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 […]Read more "173 — The Paris Apartment"
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 […]Read more "170 — Don’t Know Jack"
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 […]Read more "169 — Hannibal"
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 […]Read more "162 — DAMNATION ALLEY"
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!)"
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"
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"
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"
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! And so does Doc Savage. This is just one of the things that makes the two of them rivals, tentative opponents, uneasy collaborators, and, the reader continuously hopes, cautious lovers in Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow! (Alas, this may be an “all-new […]Read more "137 — Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow"
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 […]Read more "129 — Witch & Wizard (w/ Renata & Kait from Worst Bestsellers)"