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Kill City Blues By Richard Kadrey

IN THE September 21 ISSUE

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Sandman Slim, James Stark, returns in Kill City Blues, the fifth book in the Sandman Slim series. Having survived being the ruler of hell, Stark is back in LA looking for the weapon he lost that has the power to kill gods. Unfortunately for him, so is every other supernatural being in the city looking to use the power of the weapon.

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Fall 2013 in Mystery TV

IN THE September 7 ISSUE

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Beginning its ninth (possibly its final) season, Booth and Brennan are stronger than ever. Finally, getting together and making a baby in the last two seasons was the creative jolt this show needed to keep long time fans happy. Not only that, but also this season is the season where marriage finally happens unless producers are teasing us in a cruel way.

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Movie Review

IN THE March 18 ISSUE

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Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey star in this comedy about magicians and the increasing absurdity of magic tricks in recent years. Steve Carell plays the incredible Burt Wonderstone an aging, disgruntled, and pompous magician who is no longer relevant in today’s world where the new magic tricks are doing crazy stunts with your body. Steve Buscemi is his childhood partner Anton, with Olivia Wilde playing the stereotypical magician’s assistant. Jim Carrey is the antagonist, lampooning people like David Blaine, and Criss Angel, delivers the breakout and most enjoyable aspects of the movie.

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The Following: TV Review

IN THE February 16 ISSUE

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Kevin Williamson, the man behind the Scream film series and The Vampire Diaries, comes to FOX with a new gory, gutsy show starring Kevin Bacon; giving his take on serial killers.

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Silver Linings Playbook: Movie Review

IN THE February 4 ISSUE

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If you saw the trailers for Silver Linings Playbook, you probably thought you would be getting another raunchy romantic comedy starring two of the hottest actors right now: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Well let me tell you these trailers were completely misleading. I am not the biggest fan of rom coms, but I loved the talent involved with this movie. Aside from the leads, the film also includes Robert DeNiro, Jackie Weaver, and Julia Stiles.

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If you are an avid reader of Urban Fantasy, there comes a point when you have read pretty much everything that’s really good, and you have to work to find the next series you can get addicted to. And it gets even harder when every book seems to be derivative of the same sort of stories: fairies, witches, vampires, shape shifters, etc. That’s precisely why Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles is freaking amazing. Besides being good in the sense of the writing and storytelling, it is completely original (at least to me, because I rarely see anything dealing with druids of the Celts).

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Ever After, book 11 in Kim Harrison’s fantastic urban fantasy series The Hollows, continues the story of a witch–really a demon–Rachel Morgan and her friends, which include elves, pixies, vampires, werewolves, and some really pissed off demons. This being the 11th book in the series I’ll have to give some brief back story to the world of The Hollows.

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Top Ten TV Shows Of 2012

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

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It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lists! Here is a list of my personal top ten for the best TV shows of the year. And man it was so hard to choose just ten; this was such a great, no fantastic, year for TV, probably the best in the last couple of years. So let’s get started from 10 to 1.

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Elementary: TV Review

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

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I am not the biggest fan of CBS shows for a variety of reasons: they often follow a strict formula that gets tiring really fast. Then they got a hold of Person of Interest, an amazing Sci-fi procedural that is incredibly good, so I had to give them some credit. That is the real reason I was even remotely interested in the Sherlock Holmes project when I first heard about it.

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Hit and Run: Movie Review

IN THE September 17 ISSUE

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Dax Shepard (Parenthood) and Kristin Bell star in this sort of indie flick that got a pretty wide release and has some of the best star cameos I have seen in years. A former getaway driver for a gang that used to rob banks leaves the Witness Protection program to help his girlfriend get a new job in LA, while avoiding the former gang he helped put away.

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The Expendables 2: Movie Review

IN THE August 27 ISSUE

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The Expendables return to fulfill your action star nostalgia quota for the month. After a successful first film, Sylvester Stallone returns with a star-studded cast that includes: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. That is a lot of star and a lot of testosterone. OK I am not going to bore you with the plot because really does the plot matter when you have some of the most prolific action stars since the since the eighties. It delivers with the action, over the top kill sequences and the stars look pretty good doing it.

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We return to Bon Temps to follow the continuing journey of Sookie Stackhouse our favorite telepathic waitress, well one my favorites anyways, as she deals with all sorts of supernatural problems surrounding her life. This book finds Sookie in danger, as her boyfriend Eric Northman the vampire Viking blows into town with payback on his mind, a shifter is out to get her, and there is more fairy trouble because of something she inherited in the last book.

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James Stark returns in Devil Said Bang, picking up roughly three months after the events of Aloha From Hell. Stark has had his hands full trying to stay alive and trying to make his way back to LA after being stuck as the reigning Lucifer of Hell. But LA isn’t as Stark left it, his angelic half is running loose, something is eating all the ghosts, and some of the most powerful magic wielding people are planning something big.

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The Bourne Legacy: Movie Review

IN THE August 20 ISSUE

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The Bourne Legacy is the fourth entry into the Bourne film series starring Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz and aiming to continue the series without the titular Jason Bourne played by Matt Damon in the last three movies. I didn’t envy the makers of this film because they had to come up with a story that was compelling enough to tell without Matt Damon in the lead role, after a successful trilogy. That said, you didn’t have to watch the first three movies in the series because the first half of this movie, basically gives you the gist of what happened.

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