Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.13: Music in Books, A Visit from the Goon Squad, and a Game about Similes

This week on the Reading the End Bookcast, we talk about music and the role it plays in books, and we review Jennifer Egan’s greatly beloved A Visit from the Goon Squad (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository). Then we play a game of matching similes to the authors who wrote them, and wrap up by answering some listener mail. 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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Starting at 1:11 – We talk about music in books. Do you prefer books that talk about real music, or books that talk about music the author just made up?

3:45 – While making these show notes, I suddenly realized that all the books we’re discussing are by men. That’s weird, isn’t it? Do male authors write about music more than female authors do? Is that a thing?

8:37 – Can you hear me hastening to put a stop to Whiskey Jenny’s feeling at all favorable towards Stephenie Meyer?

9:40 – Serious question, listeners. We are thinking about doing a thing from now on where we propose Track #1 of the soundtrack to the book we are reviewing that time. Would you hate us if we did that? Would you think we were pretentious?

Starting at 11:48 – We review the much-acclaimed A Visit from the Goon Squad, a book whose name I have a very hard time remembering.

13:32 – Here is Whiskey Jenny’s aforementioned chart of the characters in A Visit from the Goon Squad and the relationships among them. Isn’t it great? Aren’t you impressed by Whiskey Jenny?

Whiskey Jenny's Chart21:23 – Useful writing tip for y’all here.

Starting at 27:15 – We play a game where we have to guess what author produced the simile that Randon reads to us. We have missed game time.

34:10 – I refer you to Monday’s post about the new editions of Harry Potter, about which I am extremely excited. I was just waiting for my opportunity to report this news to Whiskey Jenny.

Starting at 39:25 – Listener mail, and a plea for help! Listener Anna wants some audiobooks to listen to while she’s doing science, and neither Whiskey Jenny nor I are big audiobook listeners. I got some recommendations from Legal Sister, who listens to audiobooks in the car, but I could use some more recommendations from y’all! Please let me know some ideas.

Starting at 41:29 – Our recommendation for next time! The next podcast is going to be a comics podcast, in which we read some classic Sandman and the first volume of the new Sandman: Overture series. We will also read Scott McCloud’s wonderful book Understanding Comics and talk about that. Join us!

And finally, a programming note: Our next podcast would ordinarily drop on Christmas Day, but we know that y’all are far too busy with the holidays to be bothered with listening to us talk. So we’re going to release a short podcast about Christmas books on the 25th, and we’ll be back with our next full-length podcast on 8 January 2014.

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
If you visit us on iTunes, you’ll notice that the old photo has met its demise beneath the bright eyes of the beautiful Annalee
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.12: Love Story Failures and Eleanor & Park

This week we talk about some things that can go terribly, terribly wrong when an author tries to write a love story. Then we review Eleanor & Park (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository), a love story in which the author goes right every time. We were going to play a game as well, about lovers in fiction, but we talked about Eleanor and Park too long and too animatedly, and we ran out of time. We will do the lovers in fiction game another time. It’s a good one. 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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Starting at 0:52 – We talk about how love stories fail. Our catalog of pitfalls is listed below:

1:02 – Insta-love! Down with it!

4:18 – Love triangles. I’m over them. I’m not saying you can never not ever have a love triangle ever again, but at least for now, I’d like to be on a break from them.

7:04 – Love that is too pat, like if the characters have one compatible attribute and that’s the only reason for their love.

9:14 – Authors failing to compensate for weird things in the relationship, like significant age difference or power imbalances

14:15 – Horrible descriptions of physical attraction. And here are the promised #BadSex tweets for your edification and delight.

16:57 – The trope that finding someone very, very annoying probably means that they are your True Love.

Starting at 17:40 – We review Eleanor and Park. Short version: We super, super, super loved it. We talked about it for almost an hour, and you are hearing the massively cut-down version of our discussion of it. If you haven’t read Eleanor and Park so far, you should go for it now.

40:30 – 42:30ish – The reason you don’t hear much from Whiskey Jenny about the sad parts of this book is that she was crying really hard when I was talking about them. Whiskey Jenny cries at everything.

Starting at 49:10 – I recommend that we read A Visit from the Goon Squad for next time. You may fairly say that it is Much Too Late to read this book, but too bad! We’re doing it! To hell with timeliness!

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Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: andreybl / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.11: Criminals in Fiction and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

Note: We each received a copy of this ebook from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This week we talk about what makes a good criminal in fiction before reviewing Donna Tartt’s new book The Goldfinch. We then play a game involving jailed authors. 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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Starting at 1:07 – What makes a good fictional criminal? Randon and the Jennys discuss the qualities that make or break criminals in fiction, although there is no taxonomy of the week. We actually had a weirdly hard time thinking of fictional criminals! Can you think of more?

Starting at 17:09 – We review Donna Tartt’s new book The Goldfinch. It is a very long book, but we implore you not to be daunted! It’s an excellent book, and I want you to be exposed to one of my new favorite characters in all of literature, Theo’s Russian friend Boris.

29:00 – Whiskey Jenny very, very, very much minds about the painting having been stolen. She was clutching her hair while shrieking about the stress of this. You will not that we are not just saying it: Whiskey Jenny really does appreciate following rules. And so do I. We are two extremely law-abiding women.

38:00 – I truly, truly believe this. My guidance counselor in second grade (I swear to God, her name was Ms. Cozy) told us that only boring people get bored, which is not true when you’re in second grade, but is probably true in adulthood when you have the internet. The world is so full of a number of things, we may not all be as happy as kings but seriously it is not that difficult to find things to occupy your time.

39:15 – 41:17 – ENORMOUS SPOILERS about the ending of the book. Skip these sections if you do not want to know the ending of the book.

Starting at 42:01 – GAME TIME! In this game, we learn about authors who went to jail. In particular, I learn some alarming truths about Thomas Malory, author of Le Morte d’Arthur. Did you know? He was a violent criminal! (Oh, but by the way, the Thomas Malory who did all the crimes may not have been the same Thomas Malory who wrote Le Morte d’Arthur. History doesn’t know.)

Starting at 49:54 – Whiskey Jenny recommends that we read Rainbow Rowell’s book Eleanor and Park for the next podcast. I am painfully excited about this. Y’all have all loved it so much, and I want to love it also! I want to be in the loving it club!

Starting at 51:19 – We each highlight a book we’re excited to read! I talk briefly about Brightness Falls from the Air, by James Tiptree Jr, which y’all know I am pleased about. And Whiskey Jenny briefly discusses Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda, a book I sort of suspect she will end up hating.

Starting at 53:49 – Closing remarks and outro

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: andreybl / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.10: Comfort Books, Listen to the Nightingale, and Spooky Stories

This week we’re here to talk about — not Donna Tartt’s wonderful The Goldfinch, which we became too sick to finish, but instead about the comfort books we read while we were ill! (We’re sorry. We promise to review The Goldfinch next time.) We review one longtime comfort book for Gin Jenny (hopefully it will become a comfort book for Whiskey Jenny also in the future), Rumer Godden’s wonderful Listen to the Nightingale (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository), and as a nod to the existence of Halloween, we talk a little bit about scary stories we have enjoyed. 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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Starting at 1:07: We explain why we didn’t read The Goldfinch. It is for good reasons. We got terribly ill. Instead we read comfort books, a list of which I have included below because you should read all of these.

Gin Jenny’s Comfort Books

The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer, is a particularly good example of a story in which the heroine puts everything into good order. Whiskey Jenny also wants you all to know about the Richard Armitage-read audiobooks of Georgette Heyer books that exist.

A Candle for St. Jude, by Rumer Godden

The Family Man, by Elinor Lipman (I’ve talked about it before here)

James Herriot’s books about being a vet in Yorkshire: the first one is All Creatures Great and Small, and this is on Whiskey Jenny’s list too

L. M. Montgomery’s books, pretty much all of them, but The Blue Castle is particularly underappreciated and great

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke

Tam Lin, Pamela Dean

Dorothy Sayer’s Strong Poison and Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night

Whiskey Jenny’s Comfort Books

Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine

The Rose and the Ring, William Makepeace Thackeray

Anne of Green Gables series, L. M. Montgomery

An Old-Fashioned Girl, Louisa May Alcott

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett; but particularly, the recording of it by Claire Bloom

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

James Herriot books again!

Watership Down, Richard Adams

Roald Dahl

Josephine Tey

The Perilous Gard, Elizabeth Marie Pope

Share your comfort book lists with us, please!

Starting at 18:05: We review Listen to the Nightingale. If you listen closely you may detect that it meant a lot to me for Whiskey Jenny to enjoy this book AND SHE DID BECAUSE OF COURSE.

Starting at 30:54: We talk about scary books! Neither of us is an enormous connoisseur of scary books, so we will accept your recommendations for scary books. Whiskey Jenny may not read them but I, Gin Jenny, will! As long as no serial killers!

Starting at 38:18: Listener mail! Listener Chris inquired how much of the end I typically read, so I explain.

Starting at 41:07: New segment will be about books we’re not reading for the podcast but are excited about, either because we are eagerly anticipating reading them, or because we are reading/have read them. We will have this in the future, and I am accepting proposals for what to call this segment. Nicholson Baker’s excellent The Anthologist (my review here) is getting a sequel, Traveling Sprinkler, and I am curious about it.

43:32: Closing remarks and outro

Credits
Photo credit: andreybl / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.
The above links to books we’ve discussed are affiliate links. If you click on them and then buy a book from that website, I get a very small amount of money. This in no way influences my reviews.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.9: Comics Episode Returns! Iron Man 3, SHIELD, Nova, and Guardians of the Galaxy

The comics episode has returned for another go! Randon and I talk about the cinematic Marvel universe as it’s developed since last we spoke; we discuss the Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy series in Marvel Now; and we respond to a reader comment about knowing how to read comics. 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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Starting at 1:15 – We talk about Iron Man 3, the newest installment in the cinematic universe of Marvel comics.

2:20 – That’s the plot of Spiderman 2, right? Toby Maguire freaks me out with his face, and I have not revisited those movies in many years. Also because my mother taught me when I was very young that MJ is no good, and Gwen Stacy is where it’s at, as far as Spiderman heroines go.

Starting at 18:45 – We talk about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This marks the one and only time I will type out the full title with all the periods. I know that my record on this blog has been very consistently in favor of correct punctuation, but Marvel is just asking too much of us with this.

27:45 – I really, really want there to be a press secretary character in Agents of SHIELD. Just someone who’s awesome at being a press secretary and spends all his or her time chasing down the main cast members and trying to get them to give press conferences or interviews to show the public the friendly face of SHIELD. That would be funny and I would love it.

Starting at 28:48 – We talk about the first six issues of Guardians of the Galaxy and the first eight issues of Nova.

30:37 – Science note: Space PTSD is not different than regular PTSD. Actually, count how many times we say “space” while talking about these comics. I think you can conclude that we just like using “space” as a modifier. Space heroics. Space helmet. Space history.

35:44 – It’s Spartax. I had to look that up twice because I kept forgetting it as soon as I closed the internet window where I had looked it up.

Starting at 46:20 – We discuss the different way of reading that’s necessary for comics. It’s legitimately an acquired skill! Here is an example of a Maus layout:

And here’s one from the first volume of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (click to embiggen):

SND_Preludes_p14_750

If you’re interested in learning more about the conventions and possibilities of comics, I cannot give you any better recommendation than Scott McCloud’s wonderful Understanding Comics. It is fantastic and engaging.

54:01: Closing remarks and outro

Credits
Photo credit: andreybl / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.8: Fantastic Beasts Movie, Food in Books, and The Virgins

This week we’re here to talk about some amazing Harry Potter news, depictions of food in books, and Pamela Erens’s new novel The Virgins (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository), and play a game of guessing where movies came from. 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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Starting at 1:04: We talk about the thrilling news that J. K. Rowling, the woman who gave us our entire childhoods, will be producing a brand new movie set in the Harry Potter world, based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. An announcement for the project can be found here, and further information compiled by nerds about what we can expect from this movie can be found here.

3:36: I come out against Benedict Cumberbatch as Newt Scamander. Whiskey Jenny is strongly in favor of him. You may give your opinion on this in the comments.

9:00: Please note that the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is making more money any more. It is the 12th highest-grossing film of all time.

Starting at 12:05: What makes food in books memorable? Whiskey Jenny has a bunch of good examples, and I invented a taxonomy. (When I revealed that there was a taxonomy, Whiskey Jenny said, “Good Lord. Gracious.” That is a fair response, I think.)

21:16: Here is the blog with the Game of Thrones recipes, in case your heart hankers after that.

Starting at 24:02: We review The Virgins, a book about teenagers in boarding school falling love and navigating the loss of their virginity etc.

25:16: Readers, you do not need to find out for yourself who is right. Whiskey Jenny is right. I am wrong. She is smarter than me.

Starting at 40:48: WE PLAY A GAME. It’s this game here if you want to play it for yourself.

Starting at 50:41: Recommendations! Next podcast is the second comics podcast, and we’ll be reading some Guardians of the Galaxy (a series on which I have yet to be sold). The next podcast after that will be a spooky Halloween podcast, on which we will review Donna Tartt’s new book The Goldfinch.

52:34: Closing remarks and outro

Credits
Photo credit: andreybl / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.
The above links to books we’ve discussed are affiliate links. If you click on them and then buy a book from that website, I get a very small amount of money. This in no way influences my reviews.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.6: Books as Objects and Night Film

This week we’re here to talk about the thingness of books–why we like physical books, why we buy ebooks, and BOOKS IN BOXES (well, that part is mostly me), review Marisha Pessl’s wonderful new book Night Film (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository), and play a game of guessing where movies came from. 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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Starting at 1:06 – Polar explorer update. You can read articles about Felicity Aston, first woman to cross Antarctica alone, here and here and here.

Starting at 4:51 – Physical books and why we love them! If you haven’t heard of the Folio Society you can check out their beautiful books here. You can also look at Coralie Bickford-Smith’s cover designs at her website, inspect the new Harry Potter covers here, and see the index card editions of “Pale Fire” here.

Starting at 18:15 – WE REVIEW NIGHT FILM. I’m putting that in all caps because of how excited Whiskey Jenny was to talk about this book.

Starting at 26:24 – Whiskey Jenny says “Spoiler alert”, but then she and I turned out to have completely different takes on what we thought the book concluded about Cordova and his ways. We do say some spoilers about things that get brought up about Ashley, but we are evidently incapable of spoiling the final end of the book as we have opposite takes on what it all meant.

Starting at 30:28 – We play a gaaaaaaaame. Please don’t think we’re dumb. It’s harder when you’re under pressure and also we had never heard of some of these.

Starting at 41:14 – I recommend our book for next time, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, with a completely non-spoilery synopsis and then with a more interesting synopsis that spoils something the book doesn’t tell you until a third of the way through (but the book is much more appealing if you know this one thing about it; and anyway the cover kind of gives it away anyway). I am linking to a RadioLab story that relates to the halfway-through spoiler for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, so don’t click through if you don’t want to know the thing.

45:03 – Closing remarks and outro

Credits
Photo credit: andreybl / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.
The above links to books we’ve discussed are affiliate links. If you click on them and then buy a book from that website, I get a very small amount of money. This in no way influences my reviews.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.5: Elizabeth Peters, Emma Approved, Summer Reading, and Snow Falling on Cedars

Late but not forgotten! The demographically similar Jennys belatedly post our podcast! (We really are sorry, we won’t let it happen again.) This week we’re talking about the death of Elizabeth Peters, the new series by the good folks behind The Lizzie Bennett Diaries (a show we absolutely cannot shut up about), summer reading and assigned reading more generally, and David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars (affiliate links: Amazon, B&N, Book Depository). 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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Starting at 1:56: Sad news. We are all sad to have lost Barbara Mertz, aka Barbara Michaels, aka Elizabeth Peters. She died on 8 August, and I was crushed. The Amelia Peabody series is one of my favorite series of books in all the land.

Starting at 3:22: The announcement of the new webseries by Bernie Su and Hank Green enchants us! The series will be an adaptation of Emma called Emma Approved, with a premiere date TBD. Here is where Bernie Su answers some questions about Emma Approved, if you are interested. We discuss some pitfalls of adapting Emma and rave about the best Emma adaptation to date, Clueless.

Starting at 9:01: We had a listener question, hooray! What is one school reading book you have never read? We answer this and then get into the question of assigned reading and how we feel about it. For this segment we have with us Special Guest Star and Producer Randon. Note that Whiskey Jenny and I are generally in favor of assigned reading on account of how we are great big nerds.

Starting at 14:12: I swear to God this is a thing! Someone find this for me! Googling made it hard because it brought up all stuff like Treasure Island. I READ THIS STORY SOMEWHERE AND I AM CONFIDENT IT IS TRUE. Children would not become insane monsters if shipwrecked on an island. Hush up William Golding.

Starting at 31:55: Whiskey Jenny and I discuss Snow Falling on Cedars, the book we both read for this podcast.

36:32 – 38:58 and 48:32 – 45:00: Spoilery sections of the Snow Falling on Cedars discussion! I tried to avoid them but in the end I could not.

Starting at 45:01: We recommend a book for next time! We cannot wait to talk about it!

Starting at 51:55: Closing remarks and outro.

Credits
Photo credit: andreybl / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.
The above links to books we’ve discussed are affiliate links. If you click on them and then buy a book from that website, I get a very small amount of money. This in no way influences my reviews.

Programming note re: podcast

We are slightly delayed in posting this week’s podcast. Whiskey Jenny and I are both extremely sorry. For some time now, Whiskey Jenny’s computer has had a cracked screen that has made ordinary computer activities challenging to impossible. She is having her computer repaired, but in the meantime we could not record Episode 5 of the Reading the End Bookcast.

The episode was recorded last night and is being edited at TOP SPEED by our champion producer, Randon; I promise I will post it by the end of this week. We are very sorry about the delay! It will not recur. Pretty soon Whiskey Jenny’s computer will be restored to her, and we will be back to our regular fortnightly podcasting schedule.

Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.4: Comics Episode! Fraction’s Hawkeye and Bendis’s All-New X-Men

You asked for it (you didn’t ask for it), and now we are delivering! The extra special all-comics episode of the Reading the End Bookcast, featuring recurring guest star Captain Hammer! 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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Starting at 2:20: We talk about why Randon feels defensive of comics. I only feel defensive of comics when I am reading Saga on the subway and I turn a page and it’s suddenly people with television heads having sex. And then I only feel defensive insofar as like, “Eyes on your own paper, stranger next to me on the subway! This is acceptable reading matter!” (Defensive, enough, in other words, to switch to something else.)

7:15: The reference I am making to Gaston is about this bit of Beauty and the Beast where Gaston takes Belle’s book and says “How can you reeeeead this? There’s no pictures in it,” and Belle says, “Well, some people like to use their imaginations.” I am obviously on Belle’s side in this exchange morally, but I do love books with pictures in them.

Starting at 13:16 – We talk some more about Matt Fraction’s amazing and beautiful Hawkeye, a comic I do not tire of talking about to people! My review of the first six issues can be found here, and you can buy the first trade paperback too (Amazon, B&N, Book Depository), if you wish! (And, I discover belatedly, the second trade paperback also, again at Amazon, B&N, and Book Depository.) Although we do talk about the first six issues, we’re mainly focusing on the issues that came thereafter.

17:37: Randon describes tiers of comic books. I am flagging this for you because I like a taxonomy and maybe you do too.

20:12 – The pizza dog issue was the most recent issue when we recorded this podcast. There’s been another one since then, which was also wonderful and sad. Read them all.

Starting at 35:00 – We move along to the review of All-New X-Men, by Brian Bendis. If you’re interested, you can buy the first trade paperback and check it out (Amazon, B&N, Book Depository). If you enjoy that one, there’s a second trade paperback currently in existence, and a third is due out in October.

52:29 – Sometimes members of my family (ie me and all my sisters) will say the same not-that-interesting-or-funny thing sixteen times until we are acknowledged.

54:26 – 55:12 – I slightly spoil the movie Looper. Sorry. You can skip this bit.

Note that Whiskey Jenny and I will next be reading Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson. We’d also love to have some listener questions to answer, to get in touch with us at readingtheend AT gmail DOT com.

Credits
Producer: Captain Hammer
Photo credit: andreybl / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
Song is by Jeff MacDougall and comes from here.
The above links to books we’ve discussed are affiliate links. If you click on them and then buy a book from that website, I get a very small amount of money. This in no way influences my reviews.