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The Writer and The Critic

By Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

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A monthly podcast devoted mostly to speculative fiction books, reviews and the odd bit of idle gossip. Hosted by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond.

Customer Reviews

Lots of fun

Mondy and Kirstyn recommend a book to each other and then discuss it in great spoiler-y detail in this monthly podcast. They know each other exceptionally well, so even if you haven't and don't intend to read the books, the banter is very entertaining. That said, their discussion of (mostly) speculative fiction novels is incisive and interesting... especially when they have completely different opinions about the same book...

Smart & funny

Love the byplay between Ian & Kirstyn, and their intelligent conversation about not just the books at hand, but ranging far. Keep up the great work!

If you like a laugh and want to expand your SF reading...

This is one of my favourite podcasts, partly because the presenters are around my age (OK a couple of years younger) and seem to have some similar sensibilities (similar sensibilities, but not necessarily the same tastes in actual reading material which makes things more interesting). The banter is very light hearted and I've had a few laugh out loud moments (a bit embarrassing when you are walking along the street on the way to work). It is long (usually between one and a half and two hours) but only comes out monthly, so is very manageable.

This podcast is aware of the kind of gender/culture issues that are discussed on things like Galactic Suburbia (another excellent podcast well worth checking out) without being as consumed by them, which leads to a balance that I quite like.

The format of the podcast is appealing. The presenters each recommend a book to the other (and if there is a guest, the guest also recommends one), and after going through news and other idle gossip they review each of the novels, discuss themes and basically seem to have a good time. The books are usually speculative fiction, although sometimes they look at books that aren't necessarily genre but have a "genre feel" (still not sure about that concept but I'm willing to let it slide - yes, the podcast is that good!).

They are based out of Melbourne, Australia so the podcast has an Australian flavour, but it will be of interest if you don't happen to live down under.

They spoil the books they read, so if they are looking at a novel that you still want to read it might be worth checking the show notes where they kindly give time cues for the various stages of the podcast (i.e. you can see at what time they start and finish talking about a particular book).

To paraphrase, significantly alter and then horribly butcher the words of Douglas Adams - this podcast is usually interesting, often informative and outstanding for the times when it is both.

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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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