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  1. Yessss!!! I've been looking forward to this for so long. Can't wait to listen to some classic Duncan Fyfe tales.
  2. We recorded the ep last night, look for it soon!
  3. Great look at the way religion is dealt with. Is it wrong to say that Silence has an individualist take on religion? A view that we are all responsible for our own religious feeling and adding an administrative structure - like the Catholic Church - just creates more problems.
  4. Atwood writing about the book's recent relevance. (Spoilers for the end)
  5. Yes! The Blind Assassin is the only other Atwood book I've read and I had a very similar reaction to that book. It's like the power of her words have seeped into me and created an undefinable but very real change that even years later I cannot shake. I love that book.
  6. Here's where you can discuss our March pick, Margaret Atwood's all too relevant novel: The Handmaid's Tale. Grab it on Amazon or get it free with an Audible trial.
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is so amazing. My two favorite songs:
  8. That's a really interesting point about the way the Japanese are depicted as the "good" Axis power. I wonder if the TV show holds onto that depiction, even if we generally are more aware of what was going on in Asia at the time. (Spoilers: turns out all humans have the capacity for evil, not just the Nazis)
  9. Anyone else really amused that Jake's terminator fan theory is essentially the ending of Mass Effect 3? Advanced civilizations continue to be wiped out by their creations after the creations inevitably achieve sentience.
  10. I've read Snow!! You're totally right that it also fits in.
  11. I should make clear that I think Silence is a great book and I'm really happy I read it. I just wish I'd read it before the movie, haha. I'm trying to think of other literature that deals with religion in such an introspective way that still leaves room for someone to retain their faith. As a lapsed Catholic, this book really speaks to the struggles I faced when I ultimately decided to move away from religion, and honestly makes me feel a little nostalgic for it. The closest literary example I can think of is The Grand Inquisitor from Brothers Karamazov, but I'm sure there are many, many others.
  12. Yeah, I agree that sometimes having a visual can help with your understanding of a book, especially with the examples you cited. Like I said on the Wuthering Heights cast, books written before the ascension of film have a much less literal prose, which can sometimes be confusing to modern readers who are more accustomed to visual storytelling. The BBC Pride and Prejudice series definitely helped me visualize scenes that the novel doesn't make super clear. Silence, however, was written in the 60s, so it comes from a film era. There's nothing in the book that the movie makes clearer, because the two are essentially identical. Not only is the plot the same, but the dialogue and internal narration is also directly lifted from the book. It's actually incredible how similar they are; I can't remember the last time a modern book was adapted into a film where nothing was changed. My problem was that it felt like I was rewatching the movie while reading the book.
  13. I 100% agree with Jaws being number one on this list.
  14. I had the exact opposite reaction to this book. Not because I thought it was bad, but because I happened to watch the movie first and the book and the movie are exactly the same. It made the book slow going for me because I already knew what was going to happen and what everyone's reaction to events would be. As always, seeing the movie first was a horrible mistake.
  15. I love that Coates gets indirectly called out in this book. Another really humorous observation that made me - a white person who enjoys Coates writing - feel uncomfortable at how spot on the observation was.