DISCLAIMER: Charles’ audio is particularly rough this week due to NYC radiators. He apologizes profusely!
It’s week two of the Children of the Lamp, we’re reading the second book, The Blue Djinn of Babylon. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this book features another dramatic adventure that we just send a twelve year old on, because apparently that is acceptable. In a wild turn of events Phillippa is kidnapped by the twins’ grandmother, and John has to rescue her via a multinational expedition and solo trip through lost Babylon. This book really adds to the worldbuilding of the series, so you won’t want to miss it if you love that kind of thing.
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, The Cobra King of Kathmandu, book 3 of the The Children of the Lamp series.
It’s time for a new series, The Children of the Lamp! It’s week one, so we read the whole first book, The Akhenaten Adventure. We follow our fellow New Yorkers, John and Phillippa Gaunt as they discover that they are djinn or what we would consider genies. They can grant wishes and make all sorts of cool things happen with their subconscious. This week was a lot of exposition and then all of the sudden a bunch of action at the end, so it led to a weird podcast episode. But your hosts have a lot of fun sharing personal stories, so this is a good week to get to know us and our shenanigans!
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, The Blue Djinn of Babylon, book 2 of the The Children of the Lamp series.
We are going to follow Stargirl on her journey to Pennsylvania. She writes the longest letter of all time to her ex, Leo, for the entirety of this week’s book: Love, Stargirl. We follow her as she goes through immense growth, gradually getting over Leo and finding a way to be accepted and enjoyed by her whole community. It really is a story of growth for our protagonist that makes it quite enjoyable to read. The book reads as an excellent sequel to the original Stargirl novel.
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, The Akhenaten Adventure, book 1 of The Children of the Lamp.
It’s new series time for a cute duology, Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl books. Back to quirky school time, and realistic fiction, Stargirl bursts onto the scene in suburban Arizona, and causes mayhem in the school district. Leo and the whole school struggle with their relationship to Stargirl’s antics, and this leads to a quite lively debate between the hosts that you cannot miss. There are arguments on both sides of the debate, so we definitely want to hear from our listeners as to how they feel about it!
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, Love, Stargirl, book 2 of the Stargirl series.
It’s the last week in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and we’re reading Talking to Dragons. This book follows Cimorene’s son, Daystar as he has to find his way back to his father’s castle and free him from the wizards’ enchantment. We discuss his journey and its similarities to his mother’s initial quest. We get deep into a discussion of reading order because this book was initially published first and re-released in chronological order after the first three books were written. This is quite a healthy conversation and debate as to the correct reading order which you do not want to miss.
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, Stargirl, book 1 of the Stargirl series.
We’re in the second half of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, covering Calling on Dragons, a book following Morwen. The adventure starts slowly as the wizards are wreaking havoc, but we did call that. Asia and Charles are justifiably annoyed that the wizards were given enough free reign to continue to cause problems. There’s lots of complicated magic, and a little bit of a quest. There is also some girl-boss energy so you definitely don’t want to miss it.
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, Talking to Dragons, book 4 of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
It’s another week of adventure on Throwback Paperback as we meet the king of the enchanted forest in Searching for Dragons. Mendanbar is trying to answer questions about his kingdom, and Cimorene is looking for Kazul so they team up to get some answers while making new friends along the way. They fight wizards, travel a bunch, and of course just for Asia, fall in love. Join us as we follow the love birds in their dragon-searching quest.
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, Calling on Dragons, book 3 of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
It’s new series time here at Throwback Paperback! We’re starting a Charles pick: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede. And will you believe it, but does Asia like fantasy now? We are definitely in a world of magic: spells, witches, princesses, dragons, and wizards. But we also have excellent and engaging characters, and that’s so fun! Join us in the Enchanted Forest for sassy one-liners and molten wizards, and a stone-prince whose name we don’t know.
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, Searching for Dragons, book 2 of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
It’s the finale of the Matched trilogy and the plague variant is truly reeking havoc throughout the Rising/Society. The golden trio is tasked with finding a cure, and they also have to figure out who gets to end up with whom. We don’t want to spoil the ending so this might be a brief description, but you will of course get our final thoughts. Maybe this is too much of a spoiler, but we can confirm that both of us liked the ending and the whole series.
Next week we will be reading a new book in one week, Dealing with Dragons, book 1 of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
The Rising is upon us as we cover the first half of Reached. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are placed throughout the society at key points and watch from different angles as the Rising easily takes over the society through a plague that they alone had the cure to heal. Obviously, we have a long discussion on that and its functionality as a plot device. But of course, since the Rising and Society bear many similarities many things are not fixed and this only continues as a variant of the plague comes along and causes more trouble. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are forced to dive head first into the love triangle of it all and work together to survive. Oh joy, another love triangle.
Next week we will be reading chapters 33-63 of book 3 in the series, Reached.