Best Read (Novel) of 2007:
It's Superman! by Tom De Haven - A retelling of Superman's origins set in a realistic 1930s America.
The Follower by Jason Starr - Starr looks at single life in New York City, skewed only slightly to the noir.
Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover - With Ray Dudgeon, Chercover proves neither the P.I. nor the genre has to resort to cliché.
Best Read (Short Story) of 2007:
"Everybody Loves Somebody" by Sandra Scoppettone - A bored teenager runs away from home, into the arms of several wrong men. Finely executed female noir.
"The Recipe" by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera - A darkly humorous tale of how far a man will go for peace and quiet.
"No One" by Marcus Sakey - The ominous confession of a depressed college student, whose tone shifts from regret to anger.
Best Movie Seen in 2007:
Gone, Baby, Gone - One of the decade's best detective films. It goes on a bit long, but the characterizations are right on.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Great dialogue, great twists, star turns by Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan. I almost wish for a sequel.
Best Writing Experience of 2007:
"Smithee Claus" - A down-on-his luck, striking WGA writer hopes to make a fresh start just before Christmas. Will he succeed? Hopefully coming to an ezine near you.
"Confession of a Spenser Fan" - Even as I recovered from dental surgery, this story was a pleasure to write.
"Faith" - I always enjoy working in the voice of pilot-for-hire C.J. Stone, and BURST paid $10.
Every year working as a freelancer, I try to be more productive, have fewer lulls. I'm looking to roll right into 2008.