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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!
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.

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.

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!
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.

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

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!
Sep 2019

459 - Tales From the Crust with guest David James Keaton

Apologies for the lateness of the episode. Robb thinks he got mono, but not from kissing. Anyway, it took a little extra time to build up the energy to read like thirty pizza horror stories. But here we are, and with our favorite guest, no less! It's a banger of an episode. Be sure to pick up a copy of Tales From the Crust, and don't sleep on picking up David's book The Last Projector while you're at it!

Aug 2019

458 - The Warehouse by Rob Hart

It's been a long time coming! You've heard the interview with Rob, now hear our thoughts on the reading experience. And no surprise here, spoiler talk is coming in hot, so hit up our PATREON for all of our spoiler talks!

Aug 2019

457 - Rob Hart Interview

Check it out! We got Rob Hart on the horn just before he heads across the pond to promote the UK release of The Warehouse! It's a great hour-plus conversation. And check back in a week when we post up our review of the book to coincide with the US release. Excellent stuff!

Aug 2019

456 - Drive Thru Crematorium by Jon Bassoff

Apologies for the slight delay this week! We had a lot of reading and conducting interviews to do, so editing took a back seat. But don't worry, your next episode will be back to the usual schedule, which means you'll be getting it in just a few days. Thanks for your patience. Now enjoy the madness that is our review of the Drive Thru Crematorium.

Aug 2019

455 - Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

This one has been hotly anticipated. The newest from Chuck Wendig, Wanderers! It's not a Miriam Black book. It's a standalone story that is epic and sprawling and very interesting. Check out what we thought, and contribute to our Patreon at $1/Month for about thirty minutes of spoiler talk coming at you super fast!

Jul 2019

454 - Paul Tremblay interview

Check it out! Well over an hour of discussion with Paul Tremblay about his latest book Growing Things and Other Stories, and a whole lot more.

Jul 2019

453 - The Fearing book one Fire and Rain by John FD Taff

It's a bit of a shorty because we were saving room for an interview. Sadly, the interview was postponed, so we decided to run the review on its own. Hopefully schedules will align better soon so we can have John on. Until then, enjoy our discussion of The Fearing book one!

Jul 2019

452 - Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

It's the first short story collection we've reviewed since the summer of 2017. Yah. That means Paul Tremblay is a big deal. Check out our thoughts on a bunch of the stories, and head over to our Patreon and sign up for $1 per month for some spoiler talk too!

Jul 2019

451 - The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

Check it out! We finally got around to reviewing a book by legendary Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey. It's a standalone novel that we both really enjoyed. Don't forget to hit up our Patreon for spoiler about this book!

Jun 2019

450 - End of the Ocean by Matthew McBride

Guys! It's been way too long since we've had a Matthew McBride book to talk about, and so it's awesome that one finally dropped in our laps. We've been following some of the background of the development of this book for over four years, and it's great to see what McBride did with it. Spoiler, it turned out pretty awesome. Check out our Patreon for spoiler talk about this book and tons of others as well! 

Jun 2019

449 - Booked. Prom 2019

Hello everyone! You read that right, this is the first ever Booked. prom episode. What's that mean? Well, we talk about prom stuff, and we watched a prom movie, and we voted for a king and queen. One note - the audio is a little poor on this episode, we think due to the wrong mic being recorded on Robb's side. Sorry about that, but we hope you still enjoy it! If you're looking for the full experience, check out the Booked. facebook page for the full video! Next week we review End of the Ocean by Matthew McBride!

Jun 2019

448 - One Small Sacrifice by Hilary Davidson

Okay nerds, we're back with our 14th book review of the year, which is our first ever review of Hilary Davidson! We had her on a Noir at the Bar episode reading from Blood Always Tells, and now we're here to give you the skinny on One Small Sacrifice. And as always, please hit up our Patreon for spoiler talk for this review, as well as many others. 

Jun 2019

447 - Cari Mora by Thomas Harris

They can't all be winners guys. Check out our review of the latest book by legendary author of the Hannibal series of books, which, sadly, didn't fare too well with us. After that, we chat about Livius going to France, the other books we've been reading, Chernobyl, gay rights, and more.

May 2019

446 - Sinner Man by Lawrence Block

We're both back! This time around, we're reviewing Lawrence Block's first ever crime book, Sinner Man - which was recently re-released by Hard Case Crime. Check out our review, and see what Robb's been up to in his absence.

And as always, please head over to our Patreon page and throw us a little cash. Every little bit helps. 

May 2019

445 - The Mister by EL James featuring guest reviewer Dino Parenti

We're back with another review. This time, it's the much anticipated EL James book The Mister, the first outside of her Fifty Shades series as far as I'm aware. The weird thing about this particular review is that Robb is completely absent. That's right, for listeners, you may remember that Robb said the only way this book was going to be reviewed was if Livius found someone else to review it with him. Well he did. Now we have scientific proof of what the podcast is like without Robb. Good? Bad? I'll let you be the judge.

May 2019

444 - Interlude

We're comin in hot with an interlude. This time around we discuss some EL James, the etiquette of tagging authors in negative reviews, how tall authors are, learning how to shower in school, GI Joe action figures, and much much more.

May 2019

443 - The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden

We're back with another review! This time, we're going back to the Golden well, with The Pandora Room. Our previous review of his work was the 2014 winter horror book Snowblind. If you're not already supporting us on our Patreon, you can sign up for as low as $1/month RIGHT HERE, and get access to spoiler talk to this episode, and dozens of others that we've already reviewed.

Apr 2019

442 - Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan

It's a book that we've raved about for the eight years that we've been doing the podcast, and it's only fitting that for our 250th book review milestone, we finally take on Apathy and Other Small Victories. Check it out!