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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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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Ep. 66 How to Craft the Perfect Murder with Author Peter Swanson

Author Peter Swanson joins us for a chat about his latest novel Eight Perfect Murders, the inspiration of Walden Pond, bookstores, and how poison can be fun and cold-blooded. We recommend: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare, The Reddening by Adam L.G. Nevill, and The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette.  Audiobook of the week is Blood Standard by Laird Barron narrated by William DeMerritt.  Dave decides on a career change after viewing the options in a Walmart cereal aisle, Laura hears a suspicious beeping noise, and Andrew’s dog is needy.

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Ep. 65 Author C.J. Box and More!

Author C.J. Box joins us for a chat about his latest novel Long Range, getting pressured by his daughters to hunt elk, writing a series of books in real time, and the Denver Nuggets. We recommend: Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton, Three-Fifths by John Vercher, and Written in Red by Anne Bishop.  Audiobook of the week is Naked Came the Florida Man by Tim Dorsey narrated by Oliver Wyman.  Dave realizes that skiing has changed, Laura is in panic mode, and Andrew is deploying software and waiting for the code red.

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