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Episode 155 – Ground Zero


The X-Files: Ground Zero by Kevin J. Anderson

Flashback Summer 2020 draws to an end with a return to the 90s, which contains within it a return to the 1940s. Our mysterious guest M joined us to read Ground Zero by Kevin J. Anderson, an X-Files tie-in novel. Come along with us on an X-File unbound by the production costs of a weekly television show, as Mulder and Scully suddenly gain the jurisdiction to investigate nuclear ghosts in glamorous locations like Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, and New Mexico. Be advised, it’s going to take awhile to download this episode over the dialup connection from your clunky government-issue laptop.

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Footnotes: “How the Owl Bar’s Green Chile Cheeseburgers Fueled the Atom Bomb Scientists” by Robyn Lee

Fanfiction 101

Candy Pairing:  Kait says Dunkaroos, M says malted milk balls, Renata says sunflower seeds.

Coming up next: The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry.

 

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Episode 154 – Redwall

Redwall by Brian Jacques

In an extremely exciting Flashback Summer, we were joined by S. Jae-Jones (aka JJ, aka the New York Times-bestselling author of Wintersong and Shadowsong) to read Redwall by Brian Jacques! Well, it was exciting to talk to JJ. The book itself was…less exciting, although it did raise some questions about how the food chain works in the world of Redwall. Listen on your next journey by horse cart–quickly, before horses get redacted!

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Footnotes: Redwall FAQ

Definitive Redwall Body Count

A Complete Redwall Feast Adapted For Your Kitchen

Overdue #307 – Redwall

XKCD #370 – Redwall

Candy Pairing:  JJ says candied chestnuts, Kait says trail mix,  Renata says #herbs.

Coming up next: The X-Files: Ground Zero by Kevin J. Anderson.

 

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Episode 153 – Freeze Tag

Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney

Maybe it would be easier to practice social distancing if you knew that someone could literally freeze you solid with a single touch? It’s a theory worth exploring, as our pandemic edition of Flashback Summer continues with Freeze Tag, a Point Horror title by the 90s queen of teen thrillers, Caroline B. Cooney. With our guest Trina (@TrinaMareena) we dug into the story of the ultimate ice queen, and made an important stop along the way to discuss the relative fanciness of Pizza Hut. Stay frosty!

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Footnotes: “Point Horror: 25 years on, let us praise a forgotten ’90s craze” by Beth Rodgers

“HBO Max to Develop Anthology Series Based on ‘Point Horror’ Books” by Joe Otterson

Don’t Point That Horror at Me podcast

The Devil’s Elbow (Point Horror recaps)

Candy Pairing:  Kait says a Popsicle, Renata says a packet of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, Trina says frozen gummy bears.

Coming up next: Redwall by Brian Jacques.

 

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Episode 152 – Mallory and the Trouble With Twins

Mallory and the Trouble With Twins by Ann M. Martin

Say hello to your friends! As Flashback Summer continues, we revisited the small, child-friendly town of Stoneybrook. We read Mallory and the Trouble With Twins by Ann M. Martin with returning guest Liz. Join us on a walk around the mall (remember malls?), where we discuss ear piercing, afterschool snacks, and the moral fortitude it takes to identify as a Mallory.

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Footnotes: Episode #53 – Baby-Sitters Club

Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Babysitters From The Baby-Sitters Club by Alison Doherty

Robin Sparkles – Let’s All Go To the Mall

Cobie Smulders – Let’s All Stay at Home

The Baby-Sitters Club Is a Welcome Surprise and Utter Delight 

Candy Pairing:  Kait says candy buttons, Liz says a Twix, Renata says a mall pretzel.

Coming up next: Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney.

 

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Episode 151 – The Black Stallion Revolts

The Black Stallion Revolts by Walter Farley

Flashback Summer is off to the races! Well, kind of. We eventually got to the races after a long slog through the wilderness. We read The Black Stallion Revolts by Walter Farley with returning guest Carrie. It’s the classic story of a horse and a horse boy. And a crime boy. Well, we’re still waiting for the fingerprint analysis to exonerate the crime boy. Listening to this episode might just cure your amnesia!

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Footnotes: Episode #75 – The Saddle Club

I Don’t Even Own a Television #156 – The Danger (Dick Francis series)

Blank Check: War Horse

When Aliens Join Your Horse Fantasy: Walter Farley’s The Island Stallion Races” by Judith Tarr

Animal House horse scene

Cat trots like a horse

Candy Pairing:  Carrie says spice drops, Kait says oats, Renata says GORP.

Coming up next: Mallory and the Trouble With Twins by Ann M. Martin.

 

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