A podcast misfortune

When we first started the podcast, our producer told us that we would someday lose an entire podcast. There would be a problem with the audio, or our computers would crash at an inopportune moment, and the podcast would be lost to us.

Friends, today is that day. We tried to use an online tool to make it easier to welcome our special guest star, and it didn’t make it easier, and the audio is unlistenable. Whiskey Jenny’s audio is the worst because it fades in and out in a weird way, but all three of us sound like terrible crackly chipmunks.

So you’ll never know what we thought of Salt Houses, by Hala Alyan (we liked it but we had some notes). You’ll never know what we feel makes a perfect book club (systems of checks and balances), and you’ll never hear Whiskey Jenny’s literary cheese-themed game. I’m sorry. It had to happen sometime, and today was that sometime.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.88: A Conversation with Mort(e) and D’Arc author Robert Repino

Happy Wednesday! We have a very special podcast for you today that’s been a long time coming. After a few false starts, we’ve managed to get our pal Robert Repino on the podcast to talk about his wonderful, weird, dystopian War with No Name series, of which the latest installment is D’Arc.

D'Arc

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You can find Robert Repino at his website or on Twitter; you can also experience the joy of his Tor.com articles. If you want to read his fantasy casting of Mort(e), you can check it out here; and you can also check out his D’Arc playlist at Largehearted Boy.

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. 87: Supernatural Beasties and Victor Lavalle’s The Changeling

This podcast is late because I have been going through STRESSFUL LIFE CHANGES, friends, but luckily Whiskey Jenny has been exceptionally patient with me. Belatedly I present to you our 87th episode! You can 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!

1:04 – What We’re Reading
1:48 – Space Update
5:36 – A Wrinkle in Time
8:14 – LAST EVER SERIAL BOX BOOK CLUB
13:51 – Okay, it’s not our last ever Serial Box Book Club. Up next: Geek Actually
14:35 – The Witch Who Came in from the Cold fantasy casting
22:47 – Supernatural beasties!
36:47 – The Changeling, Victor Lavalle
46:49 – What We’re Reading for Next Time!

Here’s the NPR and Guardian articles about the teleported photon. Here’s your link to The Witch Who Came in from the Cold, should you wish to subscribe to it or other Serial Box products.

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads, as well as Ashley. 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. 86: How to Love Your Authors, Plus John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War

What time is it? SHOW TIME. It’s Wednesday, and I double-posted but not because I don’t love you; just because it’s really important to me to give Milky Collins his due. This week, we were honored to be joined by the wonderful Renay of Fangirl Happy Hour and Lady Business. We updated her on our progress with her SF Starter Pack, chatted about what we do when we find an author we truly adore, and discussed John Scalzi’s SF classic Old Man’s War.

You can 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:

1:45 – What we’re reading
8:47 – SEA OR SPACE
10:24 – What comes next when we fall in love with an author
29:55 – SF starter pack update
35:23 – Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
47:35 – Choose Your Own Adventure
54:58 – What We’re Reading Next Time!

Books and Links

One Piece, Eiichiro Oda
Here’s Renay’s One Piece readalong!
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, Ari Berman
A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers
Wilkie Collins, Andrew Lycett
and watching Black Sails, the greatest show of our time
Here’s the Rec Center’s primer on Black Sails!
The Kairos Mechanism, Kate Milford (author of The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands)
The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Salman Rushdie
October Daye books, Seanan Maguire (the first one is Rosemary and Rue)
The Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
the Company series, Kage Baker (the first one is In the Garden of Iden)
Here’s the Neil Gaiman post about visiting Alabama!
White Tears, Hari Kunzru
Gods without Men, Hari Kunzru
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
Affinity, Sarah Waters
Night Watch, Sarah Waters
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor
Larklight, Philip Reeve
Star Crossed, Philip Reeve
Mars Evacuees, Sophia McDougall
Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
White Is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara
Old Man’s War, John Scalzi

Should you wish to play Whiskey Jenny’s Choose Your Own Adventure game, you can do so here.

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads, as well as Ashley. 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.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!

Here’s where you can get Old Man’s War as a free ebook! Act now to avoid disappointment (the offer ends at the end of June)!

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads, as well as Ashley. 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.83: Literary Travel and Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give

Happy Wednesday, friends! This podcast is late because I tried to go to my senator’s town hall meeting, which was hella full before I even got there, so I just drove a kind of long way for no reason. At least there are lots of engaged citizens doing their thing though, right? Take this as inspiration to call your electeds today! Tell them pulling out of the Paris Accords is hot bullshit. And then when you come back, you can listen to our latest podcast! Listen with 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 for the different segments, if you want to skip around:

1:01 – What we’re reading
7:31 – Serial Box Book Club (The Witch Who Came in from the Cold)
17:02 – Literary Travel
30:24– The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
42:15 – What We’re Reading Next Time

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads, as well as Ashley. 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. 82 – Summer Book Preview, Paper Girls, and The Vision

It’s Wednesday and I am back from England and I absolutely promise I will not buy any more books this year. I bought a nutso number of books in London. Sorry London. Sorry suitcase. Meanwhile, we’ve got an awesome new episode for you, with plenty of talk of comics and suggested reading for the summer of 2017. 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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Here’s the time signatures for each segment, if you want to skip around!

1:30 – What we’re reading
4:09 – A LITERARY HAPPENING (link)
7:04 – Serial Box Book Club
17:42 – Follow-up on our spring book preview
20:53 – Summer book preview
29:08– Paper Girls, Brian Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
35:25 – The Vision, Tom King and Gabriel Walta
42:37 – What We’re Reading Next Time

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads, as well as Ashley. 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. 81: Music Reviews Game and Hari Kunzru’s White Tears

Happy Wednesday! It’s May! And we’re joined this week by special guest Ashley for Serial Box Book Club, a game about music reviews, and a discussion of Hari Kunzru’s ghost thriller White Tears.

White Tears

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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Here’s the time signatures for each segment, if you want to skip around!

1:10 – What we’re reading
6:33 – Did Whiskey Jenny like Fast 8?
7:31 – Did we all see the new Star Wars trailer?
9:03 – Serial Box Book Club
19:56 – GAME (real or fake Pitchfork reviews)
31:06 – White Tears, Hari Kunzru
46:48 – What We’re Reading Next Time

In case you are wondering what tf we are talking about squid away, you may witness the terrible squid away move in this short video. But don’t do it to Whiskey Jenny.

Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads, as well as Ashley. 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.80: Choosing What to Read, and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander

I am so sorry this podcast is late, y’all. Life got on top of me, and I realized last Sunday that I hadn’t even glanced at the rough files for podcast, let alone begun editing. BUT it is here now, and we get to have the unparalleled delight of hearing Whiskey Jenny’s response to the FIRST FANFIC SHE HAS EVER READ. We also discuss how we find the books we read, and we review Patrick O’Brian’s book Master and Commander. 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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Here’s the time signatures for each segment, if you want to skip around!

1:19 – Literary adaptation announcement
1:56 – What we’re reading
5:36 – Serial Box Book Club
15:10 – How we find and choose what books we’re going to read
34:15 – Master and Commander, by Patrick O’Brian
44:41 – What We’re Reading Next Time

And here are the books we discussed this ep!

Philip Marlowe!

Here’s the news about the new Philip Marlowe casting!

What We’re Reading

His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet
The Liminal People, Ayize Jama-Everett

Serial Box Book Club

We’re reading episodes three and four of The Witch Who Came in from the Cold. Thanks again to Serial Box for letting us have these episodes to review!

Where We Get Recommendations

Europa Editions
Soho Press
Balzer & Bray
Riverhead
The Great 2017 Book Preview (The Millions)
The Watch
Granta: New Irish Writers

For This Time

Master and Commander, Patrick O’Brian
“Duende,” by astolat (the fic we read!)
“Penguins” article on Fanlore.org

For Next Time

White Tears, Hari Kunzru

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

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.79: 2017 Book Awards and The Woman Next Door

It’s the inaugural episode of our Serial Box Book Club! Plus, a sea update, a rundown of some recent book awards, and our thoughts on Yewande Omotoso’s (Bailey’s-longlisted!) book The Woman Next Door. 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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Here’s the time signatures for each segment, if you want to skip around!

1:05 – What We’re Reading
4:01 – Sea or Space Update
5:42 – Serial Box Book Club
14:32 – Book Awards!
31:58 – The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso
44:41 – What We’re Reading Next Time

And here are the books we discussed this ep!

What We’re Reading

Mama Day, Gloria Naylor
The Abyss Surrounds Us, Emily Skrutskie
The Fortunes, Peter Ho Davies

Sea or Space

Here’s an article about the supergroups of humpback whales.

Serial Box Book Club

We’re reading episodes one and two of The Witch Who Came in from the Cold. Thanks again to Serial Box for letting us have these episodes to review!

Book Prizes

National Book Critics Circle Awards

LaRose, Louise Erdrich
Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Ibram Kendi
Lab Girl, Hope Jahren

Los Angeles Times Book Awards

Darktown, Thomas Mullen
A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS, Robert F. Worth
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, Heather Ann Thompson
They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement, Wesley Lowery
Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson

Suki Kim on journalism and memoir

His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes within Us and a Grander View of Life, Ed Yong
Patient H. M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets, Luke Dittrich
Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region, Masha Gessen

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
The Lesser Bohemians, Eimear McBride
Stay with Me, Ayobami Adebayo
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry

Tournament of Books

We did not love this match-up.

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders
The Mothers, Brit Bennett
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
We Love You Charlie Freeman, Kaitlyn Greenidge
Version Control, Dexter Palmer
The Vegetarian, Han Kang
Sudden Death, Álvaro Enrigue
High Dive, Jonathan Lee
The Nix, Nathan Hill
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter

For This Time

The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso

For Next Time

Master and Commander, Patrick O’Brian

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