True Detective S2, Episode 2: Night Finds You


Despite that last-minute twist at the end of episode two last night, I remain unconvinced at the outcome. Overall, I think the series is progressing nicely. Did you all catch Rick Springfield in this episode? I did a double take myself. So, who is Birdman? I have my guesses. Until next week…

Pic credit: Found this up close screen shot on Slash Gear 

BBC America’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell made its premiere on June 15th in the U.S and it’s fantastic so far! We have madness, ancient magic and war. Based on Susanna Clarke’s book with the same title, it’s categorized as British fantasy. Why do I love this series so much after watching only three episodes? The setting. It’s set in England during the Napoleonic Wars. Also, it’s very atmospheric and the look of the series is beautiful. The acting is well done and so is the direction. I hope this series picks up awards. (more)

The Complete Crime Stories featuring James M. Cain

The Complete Crime StoriesI’m a fan of James M. Cain. Especially after reading Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Mildred PierceYep, I like his rugged, hard-boiled novels featuring drifters, grifters and outsiders with trouble following closely behind them. I love his recreation of the language of the everyday working man and the toils of everyday living.

If I had to pick a favorite of his major works, it’s Mildred Pierce. I can see myself re-reading it from cover to cover because it’s that good and it’s not even a crime novel. It’s melodrama at its finest and I love those type of stories, don’t you?

Are you a fan of short stories? Generally, I’m not but I’ve read my share. I’m still in a reading funk and this collection of short stories were fun. Mysterious Press published The Complete Crime Stories by James M. Cain this year and I picked up a copy after reading a review of it at Battered, Tattered, Yellowed & Creased.

While searching for this collection, I ran across another compilation of his short stories under the title of The Baby in the Icebox that according to one reader review, the stories overlaps by 50% and includes some nice introductions that discusses Cain’s development as a writer. (more)

Which Translation is Best?


Readers, I need to pick your brain. So, I’ve made up my mind to read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky but Amazon sells different editions with different translators. What it all boils down to is who is the best translator? The names I’ve seen floating around are 1) David Magarshack 2) Constance Garnett,  3) Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsk and 4) David McDuff.

Do you have opinions on any of these translators? Recommendations are appreciated and thanks for your help.

Pic Credit: “Crime and Punishment cover” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.


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