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56 minutes | a day ago
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix Part 2
The horrors continue as Ben and Nate drink deep of all that Grady Hendrix has to offer in his surprisingly brutal book about middle aged women fighting vampires. As the story progresses though, even Ben begins to wonder if they haven't bitten off more than they can chew.
92 minutes | 8 days ago
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Ben and Nate check out one of last year's most talked about horror novels. It turns out to be a bit more intense than either of them were bargaining for. Get ready for things to get dark!
27 minutes | 11 days ago
Breaking News! Dune: The Cline(s) Cut
Today we have a special episode just for you. Nate is kind of a big deal in the editing world and he got his hands on a few select pages of a Dune re-write that they're doing RIGHT NOW. You heard that right. A Dune re-write. As in the first Dune book by Frank Herbert being re-written! Ben thinks maybe someone is just messing with Nate but nobody listens to Ben anyway. Listen for yourself and you can be the judge. Just remember: you heard it here first folks!
62 minutes | 15 days ago
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Hang on to your microsofts, Console Cowboys, because we're jacking in to William Gibson's genre defining sci-fi classic Neuromancer! This is one Cyberpunk that doesn't disappoint.
87 minutes | 22 days ago
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Part III
Konnichiwa all you Otakus out there. I hope you're ready for the final installment of the epic sci-fi hit: Ready Player One! Join Ben and Nate for the dramatic conclusion we were all waiting for, in theory. At last Wade has a plan he executed 3 weeks ago that will come in at a crucial moment to turn the tide of this battle. But will it be enough? Will Wade win the 400 billion dollars, or will he realize that the true prize was the friends we got along the way? Both. It's both. He gets the girl and the money. What do we get? We get to watch our lives crumble away as we're bankrupted by the very rich twenty-something we helped put into power. If there's a metaphor in here, you can bet Ernest Cline drove right past it in his DeLorean! Be sure to check out our blog where Ben tells you why he hates this book in exquisite detail and listen until the very end for an ultra super secret Easter egg hunting clue. Good luck hunters!
87 minutes | a month ago
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Part II
Ben and Nate are back to talk about part two of Ready Player One! I hope you have your notepads out and at the ready because there will be an Easter egg you can find in part 3 worth $140,000 to a lucky listener! All you need is to study our lives in such intricate detail that you give up your own life to do so. Then our real master plan will be complete and we'll steal your bodies and begin the cycle again. Nah I'm just kidding, it's just more useless knowledge without any commentary or examination and you wasted your life for nothing! Be sure to check out our blog so you can read all the ways and reasons Ben hates this book. Should be a blast!
90 minutes | a month ago
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Part I
Ben and Nate dust off a 2010s classic that gives us a view of 20 years from now through the lens of 40 years ago, from a guy who maybe spends a little too much time immersed in the cesspool we call pop culture. It's Ready Player One! Do you remember Atari? Do you remember Dungeons and Dragons? Do you remember Neuromancer? Do you remember untreated severe depression and extreme isolation? We sure do! We sure do for over 300 pages! Join Nate as he tries to keep Ben's rage from exploding as we explore Part I of this epic quest for a stupid video game contest (Wade's words not mine). If this book has anything interesting to say about the pop culture it's studying, this should be a blast! I can't wait!
44 minutes | a month ago
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
Have you ever wondered what might happen if you allowed an Oculus Rift to raise your children? If you guessed that you'd be eaten by ethereal lions, then you're correct. This week we cover a short story by science fiction legend, Ray Bradbury!
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Book Club - Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer Part 3 (Final)
The exciting conclusion to our series on Stephanie Meyer's Midnight Sun. We will attempt to answer some of the Twilight Saga's most difficult questions. Why did anyone ever believe Alice's alibi? What judge would ever award Renee full custody of a child? Should Stephanie Meyer consider writing a novel from the perspective of the bag of footballs that serves as a Bella decoy?
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Book Club - Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer Part 2
The trial of Edward Cullen begins in earnest. Ben struggles to defend the problematic behavior of everyone's favorite crystalline vampire from Nates relentless accusations. Even with help from his future self, though, Ben has his work cut out for him.
64 minutes | 2 months ago
Book Club - Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
In 2020, a year which many considered to be...not good, Stephanie Meyer delivered unto Twilight fans a gift more than 12 years in the making: Midnight Sun. Join us as we dive back into the series that made Young Adult Paranormal Romance it's own section in Barnes and Noble.
71 minutes | 2 months ago
Hunters of Dune is Disappointing
This is a mostly spoiler-free discussion of Ben's first, and last, foray into the expanded Dune universe. A warning will be given before we enter spoiler territory for anyone wanting to read the novel.
71 minutes | 3 months ago
The Chocolate War & School Assigned Reading
This week Nate looks back at a book he read in high school and absolutely nobody else did. Then the discussion shifts gears into school reading in general when Ben shares that he was assigned To Kill A Mockingbird 3 years in a row! Be sure to listen to this episode, because there will be an assigned paper at the end and there are no Sparknotes.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Book Club: Edenverse by Ben Edward & Nathaniel Creed Part 2
Some authors are inspired by mythology, some by music, some by the great masters of literature who preceded them. Ben and Nate are inspired by Danny Phantom and Full Metal Alchemist. The cringe concludes in Part 2 of our Edenverse re-examination.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
Book Club: Edenverse by Ben Edward & Nathaniel Creed Part I
IT'S TIME! IT'S TIME! That's right everyone. We're starting 2021 off with a bang! This month's book is Edenverse! The greatest book every written by anyone hosting this podcast! This time around Nate drinks alcohol while Ben drinks discomfort and sorrow. So if you want to join in on the discussion go ahead and grab a drink, grab the book ($0.99 on amazon! Free on poorlywritten.ninja), and have a seat while we pour our soothing voices directly into your earholes. After that don't forget to get your voice out there by going to our goodreads page (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1098011-words-about-books-podcast) and joining in on the discussion. Is this your favorite and also least favorite book written by these two authors? Us too! Let's talk about it so that Ben can cringe forever.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Season 1 - Epilogue
As our first year of Words About Books draws to a close the boys take some time to discuss where the podcast has been and where it will be going in the future.
81 minutes | 4 months ago
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
Nate surprises Ben with his analysis of Paradox Bound by Peter Clines. It's got action! It's got drama! It's got time travel! It's got adventure! It's got... MAGA propaganda? Oh boy. Take a listen in on this one and don't forget to follow us on twitter @WABPod or the future will unravel!
91 minutes | 4 months ago
The Story of Starcraft
Well it's finally here. My revenge for Ben making me read all that other shit. In this episode you listen to 90 minutes of a 3 hour conversation I forced Ben to have about the story of Starcraft I. Ben also has a wager for me: if we get 100 downloads in 90 days, he'll be forced to stream the first Starcraft game. So if you want to torture Ben as much as I do, download this episode. Have your friend download the episode. Share the download link to everybody you know! Celebrate the end of the shitty year that was 2020 but ensuring someone else will be having a worse 2021 than you! And remember: you don't have to listen to it. Once you click play, Ben loses.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Starcraft: Liberty's Crusade by Jeff Grubb
Nate forces Ben to listen to a discussion on Starcraft in this week's episode. Will this be the exception to the rule that books based off of games are hot garbage? Will Ben want to read this book after today's discussion? Find out on another exciting episode of Words About Books!
67 minutes | 4 months ago
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Ben and Nate journey to Earth's second moon of Kahani to formally apologize for poisoning the fabled Sea of Stories with their terrible writing. When they arrive they find the entire mess has been pinned on some guy named Khattam-Shud and that their adventure was actually an allegory for the importance of free speech.
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