Like the cover says, The Time Machine Did It was written by John Swartzwelder. He was responsible for fifty-nine episodes of the long-running animated series, The Simpsons. As you can imagine, the zaniness in that show has spilled onto the pages of a sort-of detective novel featuring the “slow-witted” Frank Burly.
Slow witted is a vast understatement. Burly makes Springfield’s Chief Wiggum look like Lennie Briscoe. The point is, this detective is a dufus. Time traveling doesn’t help. He’s just as stupid in the past. What’s worse—he doesn’t care. I will say one thing for him, though. He can take a beating. And he does. Often.
If you’re looking for the kinds of twists and turns you’d find in a Raymond Chandler novel, this book isn’t for you. But if you want some laugh-out-loud humor to brighten your day, I’d advise you to check out The Time Machine Did It. And if you need some convincing, I’m happy to give you the old Burly Shove.
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One of a series of comedy science-fiction novels featuring slow-witted detective Frank Burly. By John Swartzwelder, the writer of 59 episodes of The Simpsons.
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