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Episode 38 - Fear Street 22: Bad Dreams

We hope we won't give anyone nightmares in our discussion of Fear Street: Bad Dreams. This book threw us into a loop of Fear Street mythos and nitpicks that we're not sure we're out of. Anna reviews Cameron Chaney's book "There Are Monsters Here" at the top of the cast.


Episode 37 - Fear Street 21: The Dare

We're finally back to the main Fear Street series with The Dare and we couldn't be happier. R.L. Stine starts us off with the topic he's best at, wealth discrepancy and entitlement. There's a lot to parse in this book and we get right into it. Anna reviews My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite at the top of the cast.


Episode 36 - The Fear Street Saga 03: The Burning

Anna and Surge FINALLY finish up the Fear Street Saga trilogy with their discussion of The Burning. It took awhile but they finally get to the conclusion of the "epic" feud between the Fear (Fier) and Goode families. Before their Fear Street discussion: Surge reviews Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero, and Anna reviews The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee.


Episode 35 - Edgar Cantero Interview

We interview NYT best selling author of Meddling Kids, Edgar Cantero. As always, we delve into the nitty gritty of his writing process followed by a conversation about his books: including his first English novel Supernatural Enhancements, and his latest novel This Body's Not Big Enough For Both of Us. Thanks Edgar for joining us at the Brooklyn Public Library recording studio for the interview.


Episode 34 - The Fear Street Saga 02: The Secret

Anna and Surge finally get to the second book of the Fear Street Saga trilogy. Yes it took forever, but it took awhile for the rage to simmer down. The middle book of trilogies tend to be a letdown, but this was really something special. Before they get to Fear Street Saga: The Secret, Surge reviews Edgar Cantero's This Body's Not Big Enough For Both of Us and Anna reviews Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman. Fear Street Saga: The Secret reviews starts at 18:57.


Episode 33 - Bryce Gibson Interview

In a special interview episode, Anna and Surge interview author Bryce Gibson. His YA Southern Gothic Horror is a fresh take on the 90's teen horror genre.


Episode 32 - Book Expo Wrapup

Surge has come back from his Asia worktrip and we FINALLY have our post BookExpo wrap up! This isn't like a normal episode. We talk about a lot of what's going on in the publishing industry, diversity, and some politics (and it's effects on the book world). It's really long, it's more nuanced than either one of us can manage, but we really tried our best.


Episode 31 - The Fear Street Saga 01: The Betrayal

Surge and Anna finally made it to the highly anticipated Fear Street Saga series. Finally learning about the history of the Fear or Fier family and the start of the blood feud between them and the Goode family. Before that, Surge reviews Myth and Madness by Daniel Hryhorczuk and Anna reviews The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan.


Episode 30 - Fear Street Super Chiller 5: Silent Night 2

Reva Dalby is back for another holiday season of snide remarks and attempted murder. All is never calm when Reva's around. Before the discussion of Silent Night 2, we review two other books. Surge kicks us off with his review of "Evolutions - Fifteen Myths that Explain Our World" by Oren Harman. Anna reviews the final book in the Themis Files Trilogy, "Only Human" by Sylvain Neuvel.


Episode 29 - Fear Street Super Chiller 4: Broken Hearts

A Valentine's Day surprise that no one really wants in the latest book of the Fear Street Super Chiller series. Anna and Surge also go full bore in developing their Fear Street mythos. Before the Fear Street deep dive, Anna and Surge review the first book in VE Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy. The trilogy has a surprising link to the Fear Street mythos. Take a listen.


Episode 28 - Fear Street 20: The New Boy

Anna and Surge dissect The New Boy, which isn't as gross as it might sound. It's the next Fear Street book in the series and it doesn't quite mirror The New Girl content wise. Which was too be expected, except if you're Surge. Before that, they review a book of short stories called Saints and Charlatans by Sarim Baig.


Episode 27 - Fear Street 19: Sunburn

Anna and Surge slather themselves with sunblock so they can discuss Fear Street: Sunburn.The peeling skin and intense pain are bad enough, why add murder to the mix? At the top of the cast, Surge and Anna also review Gloria Chao's American Panda. The most easily relatable book Anna has read in awhile.


Episode 26 - Fear Street 18: The Cheater

The second season of RetRead Podcast starts out with a bang. We didn't cheat to get this episode out, but Carter sure cheated in the book. Anna and Surge talk about the ramifications of cheating in the Fear Street universe. Cheating vs justice, who will prevail? Before our discussion of The Cheater, Surge reviews Coyote Tales by Thomas King, illustrations by Byron Eggenschwiler. Book courtesy of Groundwood Books.


Episode 25 - Fear Street Super Chiller 3: Goodnight Kiss

Surge and Anna discuss how Fear Street Super Chiller: Goodnight Kiss compares to other vampire books out there. It's dangerous to be a vacationing Shadyside student. Before our Fear Street review, Anna reviews City of Endless Night, the latest offering from the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.


Episode 24 - Fear Street Cheerleaders 03 - The Third Evil

Surge and Anna finish up the Fear Street Cheerleaders trilogy (we assume New Evil doesn't count). How did RL Stine wrap up this brief series? Check it out in our episode. Before we get into Fear Street, Surge discusses a book of myths and legends called Tatterhood, and Anna discusses an anthology of short stories called Where the Stars Rise.


Episode 23 - Fear Street Cheerleaders 02 - The Second Evil

Our first review of the year! Anna and Surge go in depth on the second installment of the Fear Street Cheerleaders series, The Second Evil. From grave rubbings to more deaths, we've upped the ante in this book. Before our Fear Street discussion, we review C. Robert Cargill's Sea of Rust and Nina Berkhout's The Mosaic. Both books were featured in our last minute holiday gift guide.


Randocast 11 - Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Edition

Anna and Surge come to the rescue with a book gift guide for all you last minute shoppers.


Episode 22 - Fear Street Cheerleaders 01 - The First Evil

We start the Fear Street Cheerleaders series with The First Evil. What is more iconic than high school cheerleaders? It was inevitable that they'd make an appearance in the Fear Street series. Anna and Surge discuss their newest breakthrough in the Fear Street mythos thanks to The First Evil. Before this, they review Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero


Episode 21 - Fear Street 17: The Best Friend

Have you ever been gaslighted by someone? Well if you have, was it as bad as what happened to Becka here on Fear Street? Anna and Surge discuss! Before we talk about Fear Street The Best Friend, we also review Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, and Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua.


Episode 20 - Fear Street 16: First Date

A Fear Street first date goes as well as you'd think a Fear Street first date would go. Anna and Surge dive deep into the mythos in this next installment in the Fear Street series.