The Late Shift

The Late Shift is the story of David Letterman, Jay Leno and the insanity surrounding The Tonight Show following Johnny Carson’s exit in 1992. Before I picked this up, I had read the author’s follow-up book, “The War for Late Night” which discussed at length the controversy surrounding Conan O’Brien’s boot from The Tonight Show…

Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography

Although I’m certain I would have been exposed to Louis Riel during my time in school, I have no recollection of learning about the man until I read Bastards & Boneheads earlier this year and his story blew my mind.  While author Will Ferguson wrote a compelling summary of his life in Bastards & Boneheads,…

Batman: Gates of Gotham

A new adversary, The Architect, is targeting historical properties in Gotham City and it’s up to Batman, Red Robin, Robin and Black Bat to bring him to justice. That one sentence summary would seemingly apply to 99% of Batman stories but hey, that’s OK, it’s Batman after all.  With Gates of Gotham, writer Scott Snyder,…

Annihilation

Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation follows a troupe of four women – a biologist, a surveyor, an anthropologist and a psychologist – as they enter the mysterious Area X, an area of land sectioned off due to its mysterious and dangerous properties.  Despite there having been eleven prior expeditions, not much is known about what goes on…

Moonlight Mile

After shelving Kenzie and Gennaro for eleven years, Lehane returned to his signature characters in 2010 with the series’ sixth novel, Moonlight Mile.  A lot has happened since we last left the detectives.  Patrick and Angie have since tied the knot and brought life into the world in their four year old daughter, Gabby.  Feeling…

Bastards & Boneheads

When I couldn’t figure out what to read after the latest Dennis Lehane novel and before Don Winslow’s forthcoming epic due out later this month (The Force), Alaina handed me a book that she had been suggesting I read for a while now – Will Ferguson’s “Bastards & Boneheads”. Annoyed with the same old criteria…

Since We Fell

Since We Fell tells the story of Rachel Childs as she searches for her father, a man she barely remembers from her childhood.  It is also the story of her struggles as a journalist covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Oh, and it’s also the story of the breakdown of her first marriage to a…

It

Every twenty-seven years, an evil presence returns to the sleepy town of Derry, Maine to feast on children. Alternating between 1958 and 1985, King focuses on a small group of friends that dared to fight back against that very entity; a being they dubbed IT. As a kid, I was picked on by bullies. Be…