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There has been a small change of plan for Episode 17 of The Writer and the Critic. Ian and Kirstyn's special guest, Robert Shearman, has decided to wantonly abandon Perfume by Patrick Süskind as his book of choice for next month, and instead shack up with the newly released Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander.

Hope by Shalom Auslander

Look, there's a cute little baby deer on the cover. Baby deer are called fawns. In animated films, the mothers of baby deer are often tragically killed, resulting in lifelong psychological scarring and abandonment issues for unsuspecting young audiences and baby deer alike.

The Writer and the Critic: Randomly Educational.

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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond proffer a correction from Cheryl Morgan in regards to Hugo Awards eligibility before entangling themselves in more culturally appropriative knots sparked off by some very interesting feedback from Karen Lord. They also announce a list of giveaway novels in order to bribe listeners into recommending original, self-published eBooks for their newly named eBook Extravaganza ... so follow them on Twitter and start recommending!

During discussion of The Silver Wind by Nina Allan (beginning at 35:30), Ian mentions this review by Martin Lewis while Kirstyn quotes from this piece by Sofia  Samatar.  The conversation then turns to The Courier's New Bicycle by Kim Westwood at 59:45 wherein this review by Cheryl Morgan is mentioned.

The Silver Wind and The Courier's New Bicycle

Tune back in around the 01:43:00 point for final remarks.

Next month, Ian and Kirstyn invite UK author Robert Shearman onto the podcast. (You may remember a discussion of Rob's most excellent story collection, Everyone's Just So So Special, on Episode 12. If you don't remember, go back and listen to it right now!)  Rob has recommended Perfume by Patrick Süskind for everyone to read, while Ian Mond has picked Queenpin by Megan Abbott and Kirstyn has chosen Houses Without Doors by Peter Straub. Read ahead and join in the fun!

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