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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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Another week, another screenplay disguised as a book. This one is a real Russian nesting doll of poor choices. Thanks to Bob from Books, Beards, & Booze for recommending this one to us!  Content Warnings: blood, death, fights between women, gore, injury, & misogyny.
Our Patron Jensina chose this book as their 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: generalized violence, guns, military stuff, murder, and some brief jokes with sexual themes. Chris and Paris become Blind Date and Merlot to fight a terrible book from another galaxy! This one made us feel like we were reading a knock-off G.I. Joe novel at a foreign airport bookstore. Our ultimate judgment is that this should've been pitched to The Asylum rather than being published in book form. We've also got some falafel talk, unsettling questions about eagles, and we announce potential options for the next book.
Someone cast Meteor on Chris's computer and this episode and the associated bonus Patreon content was almost lost. Luckily, his back-up Lifestream kicked in and saved the files, but not without sacrificing the computer itself to do so. Chris's brother Adam joins us as a guest today. Oops! When Paris says "Steel Magnolias" she actually means the movie "Magnolia".
GET YOUR PINKLE JINXXXXXXED!!! This book came to our attention through an anonymous recommendation. Thank you, anonymous person, and we hope you enjoy this episode.
If you haven't listened to Episode 11 - Maradonia and the Seven Bridges by Gloria Tesch and Episode 62 - Maradonia and the Escape from the Underworld (Book 2 of the Maradonia Saga/Series) by Gloria Tesch you can do that for more background info and to understand how we got here. However, it's definitely not necessary. This book was chosen by our patron Dari as part of her Patreon reward. If you, too, would like to force us to read a book, head over to our Patreon and select either the $5 or $10/month tier. Our commentary on the Maradonia movie is available on our Patreon at those tiers as well if you need even more Maradonia content. terriblebookclub.com Terrible Book Club Patreon
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
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