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William Ambler
William Ambler lives, works, and reads in Rhode Island. If you badmouth Charles Dickens, he will fight you in the street. He also writes for

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Ian McEwan: An Overview

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 2:49 PM

November 12th saw the release of Ian McEwan's twelfth novel, Sweet Tooth.

The British author has been publishing novels and volumes of stories for 37 years. He's notched multiple bestsellers on both sides of the pond and seen several of his novels adapted for the silver screen....

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11 More Books To Scare The Sh*t Out Of You

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 8:43 AM

So this slide show was going to be titled "Son of 10 Books That Will Scare the Sh*t Out of You". My decision to include 11 books this year torpedoed that idea. Once again I am cruelly undone by my own selflessness and generosity! Of course, explaining this whole title...

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Review of 'The Twenty-Year Death' By Ariel S. Winter

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 3:53 PM

Review of The Twenty-Year Death By Ariel S. Winter

Hard Case Crime was founded in 2004 with one glorious purpose: to publish noir and crime novels in editions that recalled their 1940s and 50s forbears.

The imprint has churned out over 70 volumes grace with the type of lurid,...

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Great Authors Interpret the Olympics

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 4:23 PM

The London Summer Olympics will kick off on July 27 and run through August 12.

This raises a number of obvious questions: how many human interest stories will the network run about an Olympian overcoming the death of their favorite hamster or some such to become the best (insert event...

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9 Pulp Adventures To Take Instead Of "John Carter"

(20) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 7:42 PM

March 9th witnessed the release of Disney's mega-budget blockbuster hopeful John Carter. It's adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs 1917 novel "A Princess of Mars" and it represents the first cinematic sally for the Tarzan author's other great creation. For fantasy aficionados, it's a chance to see a work...

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9 Books in Which Film Meets Fiction

(6) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 12:08 PM

Hollywood's awards season reaches its annual crescendo this Sunday with the Oscars broadcast.

Of course, the preceding statement is only accurate if we stretch the meaning of crescendo to include "tedious, over-produced, 4 hour snorefests."

Since our beat here is books, we thought we'd offer a few alternatives....

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New England Writers Tackle Football

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 7:03 PM

HuffPost Editors: In the build up to the Superbowl, Patriots fan William Ambler has created an incisive line up of New England Patriotic writers. The only question is, which Giant New York literary names could face them?

Read William's line up -- see the Offense then click below to...

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Happy Halloween: 10 Books That Will Scare The Sh*t Out Of You

(361) Comments | Posted October 30, 2011 | 8:36 PM

The horror section at most bookstores is a study in distressing sameness: 80 books by V C Andrews's undead copyrighted name, the six or so real horror books Clive Barker wrote way back when, romance novels with a thin skein of horror, 300 Stephen King novels, 275 Dean Koontz novels...

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1Q84: I'm Not A Fan

(44) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 2:38 PM

Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 is not a modest endeavor.

It clocks in at 932 pages, putting us in "Karenina" and "Quixote" territory. A journey through its considerable bulk confronts the reader with alternate realities, religious cults, Janacek's Sinfonietta, literary subterfuge, murder by ice pick, a ghostly television-fee collector, girl's softball,...

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