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Episode 29 - The Boyfriend

Monstrous teenagers and teenage monsters!  Thrill as mean teenagers fake deaths, fake zombiefication, fake other deaths, and then can't figure out why nobody likes them!  Chill as everybody has a silly expensive car but no moral compass whatsoever!  It's 2 AM, do your children know how to close and lock a window?

Joanna is a stuck up bitch.  Her boyfriend Dex is an insane gaslighting.... secret prosthetic makeup expert?  When Dex falls off a cliff and dies, Joanna keeps seeing him around, like, at the mall.  Is Dex dead?  Is Dex alive?  Are all of these people awful humans anyway?  It's The Boyfriend by RL Stine!

I chose this as one of my 4 for 40 books partly to complement Courtney's choice of Fear Street: First Dateand partly to revisit this book I got off a paperback spinner rack at a library when I was a kid even then reading way more grownup horror books to try to figure out why exactly I found it a little scary?

So this is part of the Point Horror series, a 90…

Episode 26 - Gabriel's Angel




Merry Christmas!  For the holiday we read Nora Roberts' Gabriel's Angel.  Despite this being listed as a Christmas book in Novelist!  Despite this having holly and a fucking snow globe on the cover of the reissue!  THIS IS NOT A GODDAMNED CHRISTMAS BOOK.  I have feelings about this.  BIG FEELINGS.

I DO like that it's also a "oh my goodness I suppose we're snowed in!" book.


2616836He's a rich-ass painter.  She's a pregnant lady fleeing a Peril.  There's no nonconsensual sex in this book, but it does discuss abuse in her past and it's got one of those "somebody is trying to steal my baby" plots, which I know is not for some people. 

This is our first Nora Roberts book but we both felt it probably wasn't a great representation of her work (OR A GREAT CHRISTMAS BOOK FOR THAT MATTER.)  We'll definitely do another one that's not a series paperback and compare.

Our promo on this episode is for Deep Into History, a podcast by Courtney's podcast boyfriend Arjun.

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