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
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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Photo credit: The Illustrious Annalee
Theme song by: Jessie Barbour

I Read a Book about the Comoros and Didn’t Tell You: A Links Round-Up

Happy Friday, friends! I am trying to get back into the regular swing of blogging now that it is the new year, but some of these links are slightly old. Oh well! Maybe you haven’t seen them yet! In which case, lucky you!

What to do if you are white and straight and cis and male and not all the stories are about you anymore (Star Wars spoilers included herein).

“More as heroines than damsels”: How Disney gave their Princess dolls business to Hasbro.

Nichole Chung on microaggressions and the certainty that you are the only person who can make sure everyone at the table keeps having a nice time.

New York Magazine has been one of my favorite places for pop culture writing since time immemorial, but my God they have been crushing it in 2016. This piece by Sulagna Misra about how “internet boyfriends” get created is so m.f. good.

Mismatched communication styles and Hanlon’s Razor (I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this article, but I think it’s at least interesting).

Jenny, are you tired yet of reading about people escaping from cults? NO NEVER.

A detailed look at the publication process, and how it might be shortened for George R. R. Martin’s doorstopper The Winds of Winter.

Here’s something I just found out about this instant because the book I read about the Comoros was thirty years old because nobody writes about the Comoros: The United Arab Emirates bought a whole bunch of Comoran citizenships to bestow upon members of a stateless ethnic group living within their borders. Because this world makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

The Telegraph has helpfully compiled an extensive article about how to do heists, but also, why you shouldn’t bother.

I ride hard for Paterson Joseph, as you’ll know if you were around me when David Tennant announced his departure from Doctor Who. I still think he’d be an amazing Doctor, NOT THAT Steven Moffat would ever remotely consider hiring him for that gig cause he’s a jerk. Anyway, Joseph is now doing a one-man show about Ignatius Sancho that sounds awesome. Way to goddamn go, Paterson Joseph.