I've read three books I've enjoyed recently, so I thought I'd tell people about them.Crooked Little Vein
is a hard-boiled detective story, or parody of one. The detective story involves crazy government conspiracies, and is set in a world of kinky sex involving kinks invented for the book (at least I hope so). Offbeat humor, a quick read, and poly-friendly in a way that made me happy.The Big Con
is a non-fiction book about con artists. If you have not seen "The Sting", Do not read this book!
. See "The Sting", the best con-game movie ever made, first. After you've seen "The Sting", or if you've already seen it, you must have wondered "Did cons like that really happen?" This book answers that question, and things similar enough to the plot of "The Sting" happened in real life that this book is a spoiler for the movie, which is why you should see the movie first. I don't know why, but I always enjoy reading true stories about con games and con men, and this gives the details of some of the most elaborate cons I've every heard of.Unpublished novel by lunchboy
. I don't usually like fantasy novels, but this is more a "novel set in a fantasy world" than a "fantasy novel". It's funny, entertaining, has strongly drawn and believable characters, and is much more emotionally affecting than I had expected. Alas, this one you can't run out and buy yet: it has not yet been published, or even reached its final form. In addition to enjoying the novel greatly, I liked the experience of being a "beta reader". Most things I read have minor things about them that I don't like. As a beta reader the negative feeling of "he woudn't say that" or "why is he doing that?" is countered by the feeling of "...and if I tell the author that, and he agrees, he will fix it!".