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.

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Footnotes:

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Slappy the Dummy: Splat Stats

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Coming up next: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

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Readers Advisory: Episode 197 – Night of The Living Dummy

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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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Readers Advisory: Episode 196 – A Ring Of Endless Light

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading A Ring Of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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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.)

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Footnotes: Ally, Ally, Ally, or Ali Slides

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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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Readers Advisory: Episode 194 – The Witcher: The Last Wish

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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

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The Maze Runner IMDB Trivia

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

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Readers Advisory: Episode 193 – The Maze Runner

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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.

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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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