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This month on The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, present Part the First of their special eBook Extravaganza! Yes, that's right ... unable to condense the discussion of six books into less than three hours, they have wisely decided to split the podcast into two episodes. You're welcome, listeners.

After some brief introductory remarks, Kirstyn and Ian jump straight into the dissection of the first three books up on the block: Angelfall by Susan Ee (at the 3:20 mark), Anticopernicus by Adam Roberts (32.15) and The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer (1:01:20). Along the way, Kirstyn recommends this series of philosophical reviews of Anticopernicus by Rich Puchalsky for further reading, while Ian notes a discussion of difficulty in fiction by Adam Roberts, which was in turn inspired by a 2009 essay by John Lanchester. Sarah Diemer's thoughtful explanation of why she chose to self-publish her books can be found here.

Angelfall, Anticopernicus, The Dark Wife

For those who've been skipping ahead to avoid spoilers, you can tune back in around 1:30:20 for a very quick wrap-up.

Next month, in Part the Second of the eBook Extravaganza, Ian and Kirstyn will discuss the last three books as chosen by listeners:

They'd love to hear your feedback on all the eBooks they've discussed!

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  • grandspeculator

    Enjoyed your cast. Nice to see a little coverage of some ebooks. Your lovely accents made it easier on the ears as well. Thanks for offering some guidance with some of these books, particularly where online reviews may not quite be accurate.

    Oct 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm
  • Stephanie Gunn

    Heh, love my recommending without recommending! I’m glad you guys generally liked (or didn’t totally hate!) The Dark Wife. It’s a bit hard for me to be objective, since Sarah is a good friend.

    And you might also be interested in knowing that Sarah has just signed with an agent as well (and a damn good one), so it’s going to be interesting to watch her career develop more.

    Oct 25, 2012 at 10:41 am
  • mica

    Your reviews are outrageous. All the swearing about ‘Angelfall’ was unnecessary but that’s my opinion. I won’t bother listening to anymore of your podcasts

    Nov 14, 2012 at 1:55 am
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