Episode 212: Beach Reading
Turn on the Jimmy Buffett, grab the sunblock, and head for those sandy shores. This week, Josh and Dietrich look at what makes a book that perfect beach read. Josh talks about the challenge of finding a horror novel that works well for vacation reading, and Dietrich discusses the value of a clever hook in a book you're going to devour in just a few days. Fantasy and science fiction surprisingly have a strong showing in their recommendations, with titles from J. Zachary Pike, Saladin Ahmed, and podcast favorite Scott Lynch. While they acknowledge that the nastier turns of noir can be a challenge, Josh still manages to pluck a few recommendations for vacation books, including Made to Kill. In addition, Dietrich raves about The Girl With All The Gifts in the regular "Josh Was Right" segment, Josh enthuses about a book that's made up primarily of eulogies, and they wrap up with a discussion of a brilliantly dark superhero film, a YouTube series about smashing digital cars, and the fact that Better Call Saul is having its strongest season yet. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.