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Fiery Dragons

 

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"The Fake Ad is for 'The Girl Who Played with a Fiery Dragon's Nest,'" wrote Kristen Schleick, "which is pretty brilliant." Pretty brilliant? What does that mean? Is bacon dipped in maple syrup pretty delicious? Are Michigan's north woods on a crisp autumn afternoon pretty breathtaking? Is the Fake Ad Czar's wife pretty pretty?

For unqualified high praise, we turn to Fake Adder Staci Kennedy, who writes, "I have resisted reading these books ... but to have them all in one shot? Brilliant!" See how she lets the word stand on its own? Not "mostly brilliant" or "super brilliant." Just "brilliant," pure and simple, though we do think the exclamation point is a nice touch.

Many entrants commented on the popularity of the books, by Stieg Larsson, that inspired the ad. "At Aunt Agatha's," wrote Paul Gallagher, "they call the real books, 'The Girl Who Is Paying Our Rent This Month.'"

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