[Reviews] When the Sacred Ginmill Closes

Reports that this is the best of the Matthew Scudder novels may be slightly exaggerated...

[Reviews] Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

A lighthearted, vaguely silly example of the sort of movies Hollywood produced in a bygone era.

[Reviews] Well-Schooled in Murder

An interesting mystery, solved by interesting people as they grapple with interesting problems outside of work.

Sleeping Beauty

"Sleeping Beauty" tells a story too interesting to pass up, or so I thought. The film stars Emily Browning, who did just fine in "Sucker Punch," even if that bit of cinema wound up not being particularly good overall. There are a few reasons I probably should have liked the movie a lotů but I didn't.

Browning plays Lucy (no last name), a young woman making her way through a movie where surnames aren't important because you only worry about such things when you care. Lucy, to put it simply, doesn't care. Instead, she works a few tedious jobs--one at an office and one at a restaurant--and attends college classes and participates in a medical program of some sort that earns her money that she uses to (mostly) pay for her share of a flat she rarely has time to visit.

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LA Cops

I had a bit of a dry spell where freelance reviews were concerned, so I was happy to accept when an offer to review LA Cops hit my inbox. Why wouldn't I be? It looked like a good game!

It turns out that LA Cops is not a particularly good game, though. It seems to have been modeled a bit after Hotline Miami, only in this case you play as officers of the law and you're fighting to put down a nasty gang. It had a lot of potential, but you can read the full review to find out where a bunch of things went wrong.

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Eight Million Ways to Die

"Eight Million Ways to Die," the fifth Lawrence Block novel featuring Matthew Scudder, is also my favorite book in the series up to that point. I enjoyed the previous volumes, with their look at an unlicensed private investigator working the streets of New York that he once patrolled as a cop, but they never felt as substantial as this newest tale does.

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A Stab in the Dark

"A Stab in the Dark," the fourth novel about Matthew Scudder from novelist Lawrence Block, was for some reason more difficult to track down than its immediate predecessors and successors were. I wound up having to pay a lot more than I wanted to in order to snag a new copy of the paperback. It was worth the effort, though, because this is another fine installment in a series that I quite enjoy.

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