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reviewed Big Trouble. December 13, 2012
Big Trouble
This zany story takes place in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, Florida.      Two high school boys are playing a game called killer. The rules are to use their water gun and shoot …
reviewed The Fridgularity a book by Mark Rayner. December 05, 2012
The Frigularity a book by Mark Rayner
Mark Rayner has created a very funny yet serious work along the lines of a Max Barry novel (see Company, Syrup, Jennifer Government). Blake Givens works for an ad agency. It is a ho hum life. Then one …
reviewed Play Dead. July 18, 2011
Play Dead
"Play Dead," by Ryan Brown is a story that's just plain fun.      The author mentioned that he wanted to write a story about steroids in sports after seeing what has …
reviewed Shopgirl: A Novella. March 10, 2011
Shopgirl: A Novella
I recently finished rereading Shopgirl, by Steve Martin (yes, he of King Tut fame). I'd first read it years ago and had found it depressing. This time I felt differently.      …
reviewed Savages: A Novel. January 02, 2011
Savages: A Novel
Partners Chon and Ben have a profitable marijuana operation in the Laguna Beach area.  They are informed that the Mexican Baja Cartel intends to take over the marijuana operation in the area. However, …
posted a Quick Tip about Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Pro.... November 28, 2010
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of
The blend of Gaiman's dry wit and Pratchett's zany humor make this book impossible to put down! You've never thought of the Apocalypse playing out in quite this way!
reviewed Star Island. October 09, 2010
Star Island
Carl Hiaasen is one of my "must read" authors, as I enjoy his wacky southern Florida-based novels. His latest craziness is Star Island, and I finally made it to the top of the hold list at the …
reviewed Mercury Falls. September 23, 2010
Mercury Falls
. . . at the expense of the very small (but very vocal) minority of religious persons who are bound and determined that the world is about to end.    Mercury is an angel sent from …
reviewed Star Island. September 15, 2010
Star Island
The precarious career of starlit Cherry Pye is perilously close to taking a nose dive. Suffering from an appalling lack of talent coupled with a dangerous appetite for booze, drugs, and illicit sex, the …
reviewed Star Island. September 08, 2010
Star Island
The answer, obviously, is no, although the author keeps the reader guessing about that, or even if Skink is the father of AnnDeLusia (I love that name; think a part of Spain). Once again we are treated …
posted a Quick Tip about Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. September 02, 2010
Dog On It
Dog On It is told from Chet, the dog's, POV. Some people hate that. Me, I'm a sucker for dogs, and Chet is funnier, and more dog-like than most canine narrators. I laughed out loud, liked all …
reviewed Star Island. September 02, 2010
Star Island
The emergency medical technicians have been called to a hotel in South Beach, responding to call concerning a twenty-two year old female who has swallowed a "mix of vodka, Red Bull, hydrocodone, …
reviewed Star Island. August 31, 2010
Star Island
This is a contemporary novel where we see a young Hollywood starlet constantly going into rehab for drugs and alcohol. In a story that could have been taken from the front pages to today's newspaper, …
reviewed Maybe This Time. August 31, 2010
Maybe This Time
A sweetly flavored, light, romantic read that left me smiling and interested in reading Crusie's other works. Maybe This Time pairs a delightful heroine with cute, but troubled kids, a haunted mansion, …
reviewed Vacant Possession. August 31, 2010
Vacant Possession
In 1980s England, it is ten years after the shocking denouement in Every Day is Mother's Day, the characters having moved on with their lives. (While it isn't necessary to read the prior novel, it adds …
reviewed Every Day Is Mother's Day. August 31, 2010
Every Day Is Mother's Day
Mantel's unusual tale is intriguing, a contrast between the seemingly normal lives of neighbors on a quiet street, most unaware that an odd mother and daughter exist in quite another world, one where …
reviewed Then We Came to the End: A Novel. August 25, 2010
Then We Came to the End: A Novel
Pros: You'll turn pages fairly fast      Cons: You will turn them fast to get to the end rather than enjoy the trip      The Bottom Line: If you work in a strange, …
reviewed Savages: A Novel. August 21, 2010
Savages: A Novel
     OK, it's great. Yes, candy. Kind of like the first chocolate covered cherry with cognac you ever had. Sex, drugs, rock&roll ultra violence. The Mexican drug wars ignite in …
posted a Quick Tip about Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Pro.... August 09, 2010
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of
Enjoyable. Both authors can lampoon and pastiche without necessarily making fun or being irreverent. it's got earnestness and caritas hidden behind the snark. :)
reviewed Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Pro.... August 09, 2010
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of
This book by Terry Prachett (know for the Discworld series) and Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Stardust among others) is a perfect marriage. Both are very capable of using subtleties to the extreme and here they …
reviewed Maybe This Time. August 08, 2010
Maybe This Time
Andie Miller hasn't had contact with her ex-husband in ten years, except to receive her monthly alimony check, which she never wanted and didn't cash. But now she's getting married, and she feels it's …
reviewed Not Ready for Mom Jeans. August 08, 2010
Not Ready for Mom Jeans
Firstly, I have to say that I loved the cover of this one! Not Ready for Mom Jeans is a wonderful addition to the chick lit genre - my favorite!    In this sequel, we find the main …
reviewed Big Trouble. August 07, 2010
Big Trouble
   As a fan of the South Florida novel genre (think Hiaasen and Dorsey), I couldn't pass on reading Dave Barry's Big Trouble.  I can't resist the chance to escape into the world …
reviewed Star Island. August 02, 2010
Star Island
You know what they say confession is good for...so here I go: I'm a huge fan of Carl Hiaasen, hence this probably will not be an unbiased review. He always makes me smile, and I'm constantly amazed …
reviewed Herb 'n' Lorna. July 30, 2010
Herb 'n' Lorna
Do you remember your young, innocent days when you learned about "the birds and the bees" and couldn't conceive of your parents ever having done anything like "that?" That was just too gross! It was something …
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