Episode 28 is up!

What is this sudden wellspring of posts on the blog? I have no doubt there’s a drought to come blog wise, so let’s just let these words flow for now.

In episode 28, we discuss Fear Street: The New Boy by RL Stine. Surge was positive that The New Boy would be a gender flipped The New Girl. Needless to say, he was wrong. There were a few callbacks to the book that started the series, but overall, it didn’t quite follow in The New Girl‘s footsteps. What’s interesting is that there have been many books in the series thus far that could have been called The New Boy, for instance First Date was all about Chelsea going on a series of dates with the new boy in school, The Fire Game was all about a new boy in school starting up a fire game. In fact, a new kid in school tends to be the plot to many of the books in the series. So what makes The New Boy so special in regards to that specific plot point to earn the title? Probably because the main plot title would just be too odd or super generic. Fear Street Stolen MoneyFear Street The Bet? Fear Street Fixed TransmissionFear Street: Gotta Pay for Yale? And this whole thing leads to why we weren’t blown away with this book. It seems like RL Stine didn’t quite know what to do with these plot points and they were hamfisted together pretty obviously. All the plot points suffered and so did the characters. Poor Eve and poor Faith. And poor readers.

On the bright side, we were able to review a fantastic collection of short stories at the top of the cast. Sarim Baig’s debut collection of short stories Saints and Charlatans from Mongrel books. Currently, it’s only available in Pakistan but we’re told the ebooks will be available world wide shortly. A fantastically well written collection of stories that makes us look forward to any future works to come from Sarim Baig.

Without further ado, episode 28 can be heard here.


Season 2

If you thought we were bad about posting, well here we are again.  Posting months later. We recently started season 2 of the podcast. You may be wondering about the what’s and why’s. It isn’t quite the one year date from when we started nor does it have anything to do with the number of episodes we’ve done. Instead, it’s based on the publication year of the books. Season 1 encompasses the books published from 1989-1992. Season 2 starts with the books published from 1993 on. We haven’t decided on the cutoff year, but RL Stine does seem to get quite prolific with the Fear Street books, so we don’t think that it’ll cover quite as many publication years. It seems like we might make the cutoff for Season 2 1995, but that remains to be seen.

What have we learned doing our first season? To make a checklist and follow it. To write outlines otherwise we’ll ramble and lose the plot. If we wait too long to record, we depend solely on these outlines. Segues are important. If we schedule a recording session but neither of us are feeling it, just don’t record. It just sounds bad. We don’t hate the books. We’re more surprised by that than you’d think.  We also figured out more technical things like how to record with two micorphones and how to set it up. Perhaps it’s not right to say we’ve figured it out, as we’re still making silly technical mistakes even in season 2. But that’s a story for another time.

What do we think of our first season? There’s an entire episode where we ended up recording with the laptop microphone instead of our dedicated podcast mic. It sounds awful, but we thought the episode was good enough that we wouldn’t have to re-record it. Would we make the same decision now? Hard to say. But overall, we’re proud of the content we put out. We created and fleshed out our Fear Street mythos. We got really into the series and tried our hardest to make it fun for both ourselves and listeners.

We hope to bring some of our favorite aspects to season 2. Surge loves making weird graphics for our #youcasts. Anna is still arranging music for the show. We’re reading and reviewing more books outside the series together, whereas that was definitely more an Anna thing in season 1. We hope to promote more diverse authors, independent authors, and up and coming others in our first segment. We definitely hope to do more interviews.  And above all else, we hope to read more Fear Street books and keep building on that mythos.

If you haven’t listened to them yet, we currently have 2 episodes out for season 2. Take a listen, enjoy, and stick around for the rest of our journey!

Episode 26 – Fear Street 18: The Cheater

Episode 27 – Fear Street 19: Sunburn

Episode 23 is now up!

Wow, it’s been awhile. 2017 came and went and now we’re at the 2nd year of our podcast. We had highs and lows last year for our podcast and kind of disappeared at the end of the year due to work and travel. But 2018 brings a new year and new goals and a fresh slate.  And what’s a better way to welcome in a new year for a podcast than posting a new episode?

In this episode, we talk about Fear Street Cheerleaders: The Second Evil. It’s a continuation of the First Evil (obviously), but because it’s serialized, we get to know some of these character a lot more than we do in normal books. This book deals with Corky’s loss. Not only is she battling a demon, but she’s battling internal demons as well.  Returning to normalcy is something I imagine all Fear Street protagonists strive to achieve after their book is done, but it’s not something we get to see. The reader is left to assume that their aftermath is positive off the pages. For Corky, is there for us plain as day. However, normalcy isn’t something that Fear Street is quite ready to give her yet.

We also review two books that we quite enjoyed in 2017. First was C. Robert Cargill’s Sea of Rust. A book about the post-human robot apocalypse apocalypse? A scavenger bot doing her best to live when all signs point otherwise. Yes humans are extinct, but in a way we were able to live on with these robots.  The second book was Nina Berkhout’s The Mosaic. A book about a young woman finding herself in a town that wants her to become one thing.  In a weird way these two book are connected. Both Brittle and Twyla are faced with questions about their independence and their existence. Both Brittle and Twyla fight back in their own ways.

One interesting thing in The Mosaic are the namesakes in the book. Gabriel is making mosaics in his silo made of spent ammunition. If you’re interested in seeing what it may look like, check out the work by artist John Tan has created.

Without further adieu, take a listen at episode 23 up now!


We’re back with episode 19!

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posting here on the blog. It’s a mix of busy and lazy.  In the mean time, we have been recording and posting episodes and a lot of youtube versions. We have a few more in the can ready to go.

Our latest episode is a discussion on Fear Street Super Chiller 2: Silent Night.

We start with a review of Seanan McGuire’s latest book in the October Daye series, The Brightest Fell. Anna had reviewed the first book in the series, Rosemary and Rue in episode 18. Now that we’re on book 11, Surge joins Anna and jumps into the series. We don’t want to spoil our review, but Surge is going back and reading some other books in the series. We want to thank DAW for sending us the books. Our review was no way influenced by this.

On to the meat of it all, we discuss Fear Street Super Chiller 2: Silent Night. In it, we get introduced to Reva Dalby. Reva is one of the most memorably protagonists in the series so far, and she’s everything you’d hate in a person. If you met Reva in real life, you’d want nothing to do with her. But there’s something oddly compelling to read a character like her in a book. You don’t cheer for her per se, nor are you necessarily cheering for her demise. But it hooks you in a very different way than the rest of the protagonists do.

One interesting thing is how similar this is to the Archie show, Riverdale on CW/Netflix. Reva’s description is, to a T, Cheryl Blossom. Pam is obviously Betty Cooper. Serious Riverdale fans will see ALL the parallels, and we’ll leave it at that.

This book does deal with poverty and the wealth gap in a town like Shadyside. We have rich characters, middle class characters, and poor characters. While the poor characters do seem to get the short end of the stick here, the richer characters are never quite off the hook.

The best part of the book is the contribution to our mythos. Welcome to Fear Street, Hawkins National Lab. Stranger Things – Fear Street tie in. Yeah, it happened.

Without further ado, Episode 19.



Episode 7 now out!

In the latest installment of the Fear Street series, The Sleepwalker, we see Mayra sleepwalking down to Fear Lake. It’s actually kind of terrifying if you think about it. Even the most relaxed person likes to have a semblance of control over their life. To have a sleepwalking problem is basically having no conscious control over what you are doing. Mayra almost drowns in Fear Lake in her sleep. Terrifying.

Surge and Anna do make light of it at times, but seriously, if you have this problem, go get a sleep study done. We also come off pretty judgey about how her mom handles it. Which, hey, we’re not parents. Maybe it’s not fair for us to do that. Props to her mom for trying her best.

On a lighter note, we did struggle in figuring out how to pronounce Mayra. We couldn’t decide if it was like “Myra” or maybe “May-ra”, so we just went all out and found a different perhaps unique way. It actually sounds pretty cool, but you need to listen to find out how.

Anna also reviewed The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker at the start. It’s a stellar book about friendship and unbreakable bonds that people should definitely check out. For a longer review you have to listen to the episode!

On that note, listen to Episode 07 – Fear Street 6: The Sleepwalker 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.


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.