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. […]Read more "119 — The Maze Runner"
John Steakley’s Vampire$ stakes out territory we have seen before, but nobody would dare bite this book’s remarkable style. Pitting vampires against the Catholic church might have been done before, but never with belt buckles quite this big, nor blues guitar quite so searing! We’re heading to Texas, to clean out vampire nests one hometown […]Read more "118 — Vampire$"
It had to happen eventually: The world turns, the back issues pile up, and the opinions, the opinions just have to find release, and no place has more opinions per page than the oeuvre of Mr. Chuck Klosterman, as evidenced by the fairly representative collection hilariously named after a Led Zeppelin album, IV. From the […]Read more "117 — IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas"
It’s time…for us to take on one of the pale male faces surely adorning everyone’s Bad Book Rushmore, but for complicated reasons we explain at no little length, we enjoy or anyway endure one of L. Ron Hubbard’s lesser-known book-like objects, a…collection of described events entitled Spy Killer. No matter how bad you think this […]Read more "116 — Spy Killer"
It took a while, but the world finally made us go back to Lee Child, so here we are: Make Me. Yes, down these manicured streets a man must go who is not himself manicured, who is neither wearing cologne nor designer clothes. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. […]Read more "115 — Make Me"
You wanted the best, you’ve got the best, because we’re joined by How2Wrestling‘s tremendous Jo Graham to discuss sexy pirate outfits, smart, sad horses, and love quadrangles, because that’s what we’ve got when we’ve got Anne “Quinoa” Bishop’s Daughter of the Blood. Light S&M, sexy vampires, sexier vampires, sexier still demons, and, at the center of […]Read more "114 — Daughter of the Blood (w/ Jo Graham)"
We’re not trapped in a maze with you, Who Moved My Cheese?—you’re trapped in here with us! After some more or less satisfying mysteries, we’re returning to the self-help / motivational genre, with 1998’s mystifyingly world-conquering clip art for the soul extravaganza, supposedly based on a story previously immensely successful business-book writer Spencer Johnson used […]Read more "113 — Who Moved My Cheese?"
The book so nice, we had to record it (the episode) twice, straight out the Pacific Ocean and packing both nearly a million strands of hair per square inch AND a cell phone telephone, it’s The Otter of Death! Our new direction, where we talk All Lighthearted Mystery All The Time, encounters serious challenges, including […]Read more "112 — The Otter of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery (No. 5)"
It’s not Death by Chocolate, it’s Murdered by Wine: A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery! Folks, we took a look at our recent offerings: presidents, borders, sharks, spies, Dungeons and Dragons…lobsters…and we realized one thing hard and fast and deep and true: it was getting pretty dude-centric around here, so it was time for COZY MYSTERY […]Read more "111 — Murdered by Wine: A Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery (No.13)"
The country’s in dire straits indeed, even when not listening to Dire Straits, and it’s clear that only two men are literarily capable of breaking down the situation and empowering the masses with knowledge bullets to fell their foes, and those men are … second-or-maybe-third-tier action protag dude Steven Segal and his pal (?) Tom […]Read more "110 — The Way of the Shadow Wolves (w/ Jeb Lund)"