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Happy holidays, friends and fiends! To celebrate, we're turning back the clock to Halloween, when we spoke to Chris Panatier on his debut, THE PHLEBOTOMIST! Willa Wallace, a government phlebotomist in a dystopian future where blood donation is mandatory, discovers a shocking secret that will change the world as she knows it forever! Also featuring:…
 
Forget the holidays, join us for a giggle-filled interview with Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms, the brain and brawn behind M.A. Carrick and a deliciously delightful debut, THE MASK OF MIRRORS. Ren, a con-artist, tricks her way into a noble family only to find that it's more of an adventure than she's bargained for. Also featured: not a clown but the …
 
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a young boy's trauma tearing through the cosmos! This week we've got Essa Hansen as a special guest to talk about her debut, NOPHEK GLOSS! When everything Caiden is brutally ripped from him, he sets out on a journey filled with discovery and vengeance on a galaxy-wide scale. What could go wrong? Also featured: the be…
 
We're back, baybey! This week, we're talking NIGHT TERRORS by Tim Waggoner, graciously gifted to us by the folks at Angry Robot! Welcome to the Night Watch, an organization built to keep the balance between humanity and the physical manifestation of their nightmares. Audra and her partner Mr. Jinx (the clown that haunted her nightmares as a child) …
 
We're back in super-powered waters with this week's episode, HENCH by Natalie Zina Walschots! When Anna, a temp who specializes in working for villains, gets badly hurt in an altercation with a hero, she turns to the one thing that makes sense: running the numbers. Who knew superheroes caused so much damage? Her findings lead to her next job with t…
 
Happy Halloween, guys and ghouls! Who's ready for some Halloween horror goodness? We're starting the week off with NIGHT OF THE MANNEQUINS by Stephen Graham Jones! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a monstrous mannequin come to life in search of revenge? Check out the episode to find out! Also featured: the horror of IT FOLLOWS, unreliable narrato…
 
Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Rik Hoskin flying by the sheer joy I had reading BYSTANDER 27! BYSTANDER 27, a tale of grief and vengeance compounded with the high-impact trope of superheroes and villains, is one for the ages. Join us as we talk about John Hayes (our main protag), the fuck/marry/kill question that haunts my drea…
 
We've got a special treat this week, friends and fiends - the glorious Andrea Stewart has popped by to talk about her debut, THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER! In a society built around constructs powered by pieces of bone, we follow a daughter trying to claim her place as heir, a smuggler discovering his true motivations, a couple clashing over their class …
 
Color us clueless, because we thought y'all already had your hands on this bad boy, but this week we're covering ARCHITECTS OF MEMORY by Karen Osborne! When Ash, a salvage pilot trying to hide the extent of her illness from her team and the megacompany that holds her life in its hand, she encounters something dangerous that changes the scope of the…
 
Who's ready for a classic cowboy adventure, BUT IN SPACE? This week we're rocking with RED NOISE by John P. Murphy, following the marvelous misadventures of a woman known as The Miner, as she faces down dirty cops, petty gang warfare, and - on god - a dude who strapped a nuke to his chest. What a crowd, what a crowd. Also featured: take a shot each…
 
This week we're here to talk about the marvelous misadventures of Simon Kovalic in THE ALEPH EXTRACTION by Dan Moren. Can his team retrieve this mysterious alien artifact, or will they be beaten to the punch by Illyrican forces? Read on to find out! Also featured: listing The Umbrella Academy and Indiana Jones as comp titles, THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE,…
 
We're back and better than ever with a brand new debut, THE HEREAFTER BYTES by Vincent Scott! Is there anything better than a thought-provoking sci-fi murder mystery? (Yes, actually - a FUNNY thought-provoking sci-fi murder mystery!) Also featured: murder puppies, arrow aces (wink wink nudge nudge), and a couple callbacks to my years in grad school…
 
Nach einer etwas längeren Pause melden wir uns zurück und erzählen ein wenig, was in der Corona-Zeit bei uns so passiert ist. Während bei Lea alles eigentlich so geblieben ist wie vorher, hat Lennart Job und Stadt gewechselt. Und mit diesen Veränderungen kommt noch eine weitere, die die Zukunft des Podcasts betrifft - aber hört dazu selbst! Sonst i…
 
We had the distinct honor of having Melissa Caruso over for a chat over her latest book, THE OBSIDIAN TOWER! You want some magic demons? You want some murder mystery? You want some crazy architecture that plays into said murder mystery? Boy howdy, you're gonna have a blast with this one! Also featured: the lack of our swear jar, questions about our…
 
Sometimes . . . we build endless cities . . . to cope? Welcome to HEARTS OF OAK by Eddie Robson, where a wooden city is ever-expanding, ever growing, for reasons you'll never guess. And yes, we can confirm that the cat is involved. Also featured: we question Robson's deal with cats, quarantine hobbies, explaining a love for a mystery without spoili…
 
We're back and better than ever! When a small-town librarian witnesses a murder, he reacts in the oddest possible way: an out-of-body experience. We're talking OUT OF BODY by Jeffrey Ford, set for publication on May 26th! Also featured: throwing down some money for the swear jar, exposition on feelings for The Hunger Games, the ever-pressing questi…
 
Welcome back to Litcast of Doom, please remember to stay at least 6 feet away! This week, we're bringing you our top 5 plague fiction books to highlight what we want to see with this pandemic, and we're including hits such as THE STAND by Stephen King and QUIETUS by Tristan Palmgren! Also featured: the Itinerary, being mean, the celebrities that ne…
 
Not even the gods can save you now. Say hello to our review of RUTHLESS GODS by Emily A. Duncan! The long-awaited sequel to WICKED SAINTS, this novel is everything you loved about the first cranked to 15 before the knob broke off, with extra body horror and angst! Also featured: burned-out vocal chords, stanning a Queen, some godawful nonsense that…
 
Die Corona-Krise hält uns alle fest im Griff und das bedeutet: Mehr Lesezeit!!! Aber natürlich ist es auch eine schwierige Zeit für Buchhandlungen und Verlag. Darum geht es in dieser Folge, es gibt aber endlich wieder ein Bibelzitat in der Stimme von Rufus Beck als Harry Potter-Charakter – habt ihr es direkt erraten?Bevor die Kinos schlossen waren …
 
Y'all want some FOUND FAMILY? How about some SLOW BURN and MUTUAL PINING? Then boy howdy, do we got a book review for you! This week we're talking THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune, featuring Linus Baker as a caseworker for magical youth sent to investigate the mysterious Arthur Parnassus and the children under his care. Also featured: su…
 
There is no consent under capitalism. A harsh magnifying glass is held to our world with K.M. Szpara's novel DOCILE, in which Elisha Wilder, inheritor of decades of family debt, sells himself into servitude to save himself and his family. Today, we spoke with Kellan about what it takes to write a sexy journey with a side of self-discovery, healing …
 
A friend will pick up your mantle and take on your destiny as his own, but a BEST friend will do it all while carrying your severed head and hallucinating your voice as he does so :) This week we're talking THE FATE OF THE FALLEN by Kel Kade, following a forest-loving best-bro as he shoulders his friend's destiny to save the world while being const…
 
How much would you give to save someone? Your name? Your life? Your identity? We're confronted with the concept in THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION by Kiersten White, starring a queen who isn't all that she seems. Also featured: the ultimate form of tree-hugging, the concept of teeth growing back, being soft and gay, and much more! BOOKS COMING OUT THIS WEE…
 
We've spoken with Sarah Gailey before about their novel MAGIC FOR LIARS, but this week we've got something slightly more futuristic, but not in the lazers-and-jetpacks way. UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED follows Esther, a girl in the futuristic SOuth West under the control of a fascist regime as she stows away with the Librarians, a group of folks handing ou…
 
We're possessed but don't call this exorcist - he's more likely to wreck me than save me. Though, of course, that might be the best course of action - find out why with our review of PROSPER'S DEMON by K.J. Parker! Also featured: local book reviewer sticks hands in hot bronze and refuses to tell listeners what it feels like, the morality of demon-h…
 
The team of Magical Bomb Squad: The Novel is back in Magical Bomb Squad: The Sequel (otherwise known as THE MONSTROUS CITADEL by Mirah Bolender)! Laura Kramer and Okane Sinclair are back and better than ever, only to find out that the worst monsters they fight are human. Also featured: three dollars in the swear jar, me losing my domestication, the…
 
Have you ever wondered if you were meant for another world beyond this one? Welcome to the world of the Wayward Children, who get called to adventure in far-off worlds (be it Wicked or Sweet, Logical or Illogical). In our latest installment COME TUMBLING DOWN by Seanan McGuire, Jack and Jill are back in a life-or-death adventure that only twin sist…
 
I've got a monster cold this week, so let's see how well I do talking about fantasy on the high seas - we're talking THE BONE SHIPS by R.J. Barker. When Joron Twiner loses the role of shipwife to the illustrious "Lucky" Meas Gilbryn, he has no idea how life aboard the black ship The Tide Child will change. We had a marvelous time reading this book,…
 
Ready to ring in the new year with something sure to shiver your timbers? Check out book 3 of the Tales of Pell trilogy, THE PRINCESS BEARD from Delilah Dawson and Kevin Hearne! Sail the seas with the Clean Pirate Lucre, discover what elf butts have to do with the god of Pell, and figure out what happened to slumbering princess Harkovita. Also feat…
 
We're not saying everyone missed Jedeo as much as we missed Jedeo, but boy howdy are we pleased as punch to get a whole anthology of stories set in the hexarchate. We're thrown back into stories of political intrigue, introspection on what it means to be a person, and shifty Shuos games with HEXARCHATE STORIES by Yoon Ha Lee. Also featured: ghosts …
 
There's an art to storytelling, an art to commenting on the storytelling, and an art to commenting on the commentary of the storytelling. (Comment-ception, we have to go deeper.) This week we're talking A CHOIR OF LIES by Alexandra Rowland, a sequel to the amazing A CONSPIRACY OF TRUTHS! Also featured: me almost knocking the mic over out of excitem…
 
It's that time of year again - the time to give gifts and use physical items to tell your loved ones how you really feel about them! (Also featured: the roofer coming tomorrow, the lack of time I get to read, and much more!) BOOKS WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK:- DEAD ASTRONAUTS by Jeff VanderMeer- CHILDREN OF VICE AND VIRTUE by Tomy Adeyemi- ANYONE…
 
There's something malevolent afoot, and our angel bro Azarias is the only one who can lead us. Today we're featuring a very special guest - Rick Norris, here to talk about his new book ANGELIC WARS: FIRST REBELLION! Also featured: rockabilly roots, technology swooping in to provide the multimedia experience you've dreamed up, angelic choirs, and mu…
 
Who's ready for emotional roller coasters and heart-punching? I can't tell how tall you are, so there's no height requirement for this ride, so boy howdy are your feelings about to get manhandled! We're talking THE HEART OF THE CIRCLE by Keren Landsman (shoutout to Angry Robot for hooking me up)! Also featured in this review: going Full Homestuck, …
 
Who's ready to talk about feelings? We're not, but we're doing it anyways! This week we're talking THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow, and what it means to love and be loved! Also featured: THREE DOLLARS in the swear jar, sad feelings about my dead dog (pour one out for Apollo, the goodest boy), grave robbing is bad 2: the squeakwe…
 
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