173 — The Paris Apartment

No, it’s not a new made-up term for a sexual position—as far as we know!—it’s the new Lucy Foley joint, The Paris Apartment! It’s darker than a wine cellar, twistier than an alley in your favorite arrondissement, but, unfortunately, about as eventful as an afternoon sighing with ennui over a couple of Gauloises and a […]

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170 — Don’t Know Jack

No know Jack? No, know Jack! Jack Reacher, that is, as we for some reason decide to experiment with CBS-grade Reacher-adjacency with Diane Capri’s series-starting Don’t Know Jack. This is a gaiden, in which the titular Jack is most present in his absence, as a wise-cracking pair of FBI Human Resources Detectives are looking to […]

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169 — Hannibal

  We’re off the dang map here, folks, because we don’t know where we are, but we do know that here? there be monsters! Just in time for spooky season, we’re taking on one of the giants of the bad-book genre, Hannibal by Thomas Harris. This book is a big, corrosive bummer, with lots and […]

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162 — DAMNATION ALLEY

Lighters are clicking and flicking, wheels are rolling, and badasses are extremely American this time around as we climb into our *checks notes* LandMasters and take off across the blasted countryside of … Damnation Alley. Tuff-guy posturing meets clouds of suspiciously sweetly scented smoke and maybe a few more descriptions of the sky than you […]

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157 — Resident Evil Volume II: Caliban Cove (with Kait & Renata from Worst Bestsellers!)

Because timing is the essence of success and entertainment, we’re kicking off our latest huge crossover withKait & Renata from Worst Bestsellers by taking on Resident Evil Volume II: Caliban Cove, an original novel about … a horrible virus. We promise, however, that the episode is a lot of fun even if the book was […]

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147 — ZARDOZ

A more elegant fiction from a more civilized age is John Boorman and Bill Stair’s novelization of John Boorman’s film script (for) Zardoz. It’s a truly crazypants vision of a post-apocalyptic (and mostly pantsless) future, crafted by a couple men so laser-focused on breasts that you could well call them set adrift on mammary bliss. […]

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145 — Career of Evil

Grisly, gory, gruesome, and far, far too long, it’s Robert Galbraith’s Career of Evil, a five-hundred-page career unto itself, even if it’s little more than a footnote to the career of JK Rowling, who we mention for … some reason. (The reason is that Galbraith is a Rowling pseudonym.) It’s the episode that airs Clsn’s […]

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129 — Witch & Wizard (w/ Renata & Kait from Worst Bestsellers)

It’s the greatest crossover of all time—again!!—as the delightful Kait & Renata from Worst Bestsellers repay our James Patterson guest spot with one of their own, joining us for James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet’s Witch & Wizard. Yes, it’s dude magic and lady magic together again for the very first time, in a Frankensteined-up teen-centered […]

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