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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118 — Vampire$

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 […]

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116 — Spy Killer

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 […]

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115 — Make Me

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. […]

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113 — Who Moved My Cheese?

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 […]

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