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A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate! Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.

Sep 20, 2016

This episode we take on books about Spies and Espionage, which meant extra painful reading for Anna. We tackle topics like how to pronounce John Le Carré’s name, if the Cold War is necessary for the spy-espionage genre, how to use Novelist to read diversely, whether we need a “Badass Women” subject heading, if spy novels are fundamentally boring, what to do when authors don’t write their own books, and if it ever hurts to call officers “dude”.

Your Hosts This Episode

Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

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Questions
Has anyone read any Corporate Espionage books? What's the appeal? What are your recommendations? How about books about hackers and/or social engineering? Is the stereotype of spy/espionage novels as male power fantasies unavoidable? Did we miss something on why spy/espionage novels appeal to readers?

“John le Carre” sample from the audiobook version of Call for the Dead, narrated by Michael Jayston.

The intermission music was Intermission by Unthunk from the Free Music Archive.

And a super extra-big thank you to Amanda Wanner, who has moved continents and will no longer be appearing regularly on the podcast. We'll miss you!

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Join us again on Tuesday, October 4th, when we discuss Historical Fantasy!