Bookstabber
Episode 22: Conan the Rebel by Poul Anderson

Episode 22: Conan the Rebel by Poul Anderson

August 4, 2022

Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. Conan the Cimmerian struggled to return to his beloved- but not before bedding another dozen random sex objects. Evil priests everywhere wet themselves. Gene foists book after book upon Willow's troubled brow.

Episode 21: The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

Episode 21: The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

July 14, 2022

A universe-spanning conspiracy threatens human life as we know it. Science is our only hope. Defeatism is at an all-time high. In other news, Gene and Willow read a book.

Episode 20: The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Episode 20: The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

June 2, 2022

Spoiler: Boy meets girl, boy clones girl, clone kills boy. A tale as old as time! And Gene and Willow discover shocking secrets about memory retention.

Episode 19: Moon Knight Graphic Novels from the 2010s

Episode 19: Moon Knight Graphic Novels from the 2010s

May 11, 2022

Gene and Willow discuss four Moon Knight graphic novels from the 2010s: Vol. 1 From The Dead, Vol. 2 The Dead Will Rise, and Vol. 3 In The Night, plus Vol. 1 Lunatic which was either a continuation or a relaunch or maybe both. Plus find out if "white" the same as "optically white" and hear a list of Willow's peeves about superhero comics!

 

Check out Willow's new comics at hauntedskull.com!

Episode 18: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Episode 18: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

April 21, 2022
Gene and Willow are transported on a magical trip to the worst place on Earth. Between shark attacks, abusive Taekwondo champions, poisoned peaches, and state propaganda, it's a miracle they both managed to have a good time.
 
Content warning: This book deals with heavy topics, both sexual and violent. Discretion is advised.
 
Check out Willow's new comics at hauntedskull.com and the comics we make together at librarycomic.com
Episode 17: This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Episode 17: This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

March 31, 2022

At the end of time stand two opposing forces: The Willow Agency, who finds this book to be a bloated Writing 201 experiment, and the Gene Garden, for whom each book is like a newborn bird being hatched. Can either win the Time War? Obviously not, it's in the title.

 

Willow has started publishing absurdist-horror-comedy comics stories at hauntedskull.com -- please check them out! And you can still find comics Gene and Willow make together at librarycomic.com

Episode 16:Parasite Pig and Oddballs by William Sleator

Episode 16:Parasite Pig and Oddballs by William Sleator

March 10, 2022

Willow fondly remembers someone else's childhood and battles alien spiders. Gene laughs at poop jokes and parenting foibles. Together they ask the immortal question: is it okay to smell the underwear of an extra terrestrial?

Episode 15: The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Episode 15: The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

February 17, 2022

Gene is delighted, as usual. Willow drinks deep the sorrows of children's literature. Four Loko and books about peanuts are banished from the kingdom.

Episode 14: Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Episode 14: Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

January 27, 2022

Gene and Willow disagree about this magical novel set in 1940s New York, in which an uncanny assassin and others with strange powers try to create a safe space for love and family. (Trouble the Saints won a 2021 World Fantasy Award.)

Bookstabber 13: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Bookstabber 13: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

January 6, 2022

This week Gene and Willow discuss Nicola Yoon's YA romance The Sun Is Also A Star. Gene loved this story of love at first sight story about a young man on his way to a college interview for a school he doesn't want to attend and a young woman trying to keep her family from being deported that evening. Willow was not as swept away.

 

You can find the comics Gene and Willow make together at librarycomic.com

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