[Reviews] V Is for Vengeance

Yet another enjoyable read from an author who seems nearly incapable of delivering anything else.

[Reviews] U Is for Undertow

Grafton's continued evolution as a writer is another great read, but Kinsey and friends sometimes feel like an afterthought.

[Opinion] GameJournoPros Membership: Scarlet Letter or Non-Story?

What does it really say about you if you were a member of the infamous Google group?

T Is for Trespass

Elder abuse is a very real, tragic crime. People we trust to take care of our loved ones in their golden years (and eventually ourselves, in our old age) sometimes are more worried about tending to their own needs. The lines they'll gradually cross if their deeds are left unchecked can be downright sickening.

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S Is for Silence

"S Is for Silence" finds novelist Sue Grafton piecing together a tightly-plotted mystery story with some of the most believable (and flawed) characters she has yet produced. Every time around, Grafton seems to get better at tending to the finer points of her craft, but the stories she tells aren't always more enjoyable as a result of her increasing skill. Such was the case here, I felt.

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R Is for Ricochet

" R Is for Ricochet" follows "Q Is for Quarry," which surprised me by being one of my favorite Kinsey Millhone mysteries for some time. The comparison does the newer novel no huge favors, but I was pleased to find that it was quite entertaining nonetheless, thanks in no small part (once again) to the interactions between Kinsey and a new character: Reba Lafferty.

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Hope Not For the Death of the Gamer

Several blog posts were recently published at leading outlets that suggest the "gamer" is dead. Since then, people have been arguing about whether or not there's any truth to the notion. Personally, I believe the bulk of those arguments are harmful without any potential for a positive outcome because not a lot of people seem to have taken the time to ask a pertinent question: exactly what is a gamer?

I recently spoke up to defend the gamer on my Twitter account, and a long-time acquaintance of mine (who once identified as a gamer) said that gamers are "subhuman scum." He added (sadly, I thought) that "I wouldn't want to be caught dead being called a 'gamer.'" As far as I know, he still plays and enjoys games regularly.

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