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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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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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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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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Quicker, Last Night Lobster, Mink River

In episode 3 (our best episode to date!), our heroes, Dave, Andrew and Laura, discuss why Andrew can’t have fruit delivered to his office, why one of Dave’s students got up in the middle of class and walked out and they had spirited discussions about, well, pretty much everything including their book recommendations.

Books reviewed in this episode are: Quicker by Laurence Dahners,  Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’NanMink River by Brian Doyle.   Audiobook of the week is Ken Bruen’s The Guards read by Gerry O’Brien.  Our Christmas book selection is Nos4a2 by the crazy talented Joe Hill.

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