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Allan Emerson's Blog

What’s in a name? Plenty, when we’re talking about books…

Writers are always searching for apt titles for what they write. A good title is a promise, a taste of what’s to come. As a reader, sometimes the title alone is enough to draw me to a book.

Whenever I browse the list of R.L. Stine’s books, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom makes me laugh and want to read the book, even though I’m not in the target audience’s age group. Read More 
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You read the book; did you see the movie?

I’ve seen lots of movies based on books I’ve read, and often was disappointed in the film version. Other times, I found the film version an excellent realization of the book.

A movie that falls into the latter category for me is Gone Girl. I thought the book was brilliant—an impressive show of technique with two alternating first-person points of view—and it had a story that kept me guessing right to the end. I thought the movie was equally good. Even though I knew the outcome, the script, acting, and direction were so compelling the picture held my interest from start to finish. Read More 
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