“The Man on the Street” by Trevor Wood

Antony recommends a crime novel that’s already won multiple awards, and which he considers one of the most accomplished debuts he’s read.

Antony Johnston


“Blade Reforged” by Kelly McCullough

Erika continues enjoying her reread of the Fallen Blade series. And Blade Reforged is a good jumping-on point!

Erika Ensign


The Nightshades Series by Melissa F. Olson

Sometimes entertaining escapism means three short, bloody books about vampires.

Erika Ensign


“Fireheart Tiger” by Aliette de Bodard

A beautifully written, complicated queer romance … plus politics … plus a fire elemental.

Erika Ensign


“Tea and Sympathetic Magic” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Who would want to jockey against a sea of debutantes to win a marriage to a Duke when there’s a library full of books to be read and plenty of good tea to drink?

Erika Ensign


“Brightfall” by Jaime Lee Moyer

A post-myth Robin Hood tale that is at turns sad, dark, frightening, and eventually hopeful. With fae and dragons!

Erika Ensign


“The Galaxy, and the Ground Within” by Becky Chambers

It’s a book in which nothing much happens, just a bunch of aliens sitting around waiting for the sky to clear. And yet Becky Chambers works her magic on it, and makes it memorable and moving. What a magic trick.

Jason Snell


“Slow Horses” by Mick Herron

In anticipation of the upcoming Apple TV+ show, Antony recommends a spy series quite unlike any other.

Antony Johnston


“Broken Blade” by Kelly McCullough

Erika revisits an old favourite and discovers it’s even better the second time!

Erika Ensign


“Guns of the Dawn” by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Erika enjoyed a regency-style fantasy novel about war! Who woulda thunk it?

Erika Ensign


“Beneath the Rising” by Premee Mohamed

This book is (partially) set in Edmonton, which is exciting for Erika. It’s about monsters and friendship and what monsters can do to friendship.

Erika Ensign


“Stasiland” by Anna Funder

A compelling book on a difficult subject, telling the stories of people who lived behind the Berlin Wall and lived in fear of the Stasi.

Antony Johnston


“Or What You Will” by Jo Walton

Do you like meta-fictional meditations on the nature of storytelling and Italy? Has Scott got the book for you!

Scott McNulty


“Plague Land” by S D Sykes

Scott hasn’t left his apartment in 4 months, so he decided to read a book about fictional people who had it even worse.

Scott McNulty


“Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu

Charles Yu has been working in television for awhile, and it isn’t hard to see that (obvious) influence on this novel.

Scott McNulty


“Working” by Robert Caro

Scott finally finished a book by Robert Caro (no, not that one).

Scott McNulty


“The City We Became” by N.K. Jemisin

Need a book to restore your readerly habits? This one worked for Scott!

Scott McNulty


“Famous Men Who Never Lived” by K. Chess

People from an alternate timeline live as refugees in our New York City. It’s full of grief, sadness, frustration, and coincidences.

Jason Snell


“Underground Airlines” by Ben H. Winters

Nathan reviews Ben H. Winters’s Underground Airlines, a gripping thriller set in an alternate history that feels too close to our own.

Nathan Alderman


“Six Stories” by Matt Wesolowski

Antony discusses SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski, a book tailor-made for podcast listeners.

Antony Johnston


“How To Do Nothing” by Jenny Odell

How hard is it to do nothing, anyway?

Quinn Rose


“The Long Lavender Look” by John D. McDonald

Re-reading the Travis McGee adventure novels of the 60’s and 70’s in the twenty-first century.

John McCoy


“Children of Ruin” by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The sequel to “Children of Time” does the original one better by adding new planets, new species, and maybe even aliens?

Jason Snell


“Fall; or, Dodge in Hell” by Neal Stephenson

Once again, Neal Stephenson has buried 250 great pages in a 900-page book.

Jason Snell


“My Book of Genesis” by Richard Macphail

Antony discusses the infamously-not-dead Genesis road manager’s story, finally told in a delightful book.

Antony Johnston


“His Majesty’s Dragon” by Naomi Novik

Erika needed some dragons. She got them. She also got a war. So, swings and roundabouts.

Erika Ensign


“Ghosts in the Schoolyard” by Eve Ewing

Quinn talks about school closings, civil responsibility, and Eve Ewing’s sociology book “Ghosts in the Schoolyard.”

Quinn Rose


“Educated” by Tara Westover

One million people have read and recommended Educated, but Quinn is here to be number one million and one.

Quinn Rose


“Places in the Darkness” by Chris Brookmyre

Antony discusses Chris Brookmyre’s sci-fi murder mystery PLACES IN THE DARKNESS.

Antony Johnston


“Terminal Alliance” by Jim C. Hines

Do you love post-apocalyptic fiction, but for your soul’s sake you need to keep it light? Has Erika got a book for you!

Erika Ensign


“Spirits, Spells, and Snark” by Kelly McCullough

The sequel to Magic, Madness, and Mischief delivers more of what Erika loved about the first book.

Erika Ensign


“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik

Like “Uprooted” before it, “Spinning Silver” is a more modern remix of classic fairy tale and fantasy scenarios. Royal weddings! Ice kings! Just don’t mention Rumpelstiltskin.

Jason Snell


“In The Company of Others” by Julie E. Czerneda

Scott doesn’t remember why he had a copy of this book, but finally got around to reading it and enjoyed it!

Incomparable Hosts


“Trail of Lightning” by Rebecca Roanhorse

Quinn got recommended a book by the Chicago Public Library, and now trusts the library completely.

Quinn Rose


“Magic, Madness, and Mischief” by Kelly McCullough

Erika read this middle-grade fantasy both recently and not-so-recently. Turns out re-reading it is just as delightful as the first time through.

Erika Ensign


“Hidden Sun” by Jaine Fenn

Erika went in search of a novel worthy to add to her Hugo nomination list — and she found one!

Erika Ensign


“The Wise Man’s Fear” by Patrick Rothfuss

Monty’s a few years late, but he just got to the second book in Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles.

Monty Ashley


“Crimson Frost” by Jim C. Hines

Merry Christmas, readers! For your holiday pleasure, Erika brings you a wacky-yet-dark Christmas mashup. It’s a shortie, so you can read it while your wine is mulling or your chestnuts are roasting.

Erika Ensign


“Children of Time” by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Arachnophobes, steer clear. Hard sci-fi fans, pull up a chair!

Erika Ensign


“Salvation” by Peter F. Hamilton

Scott is a fan of Hamilton (no, not that one), but does his latest hold up?

Incomparable Hosts


“Love and Romanpunk” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

In which Erika loves “twisted history” and Tansy. Not necessarily in that order. But maybe.

Erika Ensign


“Embers of War” by Gareth L. Powell

In which a good tweet convinces Erika to read a good book.

Erika Ensign


“Record of a Spaceborn Few” by Becky Chambers

The third book in Becky Chambers’ “Wayfarers” universe — but there’s no need to read either of the other two before diving into this one.

Erika Ensign


“Impostor Syndrome” by Mishell Baker

The third book in the “Arcadia Project” series is great, but start with “Borderline” if you haven’t read any of them—and if you’ve read the first two, be sure to bone up before diving in to book three.

Jason Snell


“The Golden Minute” by John Birmingham

A rollicking time-travel adventure featuring an 1870s lawman and a 21st century game developer, lost in time—and on the run from historical danger as well as deadly time police. It’s fun!

Jason Snell


The Sam Clair Mysteries by Judith Flanders

Scott read all 4 books in the series over the course of 4 days. You will too.

Incomparable Hosts


“Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World” by Dan Koeppel

I guess you could say that this is a book that has… appeal.

Jason Snell


“The Fictional Man” by Al Ewing

If we made flesh and blood versions of fictional characters, would they be “real” people? Antony enjoys some late-night misanthropic philosophy with Al Ewing’s 2013 novel “The Fictional Man.”

Antony Johnston


“The Ends of the World” by Peter Brannen

“The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions” puts the history of Earth and our role in it in perspective. Too much perspective, probably.

Jason Snell


“Girl Reporter” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Tina Valentina may not be Lois Lane, but without Lois and Vicki and April and Cat and Trish and so many more, there’d be no Tina. And without Tina, there’d be no Friday. And without Friday, we wouldn’t have this delightful superhero comedy romp.

Disclaimer: Erika podcasts with Tansy on Verity!

Erika Ensign


“Summer in Orcus” by T. Kingfisher

Erika’s continued Hugo (ahem, not-a-Hugo) reading yields excellent results!

Erika Ensign


“Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of YMR” by John Crowley

A crow that lives forever? What’s that all about?

Incomparable Hosts


“Summerland” by Hannu Rajaniemi

You probably wouldn’t want to vacation in Summerland, but is “Summerland” worth reading? Find out what Scott thinks.

Incomparable Hosts


“The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers

Antony gives his thoughts on an Incomparable favourite, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

Antony Johnston


“The Flowers of Vashnoi” by Lois McMaster Bujold

A surprise Vorkosigan novella appears!

Jason Snell and Dan Moren


“The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

An alt-history space race with commentary on the science and technology successes and cultural failings of the mid-20th century.

Jason Snell


“84K” by Claire North

Scott is stressed out, so he decided to read about a depressing possible future. What could go wrong?

Incomparable Hosts


“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel” by Mary Ann Shaffer

After seeing the Netflix trailer for the movie that is being made from this book, Kathy was intrigued by such a mouthful of a title and had to read it. Would she recommend it? Listen and find out!

Kathy Campbell


“All Systems Red” by Martha Wells

It won the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novella, and Scott McNulty also recommended it. Jason finally read “All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries)”, only to find that the titular Murderbot is not at all what he expected. And do you want to pay novel price for a novella?

Jason Snell


“Night Fall” by Simon R. Green

Scott has read 26 books to prepare for this book. Was it all worth it?

Incomparable Hosts


“The Mountain of Kept Memory” by Rachel Neumeier

Does Scott think this fantasy book is fantastic?

Incomparable Hosts


“When Gravity Fails” by George Alec Effinger

Antony discusses his re-read of the classic cyberpunk novel “When Gravity Fails” by George Alec Effinger.

Antony Johnston


“The Prodigal Tongue” by Lynne Murphy

Recording from England, Jason discusses “The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English” by Lynne Murphy.

Jason Snell


“Revenant Gun” by Yoon Ha Lee

Scott read a book, and now he wants to talk about it! That book? “Revenant Gun” by Yoon Ha Lee.

What does he have to say about it? Listen to the podcast and find out.

Incomparable Hosts