The Two Mikes

The Two Mikes
Ever wanted to talk with someone about a book you just read? You could just join a book group and talk about it, drink a little, veer off on tangents, work back around to the book again, and finally wrap it up by picking the next book.

But what happens when the book you just read is about about hungry zombies or a haunted house, and your Eat, Pray, Love–reading friends aren’t really into reading it, much less discussing its finer points? That’s what we’re here for. We Two Mikes will be your virtual book group for discussing new and interesting and old and half-forgotten horror books.

If you want to follow along with us, look at the next forbidden book on the table and start reading.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Episode 141: John Blackburn's Bury Him Darkly

The Two Mikes join John Blackburn and enter the ancient vault of his 1969 horror novel Bury Him Darkly. We find a heck of a lot of plot but not too much more. Is it because we don't have The Dropsy? Whatever you do, do not touch the orbs, no matter how fun they look, do not touch the orbs!

Cocktail Time?  It Is!

The Holy Grail Full of Sangria

Get a pitcher full of ice and add:

  • 1  cup of Burgundy wine
  • 2 ounces of mint simple syrup
  • 2 ounces of tequila
  • 1 cup of cheap Champagne
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite lemon/line soda

Stir and garnish with fruit of any sort,  pour into your most holy of beverage glasses.

Chin chin.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Episode 140: John Blackburn's A Scent of New-Mown Hay

Criminy! The Mikes forage for some insights and witticisms about John Blackburn's first novel, and return home empty handed (and covered with ticks). They wonder about first-novel awkwardness and hope for better in later books.

It's Cocktail Time!

A Fungus among Us

In a shaker, combine

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 table spoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon mushroom powder (such as oyster mushroom)
  • 3 tablespoons mescal
  • 1 tablespoon triple sec

shake with ice and pour into margarita glass rimmed with salt.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Episode 139 Michael Talbot's Night Things

Pack the station wagon, head to the Adirondacks and join The Two Mikes as they vacation with Michael Talbot's  Night Things.  Is that a Fallen Angel under your covers or are you just excited to see us?  Do yourself a favor and head straight to the rental agent and demand better accommodations.

It's Cocktail Time!

The Adirondack Moonrise

2 shots blended Canadian Whiskey
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 Tablespoon wild blueberries
1 lemon wedge
Splash of seltzer.

Muddle the berries, lemon and maple syrup in an Old Fashion glass. Fill with ice and pour in the whiskey and seltzer.  Stir well. Garnish with lemon.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Episode 138: Michael Talbot's The Bog

The Mikes get their hands dirty and moist digging into Michael Talbot's second novel. We learn about what bog tannins can do to human remains (preserve them) and what hanging out with a demon can do to a sorcerer (preserve them). 

It's Cocktail time!

The Bog Body

In a cocktail shaker, combine:
  • 1 1/2 shots scotch (something peaty)
  • 1 shot Mirto liqueur (myrtle liqueur)
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • sprig of crushed fresh thyme
Shake with ice and pour into a tumbler of ice. 
Fill glass with ginger beer and garnish with lemon slice.