Welcome to the fifty-third episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Anni.
In this episode we review Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (without spoilers to start with). We also review the recent Beauty and the Beast film, discuss 13 Reasons Why, and also chat about some books we’ve been reading and listening to. This episode was recorded on 20 April 2017.
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Strange the Dreamer Review (from 47:40, spoilers at 59:00)
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Published by Hodder and Stoughton on March 28 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: My copy
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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
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Beauty and the Beast film (from 6:00)
- New Beauty and the Beast live-action film
- Time.com – Fan’s time loop theory
- Crosswalk The Musical from the Late Show with James Corden – hilarious!
- Anni’s review of the film on Gigamov.
13 Reasons Why (from 18:16)
- 13 Reasons Why, currently on Netflix (link to IMDB)
- Popsugar’s article 6 Things You Need to Know about 13 Reasons Why
- Huffington Post: Headspace Says Netflix’s New Show About Suicide Is ‘Dangerous’
- The Lovely Bones
Other things mentioned
- Nerd Podcast Radio – all nerdy topics
- SN – The Road So Far Podcast – discussing the current season of Supernatural. Awesome community!
New series of Doctor Who is on!
Winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards. Congratulations to Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman and all the other winners!