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review 2019-03-18 23:14
Prank Craigslist ads, and this subsequent book of responding emails, reveal there are a lot of people out there willing to do just about anything
Race Me in a Lobster Suit - Kelly Mahon

This is a crazy book, just no other way to put it.
If you saw ‘Pranked’ which was on TV or ‘Crank Yankers’ which was a puppet TV show based on prank-calling, you will get the idea of this, which is based on the author posting prank ads on Craigslist. The resulting email ‘conversations’ from those ads are contained within this book, and if you hate the idea of unsuspecting people being strung along on fall pretenses, this isn’t for you.
If you can put all seriousness aside and maybe have a few minutes at a time to read it (in the guest room? the loo?), you will probably read this with eyes widened and emit a chuckle or two.

If you look at this too seriously you will see that lots of people wasted their time engaging in the banter necessary for this book:
People actually entertaining the idea of dressing up snakes for a fashion show. Seriously considering crocheting someone into a cocoon for the winter. Pretending to be someone’s made-up partner to be taken along to a work party. Sitting for a tea party dressed like a doll.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fact that these people were strung along for the sake of author Kelly Mahon’s crazy idea for a book. BUT just like you can’t look away from a car crash on the highway, it’s hard not to read this and marvel WHY people are even considering doing these things. Some of them are so outlandish and ridiculous that I can’t even believe they would do them for money, let alone free. But it takes all sorts to make this world interesting, right?

I don’t think Mahon put this together with any malicious intent, but a laugh at others’ expense is hard to absorb. That said, if you answer an ad for racing in a lobster suit, you sound like you’re up for anything (or at least maybe a laugh)

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/38116996-the-past-and-other-things-that-should-stay-buried
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review 2017-08-23 13:26
Bad Little Falls
Bad Little Falls - Paul Doiron
This is the best book in the series so far. The story kept me interested all the way through where the first two lost me in the middle a bit. The descriptions are very clear and I could picture myself there, tromping through the woods. Mike Bowditch is a Maine game warden and he has recently been transferred to a more remote area. He feels like he is being punished for the trouble he has gotten into recently. They can´t get rid of him though because he has good instincts and the best arrest record.
Right away he has a rough start when he comes home to find an animal carcass nailed to his front door. Things get even more exciting after he reluctantly goes to the local veterinarian´s home for dinner during a blizzard. He left to head home in the blowing snow only to be called right back by the vet. One of his neighbors had a man come to their door and he was nearly frozen and suffering from hypothermia. They wanted the vet to come see if he could help but he had drank too much during dinner and wanted Bowditch to drive him over there. They ended up learning that the man was not alone and there was someone else out there in a car. Mike goes out in search of the man and finally finds him dead. The dead man turns out to be a local drug dealer and he didn´t die from the cold, he was strangled. Mike is determined to find out what happened out there.


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