Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events by Brent Spiner

Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events by Brent Spiner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Thanks to NetGalley for a free e-arc of this book.

Despite the legitimately scary subject matter of violent stalking, this was enormous fun to read. Brent Spiner’s sense of humor and wryly comedic voice shine through. His all-in-good-fun skewing and skewering of his Star Trek: The Next Generation castmates added another flavor to a blend already including noir, old Hollywood bedroom comedy, and absurdism. On the whole, this is more Who Framed Roger Rabbit than Raymond Chandler, so if you’re coming for some straight dark noir with the “inspired by true events” memoir shading, you’ve got another thing coming. But if you like a good mash up and want some deftly-written Real Person Fic, this is the book for you.




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“Shock of Birth” by Cadwell Turnbull

Shock of Birth by Cadwell Turnbull

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Loved this episode of Levar Burton Reads. Turnbull has such a way with vivid details of person that draw me into the scenes and characters – the hands, the mug, the Anne Rice book, the jean cuffs. I usually dislike when stories don’t resolve a plot, but this one so masterfully ratcheted up the tension and then drew it down into that beautiful ending. Really lovely.



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Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This has been sitting on my to-read list for 3 years. Glad I didn’t read this in the depths of pandemic quarantine. The story is centered around isolation, identity, and pretending to adult but failing at all the parts that matter. Not quite balanced enough by the “just let weirdos be weirdos and stop bothering them” message. Didn’t hit me the way I expected because there are too many themes and ideas that don’t quite come together for high impact. That being said, it’s a solid book, especially if you like strange crime and detectives who are determined to the point of obsession.



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