Humpty Dumpty Was PushedHumpty Dumpty Was Pushed by Marc Blatte
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so once upon a time a man came into my store and said “i love your tables! i want you to read my book!” and that’s how you do it, kids: flatter me about something i care about, then make your request in the same breath. so i said “all right,” still glowing with accolades. and when i take the arc home i look at it and i’m like “hip hop crime novel?? what have i gotten myself into??” and i prepared myself to be polite. but the preparation was unnecessary—although i do not read crime fiction (unless faux-victorian family mysteries count) and although i have zero relationship with the contemporary music scene (or any contemporary scene except the book-buying public scene and the nyc public transportation scene) it was a really fun read. it’s not something i would ever have picked up without guidance, simply because i stay away from the “10 books in a series trap” of genre fiction, but i learned a valuable lesson about taking risks and expanding horizons and accepting gifts from strangers. and you have all learned that i am a vain and malleable creature. don’t abuse it. but do come praise my tables.

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