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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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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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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She Rides Shotgun, Rising Man, Ugly American

In episode 4 our heroes, Dave, Andrew and Laura, take a call from Charles Dickens who was upset at their critique of his Tale of Two Cities. Andrew announces a plan to mail a book to any listener that needs a book recommendation. Dave tells a story about two drunk guys and a drone in his backyard at dusk and, yet again, all three of them are annoyed by other people.

Books reviewed in this episode are: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee,  She Rides Shotgun by Jordan HarperThe Ugly American by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer.   Audiobook of the week is a full cast production of Neil Gaiman’s charming The Graveyard Book.  

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Because what doesn’t say Christmas like a life size Mike Myers doll?  Yes, this is what Andrew gave his 7 year old this year.  Listen to the show this week for more!

Other books mentioned this week were Good to Great by Jim Collins, The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe and T.H. White’s The Once and Future King.

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