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Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre
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really liked it
bookshelves: noir-crime, humor, contemporary-fiction

A book to win a skeptic's heart. This is not the funniest of the Parlabane books, but it's an absorbing thriller. It begins slowly, and if you were unfamiliar with the author - or if you hadn't taken the hint from the book's dedication to Randi and Dawkins - then you might think the author was going to come down on the side of woo. Brookmyre allows the "ducks" to present the most cogent and insidious of the arguments in favor of "keeping an open mind" when it comes to paranormal research.

An "unsinkable rubber duck" is James Randi's phrase to describe those who are determined to believe in woo no matter how much evidence to the contrary they are presented with.

The book is suspenseful, full of devious twists and turns, and the villains are as evil a bunch as Brookmyre has ever invented. The plot does have a big flaw, but it's a minor spoiler to even discuss it: (view spoiler)

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Reading Progress

October 18, 2010 – Shelved
October 18, 2010 – Shelved as: noir-crime
January 31, 2011 – Started Reading
January 31, 2011 –
page 1
0.25% "Time for more Brookmyre! The book, which is the "Winner of the 2007 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing" is inscribed "For James Randi and Richard Dawkins". Hmm, I wonder what themes will be explored in this one?"
January 31, 2011 –
page 40
9.8% ""In a media-saturated age, you can really start to resent the amount of information you absorb, despite your steadfast disinterest, about certain utterly unworthy subjects. It's like the data equivalent of secondary smoke inhalation.""
February 2, 2011 –
page 236
57.84% ""Unsinkable Rubber Ducks" is a phrase coined by James Randi, the famous skeptic and paranormal debunker. It describes "people who are determined to go on believing in woo no matter how much evidence to the contrary you present them with.""
February 2, 2011 – Finished Reading
February 3, 2011 –
page 336
82.35% "Very nice."
February 17, 2013 – Shelved as: humor
November 10, 2014 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction

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