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Words About Books

Words About Books is a podcast where two wannabe writers read and discuss books. Read along with us, or just enjoy the show! New episodes every Sunday.


Discussing The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ben and Nate discuss the award-winning children's novel. This one is light on summary and heavy on confused philosophical rambling. You have been warned...Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
59:23 4/21/24
Talking About Tolkien - A Warm Welcome (The Hobbit, Ch 10)
The gang makes it to Lake-town and Thorin rolls 20 after 20 on those charisma checks. Meanwhile, Ben struggles to find enough lore to scrape together an episodeSupport the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
21:52 4/20/24
Star Wars: Thrawn Treason (Part II The Final Thrawntier)
It has been a long time coming. We're finally wrapping up another Thrawn Trilogy. There isn't much Thrawn left. Is this the last of Thrawn we'll ever see?? What about the Grisks? The answer may surprise you... and it's "there isn't anywhere for this to go and it all ends in Rey Star Wars."Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
49:29 4/14/24
Talking About Tolkien - Barrels out of Bond (The Hobbit, Ch 9)
Notably absent from this chapter is the most embarrassing CGI barrel fight in motion picture history. Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
43:34 4/13/24
Discussing Star Wars Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn (We will never stop)
This might as well just be "Words About Thrawn". This blue alien has come in and just taken over the podcast. I think if you count the bonus super-cut we have, as of this week, talked about Thrawn for 13 episodes. Thrawn has tied with Dune! He cannot be stopped! Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
56:28 4/7/24
Talking About Tolkien - Flies and Spiders and Bombur (The Hobbit, Ch 8)
The gang is taken prisoner by sentient spiders. Fortunately, Bilbo has a very particular set of skills that makes him a nightmare to spiders like these.Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
46:24 4/5/24
Oops All Ben!
Captain Nate accidentally messed up the crunchitizing machine and we got ALL BEN! OOPS!Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
44:24 4/1/24
Discussing Bookshops and Bonedust by Travis Baldree
The author of the legendary Legends and Lattes is back with another novel featuring everyone's favorite orc. Can Baldree rekindle the magic and produce another cozy fantasy story for the ages? Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
64:43 3/31/24
Talking About Tolkien - Queer Lodgings aka Beorn to Be Wild aka The Hobbit Ch 7
In this chapter the squad finds themselves in Queer Lodgings as guests of a giant, muscular, half-man half-bear. You know, Tolkien was right, language is fun.Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
42:48 3/27/24
Finishing Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert (Part III)
This week we wrap up an early Dune Month with the final part of Heretics of Dune! Including an interesting fight between Duncan and an Honored Matre that involves plans within plans and a beefstick. You've been warned now.Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
50:02 3/24/24
Talking About Tolkien - Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire (The Hobbit, Ch6)
This is a short chapter and a suspiciously long run time. I really hope we didn't go on any long tangents about the deep theological conundrums inherent in Tolkien's mythology...Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
58:02 3/21/24
Discussing Dune Part 2 (The Movie) ft. The Gravy Man
We have a special guest, James of here to help us understand this ground breaking medium of sight and sound that the kids are calling "movies". We'll be talking about Part 2 of Dune. Will this adaptation hold up to the legendary novel? Could it perhaps be even better? Find out on this exciting episode of Words About DUNE!Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
89:57 3/17/24
Talking About Tolkien - Riddles in the Dark (The Hobbit, Ch 5)
Bilbo finds a magic ring and riddles for his life. I'm sure it's just a regular magic ring that turns you invisible and not some soul-crushing doomsday weapon. Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
51:14 3/13/24
Continuing to Discuss Heretics of Dune (Dune V Part II)
We're back with Heretics of Dune! Or Dune V-II. Today we advance slowly into the story a little further, kind of like how Frank advanced slowly into the story in this book. That's the WAB treatment at work! You get little hints and bits and pieces of the plot in between talking about how Kevin J Anderson is garbage! Just like the book!Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
53:01 3/10/24
Talking About Tolkien: Over Hill and Under Hill (The Hobbit, Ch4)
The gang learns that thunderstorms are just giants playing football. Gandalf may or may not be in possession of weapons grade explosives. A lot more pony's are explicitly left to die than you might expect from a children's book. Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
27:29 3/6/24
Discussing Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert (Part 1)
It's that time again: Dune month. If you're wondering why it's early this year its because the movie came out and we want that SEO. We're talking about Heretics of Dune. The fifth book in Frank Herbert's Dune series. It is not what the movie is about. Enjoy. Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
113:39 3/3/24
Talking About Tolkien: A Short Rest (The Hobbit, Ch 3)
The gang takes a short, tiny, small...2-week If you got invited to hang out with Elrond, you wouldn't be very quick to leave either. But just who is Elrond? Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
33:57 2/28/24
Discussing a NEW RELEASE The Gorgon Incident by John Bierce
This book is available Feb 27th, 2024 wherever good e-books are sold (or at the very least on Kindle).This week we're discussing a book by PATRON John Bierce! We've covered The Mage Errant #1, The Wrack, and interviewed him and now we're BACK FOR MORE! We talk about several stories in the series and hopefully don't ruin our friendship with JB forever! Should be a good one!Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
63:56 2/25/24
Talking About Tolkien: Roast Mutton (The Hobbit, Ch2)
Bilbo begins his adventure. He runs 2 miles in under 20 minutes, and he even tries his hand at pick pocketing. Maybe there's more to this hobbit than meets the eye. Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
28:52 2/21/24
Discussing Ghost Hunting for Dummies by Zack Bagans
This is literally the worst book I've ever read. Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
88:43 2/18/24
Talking About Tolkien: An Unexpected Party (The Hobbit, ch1)
Ben once said that if we ever covered Tolkien it would have to be an entirely different podcast. Nate said "Ok." Now here we are, talking about Tolkien. On this podcast we will go through Tolkien's books chapter by chapter adding context and discussing the real world inspirations behind the story. You're encouraged to read along with us. In this episode, we discuss Chapter One of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party. If you want early access to these episodes, check out our Patreon!Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
40:44 2/14/24
Solving The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo
This week we're taking a look at a Japanese murder mystery from the 40's. Written by the legendary Seishi Yokomizo, whose work only recently became available in English, The Honjin Murders is a locked room mystery in the style of Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr. I sure hope there isn't some strange Rube Goldberg machine involved...Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
110:40 2/11/24
Discussing the Murder Mystery of The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei (Part II)
We're wrapping up our discussion of The Deep Sky by diving into the plot and the murder mystery. Follow along and see if you can guess which of the background characters did a pow pow and the see if you can guess their really stupid motivation. Bonus points if you can deduce how fast it takes to throw them out of an airlock.Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
88:05 2/4/24
Talking About Tolkien: Announcement
We're officially announcing our new project, a minipodcast about The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
09:18 1/31/24
Discussing The Deep Sky by Yume Kitasei
This week Ben and Nate blast off into space to discuss a nominee for "best new sci-fi" according to some people who might not have good taste. It's The Deep Sky! A book that wants to be about four-hundred different things. We're covering the Sci-Fi aspects of the book and setting the groundwork this week. Then next week, after scaring off all the fans, we're going to discuss the plot and the mystery aspect of the book. If you want to see more content like this then pokemon go to our patreon and consider joining up!Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
80:49 1/28/24
Discussing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Part 2)
Ben and Nate are back for the exciting conclusion to The Hunger Games (Book 1). Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
102:03 1/21/24
Discussing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Part 1
The Hunger Games came out in 2008. That was 16-years ago. Let it sink in. Nate has finally convinced Ben to read it. Will it live up to the hype? Will it top Battle Royale? Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
74:55 1/14/24
A Slice of Abbadon’s Gate (The Expanse Wrap-Up)
Season five baybay! This week Nate talks about part of the third book in The Expanse and we decide once-and-for-all whether we’re going to continue covering the series.Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
62:49 1/7/24
Words About Books End of 2023 AWARDS SHOW
That's right the event that only comes once a year! Ben & Nate both drink. We give out the WABies (an award just as important as the Oscars) and we look back fondly (or not so fondly) on our 2023. Thanks for hanging with us everyone and we hope to see you in 2024. Oh and there's a gift exchange. I literally almost forgot about that. Oops.Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
78:44 12/31/23
Discussing Armada by Ernest Cline
This was originally a Patreon bonus episode. Ben wanted it on the feed so bad that he eventually convinced me to release it around the holiday season. So here it is, a present from WAB to you. If you like what you hear consider joining our Patreon. For $3 you get all 4 bonus episodes, voting on a monthly book poll, early access to minisodes, and access to all of our other projects. Merry Xmas!Support the Show.Discord - - - - the Books -
83:46 12/24/23

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