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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If you want to skip around, here are the contents of the podcast:

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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If you want to skip around, here are the contents of the podcast:

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.