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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond announce a New Idea for a future episode of the podcast. They would like to spend an episode reviewing a handful originally self-published eBooks as recommended by their listeners. Whether this ends up being a Good Idea or a Bad Idea will largely depend on listener participation, so get listening and get participating. There may even be prizes involved ... more info on this next month once they work out what potential prizes they actually have to offer! After a discussion about their current (e)reading habits and changes in book buying practices, the duo then move onto talk about the two books chosen for the podcast this month.

A lengthy discussion of and around -- and around and around -- Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord begins at 18:30 with the conversation about  Zoo City by Lauren Beukes starting at 01:07:30. Yes, it's a long podcast this time. That's what happens with books that are interesting, intelligent and inspiring.

Redemption in Indigo and Zoo City

Tune back in around the 01:57:20 point for final remarks.

Next month, Ian has recommended The Silver Wind by Nina Allan while Kirstyn has picked The Courier's New Bicycle by Kim Westwood. Read ahead and join in the fun!

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  • Cam

    Dear Writer & Critic,

    I love the idea of the two of you tackling self-published works… unfortunately, I have none to recommend myself since I am also quite partial to gatekeepers. Anyway, I look forward to the episode where you take this on.



    Jan 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm
  • Charles Tan

    Hi Kirstyn, hi Ian,

    First off, Ian, Generation Loss is available as an eBook at http://weightlessbooks.com/format/book/generation-loss/ :)

    A bit of self-promoting here, but I published Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009 at http://bestphilippinesf.com/ (you can download the eBook at the downloads section). It’s free though…

    A general book recommendation is Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine

    Jan 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm
  • Mark


    Towards the end of this month’s podcast you spoke about the difficulty and expense of getting a copy of The Courier’s New Bicycle. I thought I’d mention that while you can’t buy a physical copy on Amazon, I did pick up a Kindle version there.

    I’m based in Australia, so I’m not sure if it is available to other countries but for all your Australian listeners you can certainly get it a bit cheaper on the Kindle though Amazon.

    Now I’ll finish because promoting Amazon is making me feel a little dirty given all the recent “evil empire” type commentary.

    Love the podcast,


    Jan 31, 2012 at 7:23 am