152 episodes

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 • 16 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 Selected Works of Audre Lorde

    The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

    For national poetry month, your hosts discuss the Selected Works of Audre Lorde, edited by Roxane Gay. They talk about the autobiographical nature of poetry, how the collection was organized, and Lorde's occasionally depressing ability to predict the future. This episode also features a Pet Peeve segment.


    Find us on discord: https://discord.gg/dpNHTWVu6b or support us on Patreon: https://www.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

    • 31 min
    Author Interview: Noise Floor by Andrew Cartmel

    Author Interview: Noise Floor by Andrew Cartmel

    Your hosts are joined by Andrew Cartmel to talk about "Noise Floor," the most recent addition to his Vinyl Detective series. They discuss keeping an ongoing series fresh, managing overlapping storylines, and poly relationship dynamics. They also go over the inherent (or not so much) personality traits of musical genres, and the mystery surrounding Princess Seitan.

    Find more from Andrew:
    https://venusianfrogbroth.blogspot.com/
    https://medwayprideradio.co.uk/show/the-vinyl-detective-show/
    https://twitter.com/andrewcartmel?lang=en



    Find us on discord: https://discord.gg/dpNHTWVu6b or support us on Patreon: https://www.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

    • 52 min
    Sidle Creek by Jolene McIlwain

    Sidle Creek by Jolene McIlwain

    This week your hosts discuss Sidle Creek, a very good but also extremely sad collection of short stories taking place in Appalachia. They talk about content warnings (many), privilege (theirs) and heartbreak (lots). They also debate genre for a bit, and argue about whether a sense of horror makes a story Horror.


    Find us on discord: https://discord.gg/dpNHTWVu6b or support us on Patreon: https://www.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”
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 35 min
    Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

    Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

    Your hosts continue their journey to center of the Discworld with Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. They discuss performative gender, unexpected allies, and supportive camraderie. They also talk about a character's near miss with fatphobia, underexplored backstories, and overexplored hair. This episode contains a hat-centric words are weird.

    Find us on discord: https://discord.gg/dpNHTWVu6b or support us on Patreon: https://www.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

    • 47 min
    Interview: Translations with Nevena Andrić

    Interview: Translations with Nevena Andrić

    Your hosts had the opportunity to chat with Nevena Andrić, who works as a translator at one of the biggest Serbian publishing houses. They discuss the joys of translating beloved works like Night Watch from Discworld and The Song of Achilles. They also talk about the different challenges of translating fantasy vs scifi vs nonfiction, works with nonbinary characters and how languages incorporate gender in disparate ways, and how much wine it takes to translate Yeats.


    See the list of works that Nevena has translated into Serbian: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6456299.Nevena_Andri_ 


    Find us on discord: https://discord.gg/dpNHTWVu6b or support us on Patreon: https://www.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”
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License

    • 31 min
    Author Interview: The Siege of Burning Grass and The Butcher of the Forest by Premee Mohamed

    Author Interview: The Siege of Burning Grass and The Butcher of the Forest by Premee Mohamed

    Your hosts are joined by Premee Mohamed to talk about her novella The Butcher of the Forest and her novel The Siege of Burning Grass. They discuss moral ambiguity, relatable antagonists, and the horrors of war. They also bring up how much they want to give Alefret a hug, even if it wouldn't actually solve any of his problems.

    Find more from Premee:
    https://www.premeemohamed.com/ 
    https://bsky.app/profile/premeemohamed.com
    https://twitter.com/premeesaurus


    Find us on discord: https://discord.gg/dpNHTWVu6b or support us on Patreon: https://www.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

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Nofxslc ,

My comfort listen

This podcast has quickly become my go-to comfort listen. It’s like chatting with friends about books, and what could be better than that? I have discovered a lot of books I would have never known about, and had fun listening to episodes about books I know well. I highly recommend this wonderful podcast!

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.

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