Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.24: Second Chance Authors, Sleep Donation, and Pulitzer Prize Nominee or Twilight Zone Episode?

Sorry for the delay in posting this podcast! Randon and I have been very occupied with his impending marriage to my sister (woohoo!). For the same reason, we’ll be missing out the next podcast (the one that would have aired on 2 July) and returning with episode 25 on July 16th. In this one, we are joined by the always-lovely Julia to discuss authors we’ve given second chances to and authors we’ve completely given up on. We review Karen Russell’s novella Sleep Donation (alternate title: I Am Not Wasting My MacArthur Grant So Shut Up), and we play a game of my invention called Pulitzer Prize Nominee or Twilight Zone Episode? 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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  • I can’t wait to listen to your thoughts on Sleep Donation!

  • So I listened to excellent podcast! I can’t wait for the next one. I think you guys and Julia are awesome, so interesting and funny. Nathaniel Hawthorne is a writer that I’ve given up on too. The Scarlet Letter was enough for me. Jhumpa Lahiri is an author I need to give a second try. I’ve never finished any of her books I’ve attempted. Early congrats to your sister and Randon.

  • I just enjoyed a listen, myself. I wanted to call in (though not live, so no one would have answered the phone, right?) and suggest to Julia for Jane Austen to maybe just give her some time? Not knowing age and how many years it has been, I am finding delight in books that appalled or bored me in my (ahem) early years.
    As for me? I have given up on Kazuo Ishiguro after 3 books – though I LOVED the first read, by the third, I didn’t want to finish and it is due to style, I think. My second chance author will soon be Steinbeck. Will attempt East of Eden after having poor luck and satisfaction with almost everything he has ever written ever.

  • I’ve given up on Cory Doctorow completely. I liked some of his earlier books, but I was so disgusted with Makers that I’ve decided to spend my reading time elsewhere from now on. Ugh.

    Great episode! <3

  • Still catching up with the podcast, so chiming in late. I feel similarly about Michael Chabon. I’ve read the three you mention. There are two others, though, that I did like, and one I loved. Give Mysteries of Pittsburgh a try. It was his first — a coming of age novel of sorts. I loved it. It’s also shorter and a good summer read. If you have a penchant for geographical novel-reading, combine it with The Perks of Being a Wallflower for the full Pittsburgh experience. I also liked Summerland, his YA fantasy novel revolving around a kid who wants to be better at baseball and a magical game. These two are both VERY different from the three you mentioned, so much so as I often forget they’re by the same author. Also, re: Dickens, Bleak House was the one that took me away and the one that brought me back was Tale of Two Cities, which I adored and then went on the read just about everything (I DON’T recommend doing that. I’m looking at you, Sketches by Boz). I feel I should give Bleak House another chance, but the title isn’t doing it any favors. Great podcast! I would be curious if you would talk sometime about authors where you’ve gone on a binge of their books — what makes it happen, when does it work, when does it have tragic results (like making you hate a book you used to love)?

    • I also really liked Summerland! Actually, it’s the only book of his that I’ve ever liked. It’s so different from his adult books that I’d still recommend it to people who normally hate his writing (but still like YA fantasy, of course).

  • Sorry I’m so late to the party, but I just discovered your podcast!
    This was a great episode, and the Pulitzer Prize Nominee or Twilight Zone Episode game sounds like fun. I think I would’ve had a better than 50/50 chance since I’m a big Twilight Zone fan and saw most of the episodes you described. 🙂