Most people who know me can vouch for the fact that I love just about anything involving (a) time travel, or (b) noir tropes. Fortunately, Expiration Date, the latest novel from Philadelphia genre master Duane Swierczynski, features both (along with some great beer and records. Even better!), and you can read my full review over at DailyGenoshan.com. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
Recently unemployed journalist Mickey Wade lucked into a rent-free apartment — his sick grandfather’s place. The only problem: it’s in a lousy neighborhood — the one where Mickey grew up, in fact. The one he was so desperate to escape.
But now he’s back. Dead broke. And just when he thinks he’s reacher rock bottom, Mickey wakes up in the past. Literally.
At first he thinks it’s a dream. All of the stores he remembered from his childhood, the cars, the rumbles of the elevated train. But as he digs deeper into the past, searching for answers about the grandfather he hardly knows, Mickey meets the twelve-year-old kid who lives in the apartment below.
The kid who will grow up to someday murder Mickey’s father.
The VOICE says: When killing activists, never shoot for the head, always aim for the heart.”
Over at DailyGenoshan.com, I’ve posted my review of Jonathan Hickman’s debut book The Nightly News, which combines contemporary graphic design, infographics, prose, photorenderings, and comic book dialogue with a gazillion conflicting narratives to tell the story of a domestic terrorist cult determined to take down the American news media. In case that sentence wasn’t clear, it’s absolutely nuts. Check it out.
If you’ve ever wondered about the connection between the original Biblical murder and issue #1 of SUPERMAN IN ACTION COMICS, then Brad Meltzer’s got your ticket in The Book of Lies, a labyrinthine conspiracy thriller that’s kind of like The Da Vinci Code for comic book fans, except good.
Read my full review over at DailyGenoshan.com!
I’ve posted my reviews of the beers I tasted at the Winter Jubilee Boston Beer Summit at the Park Plaza Castle over on FiveByFiveHundred.com. The twist? I reviewed them all in haiku form. And for some strange reason, my notes/haikus get progressively more interesting and less coherent the more I drank. How peculiar.
Haiku Beer Review: for the thinking drinking man.
I’ve posted a book review of My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, by Robert T. Jeschonek, over on DailyGenoshan.com, where I’m now a regular contributor. You can read the full review here. Recommended if you enjoy fantasy novels, rock bands, the internet, metafiction, and liking bands before they even exist just so you can tell your friends that you liked them first.*
*You like all of these things.
“Whatever ineffable attributes Sembos brings to the Alternate Routes, there’s no mistaking what he has done with the Backyard Committee: He’s made an inviting album of songs that linger after the last note fades. The guitarist and singer displays a knack for crafting solid pop songs shot through with bits of folk and country, for a warm, pleasingly worn-in sound.”
Catch me playing keyboards with the Backyard Committee next Monday, January 17 at Daniel Street in Milford, CT, and don’t forget to download the album for free before the show.