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Wotcher' Been Readin? January, 2022

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Preview episdoe for our Patreon bonus show Wotcher' Been Reading? where Alice and I discuss the non-Discworld things we've been reading recently.

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Hey, Elics, what's you've been reading? Adam bovary? My Dude, it's Flabert, Flabert, Gustave Flabert. It's French. It's like when realism kicks in and it's all about real life. And this lady marries this doctor who's pretty boring but doing very well for himself, and is bored because women have no role to play in life other than making children, and so she makes a series of increasingly bad decisions and just kind of ruins her own life and it's incredibly depressing and awful because you're watching a train burn and everyone inside of it scream for about two hundred pages. So don't read it. So why? Why do I know? Madame bovary? What's it's a very good book. It's very well written. There's a very beautiful passages. The characterization is amazing, like the train wreck as it burns. Is a very interesting train wreck. But you know it because Flibert and Baudelaire are like the turning point from Romanticism into kind of realism in the late nineteen century, and then...

...we get kind of the more modern novel that we have today, like Flabert is. I mean it's not the first novel, but it's in many ways like the first rain modern novel because it's just focusing in our family and their life and how fucked up it is. So it's all Flabe as fault. Maybe. Hey, else what else you've been reading? The for the House of Byron, which might come in handy today. Emily brand, who is the head of the Byron Association, International Association of Byron Studies. She's pretty cool. Um. She wrote a book that came out in two thousand and twenty and it's just like about the Byron Family Tree and each individual member and it's told as a story, but everything and it is true and real. But it's annoying me because there's no footnotes. She's like everything is real and I'm like, HMM, so I meant to just trust you, but apparently she hasn't quoted anything. That isn't like out of something, but I can't double check that kind of yeah, I know that's the one of the main Vegetarian Books, the Collin Spencer's history of vegetarian which is like Legetarianism, which...

...is the go to vegetarian history book, as I think it has references, but it doesn't have like page numbers or additions. It's just like it's in this book. Like yeah, but where they're? Tell me specifically. Yeah, so pop academia like that is very annoying. Yeah, but interesting and fun. That's it. You haven't got anything else. I read what was that book? You gave me the book of the Nus on the first you pass the book and use on and I haven't read the rest of it yet because the second part of it was weird as balls. Man, you finished. You finish the like the whole. I finished it, but the last, like the second half was a drag. The first part was great and then I read getting in the ninth, which is a weird vampire. Is that the necromancer? Lesbian Hunger Games in space? I is the book between like potential versus execution. Is is pretty yes, just for out and our ask what you thought about. But I was like lesbians in space, Lesbian necromances in space, let's go. And then I was like, Oh, it's the hunger games. It was okay because I was doing the thing where...

I was tearing it apart the whole time. Right, sorry, I mean it was a fun read on the car ride home for Christmas, but that's it. That's all. I would recommend field. Like a quarter of the way in, I just the the it's the Olympic Games of MAGIC TROPE I can't deal with. As soon as I hit one of them, now I'm like Nope, now I'm with you doing that. I can't read. I won't be reading the second one. What have you been reading? Speaking of terrible books, that the hugoes happened over in December, because I get to lay because it courvid and a book called this. The series is the murder Bott series. So you chew over what you wow, how you think this is going to go down? It's a cold network effect. It's like the fourth in the series about like an assassin android, but he's like a quirky, snarky assass like what if deadpool was ig eighty eight from star wars, all the other way around? What if ID eighty eight, the assassin robot, was like a deadpool fourth wall quipper? It's insufferable. Okay, so I've been trying to force myself through the audiobook of that like three minutes at...

...a time and I keep rage quitting. Oh, actually, because I'm still on the big vampire kick. So I've just been chouting through a bunch of vampire stuff. But the last one I actually wrote as I read the first model instruments book. Oh Yeah, how's that? It was. I was like, Oh, I see why else into this? Yeah, it starts with a fucking paradise lost car. Yeah, baby, I mean I didn't even know what paradise also was back then. But they go very shadowing. Yeah, there's there's a bunch of stuff in there. And actually there was in there was the whatever, the the Latin model of the NYPD is, which we mentioned as a being a vampire thing in the last episode. So, yeah, no connection there, just a weird coincidence that I brought something up and then I was mentioned this book. That one was all right, memory of my sixteen year old brain. The second one was good and it's sort of got better from there. I didn't like the first one, right, yeah, I wasn't like I thought it was okay, like it was decent, but I'm like, or do? I don't know if I got another five of these in me or how. I was a lot. Yeah,...

...and then there's a spinoff series just for Magnus and another one that's like the old shadow hunters from the Victorian era, which is more funing. I'm going that far, but don't do that. Yeah, no, no, if you're can they get better? I might investigate. I do the first three and then kind of move on that, for because they go to the shadow hunter land place thing, I don't remember what it's called. When I'm reading up for the Vampires, to the vampires become a thing. Because, yes, yeah, they become a thing. All right, so I should persevere. As what you're talking well, someone important becomes one. So now I didn't hate it, so this isn't. I was just like, Oh, I do I or do I invest my energy alswhere? But I think you've convinced me to okay, to keep going down that path. What else had I read? That's all I read. I'm the only good idiansto this one one, the on the vampire thing, the Bram Stoker Award for like best horror novel, and I think it won the fantasy award, and things by a native American author named Stephen Graham Jones ended up being all about vegetarianism, which I wasn't aware of, because it's about a guy who's like dealing...

...with his like a native American dude who goes on this hunting ritual thing, ritual hunt, and is shoots a dough who is pregnant and is like haunted by the ghost of the dough or dying baby, which sounds awesome and is for the first half of the book, when that's what the books about. And then halfway through that guy dies and it becomes about basketball. No comment. Yeah, all right, it's just like okay, like there is the second half is like the ghost comes back and kills all the other people that are on the hump, but it's also just it ends it with a dramatic like his daughters playing basketball against the ghost and like I guess it's a metaphor or some shit, but I just I like the first half. So that was a bit of a disappointments. A lot they're going on with the vegetarian stuff. Other than that, just a ton of vampire books, which I'm probably going to do a special bonus episode where I go through and talk about them all because that might be fun for me. So I think, yeah, that's what I've been reading. Cool the way. All Oh, and that's what we've been readeating.

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