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Death Plays Poker (Robin Spano)

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This is the second novel in the Clare Vengel Undercover series. This time around, Robin Spano puts Clare in another unusual environment, a world class poker circuit/tournament where players are being choked to death.? The Royal Canadian Mounties (RCMP) have pulled her in to attempt breaking the case. She is minimally experienced, and desperate to prove herself as a proficient undercover agent. The problem is that Clare Vengel, disguised as Tiffany, the pink clothed high heel wearing trust fund kid, doesn’t know a damn thing about poker. She has studied a couple books, and knows some limited basics, and lucks out on a couple big hands. She is by no means a poker savant, she can not count cards, and even a blind man could read her tells. This is kind of the same way she approaches undercover work in general. She has a good idea what she should be doing, but cant seem to do more than luck into things. I have become a big fan of Clare Vengel. When reading the first novel (Dead Politician So…

The Wheelman (Duane Swierczynski)

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Dear Mr Swierczynski: I hate you for being such a good author. By hate, I mean envy, and by author I mean sheer awesome dude. So, to recap, I envy you for being a sheer awesome dude. I read The Wheelman over a couple day span on the local transit system. It was less polished than your later novels such as Severance Package or The Blonde. It is weird to describe pulpy books as polished, but I am sure you are picking up what I am putting down. I know it is your book and as such, you already know the plot, but bear with me while I summarize what I read. In a nutshell, The Wheelman is a back and forth tale about a mute getaway driver in a botched getaway. Robbing a Wachovia bank was easy, the plan was solid and the route out of inner Philly was mapped and ready to go.? Unfortunately, someone spilled the beans on the plan and the getaway turned more into?  From there, things just get bloody.. very very bloody. I don’t think a single character makes it through the plot with out landing some hor…

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse (Victor Gischler)

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I will keep this short and simple. “[...] whether you’re fleeing violent rape gangs, remembering those lost loved ones, or daydreaming of a future where wild dogs no longer roam the streets, we hope you’ll keep making Jack Daniel’s your preferred beverage.” If the above quote makes you smile a little, or want to grab a drink, this book is going to be right up your alley. Victor Gischler really nailed this. The end of the world, gang rivalry juicers, booze drugs cannibals, religious nuts, machine guns, more machine guns, Molotovs, piss poor beer…. and strippers. Well, that’s it. ‘Nuff said. If anyone wants to borrow my copy, get in line. I think there are five folks in line right now. Pages: 336Publisher: Touchstone (2008)ISBN-10:1416552251ISBN-13:978-1416552253

Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (The Oatmeal)

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Matthew Inman is a genius and The Oatmeal is his brainchild. As a child, I was never a fan of oatmeal, but it was better than cornmeal. Inman altered my reality with the magic of stinging pterodactyl laser piss in my eyes. 5 very good reasons to punch a dolphin in the mouth ( and other useful guides ) was a great read. There are a number of classic Oatmeal comics in this book, including “Why Nikola Tesla is the most awesome geek who ever lived”, “7 reasons to keep you Tyrannosaur off crack cocaine”, and “How to use a semicolon, the most feared punctuation on earth” There are also a number of new comics featured? only in the book. “5 reasons to have rabies instead of babies” being the one i enjoyed the most. I cannot say this is a book for everyone. The humor of TheOatmeal is a special brand, If you are unfamiliar, go hit up TheOatmeal.com and get a taste. Brand new it can be purchased at online retailers for under ten bucks, so itis really quite a steal. Pages: 160Publisher: Andrews McMeel…
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