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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.

The High King - (Prydain Chronicles: Part 4) - ANP 008
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February 15, 2017 06:32 PM PST
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In this episode, we conclude our discussion of The High King by Lloyd Alexander, and also discuss The Foundling, a series of short stories expanding the Prydain Universe. Originally published in 1968, The High king was the 1969 Newbery Medal winner for excellence in American children's literature. 'The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain' was published 4 years later. These books gave our group so much to talk about, that we had to split the episode into two parts, and this is the conclusion of those discussions.

The High King - (Prydain Chronicles: Part 3) - ANP 007
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January 31, 2017 07:58 PM PST
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The High King by Lloyd Alexander marks the final story in the Prydain Chronicles. Originally published in 1968, it was the 1969 Newbery Medal winner for excellence in American children's literature. This book gave our group so much to talk about, that we had to split the episode into two parts.

A Man Called Ove - ANP 006
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December 28, 2016 08:07 PM PST
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Today we'll be studying "A Man Called Ove," a Novel by Fredrik Backman. Published in 2012, it tells the story of a curmudgeonly man in a changing neighborhood. Ove learns to deal with new circumstances, and has something to say about it too.

The Castle of Llyr & Taran Wanderer - (Prydain Chronicles: Part 2) - ANP 005
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November 30, 2016 09:23 PM PST
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In this episode we move on to part two of a three part series, where we will be discussing The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Today we discuss the third and forth books in the series, The Castle of Llyr, and Taran Wanderer, published in 1966 and 67 respectively. As with classic fantasy bildungsromans, we see the main character grow and mature, and his struggles become more challenging. The guests on today's show all share a passion for these stories, and each brings unique insights to the discussion.

The Book of Three & The Black Cauldron - (Prydain Chronicles: Part 1) - ANP 004
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November 01, 2016 07:15 PM PDT
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In this episode we begin part one of a three part series, where we will be discussing The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Today we start with the first two in the series, The Book of Three & The Black Cauldron, published in 1964 and 65. The series is a classic fantasy bildungsroman, which pulls from ancient mythologies, and had a big influence on modern popular fantastic fiction. The guests on today's show all share a passion for these stories, and each brings unique insights to the discussion.

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