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DavidCranmer
June 20 2017

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Part IV

Last week, we ran into Stephen King in his own story. This week, Jake and Callahan load up on weapons and storm into the Dixie Pig as we close out Song of Susannah. On September 6th of last...
DavidCranmer
June 19 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 5, 6, and 7

Part 5: “Case Files” In prison, Bad Coop (Kyle MacLachlan), observing his reflection, flashes back a quarter of a century to The Great Northern Hotel where he had smashed his head...
DavidCranmer
June 19 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.08: “Come to Jesus” Review

The season finale sees the long overdue returns of Anansi and Bilquis. While Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) is tailoring suits for big cheese Wednesday (Ian McShane) and his henchman Shadow (Ricky Whittle),...
DavidCranmer
June 14 2017

Review: The Mentor by Lee Matthew Goldberg

The Mentor by Lee Matthew Goldberg is a twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected hanging in the balance. Take...
DavidCranmer
June 13 2017

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Part III

Last week, we survived a thrilling shootout and got some answers about the demon baby inside Susannah/Mia. This week, things get a little wacky as we run into Stephen King himself in his own story. On...
DavidCranmer
June 12 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.07: “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” Review

At the Ibis and Jacquel funeral home, the bodies are piling up and keeping the godly duo busy. But Jacquel notes Ibis’s fingers are itching to return to writing and excuses his partner to...
DavidCranmer
June 8 2017

From Westlake with Love: Exploring Donald Westlake’s Lost Bond Novel, Forever and a Death

The James Bond I prefer, the “real” James Bond, is the one that exists outside of the bloated, by-the-numbers films. The highly profitable franchise produced few faithful adaptations,...
DavidCranmer
June 7 2017

Celebrating Dean Martin’s Centennial: The Westerns

Dean Martin (1917-1991) began his career as a crooner, racking up a number of hits including “Memories Are Made of This,” “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You,”...
DavidCranmer
June 6 2017

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Part II

Last week, we opened Song of Susannah with a bang, as our gang gets split up and thrown to different whens. This week, the action continues with a thrilling shootout, and we get some answers...
DavidCranmer
June 5 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.06: “A Murder of Gods” Review

The Coming to America segments have been my personal favorites thus far in the first season of American Gods, so much so that they often steal the show. But what a disappointment this week’s...
DavidCranmer
May 30 2017

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Part I

Last week, we fought the Wolves and Susannah/Mia took Black Thirteen and disappeared through the Unfound Door. This week, we begin Song of Susannah with a bang, as our gang gets split up and thrown...
DavidCranmer
May 29 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.05: “Lemon Scented You” Review

Without exception, the opening vignettes to American Gods are mini-masterpieces destined to be viewed time and again as inquiring minds seek to know more about these nearly forgotten fables—expect...
DavidCranmer
May 29 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 3 and 4

If there was one thing that stood out in this week’s episodes, it was those regurgitation scenes. Ay, dios mio! More than once as Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is passing...
DavidCranmer
May 23 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VIII

Last week, Jake discovered Slightman the Elder's treasonous plan as the Calla geared up for the fight of their lives. This week, the battle against the Wolves commences as we close out Wolves of...
DavidCranmer
May 22 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.04: “Git Gone” Review

Every episode of American Gods has ended with me longing for more. All the Coming to America vignettes have been pitch perfect and the acting top-notch across the board, but if I hadn't read...
DavidCranmer
May 22 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 1 and 2

Ahead of David Lynch’s revival, I went back and binged on the original series, interested to know if it would still capture me like it did 27 years ago. I was only a few years older than...
DavidCranmer
May 16 2017

Q&A with Court Merrigan, Author of The Broken Country

Court Merrigan describes himself as a farm-raised country boy, recovering expat, teacher, and businessman. He lives in Wyoming with his family and has an alternate history Western novel just released...
DavidCranmer
May 16 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VII

Last week, Susannah's pregnancy became increasingly distressing. This week, Jake confirms the truth about Slightman the Elder, while Eddie finally takes out that traitor Messenger Robot.  Our...
DavidCranmer
May 15 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.03: “Head Full of Snow” Review

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is a masterpiece of early 21st-century works, and a big reason for this triumph is the seemingly disjointed threads that make up the narrative—specifically...
DavidCranmer
May 11 2017

Review: A Twisted Vengeance by Candace Robb

A Twisted Vengeance by Candace Robb is a historical mystery set in York at the end of the 14th century, where young widow Kate Clifford—struggling to keep her businesses afloat—realizes...
DavidCranmer
May 9 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VI

Last week, we learned of the “unfound” door that will lead our ka-tet back to NYC. This week, Susannah's pregnancy becomes increasingly distressing, and Eddie makes contact with 1977...
DavidCranmer
May 8 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.02: “The Secret of Spoons” Review

Another commendable “Coming to America” opening as Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) makes his appearance, in 1697, in the belly of a Dutch slave ship bound for the New World as Anansi, a trickster...
DavidCranmer
May 2 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part V

Last week, we learned of the Sisters of Oriza. This week, we find out just how Callahan got to Calla Bryn Sturgis and how the ka-tet plans to get back to NYC through the “unfound” door.  Our...
DavidCranmer
May 1 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.01: “The Bone Orchard” Review

For many centuries, immigrants to America brought their gods with them. Once upon a time, these immortals were all-powerful, commanding unrivaled veneration. But now, in this modern age where fickle...
DavidCranmer
April 27 2017

Review: A Single Spy by William Christie

A Single Spy by William Christie follows Alexsi Ivanovich Smirnov, a Russian orphan forced to become a spy during WWII, as he navigates the war and his mission—one that could change the very...
DavidCranmer
April 26 2017

Backgammon: “The Cruelest Game” in Film and Literature

Renowned gamesman Barclay Cooke (1912-1981) called backgammon “the cruelest game.” Memorable hyperbole? Perhaps. But vital skills are needed to play: intense concentration, clever strategy,...
DavidCranmer
April 25 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part IV

Last week, we learned about what happened to Father Callahan after Salem's Lot. This week, we discover the Sisters of Oriza. Our previous read, The Wind Through The Keyhole, waylaid us...
DavidCranmer
April 25 2017

Review: Get Off the Grid! Saul Goodman’s Guide To Staying Off The Radar by Saul Goodman

Get Off the Grid! Saul Goodman's Guide to Staying Off the Radar by Saul Goodman & Steve Huff is a humorous guide on going to ground from the fast-talking lawyer from Breaking Bad and Better...
DavidCranmer
April 24 2017

Review: Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves

Cold Earth is the 7th book in the Shetland Island Mystery series. Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is attending the funeral of friend Magnus Tait, body just laid to rest in the ground, when a landslide...
DavidCranmer
April 24 2017

Review: The Measure of the Moon by Lisa Preston

The Measure of the Moon by Lisa Preston is a mix of mystery and domestic suspense that weaves together two stories of love, lies, and secrets resulting in a shocking conclusion.  Eight-year-old...