Mystery #2 for Literary Snobs: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

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  With our second mystery, we move from the surreal river running through the dark continent to ...

Mystery #1 for  Literary Snobs: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Mystery #1 for Literary Snobs: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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The topic of my last post on the Poisoned Pen Press blog was about the challenge ...

Mysteries for Literary Snobs

Mysteries for Literary Snobs

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Courtesy of Flickr Once upon a time, novels were just, well, novels. Pride and Prejudice was once ...

Great Opening Lines: Thoughts from Other Fans

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A few months back, I did a post on the greatest opening lines in literature. Since then, ...

“If You Build It, Hollywood Will Come”: More Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

“If You Build It, Hollywood Will Come”: More Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

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It's simple Hollywood math: the most popular novel of the year--or even of the decade--has been ...

Some More Thoughts on Hollywood and the Novel

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As I work on my next post for Poisoned Pen Press--"Mysteries for Literary Snobs"--I pause to ...

End Game: The Art of the Closer

End Game: The Art of the Closer

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This is my sequel to my prior post on the Poisoned Pen Press blog. That one ...

The Perfect Ending: Hollywood v. the Novel, Part 3

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And now for the third and final comparison of the closing scene in a major Hollywood ...

The Perfect Ending? Hollywood versus the Novel, Part 2

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Following up on my last post, here is a look at the closing scene of the ...

The Perfect Ending? Hollywood Versus the Novel, Part 1

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T.S. Eliot opened his poem "East Coker" with the line: "In my beginning is my end," ...