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It, by Stephen King - ANP 018
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January 01, 2018 03:00 AM PST
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Today we’re discussing It, by Stephen King. Published in 1986, this horror novel by American author Stephen King, his 18th novel written under his own name, tells of a malevolent force living under the city of Derry Maine, controlling, and feeding on it’s citizen. In the novel we follow seven kids as they encounter this horrific being, and attempt to stop it from harming anyone else.

The primary discussion on today's episode is about the novel, but we do discuss it's influences, some of King's other work, and the movies associated with It.

The Martian - ANP 017
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December 01, 2017 03:00 AM PST
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Today we are discussing The Martian, a 2011 hard science fiction novel written by Andy Weir. Weirs debut novel follows the story of American astronaut Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035 and must improvise in order to survive. A film adaptation by the same name, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, was released in October 2015.

1Q84 - ANP 016
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November 01, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
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Today we discuss 1Q84, a dystopian novel written by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, first published in three volumes in Japan in 2009–10, and released in the US and UK two years later. It tells the story two characters who know each other, but haven’t been in contact since childhood. Masami Aomame and Tengo Kawana attempt to reunite with one another, in a world that becomes increasingly surreal and supernatural.

Flowers in the Attic - ANP 015
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September 30, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
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Today we’re discussing “Flowers in the Attic” by V. C. Andrews. Written in 1979, it is the first book in the Dollanganger Series, told from the point of view of Cathy Dollanganger. The book has seen much popularity, having been twice adapted into films in 1987 and 2014,and selling over forty million copies world-wide.

This came to us as a strong suggestion from our of our regular co-hosts, so I’d like to ask Lauren to tell us, what is it about this book you enjoy so much, why is it one of your favorites and what did you hope we’d enjoy about it?

Packing for Mars & Spook - ANP 014
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August 31, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
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In Today's episode we discuss two books by Mary Roach; Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (2005),and 2010’s Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. In these books Mary Roach approaches the topics at hand in a humorous and educational manner, and isn’t afraid to tackle the gory details.

Devil in the White City - ANP 013
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August 01, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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In today's episode we're discussing 'The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America' by Erik Larson. This non-fiction book tells the story of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (Colombian Exposition,) and focuses much of the story on the notorious serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Written in a novelistic style, it's a fascinating read, which has recently been considered for a movie adaptation, with Leonardo DiCaprio having secured the rights, and potentially portraying Holmes.

Lost in the Woods - ANP 012
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June 30, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
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Today we're discussing three different novels with a similar theme. 'The Ritual' a 2011 British novel by Adam Nevill. 'The Ruins,' a 2006 novel by American author Scott Smith, and 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon', a 1999 novel by american author Stephen King. These novels all deal with the theme of being stranded in the wilderness, and how to survive, but they all also incorporate some kind of supernatural malevolence. Putting the stories side by side, we compare and contrast their strengths and weaknesses.

Dune - ANP 011
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May 01, 2017 07:07 PM PDT
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In today's episode we’re talking about Dune, by Frank Herbert. Published in a 1965, this epic science fiction novel was originally released as two separate serials in Analog magazine. Having sold over 12 million copies this book is the worlds best selling Science Fiction novel. We discuss in depth the world Herbert has created and it's the intricate plot of plans within plans. We try to break apart how character driven the story is, with technology taking a backseat. And we attempt to name the more recent works that were influenced by the Dune world, especially those of George R. R. Martin.

Ender's Game - ANP 010
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March 31, 2017 07:23 PM PDT
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Today we discuss Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card. Published in 1985, Ender's Game is the most recognizable of the Novels from Card's futuristic Universe pitting Earth and Humans against the Formic, seemingly hostile and advanced alien race of insectoids. Ender's Game tells the story of Young Andrew (Ender) Wiggin, who is chosen to join the military school to train for the next conflict with the Formic, and the ensuing story is ripe with ideas and conflicts.

Agatha Christie - ANP 009
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February 28, 2017 09:37 PM PST
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In today's episode we’re discussing two novels by Agatha Christie. Born in 1890, Christie was an English crime novelist and playwright. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time, with her 78 mystery novels having sold roughly 2 billion copies. The novels we dive into are 'Murder on the Orient Express' published 1934, and 'Mrs. McGinty's Dead', published in 1952, and both are stories of Christie’s recurring protagonist Hercule Poirot.

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