Holubí Mambo

ISBN: 8072170783
ISBN 13: 9788072170784
By: C.D. Payne

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2004 Adult Fiction B O O K C L U B Birds Currently Reading Fantasy Fiction Humor Tbr Wayback To Read

Reader's Thoughts

Andrew Gruen

Hilarious!Definitely worth a read. Quick too.


One of the few books that I've read twice. I do not think you will like this book one bit if you don't live in San Francisco.


So, these lab pigeons, who have no clue they are anything but human, are given all the cigarettes and booze they want in a study. Then animal rights activists raid the laboratory and set them free ruining the sweet gig they had going for them. They're suddenly turned loose on the streets of San Francisco, still thinking their human and attempting to score booze and cigarettes and trying to find their way back to the paradise they were robbed of, the lab.Sound stupid? It's not. It's allegorical and quite funny.


Back when my kids were tiny, my strategy at the library was to take about thirty seconds to zip down an aisle and grab the first book that looked interesting. This was the result of one of those trips, it was bizarre and amusing.


this is a wacky book and possibly supports my idea that we should create city pigeon "teams" and fight them. i mean, few people that live in a city like pigeons and i think there are more than enough of them that we could loose some with no tears.

Max Ostrovsky

I read a couple of books by the same author, C.D. Payne, that were just fun. They were the kind of books you can relax and read while sipping an umbrella drink while lying in a hammock. One was Frisco Pigeon Mambo. Just all around fun! It tells the story of a group of lab pigeons who, through a series of events, get out from the lab and into the real world. While in the lab, they were given cigarettes, liquor and other lovely vices, included being treated and talked to like they were human. So these birds actually think they are human, just a different kind. You know, the kind of human with wings. The book is about this group adjusting to life on the outside world, stealing cigarettes, conning alcohol, making mischief and mayhem and solving the mystery of a lovely girl and getting back somehow to the lab where everything they needed was taken care of. In the course of this, hilarity ensues. Come on, pigeons who think they're human? What could go wrong? It had a bunch of similarities with Rats of Nymh, but with all the vices included, it makes a more adult fun read. And the pigeons dance.

Carly Johnson

Funny and non-sensical. Perfect for the adolescent.

Erin Fitzgerald

And I quote "One morning, pecking through a tray of moldy Mexican birdseed, I told a suicidal client to 'get a grip or get a gun.' That afternoon, I flew out the door during a family crisis melee.""Yup. Get ready for fantastically dry humor that'll bring your perilously close to wetting your pants!!


I wanted to like this book more. It had a great concept and I was optimistic after reading the beginning, but the bulk of the book was slow. Even at 185 pages, it feels like it needed to be a short story instead.


fast read, entertaining for SF locals


Absolute delight. Hilarious story of escaped lab birds.

Jamaica Wakefield

Stop being so serious and have some fun with some hard-living pigeons.


A clever satire by the amazingly hilarious C.D. Payne. I loved the concept but I think the idea would have worked better as a short story. It's not at all a long book (only 185 pages) but the humor of the satire drags a bit in the middle section. Still, Payne is a master of word play. 'Frisco Pigeon Mambo' is not as engaging as the journals of Nick Twisp, but it is very clever and manages to provide comedic commentary on issues such as animal rights, politics, gender identity, disability, religion, and family structure.




Entertaining. Not Payne's best work.

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