Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Literally the Best Reviews: The Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club -- Jake Tapper
Little, Brown and Company
352 Pages

I’ve watched Jake Tapper as far back as his ABC days before he was hired by CNN. In those early days, it seemed like he used to smile a lot more. After reading The Hellfire Club, he should be smiling a whole lot more. Tapper’s debut novel had me consulting with various historical resources to keep abreast of the various pieces of this historical romp through 1950s Washington, DC.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Shenanigans Episode 62: The Toothless Sarlacc in the Devil's Junk Drawer

Shenanigans welcomes 2019 with some new looks and a new sound. Never fear -- we've kept the content the same. We have a new logo, with more visual changes coming. Thanks to Amanda Hodge for designing the new logo. This week, we try out a new game that the Bacon Bits got for Christmas. Does it pass the sniff test? Since we just survived New Year's, what are some hangover cures and do they really work? Millennials seem to hate everything, and we're sure this podcast is no different. And did Grover really swear? One of us can't hear it.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Book Reviews Reloaded: City of Savages

This article first appeared on East Niagara Post on April 14, 2015. It is repeated here as I work to put all my book reviews in one place. They will be posted on Thursdays or Fridays and only be altered from the original in that I will add publisher information and pages. Hopefully, by revisiting these reviews, other people might find a book they'd like to pick up for their own enjoyment.

City of Savages -- Lee Kelly
Saga Press
432 Pages

I pulled two books off the shelf at the Lockport Library and took both home with me. One was The Country of Ice Cream Star and the other was City of Savages. Both dealt with a post-apocalyptic world where the scattered survivors were struggling to overcome various hardships and a singular escape from the drudgery. My initial plan was to compare the two in a double book review. However, The Country of Ice Cream Star is written in the author’s invented pidgin English, and it was taking me longer to decipher it than I expected. Don’t worry though, I will be getting to that book’s review in the very near future.