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A monthly podcast devoted mostly to speculative fiction books, reviews and the odd bit of idle gossip. Hosted by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond.

The Writer and the Critic Unknown

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A monthly podcast devoted mostly to speculative fiction books, reviews and the odd bit of idle gossip. Hosted by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond.

    Episode 84.5: EXTRA

    Episode 84.5: EXTRA

    Hello dear listeners!


    Before the recording of Episode 84, Kirstyn and Ian had a chat about the strange alternative present that has taken up residence during COVID. It didn't quite fit into the episode itself so they though they'd upload it as an extra surprise this month.


    Hope you enjoy!


     

    • 7 min
    Episode 84: The Employees | Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch

    Episode 84: The Employees | Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch

    On this episode of The Writer and the Critic, your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond briefly discuss the usual COVID guff before jumping into this month's books: The Employees by Olga Ravn [4:20] and Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen [37:55].






    The visual artists referenced during are Lea Guldditte Hestelund and Patricia Piccinini.


    If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:22:50 for final remarks.


    Next month, the two books up on the slab will be:


    Dissolve by Nikki Gemmell


    The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy



    Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 83: All the Fabulous Beasts | Cat Person and Other Stories

    Episode 83: All the Fabulous Beasts | Cat Person and Other Stories

    On this episode of The Writer and the Critic, your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond indulge in some thankfully brief maudlin meanderings around the current state of the pandemic before turning to the books up for discussion: All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma [9:10] and Cat Person and other stories by Kristen Roupenian [34:00].





    The article “Cat Person” and Me by Alexis Nowicki is recommended for those interested further background reading.



    If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:24:30 for final remarks.


    Next month, the two books up on the slab will be:



    Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen





    The Employees by Olga Ravn





    Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 82: The Animals in That Country | Sorrowland

    Episode 82: The Animals in That Country | Sorrowland

    On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond waste no time in diving straight into their discussion of The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay [3:20] and Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon [47:50].





    Also recommended is the novella The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes, which Ian reviewed for Locus.



    If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:23:10 for final remarks.


    Next month, the two books up on the slab will be:



    All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma





    You Know You Want This: Cat Person and other stories by Kristen Roupenian





    Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 81: The Space Between Worlds | Mrs Death Misses Death

    Episode 81: The Space Between Worlds | Mrs Death Misses Death

    On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond indulge briefly in some COVID commiseration before beginning into their discussion of The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson [4:30] and Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden [39:10].







     

    If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:17:00 for final remarks.


    Next month, the two books up on the slab will be:



    The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay




    Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon


    Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 80: Memorial | The Mermaid of Black Conch

    Episode 80: Memorial | The Mermaid of Black Conch

    On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond spend some time on brief tangents regarding awards (good) and coffee (not so much) before launching into their discussion of Memorial by Bryan Washington [7:30] and The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey [40:00].





    If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:18:15 for final remarks - including the exciting conclusion to last episode's exciting cliffhanger: Has Ian Finished All the Murmuring Bones and Did He Like it?


    Next month, the two books up on the slab will be:



    The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson




    Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden


    Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!


    P.S. Our apologies for the poor sound quality on this episode. Due to unnoticed mic issues, for once Ian sounds better than Kirstyn - a fact about which he is undoubtedly delighted.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

MichelleEGoldsmith ,

Great for critique, recommendations and fun

I always look forward to each episode of The Writer and The Critic even when I haven’t read the books. Kirstyn and Mondy really get into the nitty gritty of the books they discuss and are not afraid to tell us what they really thought. The banter is always amusing and the critiques are insightful. The podcast has made me pick up quite a few books I might otherwise never have read and I’ve never regretted it. Highly recommended!

taliehelene ,

Jinglerrific

Genuine critiques, and the fighting for air banter is always entertaining. But I'm giving this podcast five stars on the strength of Mondy's 'We Want Five Star Ratings (Boom! Boom!)' song alone - beautiful and soulful.

Bookonaut ,

Downloaded Itunes just to give them some lurv

Probably the top speculative fiction podcast in Australia at the moment. Great on air comraderie between the hosts and insightful commentary on the books they cover

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