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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....
DavidCranmer
October 25 2016

Review: Hold a Scorpion by Melodie Johnson-Howe

Hold a Scorpion by Melodie Johnson-Howe is the latest Diana Poole crime thriller that takes our amateur sleuth deep into Southern California's underworld to uncover the mystery of a diamond-encrusted...
DavidCranmer
October 25 2016

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

The shootout at Balazar's last week gave us a taste of the action, now we're fiending like a junkie for some more! Join our discussion of Part III of The Drawing of the Three, as we meet ODetta...
DavidCranmer
October 24 2016

Westworld 1.04: “Dissonance Theory” Episode Review

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) are having another sit down, talking more about feelings—specifically the loss of her parents. When Bernard offers to take away her...
DavidCranmer
October 18 2016

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

After being deformed and disfigured and finally meeting the prisoner in Part I, we make contact in Eddie Dean's when—and there's gonna be a showdown. Join our discussion of Part II of...
DavidCranmer
October 17 2016

Westworld 1.03: “The Stray” Episode Review

I guess if you want to gift a robot a thought-provoking piece of literature, then Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) is a fine choice. “Who in the world am...
DavidCranmer
October 11 2016

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

After finally catching up to the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger—now what? Join us on the beach as we begin our journey across a different kind of desert in Part I of The Drawing of...
DavidCranmer
October 10 2016

Westworld 1.02: “Chestnut” Episode Review

Dr. Robert Ford.  Somehow this name didn’t quite register while watching the first episode. I mean I heard it, Anthony Hopkins plays Robert Ford, creator, or rather “God,”...
DavidCranmer
October 7 2016

Longmire 5.10, Season Finale: “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of” Episode Review

Is that it? After a knock-‘em-down brawl between Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) and Walt (Robert Taylor) at the Red Pony, Henry won't press charges if Walt will drop the Hector business....
DavidCranmer
October 6 2016

Review: Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, Edited by Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger

In a stunning follow-up to the acclaimed In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger present a brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon. When...
DavidCranmer
October 6 2016

Longmire 5.09: “Continual Soiree” Episode Review

Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips) has changed the locks on the Red Pony and informs Malachi’s inquisitive lieutenant, Darius Burns (J.D. Havenstar), that “... nothing that happens in this...
DavidCranmer
October 5 2016

Longmire 5.08: “Stand Your Ground” Episode Review

I’m fairly certain we all knew Cady Longmire (Cassidy Freeman) would be safe after her close quarters duel with J.P. Wright. She acted in self-defense, protecting herself and J.P.’s...