Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.59: Fantastic Beasts, Night Manager, and Banned Books

Happy Wednesday, booklovers! We know you were psyched to hear about All the Birds in the Sky, but we’ve been unavoidably detained on that front. Instead, you get to hear our thoughts on two literary adaptations: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the new miniseries The Night Manager. We also take some shots at book-banners1 by way of the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books of 2015 list. 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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Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
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  1. by which I mean people who ban books, not banners advertising books. we are in favor of the second kind of book banners but not the first kind.
  • helen from a gallimaufry

    Hello Jennies, this is a late comment but I wanted to put in my two penny worth on The Night Manager! I have never read the book and I don’t watch oodles of telly but I made an exception for this (although I missed the first three episodes) (which is half, ahem). Anyway, it was SO tense I nearly died of heart failure throughout each episode and then spent the intervening weeks telling myself I could NOT go through that level of stress again and was giving up on the series but then couldn’t resist watching the next episode and nearly dying of heart failure etc. etc. because I just DID NOT KNOW if it was going to work out OK. (And things have been changed from the book, and perhaps not always for the best.) (But one change definitely for the best is the casting of Olivia Coleman, you will see what I mean.) But I think you have a treat in store even if there are some bits that will stretch your credibility. That’s all I wanted to say, although I took a loooong time to say it. I hope you enjoy it! Also I am a wuss and the violence was mainly bearable for me so I wouldn’t be too worried about that but maybe there was a lot in the first three episodes? (Except for the end of the fourth episode, there was something nasty and I hid behind the sofa for that.)

    • Oo, this is great to know! Okay. I am excited to watch it, and I know that Whiskey Jenny is INSANELY excited for it. And I will be careful to shut my eyes at the end of the fourth, as I am now forewarned. 😀