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Booked. brings you an Interlude episode! What’s that? We didn’t read and aren’t reviewing a book for you this time around. Instead, we have a list of topics that we’re going to inundate you with instead.

What kinds of topics? Hosting the upcoming reading at City Lit Books in Chicago. Dzanc bringing us new William Gay books. Cheap knock offs of Fifty Shades of Grey – with werewolves! Caleb J Ross. Last Projectors, and a ton more stuff. I’ll be honest, it got really goofy, and we probably offended lots of people.

Check it out, and be sure to check out what we’re up to over at CrimeWAV and This is Horror. And check back with us next week for our review of the much anticipated The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs!

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Booked. reviews The Rain King by Kevin Lynn Helmick. Kevin has been a friend of the podcast for a couple years, he read at our first Noir at the Bar, and we published his story in our anthology. But this is the first review we’ve done of one of his books. Crazy, huh?

After the review, we brought Kevin on to defend himself. We talked a lot about The Rain King, but then got on to some other stuff like the Amazon vs. Hachette mess, and other stuff. All in all it was a great interview, and we’re happy we could finally get down some of Kevin talking about his writing.

Next episode is an Interlude. You got six book reviews in a row, so we’re chilling out for a week. Or we’re just going to greedily read a book that YOU don’t have yet. Because we’re assholes like that. Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Nik Korpon reads his story from the Booked. Anthology. Also, listen to our appearance on the latest This Is Horror Podcast episode, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.

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Booked. reviews Robogenesis by Daniel H Wilson. But before we get into the review, you’re assaulted by a commercial for Piechos (patent pending), and a surprise opening by book podcasters Frank and Jeff from Books Beer and Bullshit, pretending to have taken over because we hit the big time with Piechos.

After the review, we get some Robit education with Word’s Eye View, Livius defends defending bigots, and we talk about the Dame Helen Mirren, Mel Gibson, and Genesis. You know, like any review of a book about robots. But that’s not all, because we also go on about some upcoming movies adapted from books that we know, and in some cases love.

Next episode we’re going to be talking about the new western book that just dropped by Kevin Lynn Helmick, a piece called The Rain King. Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Nik Korpon reads his story from the Booked. Anthology. Also, listen to our appearance on the latest This Is Horror Podcast episode, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.

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Booked. reviews Burnt Tongues, an anthology more long-awaited than the new Star Wars movies and edited by a triumvirate of talent: Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer. To give an idea of the scale of time: these stories were workshopped on Palahniuk’s website The Cult, from which many of the friends of our podcast then migrated to The Velvet, which has since gone defunct. So we’re talking years and years between the workshop and seeing print. Was it worth the wait? Listen and see.

After the review, we talk about the recently revealed cover for David James Keaton’s upcoming novel The Last Projector, and lament the huge stretch of time that exists between now and the release. We also chat a bit about the new trailer that’s surfaced in relation to the Fifty Shades movie. We may also talk about a robotic Phil Collins, a movie called Fifty Shades of Spader, and our newest business venture.

The Last Projector

Next episode we’re giving Daniel H Wilson his third and final shot with us, by digging in to the follow-up to Robopocalypse, called Robogenesis. Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Nik Korpon reads his story from the Booked. Anthology. Also, listen to our appearance on the latest This Is Horror Podcast episode, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.

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Booked. reviews The City, by alleged racist, and confirmed #1 New York Times best selling author Dean Koontz. It’s Robb’s first Koontz book, and Liv has read a few, so our expectations were a bit different. Also, not only did we read the book, we also checked out the prequel short story that Koontz put out, titled The Neighbor. If that’s not total coverage, I don’t know what is.

After the review, we talk about some famous authors that are also bigots. We wanted to ease the pressure on Dean Koontz and remind him that there are many other, often better writers who were also incredible racists.

Next episode we will be talking about the new anthology Burnt Tongues, which contains stories by some of our friends and has that Fight Club guy’s name on it. Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Nik Korpon reads his story from the Booked. Anthology. Also, listen to our appearance on the latest This Is Horror Podcast episode, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.