Tag: Book Review

Book Review – Branden Chowen on Quarry by Max Allan Collins

Title: Quarry (originally titled The Broker) Author: Max Allan Collins Published: 1976 Publisher: Berkley Medallion — I was introduced to Quarry during a Hard Case Crime series collection overview from the Cereal at Midnight YouTube channel. Typically, seeing the name “hard case crime”, I’d think a detective story that wouldn’t be of much interest to…


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…


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…


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…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on IT by Stephen King

Title: IT Author: Stephen King Published: 1986 Publisher: Viking Audiobook Narrator: Steven Weber — If there was a book I would have pointed to on the (not so) definitive 25 scariest novels ever written list as one I’d never finish, it would be number six from that list (with 11 mentions), Stephen King’s IT. This is…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Title: Jane Doe Author: Victoria Helen Stone Published: 2018 Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Audiobook Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella — A couple months ago I finished my first novel from the thriller genre, and really enjoyed it. Since then, Victoria Helen Stone’s thriller, Jane Doe, popped up as an Audible Daily Deal, and I decided to give it…