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A weekly podcast wherein we freestyle ‘reviews’ of books we haven’t read, with tenacity, ingenuity and palpable desperation. We only judge a book by its cover!

September 19, 2019

38 · Travis S. Taylor’s Motorboat City U.S.A.

Cover artThis week, in “The Quantum Connection", by Travis S. Taylor: 

In this sequel to Operation: Damocles:

With a cordon-sanitaire having been erected around the Gay Belt, our intrepid heroes must fight their way through an alien siege to liberate the only intergalactic communicator in the Solar System.

K is fiercely protective of his Library. Khaki is unimpressed with dirigibles.

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September 12, 2019

37 · Jeffrey Lord’s Best Book Ever

Cover artThis week, in “Jewel of Tharn", by Jeffrey Lord: 

It's the Dark Ages, the Church has banned books, beauty, and bare buns!

Dick Blade and his magic singing spear must save their nudist colony from the encroaching Crusaders who wish to crush their peaceful ways.

Will he convince the local Abbot to forsake the cloth or will the changing seasons force Dick to muffle his cry for freedom?

K paraphrases Terry Pratchett again. Khaki knows a little about Naples.

Dedicated to our compatriots over at GoodShowSir, without whom this podcast would be a barren wasteland (and without whose encouragement we'd never have reviewed a Dick Blade book), and to Friend-of-the-Library Ex for contributing this week's synopsis!

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September 5, 2019

36 · Louise Katz’s Abacus-Diabolique

Cover artThis week, in “Myfanwy's Demon", by Louise Katz: 

A dildosmith's daughter in medieval Wales, who dreams of making it big as a traveling xylophone soloist accidentally summons the last surviving member of an ancient demonic race, who turns out to be way groovier than Myfanwy could ever have imagined.

K has no regrets. Khaki knows a lot about alphabets.

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August 29, 2019

35 · Poul Anderson’s Tiger Ball Pit

Cover artThis week, in “The Game of Empire", by Poul Anderson: 

After a drunken wish, Princess Jasmine and her loyal tiger Rajah find themselves transported to a strange alien world where technology makes no sense and there's not a genie nor parrot in sight.

K deals with an unwelcome double-helix. Khaki is dragged into Hell.

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August 22, 2019

34 · Charles L. Harness’s Jonathan Jr. First Blood, Part III: Pig in the City

Cover artThis week, in “Krono", by Charles L. Harness: 

An embittered wife-and-husband team of planetary surveyors travel to the frontier wilderness of planet Krono, each scheming the other's demise, and find they have more in common than they ever thought. (Do you like piña coladas?)

K questions Dorian Grey's gems. Khaki tries to impress at his first performance review.

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August 15, 2019

33 · Robert Schekley’s Blacklight Barcode Ballet

Cover artThis week, in “Immortality, Inc.", by Robert Scheckley: 

In an alternate universe where the :CueCat became a success and this absurd device became essential for everyday life, replacing the written word with diagonal barcodes, the inventor of the QR code goes on the run to protect her invention from the Barcode Hegemony and ushers the Information Age into the second dimension.

K looks forward to life returning to 'normal'. Khaki turns the tables and ruffles some feathers.

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August 8, 2019

32 · John Myers Myers’ Dire Lyre Mire

Cover artThis week, in “The Harp and the Blade", by John Myers Myers: 

Two Quantum Leapers find themselves in pre-BCE England; unwilling to admit their true origin to each other they try to set right what once went wrong, unaware that they are, in face, what it is that went wrong.

K sure does know a lot about druid stuff! Khaki introduces K to a cool new chair.

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August 1, 2019

31 · Esther Friesner’s Two-Handed Pole-Arms

Cover artThis week, in “Chicks 'n Chained Males“, edited by Esther Friesner: 

Kenneth, a college DM accidentally transports himself to a world where those precious few fertile males are little more than valuable but mindless studs, where his encyclopedic nerdery is mistaken for the lost art of sorcery.

K has a plan to end the predicament in the library. Khaki tries to stimulate his friend through trickery.

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July 25, 2019

30 · Open Day I

Cover artRecorded in front of a live audience in the Czech Republic. #OccupyNottingham

Worlds collide as quantums and franchises entangle: it's Open Day at the Library! Stalwart, if bewildered, Yours Trulies face the challenge of a real live audience with the same courage and determination as the heroes of this week's unlikely 'book'...

K walks a mile (or week) in Khaki's shoes. Khaki adorably encourages audience participation.

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July 18, 2019

29 · Blake Whitecock Returns

Cover artThis week, in “Und Sie Lernen Es Nie“, by K. H. Scheer:

Deep behind enemy lines, Blake Whitecock has to rely on unexpected friends when his wits and the fantastic gadgets of Q-division fail him, to vanquish his implacable enemies as the war heats up, in the stunning 25th-hebdomodariversary sequel to WASP.

K will never let go of JJ Abrams' treatment of Star Wars physics. Khaki goes on the offensive against the quarrelsome velibraraptors.

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