Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.55: Best Literary Couples; and the Hatening Continues

The Hatening continues, except that I am a failing failure who failed to choose a book that Whiskey Jenny would truly despise. We talk about Hamilton (yes, again), the books that we’re currently reading, and Emma Newman’s Planetfall. 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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Books/Links Discussed (in order of appearance)

Hamilton crushed it, of course, at the Grammys. As if there was ever any doubt. Also, because it’s charming, a Got Milk? Hamilton spoof for you to enjoy.

What We’re Reading

Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace
The Mother Hunt, Rex Stout
We Love You Charlie Freeman, Kaitlyn Greenidge
The Silkworm and Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling)

Favorite Literary Couples

Clare and Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (Whiskey Jenny)
Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey from Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon, by Dorothy Sayers (Gin Jenny)
SPOILERS from Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters (Whiskey Jenny)
Alexander and Hephaestion in Fire from Heaven, by Mary Renault (Gin Jenny)
Eponine and Marius (but mostly Eponine) in Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo (Whiskey Jenny)
Whiskey Jenny never names the two characters in A Tale of Two Cities that she likes. You’ll never know, and neither do I because I never read it.
Celie and Shug Avery from The Color Purple, by Alice Walker (Gin Jenny)
Ifemelu and Obinze from Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Whiskey Jenny)
Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning from their letters (Gin Jenny)1
Dickon & Mary from The Secret Garden (Whiskey Jenny)

The Hatening, Part 2

Planetfall, Emma Newman

Anxiety and the First Person Narrator in Planetfall (from Lady Business)

The Forcening, Part 1

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

(The others Whiskey Jenny nearly chose were The Night Manager, by John Le Carre and Fool, by Christopher Moore.)

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Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
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  1. You can download a free ebook of the first volume of the Browning letters at Project Gutenberg.
  • Jeanne

    Heh. I would never have seen the Got Milk? commercial except for your link. Thanks for that.

  • Ha! I just posted the Got Milk on FB for a friend who is desperately seeking tickets!

  • That parody is fantastic. It only makes me want to see that damn musical even more!!

  • Words for Worms

    I love this podcast. That is all.

  • Katy

    I’m glad you’re reading Nero Wolfe! Those books are so much fun. I love Archie’s voice. Some of the books are better than others, but I don’t think any of them are bad. My favorites that I can think of off the top of my head are Some Buried Caesar and Death of a Dude. Those are both ones where Wolfe actually gets dragged along on a case, which rarely happens. (Though there’s one really bizarre one called The Black Mountain where Wolfe and Archie are for some reason tramping through Yugoslavia.)