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With the help of their friends and otherwise useless English degrees, Isaac and Declan take on the ever growing world of truly awful writing, one chapter at a time. We read them so you don't have to!

Big Bad Books Shame City

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With the help of their friends and otherwise useless English degrees, Isaac and Declan take on the ever growing world of truly awful writing, one chapter at a time. We read them so you don't have to!

    Progress: Chapter 8 (Ready Player Two)

    Progress: Chapter 8 (Ready Player Two)

    The chapter for this episode finally delivered what we’ve all been waiting for: some genuine focus on the goddamn Shard Riddle.

    We won’t lie to you… it’s not great. However, it did give us a chance to chat about puzzles, riddles, Dan Brown, The Robes of Anorak, Agatha Christie, twitch.tv/shamecity, and - lest we forget - The Internet’s Chuck Wendig.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Morality: Chapter 7 (Ready Player Two)

    Morality: Chapter 7 (Ready Player Two)

    It’s not often you can say a book reaches new lows when every single page of it has already been drivel, but Cline is a pioneer!

    This episode’s chapter involves multiple, heinous breaches of morality and decency, on both Wade’s part and Ernest’s, further cementing the idea that they are, in fact, one and the same.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Abundance: Chapter 6 (Ready Player Two)

    Abundance: Chapter 6 (Ready Player Two)

    In this episode, the glow-up from the previous chapter is summarily (and immediately) undermined by a string of references so pointless that they strain even Cline’s tenuous grasp of emotional resonance.
    The rest of the chapter consists of a couple dozen pages culminating in an ending so dramatic that it borders on being actual plot!
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    Ersatz Evolution: Chapter 5 (Ready Player Two)

    Ersatz Evolution: Chapter 5 (Ready Player Two)

    This episode features a glimmer of hope on the bibliographic horizon.

    Old Ernie Cline appears to have dropped the references, dropped the weird techno-acronyms, and possibly embraced the idea of… character development?

    Sure it’s still interminably dull, internally inconsistent, and entirely plotless. But baby steps, right?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Aimlessness: Chapter 4 (Ready Player Two)

    Aimlessness: Chapter 4 (Ready Player Two)

    It’s episode two, and we’re looking at the fourth chapter of ‘Ready Player Two’.

    You might think that, by now, we’d have a clear direction for the novel? Perhaps a core narrative? A singular focus? Well, consider this just another instance of Ernie Cline’s genre-bending originality, because we still don’t have a goddamn clue what’s actually happening!

    • 1 hr
    Nice Guy: Chapters 1-3 (Ready Player Two)

    Nice Guy: Chapters 1-3 (Ready Player Two)

    Welcome to Big Bad Books!

    Our first season is about Ernest Cline's 'Ready Player Two', and this inaugural episode looks at the first three chapters. Doesn't sound like much, does it? And yet these three chapters manage to cover several years, countless hate crimes, and a near-infinite procession of meaningless nostalgic references. Start as you mean to go on, I guess.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Dangernene ,

Nothing you do in life will matter if you don’t listen to this podcast

If you’ve ever tried to read a really bad book out of a sense of duty or even just pure masochism, you’ll understand the slog of trying to complete - let alone enjoy - an appalling piece of literature. Fortunately, not only have the Shame Boys stoically taken on the task and endured the mental, physical, and psychic damage involved therein, but they have achieved the near impossible and made it fun, exciting, and even hilarious for you and me, the humble listener.
Full marks for this podcast and for its hosts, Isaac and Declan - unequivocally, heroes of our time.

Mr Shy Yeti ,

A Home For BBB!

Books that are big and bad have been waiting for this show... well, ever since books were first invented way back in 1968. Anyway! This show does for books that are bad and also big what pies do for hungry yeti... ummm... maybe.... I'm confusing myself bow! Look... I'm a librarian so you have to listen to me - books rule.... especially large non-good ones! Please listen!

95KOD ,

Very funny podcast

Dec and Isaac have great chemistry and some hilarious takes on some of the worst literature out there

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