Reading the End Bookcast, Ep. 68: Sea or Space, Lone Wolves, and Zoraida Cordova’s Labyrinth Lost

Another Wednesday, and proper fall still has not come to Louisiana. Luckily I had podcast editing to take my mind off it. Whiskey Jenny says to please apologize to you all for her slight audible congestion; she was fighting off a very bad cough throughout recording and managed valiantly, all things considered. 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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Peter Freuchen’s appearance on The 64,000 Question

What We’re Reading

The Fade-Out, Ed Brubaker,
The Hairdresser of Harare, Tendai Huchu
Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos, Priyamvada Natarajan

Lone Wolves

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black
The Big Sleep (et al), Raymond Chandler
The Spellman Files (et al), Lisa Lutz
The Cuckoo’s Calling (et al), Robert Galbraith
The Thief (et al), Megan Whalen Turner
No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy

Picaresques (ugh)

Huck Finn, Mark Twain
Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
Confederacy Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida Cordova

Labyrinth Lost

For next time: “The Screwfly Solution,” by James Tiptree Jr. and “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi,” by Pat Cadigan

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Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep. 67: Literary Team-Ups and Six of Crows

Happy Wednesday, friends! A packed podcast for you this week, with listener mail and a polar explorers update and much talk of heists, team-ups, and old-time fictional Amsterdam in Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. 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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What We’re Reading

The Swan Riders, Erin Bow
The Good House, Tananarive Due
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

Literary Team-Ups

Fingersmith, Sarah Waters (still not convinced about this one)
The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
Much Ado about Nothing, William Shakespeare (ditto)
A Candle for St. Jude, Rumer Godden
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Saga, Brian Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Hawkeye, Matt Fraction and David Aja (plus other artists)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
All Creatures Great and Small (et seq), James Herriot
Street of the Five Moons (et seq), Elizabeth Peters

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

Podcast Recs

Books on the Nightstand
Fangirl Happy Hour
Get Booked
Grantland Podcasts
Still Processing
The Watch
Song Exploder
99% Invisible
Harmontown
You Must Remember This

If you want to make audiobook/podcast recommendations for my friend Kim (who is going through a hard time), here’s the post where you can do it!

For Next Time: Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida Cordova

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Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.66: Fall Book Review and Rumaan Alam’s Rich and Pretty

Happy Wednesday and please enjoy this very special edition of the Reading the End Bookcast, in which Whiskey Jenny and I were in THE SAME ROOM AT THE SAME TIME. You can pretty much hear the giddiness in our voices. Podcasting with Whiskey Jenny is always great, but it is double great when we’re in the same place.

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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What We’re Reading

One Plus One, Jojo Moyes
Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Maggie Stiefvater
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
Graceling, Kristin Cashore

Fire, Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore

Summer Books

June, Miranda Beverley-Whittemore
Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin
Shrill, Lindy West
Places No One Knows,
Brenna Yovanoff
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith
The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward

Fall Books

The Revolutionaries Try Again, Mauro Javier Cardenas
Everfair, Nisi Shawl
Angel Catbird, Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas
Float, Anne Carson
Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple

(We have not been podcasting for four years. We have been podcasting for three. Calm down, Jennys.)

The Singing Bones, Shaun Tan
Cul de Sac, Robert Repino
They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of #blacklivesmatter, Wesley Lowery
One Hundred Nights of Hero, Isabel Greenberg
Swing Time, Zadie Smith

Rich and Pretty, Rumaan Alam

Ha, I didn’t get Whiskey Jenny to beta-listen to this, and I failed at editing in one place. Please forgive me. You will hear Whiskey Jenny saying “Wavefoooooorms.”

In re: Sarah’s fancy meal throwing-together, these are two conversations I had with Alexis in the time between recording this podcast and posting it. So I think my point is proven.

alexis: for what i call $60 mac and cheese i use black diamond cheddar, gruyere, and brie
it is omfgood

me: hahahahaha oh man
that sounds soooo tasty
do you have a recipe?

alexis: …no

me: of course not

alexis: but i actually do not make a roux for it. i just grate cheese over the al dente pasta and top off with some cream
also, crawfish has the necessary salinity to stand up to mac and cheese; is very good combo
i’ll eat lobster mac but it’s kind of bs

AND:

Alexis: i grilled a store bought mozarella arepa and shrimp in a citrus pepper marinade + avocado, tomato, cilantro, chili

me: was this a recipe? the marinade and such?

Alexis: nah i just squeezed an orange, lime half, two gloves garlic minced, glug of olive oil, some of this aji pepper paste

For next time:

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo

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Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.65: Best Eras in History and Charles Burns’s Black Hole

Happy Wednesday, all! If your question was “will Gin Jenny find a way to scream about Star Wars Rebels on podcast even though it’s not a TV-show-related podcast?” the answer is (of course) yes. Watch Star Wars Rebels! You will definitely not regret it!

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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What We’re Reading

To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America’s Foreign Policy Disconnect, Mary Thompson-Jones
Star Wars Rebels (okay this I am watching BUT IT IS REALLY GOOD)
Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg

Night Watch, Sarah Waters
Farthing, Jo Walton
Life after Life, Kate Atkinson
Love Lessons, Joan Wyndham
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
Girl Waits with Gun, Amy Stewart
The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt
On Agate Hill, Lee Smith

THE AMERICAN GIRLS BOOKS WERE SO GREAT

The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi, Jacqueline Park

Black Hole, Charles Burns

That thing about needles in cinemas was (surprise, surprise) an urban legend. Snopes! Also, apparently people are still saying it? Oh, world.

For next time

Rich and Pretty, Rumaan Alam

Rec from listener: The Intern’s Handbook, Shane Kuhn

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep. 64: Books We Want More Of and The Regional Office Is Under Attack

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Thanks so much to everyone who’s asked about flooding in Louisiana and checked in to see if I’m okay. My bit of the state’s totally fine, so it’s just lots of worry and hug-sending to the people in places where water was several feet deep.

Anyway! So now it is podcast day! I included a cut at the end of the podcast so y’all can witness THIS phenomenon, which is very real:

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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What We’re Reading

Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter
The Veins of the Ocean, Patricia Engel
Even in Paradise, Elizabeth Nunez

Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Books We Desire Sequels To

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
The Hilary Tamar mysteries, Sarah Caudwell
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Lish McBride
Casson Family series, Hilary McKay
Binny for Short, Hilary McKay
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain
Redeployment, Phil Klay
Peas and Carrots, Tanita Davis
Genius, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, and Afua Richardson
Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon
Emma, Alexander McCall Smith

News:

Sad news: Vin Diesel is the candyass, but everything’s fine now hopefully.

The Regional Office Is Under Attack, Manuel Gonzales

For next time: Black Hole, Charles Burns

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.63: Ilvermorny, Too Many Sequels, and Father’s Day

I know y’all had given us up for dead but the triumphal return of the Reading the End Bookcast has finally arrived! Whiskey Jenny and I return to talk about that whole Harry Potter / magic in America debacle, then to discuss authors who can’t leave their fictional worlds behind. We review (finally) Simon van Booy’s Father’s Day, and we answer a burning question from listener Ashley. 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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Note: We experienced so many technical difficulties in the making of this podcast that we began to entertain the possibility that the podcast was cursed. If the audio sounds weird at all, that’ll be why.

SHOW NOTES

Upload of Anne of Green Gables is pending. I did not get a chance to scan it yet! Sorryyyyyyyy.

What We’re Reading

My Holiday in North Korea, Wendy Simmons
Bangkok Tattoo, John Burdett
BUT NOT CITY ON FIRE

Here are a couple of links about the problems with the Pottermore history of American magic (one, two, three).

Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Vampire Lestat,
Anne Rice
Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice
The Charioteer, Mary Renault
Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy, Helen Fielding
Ender series, Orson Scott Card
Anne of Green Gables (et seq.), L. M. Montgomery
Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
The Three Musketeers (et seq.), Alexandre Dumas
Amelia Peabody series, Elizabeth Peters
Stephanie Plum series, Janet Evanovich
Life and Death (i.e., genderswapped Twilight), Stephenie Meyer
Gray, E. L. James

Featured Book

Father’s Day, Simon van Vooy

Reading for Next Time

The Regional Office Is Under Attack, Manuel Gonzales

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

LIFE INTERVENES: A Podcast Hiatus

Happy Wednesday, friends! Or more likely, sad Wednesday, because I have to report that there will be no podcast today. Whiskey Jenny and I had an amazing one planned, where we talked about Captain America: Civil War with a fabulous guest star — but life intervened. We are still hoping to talk about Captain America and review Simon van Booy’s Father’s Day and many other awesome things, but it will just have to wait until life is happening slightly less aggressively. Look for us in August!

(Everything’s fine! Just a busier summer than either of us anticipated!)

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.62 – The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

It’s baseball season! And we’re celebrating by welcoming our friend Ben Lindbergh to the podcast to talk about his new book (coauthored with Sam Miller), The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team.

Only Rule Is It Has to Work

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Listen to Ben and Sam’s interview with Stompers alum Santos Saldovar on their podcast Effectively Wild.

This is Lil Sebastian West. I’m calling him that because he lives in the western part of the country. You get it.

Only Rule Is It Has to Work

You can find Ben on Twitter and at his book’s website, and you can listen to his and Sam’s baseball podcast, Effectively Wild, here. Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.61: Summer Book Preview and Katie Heaney’s Dear Emma

Happy Hump Day to you all, beloved listeners! It’s time for another seasonal book preview (the most wonderful four times of the year) (except for Christmas, Christmas is still the actual most wonderful time). Whiskey Jenny and I also answer some listener mail, update you on what we’re reading, and review the fluffy, fun Dear Emma, by Katie Heaney. 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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What We’re Reading

City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
The Summer before the War, Helen Simonson (see also: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand)
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller (excerpt) (excerpt) (excerpt)
The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig

Bullet to the Head, Matz, Colin Wilson
Total Chaos, Jean-Claude Izzo
Have Mercy on Us All, Fred Vargas

Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery (here’s the link about the new TV show!)

Spring Books

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi
The Passenger, Lisa Lutz
Ear to the Ground, David Ulin and Paul Kolsby
The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater
The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan
Marriage Material, Sathnam Sanghera
Hex, Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

Summer Books

Shrill, Lindy West (May, Hachette)
June, Miranda Beverley-Whittemore (May, Crown)
Places No One Knows, Brenna Yovanoff (May, Delacorte)
Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo (May, Knopf)
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North (May, Red Hook)
Barkskins, Annie Proulx (June, Scribner)
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, Mychal Denzel Smith (June, Nation Books)
City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin (May, Ballantine)
The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward (August, Scribner)

Dear Emma, Katie Heaney

Nobody asked for this, but here are some advice columns I enjoy. Note that these links do not imply my cosign on any of the people’s specific advice. I just enjoy reading these columns a lot.

Dear Prudence advice column (Mallory Ortberg)
Carolyn Hax
Savage Love
Captain Awkward

Father’s Day, Simon Van Booy (he grew up in England and Wales incidentally) (and here is his New York Times wedding announcement)

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.60: Science vs Magic and All the Birds in the Sky

Happy Wednesday, and May the Fourth Be With You! We welcome back special guest star Ashley to discuss All the Birds in the Sky and have a wee showdown between books about science and books about magic. 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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Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour