Category Archives: Entertainment Editorial

The Best TV Shows of 2017!

Honorable Mentions: Although a little too uneven for the Top Ten, the final seasons of “Longmire” and “Halt and Catch Fire” were definitely things to seek out. As was the final season of “Samurai Jack,” which returned to give fans a proper send-off for this beloved character. And I’m downright excited to see what the Gorgeous… Read More »

The Best Books of the Year!

Truthfully, I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped to in 2017, so this list is far from conclusive (for that, you’ll need to check out the TV and Film lists, which really might include everything made in 2017), but here are some books you may want to check out… 10. “My Favorite Thing… Read More »

The Best TV Episodes OR Scenes of the Year

What were some of the best TV episodes, scenes, or moments of 2017? Read further to find out… Runner-Up: the “Vice Principals” series finale. Even if you figured out who Neal Gamby’s real shooter was, you likely didn’t see a wedding dress, a car crash, and a tiger mauling coming. 10. “Longmire”‘s Series Finale…A show no one respects,… Read More »

“The Fact of a Body” Made Me Pro-Death Penalty, Whoops…Plus “American Fire” and “Killers of a Flower Moon”

Quick book reviews of three very different crime books… The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich…Lesnevich was an anti-death penalty advocate who found herself surprised that she wanted child-murderer Ricky Langley to die. The more she digs into the case, the more she begins to sympathize with Langley, but the opposite was true for this reviewer.… Read More »

Hollywood is More Afraid of China than Trump

Alabama Liberal explains how China controls major Hollywood funding, American movie theaters, what films get made here (and their pro-China message), and even what actors get cast or are on China’s “red list”…

Book Reviews: Exit West, Do Not Be Alarmed, The Arrangement, All Our Wrong Todays, The Party

Five great books grouped together only by quality. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see all five of these wind up in my “Best Books of the Year” list but I know at least one of them will… Exit West by Mohsin Hamid…Hamid’s mercifully slim, fully captivating tale of the war in Syria starts by… Read More »

Book Reviews: Afterlife, The Force, The Late Show, The Destroyers, The Switch

As if you needed any more thrillers or mysteries to get you through Halloween, but if you did… Afterlife by Marcus Sakey…Fantastic. Seek this book—about an electricity and fire-free afterlife called “The Echo” populated by “eaters” who can consume the energy of others—out now. Sakey does something incredible here: weaving together a compelling romance, tense action… Read More »

Book Reviews: Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Essex Serpent, Saints and Misfits

Two YA books and a monster tale, because…well, why not? Although of them do deal with societal taboos in their own way. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee…A solid start to a new series of period-set YA adventure books following a bisexual British Lord (threatened to be cut-off by his father) on… Read More »

Book Reviews: The Long Drop, The Birdwatcher, Persons Unknown, Take Out, Celine

Now some mystery novels if you’d rather read that for Halloween. Since I didn’t truly love any of these books, the reviews will be fairly brief… The Long Drop by Denise Mina…This outrageous true story involves a man whose family is murdered, and even though he’s the prime suspect, he asks for the public’s help… Read More »