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Bards Lost in The Metaverse Episode 21 - Sharn Vs Andy Books Edition

In this episode Sharn and Andy have some fun comparing their different tastes in books.

First up though was News with Sharn that spoke about the below articles:


Then they got into their book battle as outlined below:

What are your favorite genres?

  • Sharn:

    • Lots! I dabble in a lot of genres. Main ones are:

      • Fantasy

      • Sci-fi

      • Murder Mysteries

      • Action Thrillers

  • Andy

    • Science Fiction all the way. But you can probably break Sci Fi down further into:

      • Thriller/Horror (think aliens/predator)

      • Cyberpunk (think Neuromancer or Blade runner)

    • Post apocalyptic/dystopian future fiction (hunger games)

    • Young Adult

Things Sharn and Andy want in a book:

  • Action

  • Drama

  • Suspense

  • Interesting characters (with some morally grey quirks)

  • Bad guys with understandable motivations

  • Story twists

  • A hint of the supernatural

  • A little spicy goodness

  • Something really different

  • Crazy situations never seen in real life

What do we look for when buying a new book to read?

  • Popularity

  • Recommendations (word of mouth, social media, pop culture)

  • Reviews

  • Author you already know

  • Author interviews on podcasts

  • Part of a series

  • Part of a universe

  • Type of genre

  • Audio vs paperback

  • Cover Art (is this a factor?) - Not particularly for Sharn, Yes for Andy

Where do you buy your books?

  • Sharn

    • Amazon

    • Booktopia

    • Bookdepository

    • In store

  • Andy

    • Instore

    • Audible

    • Library

Stand alone books

  • Sharn’s favourite stand alone books of all time:

    • Grrr I hate picking favourites. This is not a complete list! And no I can’t pick between them as I liked each of them for different reasons or even just because of the circumstances of when I read it.

    • Contest by Matthew Riely

    • Persuasion by Jane Austen

    • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

    • Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

    • Left Hand of Darkness by Urula K LeGuin

    • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

    • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

    • The Curious Incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

    • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

    • The word for world is forest by Urula K LeGuin

    • The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd

    • The Dry by Jane Harper

    • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

    • Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conen Doyle

    • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    • The 100 year old man that climbed out his window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

  • Andy’s favourite stand alone books of all time:

    • Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina - Multiple Authors

    • Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn

    • Macbeth - William Shakespeare

    • The Hobbit - Tolkien

Do you read anything besides books? (Graphic Novels, comics, short stories, essays etc)

  • Sharn: Nope

  • Andy: Why yes I DO! My favourite would be the Manga Akira and we can get into that later. Also all the Ghost in a Shell mangas as well.

Do you read just fiction or do you also read non-fiction books?

  • Sharn

    • Pretty much just fiction for leisure (apart from learning for this podcast and writing craft books).

    • Probably been burnt by uni so I find it hard to read non fiction as it doesn’t grab my attention as easily. I find my mind constantly drifting off. Also, I find imaginary worlds much more interesting than the real world.

  • Andy

    • I have probably read more non-fiction books in my life than fiction books. One of my favourites was The Rock Says… By Dwayne The Rock Johnson.

    • I love the Steven Pressfield books (War of Art, do the work, warriors ethos etc)

    • And anything by Jocko Willink (discipline equals freedom)

Favourite Audiobooks

  • Sharn

    • I’m pretty new to bingeing audiobooks.

    • Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

    • Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

    • Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

    • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

    • Artemis by Andy Weir

    • Audio drama: Girl in Space

  • Andy

    • This is a tough one for me as my favourite audiobooks tend to head towards Radio Dramas and I don't know if I would count them as a book. If we are counting them then my favourites are:

      • Aliens Out of the Shadows and

      • The Star Wars Radio Drama

    • Otherwise the Galaxies Edge series by Jason Anspach & Nick Cole and,

    • Hell Divers 1-6 By Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Book series:

  • Sharn’s favourite book series

    • Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas

    • ACOTR by Sara J. Maas

    • Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke

    • The Immortals Series by Tamora Pierce

    • Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

    • Wayfarer Series by Becky Chambers

    • Fifth Season Series by N.K. Jemisin

    • The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts

    • The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts

    • LOTR by JRR Tolkein

    • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

    • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

    • Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

    • Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie

    • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

  • Andy’s favourite book series

    • Maze runner Series by James Dashner

    • Hunger Games Series by Suzzane Collins

    • LOTR

They then wrap up the episode with a debate about whether a book series beat out a single book:

  • Sharn: Not necessarily.

  • Andy: For me 100%. It was actually hard for me to remember one- off fiction books I had read.

As always, we have a lot to do and a lot more to learn. Hope you all have fun following along as we improve our understanding and knowledge!

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