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BSG #56: A Gatsbyness About Him / The Chosen and the Beautiful / Interview with Laura Blackett & Eve Gleichman
Jump into the Jazz Age as the Book Squad discusses "The Chosen and the Beautiful" by Nghi Vo, a queer, magical retelling of "The Great Gatsby." We tread new and old territory as we talk about perspective, race, sexuality, magic, and both books’ messages. Next, Kelli hosts a delightful interview with Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman, authors of "The Very Nice Box." Don’t miss our next very special #Othersode with returning guest Grady Hendrix, author of the new novel "The Final Girl Support Group," as we talk about his book and the Scream franchise movies! On our next #Bookpisode, we’ll be joined by writer and book blogger RJ to discuss "Malibu Rising" by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Send your feedback to email@example.com and don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe!
0:30 – Icebreaker
6:11 – Book intro
8:34 – Hey! Spoilers! Also, how does the story change because of Jordan’s race and sexuality?
20:30 – Magic!
34:10 – What’s the difference in messaging? Also quick writing corner
41:14 – What about that ending?
45:54 – Ratings
47:52 – Interview with Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman
1:20:40 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?
Bookpage interview: https://bookpage.com/interviews/26361-nghi-vo-science-fiction-fantasy#.YOcv6hNKhz8
Othersode #55: Book Squad Games: Tokyo Drift
Back by popular demand! Hit the streets of Tokyo with the Squad (plus Todd) for the third installment of Book Squad Games. We finally got to inhabit our true supernatural forms as we played Urban Shadows from Magpie Games! Join us on an adventure to save the supernatural beings of Tokyo from a mysterious hunter.
Tune in on July 12th for our next Bookpisode about the queer, magical Gatsby retelling "The Chosen and the Beautiful" by Nghi Vo. Then, Grady Hendrix will join us on July 26th to talk about his new novel, "The Final Girl Support Group," and discuss the entire Scream movie franchise with us! You don’t wanna miss this one!
:30 – Intro to Urban Shadows
4:55 – Game setup and intro questions
20:00 – Let’s begin the game!
2:03:50 – Episode wrap-up/What’s up next?
Urban Shadows 2e Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/magpiegames/urban-shadows-second-edition
BSG #55: Off the Beaten Grid / Earthlings
Join us on our spaceship for our discussion of "Earthlings" by Sayaka Murata. We talk about the various pressures women face, society as a monster, the strange and complicated characters, body hair, and that wild ending. Next we get into some listener feedback on "Ready Player Two" and "Make Up Break Up," and then we catch up with what’s on the blog! Tune in on June 28th for our third installment of Book Squad Games, and read along for our next Bookpisode about "The Chosen and the Beautiful" by Nghi Vo on July 12th!
0:00 – Intro question
10:00 – Content warning and book intro
24:56 – Society as a monster
33:29 – The trauma
49:00 – Let’s talk about Yuu
53:18 – Natsuki’s husband and Kise
1:10:00 – Hair talk
1:06:32 - The ending!
1:23:37 – Ratings
1:29:50 – Feedback
1:36:19 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?
Interview with Murata: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4qiX8xYJ4c
Othersode #54: I Totally Had Sex: A Hatepisode / Ready Player 2
Put on your haptic feedback suit and jump into the OASIS with us as we discuss Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two. This is a hate-pisode, and we all knew we’d have mixed feelings going in, but have no fear. The squad is here to detail all of the negative aspects of Ready Player Two, including its trouble with being a sequel, problematic gender representation, and indistinguishable characters. Can Wade get out of the OASIS...again? Will he push the big read button and end it all? What are people on Goodreads saying about this trash fire of a novel? We cover it all on this episode. Spoilers abound as we tear apart this novel and wish for sci-fi with a conscience.
If you want to catch up on Ready Player One, you can hear our episode on the movie here: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/readyplayer1-movie
Come back next time for a discussion of Earthlings by Sayaka Murata, a novel we won’t hate!
1:00–What’s a good sequel?
20:50–How does this work as a sequel?
48:45–Gender stuff. Yikes (Jessie Gender’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvOa8FacyF4)
1:14:08– Ernest Cline can’t write women
1:18:40– Indistinguishable characters and plagiarism
1:24:27– The button and Goodreads reviews
1:32:14–What’s on the blog? What’s up next?
BSG #54: The Twist is Misogyny / Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 / Interview w/ Ethel Rohan
This week, we’re off to South Korea to discuss "Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982" by Cho Nam-Joo (translated by Jamie Chang), a book that helped spark a women’s rights movement when it was first published in 2016. The Squad talks about the controversy surrounding the book and gets into some of our shared experiences of misogyny and sexism in America. After that, Emily interviews Ethel Rohan, author of the new short story collection "In the Event of Contact," winner of the 2021 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize.
Join us on May 31st for our third-ever Hatepisode on "Ready Player Two" by Ernest Cline (Kelli assures us we’ll all hate it!). Then read along for our next Bookpisode on "Earthlings" by Sayaka Murata on June 14th. In the meantime, check out the Book Squad Blog for additional content on books, movies, video games, and more! Send your feedback, thoughts, and weird gynecologist stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, or DM us on social media.
0:30 – Intro
9:58 – Book intro
13:50 – Cultural context and consideration of controversy
26:05 – What are some shared experiences we have with the book?
45:05 – Is this a horror novel?
52:30 - How does the narrator affect our understanding of the novel?
1:03:45 – Ratings!
1:07:50 – Interview with Ethel Rohan
1:45:16 – What’s on the blog? What’s up next?
Kelli’s Glamour article; Are Guys Getting Paid More Just Because They're... Guys: https://www.glamour.com/story/12-real-people-discover-what-the-pay-gap-looks-like
NPR piece: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/19/835486224/south-korean-bestseller-kim-jiyoung-born-1982-gives-public-voice-to-private-pain
Guardian piece: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/15/cho-nam-joo-kim-jiyoung-born-1982-interview
Mary’s Severance blog: https://www.booksquadgoals.com/blog/book-review-severance-by-ling-ma
BBC News: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50135152
Othersode #53: Pizza is Satanic / The House of the Devil with Clay McLeod Chapman
Light some candles and gather ‘round the pentagram, because things are getting satanic (panic!) on this episode. Author Clay McLeod Chapman joins us to talk about the 2009 film House of the Devil. We talk about the cultural context of the early 1980s, Greta Gerwig’s pizza performance, and the anxiety-making pacing of the film. Tangents include Cabbage Patch dolls and the forbidden television of our childhoods. Next, we chat with Clay about his new novel, Whisper Down the Lane, which was inspired by the McMartin Preschool trial of the 1908s. We all loved this book, so we kept the chat about it spoiler-free! He tells us about why he is drawn to this subject matter, as well as what’s coming up next for him and his writing. (Also, there’s a fantastic story about one of Clay’s readings in New York that you absolutely do not want to miss!) Read along with us for our next Bookpisode on Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (May 17th), and then take a detour with us for our third-ever Hatepisode (though some of us might not hate it?) on Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline on May 31st. Subscribe to Book Squad Goals on your favorite podcast app, and go read Whisper Down the Lane right away!
:30 welcome Clay! And movie intro
15:30-what was the satanic panic?
49:29–Clay McLeod Chapman and Whisper Down the Lane
1:17:40–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?
NPR Review: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114084025
Filmmaker interview: https://filmmakermagazine.com/1392-ti-west-the-house-of-the-devil/#.YIbCun1Kg-Q
I love the easy feel of this book podcast! Super easy to follow and makes me feel like part of a book club. Fun and provides great insight! The books they include are usually on my TBR list so I appreciate the reviews in advance!
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VERY FUN AND ENTERTAINING
I like all the conversation that goes on during the episode and I love the personality in them as well. Book podcasts are rare so this is a good one! The ladies are soo entertaining