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Gene and Willow argue about books. Well, Willow does. Gene seems hellbent on finding reasons to like all of them. Can Gene, with professional help, find books Willow will love? Or will they all just make her rant? (Either way, we all win.) Welcome to Bookstabber, featuring Library Comic's Gene Ambaum and Willow Payne

Gene and Willow argue about books. Well, Willow does. Gene seems hellbent on finding reasons to like all of them. Can Gene, with professional help, find books Willow will love? Or will they all just make her rant? (Either way, we all win.) Welcome to Bookstabber, featuring Library Comic's Gene Ambaum and Willow Payne

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United States

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Gene and Willow argue about books. Well, Willow does. Gene seems hellbent on finding reasons to like all of them. Can Gene, with professional help, find books Willow will love? Or will they all just make her rant? (Either way, we all win.) Welcome to Bookstabber, featuring Library Comic's Gene Ambaum and Willow Payne

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@bookstabber

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English


Episodes

Episode 27: What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher

11/17/2022
Deep within this ancient house of Bookstabber lurks a secret- one that will curdle your blood and roast your portobellos. Gene and Willow discuss fictional European countries, the works of Poe, and the perils of fungi. Check out our comics at hauntedskull.com and librarycomic.com!

Duration:00:59:58

Episode 26: Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

10/27/2022
This book is a bloody brick crashing through your wet-grape eyes. Gene and Willow need all of their special crime strength to unpack this revenge story, and to learn intersectional identity politics along the way.

Duration:01:19:07

Episode 25: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

10/6/2022
Just when you thought it was safe to podcast! Gene and Willow stare into the dark hearts of fictional, meta-narrative murderers and victims. Can our heroes unmask this book before it kills again?!

Episode 24: Novellas! The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed and The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

9/15/2022
Two stories of love and loss, families and long journeys. Two short novellas that Gene found to be well-crafted samples of what the form has to offer. I uh... wouldn't ask Willow her opinion of these. Check out the comics we make at librarycomic.com, barbariangirl.com, and Willow's new site, hauntedskull.com

Duration:01:17:35

Episode 23: Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen

8/25/2022
Bigmouth bass, seductive women, televangelists, and cold-blooded murder. What have they all got in common? Gene and Willow have to tour the Sunshine State to get to the bottom of this mystery, and maybe eat some roadkill along the way. Have a suggestion for what we should read next? Want to warn us away from your favorite book? Email bookstabberpodcast@gmail.com

Duration:00:58:11

Episode 22: Conan the Rebel by Poul Anderson

8/4/2022
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.

Duration:00:47:59

Episode 21: The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

7/14/2022
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.

Duration:00:59:06

Episode 20: The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

6/2/2022
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.

Duration:01:02:04

Episode 19: Moon Knight Graphic Novels from the 2010s

5/11/2022
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!

Duration:01:05:18

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

4/21/2022
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

Duration:01:02:11

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

3/31/2022
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

Duration:01:02:17

Episode 16:Parasite Pig and Oddballs by William Sleator

3/10/2022
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?

Duration:01:13:39

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

2/17/2022
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.

Duration:00:42:45

Episode 14: Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

1/27/2022
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.)

Duration:00:43:08

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

1/6/2022
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

Duration:00:51:16

Bookstabber 12: A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

12/16/2021
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!

Duration:00:47:35

Bookstabber 11: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

11/25/2021
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

Duration:00:56:11

Bookstabber 10: Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson

11/4/2021
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.

Duration:00:44:45

Episode 9: Graphic Novel Bonanza!

10/14/2021
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

Duration:01:11:48

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

9/23/2021
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

Duration:04:38:04