Sick as two dogs, your pals take on the most bizarrely and possibly wonderfully gratuitous book to make the papers in a very long while, Gibby “Butthole Surfers vocalist” Haynes’ Me & Mr. Cigar. It’s a slow, shaggy, rambling tale of a young man getting weird, and we probably forgot to mention this, but: about […]Read more "153 — Me & Mr. Cigar"
Tick, tock, tick … doot doot doo-doo … time keeps on ticking ticking ticking … into the future! And, luckily, in the future, nobody has to read any slightly-above-average Crichton-grade semi-thrillers with one science idea and zero character or plot ideas along the lines of Tim Tigner’s The Price of Time. If you’re ready for […]Read more "152 — The Price of Time"
FINALLY a raisin that won’t ruin your day, it’s an echt cozy mystery by M.C. Beaton, first of a long series, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death! The first thing to say here is “Yes, this book features a character named Agatha Raisin,” and the second is “Yes, this book features a plot in […]Read more "151 — Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death"
For our milestonest episode yet, big number hundo-fitty, we break significant quantities of new ground by … first, taking on our first-ever work of urban fantasy, one Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green! We also waited until Clsn was sick as a dog and incredibly exhausted, and took on a book so deeply […]Read more "150 — Something from the Nightside"
We finally had to do it, so we skipped a couple showers, got real, real mad at our parents (and, probably, yours) and went out on the road to discover (how much we hated) America, and to do all of that, we had to start with one simple step: We had to Get in the […]Read more "149 — Get in the Van"
Because YOU demanded it (several years ago), and because this our annual holiday rule-breaking episode, we finally whip out our wands and make appear an episode about one-time YA teapot tempest Handbook for Mortals! Rock and roll, hair dye, motorcycle rides, dads, moms, tarot, magic, magik, and … typos, cliches, and what may well be […]Read more "148 — Handbook for Mortals"
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. […]Read more "147 — ZARDOZ"
If you ever watched Riverdale and wished that the events of the pilot were explained in greater (?) detail, then you, my friend, are in for a treat in Micol Ostow’s The Day Before: A Prequel Novel! Fizzier and frothier than a freshly shaken bottle of Topo Chico, this book lets you spend time with […]Read more "146 — The Day Before: A Prequel Novel (Riverdale)"
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 […]Read more "145 — Career of Evil"
A story, nay, a tale so big we had to have help to handle it, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu: Story of the Movie is a novelization slash transcript of the recent film, which Kotaku’s Gita Jackson (@xoxogossipgita on Twitter) was kind enough to join us to discuss! Roughly ninety minutes of giggling then ensued. The book’s […]Read more "144 — Pokémon: Detective Pikachu: Story of the Movie (w/ Gita Jackson)"