate occasions.  Thank...
DavidCranmer
November 7 2016

Westworld 1.06: “The Adversary” Episode Review

Things are ratcheting up and growing increasingly sticky. Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) start digging deeper into the satellite device she discovered in the woodcutter’s...
DavidCranmer
November 1 2016

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, Part IV

Last week we got introduced to The Lady of Shadows as Eddie Dean grew ever frustrated in Roland's world. But there's more to Odetta than meets the eyes as we find out this week! Thank you...
DavidCranmer
October 31 2016

Westworld 1.05: “Contrapasso” Episode Review

There’s a lot of underhanded business going on in the park that seems to be trickling down from the corporate top. Secrets, deceptions, and inappropriate behaviors are making the rounds....