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The Radcracker Podcast

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Tales From the Road: Everybody! Hates! Dispaaaaaaatch!!!

The Radcracker Podcast

Tales From the Road: Everybody! Hates! Dispaaaaaaatch!!!

The Radcracker Podcast

Ghostbusters Afterlife review!!!
Somewhat spoilery, and so freaking good! Watch and listen!
November 21, 2021
The Drive To Achieve
I got to take a walk on the Appalachian Trail for a very brief stretch. It got me thinking.
November 12, 2021
Remember Animorphs?
I do. That series was my crack in middle school. Here's what I remember, I'm gonna dive back in!
November 11, 2021
Now that's a-MAZE-ing
See what I did there...yeah not clever ANYWAY I heard about Dashner's "The Maze Runner" back in 2006, and watched it go through all the steps until it hit bookstores in 2009. Here's the story.
November 10, 2021
🎵Down in the deep of Goblin Town!🎵
Did you know that Andy Serkis narrated a new recording of The Hobbit, as well as the LOTR trilogy?
November 9, 2021
Racism makes you stupid, Gratitude makes you smart
A review of "A Stranger Among Saints" by Jonathan Mack, and some thoughts on stuff.
November 7, 2021
Change it up: Boneshaker, Specter Bridegroom, and Sheriff Porter
Updates on reading and writing in the world of Graham.
November 2, 2021
DUNE Mega-review, ft. Hot Wife!
Schaara and I discuss what we loved about DUNE (the novel) and DUNE (the new movie.) Much fun ensues, along with a few killer jokes about the Middle East. Let's ride!
October 27, 2021
Was 1999's Sleepy Hollow movie any good?
Short answer is kinda. Here's what worked and what didn't.
October 25, 2021
What gave Goosebumps its staying power?
These books were awesome when I was a kid, and some of the plots have stuck with me 30 years later. I've got some ideas as to why.
October 22, 2021
RIP Gary Paulsen
One of my all-time favorite authors died this week. Here's what his books have meant to me throughout my life.
October 15, 2021
"Ridgeline" by Michael Punke
My two cents on the latest historical novel by the guy who wrote The Revenant
October 13, 2021
How to crash a trilogy: SCYTHE, by Shusterman.
This one has been bugging me for years. Here's why the ending to Shusterman's Scythe series SUCKED.
September 29, 2021
Brains or Brawn? Develop both, you dork.
Let's put this dumb notion to bed.
September 28, 2021
Why does Hocus Pocus still work after 30 years?
I saw "The Lost Boys" for the first time, and watched "Hocus Pocus" with my kids. These movies still work compared to a lot of modern stuff, here is why.
September 27, 2021
What is "the 5,000 character problem?"
I used an expression the other day and didn't elaborate on what that meant, here's an explanation 👍
September 19, 2021
KNIVES OUT--A good bad movie, or a bad good movie?
2019's KNIVES OUT was a really fun movie to watch, but after a second viewing I noticed some things that had bugged me the first time around. Check it.
September 17, 2021
HEAT by Aprilynne Pike--Good execution on a good concept
My review of Pike's newest release from earlier this year
September 16, 2021
Joe Johnston makes (mostly) good movies
The Rocketeer, Hidalgo, Captain America, and Jumanji! All these movies have something in common...with Jurassic Park 3.
September 14, 2021
A little bit of summer love
September 13, 2021
My thoughts on the 20th anniversary of 9/11
I was 17 when it happened and I'm 37 now. What's the lesson of the post-9/11 world? I've got some thoughts.
September 12, 2021
Let's Dust This Bad Boy Off!
Hey gang! It's been a year or so, what say we revamp the BTBC and switch gears a little? Regular content is inbound once again, and today I've got some thoughts on an old Lindsey Stirling album!
September 9, 2021
Ep 122 Time Travel Finale!
Join Schaara and I as we wrap up this show with a few books we haven't yet gotten to. Drive safe, see you out there!
October 1, 2020
Ep 124 Kids Book Omnibus!
I'm joined by my three children as we talk about childrens' books we have enjoyed.
September 23, 2020
Ep 123 Educational Omnibus
A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille; The Lincoln Hypothesis and The Pilgrim Hypothesis by Timothy Ballard; Fallen Founder by Nancy Isenberg; Blacklisted by History, by M. Stanton Evans
September 16, 2020
Ep 121 A Thousand Words
Sons of Liberty by the Lagos Brothers, The Midnight Society: The Black Lake by Drew Edward Johnson, Lady Mechanika by Joe Benitrz, Bone by Jeff Smith, Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and Farmhand by Rob Guillory
September 9, 2020
Ep 120 The Silver Standard
"Silver State Monsters" by David Weatherly
September 2, 2020
Ep 119 Fun With Nick and Rob
"Starship Grifters" by Rob Kroese, and "Ctrl Alt Revolt" by Nick Cole.
August 26, 2020
Ep 118 Endless March
Mailbag!!! Plus "Salt, Sweat, and Tears" by Adam Rackey. Become a Patron!
August 19, 2020
Ep 117 Give the People What They Want
Mailbag from Kayden and Case, plus "Reagan in His Own Hand" and its companion audiobook, "Reagan in His Own Voice." Written by Kiron K. Skinner, edited by Annelise Anderson and Martin Anderson. Become a Patron!
August 12, 2020
Ep 116 Changing the Story
Mailbag strikes again! Shout out to Kristin, Kitty, and Pearl, thanks for writing in! Today we discuss Artemis Fowl, the good book and the lousy movie. If you want to write in to the show, hit up And become a Patron!
August 5, 2020
Ep 115 Boats, In A Roundabout Way
Mailbag! Plus "Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus" by Orson Scott Card, and "Here, There Be Dragons" by James A. Owen. Become a Patron!
July 29, 2020
Ep 114 Big Questions, Little Books
"Escape from Fire Mountain" by Gary Paulsen and "Gathering Blue" by Lois Lowry, plus some mailbag!
July 22, 2020
Ep 113 Get Behind The Wheel
Why We Drive by Matthew Crawford, and Mecha Samurai Empire by Peter Tieryas
July 15, 2020
Hunger Games Special!
I am once again joined by my lovely wife Schaara to discuss the newest Hunger Games novel, THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES! Spoilers ahead!
June 2, 2020
Ep 112 The Important Things
"More" by Monique Berish, and a special announcement for the next few months. Check out the "Welcome to the Faro" Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts!
April 30, 2020
Ep 111 A Bone to Pick
The Dinosaur Artist by Paige William, Brand of the Warlock by Rob Kroese
April 21, 2020
Ep 110 American Titans
Titan, by Ron Chernow; Rough Riders, by Mark Lee Gardner; The Diamond of Jeru, by Louis L'Amour; and a mailbag!
April 10, 2020
Ep 109 I Hate You Corona Virus
Maxwell Cain: Burrito Avenger, by Adam Lane Smith. | Republic of Pirates, by Colin Woodard. | Hellhound on my Trail by DJ Butler. | Pivot Point, by Kasie West. | Brave Companions, by David McCullough
March 31, 2020
Ep 108 Let's Get Lost
Four Seasons in Rome, Anthoney Doerr      | The Quick and the Dead, Louis L’Amour     | The Call of the Wild, Jack London | A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
March 20, 2020
Ep 107 The Artist's Hand
Dinotopia, by James Gurney
March 6, 2020
Ep 106 Drink Booze, Fight Wars
Stillness is the Key, Ryan Holiday.       | Gunpowder & Embers, Ringo/Ezell/Smith.     | Wettest County in the World, Matt Bondurant       | Empire of Silence, Christopher Ruocchio (ep44) | MH Nemesis, Larry Correia. (Ep29)     | Washington Hypothesis, Timothy Ballard.      
March 1, 2020
Ep 105 A Whole Lotta Stuff
Pirates of Pangaea, by Dan Hartwell and Neill Cameron     | CyberFrog, by Ethan Van Sciver | Clockwork Scott, by Aprilynne Pike and Ashley Moore     | All You Need is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka | The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane   | Soldier's Heart, by Gary Paulsen
February 20, 2020
Ep 104 No Blood for Sugar
Battle Chasers, by Joe Madureira     | Primordial Threat, by M.A. Rothman     | Mystwick School of Music Craft, by Jessica Khoury        | Mistaken Reality, by Traci Hunter Abramson     | Stalking the Unicorn, by Mike Resnick.
February 10, 2020
Ep 103 Bloomin' In The Hills
Interview with the Robot, by Lee Bacon. | The Lady and the Highwayman, by Sarah M. Eden | Late Bloomers, by Rich Karlgaard. | Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance
January 30, 2020
Ep 102 A Salute to Christopher Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien's oldest son and the shepherd of the literary Empire died this week. I share my thoughts on his work, and a list of what I've read this month.
January 19, 2020
Ep 101 Charlie and Spider
"Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman
January 10, 2020
Ep 100 We Made It!!!
Strap in for a huge episode where we look back at this year, I make three recommendations, and we plug in the GPS for 2020!
December 31, 2019
Ep 099 Game Time
"This Is Not A Game" by Walter Jon Williams, and "The Dragons of Dorcastle" by Jack Campbell
December 27, 2019
Ep 098 Git 'er done
"Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans" by Brian Kilmeade, and "True Grit" by Charles Portis
December 18, 2019
Ep 097 Space Sucks
"Galaxy's Edge" by Nick Cole and Jason Anspach, "Battlefield Earth" by L. Ron Hubbard
December 18, 2019
Tales From the Road: The Martian
New adventures!
December 13, 2019
Ep 096 Rogue Endings
"Beastly" and "Cloaked" by Alex Flinn
December 11, 2019
Ep 095 Get Jolly
"The Candy Cane Caper" by Josi S. Kilpack, "Detroit Christmas" by Larry Correia, and "Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights" by Ronald D. Lankford
December 9, 2019
Tales From the Road: End of November Report
17 books holy crap read them all!!!!
December 6, 2019
Ep 094 Accidental Fudge
"Lt. Terry's Christmas Fudge" by Gerald N. Lund and "Christmas By Accident" by Camron Wright
December 5, 2019
Ep 093 Rise Up and Be Men
"Shop Class As Soulcraft" by Matthew B. Crawford, and "The Appearance of Power" by Tanner Guzy.
December 2, 2019
Mister Friday: A DreadPennies Production
An audio narration of the "Mister Friday" trilogy by Graham Bradley. Contains all three installments, including "Black Friday," "Cyber Monday," and "The Game Goes On."
November 29, 2019
Ep 092 The Notorious ERB
"A Princess of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, "John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood" by Michael Sellers
November 27, 2019
Ep 091 Nowhere Beneath
"Nowhere Girl" by A.J. Paquette and "Shadows Beneath" by the Writing Excuses podcast
November 25, 2019
Tales From the Road: Shop Boys
Some mailbag questions, books I read in 2013, and fostering a healthy work environment.
November 22, 2019
Ep 090 Inside Information
"The Cunning Man" by DJ Butler and Aaron Michael Ritchey, "Tom Stranger: Interdimensional Insurance Agent" by Larry Correia.
November 20, 2019
Ep 089 The 800LB Gorilla
"Dumb Criminals and Overeager Cops" by Zachariah Parry, "How to Become A Federal Criminal" by Mike Chase, and "A Night Divided" by Jennifer A. Nielsen
November 18, 2019
Tales From the Road: Junctions
Quick episode today. Arrividerci, Turdwater.
November 15, 2019
Ep 088 Steel Slippers
"The Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer, consisting of "Cinder," "Scarlet," "Cress," "Fairest," and "Winter."
November 13, 2019
Ep 087 Thanksgiving Mega Episode!
"Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford, "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick, "The Mayflower and Her Passengers" by Caleb H. Johnson, "Squanto" by Charles River Editors, and "Brian's Winter" by Gary Paulsen.
November 11, 2019
Tales From the Road: Quit Being Fat
You can be healthier as a trucker. Do it.
November 8, 2019
Ep 086 Salute Your Shorts
"Snapshot" by Brandon Sanderson and "Drawing Out The Dragons" by James A. Owen.
November 6, 2019
Ep 085 Chopping Wood
"Woodsong" and "Woods Runner" by Gary Paulsen
November 4, 2019
Tales From the Road: End of October Report
14 books and a true story about driving my truck through a crew of zombies!
November 1, 2019
Ep 084 The Other Side
"When" by Victoria Laurie, and "Life After Theft" by Aprilynne Pike. Bonus reference for "The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy.
October 30, 2019
Ep 083 Way Back When
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "Beowulf" by Anonymous, translated by Seamus Heaney.
October 28, 2019
Ep 082 Killers of Killers
"I Am Not A Serial Killer" by Dan Wells, and "The Screaming Staircase" by Jonathan Stroud.
October 24, 2019
Ep 081 Of Death and Middle School
"Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things" by Ted Naifeh, and "Everlost" by Neal Shusterman.
October 21, 2019
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
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
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
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