Sixth Episode out!

We released episode 6 of our podcast!

We talk about Fear Street The Wrong Number, which ostensibly is a story about how prank calling people is not only rude but can end in disaster. Also surprised it was never a plot on any of the crime procedural shows. Then again, it might have been and we just never watched enough of them.

Did any of you guys ever prank call people? Neither one of us really did anything like that in the 90’s. The worst was probably Anna calling her parents from a friends house and pretending to be someone else for a few seconds. But since she had to ask permission to be at the person’s house, it never made sense to make it a thing. Neither one of us really saw the point of it, or we just had other things to do with our lives.

Deena uses prank calls as a sort of crutch because she’s so shy and can’t muster up the courage to talk to her crush. By the time we were teenagers, we had AIM so we never had to really speak to our crushes. We just IMed, which gave us a chance to sit back and think about what we wanted to say.

Come to think of it, maybe the advent of the internet age killed prank calls. Instead of prank calling people, now people just troll each other. It’s sort of similar in many ways, no? Any thoughts?

Anyways, on top of discussing The Wrong Number, we also get into a brief discussion on graphic novels vs manga.

Listen to “Episode 06 – Fear Street 5: The Wrong Number” on Spreaker.


Episode 4 Youtube is now up!

The Youtube version of episode 4 is up! Please check it out!
You may notice that it was uploaded over a week ago, our bad for not letting you guys know earlier.

We do prefer the youtube version of this episode over the spreaker one for a simple reason, we may have had an equipment mishap during recording so the wrong mic was used for recording. The visuals truly help tie the episode together.  Another bonus with having visuals? You can see how to check for someones vitals in an emergency situation with visuals. Obviously, a Red Cross or American Heart Association class would be advised as well.

It was a fun book and as outdoors people, we definitely dug it.

Anna also reviewed Sarah Kuhn’s book Heroine Complex. Anna has wanted to branch out into reading more Asian-American authored/featured books so this was on the top of her list courtesy of Drunk Monk Podcast.  There’s a story within the book that is completely relatable to any Asian American who has brought their favorite “native” food to school. The book also made us check the movie Heroic Trio out from the library and we look forward to watching that.


Fifth episode out!

Sorry for the extreme delay and the lack of posting. Our fifth episode is finally out! Anna didn’t take her editing tools with her when she was out of town and now has to deal with the backlog of work here. There is still the youtube video for episode 4 that needs to get made. Much apologies to all our subscribers.

We got around to reviewing Fear Street 4: Missing. This is both Anna and Surge’s favorite Fear Street book. It has a premise we can all relate to and then twists and turns not even the most acute eye could catch. Seriously, the mental whiplash this book puts you through is insane.

The book also is full of material for the giant conspiracy that we here at RetRead are trying to uncover. Is the evil corporation that has been brought up by us actually Cranford Corp? Those glowing rhinestone eyes in the monkey skull…could that be what they are mining? So many dots to connect, so little time.

Before this, we got a chance to review Last Machine in the Solar System by Matthew Isaac Sobin. This is a highly recommended book by both Anna and Surge. If you are a fan of Isaac Asimov, you need to read this.

Listen to “Episode 05 – Fear Street 4: Missing” on Spreaker.


Episode 3 Youtube up!

We know it’s taken forever, but the Youtube version of Episode 3: Fear Street 2 The Surprise Party  is finally up! Our Youtube version has visuals that go along with everything we’re talking about, so if you want to see what we’re seeing in our head as we speak, check it out!

Episode 3 was a tough episode to edit. We started with an hour and a half worth of content, but sadly had to cut it down to only 40 minutes.  There are definitely some general Fear Street topics we see that need to be discussed, so we’re going to have some randocasts about that. It might sound a bit choppy because of that, we hope the visuals help you understand our thought processes.

Third episode out!

Our third episode is finally out! We spend a bit of time talking about Fear Street The Surprise Party by RL Stine. What really struck us was how great a heroine Meg was, she stuck to her guns and saved the day. Really a 180 from Cory. Speaking of Cory, despite Surge’s predictions, Cory, Lisa, Dave, and Arnie all appeared in this book. Not Anna, she’s still dead. Podcasting Anna got to gloat about how right she was that Cory and Lisa were doomed from the start. But that’s ok, Surge was able to enjoy the murder mystery of this book.

Anna also gives a review of Flying Lessons and Other Stories, a collection of short stories edited by Ellen Oh. There was one story in the book that Anna didn’t think belonged as part of the anthology. We get into it in the episode.

Listen to “Episode 03 – Fear Street 2: The Surprise Party” on Spreaker.



Check out Episode 2 on Youtube!

The video for episode 2 is now up on Youtube. You might have heard us talk about The New Girl via audio, but do you want to hear us talk about it with visuals? No need to wait here it is, our second episode on Youtube.  Sometimes it’s nice to see what people are talking about when they’re talking about it. After all, it lets you get to know us a little more. We’re really proud of what we’ve done so far, and we hope you’ll give us a lsiten and watch.


PS: Cory and Lisa guys, Cory and Lisa.

Second episode up

Our second episode of RetRead Podcast is now up! We got together to discuss RL Stine’s The New Girl, the first book in the Fear Street series. To be honest, we didn’t know if there’d be much to talk about. As it turns out, we ended up discussing (or arguing) for almost an hour and a half. A good half hour of it was actually just the two of us debating the (im)possibilities of the Cory/Lisa relationship. Surge is a huge fan of the “girl next door” trope, while Anna is more of a realist. It got pretty heated. We did end up cutting a bit of it since you guys probably aren’t too interested in 2 people yelling at each other for 30 minutes. We are actually still arguing about it 4 days later. Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Before we got into The New Girl, Anna reviewed Point of No Return by Martha Gellhorn and Night Shift by Stephen King.

Thanks for reading, give us a listen.

Listen to “Episode 02 – Fear Street 1: The New Girl” on Spreaker.

First episode out!

Thanks for coming to check out our wordpress. We just published our first episode where we ended up discussion the show and talking about The Fireman by Joe Hill. Spoiler alert, Surge was not the biggest fan.

It was pretty fun to be able to chat about the book and we look forward to discussing more books down the line.

The main goal of the podcast is actually to get Surge up to speed on what he missed out on during his 90’s childhood in terms of books. He may or may not be doing this willingly, and perhaps he missed out on nothing.

The plan for now is to start with the Fear Street books by RL Stine and slowly make our down some sort of literary path.

However, we will also be starting out each podcast with a general rundown of other non-90’s geared toward kids books that we’ve read recently.

Anyways, without further ado.

Listen to “Episode 01 – Show Introduction and The Fireman by Joe Hill” on Spreaker.