Things get tipsy as we close out the year with "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. This was a real bodice ripper, so we talked about beating women with belts, weird homo-erotic rape scenes, P in V, and oh so much more. The romance continues in the new year with an Unbound classic: "Bear" by Marian Engel.
(Musical Credit: Loch Lomond performed by The Hangovers)

Direct download: 2015-12-Outlander.mp3
Category:Romance -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

This month Trish and Jess challenge each other to "Judge a Book  by it's Title" and both fail miserably. Their review of "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami encompasses Bob Dylan, Danny Boy, and loneliness. Jess cites the most New England way to kill yourself and Trish finds a book where people turn into furniture. Next month, "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. (Musical credit: Danny Boy by Bing Crosby)

Direct download: 2015-11-HardboiledWonderland-mono.mp3
Category:speculative fiction -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

For our one year anniversary (Woohoo!), we talk about the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Next month we tackle Haruki Murakami's Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
(Musical Credit: Kidda by Natacha Atlas)

Direct download: 2015-10-Persepolis.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

Trish and Jess begin by sharing favorite examples of fan fic and Jess tries not to cry. They then delve into "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith and the two main families: the American Belsey family, with white British art professor Howard and his African American wife Kiki and their three children, and the Trinidadian-British Kipps family with British art professor Monty and wife Carlene and their two children. Their are midlife crises, smug superiority, bad outfits, hairy nipples, and families trying to hold on through it all. This month's Top 5 List is men twice your age. Next month's they read the graphic novel "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi. (Musical Credit: Tokyo by Sound Tribe Sector 9)

Direct download: 2015-09-OnBeauty.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

Jess and Trish assess "Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. They debate the unlikelihood of two female characters getting pregnant after having sex once and reasons why you would go to Planned Parenthood besides an abortion. Perhaps most importantly, they discuss how a threesome with two men is like petting two dogs at once. Next month's book is "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith. (Musical Credit: Spanish Mary by The New Basement Tapes)

Direct download: Shadow_of_the_Wind.mp3
Category:mystery -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT

Jess and Trish review "How to Get into the Twin Palms" by Karolina Waclawiak. They discuss burning down LA, the painful awkwardness of acting like a 15 year old when in your late twenties, and that you cannot realistically dye your hair red if you have just previously dyed in black. Next month they read "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon as recommended by listener @FittenTrim on Twitter. (Musical Credit: 50 Pieces by Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire)

Direct download: TwinPalms.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:19am EDT

Jess and Trish discuss the pleasures of reading under the covers as a child when you were supposed to be asleep. They then asses "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" by discussing mice being turned into potions for madness, book hoarding, anxiety rashes, and exceptional character development. Next month's book, "How to Get into the Twin Palms" by Karolina Waclawiak. (Musical Credit: The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas)

Direct download: 2015-06-StrangeAndNorrell.mp3
Category:alternative history -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

This month we try to fit 603 pages of indian sorrow into an hour-long podcast. It's a miracle, but we did it. Buckle up for the insane levels of poverty, human cruelty, and misfortune that befall these characters. Next month we read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Oh right, and check out our new facebook page. (Musical Credit: Invocation by Shpongle)

Direct download: AFineBalance.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

Trish and Jess identify books they will own but will never read, sometimes because they have squishy hearts and sometimes because they hate history. Trish knows someone who gotten broken up with because they read "Ulysses" too much,  Jess is unsympathetic to suddenly blinded charachters because Daredevil is so badass, and a talking dog scolds other dogs all while assessing this month's book, "Blindness." Next month: "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. (Musical Credit: I can see clearly now by Johnny Nash)

Direct download: Blindness.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

While assessing "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan, Trish and Jess discuss hypothetical hedgehog names that have come from the deep truth of dreams, Mr. Penumbra is weighed against Dumbledore, and the economic value of animating boobs are all discussed in this month's episode. Next month's book: "Blindness" by Jose Saramago. (Musical Credit: Princes of the Universe by Queen)

Direct download: MrPenumbra.mp3
Category:fiction -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT



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