Episode 217: A Primer for Thrillers
After some technical gremlins tried to take down Dietrich's computer, he's rallied and brought out this new episode, in which the pair tackle the surprisingly difficult challenge of a primer for thrillers. Immediately, Josh and Dietrich run headfirst into the definition of a thriller, debating how in the world a book like A Simple Plan can exist in the same world as Relic. They discuss how surprisingly broad the genre is, and look at how the basic tenets of thrillers crop up in horror, science fiction, noir, and countless other genres of fiction. With no easy answer, the pair decide to explore the breadth of available thrillers, discussing some of the best highlights, and talking about which books truly stand out as thrilling fiction. Before that, Josh wraps up his reread of The Dark Tower, Dietrich opens up with a pair of cookbooks for some reason, and they close the episode discussing the highs and lows of the most recent season of Game of Thrones. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.