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#007 Happy Halloween: Spooky, peculiar and unfortunate books.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Happy Halloween, and welcome to Rants and Reviews! Are you ready for the spooky goodness? It’s a pretty long episode, so let’s get straight into it!


Each episode of Rants and Reviews we’re going to be sharing what we’re currently reading, so you can discover our favourite genes, add some books to your TBR pile, and hear us rave and rage about characters, plot, setting and more.

Anjali is currently reading Imposters by Scott Westerfeld, and recently finished Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.

Sophie is currently reading: About a Boy by Nick Hornby, and recently finished When in Rome by Nicky Pellegrino.

About a Boy is October’s Blogger’s Bookshelf Book Club book. We discover that as well as the movie About a Boy there’s a TV show, and we chat about some of the characters in the movie version and where they are now. We also realise that there’s a movie coming out about J.R.R.Tolkien and his life, which is rather exciting.


(08:50) We’re a little later starting our main feature for this episode, but we get straight into chatting about how we actually don’t read that many creepy stories. There are few that we have read over the years that have scary elements, but not specifically books in the horror genre. 

(13:40) Sophie decides she’ll give IT by Stephen King a go, and Anjali runs for the hills; clowns? No thank you. 

(16:15) A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is our first discussion book series. There are so many creepy things that happen throughout the entire series that we had to chat about. Find out which one of us has read up to book 10, missed books 11 and 12, but managed to read 13. 

(19:35) We completely disagree on whether the 2004 movie adaption is better or worse than the more recent Netflix show. Tune in to find out which one of us thinks the movie trumps the show! 

(29.35) We interrupt this programme to chat about Halloween costumes; which ones have been our best in the past and if we were dressing up this year. 

(35.25) Finally, we get to our second discussion series, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. Neither of us have gotten past book one, however, we both really enjoyed the idea of the photos and the peculiar traits of the children.

(36:45) Sophie struggles. Listen in. Have a laugh. 

(38:10) A quick discussion about the movie version, and how some of the characters have been changed around. 

(39:35) If you had a peculiar trait, what would you have? Flight? Invisibility? Talking to animals? Let us know what you would have, were you a Peculiar.

(44.35) Putting the main books aside, we have a chat about other supernatural and creepy creatures in books, our favourites to read, ones we don’t really enjoy or haven’t read books with them in it. Anjali also tries to explain the creatures in Justin Cronin’s The Passage, and does a terrible job. 

The episode ends with us chatting about Cassandra Clare’s multiple series, as well as a few other books we’re meaning to pick in the near future.


And that’s Halloween come and gone for another year. We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to us a chat about some of the spooky, unfortunate, and peculiar books we’ve read over the years. If you dressed up for Halloween, feel free to tag us in a photo on Instagram, or flick us a tweet. Until we chat again, happy reading!

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Books mentioned in this episode:
Imposters by Scott Westerfeld, Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, When in Rome by Nicky Pellegrino, About a Boy by Nick Hornby, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, IT by Stephen King, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs, The Passage by Justin Cronin, The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo, The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, Terry Brooks books, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. 

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