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Join Chris & Paris every other Tuesday to discover if you really can judge a book by its hideous cover, bad title, or weird synopsis.


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If you haven't listened to Episode 11 - Maradonia and the Seven Bridges by Gloria Tesch, you should do that for more background info and to understand how we got here. This episode is for Robert (Bobby) Kennedy, who rescued Episode 11 when we lost most of our first season of episodes. We know he wanted us to read the second book in the series, so here it is, at long last. July 2019 is the Month of Maradonia here at TBC. Our next episode will feature Book 3 in the Maradonia Saga - The Gold of Ophir, which also happens to be a patron's choice episode. Our commentary on the Maradonia movie is already available for patrons but we're going to add more Maradonia-themed content to our Patreon this month! terriblebookclub.com Terrible Book Club Patreon
We're roasting ourselves again! We decided that it was time to review past missteps and things we were wrong about on air. We try to keep this show conversational and familiar, but the consequence of that at times is that one of us will say something that isn’t quite right, downright false, or kinda cringe-y. It’s only fair that we re-evaluate ourselves on a show that centers on criticism. This is Part 2 of the retrospective and covers Episodes 31-59. Relevant links: TedEd's Brief History of Goths Minnesota's Beef Industry Profile, 2017 Behavior Babe Jessica Minahan
This time, we’re roasting ourselves! We decided that it was time to review past missteps and things we were wrong about on air. We try to keep this show conversational and familiar, but the consequence of that at times is that one of us will say something that isn’t quite right, downright false, or kinda cringe-y. It’s only fair that we re-evaluate ourselves on a show that centers on criticism. This is Part 1 of the retrospective and covers Episodes 1-30 (though of course it doesn't include the lost episodes).  We also play another guessing game where Chris has made up some book titles and Paris has to guess which are real or fake, similar to the Two Truths and a Lie game that we played in Episode 30.
The editor for this series posted about how bad the writing was in a Facebook group called Men Failing at Erotica. We happened to see the post and another TBC episode was born. Thanks to Preston for bringing this one to our attention! Content Warning! In addition to our usual barnyard language, this week we've got: drug trafficking/drug use, forced prostitution, guns, kidnapping, murder, sex, and torture. Drug trafficking, a Chicago crime syndicate, dirty cops, murder, and torture sure seem like topics that could make for an exciting book. When the author includes an introduction informing you that he is, "a new breed of thriller writer," with a, "raw and sexy ability to place you in the box seat," then surely this book will deliver! ...right? 
After seeing #puppetgate trending on Twitter, Chris and Paris dive into the script of the play All in a Row with our friend Adam. Adam is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a MA in Applied Behavior Analysis and a decade of experience working with children with autism in residential and classroom settings. In addition to our usual barnyard language, this episode's content warnings include: ableism, descriptions of autism in the play, pornography, sexual assault, urination/defecation, and violence. Better written reviews of the play/script by other folks, including folks with autism/autistic folks: C.L. Lynch on Puppetgate All in a Row is Ableist: Also includes images of the original puppet design, final puppet design, and other pictures of the play's set and performance. Other images of the production: https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/archive2019/all-in-a-row/#gallery
This time, we figured we’d try to help you understand and - more importantly - laugh with us at The Mueller Report. It's a 448 page U.S. government report with over 1,000 footnotes that few people were really going to read the entirety of, so we figured we'd help you all out and read this for you. We’ve never read a report before on the show, so this is a first. Aside from our usual barnyard language, I think we only have one real moment of a sensitive nature (CW: urine) which might also be a first for TBC.
Our Patron Signe chose this book as her once-per-year reward! Check out our Patreon here to get this and other rewards for yourself. In addition to our usual barnyard language, Content Warnings this week include: abuse/assault, captivity, cannibalism, murder, and generalized violence. At long last, we've read another book that we actually didn't hate! I think we're at a rate of liking a book approximately every 18 months or so. The stream-of-consciousness style of writing throughout much of the story could definitely turn people away from the book in addition to the many puzzle pieces it leaves for the reader to assemble themselves. It's honestly a refreshing take on the whole "New-England-Puritan-witches-in-the-woods" concept that's been really overdone. Hunt managed to make something interesting AND didn't spoon-feed the reader, which Paris really appreciates. Chris wanted more clarity from the author, but we would both still recommend it to anyone who is looking for a dark fairy tale that you have to work a little bit for.
Our Patron Greg chose this book as his once-per-year reward! Check out our Patreon here to get this and other rewards for yourself. In addition to our usual barnyard language, Content Warnings abound this week: abuse/assault, murder, racism, rape, sex/pornography, sexism, and violence. Our patron Greg really made us work for our Patreon dollars this week. Bruce Dickinson sings for Iron Maiden but is also a pilot, professional fencer, and even rescues sea turtles occasionally - a true renaissance man. In 1991, he decided to add "author" to his already impressive resume with ... mixed results. This book is intentionally farcical, so the situations are intended to be shocking and graphic in an effort to critique the rich and powerful in Britain in the 1990s. The writing itself is actually fairly decent, but conceptually it just ends up being tone-deaf finger-pointing.
This week we learn how to (not) defend ourselves with objects through a book infamous for its imagery! Thanks to our friend Chris H. for posting some images from this book on Facebook, which inspired Paris to do a reverse image search and discover this lost treasure from 1991. We're joined by special guest Paul Lowe to guide us through the world of martial arts. Paul has studied Muay Thai and MMA for most of his life and now works at Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy, a world renowned fight sport gym that has produced many successful MMA and Muay Thai fighters. Whoops! The book does actually recommend you put analgesic ointment primarily into the eyes and then maybe the genitals if you have the opportunity. Links! Images from the book Sityodtong What Were You Wearing? Survivor Art Installation Art Exhibit Powerfully Answers The Question ‘What Were You Wearing?’ RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
April Fool's! Tomorrow you'll get your regularly scheduled TBC episode, but for today we're switching episodes with The Short Stories of Augie Peterson as a fun April Fool's Day exercise to expose our respective listeners to something new. Augie's playing one of our episodes on her feed today while we bring you Augie's review of the social media horror movie Friend Request. We recommend you also check out her Choose Your Own Adventure episode where you can play along with the adventure by jumping to certain timestamps in the episode.  If you're curious about Augie's other work, want to check out her podcast or writing, or become a patron of hers, head over to her website: The Short Stories of Augie Peterson. You can also find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. Lastly, thanks to Moxie LaBouche of the Your Brain on Facts podcast for pairing us up with Augie and orchestrating the great April Fool's Day switcheroo of 2019!
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