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Terrible Book Club Chris & Paris

    • Arts
    • 4.0 • 46 Ratings

Join Chris & Paris every other Tuesday to discover if you really can judge a book by its hideous cover, bad title, or weird synopsis.

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    VenCo by Cherie Dimaline *Patron's Choice*

    VenCo by Cherie Dimaline *Patron's Choice*

    Our Patron Robin requested that we read and discuss VenCo for today's episode. Although they did not request the Antiques Freaks to be here, we felt we needed their support (and knowledge of antique spoons). Thanks so much for your longtime patronage, Robin, and we hope you enjoy our unhinged review with surprise guests!
    Remember that if you, too, would like to have us read and review a book of your choice on the show, you can gain that power by joining our Patreon at the appropriate tier.
    Although this one wasn't to our taste, we encourage you to check out other books and stories by Cherie Dimaline (https://www.cheriedimaline.com/books) and to support indigenous and marginalized authors and creators generally! 

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Taurus Four by Rena Vale *Patron's Choice*

    Taurus Four by Rena Vale *Patron's Choice*

    Our Patron BeastwiththeLeast requested that we read Rena Vale's Taurus Four from 1970. How could such a dusty, seemingly insignificant sci-fi paperback have roused so much ire? Get your spacesuits on for a journey through misogyny, weed fear-mongering, and communist hysteria on planets near and far!
    Thanks so much for your support, BeastwiththeLeast, and we hope you enjoy the episode.
    Remember that if you, too, would like to have us read and review a book of your choice on the show, you can gain that power by joining our Patreon at the appropriate tier.
    References:
    Thanks be to the gods of academia (and Mr. Deutsch) for preserving this thesis for us to use for background on the show today: Against the red tide: Rena M. Vale and the long red scare in California by Christopher Robert Deutsch

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Hope Never Dies (An Obama Biden Mystery) by Andrew Shaffer *Patron's Choice*

    Hope Never Dies (An Obama Biden Mystery) by Andrew Shaffer *Patron's Choice*

    Today's episode features a book that many folks have asked us to read, but it took our brave Patron Miles to finally force us to do it. At last, we've read the famous satirical Obama/Biden crime thriller from 2018 and, honestly, it could've been a lot worse.
    Thanks so much for your support, Miles, and we hope you like the episode!
    Remember that if you, too, would like to have us read and review a book of your choice on the show, you can gain that power by joining our Patreon at the appropriate tier.
     

    • 54 min
    Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole - The Diary of Pringle Rose by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

    Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole - The Diary of Pringle Rose by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

    Today's episode is Part 2 of our childhood nostalgia retrospective! We each chose a book for each other from a series we loved as kids. Paris remembered reading several books in the Dear America series, so Chris chose Down the Rabbit Hole - The Diary of Pringle Rose for our second nostalgia adventure. We actually found ourselves really enjoying this one, so this week's episode is a completely different experience from last week with The Hardy Boys.
     
     

    • 54 min
    The Witchmaster's Key (The Hardy Boys #55) by Franklin W. Dixon

    The Witchmaster's Key (The Hardy Boys #55) by Franklin W. Dixon

    Today's episode is Part 1 of our childhood nostalgia retrospective! We each chose a book for each other from a series we loved as kids. Chris remembered reading all of The Hardy Boys series, so Paris chose The Witchmaster's Key for our first return trip to childhood. Prepare yourselves for 1970s Satanic Panic absurdity in the UK, complete with evil dentists, rubber masks, the reddest of herrings, and a scene straight out of Misery!
    Join us next week for Part 2 where we discuss our experience reading something from Paris's beloved childhood book series, Dear America.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Butch by Jay Rayn

    Butch by Jay Rayn

    We read Butch for today's episode at the request of listener Os who emailed us last year saying,"A while ago, I read a book that, while incredibly badly written, still somehow left me feeling for the protagonist, because all the other characters are (in every sense of the word) ridiculously homophobic. It's called "Butch" by Jay Rayn. It's a "life story thus far" type of book about a butch woman who constantly ights discrimination in the most cartoonish ways possible and romances just about every woman she meets. I'm 99% sure this is just a veiled attempt at rewriting her own biography by the author. Maybe this can be a fresh bad taste for your reading palate. Best, Os (a listener who bought that book thinking it was actually a big deal for butch culture, only to realize they had been tricked by the self-publishing author).”
    References & Thanks:
    "G.I. Joes in Barbie Land": Recontextualizing Butch in Twentieth-Century Lesbian Culture by Sherrie A. Inness & Michele Lloyd https://www.ncsby.org/content/normative-sexual-behavior Thanks to Tris for consulting on this episode and helping us navigate Butch identity In addition to our usual barnyard language, today’s episode includes discussion or mention of: homophobia, racism, and sexual assault.

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

bobbiblackcat ,

A Solid Listen

I like how the podcasts bounces from the serious to the comedic. The hosts are pretty solid as well. Not to mention they find amazing books to review.

Fred Slacks ,

Woke

These two think they’ve got the world figured out and anyone who thinks differently from them is just uncultured swine. They try to come off as open minded but their effort falls short, likely due to the bubble they live in.

Rootbeercutie ,

Chris and Paris Get Me Through the Day

So for some reason, I really love people who review bad books and one day, I stumbled on this podcast after searching for Growning Around by Mr Enter on YouTube. I listened to that episode and was hooked. What I love about Paris and Chris is that they're fair reviewers, giving all the books the same shot and even praising the books when they get something right. They've also been surprised by books as well and admit that. What I really love is the episodes they do with the Antique Freaks in which they read the Carnacki short stories. I had never heard of Carnacki until now and I'm delighted to listen to Chris, Paris, Ken and Dee act out the stories with extrememly over the top accents. I can't reccomend these guys enough.

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