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Episode 152 of Speculate!–Katherine Addison Author Discussion

Welcome to Episode 152 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of Katherine Addison, focusing on her novel The Goblin Emperor, as we talk to the author herself (real name Sarah Monette).  Among many topics, Sarah talks about her academic background, her engagement with fans on and offline, the nature of social change in her fantastic world, and what inspires her about her characters–and why she thinks an alternative to grimdark fiction can be a reasonable approach, at least once in a while!  We really enjoyed this chat about a really intriguing book, and we hope you find it as interesting as we did.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week for our final show of the triptych as we look at some of the writing techniques used in the novel–and if you’d like access to that show and our Good, Bad, and Ugly segments (including a new one from Sarah), please head to our Patreon page and support us at the $5 or higher level.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

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Capsule 1 — Review of The Death House & Interview with Sarah Pinborough

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Welcome to a new series on Speculate called Speculate Capsules. In our first episode, we’re happy to bring you a review of The Death House (non-spoilery) and an interview with the author, Sarah Pinborough, in which we talk about the genesis of The Death House, about how she tackled such dark material but also leavened it with comedy and uplifting emotions, and about how the book speaks to living in the moment. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahPinborough.

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Episode 151 of Speculate!–Katherine Addison Novel Review (The Goblin Emperor)

Welcome to Episode 151 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. As we head into our sixth year of production, in our first episode of 2016 we begin a new triptych of shows with our reader response to Katherine Addison‘s Locus-award winning The Goblin Emperor, a striking combination of steampunk, political intrigue, and, well, goblins. We talk about the wonderful worldbuilding and characterizations, the way the book acts as a palate cleanser from the current grimdark landscape of fantasy fiction, and the social stakes at the heart of the novel…plus some of the aspects of language which did and didn’t work for us.  We really enjoyed this book, and we’re looking forward to talking about in more detail over the coming weeks.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll chat with Katherine Addison herself about the book.  And if you haven’t already, please check out our Patreon and consider becoming a patron so you can get access to even more content and we can continue to bring you analysis of the best authors, editors, and artists in speculative fiction.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and and spreading the word about the show!

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