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First Listen: New Releases for June 30th
Hey, listen! This is the holiday weekend in the States coming up, and usually one of these weeks is slow. Next week appears to be that week, with the added bonus of the new release date changing to Fridays. So we will have our regularly scheduled First Li...
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Review: Trollhunters
Closer to a 2.5. I enjoy Guillermo Del Toro. I thought the first bits of The Strain were solid, I've enjoyed many of his movies, and so a foray into children's books really seemed like it should have been down my alley. Why, then, didn't this work for me?...
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Review: End of Discussion
I mean, this one's obvious, right?

If you've spent any time on the internet lately, you know the types. They shut down discussion before it starts, they're trying to keep things from being discussed at all, and it's getting to the point where college poli...
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Review: Every Last Word
So there are books we call "sick lit," and books that tend to be just traditional "finding your place" books. Sometimes they meet and work, but sometimes, like with Every Last Word , they just don't.

Sam has OCD, and it sort of defines her life a bit. Sh...
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Review: The Affinites
I've been a fan of Robert Charles Wilson for a while now, and I can't say I've read anything I've disliked from him... until now. The Affinities is a rare miss, ultimately filled with a lot of ideas and some fairly rough execution. The point of the book app...
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Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
Closer to a 3.5.

On one hand, I don't think I realized how much a Nick and Norah for convention culture was needed. On the other, I just wish this was a little better as a result.

The root of the story is about Ana's brother ditching quiz bowl to go to a...
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Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
Yeah, this is more like it. Delilah Dirk is a woman who is kind of a pirate and kind of Robin Hood but mostly just notoriously awesome as she steals from the rich and busts out of jail and swings her sword around and wows those around her along the way. Th...
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First Listen: New Releases for June 23
Some minor housecleaning notes - with the music industry moving to a universal Friday release date, the current plan is to move First Listen to Monday or Tuesday (Monday preferred, but the real world gets in the way and all that). With it will be a slightl...
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First Listen: New Releases for June 16
Christopher Paul Stelling - Labor Against Waste : One of this year's Newport Folk acts, Labor Against Waste definitely feels like a standard folk album, and sometimes delves into Mumford-style driving musical moments. It's a pretty good album, fairly able ...
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Monday Mix: Highlights from Hefner and Darren Hayman
I pulled up a playlist of Hefner/Darren Hayman songs on Sunday and forgot how much I really loved Hefner back in the day. While some of my favorites when I first got wind of the band were the more risque fare like "May God Protect Your Home" and "Seafaring...
I pulled up a playlist of Hefner/Darren Hayman songs on Sunday and forgot how much I really loved Hefner back in the day. While some of my favorites when I first got wind of the band were the more risque fare like "May God Pr...
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Review: The Fold
I struggle a bit to describe what this book is. While part of it is the way this book shifts, the best description I can have is to think about what Stargate might be with a different take on the physics behind it.

The story is about a group of government...
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First Listen: New Releases for June 9
An interesting week overall. Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl : Jenny Hval is described in a few places as an experimental singer-songwriter, and that's a fairly good description of this album, which definitely balances the line between access and excess. It'...
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