We can hear you already, you’re saying “Oh, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, eh, what are you talking about, COLLISION’S LIFE haw haw haw”, but the joke’s on you, because … he already knows. He knows. In any case, we picked this because we thought we’d try to keep on keeping things […]Read more "160 — A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the First: The Bad Beginning"
Sometimes we need to retreat to the porch with some kind vibes and mostly harmless advice, and that’s why this time around, we reached into the past for All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It’s a thick slice of I’m okay and you’re okay so let’s talk about dinosaurs and space with […]Read more "159 — All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"
‘E’s a (hairy) wizard, is ‘arry … ‘arry Dresden, that is, Chicago’s only professional wizard and the protagonist of a book entitled Storm Front: Dresden Files Volume 1. On the plus side, a book called Storm Front featuring a dude named “Dresden” somehow manages not to go to objectionable places. On the minus side, this […]Read more "158 — Storm Front (Dresden Files Volume 1)"
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 […]Read more "157 — Resident Evil Volume II: Caliban Cove (with Kait & Renata from Worst Bestsellers!)"
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"
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"