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  •  I was living in Los Angeles (6+ / 0-)

    when Harry Turtledove's "The Case of the Toxic Spelldump" came out.  

    I was working at UCLA at the time, and was on the bus on my way to work, reading that book one morning.  We had just got within sight of the Federal Building on Wilshire when I got to the description of the demon-stration (incubi and succubi) outside the Confed Building in Westwood.  I never explained to even the people I knew why I was laughing so hard.

    For a book with a very serious plot, it was hilarious - set in Angels City in the Barony of the Angels in a universe where the technology is fueled by magic.  The plot, for all its seriousness was driven by a long string of bad jokes and lousy puns.  

    The hero is a Jewish man who is a field agent for the Environmental Perfection Agency.  His girlfriend is a spell-checker for a publishing company that specializes in grimoires.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 11:33:10 AM PDT

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