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Mini Episode - Fahren-HATE 451 (the movie)

10/18/2018
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You know we love a movie adaptation, Bookworms, so this week we sat down to watch the 2018 HBO Original Movie, Fahrenheit 451. Based on Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel of the same name (that we read just a few months ago) and starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, it's safe to say we were cautiously optimistic about this one. Whelp, come and hear how it all panned out (hint in the episode title). If you've seen the movie, come and roll around in your feelings with us, and if you haven't,...

Duration:00:18:46

What to Read in October - Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow

10/6/2018
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October is bringing you back-to-back thrillers, because this month we're reading the modern noir classic, Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow. Laura is here to give you the blurb, and tell you why you should read it in time for our next main episode, out at the end of the month. Happy reading!

Duration:00:00:49

21. The Nowhere Child

10/2/2018
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This month we're discussing Christian White's 2018 debut novel, The Nowhere Child, which is a mystery, a thriller, and pure nightmare fuel for anyone with a snake phobia (hi, Fiona). Join us as we talk about bad accents, amazing reveals, and the seminal Britney Spears film Crossroads (we promise it's relevant). ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or send us your very best Kentucky accent! We are @bookwhostalking on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Goodreads....

Duration:00:55:19

What to Read in September - The Nowhere Child

9/6/2018
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It's September! And this month we're reading The Nowhere Child, a 2018 debut novel by Australian author Christian White (home town represent!). What would you do if a stranger came along one day and told you that you had been kidnapped as a small child, and that your parents weren't really your parents? The Nowhere Child is a suspenseful page turner that will keep you guessing until the bitter end. So read it in time for our next main episode, out at the end of September. Happy Reading! Make...

Duration:00:00:41

20. The Immortal(ish)ists

9/1/2018
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This month we're feeling our impending mortality, because we read The Immortalists, a 2018 novel by Chloe Benjamin. Join us as we discuss fate, family, the perils of knowing the future, and whether or not we believe in magic (it's us, of COURSE we do). ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or if you've ever snatched a baby! We are @bookwhostalking on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Goodreads. And you can email us at bookwhostalking.podcast@gmail.com.

Duration:00:58:20

Mini Episode - The Handmaid's Tale S2

8/21/2018
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We've finally stopped crying and/or yelling long enough to bring you a mini* episode on The Handmaid's Tale Season 2. Join Fiona, Laura, and our first ever returning special guest Damien, to talk about this sometimes brilliant, often harrowing, and always controversial series. Whether you loved it, hated it, or just want to talk about Oprah, we've got you covered. *maxi, if we're being real

Duration:01:12:22

Mini Episode - Meet the Author: Lili Wilkinson

8/9/2018
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In this very special mini episode we welcome Melbourne author Lili Wilkinson. Lili has written 12 books, including the brand new release After The Lights Go Out, a novel about a doomsday prepping family in rural Australia. In this (mostly) spoiler-free chat, we find out where doomsday preppers hang out, how to write about sex for teenagers, and how prepared Laura is for the end of the world (more prepared than we thought tbh). We LOVED this book, you guys. Find Lili on Twitter: @twitofalili

Duration:00:35:04

What to Read in August - The Immortalists

8/5/2018
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Welcome to August, Bookworms. This month we're tackling The Immortalists, a 2018 novel by Chloe Benjamin. This book follows four siblings who, one hot Summer in 1969, visit a psychic who can (apparently) predict the exact day that they'll die. The book follows these siblings in the years after their visit, and poses the question, "If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?". Come and feel things with us, bookworms. Read The Immortalists in time for our next main...

Duration:00:00:39

19. The 411 on Fahrenheit 451

7/30/2018
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This month we're fanning the dystopian flames and reading Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel, Fahrenheit 451. Join us as we talk about what makes something a classic, if it's ever right to burn a book, and whether it's ok to got to bed without showering if you smell like kerosine (it's not, come on guys, be serious). ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or if you're rooting for Tyra Banks! We are @bookwhostalking on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Goodreads. And you...

Duration:00:50:20

Mini Episode - Pride and Prejudice Prejudices

7/20/2018
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Jane Austen fans unite! Producer Josie was shocked and appalled to learn that none of the Book Who's Talking gang had ever read an Austen, so she asked (begged) Fiona and Ben to have a crack at the ever popular Pride and Prejudice. Find out if this book is as good as Josie says it is (it's really good), if Colin Firth is still swoon-worthy (he is), and if Fiona ever figured out why it's called Pride and Prejudice (wait and see). ----- If you want to know which P&P character you are:...

Duration:00:28:23

What to Read in July - Fahrenheit 451

7/3/2018
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Fiona is here to tell you what we're reading in July - Fahrenheit 451 by American writer Ray Bradbury (a science fiction author so influential they named an actual asteroid after him). First published in 1953, this dystopian novel is an undisputed classic than none of the BWT gang has ever read, so we're eager to find out what all of the fuss is about. Also there's a new-ish HBO movie adaptation starring Michael B. Jordan, so, you know, we need an excuse to watch that. Read it in time for...

Duration:00:00:48

18. The Shepherd's Hut

6/29/2018
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Pass the salt, Bookworms, because this month we're heading into the Australian outback, and reading The Shepherd's Hut by Australian Living Treasure (seriously, it's on his business cards) Tim Winton. Join us for a chat about this genuinely excellent book, find out what Laura used to call her binoculars, and hear some fair dinkum Aussie slang. ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or if you already knew what a horn was (sorry, mum)! We are @bookwhostalking on Twitter,...

Duration:01:00:25

What to Read in June - The Shepherd's Hut

6/3/2018
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Ben drops by to tell you what we're reading in June - The Shepherd's Hut by Australian Living Treasure (no seriously, he was named a Living Treasure by the National Trust in 1997, imagine that kind of pressure) Tim Winton. Set in the vast saltlands of Western Australia, The Shepherd's Hut is a story of survival, solitude, unlikely friendship, and what it takes to keep hope alive in a parched and brutal world. Read it, and then drop in for our next main episode, out at the end of June. Happy...

Duration:00:00:43

17. Manhattan Beach, Far Away In Time

5/29/2018
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Pop on your diving dress and make sure your faceplate is secure, because this month we're exploring Manhattan Beach, the 2017 novel by Pulitzer prize winning author Jennifer Egan. Join us to find out if beaches really can save lives, if it's ok to kiss cousins, and whether or not you're a crumb-bum. Come on in, the water's fine! ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or whether you know how to pronounce Saoirse Ronan. We are @bookwhostalking on Twitter, Facebook,...

Duration:01:01:30

What to Read in May - Manhattan Beach

5/5/2018
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Josie is here to let you know what to read in May - Manhattan Beach by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan. Set against the backdrop of World War Two, and in a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men, Egan shows us what drives people to act the way they do, and what drives them apart. And it also gives us a real hankering to visit the beach. So get it read, and then come back for our next main episode, out at the end of May. Happy Reading!

Duration:00:00:35

16. All Systems Re(a)d

4/29/2018
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It's all systems go for All Systems Red by Martha Wells, a short and sweet sci-fi thriller about a robot who has become self-aware, and would rather be watching soap operas than helping its human companions. The gang get get real about all things futuristic, there's some unexpectedly impressive casting from Ben, and we fondly remember a certain 90s heroine who can turn into a puddle. Join us! ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or send us a sample of your Grade 5...

Duration:00:37:02

Mini Episode - Ready Player One Large Popcorn Please

4/18/2018
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Join us, bookworms, as we step back in time (and journey to the future) to talk about the new movie adaptation of our FIRST EVER monthly read, Ready Player One. Does the film live up to the hype? Are Wade's legs really that long? Was our cast better than Spielberg's? (You know it was.)

Duration:00:30:46

What to Read in April - All Systems Red

4/6/2018
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Josie is stopping by to tell you what what we're reading this month - All Systems Red, by Martha Wells. The first book in a new series of novellas called The Murderbot Diaries, All Systems Red is a short and snappy read about a robot who's trying to figure out what "life" is all about, and who would rather be watching TV than dealing with humans (and, funnily enough, we can all relate). Get it read (we promise it won't take you long) in time for our next main episode, out at the end of...

Duration:00:00:35

15. Sing, Unburied, Sing-ing Its Praises

3/29/2018
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This month we're discussing Sing, Unburied, Sing - the award-winning and (spoilers) bloody excellent 2017 novel by Jesmyn Ward. If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favour and READ IT NOW. Then join the gang as we talk uncomfortable road trips, complex family dynamics, and our frankly brilliant idea for the next ghostbusters film (call us, Columbia Pictures). ----- Tell us what you think about the book! Or the podcast! Or your tips for hiding drugs in your car (and if you're the police,...

Duration:01:04:28

Mini Episode - Call Me By Your Movie

3/16/2018
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In February's episode about Call Me By Your Name (the book), Laura told us she was off to see Call Me By Your Name (the movie) the very next day. Never the fibber, she went, and is back to tell us what she thought. Join us as Laura (who has seen it) tells Fiona (who hasn't) how the movie compares to the book, and as Fiona tells Laura about the director's controversial plan to make some sequels.

Duration:00:12:34