Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.85: Problematic Authors and Josephine Tey’s Miss Pym Disposes

Happy Wednesday! It’s podcast time! This week, me and Whiskey Jenny chatted about how we engage with books and authors that are problematic(tm), then reviewed a problematic(tm) book from the golden age of mystery. Have a listen using the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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Here are the time signatures, if you want to skip around:

1:38 – What We’re Reading
6:06 – Serial Box Book Club
17:59 – Problematic Faves and How to Engage with Them
31:01 – Miss Pym Disposes, Josephine Tey
44:40 – What We’re Reading Next Time!

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  • CoolCurry

    I really liked the section on problematic books — the point about mental arithmetic is really true. I’ll usually try to account for that when I’m recommending the book, usually by doing something like linking to a review that discusses the book warts in all.

    It’s always important to remember that different people can like different things and that what might be a dealbreaker for me isn’t for someone else. I have some friends at college who really love Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t care for the book at all and thought it had some underlying issues with sexism (and racism and homophobia according to people who’ve read the sequels). I don’t want to tell them they can’t enjoy those books! Especially since the people I know who really love them are queer women of color who I’m sure they would acknowledge those issues if brought up. But I’ve been seeing a lot of hate for that author and series on twitter that often will extend to the fans as well. It generally makes me uncomfortable since I think it’s falling into this black or white thinking that’s harmful. Plus, I generally don’t believe in saying something on twitter that you wouldn’t say to someone’s face.