You’ve all hit the trifecta, because this episode your long shot has finally come in and we take on our first Dick Francis book, the slightly disappointingly not-horse-dense-enough sorta-thriller The Danger. (Still enough horses in the book that one paragraph in the book runs “Horses. So many horses.”) What should be a cracking good adventure, […]Read more "156 — The Danger"
Money, power, respect: Lenny Dykstra doesn’t really have any of those things (allegedly, but he does have a passel of stories about rock star L I V I N and a World Series ring (and a couple felony convictions), and that’s pretty much why we sought out the dubious charms of Mr. Dykstra’s book House […]Read more "155 — House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge"
So it’s come to this: at long last, we follow up on a long-buried tip and try to get to the bottom of men’s adventure’s most underwhelming series, The Penetrator # 15: The Quebec Connection. Folks, we got the shaft! Turns out, this book is less “fun insane romp through zesty prose and reactionary 70s […]Read more "154 — The Quebec Connection: The Penetrator #15"
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"