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, June 23, 2009

Episode 40: Kim Paffenroth's Dying to Live: An Novel of Life among the Undead

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For our fortieth(!) episode, the Mike's revisit the subgenre that launched this podcast: the zombie novel. This time we select, almost at random, one of Permuted Press's many undead offerings. Unconvinced by the novel's highmindedness, we try to say something nice, but perhaps end up saying nothing at all.

It's Cocktail Time.

High-falutin' Pruno

big tablespoon of mixed berries (frozen is okay)
shot of simple syrup
fresh mint
2 shots rye
orange bitters

Muddle berries, syrup, and mint in bottom of rocks glass. Pour in rye. Fill glass with ice. Top with a dash of bitters. For added authenticity, make a large batch in a toilet.

closing music: "Expialadocius" mashup found on the the interwebs

1 comment:

Emphyrio said...

Not an unrewarding discussion, considering neither of you cared much for the book.

I know what you mean about books that raise questions that would've made a more interesting core for the book. Ken Grimwood's Replay caused me similar aggravation, singular achivement though it was.

I have to hand it to you, once you started riffing "dark" 60s sitcoms, you really got on a roll.

Hey, yeah, do Ligotti! It's his masterpiece (My Work is Not Yet Done).

I have a nomination for your next Zombie book, perhaps sooner than 40 episodes hence: Risen, by J. Knight.

It's obscure. I wouldn't be surprised if it's sold only a couple of thousand copies.

It is set in a close-knit small town, and character relationships shape the story more than zombie tropes.

It has a bizarre flashforward opening that is simply curious when you first read it, but as it slowly dawns on you, eighty pages in, what it really means it's deliciously, originally horrific. And just desserts.

There is a midstory scene (set in the church) that is a jaw-dropping rule-breaker, that nevertheless works because it was so well set up.

"J. Knight" is the nom de plume of Jan Strnad, who earlier had a career writing comics and TV, who has since abandoned writing altogether due to, apparently, melancholia.

It's one of my favorite overlooked books of recent vintage.

Today's cocktail sounds repellant. Ugh!