Episode 106: A Discovery of Witches
This week, Josh and Dietrich are joined by Maria Mauthe as they leap into the book club selection for February, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. There's a wide ranging of thoughts on this selection, as the trio's reaction to it vary wildly. They discuss whether one can accurately and fairly judge the first book of a planned trilogy as a solo effort, the successes and failures of the novel's wide and varied cast, and the massive influence of the author's knowledge and professional experience on the way the novel unfolds. Ultimately, it's a lively discussion, with all three agreeing that despite some flaws, Harkness' first attempt at fiction writing carries a tremendous impact. In addition, Josh discusses a novel by a giant of crime fiction and a short story by one of the most divisive authors working today, Dietrich concludes a massive and satisfying epic, and the three reflect on the brilliance of the current season of Justified. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.