Gone Girl
You don’t really need me to tell you to read Gone Girl. It’s this year’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” with all the appropriate zeitgeist.

But if you’
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
My Friend Dahmer
The artist mostly known as “Derf” was a bit of a mystery during my tenure at the Cleveland Scene and Free Times. He was the guy behind the coolest com ...more
Nov 05, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
It’s been awhile since I’ve come across a concept so tight and perfect that I had to immediately seek out the book and devour it. But when I heard the ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories
Confession: This book falls outside my comfort zone. It does not have monsters or time travel or time traveling monsters. There were a couple reasons ...more
May 29, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Found this novel staring at me from the shelf of a used book store about a year ago. I picked it up, saw it was a first edition, and decided I had not ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Jul 23, 2011
Ready Player One
I will give any book a chance if the author owns a DeLorian. And Ready Player One, by uber-geek Ernest Cline, did not disappoint.

If you don’t know alr
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)
I finished reading the last page of The Dark Tower series on a flight into Bangor, in 2004. I cried. I had come to know Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, ...more
May 11, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
A Visit from the Goon Squad
A handful of stories have changed my life and every time I find one I worry that it might be the last.

These are stories that inspired me to write bett
Feb 23, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
Night Film
The premise of this story is pretty amazeballs: What would happen if David Lynch’s daughter committed suicide (or was murdered…) and Mikael Blomkvist ...more
Jan 22, 2014
Dec 08, 2013
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I really don’t need to tell you to read this. Most likely, you already have. I’m coming to the games a bit late, myself.

What the hell took you so long
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
The Long Tomorrow
Every once in a while, you visit a used bookstore and happen across a forgotten classic. In May, I drove through the little town of Kinsman, Ohio, on ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
I don’t give up on a book easily. I can count on one hand the times this has happened. But this book and I have come to a parting of the ways. And thi ...more
Aug 05, 2012
May 11, 2012
The End of Eternity
I love going back to the classics. It’s fun to see what inspired modern-day novelists and screenwriters when they were kids. The End of Eternity, by I ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Dec 06, 2012
My favorite perk of being a published writer is getting advance reader copies of novels. For an avid reader, it’s like a secret peek into the future. ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 05, 2012
Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11)
The Avengers of the Vampire Chronicles. Every returns to fight an old evil. I read it with a smile on my face the whole time. I've missed Lestat.
Feb 28, 2015
Feb 28, 2015
Wolf in White Van
Every sentence is a gem. A bit nihilistic and cold. But also beautiful.
Feb 28, 2015
Feb 28, 2015
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Charles Yu has blown my mind. Moments ago I finished his strange novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. I was told it was a story ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
The Dog Stars
What is it with post-apocalyptic novelist feeling the need to go all Cormac McCarthy with their voice? Nobody will ever do it as well as ol’ Cormac di ...more
Jun 03, 2014
Sep 13, 2013
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
It was cool to visit Danny, again. And I'm happy it wasn't just a rehash of The Shining. But I wanted to know more about the history of the True Knot. ...more
Dec 04, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
I think I first saw the cover of this book when I was about 13 and the mystery of it grabbed me even then. It’s a hard to find book. Not as popular as ...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
Who Killed Betsy?: Uncovering Penn State University's Most Notorious Unsolved Crime
Long before Jerry Sandusky, Penn State learned well how to cover up the darkest aspects of human nature. During the Thanksgiving break, in 1969, a you ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 01, 2012
The Best American Short Stories 2012
According to the New York Times, we’re entering a new Golden Age of short stories due to the explosion of eBook and eReaders and the public’s lazy att ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
The Turn of the Screw
Drove out to Manhattan last week to speak with my editor about a new novel (more on that soon). The trip is a rough seven hours East on I-80 and there ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
Ever since completing the Dark Tower saga, I get a sense that Uncle Steve is just having fun. His post-Tower books stand on their own the way his earl ...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Okay, so I’m officially caught up in the Hunger Games trilogy, now. Can’t wait to pick up the third book tonight!

The first book is a masterpiece. And
Jan 26, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Zone One
So someone went and wrote a literary novel about the zombie apocalypse. Kind of the Ulysses of flesh-eating fiction.

The plot is sparse. Such as it is,
Nov 10, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
All good things must come to an end.

Finished Mockingjay last night around 2 a.m. because the last 75 pages grabbed me tight and wouldn’t let go until
Feb 10, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Await Your Reply
There’s nothing I love more than being surprised by a story. It doesn’t happen that often anymore. Movies, books, music, even the good ones, mostly ar ...more
Nov 05, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
And Another Thing... (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #6)
I LOVED the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as a kid. All five books in the trilogy. Discovering the story of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, an ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
I loves me some Dan Brown. I do. Not because he’s a great writer. He isn’t. But because he is a great storyteller. When I get together with my writer ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
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