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March 31, 2020  

Episode 372: Ten Minutes with James Bradley

And now for something a little different. Jonathan spends ten minutes with James Bradley, author of the fabulous new novel Ghost Species to discuss Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy series of crime novels which starts with The Cold, Cold Ground; Lily King's Writers & Lovers, and much more.

Books mentioned in this episode include:

Some more things James has read recently that he highly recommends:

  • Bridge 108 by Anne Charnock
  • Greenwood by Michael Christie
  • Agency by William Gibson
  • Zero Bomb by MT Hill
  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Gathering Evidence by Martin MacInnes
  • Circe by Madeleine Miller
  • Weather by Jenny Offill

Some books James is looking forward to a lot:

  • Mammoth by Chris Flynn
  • The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
  • War of the Maps by Paul McAuley
  • The Trespassers by Meg Mundell
  • Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer
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March 30, 2020  

Episode 371: Ten Minutes with Nisi Shawl

Today Gary Wolfe spends ten minutes with Nisi Shawl, who is currently preparing her introduction to the Library of America edition of Octavia Butler's work. They briefly touch upon Cory Doctorow as well as Nisi’s recent mini-collection from PM Press, Talk Like a Man, and the forthcoming sequel to her Nebula-nominated novel Everfair.  

Books mentioned in this episode include:
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March 29, 2020  

Episode 370: Ten Minutes with Ian Mond

In the second of our all-new "Ten Minutes with..." series, Jonathan spends ten minutes (well, nearly twenty) with critic and reviewer Ian Mond talking about the book he's reading right now and the books he recommends for those with a little time on their hands (some of which he's reviewing for Locus).

Books mentioned in this episode include:


March 28, 2020  

Episode 369: Ten Minutes with Sarah Pinsker

And now for something a little different. With all of us staying indoors, the team at Coode Street thought it might be fun to get in touch with some of our favourite people - writers, artists, and just folk we like to hang out with - and ask them what they're reading at the moment, what they recommend to read if you're currently hanging around indoors a lot, and maybe to let us know what they've been doing to.

For the very first of this "Ten Minutes with..." series, Gary calls up Sarah Pinsker to chat with her about her insanely prescient novel, A Song for a New Day, and what she's been reading.

 Books discussed in this episode include:

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March 21, 2020  

Episode 368: NK Jemisin and The City We Became

The City We Became by N K Jemisin

This week Jonathan and Gary have a lively discussion with the wonderful N.K. Jemisin, mostly about her new novel The City We Became (you can read the short story that inspired the novel at, but with fascinating side discussions about living in New York and trying to capture and celebrate it in fiction; the vices and virtues of H.P. Lovecraft and his difficulties in dealing with Brooklyn; the comparative challenges of world-building in an invented versus a recognizable world; how her work as a psychologist has informed her fiction; and a couple of side trips about the short stories in her recent short story collection How Long Til Black Future Month? 

With most book tours cancelled (including hers), this is a good way to spend some time with one of our most interesting and innovative writers. As always, our thanks to Nora for making time to join us, and we hope you enjoy the episode. See you in two weeks (and stay safe and well!)

March 7, 2020  

Episode 367: Ken Liu and the Power of Good Story

hiddengirl.jpgThis week Gary and Jonathan are joined by a long time friend of the podcast, Ken Liu, to discuss his new short story collection The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, approaching the end of his epic silkpunk fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty, and how having good stories is more important to a society than having good institutions. Along the way, we talk about history, life, evolving art, and much, more more.

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories is out now and The Veiled Throne is out early next year. 

As always, we'd like to thank Ken for making time to join us and hope that you all enjoy the episode.  See you in two weeks with more!


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