A few weeks ago I was turned on to Booked Podcast via their review of Christopher Dwyer’s novel When October Falls. I am always looking for more literature podcasts, and I’ve been a fan and friend of Dwyer’s for a long time, so when the two came together I did not hesitate to jump in.
Livius Nedin and Robb Olson have not been doing Booked Podcast to very long yet, but they approach the format liked seasoned connoisseurs. It is the best kind of podcast; readers talking about books. Simple. Proven.
Last week they took on Stranger Will, and were not only kind enough to give my book their time but were kind enough to offer truly humbling amounts of praise. If every I meet Livius and/or Robb in person, the beers are on me.
I highly recommend you take a listen to their discussion of Stranger Will. http://www.bookedpodcast.com/2011/05/27/episode-9-stranger-will/
Then, immediately download their past episodes. Visit the Booked Podcast site here: http://www.bookedpodcast.com. Follow the Booked Podcast twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/bookedpodcast. You will regret nothing.
A few of the kind words follow, paraphrased:
“Wholly original story. Had I not been hampered by tedious things like work and sleep I probably would have read it in a single sitting. It is very well written and deals with some very dark issues….I strongly recommend you pick up Stranger Will for a very vivid picture of a guy going through some really bad stuff. 4.5 stars, highest number of stars we’ve given on Booked Podcast.”
“pulls absolutely no punches”
“The darkest book I’ve read in some time”
“a bizarre but truly original story”
“Will and Julie’s fragmented relationship is written so well. It made me feel uncomfortable”
“So disturbing in some places that I actually shuttered. This is hi-praise coming from me, as I don’t find much disturbing”
“very good at being descriptive without being pretentious”
“we should expect to see some really, really good things from Ross in the future”
“This book will stick with me for some time”
“Bravo for taking what most people would think as an impossible task and making something good of it”
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About Caleb J. Ross
Caleb began writing his sophomore year of undergrad study when, tired of the formal art education then being taught, he abandoned the pursuit in the middle of a compositional drawing class. Major-less and fearful of losing his financial aid, he signed up to seek a degree in English Literature for no other reason than his lengthy history with the language. Coincidentally, this decision not only introduced him to writing but to reading as well. Prior this transition he had read three books. One of which he understood.