Chance the Rapper’s COLORING BOOK: A Review

Benjamin Drew Griffin praises Chance the Rapper's latest release, Coloring Book, which itself is full of praise. More after the jump. … [Read more...]


We had to wait a while for the latest issue of The Goddamned, one of my favorite series running. The wait, again, was worth it as Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra manage to keep the storytelling and rich theological/spiritual themes at a high level. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: PREACHER, Pilot

Tony Jones and Ryan Parker tackle a new show on #KillerSerials, AMC's Preacher. Adapted from Garth Ennis' cult classic comic series, this new killer serial promises loads of religious talking points with a colorful cast of characters and a narrative that revolves around themes of revenge, sin, forgiveness, and the presence/absence of God. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

What Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Says about the Church

Susanna Clarke’s fantasy novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell begins in a peculiar place for a story about magic. As it commences in 1806, magic has ceased to be done in England for 300 years. There are magicians, but they meet in societies and discuss magic. They are theoretical magicians, not practical magicians. And in fact the doing of magic has become a bit disrespectable—associated with parlor tricks and fortune-telling done by grimy street performers. Thus, the “Learned Society of York … [Read more...]

Comics Review: CLEAN ROOM #1-6

I rarely put warning labels on reviews, but the new Vertigo series, Clean Room, deserves one. This is one of the most messed up series I've ever read, but I'm loving it. It's not for the faint of heart or the easily offended, but if you're up to a challenge, it can be an entertaining one. … [Read more...]

THE LONEY Book Review

Andrew Michael Hurley’s first novel, The Loney is an unforgettable experience. With elements of Gothic horror, it's a haunting one too. But that doesn’t mean it should be pigeonholed into a specific genre, because it's narrative transcends any of those constraints. Part thriller, part horror, part family drama, it's also a rich reflection on the nature of faith and (dis)belief, and the lengths to which both will drive the faithful and the unfaithful alike. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: THE PATH, Ep. 10

This week, Tony Jones and Ryan Parker discuss the season one finale of The Path on Hulu. They also interview series creator Jessica Goldberg to talk about developing characters, crafting a religion, and what the series is really all about. Listen after the jump and subscribe on iTunes. … [Read more...]


Justin Cronin's "vampire" trilogy reaches its thrilling conclusion this week with the publication of The City of Mirrors. If you're familiar with the previous two entries, The Passage and The Twelve, then you know calling it a vampire trilogy is selling it short, threatening to put it alongside the likes of the Twilight series. It's so much more than that. Cronin's is a deeply human narrative of love, families, friendships, and sacrifice set against an impossibly apocalyptic background. … [Read more...]