Murder, D.C. by Neely Tucker

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Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

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American Horror Story: Freak Show – Season 4, Episode 8: “Bloodbath”

Dandy Mott: Beyond the Tighty Whities

This is a much delayed and unfortunately brief discussion of last week’s episode; I apologize for both my brevity and my lack of punctuality here. Nevertheless, “Bloodbath” marks an important step for Dandy in terms of the duality of his personality. Continue reading “American Horror Story: Freak Show – Season 4, Episode 8: “Bloodbath””

American Horror Story: Freak Show, S4, E1 – “Monsters Among Us”

“And who is that, Orgasmo the Crab Boy?”

“Dolores Claiborne’s accent hurts.”

“That clown is wearing a head hat.”

“I think Tate’s new mom is gonna get it on with Tate’s old mom.”

These are just some of the thoughts that ran through my head during the Freak Show premiere on Wednesday. Well, the “Orgasmo” gem came from my husband; I had a similar thought but was unable to verbalize it so eloquently. There was certainly a lot happening in the opener, but these divergent plot points only culminated in a discordant mess. I think I hated it. That being said, I loved the premiere of Coven, and that turned into the worst season of AHS yet. Thus, maybe this painful episode is a harbinger of a great season – or at least that’s my stab at optimism for today. Continue reading “American Horror Story: Freak Show, S4, E1 – “Monsters Among Us””

Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

Detective Inspector Marnie Rome and her partner DS Noah Jake are conveniently at a women’s shelter when a resident attempts to murder her husband. Despite the plethora of witnesses, however, this case is not as clear-cut as it seems. Being a crime novel, Someone Else’s Skin takes readers through a variety of twists and turns, but the end result is ultimately lackluster. Continue reading “Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary”

The Walking Dead, Episode 414: “The Grove”

The modus operandi for The Walking Dead has been to bore viewers to the point of suicidal thoughts, and then to shock the hell out of them. The shocking episodes have been increasingly few and far between, making them all the more surprising when they do show up. I cant decide if this is a genius ploy or a cheap gimmick, but it keeps me watching this show every time I’m right on the verge of entirely giving up on it. “The Grove” hooked me again. Continue reading “The Walking Dead, Episode 414: “The Grove””

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn

This is a true account of a man who was one of many to be swindled by a murderous psychopath. Journalist Walter Kirn, under some bizarre circumstances, meets and befriends Clark Rockefeller, of the Rockefellers. The two continue a correspondence over many years, during which time Rockefeller regales Kirn with his various monetary exploits and awkward character tics. It eventually comes out that Clark Rockefeller is only an assumed identity, and that the man behind the masquerade is not an eccentric bajillionaire, but a ruthless killer. Continue reading “Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn”