Season 1, Episode 1: Beauty and the Beast

Fableulous Retellings Podcast

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Meg and Mari open their first season by discussing the classic original fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast! They focus on the original and first adaptation as it is frequently what is used in modern retellings. They make their checklist to use against the five modern retellings they’ll be reviewing this season, as well as why they think the story came to exist!

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Episode 7: The Essential Bordertown with Ileana Garcia and Stephanie Cortez

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Meghan is joined again by Ileana and Stephanie to discuss the YA anthology The Essential Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling and Delia Sherman. We discuss how the YA genre ends to reach back to its 90s roots and bring the grittiness back, especially when discussing elves and faeries!

Book Drink: Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail and Earl Grey Tea Cocktail

Books/Movies/Shows discussed in this episode: 

The Essential Bordertown
Beauty and the Beast
A Court of Thorn and Roses
Logan
X-Men/Dazzler
Sailor Moon
Hellboy 2
Lost Girl

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Episode 6: The Other Boleyn Girl with Stephanie Cortez and Ileana Garcia

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Meghan is joined by two new guests this week, Stephanie Cortez and Ileana Garcia. We read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and discussed our thoughts on 1500s clothing, movie adaptations, and whether or not British actors can pull off American accents. Ileana introduces a new aspect of the podcast going forward, what cocktail goes with this book?

For this book we agree that a good spiced Christmas wine with a Malbec is the drink choice for this book. See below for the past books and cocktails that go with them!

Books/Movies/Shows discussed in this podcast:

Blackpool 
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer
Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them
The Devil in the White City 
The Last Host Time

Past Books’ Cocktails:

Master and Commander: Dark and Stormy
Infected: a shot of Blue Curaçao and tequila
Silk: Absinthe
Boneshaker: Zombie
Waylander II: Homemade Mead
Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: Old Fashioned
The Other Boleyn Girl: Spiced Christmas wine 

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Episode 5: Waylander II with Emily Bennett and Ollie Brady

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This week I am joined by Ollie Brady and Emily Bennett of Best Acquaintances! We discuss David Gemmell’s Waylander II and giggle through the entire episode while Ollie tries to explain why this book was important to 11-year-old Ollie, Emily reads the most ridiculous physical comedy scene in a fantasy book, and we all discuss female characters in fantasy novels.

Books Discussed:

Waylander II by David Gemmell
I Don’t Know Where You Know Me From by Judy Greer
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates
The Drenai Saga by David Gemmell

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Episode 4: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest with Marilag Angway and James DeBruicker

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Mari and James join me again for episode 4 of the podcast, where we discuss Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Lots of talk of zombies and steampunk in this episode, as well as Mari and I making James feel old for making a Simpsons reference.

Books referenced in this episode:

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Jerusalem by Alan Moore
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Fables by Bill Willmingham

Read Mari’s Original Boneshaker Review

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Episode 3: Silk by Caitlin Kiernan with James DeBruicker and Marilag Angway

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Word of the Day: Weird

For episode 3 I welcome two new guests, James DeBruicker and Marilag Angway! We discuss Silk by Caitlin Kiernan, which is a darker book than the previous two books on the show. The book brings about memories of 90s goth, a discussion of intent vs. impact, and how a book can be excellent, but light on plot.

Books Referenced in this episode:

Silk by Caitlin Kiernan
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Party at the World’s End by James Curcio
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Jerusalem by Alan Moore
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Join by Steven Toutonighi

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Email: judgingcoverspodcast@gmail.com

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7 Books in 7 Days

In order to clear my head from Infected, (see my last blog post about my latest podcast *ahem*), I binged through some library books I’ve had an ARC I thought I was excited about. (Spoiler: it was terrible.) So Below is 7 short summaries on the books I read this week!

Book 1: Heist Society by Ally Carter

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This was the first book I picked up after Infected, because for whatever reason, I didn’t feel like Ally Carter could steer me wrong. Well, I wasn’t wrong. If you haven’t read any of Ally Carter’s books, I recommend them all. The Embassy Row series isn’t my favorite, but I’ll talk about those in a minute. Katarina is a art thief who wants to get out of the family business, but after her father is accused of stealing a dangerous man’s artwork, she must return the artwork or watch her loved ones suffer. The sense of family (I also saw Fast and the Furious this past week so like, *FAMILY*) in the teen thieves is amazing. I just got the second ebook, and I’m excited to see where she goes next!

Book 2: All Fall Down by Ally Carter and Book 3: See How They Run by Ally Carter

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These are the darkest of Ally Carter’s books I’ve read. I have the third one ready to go for after I do some reading for my podcast, so I’ll have this series wrapped up soon! This book deals with a sixteen year old girl trying to decide if her mother was murdered or if she has actually broke mentally. Up until right before the reveal, I honestly didn’t know if the author went one way or the other. The second book adds a layer of mystery, which I’m not sure I care for, but it still focuses on if Grace has broken, especially after the reveal.

Book 4:  Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

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I am so glad I finally got to read this book! I have adored Anna Kendrick since she played the friend in Twilight, and it was a blast to hear about how she thinks back on those years positively….mostly because they paid the bills. Like everyone else who read this, I want to be her friend so much. But I doubt my weirdness will match yours…..though if you ever want to get coffee? Yes? Okay! No seriously, Anna Kendrick is an amazing actress, an amazing child actress, and is exactly as weird as she sounds on Twitter.

Book 5: Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

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I’m a little addicted to my public library’s overdrive account,  I’ll admit it. And seeing that this book was available with no hold? I picked it up instantly without knowing what it is. Turns out, this was the last autobiography Fisher wrote, and it was about her time on set making the first Star Wars. At least, that’s how it is marketed. About eighty percent of this book is about her relationship with Harrison Ford and what they did on set, and the last twenty is about her interactions with fans. Carrie was a treasure, and I am sure I’ll love her other autobiographies more than this one.

Book 6: I Don’t Know Where You Know Me From by Judy Greer

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This book is adorable. I bought it when it first came out, but I’ve come to learn that I prefer autobiographies in audiobook form if they’re read by the author. Judy Greer is one of my favorite actresses and has been forever. I don’t know why she doesn’t get star work, but I’m happy to see her when she pops up. What I didn’t realize is that she actually has a degree in acting, is married, and that’s she’s just as wonderful off screen as she is on screen. It’s a quick listen, and Hollywood: LET’S GET JUDY GREER A STAR ROLE.

Also her husband and her still have separate houses even after marrying and I kind of love this? It reminds me of my grandparents.

Book 7: Let’s Try This Again by Jordyn Woodtke 

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I haven’t read a book in so long that made me hate it from the first sentence, make a book I thought I hate seem good, and yet somehow I finished this book.
This book had so much slut shaming (though she states after using the word MULTIPLE TIMES how she hates the word and doesn’t want to use it….and then uses it again. multiple times.) I suppose we are to think that the MC is amazing and awesome and has always been and doesn’t care….but you do. Too much. And it’s because you are TWENTY-TWO.
I will never get the phrase “Picasso of Pussy” out of my head and I will never forgive her for it. Also if the “sex was so good I couldn’t describe it” well then…maybe you….and your “character”….aren’t actually writers? Because good lord the writing on this was terrible.
Also, the MC is supposed to be 22, and has “searched the East Coast for a writing job and none are perfect so let’s go out to the West Coast” just. You are 22. Also, then she “has enough experience to be a former boy band’s PA”? Yeah okay.

This book was not written well — it read like a bad teenage fan fiction book or a teenager’s faux diary. Seriously, do not recommend.

Also, Mom? Thank you for never feeling the need to be my friend before my mom. I am so glad our friendship is organic. And for probably slapping me if I ever called you a bitch.

Episode 2: Infected by Scott Sigler with Tim Lowe and Joe Schulman

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Word of the day: Gooey

For Episode 2 we discussed Tim’s recommendation, Infected by Scott Sigler. I apologize in advance as I fidgeted around the entire episode with the necklace from Surly-Ramics Etsy Store and didn’t realize it was picking up in the recording.

On top of the novel we discuss our vague survival plans for surviving the apocalypse, I Am Legend both book and movie, the author’s approach to modern day “publishing”, whether or not the guys would take Perry’s way if infected, and host Meghan goes on a mini rant about how everyone should be watching Buffy again.

Books referenced in this podcast episode:

Infected by Scott Sigler
Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Buffy Season 8 by Joss Whedon

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Book Podcast?

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I haven’t talked about this on my blog much at all, mostly because it’s been in the works for a month or two now? But as I am editing and gearing up to post my first episode, I need to announce it everywhere! I am hosting a new podcast called Judging Book Covers, which is a biweekly book club podcast where I’ll bring on two guests to read a book suggested by each guest and we’ll all discuss!

My first episode is on Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian, and I’m joined by two of my friends: Tim Lowe and Joe Schulman. Going forward I *think* it’ll auto connect to my wordpress, but we’ll see?

The Danny list

My Danny passed away. My mother gave this amazing eulogy.

Quantum Entanglement

For the almost 30 years that we’ve known him, he was “our Danny” to me and my girls. Even after he married my mother in 2004, he was still “our Danny” and it always felt awkward for me to call him a step-father or grandpa. He was a huge influence on me as a young adult, a young parent. I am eternally grateful for the life he shared with my mother and my family. image

The Danny-list

Thank you all for coming today to honor Danny Harris, a remarkable man, a devoted husband, father, brother, son, grandparent, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

We watched Danny suffer through the last 2 years of his life and we saw the illness take away his ability to enjoy almost everything in his life that he loved to do. Yet even through this difficult time, Danny continued to live his life with the same…

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