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Episode 48 - Into the Wild (Warriors #1/Warrior Cats #1) by Erin Hunter

1/8/2019
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Ah, cats - who doesn't love a good cat video or cat meme? The world is full of cat-themed things, so it's only natural that a cat fantasy series would eventually appear. If you really love cats, the collective corporate consciousness that is Erin Hunter has got you covered! The Warriors series (more commonly known as the Warrior Cats series) has cat nurses, leaders, queens, fights, and enough compound cat names and cat vocabulary words to make you question your sanity within minutes of...

Duration:01:15:50

Episode 47 - Growing Around: Party Panic by John 'Enter' Rozanski

12/25/2018
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A guy who reviews cartoons and is really invested in creating a cartoon series himself wrote a children's chapter book in the universe that he's been creating for a few years. There's nothing wrong with this concept on the surface. Peer deeper into the chocolate puddle, though, and you'll find a horrifying interpretation of reality where children run the entire world and the unintended consequences of this arrangement smother any potential this thing might have had. Imagine Hellraiser, but...

Duration:01:20:51

Episode 46 - Zarsthor's Bane by Andre Norton

12/11/2018
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No real content warnings this week except for one off-hand misogynistic statement by a single character! There IS a weird scene that could be interpreted as being uh...dendrophilic, but unless you're really freaked out by a little tree kissing there's nothing too off-putting in this episode. We partake in some mystical bright bud and wander into the trippy wastelands with Brixia and Uta, the adventuring companions at the center of this fantasy novel plucked from a random cart of old sci...

Duration:01:00:53

Episode 45 - A Specter is Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber

11/27/2018
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Fritz Leiber may have coined the term "sword and sorcery" and he may have written some legendary stories, but this book is not to be counted among those same accomplishments. Content Warning! Drugs, generalized violence, racism, sex, slavery, & weapons (guns/knives). Line-to-line, the writing is actually pretty good and the dialogue is believable in the world of the book. There's even some great satire in this book (the whole vision of Greater Texas), but it doesn't really end up doing...

Duration:01:02:16

Episode 44 - Small Town Cop/Big City Crimes {A Man, His Dogs and a Badge} by Darrell Day

11/13/2018
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Don't be fooled! Darrel Day didn't write this - or even edit it, apparently - he just put it on the internet for his friend, Terry Bandemer. Which is fine! It's nice to help your friend put out their book - but why put your name on it as the author when you didn't write it? This is Terry's autobiography. It's generic non-fiction; just a look at a random man's life as a K9 officer in Minnesota between the 1960s-2000s. It's written in first person perspective and would be fine if Terry had...

Duration:01:26:46

Episode 43 - Crabs: The Human Sacrifice: Book 6 in the Crab Series by Guy N. Smith

10/29/2018
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Happy Halloween! Enjoy this episode one day early as a treat from the Terrible Book Club. Crabs - The Human Sacrifice was suggested by reddit user dickdastardly and voted on by listeners as a spooky book for October. Content warning! This episode contains discussion and graphic descriptions of: blood, bleeding, crabs, cutting, disease, dismemberment, drugs, masturbation, ritual sacrifice, sexual assault, regular 'ol consensual sex, generalized violence against human and animals, & weapons...

Duration:00:54:34

Episode 42 - Betrayed (House of Night Book #2) by Kristen Cast & P.C. Cast

10/16/2018
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Far away and 40 books ago, we read Marked, the first book in the House of Night Series by mother-daughter duo Kristen & P.C. Cast. It was the second book we read for the podcast and the first book we threw across a room (that's not an exaggeration). Today, we've decided to return to the House of Night for a second helping of outrageous caricatures of teenagers trapped within a love rhombus - just in time for the Halloween season! This time, our main protagonist has the option of THREE...

Duration:01:31:30

Episode 41 - Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll *Patron Selection*

10/2/2018
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Our Patron Veronica chose this book as her once-per-year reward! Check out our Patreon here to get this and other rewards for yourself. We've got a real intro now! Let us know what you think. Things get serious on TBC this week. This episode is not terribly funny and we've got some content warnings for you: eating disorders (anorexia), exercise disorders, alcohol, weapons, violence, & sexual assault/rape. Luckiest Girl Alive tries to expose the nuance and neurosis of growing up as a woman...

Duration:01:41:07

Episode 40 - The Angel Wore Fangs (Deadly Angels Series #7) by Sandra Hill

9/18/2018
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This book feels like the author created a massive dartboard where each section was a completely random idea or topic, put on a blindfold, threw darts, and chose what she would put in the book based on where those darts landed. If any of you are or know someone who is an expert on Old Norse, Old English, or Middle English, Paris wants to talk to you because she has some linguistic bones to pick with this book. This is a haphazard tale of time travel, chefs, vikings, angels, vampires,...

Duration:01:23:24

Episode 39 - Antibodies: An X-Files Novel by Kevin J. Anderson

9/4/2018
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This time, we read an X-Files novel sanctioned by Chris Carter and it was just as pulpy as we expected. If you miss Mulder, Scully, and their crazy case files, you should check out this episode. Topics include nanotechnology, a very particular form of animal testing, and a special segment about Paris's dreams!

Duration:01:20:29

Episode 38 - Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes *Special Guests D & Ken from Antiques Freaks*

8/21/2018
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Since this book takes place 200 years in the past, we figured we needed some experts on old stuff! D & Ken from Antiques Freaks join us this week to read Johnny Tremain. D helps us understand silversmithing while Ken defends his doctoral thesis on Johnny's homosexuality. Throughout it all, Paris is inebriated and at the limits of functionality; Chris wishes this episode ended 30 minutes ago.

Duration:01:14:05

Episode 37 - Lawfully Challenged: Inspirational Christian Contemporary: A K-9 Lawkeeper Romance by Ginny Sterling

8/7/2018
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Cops that are dogs and dogs that are cops co-star in this sex-less Christian romance with an unreasonably long title! This story tries to cash in on the cross section of people who are Christian, fetishize men in uniform, and are really into dogs.

Duration:01:03:35

Episode 36 - Too Far by Rich Shapero

7/24/2018
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Ah, yes - remember being in love so fiercely that you disobeyed your parents, ran naked through the forest all evening, worshiped nature gods, and contacted the multiverse when you were SIX YEARS OLD? No? Yeah...probably not. Rich Shapero takes us on another drug fueled romp through the wilds of Alaska in this successor to Wild Animus, except this time the main characters are two six year old children. While this tale is pretty weird and there are major problems with the children's...

Duration:01:16:50

Episode 35 - Woman Worship by Dean Jean-Pierre

7/10/2018
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If you're tired of plots and characters, this episode was made just for you! This time we read a book of poetry loosely held together by western gender norms, redundancy, and poor word choices. Paris reveals her theory about the hidden message behind these poems that will blow the lid off of everything you ever thought was true about Woman Worship by Dean Jean-Pierre! Luckily, Chris and Paris are finally rescued by the spirit of Pablo Neruda after suffering through a heat index of 104 to...

Duration:00:49:35

Episode 34 - The Stain of Time V2: More Than A Trent Reznor Biography by Remanon Last

7/1/2018
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Have you ever really liked a band? Have you ever liked a band so much that you thought you found evidence in their lyrics that their frontman had lived previous lives and a demon helped you figure it out? Well hey, so did this author! This book IS arguably a biography of Trent Reznor and sort of Nine Inch Nails, but is also an argument about the validity of past lives and the existence of demons on other planes who tell you stories via swinging rocks. Topics in this episode include Nine...

Duration:01:10:46

Episode 33 - The Betrayal (Fear Street Saga #1) by R.L. Stine

6/21/2018
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Burning witches, evil dads and uncles, more foreshadowing than one could ever need, the most obviously evil necklace of all time, and - of course - unrequited love all rear their heads in this one! Paris has been binging the Goosebuds podcast and was inspired to get spooky for Episode 33! Chris and Paris return to childhood to read the first installment in the Fear Street Saga series that explains how and why Fear Street came to be the supernatural hot spot we all remember fondly from R.L....

Duration:00:47:37

Episode 32 - Crawfish, Baby!! by Duncan More

6/13/2018
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Can we interest you in some crawfish? Perhaps other types of seafood? Some jazz? How about some gay erotica? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, you'll love this 30 page short story that masquerades as a book! Thanks (?) to D from Antiques Freaks for alerting us to the existence of this...thing. Disclaimer: We're not usually SFW, but this episode contains graphic descriptions of sexual activity so it's a bit more over-the-top than usual even for Terrible Book Club.

Duration:00:47:49

Episode 31 - Lands of the Earthquake by Henry Kuttner & Under A Dim Blue Sun by Howie K. Bentley

6/3/2018
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This time we read a short, double feature book with two fantasy/sci-fi novellas that were packaged together for seemingly no apparent reason: Are they together because Howie Bentley really loved Kuttner and wanted to publish his stories again posthumously? Is it because they both have humanoid cat men? We'll probably never know. Check out our Instagram for images of the covers on these things. Thanks to our friends Noah & Hillary for giving us this book to read for this episode.

Duration:01:34:16

Episode 30 - Two Truths, A Lie, & Magic Rocks (...Also With Lies)

5/28/2018
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In this in-between books episode, it's game time! Chris read a guide/miniature self-help book called Chakra Crystals by Kate Tomas about meditation and magical rocks and Paris tries to guess what each crystal is supposed to mean and what chakras are. We learn that crystals are alive and can be enslaved to your needs - neat! Meanwhile, Paris has curated a game of Two Truths & A Lie with 6 categories of books where Chris must guess which titles and summaries are real and which ones Paris...

Duration:01:05:21

Episode 29 - Swamplandia! by Karen Russell *Special Guest Laura Filippi*

5/20/2018
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This time on Terrible Book Club, we read a book that wasn't truly terrible! Wow! It happened! We also have special guest Laura Filippi on to educate us about Florida, alligator farms, and alligator wrestling! Paris & Chris talk about their first piece of negative fan mail! Ultimately, Swamplandia! has some issues, but overall it was not painful to read, the characters speak like genuine human beings, and the story was intriguing and different! Issues discussed include how likely it would...

Duration:01:06:18