It was 1982 when Abby Rivers met Gretchen Lang, becoming fast friends when Gretchen saves Abby from what looked like was going to be the most horrible, awful day in insecure Abby's whole life. They build a world of inside jokes, shared loves, favorite songs, forbidden books and movies, and anything else fun as they … Continue reading Book review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Pakistani immigrant and stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley," playing himself) falls for Emily (Zoe Kazan), a white American girl, but the relationship falls apart because he is afraid of being disowned by his family if things go any further. When Emily falls gravely ill and needs to be placed in a medically induced coma, … Continue reading Movie review: The Big Sick (2017)
I've got a new review up at The Violent World of Parker of A Song to Die For by Mike Blakely, a crime novel that takes place in and around the '70s Austin music scene. You can check it out here.
Just a hair shy of halfway through The Last Jedi, I thought it had lost me for good. Rey (Daisy Ridley) was dicking around with Luke Skywalker on some godforsaken island that is just one big cliff. Meanwhile, in another star system, there was some stupid humor. Knowing there was still a long way to go, … Continue reading Movie review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Welcome! My name is Trent. My primary site is The Violent World of Parker, which started out as a website devoted to the Parker novels of Richard Stark, AKA Donald E. Westlake. While Parker, a professional thief who appeared in a series of 24 volumes, and other things related to Donald Westlake remain the primary focus of that site, the blog portion section gradually expanded to encompass asides on other crime fiction and film. Then I started to read some horror titles, and wanted to scribble some notes about them. I also made a resolution to read 365 short stories in 2018, and thought I might like to write some about that project as well. I had already stretched VWOP about as far as it could go without my readers going, "C'mon, man," so I decided to launch this side blog. Here I'll write about books, movies, and music that it would make no sense to write about over at VWOP.