Bookstabber
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

Bookstabber 12: A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Bookstabber 12: A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

December 16, 2021

This week Gene and Willow discuss the weird and Lovecraftian novel A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill. Are monsters real? Are all tentacles evil? And how does Willow feel about flying werewolf sex? Find out in this exciting episode!

Bookstabber 11: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Bookstabber 11: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

November 25, 2021

This episode Gene and Willow discuss The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, an Arthurian tale of forgetfulness. It's the first episode featuring work by an author who has won the Man Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature. Do you think Willow was impressed?

 

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

Bookstabber 10: Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson

Bookstabber 10: Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson

November 4, 2021

This week Gene and Willow discuss Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson (The Family Fang, Perfect Little World). Gene loves Wilson's novels, and Willow's reaction to this one surprises him.

 

You can read the comics we make together at librarycomic.com and barbariangirl.com  And please email suggestions about what we should read for a future episode.

Episode 9: Graphic Novel Bonanza!

Episode 9: Graphic Novel Bonanza!

October 14, 2021

This week we're doing something different! Willow and I discuss four graphic novels we both love: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon, King City by Brandon Graham, Legion of Super-Heroes: Teenage Revolution by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson, and Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks.  (Of course we don't agree on everything.)

 

To find comics we make together, visit librarycomic.com

Episode 8: All The Bird In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Episode 8: All The Bird In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

September 23, 2021

Gene and Willow discuss All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. It's an apocalyptic book that both defies and embraces the conventions of fantasy, science fiction, and coming of age novels. Gene loves it, and was sure Willow would, too. Wrong.

 

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

 

And if you know a book Willow might like, please please please email us your suggestion at bookstabberpodcast@gmail.com

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