Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.18: Tournament of Books, The Golem and the Jinni, and a Literary Winter Olympics Game

The Tournament of Books is on, and the Jennys are here to talk about it! We also review Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni and play a literary Winter Olympics game. You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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Here are the contents of the podcast if you wish to skip around:

Starting at 1:03 – We discuss our brackets for the Tournament of Books, the first two match-ups, and the Scott McClanahan scandal. Cut from the podcast is some talk about killing Hitler in fiction, inspired by this delightful article, “Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler,” which we invite you to read.

Whiskey Jenny’s bracket:

WJ bracket

Gin Jenny’s bracket:

Gin Jenny's BracketCoin toss bracket (note that the “reader’s choice” books were selected using

Coin Toss Bracket

(Note that as of this post, Whiskey Jenny and I are both doing rather badly on our brackets. Coin Toss is killing it.)

Starting at 9:54 – We didn’t like The Golem and the Jinni. We thought it was fine. We could live without it.

Starting at 20:59 – OLYMPICS OF BOOKS. I disagree with some of Randon’s decisions (both in my favor and against me), and I will give interviews saying so in the upcoming weeks, a la Ashley Wagner. (See that? I know Olympics stuff!)

Starting at 53:00 – I give my recommendation for next time. Five years later I’m finally going to read Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap. (Note from the future: What I thought about the book when making this recommendation was almost a hundred percent wrong. I had completely the wrong mental image of this book.)

53:46 – Closing remarks and outro

Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.

  • I can’t believe my bracket is still alive! I’m so in agreement about time travelers not killing Hitler, that was my one issue with Life After Life.

  • Lu

    I also thought the Golem & The Jinni was fine. Totally could have lived without it also. But it wasn’t bad? Just fine.