The Writer and the Critic: Episode 60

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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, discuss the two chosen novels pretty much concurrently. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor and Rosewater by Tade Thompson are both alien invasion novel set in Nigeria and the conversation around them begins at 3:20. Please note, due to some technical difficulties there were a couple of audio dropouts mid-discussion … Kirstyn and Ian blame the aliens!

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If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:13:45 for some brief final remarks, including a recommendation to check out SavidgeReads on YouTube. Simon Savidge is smart, funny and delightfully bookish! Next month, the two books up for discussion will be:

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The Writer and the Critic: Episode 59

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This month on The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, plunge straight into discussing the two chosen books, Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck [2:50] and The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo [47:00].

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If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:32:10 for some brief final remarks, including an impromptu lesson about gaslighting. The two books up for discussion on the next episode are:

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The Writer and the Critic: Episode 58

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This month on The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, plunge straight into discussing two short story collections, Bødy by Asa Nonami [2:30] and Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due [48:15].

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If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:33:00 for some brief final remarks. The two books up for discussion on the next episode are:

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The Writer and the Critic: Episode 57

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This month on The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, plunge straight into discussing two short story collections, Get in Trouble by Kelly Link [1:30] and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi [40:10].

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Listeners might like to check out the following links mentioned during the podcast:

If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:33:30 for final remarks. Up for discussion on the next episode – which will be the first episode of 2017! – are two more  short story collections:

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The Writer and the Critic: Episode 54

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It’s Patron’s Choice this month on The Writer and the Critic where your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, spend the episode discussing two books as voted on by their lovely supporters on Patreon. But first, they quickly go through the list of other nominated titles that were pipped at the post:

  • The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov
  • Borderline by Mishell Baker
  • Defying Doomsday edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench
  • Heat and Light by Ellen Van Neervan
  • Arms Race by Nic Low
  • Planetfall by Emma Newman
  • The Testimony by James Smythe
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King
  • Affinity by Sarah Waters

The discussion then moves on to the two books that garnered the most votes: Quicksand House by Carlton Mellick III [5:50] and A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay [45:00]. This review of Quicksand House was mentioned in passing.

If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:27:30 for some brief final remarks. Next month, the theme will be First Read/Re-Read, where Kirstyn and Ian each select a book they have read and loved a long, long time ago but which the other has never read before. The two novels up for discussion will be:

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The Writer and the Critic: Episode 52

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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, spend a mercifully few brief minutes talking about kittens and stolen skeletons before diving straight into the two books which are up for discussion: The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing [9:00] and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler [55:40].

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If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:36:25 for final remarks, including some corrections regarding the Aurealis Awards as well as information for Patreon supporters about how to vote for the upcoming Patron’s Choice episode.

Next month, Kirstyn and Ian will be looking at pair of novels which have spent a loooooong time on the New York Times Bestseller list:

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The Writer and the Critic: Episode 51

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This month on The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, turn their attention to the 2015 Aurealis Awards which were announced in late March 2016. Sadly, there was no shortlist for the Best Horror Novel this year, although the category was won by Trent Jamieson’s most excellent Day Boy, a book which was previously discussed on this podcast. There is much lamenting and some gnashing of teeth as Kirstyn and Ian spend a little time talking about Australia horror fiction and the ramifications of juried awards like the Aurealis failing to produce a shortlist. You can read the judges’ report for the Best Horror Novel category, along with reports for all the others, in the Aurealis Awards program booklet.

The two books up for discussion this month are both Aurealis Award winners: In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker which won Best Young Adult Novel [24:50] and A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay [56:00] which took home the award for Best Children’s Fiction.

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If you’ve skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 1:29:20 for final remarks, including information for Patreon supporters about how to nominate and vote for the upcoming Patron’s Choice episode.

Next month, Kirstyn and Ian will endeavour to fill a couple of large holes in their literary lives by finally getting around to reading novels by two beloved and critically acclaimed authors who have somehow slipped by them. Don’t worry, they are currently hanging their heads in shame.

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