REVIEW OF The Warehouse by Rob Hart

A funny thing happened while I was reading this book. I had just bought a new pair of my favorite shoes – Adidas shell toes, just like Run DMC wear – and on a whim, I thought to check the price on Amazon. I have the app on my phone, but I use it more as a reference tool than anything. But holy moly, those sweet kicks were $30.00 less on Amazon than they were in the store I had just bought them from. So, I bought them right from my phone, while standing in my living room. I didn’t have to go outside and drive to another store and talk to another person, didn’t have to do anything. Except click another app on the phone that was already in my...

Review of DODGERS by Bill Beverly

DODGERS Bill Beverly April 2016 Crown The first allowance-money purchase I can recall was a cassette copy of Run-DMC’s Raising Hell as a second-grader in some certainly long-defunct chain store. I can’t quite explain what led an eight year-old in small-town East Texas to hip-hop. I can just say that it spoke to me in a way little else had. I’m sure I had absolutely no idea what most of it meant, but I loved it. That’s stuck with me throughout my life. Any child that started out on Run-DMC almost certainly graduated, at some point, to three-minute tales of urban crime, whether the Mafioso fantasies of Kool G Rap, the brazen ultraviolence of...

SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh

SHOVEL READY by Adam Sternbergh January 2014 Crown This book is: Noir/hard-boiled. Post-apocalyptic. Dystopian. Palahniuk-ian. Darkly noble. Our reluctant, angry, terse antihero is Spademan. His days of collecting trash on the streets of bustling Manhattan came to an end with the dirty bomb that hit Time Square. He lost his wife. He lost his city, or what it used to be. And he lost himself. Now he collects human refuse with a caveat – no children. And when you call, please, don’t tell him the why of it. Just who it is and where they’ll be. Think of me more like a bullet. Just point. His tool of choice is a box-cutter. Spademan lives in a...

Antonio Hill Interview

Antonio Hill took the time to answer a few questions for us. His first book is just coming out here in the US and it’s wonderful. Also one of my all time favorite book titles! THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS Jon: Antonio, I would like to start off by saying that the title, THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS is a real attention grabber and one of my all time favorites. Where did it come from? Antonio: Thank you. I am glad you like it. In fact, the title came to my mind when I had written half of the novel; I wanted it to express the idea of broken childhoods, without being too obvious about it. That’s why I used two “positive” ideas...

Interview with David C Robertson, author of BRICK ...

Interview with David C Robertson, author of BRICK BY BRICK (How Lego rewrote the rules of innovation and conquered the global toy industry) Jon: David, the first thing I’d like to know is did you play with Lego as a kid, and do you still play with Lego? David: I did have LEGO as a kid, although it wasn’t my favorite toy. My two favorite toys were Hot Wheels and slot cars. One thing I learned during my book research is how much LEGO changed in the late 1970s. In 1978, LEGO came out with the first minifigure, and the first fantasy sets. They rescaled most of the creations around the minifigure, and introduced the Space and Castle...