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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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    Valentine's Day for Baby Zeke: An Unofficial Minecraft Book by Dr. Block

    Valentine's Day for Baby Zeke: An Unofficial Minecraft Book by Dr. Block

    Paris & Chris dive back into children's literature and find that Dr. Block may have written some of the healthiest relationship dynamics in all of the books we've reviewed so far for the show.

    • 49 min
    Wicked by Gregory Maguire: Part Two *Special Guest The Good Witch of the Northeast*

    Wicked by Gregory Maguire: Part Two *Special Guest The Good Witch of the Northeast*

    We had so much to say about Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire that we needed two episodes and an extra person to do it! If you haven't listened to Part One, we recommend going back and listening to last week's episode before listening to this one.
    This was recommended to us by The Good Witch of the Northeast, who made time to float in on a bubble to be our special guest for this two-part episode.
    In addition to our usual barnyard language, today’s episode includes discussion or mention of: ableism, pregnancy, parental abuse, racism, sex, & sexual assault.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Wicked by Gregory Maguire: Part One *Special Guest The Good Witch of the Northeast* - Episode 182

    Wicked by Gregory Maguire: Part One *Special Guest The Good Witch of the Northeast* - Episode 182

    We had so much to say about Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire that we needed two episodes and an extra person to do it! We'll finish up our discussion in Part Two which will be out next Tuesday.
    This was recommended to us by The Good Witch of the Northeast, who made time to float in on a bubble to be our special guest for this two-part episode.
    In addition to our usual barnyard language, today’s episode includes discussion or mention of: ableism, pregnancy, parental abuse, racism, sex, & sexual assault.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Double Feature: Rathew Love Story: A Love Story by Argus G. + Curiosity: A Book for Curious Minds by Bookinsky* - Episode 181

    Double Feature: Rathew Love Story: A Love Story by Argus G. + Curiosity: A Book for Curious Minds by Bookinsky* - Episode 181

    We've got another Amazon Double Feature for you! Today, we tackle two more pieces of book-like debris that Chris found in the bowels of an Amazon search, the criteria of which has been lost to time: Rathew Love Story: A Love Story by Argus G. Curiosity: A Book for Curious Minds by Bookinsky* (yes, the asterisk is in the author name) Paris goes on a methodology queen adventure as she and Chris discuss whether both of these authors are actually just AI. They also ponder if Paris will live through Season 9 due to the condition of her New England apartment.
    Over the last several seasons, we’ve structured our discussions into Things That Were Good and Things That Were Bad. For the first part of Season 9, we're trying out a rubric Chris created where we rate a book on each of the following categories on a 3-point scale of -1, 0 , or 1:
    Technical Construction (Typos, Formatting/Layout, Punctuation, etc.)
    Plot Construction & Content (Coherence, Rule Following, Character Quality)
    Moment-to-Moment (Quality of Prose & Dialogue, Overall Flow)
    Terriblo's Presence (Chaos Levels, Huh!? Factor, Please Help) Should This Exist? (Did the author meet their goal? Does it add anything new, interesting, or novel? etc.)

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Getting Even of Tommy Dodd by William Hope Hodgson *Special Guests: Antiques Freaks*

    The Getting Even of Tommy Dodd by William Hope Hodgson *Special Guests: Antiques Freaks*

    Ring in the new year with the Terrible Antique Book Freaks! The Antiques Freaks join us today to do a live read of The Getting Even of Tommy Dodd by William Hope Hodgson, a cross-dressing revenge fantasy on the high seas. We know it's not a Carnacki, and we know it's not even scary, but it's the best we can do having read all the 'nacks already. As usual, we're using Eye of Argon rules to read this and we encourage you to get out your Carnacki bingo cards and help us re-tool them for more generalized Hodgson tomfoolery.
    In addition to our usual barnyard language, this episode includes or makes reference to: sexual humor (including foot stuff) and some bad Victorian ideas and opinions, including pedophilia.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Special Holiday Bonus: Less Terrible Book Club 2023 - Episode XX

    Special Holiday Bonus: Less Terrible Book Club 2023 - Episode XX

    It's winter holiday time again, so you all get a little gift from TBC!
    Please enjoy this special edition of Less Terrible Book Club. People often wonder what else we’re reading in a given year so we figured it was worth a brief discussion and rating of our Non-TBC reads from 2023.
    We wish you a lovely winter and/or holiday time if that's what you get up to at this time of year! See you soon for Season 9. Hail Terriblo.
    Chris’s 2023 Non-TBC Reading List:
    The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten
    The Scar by China Miéville
    The Dark Profit Saga by J. Zachary Pike
    Jade City by Fonda Lee
    Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
    Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
    The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England by Brandon Sanderson
    Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
     
    Paris’s 2023 Non-TBC Reading List:
    This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
    Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
    Jagannath by Karen Tidbeck
    Walking on Cowrie Shells by Nana Nkweti
    The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
    The Secret Language of Flowers by Jean-Michel Othoniel
    Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
    Heavy by Kiese Laymon
    They Were Here Before Us: A Novella in Pieces by Eric LaRocca
    Babel or the Necessity of Violence by R.F. Kuang
    To Wallow in Ash & Other Sorrows by Sam Richard
    The Witch's Garden by Sandra Lawrence
    Lockdown Laureate by O.F. Cieri
    Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo
     
    In addition to our usual barnyard language, this episode includes very brief mentions of: beastiality, death/murder/violence, ED/weight, and homophobia.

    • 1 hr 15 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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