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Episode 6: Uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik won the Nebula award 2016, and this podcast’s heart in 2018. We finally got a chance to record a podcast in person, and it certainly wasn’t wasted. Don’t miss this incredible book, or our breakdown of the characters, magic and sex scenes!

Next time we’re reading The Changeling by Victor Lavalle. Pick that up at your local bookstore or library and meet us back here in a couple weeks.


Episode 5: Murder on the Orient Express

In this episode, Alanah and Rachael chat about Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. It’s their first Christie novel! Did they like it? Will they read more? Does the book age well?

Next time, tune in for a discussion of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, winner of the Nebula award and this podcast’s heart.

Episode 3: Fate of the Tearling

Alanah and Rachael have finished reading the Tearling trilogy! How did the controversial ending of this series measure up? Was it satisfying? Realistic? Was any of the sexual tension resolved? Listen in to find out, and please chime in!

Next time, we’ll be talking about Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Pick it up at your local bookstore, or you can purchase it on Amazon here though our affiliate link.

Episode 1: Queen of the Tearling

For our first episode, we talk about Erika Johansen’s Queen of the Tearling. This episode comes to you from a beautiful island in the Pacific Ocean.  Tune in for character gossip, speculation about future books, interrupting dogs, and a little bit of analysis. We highly recommend this thought-provoking, refreshing take on a dystopian fantasy.

We encourage you to buy the book at your local bookstore (shout out to Third Place Books in Seattle, and Bolen Books in Victoria!), but otherwise, here’s a link to the novel on good ‘ol Amazon. If you’d like to buy all three books at once, here’s a link for that.

Full disclosure, those are affiliate links, so we would make a little money if you bought a book.

Next time on Words Afterwards, we’ll be talking about the second book in the series, Invasion of the Tearling.