Plotboilers: Book Reviews and Writing Life
By Emily Brady
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Plotboilers is a podcast for people who love reading books - and maybe even creating their own. Hosted by blogger, writer, and book-lover Emily Brady. Updates bi-monthly.
||CleanBonfire by Krysten Ritter & What We Can Learn from Actors Who Write!||Today I’m talking about a fiery psychological thriller, Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. I’m not just excited to talk about the plot; I’m also stoked (get it?) to discuss her creative process and some surprising things we can learn from actors who are a||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Review of Beartown by Fredrik Backman||Fredrik Backman is a Swedish writer best known for his books (A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, etc.) Today, I’m talking about one of his most recent works “Beartown,” a book that focuses on a small town’s rela||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRE: Amazon Replacing Libraries, Book Haul, & Practical Books on Writing||Let’s talk about that crazy Forbes article that suggested we replace local libraries with Amazon bookstores! Also, I’ve got a first edition book haul to report (Weeee!) and a few suggestions for books about writing that I’ve found practical and th||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury with Josiah and Benji!||Join me as I discuss The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury with guests Josiah and Benji! For those of you who have tuned in before, you might remember Josiah and Benji from a few months ago when we talked about “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlotboilers Presents: “The Count, My Grandmother, and Seeing Through Another’s Eyes” by How to Write Good Podcast!||Today I’m sharing an episode from another podcast, How to Write Good. Why? Because the host of HTWG podcast, Daniel Poppie, was kind enough to invite me onto the show as a guest! I’ve never guested on a show before,||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Are Short Stories So Hard to Write?||Let’s talk about short story writing! On the one hand, short stories are simpler than novels because – as the name implies – they are short. On the other hand, the target is a lot smaller which means the margin for error is a lot bigger.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHacks to Find (And Identify) First Editions of Your Favorite Books + Book Giveaway!||Let’s talk about collectible books! First things first: Did you know there’s a difference between a first edition and a first printing? Both are cool, but many collectors prefer the first printing to the first edition. I’ll tell you why,||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? With Special Guests Josiah and Benji!||Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is a novel by Philip K. Dick. It’s also the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner, although I wouldn’t have guessed it by the title. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time, and as it turns out,||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Recommendation of Happily by Chauncey Rogers (And I Narrated the Audiobook!)||Today, I’m discussing Happily by Chauncey Rogers – a brand new YA retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. I know what you’re thinking: Why would I want to read a book if I already what happens? Well,||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Wrinkle In Time Book Review||It’s Plotboilers’ tenth episode! In honor of my longstanding “don’t see the movie before you’ve read the book” tradition, I’m taking a look at A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s a short book, but there’s a lot to talk about||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Recommendation: The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri||May the record show this episode went live in February! Well, at least for those of us on the West Coast. To celebrate the shortest month of the year, I’ve got a quick book review (recommendation, really) for you.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPet Sematary Review & Static vs Dynamic Characters||Today, I’m making up for lost time with a longer-than-usual book review and writing discussion! First up, I’m talking about Pet Sematary by Stephen King. Most of the time, I read King because I want something that’s just straight-up entertaining.||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe Are Legion (We Are Bob) Book Review and “You’re Not Good Enough” Book Tag!||Today’s episode features a review of We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor. When I first heard about We Are Legion, I wasn’t convinced that I’d like it – mostly because the main character is a spaceship. (That’s kind of an oversimplif||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarve the Mark Book Review & New Years’ Writing Resolutions||In my last episode of 2017, I’ve reviewed Veronica Roth’s “Carve the Mark” and put together some tips and tricks for setting challenging yet achievable writing resolutions for 2018. (If I’m being totally honest,||12/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Handmaid’s Tale Review and the Importance of Reaction Scenes||In today’s episode, I’m reviewing The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This book is not only one of Atwood’s most acclaimed novels, but the basis for the American television show by the same name. If you know anything about Margaret Atwood,||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDueling Book Reviews: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero and Artemis by Andy Weir||Today, I’ve got a special treat for you: dueling book reviews! Okay, the books aren’t actually dueling. I’ve just been reading a lot and have a backlog of reviews to share. Today we’re talking about Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero and Artemis by||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInto the Water Book Review & Plotting vs. Pantsing||In today’s episode, I’m reviewing Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. You probably know Hawkins from her breakout novel, The Girl on the Train. But what you might not know is TGOTT isn’t actually her first book.||11/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalloween Book Recommendations and How to Be a Better Beta Reader||In today’s episode, I have five spooky and binge-worthy books for you to read this week, along with a few pointers on how to be a better beta reader. First up: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. This was the first book I read by King,||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Plotboilers Podcast: Retrograde Book Review and Balancing Your Day Job with Writing||I’ve started a podcast to complement the content I post on my blog. Yay! The goal of Plotboilers is to share tips and tricks on writing, but also share cool books and ideas I come across in the writing community. On the podcast,||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
My wife and I are very active story critics--whether its in a book or a film, we love to analyze the techniques the storyteller used to create an emotionally impactful tale. Plotboilers is definitely our favorite podcast, and one of our favorite places to go check for reviews. It isn't ranty or rambly; it's well-concieved and well-produced conversation about books, storytelling, and writing. Definitely worth the listen.
Keep ‘em coming
Informative and intriguing
Most review podcasts are either bogged down and over analyzing, or completely uninformed and lack interest. This podcast is a nice between that is both fun, and insightful. I like the additional tidbits about writing tips as well!