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Join Chris & Paris every other Tuesday to discover if you really can judge a book by its hideous cover, bad title, or weird synopsis. Support TBC on Patreon

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Join Chris & Paris every other Tuesday to discover if you really can judge a book by its hideous cover, bad title, or weird synopsis. Support TBC on Patreon

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English


Episodes

Episode 103 - The Thing Invisible from Carnacki, the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson *Special Guests D & Ken from Antiques Freaks*

1/18/2021
D & Ken from Antiques Freaks return - and combine with us, Captain Planet style - for another episode of Terrible Antique Book Freaks! We use Eye of Argon rules to read The Thing Invisible, the final story in the Carnacki the Ghost Finder collection. Is it an invisible horse again? Does the horse have a knife? Are these butlers also gay, but for knives? Have your Carnacki bingo cards at the ready! Content Warnings: Our usual barnyard language, plus: knives/stabbing, guns, and a bit of...

Duration:01:37:05

Episode 102 - Ravaged By The Troll King by Whitney Fox

1/5/2021
Happy New Year, listeners! In our first episode of Season 6, we determine that the true villain of bad writing may in fact be capitalism. Thanks to our friend Liz for recommending this to us after she found it through the magic of bad Amazon SEO. Content warnings: Our usual barnyard language, plus: rape (aka non-con or non-consensual erotica); graphic sex, physical abuse, and porn.

Duration:00:56:45

Episode X Top Secret Special Holiday Bonus: Terrible Film Club - The Plot Against the President Directed by Amanda Milius *Patron's Choice*

12/27/2020
It's winter holiday time, so you all get a little gift from TBC. Please enjoy this special Patron's Choice presentation of Terrible Film Club, where you can watch The Plot Against The President with us! The version we watched has already been taken down, but this link was working as of 12/27/2020. Just hit "play" when we do and it'll be like we're suffering right there alongside you. You can also rent or buy this film if you so desire. If you enjoyed this and would like more of it, you...

Duration:01:37:26

Episode 101 - Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One by Kevin Hearne *Patron’s Choice*

12/22/2020
Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One is basically an Irish shonen anime. Does the world need more male power fantasies devoid of consequences? No. Does the world need more well-written dog characters? Yes. We read this book at the request of our Patron Lucek Jay Again as part of their Patreon rewards. If you, too, would like to force us to read a book, head over to our Patreon and select the $10/month tier.

Duration:01:35:41

Episode 100 - They Came with the Snow by Christopher Coleman + TBC Awards 100th Episode Spectacular

12/8/2020
We've somehow been doing this for 100 episodes! We read a sci-fi horror short story with poor pacing and character development, then move on to the inaugural Terrible Book Club Awards! Afterward, we answer a few listener/patron questions and discuss how the show and we as hosts have changed in the last 5 years. Thanks to YouTube user AwfulBookClub for recommending we read They Came with the Snow by Christopher Coleman for today's episode.

Duration:02:47:55

Episode 99 - The Demon Pig: Book 2 in the Quadroped Series by Karen A. Brush

11/24/2020
Today we read a book that was recommended to us on Twitter over a year ago by Twitter user @GeneCurl. The Demon Pig is a clever, fun fantasy novel full of delightful animal characters, but it narrowly misses the opportunity to be a truly great parody. If you're just looking for a spot of cheer with sharp jokes that pokes a bit of fun at the fantasy genre, though, get a copy for yourself! Content warnings: Just our usual barnyard language this time!

Duration:01:15:12

Episode 98 - When TRUMPets Ring: The Battle - A True Story by Gregory Hetzer

11/10/2020
Chris found When TRUMPets Ring: The Battle - A True Story by Gregory Hetzer out in the wild on the C-SPAM thread on the SomethingAwful forums. Yes, I have stairs in my house...do YOU have stairs? This book is the author's attempt at an autobiography meant to encourage the reader to embrace his pro-life, anti-abortion stance. No matter what your opinion on abortion, though, we can all come out from behind our partisan divides to agree that this book needs a serious editor to rewrite and...

Duration:01:37:10

Episode 97 - Ma, Can I Be A Feminist and Still Like Men? Lyrics from Life by Nicole Hollander

11/3/2020
Happy U.S. Election Day! We all need some extra entertainment today, so we're airing this episode a week early. We read a book of feminist cartoons and learn that humor has shifted a lot since the late 1970s in America. Sadly, little else has shifted very much, though - like equal treatment under the law, healthcare, and the dominance of fossil fuels...which is a great reminder to vote today if you haven't already! Unrelated Good Children's Book Alert: Meeka Caldwell wrote A Friend Like...

Duration:01:00:31

Episode 96 - Universal Harvester by John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) *Patron’s Choice*

10/27/2020
We read this book at the request of our Patron Will as part of his Patreon rewards. If you, too, would like to force us to read a book, head over to our Patreon and select the $10/month tier. On page 2 of Universal Harvester, you're already invested in the mystery: what's being spliced into the tapes at the local video rental store - snuff; child abuse; human trafficking? If you lived during the era of VHS rental, have ever liked a David Lynch creation, a Chuck Palahniuk book, or House of...

Duration:01:26:25

Episode 95 - Late Bloomer by Morgan Hawes *Patron's Choice*

10/13/2020
Late Bloomer is a perfectly good gay billionaire erotic romance novel (if that's the sort of thing you're looking for). It even has realistic internal monologues and dialogue along with believable characters! However, it's written in the "a/b/o/omegaverse" parallel universe that Paris and Chris have a hard time understanding. We read this book at the request of our Patron D as part of their Patreon rewards. If you, too, would like to force us to read a book, head over to our Patreon and...

Duration:01:10:53

Episode 94 - The Virus of Desire. The Life of Passion. A Coronavirus Covid-19 self-help erotic book by Niedomknięty Kredens *Patrons Choice*

9/29/2020
We read this book at the request of our Patron Jakub as part of their Patreon rewards. If you, too, would like to force us to read a book, head over to our Patreon and select the $10/month tier. What if Covid-19 was a man - and you loved that man? Do neural networks produce bad books just like human authors? Content warnings: Our usual barnyard language, plus: Covid-19 and graphic sexual content.

Duration:01:05:49

Episode 93 - The Tuttle Twins and the Fate of the Future by Connor Boyack (a retelling of Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard)

9/15/2020
Come along with us, listeners, to the fabled land of The Dunks where all value is now held in gallons of iced coffee, and all inter-state sports travel requires the hiring of Mad Max militias. Published in 2018 and illustrated by Elijah Stanfield, The Tuttle Twins and the Fate of the Future encourages your children to ask, "Should we coerce others to get what we want?" Content warnings: Our usual barnyard language, plus: political discussion. It is impossible to discuss this book without...

Duration:01:17:39

Episode 92 - Flashback by Dan Simmons *Patron's Choice*

9/1/2020
We read Flashback this week at the request of our Patron J as part of their Patreon rewards. If you, too, would like to force us to read a book, head over to our Patreon and select either the $5 or $10/month tier. Our best approximation of Flashback is, "sci-fi noir alt-right doomsday fairy tale." You have been warned. Short-story mentioned around the 20-minute mark: Outside the KFC by Claudia Ward-de León Content warnings: Our usual barnyard language, plus: age and gender dynamics, drug...

Duration:02:08:25

Episode 91 - The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters *Patron's Choice*

8/18/2020
We read The Little Stranger this week at the request of our Patron Veronica as part of her Patreon rewards. If you, too, would like to force us to read a book, head over to our Patreon and select either the $5 or $10/month tier. If you're into authentic post-war 1940s England, British class struggles, big 'ol houses that are falling apart, and ghosts, we've got the book for you! However, if you are anything like Paris and Chris, you may not like this one. Content warnings: Our usual...

Duration:01:50:44

Episode 90 - The Gateway of the Monster from Carnacki, the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson *Special Guests D & Ken from Antiques Freaks*

8/4/2020
Get your bingo cards ready! We've invited the Antiques Freaks over to our place again to read yet another story from Carnacki the Ghost Finder. This time, we tackle The Gateway of the Monster. Chris treats us to some expert scoring and sound effects while Paris insults the entirety of the British isles with her awful fake accent.

Duration:01:21:38

Episode 89 - Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind (Sword of Truth Series Book #3) *Special Guest TJ Allen*

7/21/2020
Paris and Chris return to the very horny Midlands with our woods guide, TJ! He helped us out when we read Stone of Tears, and he was so invaluable that we put a Rada-Han on him and forced him to guide us through Blood of the Fold, too. Although not strictly necessary, we recommend listening to the 2 other episodes we've done regarding the Sword of Truth series before starting this one: Episode 3 - Episode 03 - Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth Series Book #1) by Terry GoodkindEpisode 22...

Duration:02:47:01

Episode 88 - Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow by Peter Guzzardi

7/7/2020
This week we discuss another book that Chris found out in the real world at a local book store: a self-help book that's based on the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. If you've got difficult problems in life and choices to make, just think - What Would Dorothy Do? Content Warnings: Just our usual barnyard language and a brief mention of sexual assault.

Duration:01:27:01

Episode 87 - Maradonia and the Law of Blood (Book 4 of the Maradonia Saga/Series) by Gloria Tesch *Patron's Choice*

6/23/2020
Although not strictly necessary, we recommend listening to these 4 other episodes before starting this one in the following order: Episode 11 - Maradonia and the Seven BridgesEpisode 62 - Maradonia and the Escape from the UnderworldEpisode 63 - Maradonia and the Gold of OphirEpisode 86 - The Secret of Moon Lake This book was chosen by our patron Dari as part of her Patreon reward. If you, too, would like to force us to read a book, head over to our Patreon and select either the $5 or...

Duration:02:04:41

Episode 86 - The Secret of Moon Lake by Sofia Nova (Gloria Tesch) *Patron’s Choice*

6/9/2020
Today's book was read at the behest of our patron Ciaran. Thanks so much for supporting the show, Ciaran! Check out our Patreon here to get this and other rewards for yourself. Sofia Nova is the new identity of Gloria Tesch. Free from her father's direct influence, she has written a new book outside of the world of Maradonia (though with some noticeable carry-over, from mermaids to boys who just love fishing to the art work). While The Secret of Moon Lake isn't something we'd recommend in...

Duration:01:52:51

Episode 85 - The Woman You Marry by Mark A. Edwards *Patron's Choice*

5/26/2020
Our patron Signe bought this book thinking it was written by an author she actually liked - Mark Edwards. Unfortunately, The Woman You Marry was written by Mark A. Edwards. We're pretty sure that Mark A. Edwards is not a human being but rather a poorly constructed AI who was fed books by the real author Mark Edwards and programmed to write a short story. Our Patron Signe chose this book as their once-per-year reward! Check out our Patreon here to get this and other rewards for yourself.

Duration:01:36:48