The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence with Author Max Barry

“Inside Chat” edition today as are joined by author Max Barry who talks to us about his brilliant new novel Providence, how he’s suited for isolation, characters he can believe in, classic sci-fi, AI, perception vs reality, and where the hell that exxtra x went to.

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Ep. 69 Why You Should Never Hike Alone with Author Rachel Harrison

Author Rachel Harrison joins us for a chat about her fantastic debut novel The Return, friendship, hotel interiors, and Wegman’s Ice Cream.  We recommend: The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd, Double Wide by Leo W. Banks, and The Choice of Magic by Michael G. Manning.  Audiobook of the week is The Bone House by Brian Freeman narrated by the incomparable Joe Barrett.  Dave compares people who won’t stay home to his students, Laura comfort eats, and Andrew makes his son write a lot of sentences.

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In Search of… with Author John Vercher

We are joined by author John Vercher, who talks to us about his intense and moving new novel Three-Fifths, the search for identity, race discussions, and Wolverine. Plus-  Denver Librarian Amy Delpo is back with books about racial identity.  

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Ep. 68 What It’s Like to Swim With Great White Sharks with Author Stephanie Wrobel

Author Stephanie Wrobel joins us for a chat about her page-turning debut novel Darling Rose Gold, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, vans, and swimming with the sharks.  We recommend: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, City of Margins by William Boyle, and Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  Audiobook of the week is Woman on the Edge by Samantha Bailey narrated by the dynamic Katherine Fenton.  Dave is shocked by a stranger’s confession, Laura tries to escape a hand-shaker, and Andrew rues getting restaurant pickup.

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Lost & Found Identities with Author Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

We are joined by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung who talks to us about her thrilling new psychological thriller The Eighth Girl, dissociative identity disorder, her favorite librarian, and leather chairs with velvet pillows. Plus- we have social distancing observations and Dave shares his top ten books about running!

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Dave’s Top Ten Running Books:

  1. Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country Team by Chris Lear
  2. Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn    
  3. Way of the Runner by Adharanand Finn     
  4. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  5. The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb
  6. Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels
  7. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  8. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Allan Sillitoe
  9. Once a Runner by John L Parker Jr.
  10. Rabbit, Run by John Updike         

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Ep. 67 – Top 10 Pandemic Novels & Baseball Books, and Author Abi Dare Joins us with a Beautiful Voice

Author Abi Dare joins us for a chat about her fantastic debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice, using humor to show the resilience of the Nigerian people, and her love for telling stories.

Laura’s Top 10 Fictional Books About Pandemics

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. The Troop by Nick Cutter
  3. The Angels are the Reapers by Alden Bell
  4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  5. The Line Between by Tosca Lee
  6. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgesheg Rice 
  7. I Am Legend by Richard Mathesen
  8. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  9. The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  10. The Stand by Stephen King

And a special shout out to Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

Dave’s Top 10 Books about Baseball:

  1. Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
  2. The Natural by Bernard Malamud
  3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  4. The Brothers K by David James Duncan 
  5. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella
  6. Ball Four by Jim Bouton
  7. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
  8. The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter
  9. The Great American Novel by Philip Roth
  10. The Fan by Peter Abrahams

 

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Conspiracy Theories and the Titanic with Author Alma Katsu

Today we are joined by our favorite author Alma Katsu!  She talks to us about her latest book The Deep, the Titanic, her badass research skills, and why she’s keeping her fingers crossed the CIA lets her spy novel through. Great conversation!

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