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Join two casual readers as they completely ignore their academic backgrounds and talk about the books they loved, and sometimes the ones they didn’t. Includes segments like “Journey to the Center of the Discworld,” “Words are Weird,” and “Pet Peeves.” Ever wonder why someone would read bad fanfiction? They talk about that too.

Fiction Fans: We Read Books and Other Words Too Lilly and Sara

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Join two casual readers as they completely ignore their academic backgrounds and talk about the books they loved, and sometimes the ones they didn’t. Includes segments like “Journey to the Center of the Discworld,” “Words are Weird,” and “Pet Peeves.” Ever wonder why someone would read bad fanfiction? They talk about that too.

    Dead Until Dark (True Blood) with Literature n Lofi

    Dead Until Dark (True Blood) with Literature n Lofi

    Your hosts continue their spooky season reading in this episode of Fiction Fans! This time they are joined by Benjamin from Literature & Lofi to talk about trashy vampires in Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (you might know it better as the first book in the True Blood series). For a book that contains so much sex, it’s weirdly prudish.
     
    They also visit the Pet Peeve Corner to talk about lending books, and how frustrating it is to never get them back. 
     
    You can find Benjamin on YouTube and Twitter:
     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6FF4EEX9WRNPvGJd48qnjA
    https://twitter.com/literaturenlofi 
    Thanks to the following musicians for the use of their songs:
    Darkest Child by Kevin MacLeod
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 1 hr 35 min
    The Apple-Tree Throne and The Stress of Her Regard

    The Apple-Tree Throne and The Stress of Her Regard

    Before your hosts dive into spooky season, they talk about the book recommendations crafted by Literature n Lofi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TT8psKBrb8 ). They discuss The Apple-Tree Throne by Premee Mohamed but it was almost all spoilers, so you should just go read it. They also read The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers. They agree-- vampires are cool. Byron is byronic. But are the other characters real people? The answer may surprise you. This episode includes a visit to the Pet Peeve Corner: Are typos a stylistic choice? That answer won’t surprise you.
    The Fiction Fans Discord Server: https://discord.gg/zB6vyqC59c
    Our (soft launch) Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/fictionfanspod 
     
     
    Thanks to the following musicians for the use of their songs:
    Darkest Child by Kevin MacLeod
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 1 hr 45 min
    The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True & Eric

    The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True & Eric

    Your hosts discuss how true the part about the dragon really was as they talk about unreliable narrators and reminisce over D&D (and other tabletop roleplaying game) hijinks. Think Orcs get a bad rap? You’ll probably love The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson as well. Your hosts have also made it to Eric in their Journey to the Center of the Discworld, and Lilly got to enjoy the experience of reading a Pratchett book for the first time. Also a potential first for Fiction Fans: your hosts’ notes were almost identical for this book. Don’t worry, it probably won’t happen again. This week’s Pet Peeve Corner brings you: Minutes! They’re probably too precise for what you’re describing!



    Thanks to the following musicians for the use of their songs:
    - Amarià for the use of “Sérénade à Notre Dame de Paris”
    - Josh Woodward for the use of “Electric Sunrise”
    - Scott Buckley for the use of “Twilight Echo”
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Author Interview: The Phoenix Feather by Sherwood Smith

    Author Interview: The Phoenix Feather by Sherwood Smith

    Your hosts interviewed Sherwood Smith about her recent novel, The Phoenix Feather: Fledglings (and only brought up all of the other books of hers they love a little bit). They talked about Chinese literary traditions and discussed the appeal of familiar tropes in literature. Sherwood also compared experiences with both traditional and independent publishing.

    Find Sherwood Smith Online:
    her website
    her goodreads
    her patreon


    Thanks to the following musicians for the use of their songs:
    Amarià for the use of “Sérénade à Notre Dame de Paris”
    Josh Woodward for the use of “Electric Sunrise”
    Scott Buckley for the use of “Twilight Echo”
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 1 hr
    Author Interview: Gigantic by Ashley Stokes

    Author Interview: Gigantic by Ashley Stokes

    Your hosts dive into the world of cryptid research in South London with author Ashley Stokes in their conversation about his recent novel Gigantic. Topics in this episode include bigfoot mythology, father/son dynamics, and the tension between science and magical thinking. Also, the word “blobsquatch” is pretty weird (but apparently a real word according to spell check).
    You can find Ashley online here:
    https://twitter.com/ashleyjstokes
    https://ashleystokes.net/
     
    Thanks to the following musicians for the use of their songs:
    Amarià for the use of “Sérénade à Notre Dame de Paris”
    Josh Woodward for the use of “Electric Sunrise”
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 45 min
    Cold Comfort Farm & Guards! Guards!

    Cold Comfort Farm & Guards! Guards!

    Disclaimer: things went awry with the sound file, so a) Sara turned into a robot and b) your hosts talk over each other a lot. Sorry in advance.

    Your hosts talk about Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and the brilliant 1995 adaptation. They also continue on their Journey to the Center of the Discworld with a discussion of Guards! Guards! (and how refreshing it is to finally get a female character that has more going for her than “love interest"). This episode also includes some talk about how Words Are Weird.


    Thanks to the following musicians for the use of their songs:
    Amarià for the use of “Sérénade à Notre Dame de Paris”
    Josh Woodward for the use of “Electric Sunrise”
    Scott Buckley for the use of “Twilight Echo”
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Gibknight ,

Hilarious and insightful

Sara and Lily are the best—I’m not a big podcast listener, but I make time for this one. It’s always funny, engaging, and, dare I say it, educational. The vibe is relaxed and chill, and you feel like you are part of the conversation (or, at least, wish you were). That’s also a kindness that permeates the whole endeavor, even at is snarkiest, which is a welcome bright spot in the toilet that is 2021.

Sue in Franklin ,

Book reviews and opinions delivered in a light-hearted manner

Lots of critical insight on books they’ve read - these two ladies always bring the fun as well as their more serious opinions and recommendations. Give them a listen!

Dan from DC ,

Perfectly nerdy

If you want to hear two supremely nerdy women talk about bookish things, mostly fantasy but not all, give them a listen. They’re hilarious and insightful.

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