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!

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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!

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.

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.

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.