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.
||ExplicitEpisode 44: ‘The King of Attolia’ and ‘Growing Rich’||[We regret to advise that there is some questionable audio for the first five minutes or so of this episode due to an unnoticed fault ...||10 6 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 43: ‘The Well’ and ‘Clade’||On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, open with a short discussion of the Hugo Awards ...||22 4 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 42: ‘The Bitterwood Bible’ and ‘How to Be Both’||On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, begin with the enthralling tale of How Mondy Got ...||10 2 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 41: ‘Hild’ and ‘Station Eleven’||On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, kick things off with a debate about cultural cringe, ...||16 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 40: ‘Dust Devil on a Quiet Street’ and ‘We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves’||On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, begin with a lengthy discussion about authors, reviewers, and ...||27 10 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 39: ‘We See A Different Frontier’ and ‘Long Hidden’||On this episode of The Writer and the Critic, your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, begin by addressing listener feedback about high fantasy and ...||27 8 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38: ‘The Lives of Tao’ and ‘The Curse of Chalion’||This very special episode of The Writer and the Critic was recorded live at Continuum 10 -- the Melbourne speculative fiction and pop culture convention ...||11 6 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 37: ‘Lexicon’ and ‘Fairytales for Wilde Girls’||This month on The Writer and the Critic, your hosts Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond spend a few minutes chatting about their recent HUGO AWARD ...||23 5 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 36: ‘Love is the Law’ and ‘The Bloody Chamber’||This month on The Writer and the Critic, your hosts Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond fritter away a few precious minutes talking about carving out ...||17 4 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 35: ‘Bearded Women’ and ‘Ancillary Justice’||This month on The Writer and the Critic, your hosts Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond spend a little time up front talking about political correctness ...||11 3 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34: ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ and ‘Gone Girl’||This month on The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, throw out a handful of pocket reviews for books which ...||10 2 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 33: ‘NOS4A2′ and ‘Sister Mine’||This month on The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, have decided to start with a handful of pocket reviews ...||12 12 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 32: ‘Every Day’ and ‘The Woman Upstairs’||On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond have decided to dispense with the idle gossip and ...||18 9 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31: ‘Life After Life’ and ‘The Testament of Jessie Lamb’||This month on The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, discuss two mainstream novels with a speculative fiction flavour. Ian ...||29 8 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30: ‘Hair Side, Flesh Side’ and ‘Light’||Scraping across the line on the last day of the month, this episode of The Writer and the Critic sees your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and ...||30 7 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29: ‘A Madness of Angels’ and ‘Saga’||Recorded in front of a live audience at Continuum 9 in Melbourne, this episode of The Writer and the Critic features special guest N.K. Jemisin ...||12 6 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28: ‘Feed’ and ‘Some Kind of Fairy Tale’||What a difference a month makes! Since the last episode, your host Ian Mond and his lovely wife, Jules, have brought a little baby girl ...||17 5 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27: ‘Infinite Jest’ and ‘House of Leaves’||Bouncing back refreshed and rejuvenated from their Moving House hiatus, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond launch into an almost inevitable post-move discussion about books, hoarding ...||28 3 2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26: ‘Evaporating Genres’ and ‘James Tiptree Jr’||This last episode of The Writer and the Critic for 2012 sees your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, sink their teeth into non-fiction. But ...||26 12 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25: ‘The Black God’s War’, ‘The Silence of Medair’, and ‘Paintwork’||This month on The Writer and Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, are delighted to bring you Part the Second of their special ...||26 11 2012||Free||View In iTunes|
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.