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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Episode 113: F. G. Cottam's The Waiting Room

The Mikes hit the road with the mysterious Linda, and listen to the first of the three F. G. Cottam books on the table. Discussing the book in a hotel room in the savage beating outskirts of Rapid City, South Dakota, we parse the plot and subtleties of the novel and ultimately find it to be quite spooky.

It's Cocktail Time!

I Can't Abide the Stench of It!

In a cocktail shaker with ice, pour:
  • 2 shots of gin
  • liquor of 1 oyster
  • a couple shots of your favorite hot sauce
Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with lemon or lime or, better, the oyster.

Chin chin!

special closing music: "The Roses of Picardy" by John McCormack

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

On the whole you were very kind about this novel, which is almost wholly an Edwardian homage. The first encounter between Creed and Stride is a nod to Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story openings. The Great War stuff was inspired by Housman's A Shropshire Lad. The contrapuntal ending is how I imagine Chesterton or H.G. Wells would have ended the story (if that doesn't sound too conceited).

Beyond that there's the Gothic element and you were bang on about Patrick Ross and Frankenstein's creation. Then there's the flapping amputees, a sight I experienced first-hand at a veterans' hostel as a very young child and have never forgotten.

Thanks for discussing the book. However I'll pass on the cocktail...