Posts labeled Humor

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Review - Sort Of Dead by Rob Rosen

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Nord wakes up in a strange place. “Wakes up” being not quite the right expression, since Nord is dead. Shot in the head while sitting at his desk. Only, this strange place isn’t heaven, apparently. It isn’t the other place either. It’s more like a giant departure hall full of people waiting to move on. Befriended by Max, another dead man, it soon becomes clear that perhaps this is the place where the recently departed who have unfinished business wait.

Tags: Mystery Humor

 

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Review - Ted of the d'Ubervilles by Rob Rosen

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The author kindly provided an advanced review copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for this review. Ted has been living on the streets for six years, since he was orphaned at 17. He’s managed to survive without selling himself or getting hooked on drugs, but it’s a hard and lonely existence. One day when Ted gets a rare chance to check his email he finds a message from a lawyer telling him he may be heir to a fortune, if he can get to New York for the reading of a will.

Tags: Humor Mystery

 

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Review - And God Belched by Rob Rosen

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Many people believe that there’s someone special out there, meant just for them. Randy has believed that his whole life, perhaps more strongly than most. Only, it turns out that Randy’s soul mate is actually from another, not quite parallel, universe; one that’s been intermittently intersecting with Randy’s since just before he was born. The pursuit of his true love takes the aptly-named Randy, along with his younger brother Craig, into the other universe, and into a world very unlike Earth.

Tags: Humor Fantasy Science Fiction

 

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Review - All the World's an Undead Stage by Angel Martinez

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The Offbeat Crimes series [finally] comes to an end in this sixth and last book. The squad’s not-quite-completely-a-vampire Carrington takes the lead, along with his boyfriend Erasmus. All the officers are hot on the trail of whoever it is that keeps throwing all manner of paranormal creatures in their way, as recounted in the first five books. The main threats this time are zombie actors, who seem to be menacing most of the squad in general, and one officer in particular.

Tags: Mystery Humor Fantasy

 

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Review - Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs by Angel Martinez

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Time once again to check in on the offers of the 77th precinct in this fifth installent of the Offbeat Crimes. The focus this time around remains on Officer Alex Wolf and his new boyfriend, Animal Control Officer Jason Chen. The squad is still dealing with the fallout from their last encounter with the strange feral dust bunny creatures and the increasing suspicion that someone is targeting the officers with black magic.

Tags: Humor Fantasy

 

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Review - Feral Dust Bunnies by Angel Martinez

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This fourth book of the Offbeat Crimes series puts the focus on Wolf, the 77th precinct’s not-werewolf. Although raised by humans, Wolf still has a hard time understanding the subtilties of the world he was thrust into, especially relationships. He is effectively pansexual. Like most canids, Wolf follows his nose, and animal control officer Jason Chen smells good enough to make Wolf forget how to human. The two are thrown together frequently on Wolf’s current case, which involves the discovery of several desiccated small animals around town.

Tags: Humor Fantasy

 

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Review - Skim Blood & Savage Verse by Angel Martinez

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The latest installment of the Offbeat Crimes series switches the focus from Kyle and Kash to the squad’s dysfunctional vampire Carrington. ‘Carr’ has a history of rather unfortunate choices in boyfriends, which in large part is how he got to be a vampire that can’t stomach whole human blood. In his latest case, Carr learns that words can hurt you, at least when they take physical form and are hurled at you with great force by possessed books.

Tags: Humor Fantasy

 

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Review - Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

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It’s a not-so-guilty not-so-secret that I have a penchant for quirky titles. It probably started with Dwarf Rapes Nun; Flees in UFO/a Novel of Journalism, and then there was The Aerodynamics of Pork, which introduced me to a writer who went on to give us several more great reads. So, it was almost a given that I would read “Love for the Cold-Blooded…” even before knowing what it was about. Fortunately, my little weakness didn’t let me down.

Tags: Humor Fantasy Superheroes

 

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Review - The Cat Wore Electric Goggles by Ian Hutson

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If P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams had a love child, the result would probably be Ian Hutson. This collection of twelve short stories combines the whimsical humor of both authors, the science fiction bent of Adams and the nostalgia for an earlier era of Wodehouse. The title story, The Cat Wore Electric Goggles, is a tale of the exploration of a mysterious planet. Although set in the future, the technology has a decidedly 1960s feel to it.

Tags: Humor Anthology