Ep 132; Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries

Ep 132; Crime, Thrillers and Mysteries

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week in the first of two shows in one week (we are really spoiling you) Simon is joined by his old co-host Gavin (who we know you will be thrilled to hear from again) as they look at the books they are most looking forward to in the second half of 2015.

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Books For The Rest of 2015 () After catching up with quite a lot of banter Simon and Thomas turn to the main point of the podcast today which is the genre of Crime, Thrillers and Mystery. Now as neither Simon nor Thomas could get hold of an expert on crime in short notice Thomas decided to grill Simon, imagine them in a prison questioning room just to get the feel of the episode, about thrillers, crime novels and mysteries as he reads a lot of them. They discuss what makes a mystery a mystery, a crime a crime or a thriller a thriller and what the difference is betwixt the three. They look at some famous novels in the genre, some lesser known ones and some that have been pigeon holed into the genre and talk cosy, golden and more…

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Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be chatting more book based banter and shenanigans… Next week Simon will be back with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is David Whitehouse, who he discussed Mobile Library with. If you missed him last week with Emily St John Mandel then go and listen to it now as they discuss Station Eleven.

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Ep 131; Go Set A Headline & Ten Classic Books You May Not Have Read But Should

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, Thomas is in a rage about all the spoiling headlines around Go Set A Watchman, which Simon has decided he won’t be reading, and Simon and Thomas bring you ten classic books that may have passed you by.

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Catching Up () Simon and Thomas have a quick catch up about finishing unfinished books and also the fact there are two shows today. Lucky you.

Go Set A Headline () In the first part of the show proper Thomas is in a fury about the fact that the headlines recently around Go Set A Watchman’s release seem to be intent on spoiling it. Simon also announces why, after loving the first chapter, he has now decided that he won’t be reading the book at all… probably ever!

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Ten Classics That You May Have Missed () In the second part of the show (which Simon has jokingly called ‘the books you should read instead of Go Set A Watchman’ – he’s a naughty sausage isn’t he) Thomas and Simon share five books they think you should read if you have missed.

Simon’s are…

 

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Henrietta’s War by Joyce Dennys
East Lynne by Ellen Wood
Mariana by Monica Dickens
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie

Thomas’ are…

 

Birds of America by Mary McCarthy
Martin Eden by Jack London
A Meeting By The River by Christopher Isherwood
As For Me And My House by Sinclair Ross
The Magnificent Spinster by May Sarton

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter and some exciting news… Next week Simon returns with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is Emily St John Mandel.

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Ep 130; Books For The Rest of 2015

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week in the first of two shows in one week (we are really spoiling you) Simon is joined by his old co-host Gavin (who we know you will be thrilled to hear from again) as they look at the books they are most looking forward to in the second half of 2015.

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Books For The Rest of 2015 () In the now biannual episodes Simon and Gavin once again talk you through the thirteen books they are each looking forward to over the next six months. Reminder – there may be some cheating and also some books may change release dates or already be out in your country or not out there until next year…

July

Gavin – Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories by China Mieville

Simon – Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Gavin – The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Simon – Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill

Gavin – The Annihilation Score by Charlie Stross

Simon – The Dog by Jack Livings

Gavin – Sisters of The Revolution: A Femimist Speculative Fiction Anthology edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer

August

Simon – Barbara The Slut and Other People by Laura Holmes

Gavin – The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

Simon – Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld & Joe Sumner

Gavin – The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Simon – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Gavin – The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

September

Simon – Rawblood by Catriona Ward

Simon – A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup

Gavin – Consumed by David Cronenberg

Simon – Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas

Simon – They All Love Jack by Bruce Robinson

Gavin – Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

October

Simon – Gold Flame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Gavin – Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser

Gavin – The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Gavin – Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink & JeffreyCranor

November

Simon – The Visitors Book by Sophie Hannah

Gavin and Simon – A Wild Swan: And Other Tales Michael Cunningham (Author), Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator)

December

Gavin – The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back LATER TODAY with more book based banter discussing mysteries and thrillers… Next week Simon will be back with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is Emily St John Mandel.

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Ep 129; The Readers Roadtrip, Booktopia & Thomas Takes A Trip With Someone Else

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Simon is sick so he only manages half an episode, yet it is a corker as Thomas and Simon make a big exciting announcement and then Thomas and his lovely friend Frances take a trip to a ‘free’ bookshop.

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Catching Up () Simon is sick so it is quite a brief catch up where they discuss how they are getting on with their Books on the Nightstand Bingo cards, the final eight Fiction Uncovered winners, Simon being on the radio (some catch up episodes here) and then he explains why he needs to get better for quite an amazing reading retreat next week in The Shard.

The Readers Roadtrip () So the big news that Simon and Thomas can finally share is that this September they are going to be together again (woohoo) and doing a road trip (double woohoo) to Booktopia Petoksey (triple woohoo) they discuss where they are heading to and what you would like them to do while they are on it, and what you would like them to record.

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Thomas and Frances Go Free Bookshopping () In the second part of the show Thomas goes on a road trip of sorts with Frances of Nonsuch Book to a free bookshop. They discuss their hopes before they get there and then catch up about how they get in. They talk all sorts of bookish loveliness.

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Ep 128; A Bookish Grab Bag of an Episode

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon have so much to talk about that it is a bit of a grab bag of an episode as they discuss all sorts of bookish bits and bobs, from female authors to reading slumps, Books on the Nightstand Bingo to what they are reading right now…

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Catching Up () Whilst this is in essence a catch up show full stop Simon and Thomas discuss what they have been upto, including the fact Simon will be on Resonance FM this Sunday on the proper radio and everything, as well as Thomas and jury duty. Random catch up indeed. They also discuss all the shenanigans that have been going on with the agenda of female authors in the last week since Ali Smith won the Bailey’s Prize with How to be both which they also discuss… Blimey.

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Books on the Nightstand Bingo () The first chunkier topic of the show this week is where Simon and Thomas decide to take part in their favourite book podcast Books on the Nightstand (if you don’t listen to it you must) second BOTNS Bingo, this is where you can choose a card at random (if you press on the link on this page) and be given a variety of catagories to fit your summer reading in. Listen to Simon and Thomas discovering what reads await them and who is going to try and get a full house.

 

 

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Reading Slumps () Since Simon has finished reading for Fiction Uncovered he has gone into a slight reading slump, even though he is reading two brilliant books that are very him, so Thomas gives him some advice and support and they talk it out. Have you any recommendations for how Simon can beat the slump?

Next time on the Readers () Thomas and Simon will be back in two weeks with more book based banter and some exciting news… Next week Simon returns with You Wrote The Book where his special guest is Kate Grenville.

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Ep 127; Short Stories & Are Too Many Books Published Every Year?

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon talk about short stories and whether too many books get published every year. Oh and Simon just drops into the conversation that he has read a book featuring boats AND talking horses that he loved…

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Short Stories () Simon has not always been the biggest fan of short stories, apart from those featuring Mr Sherlock Holmes, however it seems he has now got the bug and so wanted to talk to Thomas about them. They talk about collections of stories they have loved, collections they have meant to read and how some short stories can be as powerful as a 500 page novel.

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Too Many Books Being Published? () Since Simon has both read for Fiction Uncovered and also since he found out how many books were published in both the UK and US in 2012 and 2013 (the number has gone up) he has been feeling that too many books get published every year. Thomas thinks the opposite, they discuss, possibly have tantrums and try and find out who is right? Whose side are you on?

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Ep 126; The Nature of Genres

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon catch up on genres, and discuss the nature of them and how they might be talking about them much more over the second half of the year…

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Catching Up () This week Thomas and Simon have lots and lots to catch up on. They talk about Thomas going and researching his family and his new anglophile obsession, Simon’s surname, reading the Bailey’s shortlist and Simon hosting an Ali Smith book group online, the Fiction Uncovered Longlist (which you can see here), a transatlantic book swapping club, the price of books in Australia and culling/spring cleaning. Oh and banoffee pie.

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Genres () The main topic of the show this week is the nature or benefit of genres and if we need them. Partly this was inspired by Kate of Adventures with Words talking about Station Eleven which Simon would have read sooner if everyone hadn’t said how it was so sci-fi which put him off AND the fact that Thomas has been thinking we should do some genre based sections on the show over the coming months. So they discuss the genres they like and the ones they don’t plus the ones that they should dabble with more. They also talk about the pro’s and the con’s of books being put into genre’s and why the industry is obsessed with more and more genre’s month by month.

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Ep 125; Re-Reading and the Return of Reading Horizons

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon, the original one, have a colourful catch up and then discuss re-reading and their reading horizons; what they have read, are reading and want to read next…

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Catching Up () This week Thomas and Simon have lots and lots to catch up on. They discuss Thomas moving blogs to Hogglestock.com, Simon teases us all with Fiction Uncovered and tells us about a book tour he has been on before thinking of how he can start a ‘send Simon to Booktopia’ in September. They also both discuss the latest craze for colouring books.

Re-Reading () As Simon is about to start re-reading the Fiction Uncovered longlist, yet to be announced,  he thought he would bring up the topic of re-reading and why they do it if they do it. Simon and Thomas discuss the pros and the cons of re-reading, such as when it makes books you love less loveable and when it makes a book even better or even makes you love a book that you thought you didn’t.

Reading Horizons () What have Thomas and Simon been reading, what are they reading and what do they want to read next…

 

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Thomas has read: A Friend from England by Anita Brookner

He is reading: The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnesHe wants to read: Imperfect Harmony, Finding Happiness Singing With Others by Stacy Horn

Simon has read: A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
He is currently reading: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
He wants to read: The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall

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Ep 124; Book Based Holidays & How Many Chances We Give an Author

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Thomas and Simon, but not the one you might be used to discuss what makes their ideal book based holidays and also how many chances you should give an author…

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Catching Up () Thomas is joined live from his library by a special guest in the form of ‘the other blogging Simon’, Simon Thomas of Stuck in a Book, while the other Simon is locked away somewhere reading as many books as he can for Fiction Uncovered. He and Simon talk a bit about how they met and some other chinwag subjects, whilst missing the other Simon terribly.

Book Based Holidays () As Simon T is on holiday in Washington DC whilst he records, Thomas thought that it would be a good idea to discuss what makes the perfect bookish vacation. Is it the place with the best bookshops? Is it the place with the best literary links? Or is it somewhere remote where you can simply escape and read, read, read? Thomas and Simon T discuss.

 

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How Many Chances Does An Author Get () As a special guest on the show Thomas said Simon T could bring forward any subject he liked, and Simon wanted to talk about the chances we give authors. Is it fair to write an author off after book one? Should there be a three strike rule as Simon practices. Which books have put these two avid readers off authors and why?

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Ep 123; Reading Assumptions & The Book Tingle (#BookTingle)

Welcome to the latest episode of The Readers, this week Simon and Thomas discuss the assumptions that they make about books and authors for no good reason and also that elusive beast, the Book Tingle…

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Catching Up () Simon has been reading like a demon for Fiction Uncovered, which he has found rather eye opening in terms of his own habits of how he instantly judges a book which he hadn’t noticed before. Thomas talks about why he has been turning to music, and getting down with the funky beats, instead of audio books.

Reading Assumptions () As Simon mentions in his catch up with Thomas, he has become more aware of the assumptions that he makes about books he wasn’t aware he did. David, one of our lovely listeners, wanted to know about books and authors we make assumptions about be it; because of an encounter we have had with the author before, being compared to another book, we’ve heard the author is a wally, or we have just assumed a book/author isn’t for us! Simon and Thomas have a chat about some of the books and authors they have made assumptions about.

 

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The Book Tingle () You may think Simon is as crazy as Thomas does by the end of this segment as he wants to talk about The Book Tingle. This is what Simon wants in a prize winning book and what he is out to find. It is that unexplainable feeling you get when you are reading a book and everything s aligned and going perfectly. So much so you almost feel like the book was actually written for you. He and Thomas discuss it and would love you to tell them about the books that have given you the book tingle, you can tweet the books with #BookTingle let it trend everyone!

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