Episode 98: The Library Police Book of the Year, 2012
This week, Josh and Dietrich sort through the amazing titles that were released this year to find the one book that stood out from the crowd. As their runner-ups, the pair each talk about their second selections for a book first published this year, and one they read for the first time. Dietrich discusses a remarkable book about the underground world of computer hackers and the experience of reading "Life of Pi" for the first time. Josh talks about the phenomenal trilogy by Patrick Ness, and the newest tour de force from noir master Dennis Lehane. But the choice for the book of the year is a mutual one, as the pair select the extraordinary "Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker. In addition, Josh dives into a brutal book about a dystopian future, and Dietrich gleefully discusses a new Lee Child novel. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We've Been Reading
0:00 to 29:56
Dietrich explains why it is that he adores Jack Reacher books so much while talking about Worth Dying For. But first, the pair are criticized once again for their male-centric selections, a criticism that inspires Josh to read the phenomenal and disturbing Handmaid's Tale.
Media for Readers
29:56 to 1:04:57
At the end of a year that included a slew of outstanding novels, one stood out among the rest. But before discussing our Book of the Year, Josh and Dietrich talk runners-up with a selection of four books, two published this year, and two read for the first time.
Off The Bookshelf
1:04:57 to 1:24:28
Josh is forced to acknowledge that Jack Reacher is actually pretty damn good, Dietrich raves about an outstanding independent game about poverty and struggles, and they wrap up with Dietrich struggling to decide how he felt about the season finale of Homeland.