Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

In Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, author Sean Howe conducted over 100 interviews with employees past and present in an effort to present a comprehensive history of the comics giant. Howe takes the reader through the company’s early years in the 40s and 50s before the explosion of popularity they would see in the 1960s.…

Canadianity

Jeremy Taggart is the former drummer for Our Lady Peace, one of my favorite bands from my youth.  Jonathan Torrens is an actor and television host who has enjoyed a long career as a constant presence on Canadian television.  A few years back, they met and decided to produce a podcast about their shared love…

Down The River Unto The Sea

Accused of rape a decade ago that led to several months in prison and his subsequent dismissal from the NYPD, former cop turned P.I Joe King Oliver receives a letter in the mail from his accuser stating she was paid to set up the frame by another detective.  Joe decides to follow up and meet…

At Home in the Dark

At Home in the Dark is a collection of short stories from various authors edited by Lawrence Block. I received a free copy from the editor in exchange for an honest review. When asked about what is the common denominator that links these stories, editor Lawrence Block said – “…two come to mind. They’re all…

First Blood

On a warm fall day in the small Kentucky town of Madison, Rambo (unlike the movie, there is no first name given here) arrives carrying a sleeping bag and a few meager possessions.  Given his unkempt state (long hair, unshaven), he’s fingered for vagrancy and quickly picked up by Wilfred Teasle, the local sheriff, driven…

Coronado: Stories

Coronado is a collection of six short stories by author Dennis Lehane. Running out of Dog – A well-written tale about small town secrecy.  Running out of Dog is fueled by pent-up male-aggression threatening to burst inside those who seem to lack a true purpose in life.  Blue, the best friend of protagonist Elgin, is…

Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellman Files #2)

When the Spellman family gets a new neighbor, Isabel Spellman cannot shake the feeling that something is off about him.  Maybe it’s his all too common name of John Brown?  Is it his office door that he constantly keeps locked?  Or maybe it’s the fact that privacy and trust is something that is rarely present…