Book reviews

The Teacher Strike Wave and Women in Horror & SciFi

This week we recommend:  Forging Zero by Sara King, The Natty Professor by Tim Gunn and The Hunger by Alma Katsu.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends a few romance novels in honor of Valentine’s Day. She mentions books by Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks and Piper Vaughn and recommends Gail Carriger‘s The Parasol Protectorate Series.  In honor of the recent Denver teacher’s strike she also recommends a lively non-fiction book entitled A History of America in 10 Strikes by Erik Loomis.

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Mountain Lions, NoCo and Soul Food

Ivan Wayne, host of the delightful podcast The More You NoCo, joins us!  We recommend:  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day, Cast Under an Alien Sun by Olen Thorensen and Halfway to Heaven: My White-Kunckled–and Knuckleheaded–Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Mark Obmascik.  Audiobook of the week is Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos read by the talented and buff Lance Reddick.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends books by Denver authors in honor of Black History Month. She recommends:  Adrian Miller‘s Soul Food:  The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time and The President’s Kitchen Cabinet.  Carlotta Walls Lanier’s A Mighty Long Way.  Also the romance novelist JD Mason, author of One Day I Saw a Black King.

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Author William Shaw and More!

The highly engaging British crime fiction novelist William Shaw joins us this week from Brighton, England!   We chat with him about his books, his earlier career as a journalist and we talk a little about refugees in both countries.  Charles Dickens, who can’t resist a fellow Brit, also pops in for a chat with William.

Books recommended this week are:  Salt Lane by William Shaw, Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and The Captives by Debra Jo Immergut.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends books set in Norway and other Scandinavian countries based on last week’s read of Derek B. Miller’s American By Day. She recommends: Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg, The Harry Hole detective series by Jo Nesbo, Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, and the long, 6 part autobiography of Karl Ove Knausgard called My Struggle.

Thank you to Rebel Mouthed Books for including us in her list of favorite book podcasts!

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Author Nathan Lowell and More!

We have the award winning author Nathan Lowell on this week!  We chat with him about his books and life as a science fiction and fantasy author.  Nathan also shares a book recommendation of his own with us.  Dave talks about the impending Denver teacher strike and we all get a little fired up.  Amy, our Denver Librarian, calls in again this week!

Books recommended this week are: Even the Wingless by MCA Hogarth, When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord and American by Day by Derek B. Miller.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends books about birdwatching based on last week’s read of William Shaw’s The Birdwatcher. She recommends:  The Big Year by Mark ObmascikSteve Burrows  “Birder Murder Mystery”, Christine Goff an author with five birder mysteries and the birder mysteries by Ann Cleves.  Also recommended is a memoir: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

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The Traveler, The Teacher, His Wife and Her Librarian

This week Dave tells an eye opening story about drug use and high school students.  Andrew is stuck in a hotel room in Austin, Texas and we dive into author photos on Goodreads.  We also debut a new segment with a Denver Public Librarian!

Books recommended this week are: Bearskin  by James A. McLaughlin, Thomas by Michael G. Manning and The Birdwatcher by William Shaw.  Our Audiobook of the week is a series –  The Charles Paris books by the hilarious Simon Brett.

In “Librarian’s Corner” Amy mentions Scott Westerfeld’s fun book Afterworlds, Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday and the fantastic Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon.
Other sources for lists of books with writers as main characters:  from Barnes and Noble, and from Book Riot.

 

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Book Review Podcast: Running in Vegas

This week Dave tells a hilarious (and weird) tale about losing his wallet in Las Vegas that also involves him running long distances in Vegas.  Laura shares a surprising story about a stale cupcake and the local bakery that made it.  Andrew dives into pound cake as large as his head.

Books reviewed in this episode are:  The Disinherited Prince by Guy Antibes, Kill Creek by Scott Thomas, Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey.   Audiobook of the week is Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes read by the delightful Bronson Pinchot.

Another book mentioned this week:  The World According to Garp by John Irving. We mention John Irving on the show pretty much every week.  

 

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The Dime, Old Man’s War, Desperation Road

Our heroes, Dave, Andrew and Laura, talk about books that they had great expectations for and that failed miserably.  At the mention of Great Expectations, Charles Dickens uses that as an excuse to call in and we also dive deep into a small town in Mississsippi because of Dave’s book, Desperation Road.

Books reviewed in this episode are:  The Dime by Kathleen Kent, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith   Audiobook of the week is the big and bold Redemption Road by John Hart read by Scott Shepherd.

Other books mentioned this week are:  The Bird Box by Josh Malerman.  And yes, it’s better than the movie.

 

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