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Our digital age didn’t diminish our love of the printed word, even if those words now appear on glowing Nooks, Kindles and tablets. Hollywood in Toto’s book reviews give readers a sense of what stories are worth saving for those precious minutes before sleep beckons.

Don’t Miss 2016’s Best Comic Books, Graphic Novels
1 year ago

Don’t Miss 2016’s Best Comic Books, Graphic Novels

As much of the country hunkers down for what could be a long winter, it’s a good time to start a reading list for the cold nights.

The last 12 …
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Flashback: Powerhouse Southern Writers from the ’80s
1 year ago

Flashback: Powerhouse Southern Writers from the ’80s

By  •  Reviews, Books

Matt Stone and Trey Parker of “South Park” fame came up with the term “member berries” to lampoon our need for nostalgia, I’d like to serve up a warm slice …
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Klavan’s ‘Great Good Thing’ Offers Divine Second Act
1 year ago

Klavan’s ‘Great Good Thing’ Offers Divine Second Act

Klavan’s “The Great Good Thing” ostensibly charts the author’s embrace of a religion that clashed with his familial roots.

As with previous Klavan books, that only scratches the thematic surface.


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How One Hell-Raising ‘Biker’ Found Faith
1 year ago

How One Hell-Raising ‘Biker’ Found Faith

The Honda S90. Cost four hundred bucks. Oh, the power of that mighty machine!

It topped out at fifty-five going downhill. Out on the eastern flats of South Dakota a …
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Flanery’s ‘Jane Two’ Will Make Grown Men Cry
2 years ago

Flanery’s ‘Jane Two’ Will Make Grown Men Cry

You can tell a lot about a man when he thinks no one is watching him.

I was there on the set of “The Boondock Saints” years ago, watching Flanery work, …
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HiT Book Review: ‘Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born’
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3 years ago

HiT Book Review: ‘Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born’

He’s a more silent and edgy hero, different from the smooth and suave spy played by Piece Brosnan or even original screen Bond Sean Connery. What about the first true …
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HiT Book Review: Andrew Klavan’s ‘Werewolf Cop’
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3 years ago

HiT Book Review: Andrew Klavan’s ‘Werewolf Cop’

No, it’s strange because Klavan is one hell of a writer.

The bulk of the story is easy to digest. Klavan writes in simple prose, smartly keeping the action very visual, …
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New Book Spotlights Other ‘American Sniper’ Hero
3 years ago

New Book Spotlights Other ‘American Sniper’ Hero

The author of an upcoming book about Navy SEAL Ryan “Biggles” Job, whose story is a small part of the film, offers another profile in courage. Only Robert Vera isn’t clamoring …
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Do Costume Tweaks Offer Super Perks for Heroes?
3 years ago

Do Costume Tweaks Offer Super Perks for Heroes?

DC tempted fate this week when it again tweaked Superman’s look this week by giving him fingerless gloves. (Why an invulnerable character needs gloves – fingered or not is beyond …
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HiT Audiobook Review: ‘Full Metal Jacket Diary’
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3 years ago

HiT Audiobook Review: ‘Full Metal Jacket Diary’

Modine starred as Private Joker in the 1987 classic, showing a soldier’s journey from boot camp to the battlefield.

An audio version of the 2005 book has finally been released with …
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