128 — Pirate Latitudes

Is that a parrot on your shoulder or are you just glad to see … Pirate Latitudes, a supposed novel supposedly found in Michael Crichton’s files, complete and entire, after his death? Slow-moving nautical action, a slow-motion rock-climbing heist with a basically super-powered team of what are over and over again described as not pirates, […]

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127 — The Way to Dusty Death

Helmet, jumpsuit, maybe a catheter: these are the things we needed to hop behind the wheel of Alistair MacLean’s The Way to Dusty Death, and it’s at the very least possible that they are the things you’ll need to have in place before you pop your clutch and try to slip behind the fastest cats […]

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125 — When Thief Meets Thief

What is the sound of a skull batting again and again at the hardest wall any coconut failed to crack? Why, it’s the sound of your pals reading Harry Stephen Keeler’s When Thief Meets Thief! This legendary underground author works through his obsessions (skulls, coincidences) and takes us through a long tour of his racial […]

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123 — Slow Bullets

In the far-flung future, faster-than-light “skipships” carry soldiers in “hibo capsules” and our hero “Scur” needs to save what human knowledge she can in everybody’s titular … Slow Bullets, and even if you’re not already overloaded on made-up words and silly names, you’d be forgiven for muttering “hooo booooy” when you get to the part […]

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122 — Pet Sematary

For this holiday season, we’ve got a gift for you! It’s a box with a cat in it—but you will never know if kitty lives and breathes or not, because this time around, we’re schlepping up the hills and through the pages to get to Stephen King’s mammoth Pet Sematary. Semi-appealingly dickish young doctor Louis […]

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121 — Nights at Rodanthe

Long nights, impossible odds, keeping your eye to the keyhole, that’s what it’s like to spend your nights within Nights at Rodanthe. Our first encounter with the redoubtable Nicholas Sparks has our home fires burning bright, with our tightest, least-digressive episode ever!* An oft-told tale, this, in which a nice woman snaps her daughter out […]

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119 — The Maze Runner

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a heartwarming tale of fleet-footed deliverers of Native American corn, it’s The Maize Runne—I’m being told that that’s incorrect, and what we actually read was derivative semi-hit The Maze Runner, which doesn’t really have anything to do with Thanksgiving. But we are thankful we only had to read it once. […]

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