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Author: Ben & Nate

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Words About Books is a podcast where two wannabe writers read and discuss books. Read along with us, or just enjoy the show! New episodes every Sunday.
38 Episodes
Dune The Movie

Dune The Movie


Finally! It's out! I never thought we'd see the day! Ben and Nate get a sneak peek at Dune: The Movie directed by acclaimed director David Lynch and starring... *checks notes* Kyle MacLachlan. Will this film be the instant classic that everyone says it will be? Will it define an entire era of filmmaking? Will it be the next Lord of the Rings? Will Nate and Ben figure out that this movie was made in 1984 and is way different from the movie people are actually looking forward to?!? FIND OUT TODAY on an exciting new episode of Words About Books!
Ben and Nate reflect on 2020 in the only way they know how, by talking about all the books they've read.  
Today we examine Jay Key, Star Wheel Books, and the paths one may take to publication. Join Ben as he attempts to explain concepts such self publishing, independent publishing, and how they're not the same thing to an increasingly distracted and unfocused Nate who can't help but bring up our short story every chance he can possibly get. Don't forget to check out our twitter @WABPod and our blog and let us know what you think of this new format.
Unfunny jokes. Bickering. An unlikeable protagonist that you’re supposed to love. Welcome to the flawed logic and page skimming universe of Duke LaGrange! Nate and Ben tackle an indie comedy book in today's episode. How to Pick Up Women with a Drunk Space Ninja: The Adventures of Duke LaGrange Book 1. Or HtPUWwaDSNTAoDLB1 for short. Was that a funny joke? I didn't think so either. Now imagine having to read 300+ pages of jokes at that level. Just remember that a flawed book is an opportunity for learning and prime discussion.
To celebrate the impending American election, Ben presents his top 5 Donald Trump take down books. Find out which of these is the right book to help you mentally prepare for a second dark age! Fire and Fury by Micheal Wolff, Fear by Bob Woodward, Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump, The Room Where it Happened by John Bolton, and Rage by Bob Woodward
The Shadow Out of Nate

The Shadow Out of Nate


The following audio sample was found in the library of Miskatonic University. It was late and I was the last student to leave. Most of the electric lighting was off. Only the blasphemous glow of the gibbous moon pouring through the windows provided illumination. There it was. A laptop sitting adjacent to a still opened copy of the dreaded Necronomicon. The laptop was unlocked and Audacity was open on the screen. After nearly 30 minutes of waiting for the owner to return my curiousity got the better of me. I played the shadow-haunted audio clip. I wish I never had. I mean nothing bad happened in the audio clip, but later on I found out that I had early-onset fishman syndrome and that was 30 minutes of life I really could have used back. Anyway, Imma go chill with Dagon soon, check this weird clip out. 
Ben and Nate tackle two of their favorite Lovecraft short stories. Nate finally finds a Lovecraft story he can review positively. 
Ben and Nate accompany a doomed expedition to Antarctica. There they discover archeological artifacts that will rewrite everything we know about the history of life on this planet. But in the frozen wastelands no one can hear Nate scream, and sometimes the past refuses to die...
Ben and Nate follow HP Lovecraft on a journey to the shadow-haunted town of Innsmouth. Everyone there looks like an obvious monster, and several people warn us not to go, but in this economy you ALWAYS take the cheaper bus. 
Ben and Nate kick off the month of Lovecraft with a deep dive into the biography of the man himself. We get into it all: his tragic childhood, his awkward marriage, the racism, and the incredible afterlife of his fiction. 
It's Nate's birthday and the only gift he wants is for Ben to choose the groups' next read from a pool of 10 random books. The books vary wildly in both subject matter and quality. The only data Ben can use to inform his choice are the front and back covers of the books.  
Ben & Nate tackle Thrawn once again in a re-examination of Heir to the Empire and all of Star Wars. How have things changed since The Rise of Skywalker? Has Ben's heart softened after having to read some truly awful books for this podcast? Will this episode finally redeem the horrible Words About Books Podcast? Find out in another exciting edition of Words About Books, now in 3-D!
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett


A Wizard, A Barbarian, and some sentient Luggage team up to save the world from an all powerful Sourcerer! This month we read Sourcery by Terry Pratchett. A Rincewind novel set in the Discworld. If you're not sure what any of that means, don't worry we've got you covered. 
In this brief wrap up to our series on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Nate discusses outsmarting Ben. Oh, and he gets around to apologizing to his grandmother eventually.
Detective Ben continues his investigation into The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, though the case seems to be getting away from him. Fortunately Agatha Christie's brilliant detective Hercule Poirot is on deck to assist. 
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Agatha Christie's most challenging mysteries. Our own Detective Ben goes up against the legendary Hercule Poirot in a race to solve the murder of Roger Ackroyd. An innocent man's life is at stake should the true killer not be found, and time is running out. 
The exciting conclusion to our Dune series. This episode takes an in depth look at part 3 of Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic. Was the conclusion worth the wait? Find out on this episode of Words About Books. 
On this episode we discuss the introduction of the enigmatic fremen, a few lack luster plots within plots, and Nate's slow descent into despair as this book gets no closer to ending.  
There's a traitor in our midst. It's Nate. He keeps trying to escape, but we've tightened his shackles and we're ready to continue our conversation about Dune. 
After The Fold and Marked, Ben decides it's time for the boys to read some proper literature. This ENTIRE MONTH the podcast will be covering one of Ben's favorite (and longest) books. Nate begins to question his life choices. *Apologies in advance for some awkward edits. We had a lot of material to cut down for this one.  
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