130 — Coma

A book that will leave you sleepy, but a podcast episode that will leave you … in stitches, it’s Robin Cook’s quasi-classic Coma, a medical thriller more frightening than anything except a hospital bill. A thick slice of 70s anxiety, where women in the workplace crash up against the commodification of, uh, organ “donations” and […]

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129 — Witch & Wizard (w/ Renata & Kait from Worst Bestsellers)

It’s the greatest crossover of all time—again!!—as the delightful Kait & Renata from Worst Bestsellers repay our James Patterson guest spot with one of their own, joining us for James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet’s Witch & Wizard. Yes, it’s dude magic and lady magic together again for the very first time, in a Frankensteined-up teen-centered […]

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128 — Pirate Latitudes

Is that a parrot on your shoulder or are you just glad to see … Pirate Latitudes, a supposed novel supposedly found in Michael Crichton’s files, complete and entire, after his death? Slow-moving nautical action, a slow-motion rock-climbing heist with a basically super-powered team of what are over and over again described as not pirates, […]

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127 — The Way to Dusty Death

Helmet, jumpsuit, maybe a catheter: these are the things we needed to hop behind the wheel of Alistair MacLean’s The Way to Dusty Death, and it’s at the very least possible that they are the things you’ll need to have in place before you pop your clutch and try to slip behind the fastest cats […]

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125 — When Thief Meets Thief

What is the sound of a skull batting again and again at the hardest wall any coconut failed to crack? Why, it’s the sound of your pals reading Harry Stephen Keeler’s When Thief Meets Thief! This legendary underground author works through his obsessions (skulls, coincidences) and takes us through a long tour of his racial […]

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123 — Slow Bullets

In the far-flung future, faster-than-light “skipships” carry soldiers in “hibo capsules” and our hero “Scur” needs to save what human knowledge she can in everybody’s titular … Slow Bullets, and even if you’re not already overloaded on made-up words and silly names, you’d be forgiven for muttering “hooo booooy” when you get to the part […]

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122 — Pet Sematary

For this holiday season, we’ve got a gift for you! It’s a box with a cat in it—but you will never know if kitty lives and breathes or not, because this time around, we’re schlepping up the hills and through the pages to get to Stephen King’s mammoth Pet Sematary. Semi-appealingly dickish young doctor Louis […]

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