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Three book recommendations 
5th-Apr-2009 08:41 am
slanty, martha
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Unpublished novel by lunchboy.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!".
5th-Apr-2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Pls edit HTML; the name of the second book is a secret. A conspiracy no doubt.
5th-Apr-2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed Crooked Little Vein! I thought it was a great book, but I'm sorry to tell you that some of those kinks, like the injection one (I still don't think I'd ever be able to read that scene again), are for real – not necessarily to the ridiculous extremes Ellis takes them, but based on the real thing. Also, this website recently cropped up – all the pictures are work-safe, though the caption is definitely not.

What's the second book? For some reason, the title is missing, and it sounds like something I'd really like.

And as for the third book – I liked it a lot myself, and just sent lunchboy my comments yesterday, as a matter of fact.
5th-Apr-2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was your rec that got me to get Crooked Little Vein as a gift for callyperry, and then to read it myself. Thank you!

Yeah, I suspected that I should have said "invented or exaggerated", but I didn't really feel like doing the research to find out. And the website you mention (don't click if you haven't read the book yet, BTW: sort of a spoiler for a funny scene) is pretty clearly a tribute to the book, rather than an actual kink site.
5th-Apr-2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
The title of mine is misremembered, but actually I think I'd prefer you delete the title than correct it, since I don't know if that will be the final title or not.
5th-Apr-2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
That website is definitely a tribute -- I found it linked from Ellis' website. My favorite comment is the one from the guy who writes "What else could you have expected, Mr. Ellis?"

ETA: I've added The Big Con to my shopping cart at Amazon -- thanks for the recommendation!

Edited at 2009-04-05 03:34 pm (UTC)
5th-Apr-2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
"The Big Con" is really quite amazing. You're going to love it. I think I probably assumed that Todd must already own it.
5th-Apr-2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Looks like that second book is a real Mystery :-)
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