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Blast from the Past by Toni L.P. Kelner
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Nov 16, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 16 to 21, 2011

I liked this one, even if it was a little different than the other two. Tilda spends the majority of the book on-location with a film crew on Cape Cod instead of bouncing between her apartment and the Entertain Me! offices. She's working on a story about Pharos, an upcoming blockbuster film adaptation of a popular cult comic book. Oh yeah, she also has to track down the writer/artist of the comic, who hasn't been heard from since it was canceled. All in a day's work!

Pharos, both the comic and the movie based on it, is really neat. The other fictional creations from previous books, Kissing Cousins and Cowtown, were just as well realized, but had a certain cheeseball factor to them. This allowed for plenty of jokey material, and it was a lot of fun. Pharos, on the other hand, could be a truly awesome comic book. I can picture the lighthouse and the mermaid Melusine and everything. I loved all the scenarios in this comic-within-a-book. By the end it felt like it was a real comic I had read.

Tilda does some of her best investigative work in this book. I love watching her work. I've always enjoyed watching her process of elimination, especially when it comes to Internet nutcases. This time she interviews a variety of interesting folk in the movie and comic businesses. It was fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at these two industries, which I am not really familiar with. All of this would have been compelling enough, but then there's a hit-and-run murder mystery to solve to build tension even more.

I felt Tilda grew a bit in this book. She decides not to gossip about an actor's shortcomings and almost comes to love her current bad roommate's menagerie of animals. I was a little disappointed that I only got to see Cooper a couple times in this one. And simply via telephone, no less! He was in the last book a lot though, so I'll survive. And a part of me also missed Tilda and Nicole's bitchy repartee. But this fun detour was a great way to keep things fresh and me craving more. Can't wait for the next book in this fun series.

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Reading Progress

11/20/2011 page 87
29.0% "and the phrase "nacho-induced camaraderie" made me LOL. And hungry for nachos."

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