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Book Club for Masochists

Becoming better library staff by reading books we hate! Every month we randomly select a genre and each choose a book (or two) to read and share.
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Aug 16, 2016

Our genre this month (Religious Fiction) demands we take a look at what makes a book count as "religious fiction" (instead of just fiction about religion). Plus in our one hour and 48 minute episode, Meghan reads too many books (as usual), Amanda explains Sex Magicks, Matthew makes terrible jokes, and Anna fails to finish anything. BIG spoiler for the graphic novel Therefore, Repent! by Jim Munroe and Salgood Sam.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Recommended:

Read:

Did Not Finish:

Other Titles We Mentioned

Links:

Questions

  • Do Amish write Amish Romance novels?
  • Is Wiccansploitation a thing?
  • Doesn’t Matthew make just the worst jokes ever!?! (Okay, the Belieber one was pretty good.)
  • What makes a book “religious” fiction?
  • What is your favourite Satanist book?

The On-Call Waltz, a zine by Anna and Meghan, can be obtained by tweeting at us or emailing ferritalelibrarian@gmail.com.

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Religious Fiction people in the club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

Join us again on Tuesday, September 6th, when we discuss Zines!

Aug 2, 2016

In this episode we discuss Space Opera and all the endless tangents. This is a LONG conversation (we almost split it in two, but we’re trying to catch up episodes to our current reading topic). We talk about losing our solid footing on genre definitions, defining the term “worldbuilding”, when re-reading books from your youth goes horribly wrong, wondering just what is up with those TV and movie tie-ins, misogyny infecting Sci-Fi classics (Oh, hello there Sad Puppies), the delight of scientists reading Sci-Fi, and so much more.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Space Opera We Read (or kinda):

Recommended

Read

Did Not Finish

Other titles and media mentioned

Links etc.

Questions

  • What (the heck) is space opera? (We thought we knew! We were so naive.)
  • What is Worldbuilding?
    • Any suggestions of your favourite instances of worldbuilding?
  • Is bug punk real?
  • Who else wants a “Ten Rules to Break When Dating a Space Pirate” from Sarah MacLean?
  • Are Star Trek tie-in novels Space Opera?
  • What’s the relationship between Space Opera/space-based Sci-Fi and the history of Colonialism?

Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Space Opera people in our club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

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