The Drop: Michael Connolly

You know, I love The Rolling Stones “Paint It Black,” but I wouldn’t want to listen to that same one song over and over and over again.

Unfortunately, that’s what THE DROP is. A good book but so much like every other good book Connolly wrote that I didn’t much enjoy it at all. It’s pretty much “plug and play” at this point.

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The Cairo Affair: Olen Steinhauer

Steinhauer perfectly captures the evil and banality inherent in the ugly world of espionage and spying, disabusing us of the romantic notion that there is anything glamorous or noble about it.

The Nature of the Beast: Louise Penny

The only problem with this book is that it isn’t Penny’s last book, which was simply tremendous.

It reminds me of the time I was enthralled by one of my other favourite authors, Tom Robbins, and his JITTERBUG PERFUME, which is still one of the best books I’ve ever read. I eagerly awaited his next book (which turned out to be SKINNY LEGS AND ALL) and felt disappointed, simply because while it was a good book, it wasn’t as great as his masterpiece.

What I don’t like about Penny’s latest is that is so much less organic than her previous books, which seem to have grown out of the characters. This latest takes a plot Penny is obviously invested in (she reported on it before she became a full-time writer), but this book starts with the plot, which she seems to have worked out before writing it, and the characters are plugged into those plots points instead of the other way around, not doing what they’d do naturally.

In my mind, it doesn’t work as well. The book is good, but it’s not “Gamache-good.”

The Expats: Chris Pavone

Mm, mm, good! A spy thriller in the best tradition of Le Carre and Steinhauer. The tension and plot is almost entirely psychological, with multiple layers of deceit and lying among the characters. There is very little violence and weapons appear only rarely, but the pace and tension crackles.

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories/Lee Child

Lee Child’s Reacher novels are masterpieces of character, pace, plot and location. His short stories, other than the ones featuring an adolescent Reacher, are not, full of character inconsistencies and plot holes. I WOULD like to see a full-length Reacher adolescent novel, however.

Why does McDonald’s hate Canadian skunks?

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/28/canadian-skunks-cant-stop-getting-stuck-in-mcflurry-cups_a_23006846/?utm_hp_ref=ca-meanwhile-in-canada

NEWS 06/28/2017 16:50 EDT | Updated 06/28/2017 17:36 EDT
Canadian Skunks Can’t Stop Getting Stuck In McFlurry Cups
File this under ‘weirdly specific.’
By Michelle Butterfield
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Canadian skunks have a very particular problem — they can’t seem to stop from getting their heads stuck in McFlurry cups.

For the third (yes, THIRD) time in a year, video has captured a skunk running around blindly as a result of trying to eat up the remnants of a McDonalds’ ice cream treat.

Tina Christie from Kemptville, Ont. recorded the latest footage while at a car wash last week. A skunk had gotten the plastic lid of a McFlurry cup stuck around its neck and was running around in circles before Christie was able to get close and pull it off. (You can watch her brave feat in the video above.)

But, like we said, this is not the first time an Ontario skunk has pulled this stunt.

Last summer, skunks in both North Bay and the Peel region had to rely on humans to free them from dessert captivity.

In North Bay, two police officers helped out a skunk while on patrol one night, reports CBC News.

And in the other instance, paramedic Justin Mausz donned an Ebola suit before comically chasing a critter around the paramedic station parking lot and swiping the cup off its head.

And while it’s amazing enough to note that this specific mishap keeps happening all the damn time, what’s even more incredible is that not one of these brave rescuers got sprayed. NOT ONE.

For the record, it’s not just McFlurry cups that are posing a problem for Canada’s skunk population. Last year Manitoba Mounties came to the rescue of a skunk that got a Tim Hortons cup stuck on its head, and an Ontario man helped free a skunk who was running around with its head trapped inside a Coke can.

Hmmm. Maybe it’s not the skunks that have the problem, after all. Maybe it’s the humans who can’t seem to put their garbage in a place where these stinky animals won’t get into it.