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Viewers Like You ~ Tilt (Rock)
Viewers Like You ~ Tilt (Rock)
It's so rare that you find a punk band that combines intelligent songwriting with superb musicianship these days. Tilt is a good indication that straight up, no frills rock is not yet dead. And this CD is a great exempler of their skills.
Cinder Block is probably the best female vocalist working in a band today. Her soaring bluesy delivery recalls the late,great Mia Zapata, and her lyrics are really quite brilliant. On "Viewers Like You", the songs range from the starkly political ("Jenny Segall", "Die of Shame") to the darkly humorous ("Animated Corpse"). Add the solid guitarwork of Terry Bischoff, and you have musical magic.
With every new Tilt CD I keep waiting for them to… Read more
In a Strange City by Laura Lippman
In a Strange City by Laura Lippman
Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan is truly one of the most appealing and original PI protagonist to have appeared in last few years. She is not a self assured repository of cliches, but a three dimensional person, occasionally irritating but always interesting and sympathetic. WIth this book, Lippman's sixth in the series, the Monaghan series rises to it's full potential as one of the premiere PI series of the last decade.
In A Strange City opens up with a scene that harkens back to a Hammett or Chandler novel: a grotesquely overweight man hires Monaghan to follow a man to recover a necklace he says was stolen from him. Seems pretty straightforward, except for the fact that the man he… Read more
The Underground Man: A Lew Archer Novel by Ross Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best, Dec 25 2001
The Underground Man was the first Lew Archer novel I had ever read. I was 12 or 13 and was looking for something other than the Stephen King and Michael Crichton potboilers that were so popular at the time . Reading this book was an epiphany. Now, nearly 15 years later, and hundreds of PI novels later, I have discovered nothing that surpasses this series.
The thing I liked about what MacDonald did is he took all the traditional Hammett/Chandler plot points and character traits (later to become tired cliches when grabbed on by dozens of lesser writers) and made them fresh and relevant. All the authors that came after him, from Parker's Spenser to Grafton's Kinsey Millhone (who sometimes… Read more