Episode 100: We score a century!
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
1M ago
Perry and David celebrate the 100th episode of the podcast by discussing the best books they read during 2023. And bid you all a fond farewell. Introduction (00:12) Our 100th Episode! (04:14) Let's talk about Books (02:10) 2023: Highlights of our reading (01:11:53) Best Science Fiction read in 2023 (David) (04:24) Best Science Fiction read in 2023 (Perry) (03:41) Best Fantasy read in 2023 (David) (03:40) Best Fantasy read in 2023 (Perry) (03:34) Best Crime read in 2023 (David) (05:28) Best Crime read in 2023 (Perry) (05:59) Best Spy/Thriller read in 2023 (David) (02:01) Best Spy/Thriller rea ..read more
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Episode 99: Good thinking, Ninety-Nine!
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
2M ago
Perry and David discuss their recent reading, including several crime or crime-adjacent books, a middle-school fantasy, and an excellent piece of historical fiction. Intro (03:20) General News (03:33) Goodreads Readers Choice Awards (03:32) What we've been reading (58:11) Winds of Evil by Arthur Upfield (10:43) Dorothy L. Sayers Novels (07:00) A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters (09:31) The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann (06:24) Black Sheep by Susan Hill (06:56) Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell (04:25) Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (06:51) Loot by Tania Ja ..read more
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Episode 98: Sorrow and silence are strong
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
3M ago
Perry and David discuss recent book awards and go on to discuss their recent reading, some of which evoke strong emotions and others which have kept us on the edge of our seats. Intro (04:07) General News (14:02) Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2023 (03:21) The Hugo Awards 2023 (03:41) World Fantasy Awards 2023 (00:35) Le Guin Prize for Imaginative Fiction 2023 (01:17) Death of Michael Bishop (01:36) Death of A. S. Byatt (03:22) What we've been reading lately (45:49) All That’s Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien (04:49) Beast in View by Margaret Millar (03:04) Blindness by José Saramago (07:11 ..read more
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Episode 97: Murder, magic and mutiny
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
5M ago
David and Perry talk about their recent reading, ranging from a confronting story of racism and murder in America, through a pleasant coming-of-age novel, a comedy TV series and an engaging piece of historical non-fiction. Introduction (02:35) Conflux: National Science Fiction Convention (05:40) General News (16:13) U.S. National Book Awards (03:05) Ditmar Awards (02:15) Nobel Prize for Literature 2023 (01:58) A.I. Translation of books (08:42) What we've been reading and watching (55:01) All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby (07:42) The Will of the Many by James Islington (08:51) The Odd A ..read more
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Episode 96: The manner of your vile outrageous crimes
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
5M ago
Perry and David talk about their latest reading, listening and watching in the crime genre, from a classic PI novel to the latest best-seller. Introduction (05:56) General News (11:06) Ned Kelly Awards 2023 (02:13) Dragon Awards 2023 (07:00) Queensland Literary Awards 2023 (01:43) What we've been reading and watching (55:24) In the Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty (11:43) No Plan B by Lee Child and Andrew Child (11:46) The Sisters by Dervla McTiernan (05:01) D Is For Deadbeat by Sue Grafton (08:54) Down Cemetery Road by Mick Herron (07:58) The Lincoln Lawyer (Season 2) (06:01 ..read more
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Episode 95: A mixed bag of goodies
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
6M ago
David and Perry discuss a wide range of reading and movie watching, ranging from Restoration period historical fiction through a contemporary true story to the fantastic and not-so-fantastic futures of science fiction. Introduction (04:40) General News (08:31) Hugo Voting Package 2023 (02:59) Worldcon Site Selection 2023 (01:36) Ditmar Awards Ballot 2023 (02:29) Other Awards (01:22) What we've been reading and watching (01:16:30) Red Notice by Bill Browder (07:15) Every Version of You by Grace Chan (13:18) Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris (08:52) The Migration by Helen Marshall (09:31) Al ..read more
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Episode 94: Just a feeling in my water
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
7M ago
Perry and David discuss audiobooks, cover a swag of awards and recent news, and then go on to talk about what they've read (or listened to) recently. And Perry talks about a great TV series he recommends. Introduction (01:40) Listening to audiobooks (11:57) General News (13:42) Hugo Ballot 2023 (06:20) World Fantasy Awards 2023 (01:32) Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award 2023 (00:37) Miles Franklin Award Winner 2023 (00:58) The Booker Prize long list 2023 (02:46) Death of Milan Kundera (01:20) What we've been reading (55:00) The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (07:18) Utterly Dark and ..read more
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Episode 93: Yesterday’s Tomorrows
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
8M ago
David and Perry take the Hugo Time Machine back to 1970, the year that The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin won the Best Novel Hugo. David has a bone to pick, and Perry discusses the latest Indiana Jones movie. Introduction (03:46) General News (10:01) Hugo Voting ballot (04:53) Locus Awards 2023 (03:49) Death of Cormac McCarthy (01:13) Hugo Time Machine 1970 (01:13:46) Heicon '70 Convention (04:11) Short Stories (12:28) Deeper Than the Darkness by Gregory Benford (00:46) Winter’s King by Ursula K. Le Guin (00:40) Not Long Before the End by Larry Niven (01:46) Passengers by Rob ..read more
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Episode 92: A goldfinch in a graveyard
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
9M ago
Perry and David discuss the volunteer work they've been doing recently, then go on to talk about their recent reading and watching. Intro (02:13) What we've been doing recently (08:05) Standard Ebooks productions (02:05) Wikipedia editing (05:54) General News (08:45) Australian Book Design Awards (02:25) Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist (01:39) Aurealis Awards 2023 (00:51) Hugo Ballot 2023 still coming (03:45) What we've been reading (43:33) Real Tigers by Mick Herron (11:52) David's Reading (00:45) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (05:29) Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison (05 ..read more
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Episode 91: Looking at things from a different angle
Two Chairs Talking
by Grigg & Middlemiss
10M ago
David and Perry discuss Perry's recent overseas trip, and then talk about their recent reading, including several books which take existing stories and look at them from a different viewpoint. Introduction (06:51) Perry's trip to Morrocco (04:06) David's news (02:28) General News (16:29) Death of Martin Amis (06:08) Nebula Award Winners (04:12) Miles Franklin Award Longlist. (03:06) New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards (03:00) What we've been reading lately. (50:13) David's reading slow-down (01:27) Five Decembers by James Kestrel (08:59) Unknown Shore by Robert Ruby (05:02) A Mir ..read more
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