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 â€œslow-wittedâ€ Frank Burly.
Slow witted is a vast understatement. Burly makes Springfieldâ€™s Chief Wiggum look like Lennie Briscoe. The point is, this detective is a dufus. Time traveling doesnâ€™t help. Heâ€™s just as stupid in the past. Whatâ€™s worseâ€”he doesnâ€™t care. I will say one thing for him, though. He can take a beating. And he does. Often.
If youâ€™re looking for the kinds of twists and turns youâ€™d find in a Raymond Chandler novel, this book isnâ€™t for you. But if you want some laugh-out-loud humor to brighten your day, Iâ€™d advise you to check out The Time Machine Did It. And if you need some convincing, Iâ€™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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