Brother Trucker Book Club

Ep 044 One Thing Led To Another

An episode of Brother Trucker Book Club

By DreadPennies
A blue-collar grunt shares what he's been reading while out on the road, everything from fiction and non, young and old, mainstream and indie.
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Tales From the Road: The Faraday Job
Blowing up stuff for fun and profit.
October 18, 2019
Ep 080 "Carous-Hell"
"Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury, and "The Thief Lord" by Cornelia Funke
October 16, 2019
Ep 079 Spaces In Between
"The Stress of Her Regard" and "Alternate Routes" by Tim Powers
October 14, 2019
Tales From the Road: Screwed
Don't make someone else handle your mess.
October 11, 2019
Ep 078 What You Gonna Do
"Steelheart", "Firefight", "Calamity", from the Reckoners series by Sanderson.
October 9, 2019
Ep 077 One For The Kids
"The Wish List" by Eoin Colfer, and "Skulduggery Pleasant" by Derek Landy.
October 7, 2019
Ep 076 Of Trees and Terror
"Spell Check" by Julie Wright and "The Halloween Tree" by Ray Bradbury
October 2, 2019
End of September Report
14 books in all, most of them good.
October 1, 2019
Ep 075 Ruined Childhood
"Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs and "Faithful Place" by Tana French.
September 30, 2019
Sleepless Hollow, Chapter 3: The Book in the Box
Josie meets a man called Crowe, and he's got some questions about the book in her mom's coffee shop.  Sleepless Hollow arrives 10/4 on Amazon!
September 28, 2019
Tales From the Road: Turn Them Wheels
Today I talk about being a trucker and a writer, and the larger life lessons on forward progress. If the wheels aren't turning, you're not earning.
September 27, 2019
Sleepless Hollow, Chapter 2: Endless Watch
Meet Silas Proctor, ghost and protector of Sleepy Hollow! What's his connection to Josie? Hmmm...
September 26, 2019
Ep 074 What's Up In The Hood
"Hood," "Scarlet," and "Tuck" by Stephen R. Lawhead. The best version of the Robin Hood legend out there.
September 25, 2019
Sleepless Hollow, Chapter 1: A Distant Relation
The entire first chapter from my forthcoming novel, SLEEPLESS HOLLOW! It will launch on 10/4/2019, and I hope you all grab a copy. Enjoy!
September 24, 2019
Ep 073 Yo Robot
That's the title of "I, Robot" in Spanish. Let's chat about Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of robotics!
September 23, 2019
Tales From the Road: Brother Trucker, Meet Maverick
Today! 3 different times I drove my truck onto an airfield, including the time I got buzzed by a fighter jet.
September 20, 2019
Ep 072 Let's Get Wild
"Guts" by Gary Paulsen and "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer
September 18, 2019
Ep 071 Havens and Watches
"Fablehaven" and the follow-up series, "Dragonwatch" by Brandon Mull. Guest-starring my wife!
September 16, 2019
Tales From the Road: My 10,000 Mile Summer
From May to August of 2018, I put 10000 miles on a work truck by hauling boxes of contaminated dirt to a dump. All. Day. Long
September 13, 2019
Ep 070 Familiar But New
"The Accidental Highwayman" by Ben Tripp, and "Woven" by David Powers King and Michael Jensen
September 11, 2019
Ep 069 The Other Kind of Super
"Confessions of a D-List Supervillain" by Jim Bernheimer, and "Bonehead" vol. 1 by Bryan Hill and Rhoald Marcellius
September 9, 2019
Tales From the Road: Imex to Coquitlam
I have driven every mile of the I-5 in America.
September 6, 2019
Ep 068 A British Orphan Who Does Magic
The Bartimaeus series, by Jonathan Stroud! Includes "The Amulet of Samarkand," "The Golem's Eye," "Ptolemy's Gate," and "The Ring of Solomon."
September 4, 2019
Ep 067 It Could Happen
"Prey," "Next," and "State of Fear" by Crichton.
September 2, 2019
End of August Report
10 books this month.
September 2, 2019
Tales From the Road: Everybody! Hates! Dispaaaaaaatch!!!
I've had 2.5 good dispatchers and a truckload of crappy ones. Buckle up, brother truckers!
August 30, 2019
Ep 066: 138 Books in 20 Minutes
August 28, 2019
Ep 065 Basque-et of Goodies
Two books by Basque-American author Caryn Larrinaga! "Superhero Syndrome" and "Donn's Hill."
August 26, 2019
Tales From the Road: Hobbs and MSHA
OSHA, MSHA, UITC, and more! These are the safety standards for construction, mining, oil, and how they work.
August 23, 2019
Ep 064 Back From the Dead!
"Brother Frankenstein" by Michael Bunker and "The Revenant" by Michael Punke.
August 21, 2019
Ep 063 Mistborn In All Its Glory
Today we are joined again by my cosmically hot wife to discuss the entirety of Brandon Sanderson's MISTBORN series. Here we go!
August 19, 2019
Tales From the Road: The August Mailbag!
Where do you eat? How much do you work? HOW DO YOU WEAPONIZE BODILY FLUIDS?! All this and more in the inaugural mailbag!
August 16, 2019
Ep 062 I LiKe dRaGoNs
"Eragon" by Christopher Paolini and "Mysteries of Cove" by J Scott Savage
August 14, 2019
Ep 061 A Monkey, A Ball, and A Castle
"Congo," "Sphere," and "Timeline" by Michael Crichton.
August 12, 2019
Tales From the Road: Thicker Than Blood
Here's an insight into working in oil refineries as a trucker.
August 9, 2019
Ep 060 The Janus Effect
"Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson and "Warbreaker" by also that dude
August 7, 2019
Ep 059 Inconceivable
"The Princess Bride" by William Goldman and "As You Wish" by Cary Elwes
August 5, 2019
Tales From the Road: 2,000 Miles Into Hell
I made two round trips to Mordor in a week. It was rough.
August 2, 2019
End of July Report
9 more books read in July.
August 1, 2019
Ep 058 Build a Bridge Out Of Her
"Witchy Eye" and "Witchy Winter" by D.J. Butler, and "Looking for Calvin & Hobbes" by Nevin Martell
July 31, 2019
Ep 057 Through the High Tech Looking Glass
"Off to Be the Wizard" by Scott Meyer, "Jumper" and "Wildside" by Steven Gould, "Outland" by Dennis E. Taylor
July 29, 2019
Tales From the Road: Blast Crew Goes to Mordor
My favorite adventure from the Brimstone days.
July 26, 2019
Ep 056 Happy Pioneer Day!
"Undaunted" by Gerald N. Lund and "Unforgettable" by Eric James Stone
July 24, 2019
Ep 055 Morituri Te Salutem
"Arena Mode" by Blake Northcott, "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, and "Red Rising" by Pierce Brown
July 22, 2019
Tales From the Road: Exactly What You Need
I got to jump in a reservoir in my work clothes.
July 19, 2019
Ep 054 I'm On A Boat
"The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown, and "Unbroken" by Lauren Hillenbrand
July 17, 2019
Ep 053 Get In The Boat, Ya Blaggards!!!
"Bloody Jack" by LA Meyer and "Powder Monkey" by Paul Dowswell
July 15, 2019
Tales From The Road: Bob the Inept Drill Operator
Don't be like Bob.
July 12, 2019
Ep 052 Comic Relief
"Atomic Robo" by Brian Clevinger and "Skullkickers" by Jim Zubkavich
July 10, 2019
Ep 051 Different Ways To Die
"The End of Night" by Paul Bogard and "Extreme Makeover" by Dan Wells
July 8, 2019
Tales From the Road: The One That Got Away
In trucking, everything is your fault. But in blasting, that can be...massaged a little.
July 5, 2019
Ep 50 Ungrateful Colonials
"1776" by David McCullough and "George Washington's Secret Six" by Brian Kilmeade
July 4, 2019
Ep 049 Giant Robots FROM SPACE!!!
"Sleeping Giants," by Sylvain Neuvel
July 2, 2019
End of June Report
What I read in the month of June 2019
July 1, 2019
Ep 048 What's In Your Head
"Calvin" by Martine Leavitt and "The Hollow City" by Dan Wells
June 26, 2019
Ep 047 Good Grief
"Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography" by David Michaelis.
June 24, 2019
Tales From the Road: Here Comes the Boom
Let's talk about blast crew.
June 24, 2019
Summer Reading List (I'm Back)
A long list of good reads to fill the dog days of summer.
June 19, 2019
Short-Term Announcement
I'm taking a brief hiatus from the podcast to focus on the needs of a family member. I appreciate your understanding. Thank you, fellow brethren of the truck.
June 10, 2019
Tales From the Road: Asleep at the Wheel
Being tired just comes with the job. There are ways to manage it and things you should definitely avoid.
June 7, 2019
Ep 046 D-Day Revisited
"The United States of Japan" by Peter Tieryas, and "The Only Thing to Fear" by Caroline Tung Richmond
June 5, 2019
Ep 045 You're the Mann Now Dawg
"1491," "1493," and "The Wizard and the Prophet" by Charles C. Mann
June 3, 2019
End of May report
I read 19 books this month. Yikes. But a lot of them were good!
June 1, 2019
Tales From the Road: Ballarat
You've never heard of this town until now. I guarantee it.
May 31, 2019
Ep 044 One Thing Led To Another
"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss and "Empire of Silence" by Christopher Ruocchio
May 28, 2019
Ep 043 Memorial Day Special
"Flags of our Fathers" by James Bradley
May 27, 2019
Tales From The Road: Safety Time!
The least desired and yet most necessary position in the company is the safety dude. And it sucks.
May 24, 2019
Ep 042 Past Russia, Future Ireland
"Tetris" by Box Brown, and "The Supernaturalist" by Eoin Colfer
May 22, 2019
Ep 041 A Bone to Pick
"The Last Lost World" by Stephen & Lydia Pyne, and "American Monster" by Paul Semonin.
May 20, 2019
Tales From The Road: Tonight, We Invade Canada!
My carrier paid me extra to go into Canada, so I went as often as possible.
May 17, 2019
Ep 040 With and Without Magic
"Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose, and "Uncharted" by Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah Hoyt.
May 15, 2019
Ep 039 A World Without Death
"Scythe" and "Thunderhead" by Neal Shusterman.
May 13, 2019
Tales From the Road: Stuck in the Dirt
Hauling potatoes, gypsum, and hay for fun and profit. Lol really just profit. Lol really just for hauling oh man I am so sad.
May 10, 2019
Ep 038 I'm Super Thanks For Asking
"Arsenal" by Jeffrey Haskell and "Ex-Heroes" by Peter Clines
May 8, 2019
Ep 037 Innies and Outies
"How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie, and "Quiet" by Susan Cain. Extroverts v introverts.
May 6, 2019
Tales From the Road: Flying Solo
I was out from under my trainer's thumb and flying free on the American highways!
May 3, 2019
Ep 036 This But With That
"His Majesty' Dragon" (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik, and "Hard Magic" (Grimnoir) by Larry Correia.
May 1, 2019
End of April Report
Nine more books in the...books.
April 30, 2019
Ep 035 Battle Born
"Area 51" by Annie Jacobsen and "Dry" by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
April 29, 2019
Ep 034 Completely Unrelated
"The Likeness" by Tana French, and "Truman" by David McCullough
April 24, 2019
Ep 033 Ladies' Night
"Lemon Tart" by Josi Kilpack and "Call the Midwife" by Jennifer Worth
April 22, 2019
Tales From the Road: Training Day
My four-week training run in 2013 was a grueling sprint across 28 states. Here's how it worked.
April 19, 2019
Ep 032 Bring Me That Horizon
"On Stranger Tides" by Tim Powers, and "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton.
April 17, 2019
Ep 031 ¡Extravaganza Española!
Get inundated with Spain books! "History of Spain: Land on a Crossroads" by Joyce E. Salisbury; "The Food of Spain" by Claudia Roden; "El Cid," by Anonymous; "The Adventures of Captain Alatriste," by Arturo Perez y Reverte.
April 15, 2019
Tales from the Road: Class is in Session
What trucking school entailed, what I learned, and how it ended.
April 12, 2019
Ep 030 Weaponized Storytelling
"The Paradise War" by Stephen R. Lawhead and "Icefall" by Matthew J. Kirby
April 10, 2019
Ep 029 Hunting Season
"Monster Hunter International" by Larry Correia, and "The Cardturner" by Louis Sachar
April 8, 2019
Tales from the Road: Have A Backup Plan
The way that I ended up becoming a trucker was not perhaps the most glamorous. But I'm glad I did it.
April 5, 2019
Ep 028 Space Vikings in Space
"Dream of the Iron Dragon" by Rob Kroese, and "Skyward" by Brandon Sanderson.
April 3, 2019
Ep 027 Cruisin' Canada
Let's have us some airship adventures with "Airborn", "Skybreaker", and "Starclimber" by Kenneth Oppel.
April 1, 2019
End of March Report
Frigging FOURTEEN books this month
March 31, 2019
Ep 026 Old Wars, New Tricks
"Boneshaker" by Cherie Priest, and "Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld.
March 28, 2019
Bonus Episode: Press Forward Saints
You can read my short story, "The Lost City of Jarom," in Mormon Steampunk Vol.3, link below! Press Forward Saints (A Mormon Steampunk Anthology Book 3)
March 27, 2019
Ep 025 Take a Hike
The Appalachian Trail is 2100 miles of wild and beautiful wilderness. "A Walk In The Woods" by Bill Bryson, and "North" by Scott and Jenny Jurek, will show two different approaches to hiking the whole thing.
March 25, 2019
Ep 024 Aim Higher
"The Permission Society" by Timothy Sandefur and "The Buntline Special" by Mike Resnick.
March 21, 2019
Ep 023 Get Punked
"Sakura: Intellectual Property" is a cyberpunk novel about a rockstar android that gets hacked and turned into a killer assassin in a futuristic Japan, written by Zachary Hill, Patrick Tracy, and Paul Genesse. Then open your pores in the steam room with steampunk sensation "Mortal Engines" by Philip Reeve. There was a movie about it recently. Dig in!
March 18, 2019
Ep 022 A Wizard Named Harry
Urban Fantasy is a lot of fun as a genre, and "The Dresden Files" is a great entry point.
March 14, 2019
Ep 021 At Least We Didn't Kill Anyone
The "Unwind" series by Neal Shusterman is a masterful mix of sci-fi, horror, and current events.
March 11, 2019
Ep 020 Sartre Was Right
"My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George, and "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. Sometimes getting lost in the woods seems like the right idea.
March 7, 2019
Ep 019 The Solar Neighborhood
"Hard Luck Hank: Screw The Galaxy" by Steven Campbell, and "We Are Legion, We Are Bob" by Dennis E. Taylor.
March 4, 2019
End of February Report
Quick rundown of my February reads, and a bit of griping about how Cliffjumper always dies.
February 28, 2019
Ep 018 Stick 'Em Up
Murder mysteries! "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith, and "In The Woods" by Tana French.
February 27, 2019
Ep 017 That Wasn't In The Musical!
Big brick classics like "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo make great musicals. Also "Hamilton" by Ron Chernow.
February 25, 2019
Ep 016 The Great American Novelist
"Education of a Wandering Man" and "Last of the Breed" by Louis L'Amour.
February 21, 2019
Ep 015 Soul Power
"Wired for War," a nonfiction by P.W. Singer, paired up with "Defy the Stars," YA sci-fi by Claudia Gray.
February 18, 2019
Ep 014 Love is in The Air
Valentine's Day is here, time for some saintly martyrdom! Wait, no, I meant romance novels. My hot wife joins us again to discuss Renee Collins, Janette Rallison, and Roseanna M. White.
February 14, 2019
Ep 013 Go West, Young Man
Special guest host: my wife, Schaara! She joins me for a lively discussion about romance novels by Kasie West and Sarah M. Eden.
February 11, 2019
Ep 012 All That Glitters
Old and busted: dealing meth. New hotness: dealing makeup. "Glitter" and "Shatter" by Aprilynne Pike.
February 7, 2019
Ep 011 Out Into The Black
Breaker 1-9, got another dispatch out to space, over. "Tabloid Reporter to the Stars" by Eric James Stone, and "Leviathan Wakes" by James S.A. Corey.
February 4, 2019
End of January report
Just some numbers for y'all.
February 1, 2019
Ep 010 The Flight Stuff
"Airman" by Eoin Colfer and "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough
January 31, 2019
Ep 009 What Am I NOT Good At?
Michael Crichton was a doctor who wrote bestsellers and directed movies while he was creating TV shows and traveling the world holy CRAP. Let' talk about his three dinosaur books.
January 28, 2019
Ep 008 Another (1,000 page) Brick In The Wall
Read the "Mistborn" series by Brandon Sanderson. We'll talk about other big fantasy books too.
January 24, 2019
Ep 007 Stay in your box
"Lexicon" by Max Barry, with a brief mention of another novel of his, "Jennifer Government."
January 22, 2019
Ep 006 Car SPACE!
Did you see "Passengers"? Me neither. But here are two books like it. "Caretaker" by Josie Russell "Zero-G" by Dan Wells
January 18, 2019
Ep 005 Back For Seconds
Currently on my third read-through of two books that I didn't like the first time! "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins, and "Son of the Black Sword" by Larry Correia.
January 17, 2019
Ep 004 Robot Roll Call
Are there any good robot books out there? I'm still looking.
January 14, 2019
Ep 003 Blake x Ben
"The North Valley Grimoire" by Blake Northcott, and "Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal" by Ben Sasse.
January 9, 2019
Ep 002 The Read-Option
The NFL playoffs just started, so here are some football books!
January 7, 2019
Ep 001 The Movie Was Better
Usually when a book is adapted for the screen, the print version is still better. Here are some exceptions.
January 2, 2019
Introducing the Brother Trucker Book Club!
What I'm all about and what you can expect from this podcast.
December 31, 2018
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