Episode 4: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey Show Notes


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In This Episode

The Book Evangelists discuss Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

“It might take a little while to get there, but I’ll tell you everything and I’ll tell you the truth.” Ivy Gamble, in Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Morning Chatter

In which we briefly discuss helping our children 3D print their homework.

“I have persistence, which is like skills, by the time you finish.” -Lissa

And we explain how we failed to write our Camp NaNoWriMo projects.

  • “April is the cruelest month.” – Marian
  • “Reading is awesome, you should just read.” – Lissa
  • “Well, there’s always November, you can just recycle your idea then.” – Marian

Writing and Reading Experiments

We both like to use writers challenges and hashtags on Instagram to reflect on and plan our writing projects.

Lissa recommends: If you get really obsessed with a book you can go to twitter and find other people who are obsessed with the book. And then the author sees and joins in. Being a reader on twitter is the coolest. From @lissastaley she follows @charliejane and @scalzi and sometimes experiments with other writer’s twitter feeds.

Marian’s brave experiment was joining #revpit on Twitter and actively interacting with other writers. She reports back on her survey of writer use of social media. @marianrakestraw

Lissa recommends: The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Sometimes we leave the comfort of our reading and writing homes to interact with other writers. Marian attended a literature festival for teenagers, run by teenagers, called LitUp Festival and met multiple amazing authors including Gayle Forman and Jacqueline Woodson.

Marian recommends: MasterClass, starting with Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Storytelling

We reflect on signed copies of books, which books we keep, and sending books out into the world

We both really enjoyed this book: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey at Goodreads.

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.

But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach

description from the publisher

This blog post is spoiler-free. On the podcast, we discuss Magic for Liars beginning at the 37 minute mark. Our discussion doesn’t give away the ending but is filled with minor spoilers, so please read the book before you listen if you are into that kind of experience. We’ll be here for you when you finish!

How Lissa chooses books: Unreliable narrator! It’s mainstream fantasy! This will be interesting to read with Marian!

“On the whole I was impressed, and we know I am not often impressed.” Marian

We really like this book. As readers. And as writers. We were both delightfully surprised. We talk about the parts we like. We have fun discussing how really original books might reach readers in traditional publishing.

Marian: Where would I shelve this in the store? Fantasy? Hard boiled detective? It’s very original. It’s not like a book that I have read before.

Intriguing us for possible future reads: River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (Also collected as American Hippo)

Next episode: We are listening to the audiobook of Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Our Show Notes include mentions and recommendations, all linked for your convenience. What else would you like to see here? 

Music Credit: The music used during transitions in our podcast is adapted from: Jazzy Sax, Guitar, and Organ at the club by Admiral Bob (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/admiralbob77/58382 Ft: geoffpeters

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