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Booked reviews Grey by EL James. Yeah. That shit happened. Due to some lame peer pressure by the likes of Nik Korpon, we got saddled with the task of wading through 560 pages of crap. At least we got to drag our special guest host Brandon Tietz through the crap with us.

For those of you not in the know, Grey is the rewritten Fifty Shades of Grey, but from the perspective of Christian, instead of Ana. Has EL James evolved as a writer? Does writing the same exact story from a different perspective have any merit? How many times will the Booked. boys say the word “unnecessary?” listen and you’ll find out.

Stick around after the review to hear us talk about a writer we do like: Brandon Tietz. We talk a bit about what he’s got brewing, some live appearances with Chuck Palahniuk, and the creepy fact that he and Livius are like the same person.

Next episode begins our Lazy Summer of Podcasting. We’re hanging up book reviews for a couple months, so expect us to bring on lots of guests and stuff in a desperate attempt to fill time. It’s gonna be rough.

Until then, check out us talking on these other fine podcasts:
CrimeWAV: Nick Mamatas reads Thy Shiny Car in the Night
This Is Horror: Episode 19 – Hannibal Season Two Recap
Books Beer and Bullshit – On Podcasting

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Booked reviews Pig Iron by David James Keaton. With David James Keaton. In what has become a tradition, David joined us this episode to talk through his latest book, a weird western about a town with no water, where the horses are hated and the guns explode in your hands. Where the spiders are imaginary and the eggs are filled with venom. Where the preachers are fake but the whiskey is real. And the whole damn town is a whiskey-soaked outlaw away from absolute combustion. David helped us navigate the book with his insights, confirming suspicions, clarifying details, and never really getting around to what the hell he means by “illusive”.

Stick around after the review to hear us talk about our next review (our sixth consecutive book review episode, maybe a new record!) – Grey by EL James. Robb has gotten a jump on the first chapter, and we’re already thinking that gray is the appropriate color for this review. Come back next week for that conversation, where Good Sex, Great Prayers author Brandon Tietz, aka Livius’ little brother, joins us to talk about spanking and stuff. Don’t miss it.

Until then, check out us talking on these other fine podcasts:
CrimeWAV: Nick Mamatas reads Thy Shiny Car in the Night
This Is Horror: Episode 19 – Hannibal Season Two Recap
Books Beer and Bullshit – On Podcasting

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Booked reviews New Yorked by Rob Hart. It’s Hart’s debut novel, and it’s a love letter to that one city on the east coast. Got a statue. What was it again? It’s a hard-boiled whodunit with some interesting twists. The book, not the review. You’ll wish it would never end. The review, not the book.

Stick around after the review to hear us talk about Livius’ incomprehensible excitement for stories inspired by GG Allin. I just don’t get it. Maybe you will.

Next up is our review of Pig Iron by David James Keaton. I never really cared for horses either, so I think I’ll dig this one.

Until then, check out us talking on these other fine podcasts:
CrimeWAV: Nick Mamatas reads Thy Shiny Car in the Night
This Is Horror: Episode 19 – Hannibal Season Two Recap
Books Beer and Bullshit – On Podcasting

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Booked reviews A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay. We’re joined by long-time friend of the podcast, and alcoholic partner in crime to Robb (he’s not an alcoholic… he’s the partner specifically for things having to do with Alcohol) Mr. Jesse Lawrence. In addition to dropping some excellently creepy words in the book, we hear that Focus is optioning the book for a film that will be produced by IRON MAN.

Paul, remember us when you’re looking down from Stark Tower. We have proof you love us:
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Stick around after the review to hear us talk about things like Hannibal, Penny Dreadful, rats, Fifty Shades of Grey, Nik Korpon, and denim. It’s an excellent episode as usual that you won’t want to miss.

Next up is our review of Rob Hart’s debut novel New Yorked. We’ve both started reading it, and so far… well you’ll have to wait and see!

Until then, check out us talking on these other fine podcasts:
CrimeWAV: Nick Mamatas reads Thy Shiny Car in the Night
This Is Horror: Episode 19 – Hannibal Season Two Recap
Books Beer and Bullshit – On Podcasting

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Booked reviews The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker. It’s the book that’s the final nail in the Pinhead story (see what I did there?) While Livius is well versed in the world of the book’s protagonist (Harry D’Amour) and antagonist (Pinhead,) Robb is new to this game, so it’s going to be an interesting chat.

Stick around after that to hear us talk about Fifty Shades of Grey, A Head Full of Ghosts, our own dreams, newsletters, and more! It’s a long but entertaining episode.

Next up is our review of A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. We had him on to help us review Warren Ellis’ Gun Machine. We reviewed his book Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye. He was in the Booked. Anthology. Now he’s back with a book that would give a guy named Willy the willies.

Until then, check out us talking on these other fine podcasts:
CrimeWAV: Nick Mamatas reads Thy Shiny Car in the Night
This Is Horror: Episode 19 – Hannibal Season Two Recap
Books Beer and Bullshit – On Podcasting