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English Club Podcast is a joint venture between two critique partners at "Saint Balasar University". The goal of each episode is to give notoriously "bad" fiction a chance for fair critique, as if the authors were members of a writing group themselves.

The English Club Podcast The University of Saint Balasar English Club

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English Club Podcast is a joint venture between two critique partners at "Saint Balasar University". The goal of each episode is to give notoriously "bad" fiction a chance for fair critique, as if the authors were members of a writing group themselves.

    Trigger Warning’s Author is Back! Not My Home RANT REVIEW

    Trigger Warning’s Author is Back! Not My Home RANT REVIEW

    Somehow, J.A. Johnstone has returned. And she’s brought a new book that’s somehow more insane than the last. Join the SBU English Club as they tackle another ripped-from-the-headlines Johnstone thriller, and try in vain to figure out just what headlines this is supposed to be ripped from.

    Just as a warning, this one gets kinda real, so listen at your discretion.

    • 2 hr 4 min
    This Furry Fantasy Book is EVIL! Rich Shapero’s Wild Animus

    This Furry Fantasy Book is EVIL! Rich Shapero’s Wild Animus

    The worst author ever is back with a furry mountain-climbing fever dream! This one’s so much to deal with that our heroes need to call in the help of a friend. Throw yourself to the wolves and join the fun as the English Club tackles a book that may literally be ontologically evil.




    Is it safe to climb a mountain in a fursuit? How much are you (not) supposed to spend on marketing your book? Is this guy serious? Find out on our newest episode!

    • 2 hr 19 min
    Nightbane Deep Dive! The YA Fantasy BookTok Darling is Back

    Nightbane Deep Dive! The YA Fantasy BookTok Darling is Back

    Somehow, Lightlark has returned. Some call it the worst YA book ever made, others call it a victim of a chemical reaction between the publishing industry and the TikTok machine. Whatever led Lightlark and Nightbane to get published, they're full of common mistakes made by newbie fantasy writers and remain some of the most controversial books.

    We don't care. We're hell-bent on saving it, anyways. Maybe it's something with the character introductions, the romance subplot, or even that this book needs a bit more Reylo--J and Andrew will do whatever it takes to make the world of Isla, Oro, and GRIMSHAW make sense.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    Isla Crown has secured the love of two powerful rulers and broken the curses that plagued the six realms for centuries, but few know the true origins of her powers. Now, in the wake of a crushing betrayal, Isla finds herself hungry for distraction, preferring to frequent Lightlark’s seductive haunts instead of embracing her duties as the newly crowned leader of two separate realms. Worse, her fellow rulers haven’t ceded victory quietly, and there are others in Isla’s midst who don’t believe her ascent to power was earned. As certain death races toward Lightlark and secrets from the past begin to unravel, Isla must weigh her responsibility to her people against the whims of the most dangerous traitor of all: her heart.

    ABOUT US:
    English Club Podcast is a joint venture between two critique partners at "Saint Balasar University". The goal of each episode is to give internet famous fiction a fair critique, as if the authors were members of a writing group themselves.

    CHOOSE YOUR MAGICAL CREATURES:
    Antler Bear, Moss Wolf, Giant Spider:
    https://www.instagram.com/sbu_englishclub

    An actual panther like literally just a large cat with no other cool features:
    https://twitter.com/sbu_englishclub

    • 2 hr 25 min
    Is This Controversial Bible Fanfiction Actually Good?

    Is This Controversial Bible Fanfiction Actually Good?

    Apparently, the people who made the giant replica of Noah’s ark also wrote a pseudo-fantasy trilogy about Noah’s early life. Our intrepid heroes don’t expect much from the first book, but lo—fantasy writing tips, dinosaurs, and Renaissance-era poetry await!


    Will Jay and Andrew let their differing beliefs stop them from working together to save this book? Can a work be true, even when it’s not factual? Will iron mining operations disrupt local pterodactyl habitats? Some of these questions will be answered!

    • 2 hr 16 min
    BookTok Drama, Twitter Fights, Copyrighting the Sun: Lauren M. Davis's Nova's Playlist

    BookTok Drama, Twitter Fights, Copyrighting the Sun: Lauren M. Davis's Nova's Playlist

    Join the English Club for a deep dive into the controversial book that everyone on Twitter and TikTok has been lit up about. Journey across 18th century France, the god dimension, colonial America, another god dimension, Dinosaur Fairy hell, and probably some other places too during this whopper of a club meeting.

    Plus: who is Lauren M. Davis? Is she a Cait Corrain sockpuppet, or an AI writer? Who is Nova, and is her playlist any good? CAN you copyright the sun? And what makes this book so interesting and controversial anyway?

    Full book synopsis on our website: https://englishclubpodcast.com/2024/01/04/novas-playlist/

    Review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6072707343

    Follow Marve M Anson so something good comes out of this: https://www.instagram.com/justmarvewrites/

    ABOUT US:
    English Club Podcast is a joint venture between two critique partners at "Saint Balasar University". The goal of each episode is to give internet famous fiction a fair critique, as if the authors were members of a writing group themselves.

    • 3 hr 9 min
    Stones To Abbigale Review: Onision’s Facts, Greg’s Fiction

    Stones To Abbigale Review: Onision’s Facts, Greg’s Fiction

    From lawsuits to internet drama to a very odd trilogy of books, Onision brings it all to the SBU English Club. Join us and our friend Holly as we provide Greg Onision YouTube’s Stones To Abbigale the thoughtful and balanced critique and analysis that he definitely got and ignored before hitting the Publish button on Amazon.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    This book is made up of events that occurred in my own life mixed with fiction from the made-up life of James. James is essentially a better version of myself. His home, his school & his life all resemble my own at his age. The people James analyzes and is surrounded by are not so unlike those I’ve known as well. I have experienced much of the loss James has however his happier moments are more often than not also mine. I want to share my story without it being purely non-fiction. I simply felt this approach would make for a far better book. At points I cried while writing this, at others I laughed.Stones To Abbigale is not just a book I wrote; it is a piece of who I am.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25251380-stones-to-abbigale

    ABOUT US:
    English Club Podcast is a joint venture between two critique partners at "Saint Balasar University". The goal of each episode is to give internet famous fiction a fair critique, as if the authors were members of a writing group themselves.

    Davis Fan Club: https://www.instagram.com/englishclubpodcast/
    Join the Rollerskating Team: https://twitter.com/sbu_englishclub

    • 1 hr 24 min

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