Yearly Archives: 2016

First Lines: The Fireman

If you want to talk about Joe Hill’s The Fireman, you’ll eventually have to acknowledge the elephant in the room: talking about The Fireman while not discussing his father’s work seems nearly impossible. As Hill said in an interview with Wired: Two-thirds into writing the book, it suddenly hit me how much The Fireman parallels… Read more »

First Lines: End of Watch

End of Watch is the final volume in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges-trilogy. Unlike Finders Keepers it directly links back to the events set out in Mr. Mercedes. In fact, the opening of this book gives us another angle on the Mercedes Killer’s rampage. Fast forward six years, where our favorite Ret. Det. Hodges, now diagnosed… Read more »

First Lines: Dolfje Weerwolfje / Volle maan

Ever since his 7th birthday, whenever there’s a full moon, little Dolfje turns into a werewolf. Dolfje Weerwolfje is the first in an ongoing series of children’s novels by Paul van Loon, which in Dolfje finds out that he is a werewolf, and gets to worry about a lot of things? What would happen his… Read more »

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First Lines: Little Brother

Where Pirate Cinema — the first of Cory Doctorow’s books I read — was part novel, part copyright-reform-manifesto, Little Brother, is part novel, part (online) privacy primer. It’s the story of a teenage boy who takes on the Department of Homeland Security (who have turned his hometown, and perhaps the entire nation into a complete… Read more »

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Seen Live: a balladeer @ De Helling

Back in 2013 I first saw Mevrouw Tamara sing one song at De supersonische boem!. That one song completely captivated me. So I checked out some of her songs online, and since I liked what I heard, I kept an eye open for a gig I could attend. No such opportunity arose. And then she… Read more »