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Spanking Watson (Kinky Friedman #12)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  517 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
How many lesbians can dance on the head of a pin? Kinky Friedman sure as hell doesn't know, but he's learning exactly how many it takes to send the geriatric plaster tumbling from the ceiling of his downtown New York loft. The culprit is one Winnie Katz, man-hating proprietress of a lesbian dance troupe that thunders daily through his waking dreams. And when Winnie won't e ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Gallery Books (first published September 6th 1999)
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What do I think?

I think it's a case of the fryin' pan's on, but nothin's cookin'.

Apr 24, 2009 Kaylee rated it liked it
The back has snippets of people comparing Kinky Friedman to other people under the heading "Comparing the Incomparable".

I happen to think it's quite easy to compare him.

I enjoyed the book for what it was - a smartass yet intelligently written piece of fluff, more about dialog than plot. Of course, I'm lumping all of the narrator's asides and conversations with his cat with actual dialog.


I thought it was like reading Douglas Adams, only without the scifi. And with more lesbian and fart joke
Efe Saydam
Apr 03, 2014 Efe Saydam rated it liked it
The ridiculous story is merely a backdrop for the colourful characters, who let the inane events unfold before them, too helpless to change the situation, or perhaps just too drunk to care. But I was generally entertained by Friedman's use of absurd low-comedy, politically incorrect yet well-meaning diatribes, anti-establishment references, subversive leanings, and his pretty hilarious one-liners. ("'You're in America!' I said. 'Speak Spanish.'")

Throw everything into a pot, and this might come o
Jun 25, 2008 Gary rated it it was ok
Recommended to Gary by: Margie Fritz-Birch
Private detective lite, The Kinkster is Kinky Friedman, who in the late 60's was frontman for Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. Last year, he ran for governor of Texas, and lost. He also has a series of PI books (this is one), with tongue in cheek jokes, sarcasm, a death threat, and the humor of someone who doesn't take it all too seriously. Many of his asides and observations about life are made as he talks to his cat, who is always non-plussed.
Nov 24, 2010 Valissa rated it liked it
"I wish those guys could've gotten together and been friends during the flying hours of their madness. Perhaps they did. But like a sleeping cat, the world let them slip away to the stars."

"Jesus speaks regularly to only one group of people. They are the people in mental hospitals. They try to tell us, but we never believe them."
Rog Harrison
May 09, 2013 Rog Harrison rated it liked it
This is an odd book because there really isn't a mystery at the start for Kinky to solve so the first part of the book is just about Kinky's relationships with his friends. As ever Kinky Friedman is an amusing writer and so long as you just go with the flow this is an amusing read.
Riley Reinhold
Sep 12, 2016 Riley Reinhold rated it really liked it
not the best of his books it' starts slow it gains a momentum, had its fine phrases here and there but in the end it is truly a Kinky novel again. only for the true fan who cannot live without a Kinky Friedman novel.. as me.
Marc Rocket
May 24, 2013 Marc Rocket rated it liked it
The story is basic, but the writing style is very entertaining. If you want relaxing fun read this book. It's also great for all of the pop culture references. You will learn something from this book.
I'll read more
From this author
This is a hard book to rate. I love the demented humour but it's not really a book, certainly not a cohesive book. Four * humour; one * writing.
Mirriam Seddiq
Feb 28, 2013 Mirriam Seddiq rated it really liked it
I love everything about this man
Nick Gilbert
Jul 29, 2011 Nick Gilbert rated it liked it
A Kinky Friedman book a condom - in use it's always good fun, but you throw it away afterwards!
Feb 14, 2009 Patricia rated it did not like it
Enjoy his music, his articles in Texas Monthly and his persona but just could not get into this book. Truth be told, I didn't even finish it which is rare for me.
Apr 22, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jen by: Andrew
I don't remember too many specifics of the story, other than it was CRAZY PANTS! And that I enjoyed it.
Mar 20, 2012 Richard rated it liked it
A total POS, which if you're familiar with the Kinkster's style of writing is a compliment :-) This one got me thru a few bus rides for which I remain indebted to Mr. Friedman.
Jeff Yrmom
Jul 09, 2007 Jeff Yrmom rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This guy is just nuts. He's got his own thing going on all over the place and you can try to get it. Hes funny and wierd. Good one.
Feb 20, 2011 Alang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great funny wittie writer love his humour and good story lines!!
Jul 21, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
Very, very slow to start. The last quarter of the book had all the action.
Jan 24, 2008 Vien rated it really liked it
Love, love, love Kinky Friedman.
Susan Katz
Jan 17, 2017 Susan Katz rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, mystery
Not his best work. But a quick and easy read.
Jan 25, 2016 Brendan added it
Shelves: mystery
Rating: 3 1/2
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Richard S. "Kinky" Friedman is an American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly who styles himself in the mold of popular American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6% of the vote, Friedman placed fourth in the six-person race.

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