A Novel Podcast
In depth discussions of literature from all genres and generations.
Ready Player One - ANP 020
March 01, 2018 12:00 AM PST
In today's episode we are discussing Ready Player One, a 2011 science fiction novel, and the debut novel of American author Ernest Cline. This novel tells the story of Wade Watts, a young man in a bleak future, who lives most of his life in a virtual reality called ‘The Oasis.’ Wade, along with millions of other Oasis users are hunting an elusive treasure left by the creators of the Oasis, following clues that glorify the 1980s, and nerd culture in general.The Road, and The Prestige - ANP 019
February 01, 2018 02:00 AM PST
Today we are discussing two books, and their movie adaptations. The Road, by Comrac McCarthy & The Prestige, by Christopher Priest. Both books have note worthy film adaptations, and both are worth reading in their own right. The Road is a 2006 post apocalyptic tale of a father and son trying to survive in a harsh world, and 1995's the Prestige chronicles the feud between rival magicians in 1800's England. In this episode, we dive into both the novels and the movies, and highlight what makes all four pieces remarkable.It, by Stephen King - ANP 018
January 01, 2018 03:00 AM PST
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
December 01, 2017 03:00 AM PST
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
November 01, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
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
September 30, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
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
August 31, 2017 11:00 PM PDT
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
August 01, 2017 05:00 AM PDT
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
June 30, 2017 10:00 PM PDT
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
May 01, 2017 07:07 PM PDT
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.
Our group discusses books and novels from all different genres. Focusing on one book per episode, we discuss its place in the world of literature from story to characters, symbolism and themes. We include titles from the very newest best sellers, timeless classics and some you've never heard of. Stretch your exposure to different styles, historical, to horror, comedy, science fiction and beyond.
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