This week's special editorial and special pleading:
I will try to gather the usual suspects (which is to say, valued contributors and valiant fellow-travelers) to this weekly gathering of links to reviews of underappreciated or at least not terribly widely-seen work...but it might well be delayed (in final form) today, as my parents are facing a dual set of crises which, like most in this country devoted to making everyone pay for human frailty with their everything in their material lives (at least), might bankrupt them and us, meaning my brother and myself. Alzheimer's isn't a disease that Medicare will pay to address or treat with, for example...and why should it? How trifling few Americans suffer from such an exotic and rarely-seen thing...and certainly no one can gainsay the current attempt to hand the insurance companies in the US even more money than they already extort, rather than admitting that a nation that beggars its families. at least those who seek better than warehouses for aging relatives to rot in, is a nation not working correctly, and a president who, rather than actually seeking to set up a reasonable healthcare system that migh rival those of such countries as Canada or Germany, one which is basically not propped up by too many more tax dollars (or euros) per capita than our own, is damned ignorantly by most of his adversaries for seeking to install (ever more eventually) Romneycare "socialism" rather than for being the kind of corporate tool that he and his administration are in nearly every way...well, you can see I'm a bit distracted this week. Checking facilities is a fair amount of work. Paying for them will be vastly, vastly moreso.
But for some fine, largely unpaid work, labors of love, please see the following reviews:
George Kelley: Longmire
Iba Dawson: Films set in North Carolina
Patti Abbott: In a World
Randy Johnson: Shoot, Gringo, Shoot (aka Spara, gringo, spara)
Sergio Angelini: A Taste of Evil
...more to follow, as time permits. Thank you all, and all the other folks who've helped make this weekly exercise so much fun, as writers and readers/commenters.