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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Episode 129: Tim Powers's Declare

The Mikes go deep undercover and play both sides in a battle to discover the merits of Tim Powers's Cold War/Arabian Nights novel of intrigue and lots and lots of gin/djinn.

It's Cocktail Time!

Spirits of the Air

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour
  • 1 shot British gin
  • 1/2 shot apple juice (not cider)
  • 1/2 shot lemon juice
  • 1/4 shot orgeat
Shake and strain into coupe glass. Float a bit of prosecco on top, along with a dash of Angostura bitters. Garnish with a mint leaf. Take flight.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Episode 128: Tim Powers's The Stress of Her Regard



The Two Mike's rip out their charred hearts and shove them into a paper bag as they read The Stress Of Her Regard by Tim Powers.  Can they free themselves of this everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink-blood-sucking-Nephilim novel by climbing the Swiss Alps or do they just need to down a few hundred cocktails?



It's Cocktail Time!

Maid of the Mountain

2 shot German Brandy like Ashbach
1/2 shot Kirschwasser

Shake with ice. Pour into a tall glass and top with club soda and cherry bitters.

Song: %Origin of Love% by Mika

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Episode 127: Cormac McCarthy's The Road

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The Mikes' journey with Cormac McCarthy comes to an end, but they're still stuck on the road. They poke around the ashes and find some canned peaches of beauty nevertheless.

It's Cocktail Time!

Carrying the Fire

Take two espresso cups. In one, pour a shot of cognac or overproof rum and add a sugar cube. Ignite (be CAREFUL!). In a second, make a shot of espresso. Douse the flames in the first cup with the espresso from the second. Garnish with a cocoa nib. Be sure the flame is extinguished, then enjoy. Chin chin!

Closing music: "Water and Ash" by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Friday, December 22, 2017

Episode 126 Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian




The Two Mike's wish you a Happy Holidays and trim the tree with all sorts of viscera from the true American horror of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian. 
Hey, it is better than watching the news.


It's Cocktail Time!

Blood Orange Meridian

 1 1/2  shots of brown Mescal
 1 shot of Campari
 1/2 shot dry sherry

Shake with ice and pour over ice with a pinch of flake salt and bitters. Garnish with a blood orange.