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)"
“The president is missing,” you say? “Christ, I wish!” Sorry, that’s not what this book is about, though. This episode drops the bucket down into the ever-reliable well of James Patterson and when we pull it back up we find that it’s also got a few viscous droplets of ol’ Bill Clinton mixed in. In […]Read more "109 — The President Is Missing"
We continue our trip around the world by following Amsterdam with a jaunt to Palo Alto, or anyway James Franco’s grimdark version of Palo Alto. If you’re still thrilled every time somebody says “Hi kids! Do you like violence?” this book may contain the pages you’ve been waiting for. If Sammy Hagar singing “you’re like […]Read more "108 — Palo Alto"
Who’s the guy who made the Cold War … cool? Why, the American James Bond, Nick Carter, of course! And it doesn’t get much cooler than Nick Carter, Killmaster: Amsterdam, a plot-light traipse through some of the more scenic parts of the Netherlands—and not a few excursions through some rather gratuitously described nether regions.Actually, it […]Read more "107 — Nick Carter, Killmaster: Amsterdam"
The latest entry in the ever-popular “Actually, Focusing Exclusively on Yourself Is the Best Thing for Everybody” sweepstakes is Jordan Peterson’s lengthy tome 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, which doesn’t promise to unlock the life-changing magic of tidying up, but does tell you what to do if you have snakes in your […]Read more "106 — 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos"
Watery but not quite grave, it’s Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror that we’re sinking our rows of nine-inch teeth into this time around. Giant prehistoric sharks known as megalodons butt themselves into ships throughout, making them, we guess, megs of ram, and oh boy do our heroes have a hard drive escaping […]Read more "105 — Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror"
Straight out of 1979, with a cool glass of white wine and an extremely wide collar, comes Rona Jaffe’s disturbingly fictionalized account of a disturbing apocryphal tale, Mazes and Monsters. What promises to be a stirring exploration of the dangers of role-playing games quickly pivots into a fairly detailed account of … divorce being hard. […]Read more "104 — Mazes and Monsters"