Kids Combat Evil (Eps. 67-68) | Summer of Night by Dan Simmons



Dan Simmons, as we’ve noted, is a genius. This is his first horror novel we’ve picked up. There are nods to Stephen King’s “It” and vibes of “Poltergeist,” but this story is wholly its own. It’s a tale of bravery, friendship and dealing with loss. Simmons makes some memorable and gut-wrenching choices that leave this book at the top of our favorites list.

A Scary Freedomless Society (Ep. 63-64) | The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood



The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood in many ways can be compared to George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. While the world of 1984 felt like a dystopian relic when I read it (albeit an especially scary, fascist dystopian relic), The Handmaid’s Tale disturbs me because it seems like a future that could be right around the corner. Slavery, oppression, genocide – all the worst of our past – are present in this future.

Most Wanted Books – A Visual Guide

What books from the last 15 years are most popular with book lovers? Diving into Goodreads bookshelf data, we found that dystopian and fantasy fiction have been huge among this social reading community.

Explore the chart by hovering over sections with your mouse or tapping the screen (better on desktop). Hover over the authors’ names to light up the bubble chart like a Christmas tree or click their names for more book details.

What did we learn at a glance?

George R.R. Martin really does average five years between books in his Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games books, has a highly rated young reader fantasy series called the Underland Chronicles that she penned before her YA dystopian trilogy. And Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, though found on many bookshelves, consistently fell below the average ratings for books published in the same year. Explore and enjoy this treasure trove of book goodness. Send us feedback or questions on what other book charts you’d like to see. Happy reading!

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