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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!

Readers advisoryHere.

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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Episode 150 – Flashback Summer Super-Special

It’s our 150th episode, and to kick off our 4th Flashback Summer, we asked to hear from you, our listeners. We loved hearing about everyone’s childhood favorite books and sharing a little bit about ours.

Thanks: to Andrew and Craig of Overdue, Alan, Red, JJ (aka S. Jae-Jones, author of Wintersong and other books), Ashley R., Liz J., Genevieve, Devin, Kathryn and Melissa of Truer Words, Madelyn, Lucy, Nora, Imogen, Joyce, Hallie, Sarah Mirk (author of Guantanamo Voices and other books), April, Megan, Ashley K., Meredith Goldstein (Love Letters columnist and author of Chemistry Lessons and other books), Danielle, Meagan, Liz H., Courtney Summers (author of Sadie and other books), Celia, Emma, Rebecca Mahoney (author of The Valley and the Flood), Jess, Josie, Payge, Laura, Ben, Kellie, and Collision & J.W. of I Don’t Even Own a Television for their contributions, and extra thanks to our editor Becca for putting all of these clips together! And thanks to all of you for listening!

Congratulations: to our Flashback Summer raffle winners: Emma, Josie, Joyce, and Madelynn!

Notes: This episode was recorded and assembled weeks ago and contains no references to current events. But we would like to take a moment here to affirm that Black Lives Matter.

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Episode 149 – A Werewolf in Riverdale

A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig

Bad news: A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig is not a tie-in to the CW show Riverdale, but rather to the town of Riverdale from the Archie comics. Well–from the Archie Horror comics. Good news: we once again teamed up with J. and Collision from I Don’t Even Own a Television to tackle the big questions raised by this novel, most importantly: did you know that Jughead’s little hat is called a “whoopee cap,” and when Jughead transforms into a werewolf, does he still wear his whoopee cap?

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Footnotes: “The Weird History of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa” by Avery Kaplan

“A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question” by Alexandra Alter

I Don’t Even Own a Television #146 – The Day Before (Riverdale prequel novel)

I Don’t Even Own a Television #157 – Resident Evil II: Caliban Cove (featuring Kait & Renata)

Candy Pairing:  Collision says a Hershey bar when he expected a Mr. Goodbar, Jay says Laffy Taffy, Kait says cold French fries, Renata says a hamburger when she ordered a milkshake.

Coming up next: Flashback Summer Super-Special Edition!

 

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Episode 148 – Planet X

Planet X by Michael Jan Friedman

We like X-Men. Our guest Anna (@lcarslibrarian) likes Star Trek. So we thought it would be fun to read the Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men crossover novel Planet X by Michael Jan Friedman. But it turns out that this exhausting crossover novel spends most of its time focused on a new character who isn’t particularly connected to either franchise. Set your phasers for “none” and don’t read this book!

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Footnotes: Episode 49 – X-Men: X-Cutioner’s Song

Episode 50 – X-Men 3: The Last Stand

Tsunkatse (Star Trek Voyager episode feat Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)

Candy Pairing:  Anna says earl grey macarons, Kait says X-Men ice cream, Renata says mixed Jelly Bellies.

Coming up next: A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig.

 

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Episode 147 – The Fast and the Furriest

The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan

When the going gets tough, the tough get to reading cozy cat mysteries. We read The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan, the story of a small coastal town plagued with murder and antiquers. Our opinions were split–Renata liked the cat but not the murder, Kait liked the murder but not the cat, and Duarte just hopes that feline detectives are paid a fair wage. Listen to this episode at a safe social distance from any murderers and/or antiquers!

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Footnotes: Flashback Summer Featuring…You?

“Crime-Solving Cats And Cozy Mysteries Are A Publishing Juggernaut” by Hillary Kelly

Candy Pairing:  Kait says a cup of tea, Renata says Annie’s fruit snacks.

Coming up next: Planet X by Michael Jan Friedman.

 

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Episode 146 – American Royals

American Royals by Katharine McGee

Katharine McGee’s novel American Royals dares to ask: what if the United States had a royal family? And what if the modern-day American royal children were a little bit horny? The Bellwether Friends, Anna and Alene, joined us to discuss this book’s baffling structure, insufficient world-building, and potential Wawa sponsorship.

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Footnotes: Bellwether Friends #113 – ABBAsode

Royal Romance: 13 Stories Of Everyday People Who Fall In Love With Royalty by Ann Foster

Red Fox James on Wikipedia

Candy Pairing:  Alene says Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (from Wawa), Anna says a Disney Princess Candy Fan, Kait says old timey penny candy, Renata says a caramel apple.

Coming up next: The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan.

 

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Episode 145 – Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

We’ve been reading too much frivolous lady fiction around here, so we had to make time to read a Serious Book by an Important White Man. Our guest Amy used her human skills of persuasion to get us to read Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan, Finally, someone has dared to ask the questions: what if robots could have emotions and also working penises and also what if the UK had lost the Falklands War?

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Footnotes: Archana and Chandni” by Iona Datt Sharma

“Ian McEwan: ‘Who’s Going to Write the Algorithm for the Little White Lie?'” by Tim Adams

“In McEwan’s Latest, The ‘Machine’ Is Too Much Like You” by Heller McCalpin

Candy Pairing:  Amy says Fry’s Turkish Delight, Kait says a potato battery, Renata says Mystery Airheads.

Coming up next: American Royals by Katharine McGee.

 

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