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Weirdo book worms unite! We want to share our love of Genre Fiction with you. Fans of Horror, Sci Fi, Fantasy & more can stop on by as we chat about what we’ve been reading! New reviews every other week.
 
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN MONTH!! It’s our tradition here at GJ to only talk spooky stuff in October. We kick things off with a SPOILER FREE 1st half & interview with tonight’s author, Jimmy Cajoleas! (stay tuned for the whole episode & play this fun little drinking game. Take a shot every time we say “corrupt”. Your liver will not survive) To learn more ...…
 
The Genre Junkies call on one of the fiercest horror gals they know for this one! Kelly Hitman joins the conversation as we tackle this genre defying collection! Welcome to Betty Bites Back: Stories To Scare The Patriarchy edited by Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, & Kate Karyus Quinn. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genre ...…
 
All the excitement of going to the most amazing concerts from the warm confines of a book! In her debut novel “A Song For a New Day”, Author Sarah Pinsker explores the question: how do you continue in a world where public gatherings are illegal? Join us as we discuss the novel and have a discussion with the author herself! See Sandra on The Cul ...…
 
Join us as we bid farewell to the Queens of Fennbirn with a special guest interview of the author herself – Kendare Blake! 5 dark fates, 1 killer interview, 2 devastated bookworms. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Want to become a patron of the show? Head on ...…
 
It’s not all singing crabs and forks for combs, people! This week Scott & Sandra dive back into the mysterious, magical and watery depths of Sarah Henning’s Sea Witch world with Sea Witch Rising. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Want to become a patron of th ...…
 
Join Sandra & Scott as they hop a train to jazz age Mexico! Final stop? Xibalba! This week’s novel is the beautiful and frightful fantasy novel Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Want to become a patron of the s ...…
 
We have two books to discuss! Sandra and Scott both read separate novels and present them to you for your consideration! Thank you to our amazing listeners for being so understanding while we are moving! You’re encouragement has meant a lot to us and we’ll be back to a regular schedule soon. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to ...…
 
You may want to double check that those doors are locked… What’s better than a review of Riley Sager’s new novel, Lock Every Door? How about an interview WITH Riley AND a review?? Spoiler free until after the break! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Want to b ...…
 
The master behind “Dark Matter” is back for another mind and genre bending thriller! Sandra & Scott are along for the ride, bit will they survive?? Spoiler-free until after the break. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Want to become a patron of the show? Head ...…
 
Get ready for a sci-fi sequel! We review Wildcard by Marie Lu. Need a refresher? We reviewed the first book, WarCross, last year! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Want to become a patron of the show? Head on over to www.patreon.com/genrejunkies Intro/Outro T ...…
 
What’s better than reviewing David Sodergren’s new horror novel, “Night Shoot”? Well, how about an interview with the author himself? We are honored and humbled to bring David (and Boris) to you this week. The first half & interview are SPOILER free! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our ...…
 
We have a lot to celebrate! Not only is this Scott’s birthday, but this is actually our 50th episode! We decided to make this episode a party, specifically, a bookish cocktail party! We have 10 novels with cocktails to match! Thanks for being on this geeky journey with us! Cheers!By GenreJunkies.com.
 
You may think that you are prepared for Ania Ahlborn’s “Brother”, but you probably aren’t. As always, our review is SPOILER FREE until after the break – assuming you could stomach the book in the first place! Join us – Sandra and Scott want to chat about the gut-wrenching glory that is “Brother”. To learn more about our unique scoring system, g ...…
 
We are proud to showcase female horror authors this month! We kick things off with Molly Tanzer’s Creature’s of Want & Ruin. Demons and Diabolists during the Great Depression? What could go wrong? *Spoiler Free Until the Break!* To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or R ...…
 
Special guest Amanda returns to the show so she and Sandra and gush about the newest series by the Queen of Faerie: Holly Black! SPOILER-FREE until after the break! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Want to become a patron of the show? Head on over to www.pat ...…
 
We are excited to bring you another author interview this week! We chat with K. K. Perez, author of this week’s selection: The Tesla Legacy. The first half of the show is our spoiler-free review of this coming of age contemporary sci-fi novel and us picking Perez’s brilliant brain. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunki ...…
 
Your hosts take a detour to New York City to experience the end of the world – which looks suspiciously like just another day at work. This is Severance: Ling Ma’s masterpiece of dark humor, sci-fi, horror, and contemporary coming of age. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on i ...…
 
Oh the Horror! This week Sandra and Scott want to share their feelings on Nick Cutter’s “Little Heaven”. Bonus Nugget! Sandra also tells us about “Kind Nepenthe” by Matthiew V Brockmyer; a contemporary horror story about drugs, violence, and things the go bump in the night. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/s ...…
 
Do you like science? How about kick-a** female writers? Or maybe sci-fi written by a real life scientist who is also a great writer? We read Resistant by Rachael Sparks and had the pleasure to interview Rachael herself! There’s science talk, but we also bonded over Seaquest DSV. Because of course we did. As always, SPOILER FREE until after the ...…
 
Sandra & Scott go to a fantasy land they thought only Shakespeare could dream up. Deepest Blue is the story of three brothers in a magical version of old world Italia where fate is literally cast in the stars. Includes and interview with the author herself – Mindy Tarquini! SPOILER FREE until after the interview. To learn more about our unique ...…
 
Happy New Year! Scott & Sandra reflect back on their 4 most memorable books (each) and pair them with cocktails. See ya 2018, it’s been real! Discussed: The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray Two Dark Reigns The Troop Sea Witch Cabin at the End of the World The Forgotten Island The Hazelwood To learn more about our unique scoring system, go ...…
 
This week the Genre Junkie’s are getting hecka festive. We read Hark! The Herald Angels Scream; a horror short collection full of spine-tinglers. Grab a warm beverage and a toasty blanket… to hide under. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Theme “Wh ...…
 
Join us as we discuss “Select” and “Select Few”, two “new adult” contemporary fantasy novels. And even more exciting — we interview the author, Marit Weisenberg! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Theme “Where Did She Go?” by Jay Man www.ourmusicbo ...…
 
It’s Thanksgiving week for us Americans, and we’ve set the table with some Science Fiction! Join us as we talk super-humans in the context of Megan Morgan’s The Altered Wake. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Theme “Where Did She Go?” by Jay Man w ...…
 
Talk about a vacation from hell! We couldn’t accept that October was over, so we decided to start November off with one more horror read. We travel to David Sodergren’s (@paperbacksandpugs) The Forgotten Island and were met with pure nightmare fuel. We also announce the rest of our November line up! To learn more about our unique scoring system ...…
 
Happy Halloween! This episode — featuring “Campfire” by Shawn Sarles — is ideal listening whilst carving pumpkins, eating too much candy, or wandering through a corn maze at night. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Theme “Where Did She Go?” by Jay ...…
 
Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted is a disgusting, depraved and horrifying collection of short stories wrapped together by an even more disturbing meta-plot. So of course, Sandra and returning guest Jen decide to take it on! This episode is absolutely EXPLICIT. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to o ...…
 
It’s here! October! Horror month! The most magical season of all! We had the chance to preview two short stories by Troy Diffenderfer from his upcoming rock song inspired collection, White Noise. We then discuss the historical horror Donner-Party re-imagining, The Hunger by Alma Katsu. Will the party survive? Did Sandra & Stitches cannibalize S ...…
 
Sandra & Scott announce their October horror TBR! As a nice little appetizer for the month of horror to come, the Genre Junkies read & discuss The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas. The first half is, as always, spoiler free. SPOILER SECTION: ( 18:00 ) To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our pod ...…
 
SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE! We are breaking all the rules and decided we couldn’t wait to talk about this book any longer. Join us (Sandra & Scott), plus returning guest Amanda as we discuss “Two Dark Reigns”, the third book of Kendare Blake’s dark fantasy series, “Three Dark Crowns”. As always, we are spoiler free until the break. SPOILER SECTION: ...…
 
Is there a better way to end the summer than with a family trip to an utterly isolated cabin? You know, the kind where no one can hear you scream as you cry for help? Join Scott and Sandra as they discuss Paul Tremblay’s “Cabin at the End of the World”. Spoilers: ( 17:40 ) To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/sc ...…
 
Happy one-year anniversary, Genre Junkies! Our “journalistic integrity” is right out the window when Sandra and Scott get to fawn over Kendare Blake, author of the Three Dark Crown series and the newest installment: Two Dark Reigns. We are so honored to have had the opportunity to speak with one of our favorite authors, and we even swapped some ...…
 
Book worms, we have a HUGE episode for you! Sandra and Scott got to sit down with Sarah Henning, author of this week’s book: “Sea Witch”.Stick around while we chat about this Ursula origin story, spoiler free until the break. ( 21:52 ) Interview with the author, Sarah Henning ( 45:53 ) SPOILER Section Sarah Henning is the author of the critical ...…
 
Calling all horror fans! This week Scott and Sandra work the night shift and discuss David Auerbach and his upcoming horror novel, Bad Man. Out August 7, 2018. Spoiler free until after the break! ( 19:21 ) To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Theme “ ...…
 
Sandra and Scott are on a fantasy excursion to Tomi Adeyemi’s land of Orisha in her smash hit novel, “Children of Blood and Bone”. Heroines, magic, and giant felines await… Spoiler free until after the break! ( 26:12 ) To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/ ...…
 
Sinus infections and patriotic holidays have put us behind schedule! Sandra and Scott make up for lost time and “face off” with SPOILER FREE previews of two upcoming science fiction novels… “Ignite the Stars” by Maura Milan ( 00:00 ) “Relic” by Alan Dean Foster ( 15:10 ) To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scor ...…
 
Sandra and Scott set off on a spooky adventure to find the witch in Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s “Hex”. For safety in numbers, (and the chance of a higher body count) they brought Jen along for the ride. Spoiler Section: 24:30 To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro ...…
 
Claire Legrand’s “Furyborn” – the first book in her upcoming Empirium Trilogy – is certainly a feminist triumph, but do Sandra and Scott think that the story is worth the hype? We answer that, and look back at a previous review. Spoiler section: 29:10 To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our ...…
 
Sandra, Scott (and Stitches) had the privilege of chatting with author B.A Williamson about Genre Junkies pick, “The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray.” Pour yourself a cup of tea, coffee, whisky or whatever you drink to relax – and enjoy! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcas ...…
 
To say that we were charmed “The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray” would be an understatement. Author B.A. Williamson’s new middle-reader novel draws comparisons to Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time, The Princess Bride and more! We’re not crying, you’re crying. Spoiler section: 26:05 To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genr ...…
 
Special guest Amanda takes us on a field trip to Area X. Some of us hated it. Some of us loved it. And Scott loses his g*damned mind. Here’s the whole Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer. Spoiler free until the break! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. I ...…
 
Amy, founder of TheBloodlust.net, joins Sandra and Scott to discuss the terrifying novel “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman – soon to be a Netflix produced motion picture! How would you survive in a world where to see is to die? To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Int ...…
 
We said the we wanted to get a better feel for John Scalzi, so what better opportunity than with his upcoming novel, “Head On”? Listen in to see if Sandra and Scott’s opinion of the acclaimed science fiction author has changed! This review is based on a pre-release copy of Head On, provided by Tor/Forge. Official publish date is April 17, 2018. ...…
 
We have special guest, actress and author Kelly Hitman, join Sandra and Scott to discuss a novel so original and strange that nobody really knows how to classify it. But it’s a worthy read and let us tell you why you should pick up “House of Leaves”! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our ...…
 
Escape your sad, boring reality with the Genre Junkies! We journeyed into Melissa Albert’s “The Hazel Wood” and lived to tell the (fairy) tale. As always, spoiler free until after the break! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Theme “Where Did She G ...…
 
Who doesn’t love a good space opera? Scott convinced Sandra to read Hugo Award winning John Scalzi’s 2017 introduction to his new “Interdependancy” series. Listen in to hear our take on “The Collapsing Empire”! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Th ...…
 
Sandra and Scott set out with Troop 52 on a horrific and disturbing camping trip. Come listen in as we discuss bestselling author Nick Cutter’s “The Troop”. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Theme “Where Did She Go?” by Jay Man www.ourmusicbox.com.…
 
SPOILER WARNING An 1800 page series deserves an equally long spoiler discussion. Join Sandra and Amanda for part 2 as they discuss Sarah J. Maas’s entire Court of Thorns and Roses Series, including “A Court of Mist and Fury” and “A Court of Wings and Ruin.” To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe ...…
 
This is the spoiler-free portion of Sandra and Amanda’s discussion of Sarah J. Maas’s book series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Next week we will post the conclusion of their discussion, with spoiler warning in full effect! To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. I ...…
 
Preparing for the upcoming Disney film adaptation, Scott revisits a book he hasn’t read in (at least) 20 years and Sandra has never read at all! And they do NOT agree. Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time”. To learn more about our unique scoring system, go to genrejunkies.com/scores. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or RSS. Intro/Outro Them ...…
 
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