New week. New episode. It’s a great time to be alive. We talk a bunch of book news and reviews, Advocacy Day, people co-writing books with their cats and we find another book that hasn’t checked out since the 70s.
Here’s the cover.
This book sounds so bad. I can handle some old fashion views of manhood in old science fiction, but it either has to be surrounded by good ideas and plot or it needs to be a little bit subtle in its machismo. The Programmed Man sounds like neither. But maybe you’ve read it and love it. Let me know. Prove me wrong. Bet you can’t.
See you next week, podcats!
What I love about our segment “Lonely Hearts Book Club”, beside giving the spotlight to books that have never checked out before, is how weird some of the books have been. Be it crazy first lines, weird main characters or strange presidential fan fiction (seriously, this episode about this book is nuts). So talking about Blake’s Therapy by Ariel Dorfman seems like it should be a natural fit.
Except this books sounds insane!
“Blake’s Therapy is a whirlwind ride through the desires of one man to find something real in a virtual world.” Okay.
“Dr. Carl Tolgate has prepared a strange, shocking, and erotic treatment.” Well, now it’s getting weirder.
“Blake must find out, before it is too late, who is controlling his life, his company’s future, and his own heart.” Why is his company at stake? How is his life separate from his heart? Is Blake going to be okay?!
The rest of the episode is par for course, with the return of my new favorite character, Clint McGavin, Cowboy Lawyer. Also, I realize how little I know about deckle edge printing, we talk about the new Supergirl show, book awards coming up and Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, I think I’m going to have to give that book a full write-up review, since I have a lot of things I want to talk about in regards to Star Wars books and endings.
This episode was much more relaxing after last weeks big Bond episode, since we went long on that one, but that’s because we could talk 007 forever.