17 episodes

Tired of everyone ignoring her requests to start a book club, one woman recaps novels for her friends on the internet; thus forcing a discourse. Alternative description: HN! is the feminist literary podcast with jokes and singing (weirdly) that you didn't know you needed because what you needed was a socialist utopia (working on it).

How Novel‪!‬ Alexandra Falls

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Tired of everyone ignoring her requests to start a book club, one woman recaps novels for her friends on the internet; thus forcing a discourse. Alternative description: HN! is the feminist literary podcast with jokes and singing (weirdly) that you didn't know you needed because what you needed was a socialist utopia (working on it).

    Beautiful World, Where Are You?

    Beautiful World, Where Are You?

    Alternative Title. Ah sure you know yourself.

    This month Alex tackles critically acclaimed Irish novelist Sally Rooney's critically acclaimed novel about a critically acclaimed Irish novelist who wishes people would lay off her critically acclaimed novels.
    It's a bit of a minefield.
    Luckily Alex came prepared, inviting Irish National and intellectual powerhouse Natasha back on the pod to dissect the myriad class issues, feminist issues, existensial issues and emails (?) that make up this hectic book.
    Also Natasha helps to confirm Alex's theory that everyone in  BWWAY could stand to do ten weeks of CBT, drink less wine, and maybe go for a nice walk.

    Follow Alex on Instagram @evedangerfield
    Follow the podcast @how.novel.podcast
    You can't follow Natasha becuase she's an actual professional. 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ice Barbarians ft. Romantically Inclined Reviews

    Ice Barbarians ft. Romantically Inclined Reviews

    Alternative title: What that spur do tho?
    This week Alex is joined by Kate from Romantically Inclined reviews AKA Romancelandia's hilarious meme queen. They discuss Ruby Dixon's Ice Barbarian series and many important questions are raised,  such as;
    Should you get so much plastic surgery you become a lizard man?
    Can Skye Warren voice the next Disney Princess?
    Why do people still think double-bagging condoms is a good idea?
     Will Kate get rich and finance a screen version of the Ice Barbarians novels? #avatarbutshowthedicks
    Alex and Kate also discuss modern romance criticism, which is mostly people DMing you to say things you like suck, actually. But it's fine, the real romance novels were the friends we made along the way.

    Follow Eve on Instagram @evedangerfield 
    Follow Kate @romantically_inclined
    Follow the podcast @how.novel.podcast 

    • 2 hrs 7 min
    The Woman Who Fooled The World

    The Woman Who Fooled The World

    Alternative title: Gibby gets fake cancer.
    Claire and Alex go back to the "lady scammers" well and draw up 'The Woman Who Fooled The World' by Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano. It's a deep dive into Belle Gibson, an influencer who pretended to have terminal brain cancer for attention and a cookbook deal. A&C rip into her as only two friends who've been in a lockdown for three weeks can. Along the way, Claire explains how late-night TV tricked her into believing The Secret was actual magic and Alex requests grifters fuck off out of the 'coconut water and positive thinking arena' because it's making people who like tarot cards look like c*nts.  They both bitch about St Kilda Bay which people refer to as a beach for no reason- it's flat as fuck.
    The real answer to your problems is either
    1. There is none
    2. Money
    3. Years of reflection and earnest self-improvement.
    We solved it, everyone. Game over. Go unfollow everyone with a salt lamp. 

    Follow us on Instagram @how.novel.podcast https://www.instagram.com/how.novel.podcast/?hl=en

    • 2 hrs 16 min
    Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Alternative Title: Sandwiches of Unknown Origins.
    Grab your teabags and butter your crumpets, Claire and Alex go in on Daphne Du Maurier's classic 1938 novel, Rebecca! It's spooky! It's wordy! It's got the most mentions of scones per page in a single text!
    Among the topics up for debate are clumsy heroines, justifiable homicides, men named Giles, and the incest taboo (again, for some reason).  Alex dubs the nameless narrator 'Elsa' for convenience-TAKE THAT PLOT DEVICE! Claire doesn't let Alex give spoilers for her own novel, 'Begin Again, Again' which you'd think would be the exception to the spoiler rule, but apparently isn't.
    If you like people cocking up British accents, you've come to the right place!!!
     
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    • 2 hrs 13 min
    Midnight Sun

    Midnight Sun

    Alternative Title: I'm in love with a bag of blood
     
    Claire and Alex have reunited to recap a story close to both of their hearts, Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer AKA The latest installment in the Twilight Series.
    As some OG Twilight...fans might be a bit generous...SCHOLARS, maybe? the girls are excited to jump in and cover all the hits- confederate Jasper, sleep staring, milk-based heroines, Edward's invisible fedora, the right to brain privacy and the million other Twilight controversies A&C have been debating for nigh on eleven years!

    Keep an ear out for a special guest spot from SOMEONE WHO NEEDED TO USE THE OFFICE FOR A MOMENT!

    Follow us on Instagram @how.novel.podcast https://www.instagram.com/how.novel.podcast/?hl=en

    • 2 hrs 34 min
    Bridgerton

    Bridgerton

    Alternative title: Mrs. Featherington, are you pestering the Duke?

    Alex bites down on her dislike of Regency romances (including Austen. Come fight her, unlike Elizabeth Bennett, she carries knuckle dusters*) and swallows a chunk of Bridgerton, the duketastic sensation gripping the nation(s) AKA 'The Duke and I' by Julia Quinn. 

    If you love all that stuff, never fear! Natasha is here to defend you with her lost family castles, desire to wear regency fashion despite the fact leggings exist, and her knowledge of aristocratic books better than the one she and Alex discuss.

    Fair warning, if you like Bridgerton, Regency romance, girls who aren't like other girls or men who threaten to strangle you in a lol way...you probs won't like this episode. Skip it. Life's too short. The girls also discuss the Netflix show, AKA Gossip Girl with pianoforte, and if you like that you should probably skip this ep too. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED! KNUCKLE DUSTERS!!!*

    The ghost of Claire haunts this episode, moaning "I loved the TV show, that guy is so hot and pianoforte is good."
    She is soundly ignored.

    *this is a joke, Alex doesn't carry hand weapons or approve of physical violence. Punching, as discussed in the episode, is for stupidheads.

    Follow us on Instagram @how.novel.podcast
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    • 2 hrs 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Jessie_Lea ,

Love it!

These two kill me (in the best possible way). Never stop creating, because I’ll always be here to listen!

PinkyTess ,

Oh Alex!

I know you are a child of the ‘90s and you own nothing and so I can’t take anything from you, however, SLOW Down!
You have much to say and it is so obligatory listening for the three of us, but your speed dating pace of talking is mind boggling.
You are both obviously enjoying your funny selves and your buddy Claire is your twin separated at birth right?

ForTheLoveOfGabe ,

Love the pod

Love the podcast, keep them coming! :)

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