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.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Episode 44: Dan Simmon's Song of Kali

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(sigh) The Two Mikes' got cocky and thought that the forces of destruction couldn't get them, but how wrong they were. After recording and hour and a half of brilliant discussion about this book, Kali the Destroyer brushed it into nonexistence without an effort. Here is the consolation prize: a discussion we had two weeks later, which turned out to be much better than it deserved to be.

It's Cocktail Time!

Oh! Calcutta Cocktail

two shots Bombay gin
splash of orange blossom water
a kumquat

In a tom collins glass, pour the gin and orange blossom water over ice. Cut and squeeze the kumquat over the ice and drop it in the glass. Fill with tonic.


Emphyrio said...

Kumquats and dates make a pleasing snack combination. The sourness of the kumquat makes you crave the sticky, cloying sweetness of the date, and vise versa.

Thanks for the call-out! I sense your annoyance with me even derailed your train of thought. But you summoned Sanjay's name nevertheless, kudos to you.

Simmons strikes me as unusually devoted to the Western literary canon for a genre writer, full of allusions to Chaucer, Eliot, Hopkins, Homer, Keats, yadda yadda yadda.

Guess he's a recovering English Major.

A dead baby stuffed with gems has to be one of the most inspired symbols ever. Brrr.

In my brief, youthful travels to India, Nepal and Thailand, the poverty and horror were striking: festering wounds, maimed beggars, millions living on a knife's edge. And incredible stink.

It's really an ideal horror setting...exotic enough that you know you don't understand the culture, and with so much suffering you can believe supernatural malevolence is an active force in the world, close enough to smell, see, and touch.

This sounds like an ideal entry novel for the uninitiated. Hyperion was definitely not plotty and brisk.

Hey, a nomination: Tim Powers' Three Days to Never. Not a masterpiece, but a recent (1980s setting) historical fantasy that took me to some places I'd never been, both extradimensionally and into the experience of a blind remote viewer, the logistics of which he handles well.

Emphyrio said...

A request: turn up your gain. The recording is very quiet, requiring full volume on the speaker.

Other audio is very loud when I must, heartsick, interrupt your discussion for other audio matters. said...

Thanks, Emphyrio. Your comments are always welcome and never annoying. I've never traveled to S or SE Asia, and your description of your travels both compel and forestall any such plans.

Sorry about the crappy sound quality on the Kali recording. We blame it, again, on the goddess herself, who we must have offended mightily.

As a recovering English major myself, I can say that this entire podcast is a symptom.

And thanks for the nomination of the Tim Powers book. I read his Drawing of the Dark, hell, back in the Seventies when it was first published, and have always meant to get back to him and his later, more famous works. I swear, one of these days we're gonna take one of you recommendations.

Keep listening and commenting,

Mike S. said...

Umm - I do not agee. The lost podcast was horrible. Kali did us all a big damn favor.