Author: <span class="vcard">Branden Chowen</span>

Book Review – Branden Chowen on Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Longtime readers of Cinefessions might notice something different on this review: it is scored out of five stars rather than the usual four! It has not been decided if we will be moving all reviews to the five-star scale, but for the time being, at least, any books reviewed on Cinefessions will now be based…


Graphic Novel Review – Branden Chowen on Marvel Zombies (2006)

Title: Marvel Zombies Writer: Robert Kirkman Artist: Sean Phillips Release Date: August 9, 2006 Publisher: Marvel — I’ve wanted to read Marvel Zombies for as long as I’ve been interested in comic books. It was one of the first hardcover volumes that caught my interest, but it was so thin compared to others I was…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on Carrie by Stephen King

Title: Carrie Author: Stephen King Published: 1974 Publisher: Doubleday Audiobook Narrator: Sissy Spacek — After reading, and loving, Stephen King’s IT recently, I’ve decided I want to go back to the beginning of King’s bibliography, and see how far I can make it. Carrie is now officially the third Stephen King novel – fourth if you…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Title: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Author: Erik Larson Published: 2003 Publisher: Crown Publishers Audiobook Narrator: Scott Brick — Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City is really two stories in one. The first is a historical account of the trials and tribulations of…


#315Albums – No. 039 – Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run (1975)

#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Fetishists by A.S. Coomer

Title: The Fetishists Author: A.S. Coomer Published: 2017 Publisher: Grindhouse Press Audiobook Narrator: Sean Duregger — Thanks to A.S. Coomer’s The Fetishists, I now know what a “ponygirl” is. This information does nothing for me, of course, as I don’t imagine this answer ever popping up on Jeopardy, but that is really the name of the…


#315Albums – No. 038 – Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its…