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Episode #200 – 200th Episode Dazzling Spectacular

D&D Players Handbook


It’s our 200th episode! Which means we have read approximately 200 books, and therefore we deserve a break. Walt, the professional DM from First Time at the Table (and husband to past podcast guest Annie Cardi), led a delightful Dungeons & Dragons adventure set in the magical world of Duartensia. Kait played as The Rock, Renata played as Wolverine, and past guest Danielle (of Hello World Tarot) played as Angela Weber. Listen now to find out if these chaotic adventurers can restore good literature to the land!

Footnotes: First Time At The Table (use promo code WORSTBEST for 10% off!)

Hello World Tarot (use promo code WORSTBEST for 10% off!)

Wolverine’s Character Sheet

Episode #104 – 4th Anniversary Twilight Spectacular

Coming up next: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.


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Episode 199 – The Door Into Fire

The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane

When we asked Chris Collision (cohost of I Don’t Even Own A Television) for his Flashback Summer choice of childhood favorite book, he surprised us with a title we’d never heard of before. And then Diane Duane surprised us with The Door Into Fire, a delightfully queer fantasy novel that was so great, we couldn’t believe we hadn’t heard of it before! Listen to this episode while riding your hot fire horse through the Waste.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Diane Duane’s Door Into Starlight Status Update

The Door Into Fire ebook

Coming up next: 200th Episode Dazzling Spectacular!

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Episode 198 – The Westing Game

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin


Happy Fourth of July! Buy Westing Paper Products! Flashback Summer continues with a book that’s such a stone-cold classic, we strongly advise that you not listen to this episode if you haven’t read The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Our guest, J.W. Friedman from the I Don’t Even Own a Television podcast, joined us to discuss this iconic mystery that won the 1979 Newbery Medal. Listen to this episode in between checking stock prices on your transistor radio. (But, again, only after you’ve read the book! Please!)

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “8 Uses for an Asparagus Steamer” by Lindsay-Jean Hard.

Coming up next: The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane.

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Episode 197 – Night of The Living Dummy

Night Of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine


The day has arrived: Renata read her very first Goosebump novel. Courtney Summers, Best Bestselling author of books like The Project and the upcoming I’m The Girl, joined us to discuss Night of the Living Dummy by R. L. Stine. Please rate this episode 10/10 Splats in the Apple Podcasts store.

Readers advisoryHere.


Fright Gallery: Slappy the Dummy

Slappy the Dummy: Splat Stats

Episode #54 – R. L. Stine

Episode #152 – Mallory and the Trouble With Twins

Episode #177 – Baby-Sitters Beware

Slappy the Dummy on Goosebumps Fan Wiki

‘A small corner of the internet is obsessed with ‘Long Furbies’ and the creations are both disturbing and hilarious” by Julie Gerstein

Pangur & Grim

Coming up next: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

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Episode 196 – A Ring Of Endless Light

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

As the earth makes another journey around the sun (allegedly), we return to Flashback Summer. Writer Annie Cardi (@AnnieCardi) returned to the show to discuss A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle, a formative read for many 90s children who aspired to be psychic marine biologists. Listen on your way to the beach, and make sure to share it with any dolphins who might want to listen in!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “The World” by Henry Vaughn

Depresh Mode #61 – Maggie Smith

“Good Bones” by Maggie Smith

“Try to Praise the Mutilated World” by Adam Zagajewski

Mariah Carey Can Speak Dolphin

Coming up next: Goosebumps #7: Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine.

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Episode 195 – Get Out Of Your Own Way

Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis


Sure, we at Worst Bestsellers have read several self-help books over the years, but you may be asking: what about the men? Oh, you weren’t asking? Well, Dave Hollis (ex-husband of Rachel) is concerned, and he wrote Get Out Of Your Own Way to help men understand that they have problems too. And we made that Margaret Willison‘s problem, as she returned to discuss this book with us. Turn your volume up to bless up!

Our friends at Porter Square Books hosted us for this virtual live show! If you watched it on Crowdcast: thank you so much for joining us! This is just the audio from that event for those of you who prefer not to see our faces. (The video is still archived and you can watch it here if you’d like. You can also watch the archived video of our previous virtual live show at PSB discussing Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis here.)

Readers advisoryHere (via Porter Square Books).

Footnotes: Ally, Ally, Ally, or Ali Slides

Episode 170 – Didn’t See That Coming

Episode 144 – Girl, Wash Your Face

Appointment Television

Coming up next: A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle.

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Episode 194 – The Witcher: The Last Wish

The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

We asked a djinn to bring us a book that could be adapted into a video game, a Netflix series, and a podcast episode, and we got The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. We were joined by Arielle to discuss this book that, to our great surprise, was actually pretty good–and best of all, didn’t even have a fantasy map in it. Hire a bard to perform this episode for you in your local tavern!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “What Was Geralt’s Last Wish in The Witcher?” by Sadie Gennis.

Coming up next: Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis.

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Episode 193 – The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Every once in awhile it’s nice to read something that’s so bad it truly reminds us why we do what we do. We were joined by Rachel Andelman (of Union Comedy, Improv Boston, 2MB Studios, and Smiling Women Comix) to discuss The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Listen to this episode on your next long, pointless run!

Content warning: It turns out that James Dashner was dropped by his agent and publisher following accusations of sexual harassment in 2018 and we didn’t find that out until we checked his wiki page at the very end of recording, so sorry for not mentioning that earlier in the episode!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: “Dylan O’Brien Is Ready to Talk About That Accident” by Kyle Buchanan

I Don’t Even Own a Television #119 – The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner IMDB Trivia

Coming up next: The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

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Episode 192 – Catwoman: Soulstealer

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

What’s new, pussycat? We were joined by Meredith Goldstein, the Boston Globe’s Love Letters columnist and podcaster (and author of Things That Grow), to discuss Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas. It’s a book about DC’s horniest character written by one of the horniest YA authors of our time, so why was this book so focused on serious medical conditions? Listen to this episode while you prepare for your next gala.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “Ranking 10 Batman actors from best to worst” by Meredith Goldstein

Coming up next: The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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Virtual Live Show Announcement 2022

Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis

Announcement: On Thursday, April 14th at 8PM Eastern, we’ll be doing a virtual live show presented by Porter Square Books! Our very special guest Margaret H. Willison will join us to discuss Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis (aka the man whose divorce was washed by Rachel Hollis). The event is free and will be recorded and archived if you can’t make it on the 14th.

Register here!

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