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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 • 14 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.

    The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series) by Stephen King, feat Fantasy Files

    The Gunslinger (Dark Tower Series) by Stephen King, feat Fantasy Files

    Three poops ago, we read The Gunslinger with the Fantasy Files. Gabe was so annoyed by it that he refused to come to the recording (jk he was trapped in capitalism hell) so we chatted with Spencer about all the ways we want to see The Gunslinger cry. 
    Content Warning: This episode contains discussion of fictional sexual assault.

    You can find more Fantasy Files content on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA87yRdWyzRMq3Im1leK6OA


    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

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Nostalgia Book Club: Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce with OWWR Pod

    Nostalgia Book Club: Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce with OWWR Pod

    SPOILER WARNING: This entire episode contains spoilers for Wild Magic, the Immortals Series, The Song of the Lioness Series, and other Tortall books.

    Your hosts are joined by Hannah and Laura from On Wednesdays We Read for a Nostalgia Book Club episode (it’s a thing now). They talk about Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce, an extremely foundational Tween Girl Has Secret Magic Powers and Saves the World book (and also there are horses. And wolves). They still love it, but the nostalgia goggles got a little bit busted (upon discovering the absurd age difference between the main character and her love interest. Yikes.) The crew also discusses Pierce’s work overall and how most of it holds up pretty well (except for that age difference. Can’t stress that enough.)


    You can find more Nostalgia Book Club episodes here: https://www.fictionfanspodcast.com/archive/categories/nostalgia-book-club
    Listen to On Wednesdays We Read here: https://owwrpod.com/




    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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

    Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

    Your hosts have finally reached the first Discworld novel to feature Susan (Death's granddaughter), and they are (understandably) thrilled. They spend a lot of time talking about how thrilled they are, in fact. They also discuss Pratchett's call out of all Saras who spell their name without an "h", music references, and how all of the Death books kind of repeat the same plot points over and over, actually. This episode also has a brief Pet Peeve Corner in.

    (...see what we did there?)


    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

    • 40 min
    Fireheart Tiger by Alliette de Bodard

    Fireheart Tiger by Alliette de Bodard

    Your hosts discuss Fireheart Tiger by Alliette de Bodard, as decided by a vote on the Fiction Fans Patreon (link below!?!). They talk about the importance of accurate book comps and how much of a difference it can make being in the right mood for a book. They also bring up relationship-centered storytelling and slow-revealed fantasy worlds. This episode features a Pet Peeve where Lilly spends a lot of time complaining about hArD mAgIc SyStEmS.
    https://patreon.com/fictionfanspod


    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

    • 35 min
    Author Interview: The Wind Child by Gabriela Houston

    Author Interview: The Wind Child by Gabriela Houston

    Your hosts are joined by Gabriela Houston to talk about her book The Wind Child. They discuss grief and how to write about serious concepts for younger children. They also talk about the many depictions of motherhood, best friends, and Slavic folklore.



    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

    • 51 min
    Author Interview: Inda by Sherwood Smith

    Author Interview: Inda by Sherwood Smith

    Your hosts indulge a little too much in “this is more of a comment than a question” as they are once again joined by Sherwood Smith, this time to talk about Inda (one of Sara’s favorite books ever). They discuss choreographing big battles, sex positivity in fiction, and Sherwood’s current projects.


    You can find more from Sherwood here:
    https://www.sherwoodsmith.net/
    https://www.patreon.com/user/posts?u=6632848
     


    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

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Steeeeeeeeve... ,

Fun and relaxing

I enjoy listening as I drive to and from work, and disengage from my worries while they analyze books and drinks, words and life. I tuned in when Dan Fitzgerald came on, and have stayed for the company. 😜

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!

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