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On the Subject of Reviewing

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I’ve been reviewing a ton of stuff for HorrorTalk recently. What started as just comics has branched into movies and books as well. I’ve had the pleasure of reading and seeing some great stuff and I’ve questioned why I was doing this after reading and watching some horribly made entertainment. I’m a big supporter of independent filmmaking and publishing but doing something without the help of a major studio or publishing house is no excuse for laziness. I’ve read too many books recently that are just poorly edited. People today seem to rely too much on the spellcheck tool in Microsoft Word. Simple mistakes like using the wrong version of There / They’re / Their or just using a wrong word altogether pop up all too frequently in these works and it’s getting increasingly frustrating to read through them. If I was getting something published and I was asking someone to pay money for my product I would proof read the shit out of that book. I’d have friends read it and give me honest feedback and look for mistakes because I wouldn’t want to be put in a position where I’d look foolish, nor would I want someone to feel cheated if they bought my book and it was filled with glaring errors.

On the plus side of all this, I’ve recently been invited to a few press screenings which has been really cool. Last week I saw a double feature of Black Death and I Saw the Devil. Next week I’ll be seeing Hobo With a Shotgun.

James Knows…Books: The Confession by Domenic Stansberry

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My travels through the Hard Case Crime library continue with book #6, The Confession by Domenic Stansberry. I’ve never heard of the author, but the premise sounded somewhat interesting. Jake Danser is a criminal psychologist who suffers from some weird black out disease. He loses time. He gets set up for a murder and chaos ensues. But maybe he really did commit the murder?

Sounds cool right? Well, it could have been, but it wasn’t. See, the book is told from Jake’s perspective and it’s kind of hard to sympathize with him because Jake’s a dick. He’s got stupid long hair tied back in an ugly pony tail that he wears while cheating on his wife and doing blow. When his wife confronts him about his affair(s), he suddenly decides he wants to be with her again. This flip flopping makes no sense aside from the idea that he wants her when he realizes he can’t have her anymore. It’s childish and stupid and it doesn’t fit with the character at all. (more…)

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