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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109 — The President Is Missing

“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 […]

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108 — Palo Alto

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 […]

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