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In Books, Beards, Booze co-hosts Bob and Derek talk books, drink booze, and have beards. Each episode they chat about literary news, discuss what they are reading, debate various topics, and periodically do a deep dive on a short story.

Books, Beards, Booze Bob McGough

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

In Books, Beards, Booze co-hosts Bob and Derek talk books, drink booze, and have beards. Each episode they chat about literary news, discuss what they are reading, debate various topics, and periodically do a deep dive on a short story.

    Book Battle Redo: If Authors Covered Books Like Bands Do Songs...

    Book Battle Redo: If Authors Covered Books Like Bands Do Songs...

    The gang decides to redo a topic that Creative Consultant Tonya was not on the show for. They debate what books they would like to see covered by a different author.

    • 51 min
    Book Battle: What is the Nickleback of Books?

    Book Battle: What is the Nickleback of Books?

    The gang talks about what book they think is better than folks make it out to be. Not good, but also, not actively terrible.

    • 43 min
    Short Read: Them At Number Seventy-Four by Lindz McLeod

    Short Read: Them At Number Seventy-Four by Lindz McLeod

    For Halloween the gang talks about the short story Them At Number Seventy-Four by Lindz McLeod. Read it for free here:
    https://pseudopod.org/2022/03/25/pseudopod-803-them-at-number-seventy-four/?fbclid=IwAR203IVEBRU2AVSFR88D_6441fYpIyaOR5hV4F-irFZ-fAZVcLY2fLH6e3w

    • 35 min
    Short Reads: Naomie Krentzer "Cat Pictures Please"

    Short Reads: Naomie Krentzer "Cat Pictures Please"

    This episode the folks discuss our Short Read short story pick: Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Krentzer. Read it for free here:
    https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kritzer_01_15/

    • 47 min
    Book Battle: Which IP Would Be Improved By Zombies?

    Book Battle: Which IP Would Be Improved By Zombies?

    Zombies are kinda overdone these days. But this episode the gang debates which IP's would actually be improved by the introduction of zombies.

    • 41 min
    S5E06: The Gang Recommends Each Other Books To Read

    S5E06: The Gang Recommends Each Other Books To Read

    This week is a book battle episode, the topic: each person picks what the other person should be reading. Highlights include Bob being correct as always, Derek being confidently wrong, and Tonya earning all that money we pay her.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Dmclaney ,

Banter, Southern Style

Books, Beards, and Booze combine three of my favorite things on our lovely spinning rock. Who doesn’t love sinking into a warm tub of dispersed bath bomb, paperback and wine glass in hand? And who loves beards? EVERYONE. Just ask all the women I dated in my twenties. Apparently, keeping a beard was nigh a priority!

As for the booze, look around you. Need I say more?

So, as this horrible timeline slowly disappates into the void, sit back and take a listen to these three maestros of musings and random geekery chatter endlessly about your favorite genre of hobby with a few other odds and bits tossed in for extra flavor.

5 stars out of 5. Would totally eat here again and the service was fantastic!

jsamp401 ,

I wish I had that half hour back

I listened to two guys offer what amounted to lazy coverage of what sounded like the reading of a Wikipedia article on the genre of Cyberpunk. I don’t know the age of these hosts, but if I had to guess I would say that they’re young enough to think people want to listen to them chatter from a place of ignorance and young enough to assume that no one will care about their ineptitude. If they are older then more’s the shame.

Also, whenever a white person, like the two hosts, makes a smarmy, critical, dismissive remark about, “White guys writing white guys” I immediately assume that they’re pandering and clumsily engaging in a sort of verbal self flagellation to demonstrate their virtue. Nothing can be more absurd or a greater justification for never listening to such people’s opinions ever again.

I’m sure these guys would be the same people to criticize those same white writers for being tone deaf or insincere if they had tried to write characters with more diverse perspectives, and it’s this kind of contradiction which always seems to be at the heart of performative white self loathing. It’s annoying, pointless, and incredibly stupid, and it’s embarrassing to listen to such people doing this.

So, half of one episode totally killed my interest in the entire podcast. Remarkable.

notpepper ,

Hey.

You don’t like books? Ya dumb.
You don’t like booze? Ya boring.
You don’t like beards? Ya scared.
Be a person and listen to this podcast.

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