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Mar 2020

484 - Ninth Anniversary

In which we really try to not be boring, we talk about the unavoidable current events, and Livius gets a little to zipper friendly.

17
Mar 2020

483 - That Left Turn at Albuquerque by Scott Phillips

We're back with a review of the latest from Scott Phillips: That Left Turn at Albuquerque. Now I know you're thinking it's a biography of Bugs Bunny, but you're a little off. It's a really tight and entertaining crime novel about a lawyer who gets up to some shady shenanigans. And guess what? Next week is our ninth anniversary episode! Hit us up on our voicemail, and we may add it to the episode. 773-599-1057.

10
Mar 2020

482 - Alma Katsu Interview

We're back super fast with an interview with Alma Katsu! The first of hopefully many excellent interviews in 2020 for Booked. If you've been paying attention, we reviewed Alma's book The Deep in the previous episode, and dropped a little spoiler talk as well over on our Patreon. Next episode: a review of That Left Turn at Albuquerque by Scott Phillips!

10
Mar 2020

481 - The Deep by Alma Katsu

We're back with our latest review for 2020 - our second review of a book by Alma Katsu. The first one we talked about, The Hunger, was about the infamous Donner Party. This time, The Deep tells a story about passengers of the ill-fated Titanic, and how maybe something supernatural is influencing what happens on the ship. Stick around for tons more content, as we're about to drop an interview with the author herself, as well as Spoiler Talk for the review on our Patreon!

3
Mar 2020

480 - Interlude

In which we discuss reading goals, libraries, the final 2020 Stoker nominees, throwback reviews, the passing of a literary giant (and the ensuing poor media coverage), smart water bottles, state abbreviations varying based on the style guide you follow, and take a peek at what's up next episode.

25
Feb 2020

479 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

We're back with our second Patreon pick of the year. This time, Misty Bennett has chosen another Blake Crouch book, Dark Matter! While matters of national security prevented Misty for joining us for the review, we still had a great chat about science, multiple universes, and collecting pee in jars. Head over to our Patreon and give just $1/month for Spoiler Talk for Dark Matter, which is almost half the length if this episode!

14
Feb 2020

478 - The Sopranos by Alan Warner

It's our first Patreon pick of 2020! Jesse Lawrence shares with us one of his favorite authors. It's a story about a group of small town school girls with a plan to go wild in the big city when they attend a choir competition. There's shenanigans aplenty, and a whole lot of fun. Very Scottish fun.
Supporting us at the $10/month tier on Patreon gives you the chance to choose a book for us to review once a year (and you can choose to join us on the review!), so if you've got something you've been dying to talk about, now is your chance!
7
Feb 2020

477 - Slow Bear by Anthony Neil Smith

We're back with another book review. And this episode sees us again reading the latest from an author from the very beginning of the podcast. This time, we're tackling the new novella Slow Bear, by Anthony Neil Smith. Neil was on the podcast a couple time back in the day, and we reviewed a few of his novels as well. If you're into Noir stories, you'll probably want to check this out.

31
Jan 2020

476 - How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann

We're back with another book review! This time it's a book about a woman in Alaska who gets a clue about what happened to her sister that disappeared 20 years ago. This is our first book of 2020 that we're doing a spoiler talk for, so check out our Patreon for that. Also, we do a good amount of talk about what we've been watching, and some of the movie recommendations will be a surprise! Next week we're reviewing a new novella by Anthony Neil Smith.

24
Jan 2020

475 - Interlude

We're back with an Interlude episode. In this one, we talk about buying used books, libraries, and why we don't have theme music. Coming next week: a book review. For sure.

17
Jan 2020

474 - Bad People by Craig Wallwork

We're back with our first review of 2020, and it's Bad People by long-time friend of the podcast, Craig Wallwork. We reveal what we thought of the book using our brand-new rating system. And if you want to learn more about our new rating system, check out our video on YouTube where we go into detail about what it is and how it works. Hope you enjoy!

7
Jan 2020

473 - Decade In Review

You read that right. We review an entire decade. From Angry Birds to Vine, from Gangnam Style to Harambe, From fidget spinners to Pokemon Go, from Brexit to Pepe, we cover it all.
Actually no, we only talked about things that happened on the podcast. Reviews and stuff. Because that's what you're here for.
Thank you for almost a decade of support! We appreciate you more than we could ever express!
31
Dec 2019

472 - Is this the best book of 2019? Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Through a series of math exercises and arcane rituals, the Booked. fellas discovered that Trust Exercise by Susan Choi is considered by a majority of people who make lists to be the best book of 2019. Well, we wanted to know for ourselves. Is this the best book we read in 2019? Tune in to find out. And stick around, there's certainly some spoiler talk for this baby.

25
Dec 2019

471 - 2019 Office Holiday Party

Happy holidays from the Booked. team! We're back with a tradition as old as time. Our annual Christmas episode. What do we do in these Christmas episodes? We talk about a Christmas movie - this year it's Home Alone. Then we do some gift exchanges, and other holiday themed talk. It's a lot of fun, so grab some egg nog and check it out. And if you want to see the video version, head to our Facebook page to check it out there. Happy Holidays!

12
Dec 2019

470 - Richard Chizmar interview

Hot on the heels of our review of the Gwendy books by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King, we were lucky enough to get some time to talk with Richard about writing the Gwendy books, collaborating with a literary legend (and other), running Cemetery Dance for THREE DECADES, and a lot more. We hope you enjoy this chat as much as we did!

6
Dec 2019

469 - Interlude

We're back with an interlude episode. This time, we talk a little about mouth health, Twin Peaks, House of Leaves, and some books we're excited about for the coming year. I know it sounds like we're talking about the hot topics of the 90s and 2000s, but seriously this is some hot-off-the-press conversation.

28
Nov 2019

468 - Gwendy’s Button Box and Gwendy’s Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar and Stephen King

Don't worry, Robb's back.
Oh yeah, and we're reviewing not one, but TWO books this episode. The Stephen King/Richard Chizmar co-authored book Gwendy's Button Box and Chizmar's solo follow-up Gwendy's Magic Feather. It's great to be back in the saddle again, and we chose a couple great books for Robb to come back to.
21
Nov 2019

467 - Terror Mannequin by Douglas Hackle with guest reviewer Frank Edler

The most important thing for you to know about this episode is that Robb is not in it at all. Not even for one second.
Um. Yeah that's about it. Livius talks about a book I guess, with that dude from Bizzong.
6
Nov 2019

466 - The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

We've been waiting for eight years to get our hands on a new book by this author. We read Erin's first novel The Night Circus in the first year of this podcast, and it was probably one of our first favorites. It's certainly a love that has endured over the years.
Did we absolutely love the follow-up effort? YES. So have a listen to what we thought was so great about it, and if you support our Patreon, there's some spoiler talk as well. But I'll warn you, spoiler talk contains spoilers!
24
Oct 2019

465 - The Escape of Light by Fred Venturini

We finally got to give you our take on the latest by Fred Venturini! You may recall back in the day we talked about his book The Heart Does Not Grow Back, and we've been excited to get something new from him since. Check out our review, and stick around to hear us complain about TV series and movies.

19
Oct 2019

464 - A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs

We're back with yet another book review! This time, we're revisiting a name that we haven't mentioned in a minute. John Hornor Jacobs. He has a new book out which is a pair of novellas, both billed as cosmic horror. Is it cosmic? Is it horror? You'll have to listen to find out.

11
Oct 2019

463 - Mark Z Danielewski interview

We've been going hard on the vague-casting for this one. That's right, in anticipation of his latest book release - The Little Blue Kite, Mark Z Danielewski came on to chat with us for a bit. Lots of talk about Kite and its origins, but also a very deep conversation about creating, narrative, perspective, and some stuff I think only Mark kept up with.
 
He is a joy to talk to, and endlessly interesting to hear speak on the topic of books (primarily) and anything (really). We hope you enjoy!
3
Oct 2019

462 - Interlude

That's right. It's our first Interlude since May! Check out what we have to say about horror movies, library late fees, and a whole lot more.

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Sep 2019

461 - It Came From Del Rio by Stephen Graham Jones with guest Jesse Lawrence

Check it out! It's our second Patreon Pick of 2019 - Jesse Lawrence has served us up some tasty Stephen Graham Jones, the 2010 book It Came From Del Rio. It's an hour plus of discussion of a book that you're likely to never read. So yeah. enjoy!

Interested in choosing a book for us to review? Check out our Patreon tiers

17
Sep 2019

460 - Recursion by Blake Crouch with guest Misty Bennett

Check it out! It's our first Patreon Pick of 2019 and it's a whopper. Here you have over an hour discussion about the book, and over on our Patreon, there's a 35+ minute spoiler talk!
 
Huge thanks to Misty Bennett for choosing the book and joining us to review it. Reminder - any Patron on our Patreon who is contributing at the $10/month level is entitled to choose one book per year for us to review on the podcast - and they can choose to join us on the podcast as a guest reviewer! There are 12 Patreon Pick spots total, so don't sleep on it!