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Episode 81 of Speculate! — Lauren Beukes Author Discussion

Welcome to Episode 81 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of Lauren Beukes, specifically The Shining Girls, by talking to the journalist, screenwriter and author who uses her diverse background and experiences to inform her writing–and infuse it with passion and empathy, as this often powerful conversation suggests.  We learn something about the challenges incumbent in writing a book about a serial killer and the role fantasy plays in Lauren’s fiction, along with a frank discussion about how justice denied in real life can often be upheld in fiction–and how that can set an example for what real life should be.  All in all, this is one of the more intriguing interviews we’ve had the chance to do, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week for our final show in the triptych, a discussion of some of the specific writing techniques used in The Shining Girls.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

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Episode 80 of Speculate! — Lauren Beukes Novel Review (The Shining Girls)

Welcome to Episode 80 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Lauren Beukes, focusing on her recent novel generating a tremendous amount of buzz in and outside the genre: The Shining Girls.  A combination crime novel / mystery / time traveling tale, this book uses gritty realism and compelling characters to generate both tension and dread–and as we discuss during the episode, this is a hard book to put down once you’ve picked it up.  If you enjoy the talk, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll interview Lauren herself.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!

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Episode 79 of Speculate! — Book Blogging Discussion with Justin Landon of Staffer’s Book Review

Welcome back for Episode 79 of Speculate!  The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, we dive into the world of book blogging and reviewing with Justin Landon of Staffer’s Book Review.  During the discussion we look at the rising influence of book blogs, how buzz is created (and how tastes are formed), the role of book blogs in pushing the genre of speculative fiction forward, and how to tread the line between friendship and professionalism, especially when a negative review may be in the offing!  We also talk about Pornokitsch‘s Jared Shurin and Justin’s book Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, and what such a book says about the rapidly growing impact of the book blogging community in speculative fiction.  If you enjoy the conversation, make sure to stop back for our next show when we’ll begin our next triptych of shows on Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word!

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