Episode 96: Four Emails
This week, Josh and Dietrich have four emails, each with an outstanding discussion point, so they've handed the main topic over to their listeners. First, they discuss the overused tropes of vampires, werewolves and zombies, and address a listener's question as to whether there's anything worthwhile in those genres. Second, the pair discuss the disparity between male and female authors, and whether the unequal balance is the fault of readers, publishers, or both. A librarian expresses his fondness for Larry and asks about the role libraries play in this world of ereaders and failing bookstores. Finally, we revisit a common question about good books for reluctant teenage readers. We wrap the episode up with a discussion of the final season of Fringe. You can send questions or comments to email@example.com.
What We've Been Reading
0:00 to 26:06
Josh discusses two classics of literature, both of which thrive because of the unusual choice of narrator. Dietrich gets sucked into Josh's web by reading the first of Robert Jordan's epic series, but promises that he won't follow Josh's path through the 12-part series.
26:06 to 1:19:09
Four excellent emails take the stage this week, as the pair discuss the rare gems in monster fiction, the changing role of libraries in today's literary world, the obstacles faced by female genre authors, and a selection of good books for young reluctant readers.
Off The Bookshelf
1:19:09 to 1:35:07
Josh talks up a romantic comedy that manages to play with deeper issues, and the pair wrap up the episode with a look at the fascinating final season of Fringe, a show wrapping up an improbable five season run.