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October 31, 2009

October 27, 2009

Swierczynski & Koryta

Duane & Michael
Originally uploaded by dhslit
Two of the distinguished gentlemen of crime fiction, holding court at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis.

October 21, 2009

Are You There, Deadpool? It's Me Deadpool.

Gischler mouthed off on Marvel's Tuesday Q&A about DEADPOOL: Merc with a Mouth #7 -- a souped up issue with art by Rob Liefeld, Kyle Baker, Das Pastoras and regular series artist Bong Dazo.

What do you do with a homesick zombie head? Take it back to the zombie universe, of course!

Hopping through an interdimensional portal in the Florida swamp with Headpool tucked under his arm, Deadpool soon finds himself bouncing through a series of outlandish alternate realities, each more warped than the last. Wade Wilson, say hello to Major Deadpool, the Deadpool Kid and – va-va-voom – Lady Deadpool.

DEADPOOL #7 isn't out until January 2010, so get your fix with #4 today!

“HEAD TRIP,” part 4: Things just keep getting more savage in the Savage Land for poor old Wade. Not only does a crack squad of Hydra shock troops want to put the smackdown on our boy Deadpool, but the cavemen want back their god (i.e. the severed-but-still annoying head of the Marvel Zombies Deadpool) and have turned out the troops, spears ready to fly. Even with Ka-Zar's help, it's going to be a close one. To make matters worse, “Severed Headpool” can't keep his teeth to himself. One hungry bite can bring a world of hurt down on top of Deadpool and the luscious Dr. Betty.

Mucho bueno preview pages are up at BSC. But you don't need 'em, since you're going to get your very own copy at a local comic store, right?

October 18, 2009

Reed F. Coleman in Dallas!

7 pm Monday tonight at Legacy Books. Be there or be square.

Reed is in Dallas after winning the Shamus Award for Best Novel(EMPTY EVER AFTER) at Bouchercon last week!
[A candid Coleman shot courtesy of Duane Swierczynski]

TOWER is a meeting of great minds -- Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman have wowed critics and readers alike.

"one of the finest and most powerful novels of the year...[TOWER is] most highly recommended and should immediately be added to your 'must read' list" - Bookgasm

Busted Flush Press has just released its first original novel... billed as a crime tale, and what a tale it is.... Tower is a brutal, and sometimes tender, noir novel that careens through Brooklyn, Manhattan, Boston and Philadelphia, leaving you breathless and stunned." - Shelf Awareness

"a story as old as hard-boiled fiction, but Bruen, the prolific and gifted Irishman, and Coleman, his new partner in crime, have given it new life. Bruen's prose is some of the leanest, meanest writing crime fans will find, and Coleman's more discursive style amplifies and explicates the story, in the same way that John Coltrane's lyrical saxophone built on the clipped trumpet ideas of Miles Davis. The result is more than the sum of its parts, and it brings to mind Dennis Lehane's brilliant Mystic River (2001). Readers who like their streets mean, and their criminals and cops meaner, will love Tower." - Booklist

"Brutally poetic... Bruen and Coleman shine... displaying all the literary chops that have made their novels such cult favorites among mystery fans." - Publishers Weekly

"[TOWER has] sharply etched characters relayed in a prose style that frequently lands a punch to the gut...These two writers have amassed a mantle full of prizes and bevies of fans; much of the fun they must have had playing off each other comes across in this successful collaboration." - Library Journal

October 16, 2009

Crimespree glee

Congratulations to Brian Azzarello, who won the Crimespree Award for Favorite Comic Writer!

(Photo from B'con 2008, with Will Dennis)

October 1, 2009

A rebel life

Kirkus Reviews praises MOLLY IVINS: A REBEL LIFE as "a solid account of her development as a reporter and writer. The best part, of course, is rereading Ivins’s old zingers, as when she said of a Pat Buchanan speech, 'It probably sounded better in the original German.'

Aspiring journalists, read this—and then get to work."

“God I miss Molly Ivins! The Texas kicker spoke truth to power like nobody’s business. Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith have elegantly bottled up her enduring charm in this winner of a book. A real page-turning hoot.”
-- Douglas Brinkley

“I was lucky enough to be the publisher of Molly Ivins’ iconoclastic, outrageously funny, laceratingly pointed political and social commentaries that made most male contemporaries—hello sweet pea—seem like shrinking violets, and I never knew the half of what made her tick so gloriously. The deeply researched biography by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith, written with affection but unflinching candor, reveals a brave, resilient woman with a personality bigger than Texas whom hundreds of thousands of her readers, like me, will wish they’d known better.”
-- Sir Harold Evans

1,2,3, cha cha cha!

"Grade: A- ...this diet really can change your life. [Somer] lays out 10 easy steps, like boosting your whole grains and limited sugar. On-the-go eaters will benefit from tips for ordering healthy takeout. And you may indeed be happier since you can enjoy sweets or wine on occassion." - Family Circle magazine

Bonny Bonham -- animated!