What a difference a month makes! Since the last episode, your host Ian Mond and his lovely wife, Jules, have brought a little baby girl into the world. Welcome, Sophie Zara! As revealed at the beginning of this episode, Ian seems in be in two minds as to whether or not that news is in fact overshadowed by The Writer and the Critic winning their second Ditmar Award at Conflux in April! Ian sang a made-up song. Kirstyn McDermott pulled producer-rank and refused to include it in the podcast. Pander to the Mond, she does not. But here's a picture of the shiny (the award, not the daughter):
The books up for discussion this month are Feed by M.T. Anderson (beginning around 11:40), as recommended by Kirstyn, and Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce (48:30) which Ian chose. Reviews of the Joyce novel by Charlie Jane Anderson at io9 and Ben Godby at Strange Horizons are both mentioned. The usual spoilers abound -- including analysis of the endings -- so listener be very much aware.
If you have skipped ahead, please come back around the 1:25:45 mark for some final remarks and announcements.
Next month, The Writer and the Critic will again be recording in front of a live audience as part of Continuum 9, Melbourne's annual speculative fiction and pop culture convention, and Ian and Kirstyn are delighted to announce that NK Jemisin, will be a special guest on the podcast. For her recommendations, Nora has chosen A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin and the graphic novel Saga (Volume 1 only) by Brian K.Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun -- and if you'll be in Melbourne on 8th June, please come along and be a part of our live audience.