Into the Stacks
By Catherine Curtis / Ali Williams
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Into the Stacks is the culmination of two decades of letter writing, phonecalls and even the odd floppy disk exchanged between two friends. As they encountered love, life and that all important world of work, their love of speculative fiction kept them going. This year, as Cat moves across an ocean to Canada, their correspondence is going digital as they record a weekly bookcast talking about everything from fantasy to science fiction, paranormal romance to dystopian thrillers.
||ExplicitEp. 016 - Halloween Special||Welcome to Episode 16, the spooky-if-you’re-a-horse Halloween Special! Your spoopy hosts talk carnivals, the American Gothic, and international IKEA meatball portions. You’ll need to grab yourself a copy of Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bra||11 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 015 - Heists, Heists, and More Heists||Welcome to Episode 15, long promised and finally delivered. Your favourite ladies talk badly behaved murder children, heists, and children’s birthday parties. You’ll need to grab yourself a copy of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo b||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 014 - The Ladies are Back in Town||Hello patient listeners! In a slight departure from the normal course of things, your favourite bookish ladies spend some time catching up, explaining their summer-long hiatus, and talking books in this week’s episode!||10 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 013 - Dystopias, featuring The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline||Hello and welcome to the hellish dystopia that humanity is hurtling towards. This week, Cat and Ali are talking all about The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. Come join them as they talk about own voices and the need for diversity in publishing, clima||10 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 012 - #AmWriting mini series: Writing compelling characters||Tune in for Episode 12, the first episode in a five-part mini-series on writing! This week, Cat tackles how to write compelling characters, trawling through untold pages of google search results, personal experience, and writing courses past to bring yo||7 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 011 - What the f**k are we doing with our lives? Featuring Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman||Tune in for Episode 11 and listen to Cat and Ali ponder the important questions in life - namely, what the f**k are they doing with it? Your fearless leading ladies take on Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and reach new levels of fangirling. This show has eve||30 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 010 - The Journey Into Writing||Tune in for Episode 10 and listen to Cat talking all about how and why she got back into writing. She talks about the common fears many first-time authors experience, how she deals with them, and gives the lowdown on writing courses. For those of you in||28 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 009 - The Fae: Not Just Cute Little Things With Wings. Featuring The Cruel Prince (Holly Black)||Tune in for Episode 9 and listen to your two favourite fangirls do what they do best - flail lovingly yet awkwardly in the general direction of the fae and hope desperately to be abducted to the land of faerie. You can expect Ali getting excited by Iris||20 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 008 - Storytelling in Video Games. Featuring The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)||They’re back! After a month-long hiatus, Cat is back and bringing a whole new medium to the table. Tune in to meet the elusive Tom, find out more about the unexpected tie-in between video games and books, and meet Steve’s Canadian counterpart Jean-P||13 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 007 - Murder she read. Featuring The City and The City by China Miéville||It’s finally here - Episode 7! The dream team reunite to tackle The City and The City and Breach. Tune in for a somewhat intelligent discussion about binaries and dichotomies, a vague Simpsons reference, and a perfect example of the fate of the best l||9 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 006 - Mythbusters - Writing Tips Debunked. Featuring On Writing by Stephen King||It’s finally here - Episode 6! In the first episode of its kind, Cat goes it (sort of) alone while Ali is studying hard. This week, our intrepid heroine takes on writing tips and busts some myths wide open, with the help of guest host Joe Curtis. Expe||25 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 005 - Something Snarky This Way Comes. Featuring City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare||It’s finally here - Episode 5! This week, Cat and Ali commence heavy breathing over City of Bones (Cassandra Clare) and finally give Fanon!Draco the attention he deserves. Prepare also for an unexpected shout out to Matthew Daddario’s eyebrows, the||19 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 004 - Assassins: The Ultimate Anti-Heroines. Featuring Nevernight by Jay Kristoff||They’ve made it to Episode 4! This week, Cat and Ali wax lyrical over Nevernight (Jay Kristoff) and tackle some of life’s greatest mysteries - what are two book series called (duologies, not two-part trilogies, apparently), why don’t we have assas||11 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 003 - The Monster Mash. Featuring Moon Called by Patricia Briggs||Welcome to Episode 3! This week, Cat and Ali talk about Moon Called (Patricia Briggs) - first book in the Mercy-verse - and all manner of things that go bump in the night. Listen to them charmingly stumble their way through discussions about the power||4 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 002 - Elemental Magic. Featuring Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi||The ship hasn’t yet sunk! This week, Cat and Ali talk about NYT Bestseller Children of Blood and Bone (Tomi Adeyemi) and explore themes of racism, classism and privilege. Expect occasional flashes of intellect, extreme fangirling over fictional crushe||28 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 001 - A Whole New World. Featuring The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton||In their maiden voyage into the world of podcasting, Cat and Ali discuss world building, focusing on Tempests & Slaughter (Tamora Pierce), The Belles (Dhonielle Clayton) and High Voltage (Karen Marie Moning). Expect hardcore fangirling over fictional cr||19 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The hosts have great chemistry together and are clearly passionate about new adult fiction. Hope we get more content soon!
Fun and warm hosts chatting about the latest in genre publishing - a really good listen!
Really enjoyed the political commentary - would love to hear more about how speculative fiction reflects society. Two distinct and interesting voices makes this a pleasure to listen to.