Episode 95: Catch Up
This week, Josh and Dietrich forgo a regular topic to focus on the piles of books they read over the holidays. Dietrich tackles the spectacular setting of The Night Circus, Josh comes away incredibly impressed by a recommendation from his podcasting co-host, and that's just the beginning of a set of books that range from non-fiction to high fantasy. In addition, the pair answer some intriguing emails, and they announce the next entry of The Library Police book club, A Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
0:00 to 24:26
The pair open with some housekeeping notes before getting into a pair of emails. The first is from a long time listener who weighs in on the subject of dark atmosphere and where it fits into short stories. The second is a delightfully obscene message from a student using the podcast to cheat on his homework and venting about casting choices in Lee Child adaptations. Either way, it's a lot of fun.
Catching up on the pile
24:26 to 1:15:28
Two weeks off and a break from work? That's a recipe for a lot of books, and the pair doesn't disappoint. Dietrich discusses a book that struggles in comparison to Lev Grossman, an outstanding nonfiction book about television, and begins a brilliant book by Robert McKammon. Josh continues to power his way through Robert Jordan's epic, is delighted by a recommendation of Dietrich's, and revisits a incredibly talented author.
Off The Bookshelf
1:15:28 to 1:35:07
Josh discusses a brilliant comedian who discusses everything from DUIs to Sasquatch, Dietrich reflects on the incredibly moving Life of Pi, and they wrap up with a discussion of one of the most bizarre and brilliant video games in recent memory.