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Old 09-05-2009, 11:46 PM   #1561
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just read Big Trouble and Tricky Business by Dave Barry. Hiaasen he is not, but he's close enough. Was then disappointed to learn these are the only two adult fiction he's written. Fucker. Write more. I need more Florida crazy. And Hiaasen need to pull his finger out too.
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:56 PM   #1562
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a biography of Sir Richard Burton (the explorer, not the actor). interesting guy
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:44 AM   #1563
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just read Big Trouble and Tricky Business by Dave Barry. Hiaasen he is not, but he's close enough. Was then disappointed to learn these are the only two adult fiction he's written. Fucker. Write more. I need more Florida crazy. And Hiaasen need to pull his finger out too.
You could always read Dave Barry's commentaries ...

The one where he talks about the sidewalk reconstruction in West Chester, Pa. is hilarious. He used to be a really funny local guy before he became a nationally funny guy and moved somewhere with worse weather.
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:44 PM   #1564
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Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
Good for the first three quarters, became a totally different book in the last quarter. I don't mean that in a good way. Loan from a cow orker, who clearly has no idea what I'll find entertaining, despite working with me for the last three years.

Book of Fate - Brad Meltzer
Pretty basic political intrigue conspiracy stuff.

But it has it's own commercial.

Advertising didn't work. I got it from a nurse at work, she got it from the Goodwill, so she didn't pay more that a quarter.
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:56 AM   #1565
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You could always read Dave Barry's commentaries ...

The one where he talks about the sidewalk reconstruction in West Chester, Pa. is hilarious. He used to be a really funny local guy before he became a nationally funny guy and moved somewhere with worse weather.
thanks, I got a couple out of the library, feeling optimistic....
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:30 PM   #1566
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Wobble to Death - Peter Lovesey

A Case of Spirits - Peter Lovesey

The Sergeant Cribb mysteries, which have been out of print for at least 25 years, are being released on Kindle format!!

I am very happy, and will very likely read through all of them in short order.
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:34 PM   #1567
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Dave Barry is vulgarly unfunny. P.J. O'Rourke has what Barry lacks.

Try Joe R. Lansdale if you like Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen. Same rural-uncool sorts of characters, all of them about as marginal sorts as the heroes of a Warren Zevon song. Setting is eastern Texas and the writing is blackly funny.
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:14 AM   #1568
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The Tick of Death - Peter Lovesey
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:48 PM   #1569
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I am a slave to literary fashion. But only because I bought it using BOMC bonus points.

The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown

I was all thrilled over having cracked the code on the back cover (simple pig pen cipher, just had to figure out the coding variation ... then I found more of the stupid things.)
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:24 AM   #1570
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Ok. I'll bite.

What's a 'simple pig pen cipher' - ?
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:47 AM   #1571
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It's a basic substitution cipher, usually one of the first that you learn if you're interested in codes and codebreaking. It's the one where you write the alphabet into a tic-tac-toe board, then a tic-tac-toe board with dots, then an x, then an x with dots.

Anyway, although I know there was no way that I was one of the first 33, I still put in an entry on the cover puzzle. I am such a geek.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:30 PM   #1572
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In Barrie's play and novel, the roles of fairies are brief: they are allies to the Lost Boys, the source of fairy dust and ...They are portrayed as dangerous, whimsical and extremely clever but quite hedonistic.

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Old 09-22-2009, 02:14 PM   #1573
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:49 PM   #1574
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The Portable Door, by Tom Holt.

Read it before but I like to revisit Holt's world from time to time
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:23 AM   #1575
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Back to my Sergeant Cribb fest, finished The Detective Wore Silk Drawers, Mad Hatter's Holiday, and I am three-quarters through Abracadaver.
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