It's the end of May, Obscurists, and it's my pick! This time Steven and I talk about malevolent shapeshifters from beyond the stars in John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?"
It's the end of April, Obscurists, so Steven and I discussed another "book," which is more precisely described as an audible original in the style of a radio drama. "The Sandman" by Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs is a comic book story, which can be light and funny like Neil Gaiman is prone to be, and also jet black nightmare fuel, like Neil Gaiman is also prone to be.
It's March Obscurists, and today's book is "Human Errors" by Nathan H. Lents a book about how the human design is frankly, overrated.
We're back, Obscurists, after another, smaller, hiatus. Sorry about that. But the important thing is we're back, and we're talking about Kal Penn's book, "You Can't Be Serious." It's a comedic look at the actor's life, written by the actor, and read by him as well if you go in for the audiobook.
As we conclude November, Steven and I are talking about "Circe" by Madeline Miller which reimagines the Greek mythological witch who lends her name to the title in a far more sympathetic light. If you're even tangentially interested in Greek myth, this is a great place to start.
Happy Halloween! Today Steven and I are talking about one of my favorite haunted house stories, "The Elementals" by Michael McDowell. It's a southern gothic horror with a strange setting, strange people, and strange "haunters."
We're into August, dear internet strangers! Steven and I have another book for you, and, ok, yeah, it's also pretty dark. So join us in our conversation about "A Crime in the Family," a book about the holocaust but primarily from the guilt-ridden perspective of its author, Sacha Batthyany's perspective. The Batthyany's weren't jews, but minor Hungarian nobles who, let's say, they could have done better during the war years.
Welcome to the end of July and the world of tomorrow! Well, no, not exactly, but we are talking about a hard sci-fi about what feels like it could be our tomorrow. Steven and I discuss the first book in "The Expanse" series, "Leviathan Wakes," by James S.A. Corey.
It's June! Over a year later, so, clearly, things haven't gone well, on the order of a global pandemic breaking out. But, Steve and I are back, and we have just the book for you to forget all your troubles of this last year and a half or so. "The Panic Virus" by Seth Mnookin!
...okay, so I lied about that last bit.