Episode 30 is up! Reva Dalby returns!

Wow, two episodes in one month? We’re kind of back to our regular posting schedule. Now we just need to start getting those youcasts up and we’ll be good.

We get to discuss Fear Street Super Chiller Silent Night 2. Yes, Reva Dalby from Silent Night is back and not much seems to have changed. Surprisingly enough, it’s not Reva’s Revaness that gets her in trouble but her Dalbyness. If that sentence makes no sense to you, perhaps you should check out the podcast for the indepth plot. If it still doesn’t make sense read it backwards.

Before we get into the Silent Night 2 discussion, both Anna and Surge review a book.  Surge starts it off with a review of Evolutions – Fifteen Myths That Explain Our World by Oren Harman. Surge has a lot to say about it. Anna reviews the final book in the Themis Files trilogy, Only Human by  Sylvain Neuvel. It’s quieter than the first two books but a decent read nontheless.

Without further ado, check out the episode!


Episode 29 now available

As the blog writer for the blog, I often feel like a jerk. I often forget to update the blog after doing some big thing with the podcast or we’re just so backlogged and delayed doing podcast things that a lot of time just ends up passing naturally. The point is, it seems like every post is an apology for not updating the blog or the delay in an episode. For those that have stuck with us through all of this, a big sorry and thank you. You don’t know how much we appreciate it.

Groveling aside, yes it’s true, our latest episode is FINALLY up. Looking at the finished product, it runs 80 minutes with the intro, outro, interlude, and ad. The thing is, the raw file of the initial recording was almost 2 hours 40 minutes long, that’s a total time of 160 minutes of just two idiots talking. There was a lot to trim. As the podcast editor who also listens to a lot of other podcasts, I often struggle to find the right balance of banter and information. Too little banter and it just sounds like two randos talking, too much banter and it can get a little frustrating because “JUST GET TO THE POINT”.  This episode was really overwhelming to edit. 1st because I was away a lot so a lot of time had passed between recording and editing. 2nd because of the realization that there’s a lot to listen to. And 3rd because I knew that a lot had to be cut but everything still had to flow.  I do hope that this episode works for everyone listening.

The book itself? Fear Street Super Chiller Broken Hearts? Probably overlong and fitting with the episode. Unnecessary characters and scenes that didn’t quite work with the book. It’s a book that either needed to be longer or shorter. But the things that worked for the book really worked for me. We talk about it in the episode, but I’ll reiterate again, I thought this book had a lot of well rounded characters with motivations that were relatable and understandable. To hear more of our thoughts, just take a listen to the podcast.

We also review the first book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. It’s a cracking good time and we can’t wait to finish the series.

Check out episode 29 here!

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!


October Giveaway #1

We’re just a few minutes into October and we’re happy to finally get the first of our October giveaways up. Smarter people would have written this post beforehand and just published at midnight, but we never said we were smart people.

Without further ado, check out the first of our giveaways! Good luck!

Episode 20 Fear Street First Date is up!

Once again, Surge and Anna return to discuss the next installment of the Fear Street series. Here, we talk about Fear Street 16: First Date.

To be honest, it wasn’t our favorite book of all time, but at least it wasn’t our least favorite. The first date wasn’t what really stood out to us. Well, that’s kind of a lie, that first date was hilarious. But what really stood out was Chelsea’s storyline of moving into a new town and being the new kid in school. Both of us moved around as kids, so we felt Chelsea’s pain of trying to make new friends and feeling like we didn’t fit in. It’s a horrible feeling that you don’t need to move to Fear Street to feel. Of course, moving to a street that kids avoid (but are oddly drawn to) doesn’t help matters.

Listen to our review of Fear Street 16: First Date here!

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 10 now up!

The last of the episodes we recorded before Anna went off to Europe is finally up!

Fear Street: The Stepsister involves Emily grappling with the fact that her stepsister Jessi is moving in to her room. They got along at the wedding, but things are just falling apart. Going from a single room to a shared room is inherently pretty difficult. But moving in to a room with someone who you believe might be out to get you might just be worse. Add to that a misogynistic stepdad and a quiet and slightly odd stepbrother and it’s an interesting situation you have going on. Good thing Emily has the support of a older sister Nancy who seems to always be there when she needs a shoulder.

Divorced kids were THE topic in MG and YA books in the 90’s. This is the first Fear Street book that deals with two families coming together.  We’re not entirely sure RL Stine did the situation justice, but family dynamics are not his forte.

Anna also gives a brief rundown of Pilot X and Spaceman of Bohemia.

Without further ado, here’s Episode 10 – Fear Street 9: The Stepsister. Give it a listen!

Episode 09 is FINALLY up!

Anna had a fun time in Europe but now she’s back and spent the weekend editing. Thanks to our listeners for being so patient and understanding. We apologize for not getting this out sooner.

Fear Street: Halloween Party is about Justine throwing a party in a mansion on Fear Street for Halloween. But it’s really a story about friendship, revenge, and rising above pettiness. It’s shorter than the other Fear Street books we’ve read by a few pages, but it’s the most action packed. Everything about the story clicked – from the characters to the setting. Haunted introduced the supernatural elements to the series, but Halloween Party is the first to really introduce genuine fear.

Anna also gives a midread review of Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar.

Thanks for being patient. Here it is, Episode 09 – Fear Street 8: Halloween Party on Spreaker!