Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas: Tom Robbins

Robbins is the Marx Marvelous of the metaphor, the Psylocibin Sam of the simile; like carefully-picked magic mushrooms, Robbins shows us things that we would not otherwise see.

He is just a touch too obviously preachy and pedantic in some of Larry Diamond’s soliloquys.

You can’t get much further opposite on the polar planes than the last book reviewed on this site.

Turbo 23: Janet Evanovich

Reading an Evanovich book is like eating Victoria’s Secret shaped cheezies, but you neither enjoy eating them that much at the time or look forward to the next time, all the while knowing you’ll be at them again soon.

Evanovich had a great formula when it was fresh. Unfortunately, that freshness ended about a dozen books ago. This one is called “TURBO” for reasons I can’t fathom, as it has no connection to the book except it matches the formula of using an alliterative word that goes with the book number.

Evanovich has franchished out that formula under different series to a large number of affiliated writers and they follow it religiously.

Check out the GOODREADS reviews and you’ll notice identical plot summaries with different alliterative numbered titles written under so many affiliated writers that the series has gotten as lame as recent THE BIG BANG episodes.

It’s too bad Evanovich doesn’t have to follow the Grafton model and give up on a title with “Z.” Unlike the alphabet, numbers are infinite.

As I said, the formula was a good one when it was fresh, much like wearing a nice Hermes blouse to a great party, but it gets stale and stained after wearing it 48 straight days.

Noir: Christopher Moore

Moore is an amazing writer, veering over his writing career from demons, to vampires, marine biologists and aquatic aliens, Christ’s Resurrection, Picasso, the Angel of Death, sequined love nuns, Santa Claus, The French Masters and Toulouse-Latrecque and now this.

His ideas and language are not only always fresh but thought provoking. More, the man can write similes like Tom Robbins can write Dolly Parton metaphors.

Noir because Moore because started off writing something in the style of Leonard, Hammett and Spade. Noir because he somehow weaves in Roswell, UFOs and the Men in Black. Noir because San Francisco after WWII is a city dark with broken and maimed men, drug abuse, police and political corruption. Noir because there is murder, mayhem, meshugas and murdering maniacs.

Buy it. Read it. Love it. Love the Cheese. Sammy does. And so do I.

WIKIPEDIA: Noir fiction (or roman noir) is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre,[1] with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include a self-destructive protagonist.[2] A typical protagonist of noir fiction is dealing with the legal, political or other system, which is no less corrupt than the perpetrator, by whom the protagonist is either victimized and/or has to victimize others on a daily basis, leading to a lose-lose situation.