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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 119): Panel Discussion – What Are You Reading?

In episode 119 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks a panel of SF Signal Irregulars: What are you reading?

This week’s panel:

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List of books mentioned in this episode…

  1. The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
  2. Dancing With Bears (Darger & Surplus Novels) by Michael Swanwick (Night Shade Books)
  3. And Blue Skies From Pain by Stina Leicht (Night Shade Books)
  1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Spectra)
  2. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (Spectra)
  3. Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty (Serpents Tail)
  1. The Grass King’s Concubine by Kari Sperring (DAW)
  2. Raylan: A Novel by Elmore Leonard (William Morrow)
  3. The Heir of Night: The Wall of Night Book One by Helen Lowe (Harper Voyager)
  1. Mind Storm: A Strykers Syndicate Novel by K.M. Ruiz (Thomas Dunne Books)
  2. Throne of the Crescent Moon (Crescent Moon Kingdoms) by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)
  3. Nocturnal: A Novel by Scott Sigler (Crown)
  1. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin (Bantam)
  2. Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod (Pyr)
  3. Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer (Pantheon)
  1. Nine Inches by Colin Bateman
  2. Planesrunner (Everness, Book One) by Ian McDonald (Pyr)
About Patrick Hester (527 Articles)
Patrick Hester is a writer, blogger, podcasting dude, Denver transplant and all around Functional Nerd. Don't hate him cuz he has a cool hat.

32 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 119): Panel Discussion – What Are You Reading?

  1. If your panelists only read spines, I have no use for you. The last time I bought a spine was January 2011. It still has the bookstore sale-tape on it, which means I have never opened it.

    The same month that I bought my last spine, I got my Kindle. I have read more than a hundred books on it in — what? — 16 months. I bought 2 books and downloaded 2 samples this last weekend.

    In future, please tell me up front — in the program listing — the format that your reviewers read. If they read eBooks, I shall listen. If they read only spines, I’ll pass.

    • Your loss. “Spines” are books too, and there are a lot of good ones out there. And Jaym and Patrick both read e-books, so there’s actually a mix on the podcast.

    • How exactly would it affect the quality of this podcast if the panelists have read the same books in paper format rather than electronic format? Such silliness, really.

    • You appear to be laboring under the misconception that ebooks somehow have different content than physical books. Let me let you in on a teensy little secret: they’re the same! And thus discussing the content is utterly unaffected by the format in which that content was consumed! I’m sorry for shattering your worldview.

    • I am grateful that you have informed us that you read exclusively on a Kindle. Now I can easily dismiss the opinions of one who reads texts exclusively on the e-book version of a Kia.

    • Wow, I hate for this to be my first post on this site, but this, unfortunately, was the first post I read and I must respond with “What a pompous jackass.”

      Okay, thanks.

    • Jaym Gates // April 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm //

      Additionally, I believe that most, if not all of these, are available in e-book format.

      Ah well, more your loss than ours.

    • Derik Cumagun // April 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm //

      For such a dumb statement, I’m surprised you even read books in the first place.

    • If this is trolling, it’s brilliant. If it’s parody, it’s brilliant. If it’s an actual human being, being himself, it’s deeply tragic.

  2. There’s something wrong with the mp3 enclosed in the podcast rss feed.

  3. I use the Podcaster app on the iPhone. It seems to download a short file (swf?) and doesn’t play. It worked fine last week.

  4. Not sure if serious. If you can’t tell if a person is stupid as hell or trolling, the answer is probably both.

  5. I’m having the same problem. The iPhone app downcast will not download the mp3. I can download from the website ok.

  6. The ‘play now’ link goes here. I don’t think it’s correct:

  7. TAM & Funkyjudge – force a hard refresh on the feed and try again. has made some changes (they probably consider them ‘enhancements’) that have been giving JohnD and I fits for weeks. Another ‘enhancement’ was discovered last night. We think we’ve fixed/adjusted the problem. Let us know if you still have issues – I was able to use the ‘play now’ button and download correctly.


  8. It worked for me, thanks. I had to delete the podcast and add it again.

  9. ohthatashley // April 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm //

    is “only read spines” special-speak for paper books?

    if so – wow.

    i was supposed to be on this podcast, but something came up. good to know i would have been half-creditable, as i read a mix of paper and e-books.


  10. I’m a very occasional panelist and I only read palms. And that’s only when people write something on them. I see a lot of phone numbers. Luckily I live in Florida so there are lots of palms here. There are two growing in my front yard for instance. But no one has written anything on them. I also have a couple of palms sprouting out of my wrists, but I always know what’s going to be written on them just before it comes out. It’s kind of like having the ARC.

    • ohthatashley // April 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm //

      congratulations, sir – you have won tonight’s internet, which comes with a set of freshly inscribed palms…


  11. *Tam wonders what Matthew Sanborn Smith is reading*

  12. I only read spoons.

  13. I read a fortune cookie once. It said, “I’m standing right behind you.”

    After that, I gave up fortune cookie fortunes.


  14. I tried reading a spine once but the guy had scoliosis and the story was all over the place.

  15. And the comment-inducing award of the week goes to Antares?

  16. I used to buy books based on spines: yellow spines from DAW always got a look. The Ballantine Adult Fantasy logo, Ballantine’s double B, Baen’s rocket-and-dragon, Ace, Bantam-Spectra…all those spines would get a look from me.

    I have a lot of spines. I have a lot of electrons. Both are valid ways to read. One has been around a lot longer than the other and doesn’t require a ever-changing gadget to use.

    To poo-poo a (free) podcast done by volunteers because they don’t qualify whether they are electrons or pulp seems pretty silly. And, has it has been pointed out, not all the books mentioned are “e” yet.

    Are you seriously saying that you wouldn’t read a book if you couldn’t get it in “e”? You’re missing out on some good reads, then.

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