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Jason Venter
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Pro tip: don't read "A Ticket to the Boneyard" if you're looking for the feel-good story of the decade. It's quite dark. Still a good read, but definitely a dark one...
Keep sunshine and rainbows on hand, just to balance things out as you brave this descent into darkness.
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Here I am with a new book review and a new profile avatar, all in one day. How cool is that? This time around, I'm reviewing "Out on the Cutting Edge," another Lawrence Block novel about Matthew Scudder. I'm still enjoying the series, but this particular installment wasn't quite as good as its predecessors, I didn't think.
Not one of the best in the series, but still a welcome diversion for Matthew Scudder fans.
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"When the Sacred Ginmill Closes" has been called the best of the Matthew Scudder novels... by people who aren't me. Though I did like it, I felt that it wasn't quite as good as some of the ones that came before it. Different strokes for different folks, as the saying goes...
Reports that this is the best of the Matthew Scudder novels may be slightly exaggerated...
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"Eight Million Ways to Die" is my favorite Matthew Scudder crime novel that I've read to date. I decided to start at the beginning, and this particular book proves that Scudder has what it takes to kick any imitators to the curb. What a great read!
Depth, intrigue, and a sense of place combine to produce the quintessential Matthew Scudder tale.
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I am becoming a fan of Elizabeth George, even though her second book, Payment in Blood, spent most of its first half being irksome. My review explores the book's challenges and triumphs in more detail, in case you're interested...
A difficult follow-up to a great book, but still a worthwhile mystery novel from the talented Elizabeth George.
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"Missing Joseph" feels like a novel from an author who is growing bored with her beloved characters. More often than I would like, that feeling is infectious.
Besides missing Joseph, this novel is missing much in the way of the characters that might prompt a person to read it in the first place.
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Here is my review of "For the Sake of Elena." It was not my favorite in the series to date, but I still had a lot of fun with it. My review goes into more detail on that score, naturally...
Not one of the strongest entries in the generally strong series, but still well worth reading if you're a fan.
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If you like the old Agatha Christie novels but you'd like to see a newer writer tackle similar stuff, make sure you don't miss the fourth Inspector Lynley novel, "A Suitable Vengeance." It's very good! My review gives details...
A prequel that doubles as a fresh take on the sort of novel that made Agatha Christie's career.
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I just got done reviewing Sleeping Beauty, one of the movies still available on Netflix streaming that won't be available after the end of the month.
Watching this film for free on Netflix before they pulled it and I would have had to pay for the privilege was the right call...
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It's really going to suck when I run out of Matthew Scudder novels to read. Fortunately, I don't have to worry about that for a while yet. "A Stab in the Dark," the book I've recently finished reading and reviewing, is only the 4th of 18 books Lawrence Block has written about the gruff character thus far. I look forward to reading more of them soon!
The story of the pain a serial killer left behind almost takes a back seat to the tale of an investigator who should lay off the bottle...
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Check out this sweet video I took just now of a porcupine enjoying brunch.
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freelance game critic
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game criticism, journalism, blogging
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  • Self-Employed
    Freelancer, 2011 - present
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Coastal Oregon
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I blog about games and entertainment. Let me know if you'd like to pay me to write for you!
Introduction
I was born in Oregon and I've rarely stepped outside its borders since.  I'm a freelance game critic, a novelist, a webmaster and a bunch of other boring things all rolled into one.
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I started a site about video games (HonestGamers) in 1998, and it's still online and active!
Education
  • Central Oregon Community College
    English Education, 1998 - 2000
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