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Brother Trucker Book Club

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A blue-collar grunt shares what he's been reading while out on the road, everything from fiction and non, young and old, mainstream and indie.

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Ep 094 Accidental Fudge

December 5th, 2019

6:31

"Lt. Terry's Christmas Fudge" by Gerald N. Lund and "Christmas By Accident" by Camron Wright

Ep 093 Rise Up and Be Men

December 2nd, 2019

14:23

"Shop Class As Soulcraft" by Matthew B. Crawford, and "The Appearance of Power" by Tanner Guzy.

Mister Friday: A DreadPennies Production

November 29th, 2019

2:06:42

An audio narration of the "Mister Friday" trilogy by Graham Bradley. Contains all three installments, including "Black Friday," "Cyber Monday," and "The Game Goes On."

Ep 092 The Notorious ERB

November 27th, 2019

21:10

"A Princess of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, "John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood" by Michael Sellers

Ep 091 Nowhere Beneath

November 25th, 2019

10:26

"Nowhere Girl" by A.J. Paquette and "Shadows Beneath" by the Writing Excuses podcast

Tales From the Road: Shop Boys

November 22nd, 2019

23:31

Some mailbag questions, books I read in 2013, and fostering a healthy work environment.

Ep 090 Inside Information

November 20th, 2019

18:09

"The Cunning Man" by DJ Butler and Aaron Michael Ritchey, "Tom Stranger: Interdimensional Insurance Agent" by Larry Correia.

Ep 089 The 800LB Gorilla

November 18th, 2019

13:07

"Dumb Criminals and Overeager Cops" by Zachariah Parry, "How to Become A Federal Criminal" by Mike Chase, and "A Night Divided" by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Tales From the Road: Junctions

November 15th, 2019

5:36

Quick episode today. Arrividerci, Turdwater.

Ep 088 Steel Slippers

November 13th, 2019

13:07

"The Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer, consisting of "Cinder," "Scarlet," "Cress," "Fairest," and "Winter."

Ep 087 Thanksgiving Mega Episode!

November 11th, 2019

33:55

"Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford, "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick, "The Mayflower and Her Passengers" by Caleb H. Johnson, "Squanto" …

Tales From the Road: Quit Being Fat

November 8th, 2019

9:34

You can be healthier as a trucker. Do it.

Ep 086 Salute Your Shorts

November 6th, 2019

9:54

"Snapshot" by Brandon Sanderson and "Drawing Out The Dragons" by James A. Owen.

Ep 085 Chopping Wood

November 4th, 2019

10:43

"Woodsong" and "Woods Runner" by Gary Paulsen

Tales From the Road: End of October Report

November 1st, 2019

20:46

14 books and a true story about driving my truck through a crew of zombies!

Ep 084 The Other Side

October 30th, 2019

14:18

"When" by Victoria Laurie, and "Life After Theft" by Aprilynne Pike. Bonus reference for "The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy.

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Ep 083 Way Back When

October 28th, 2019

13:15

"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "Beowulf" by Anonymous, translated by Seamus Heaney.

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Ep 082 Killers of Killers

October 24th, 2019

22:15

"I Am Not A Serial Killer" by Dan Wells, and "The Screaming Staircase" by Jonathan Stroud.

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Ep 081 Of Death and Middle School

October 21st, 2019

13:05

"Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things" by Ted Naifeh, and "Everlost" by Neal Shusterman.

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Ep 080 "Carous-Hell"

October 16th, 2019

10:31

"Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury, and "The Thief Lord" by Cornelia Funke

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Ep 079 Spaces In Between

October 14th, 2019

13:30

"The Stress of Her Regard" and "Alternate Routes" by Tim Powers

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Tales From the Road: Screwed

October 11th, 2019

11:17

Don't make someone else handle your mess.

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Ep 078 What You Gonna Do

October 9th, 2019

12:44

"Steelheart", "Firefight", "Calamity", from the Reckoners series by Sanderson.

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Ep 077 One For The Kids

October 7th, 2019

13:28

"The Wish List" by Eoin Colfer, and "Skulduggery Pleasant" by Derek Landy.

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Ep 076 Of Trees and Terror

October 2nd, 2019

14:07

"Spell Check" by Julie Wright and "The Halloween Tree" by Ray Bradbury

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End of September Report

October 1st, 2019

9:15

14 books in all, most of them good.

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Ep 075 Ruined Childhood

September 30th, 2019

21:02

"Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs and "Faithful Place" by Tana French.

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Sleepless Hollow, Chapter 3: The Book in the Box

September 28th, 2019

19:41

Josie meets a man called Crowe, and he's got some questions about the book in her mom's coffee shop. 

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Tales From the Road: Turn Them Wheels

September 27th, 2019

13:28

Today I talk about being a trucker and a writer, and the larger life lessons on forward progress. If the wheels aren't turning, you're not earning.

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Sleepless Hollow, Chapter 2: Endless Watch

September 26th, 2019

21:29

Meet Silas Proctor, ghost and protector of Sleepy Hollow! What's his connection to Josie? Hmmm...

Ep 074 What's Up In The Hood

September 25th, 2019

16:53

"Hood," "Scarlet," and "Tuck" by Stephen R. Lawhead. The best version of the Robin Hood legend out there.

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Sleepless Hollow, Chapter 1: A Distant Relation

September 24th, 2019

36:05

The entire first chapter from my forthcoming novel, SLEEPLESS HOLLOW! It will launch on 10/4/2019, and I hope you all grab a copy. Enjoy!

Ep 073 Yo Robot

September 23rd, 2019

16:57

That's the title of "I, Robot" in Spanish. Let's chat about Isaac Asimov and the Three Laws of robotics!

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Tales From the Road: Brother Trucker, Meet Maverick

September 20th, 2019

12:08

Today! 3 different times I drove my truck onto an airfield, including the time I got buzzed by a fighter jet.

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Ep 072 Let's Get Wild

September 18th, 2019

18:18

"Guts" by Gary Paulsen and "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer

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Ep 071 Havens and Watches

September 16th, 2019

29:40

"Fablehaven" and the follow-up series, "Dragonwatch" by Brandon Mull. Guest-starring my wife!

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Tales From the Road: My 10,000 Mile Summer

September 13th, 2019

11:47

From May to August of 2018, I put 10000 miles on a work truck by hauling boxes of contaminated dirt to a dump. All. Day. Long

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Ep 070 Familiar But New

September 11th, 2019

12:21

"The Accidental Highwayman" by Ben Tripp, and "Woven" by David Powers King and Michael Jensen

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Ep 069 The Other Kind of Super

September 9th, 2019

13:19

"Confessions of a D-List Supervillain" by Jim Bernheimer, and "Bonehead" vol. 1 by Bryan Hill and Rhoald Marcellius

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Tales From the Road: Imex to Coquitlam

September 6th, 2019

15:18

I have driven every mile of the I-5 in America.

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Ep 068 A British Orphan Who Does Magic

September 4th, 2019

11:01

The Bartimaeus series, by Jonathan Stroud! Includes "The Amulet of Samarkand," "The Golem's Eye," "Ptolemy's Gate," and "The Ring of Solomon."

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Ep 067 It Could Happen

September 2nd, 2019

15:47

"Prey," "Next," and "State of Fear" by Crichton.

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End of August Report

September 2nd, 2019

13:05

10 books this month.

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Tales From the Road: Everybody! Hates! Dispaaaaaaatch!!!

August 30th, 2019

20:34

I've had 2.5 good dispatchers and a truckload of crappy ones. Buckle up, brother truckers!

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Ep 066: 138 Books in 20 Minutes

August 28th, 2019

22:10

Let's go through EVERYTHING I READ IN 2018 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Ep 065 Basque-et of Goodies

August 26th, 2019

12:33

Two books by Basque-American author Caryn Larrinaga! "Superhero Syndrome" and "Donn's Hill."

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Tales From the Road: Hobbs and MSHA

August 23rd, 2019

17:01

OSHA, MSHA, UITC, and more! These are the safety standards for construction, mining, oil, and how they work.

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Ep 064 Back From the Dead!

August 21st, 2019

11:49

"Brother Frankenstein" by Michael Bunker and "The Revenant" by Michael Punke.

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Ep 063 Mistborn In All Its Glory

August 19th, 2019

32:20

Today we are joined again by my cosmically hot wife to discuss the entirety of Brandon Sanderson's MISTBORN series. Here we go!

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Tales From the Road: The August Mailbag!

August 16th, 2019

17:57

Where do you eat? How much do you work? HOW DO YOU WEAPONIZE BODILY FLUIDS?! All this and more in the inaugural mailbag!

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Ep 062 I LiKe dRaGoNs

August 14th, 2019

15:29

"Eragon" by Christopher Paolini and "Mysteries of Cove" by J Scott Savage

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Ep 061 A Monkey, A Ball, and A Castle

August 12th, 2019

15:18

"Congo," "Sphere," and "Timeline" by Michael Crichton.

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Tales From the Road: Thicker Than Blood

August 9th, 2019

14:31

Here's an insight into working in oil refineries as a trucker.

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Ep 060 The Janus Effect

August 7th, 2019

18:25

"Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson and "Warbreaker" by also that dude

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Ep 059 Inconceivable

August 5th, 2019

12:55

"The Princess Bride" by William Goldman and "As You Wish" by Cary Elwes

Tales From the Road: 2,000 Miles Into Hell

August 2nd, 2019

22:29

I made two round trips to Mordor in a week. It was rough.

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End of July Report

August 1st, 2019

13:47

9 more books read in July.

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Ep 058 Build a Bridge Out Of Her

July 31st, 2019

14:03

"Witchy Eye" and "Witchy Winter" by D.J. Butler, and "Looking for Calvin & Hobbes" by Nevin Martell

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Ep 057 Through the High Tech Looking Glass

July 29th, 2019

17:04

"Off to Be the Wizard" by Scott Meyer, "Jumper" and "Wildside" by Steven Gould, "Outland" by Dennis E. Taylor

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Tales From the Road: Blast Crew Goes to Mordor

July 26th, 2019

12:19

My favorite adventure from the Brimstone days.

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Ep 056 Happy Pioneer Day!

July 24th, 2019

13:53

"Undaunted" by Gerald N. Lund and "Unforgettable" by Eric James Stone

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Ep 055 Morituri Te Salutem

July 22nd, 2019

17:28

"Arena Mode" by Blake Northcott, "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, and "Red Rising" by Pierce Brown

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Tales From the Road: Exactly What You Need

July 19th, 2019

16:44

I got to jump in a reservoir in my work clothes.

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Ep 054 I'm On A Boat

July 17th, 2019

13:25

"The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown, and "Unbroken" by Lauren Hillenbrand

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Ep 053 Get In The Boat, Ya Blaggards!!!

July 15th, 2019

13:31

"Bloody Jack" by LA Meyer and "Powder Monkey" by Paul Dowswell

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Tales From The Road: Bob the Inept Drill Operator

July 12th, 2019

15:15

Don't be like Bob.

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Ep 052 Comic Relief

July 10th, 2019

14:49

"Atomic Robo" by Brian Clevinger and "Skullkickers" by Jim Zubkavich

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Ep 051 Different Ways To Die

July 8th, 2019

13:25

"The End of Night" by Paul Bogard and "Extreme Makeover" by Dan Wells

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Tales From the Road: The One That Got Away

July 5th, 2019

15:07

In trucking, everything is your fault. But in blasting, that can be...massaged a little.

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Ep 50 Ungrateful Colonials

July 4th, 2019

10:59

"1776" by David McCullough and "George Washington's Secret Six" by Brian Kilmeade

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Ep 049 Giant Robots FROM SPACE!!!

July 2nd, 2019

10:35

"Sleeping Giants," by Sylvain Neuvel

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End of June Report

July 1st, 2019

11:21

What I read in the month of June 2019

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Ep 048 What's In Your Head

June 26th, 2019

15:17

"Calvin" by Martine Leavitt and "The Hollow City" by Dan Wells

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Ep 047 Good Grief

June 24th, 2019

14:39

"Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography" by David Michaelis.

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Tales From the Road: Here Comes the Boom

June 24th, 2019

14:30

Let's talk about blast crew.

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Summer Reading List (I'm Back)

June 19th, 2019

9:36

A long list of good reads to fill the dog days of summer.

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Short-Term Announcement

June 10th, 2019

3:09

I'm taking a brief hiatus from the podcast to focus on the needs of a family member. I appreciate your understanding. Thank you, fellow brethren of the truck.

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Tales From the Road: Asleep at the Wheel

June 7th, 2019

18:02

Being tired just comes with the job. There are ways to manage it and things you should definitely avoid.

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Ep 046 D-Day Revisited

June 5th, 2019

12:19

"The United States of Japan" by Peter Tieryas, and "The Only Thing to Fear" by Caroline Tung Richmond

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Ep 045 You're the Mann Now Dawg

June 3rd, 2019

15:55

"1491," "1493," and "The Wizard and the Prophet" by Charles C. Mann

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End of May report

June 1st, 2019

19:40

I read 19 books this month. Yikes. But a lot of them were good!

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Tales From the Road: Ballarat

May 31st, 2019

24:57

You've never heard of this town until now. I guarantee it.

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Ep 044 One Thing Led To Another

May 28th, 2019

17:57

"The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss and "Empire of Silence" by Christopher Ruocchio

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Ep 043 Memorial Day Special

May 27th, 2019

15:40

"Flags of our Fathers" by James Bradley

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Tales From The Road: Safety Time!

May 24th, 2019

14:09

The least desired and yet most necessary position in the company is the safety dude. And it sucks.

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Ep 042 Past Russia, Future Ireland

May 22nd, 2019

11:36

"Tetris" by Box Brown, and "The Supernaturalist" by Eoin Colfer

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Ep 041 A Bone to Pick

May 20th, 2019

14:08

"The Last Lost World" by Stephen & Lydia Pyne, and "American Monster" by Paul Semonin.

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Tales From The Road: Tonight, We Invade Canada!

May 17th, 2019

16:31

My carrier paid me extra to go into Canada, so I went as often as possible.

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Ep 040 With and Without Magic

May 15th, 2019

12:11

"Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose, and "Uncharted" by Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah Hoyt.

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Ep 039 A World Without Death

May 13th, 2019

11:53

"Scythe" and "Thunderhead" by Neal Shusterman.

Tales From the Road: Stuck in the Dirt

May 10th, 2019

13:29

Hauling potatoes, gypsum, and hay for fun and profit. Lol really just profit. Lol really just for hauling oh man I am so sad.

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Ep 038 I'm Super Thanks For Asking

May 8th, 2019

11:00

"Arsenal" by Jeffrey Haskell and "Ex-Heroes" by Peter Clines

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Ep 037 Innies and Outies

May 6th, 2019

12:11

"How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie, and "Quiet" by Susan Cain. Extroverts v introverts.

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Tales From the Road: Flying Solo

May 3rd, 2019

12:25

I was out from under my trainer's thumb and flying free on the American highways!

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Ep 036 This But With That

May 1st, 2019

15:15

"His Majesty' Dragon" (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik, and "Hard Magic" (Grimnoir) by Larry Correia.

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End of April Report

April 30th, 2019

4:08

Nine more books in the...books.

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Ep 035 Battle Born

April 29th, 2019

15:37

"Area 51" by Annie Jacobsen and "Dry" by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

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Ep 034 Completely Unrelated

April 24th, 2019

14:35

"The Likeness" by Tana French, and "Truman" by David McCullough

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Ep 033 Ladies' Night

April 22nd, 2019

15:52

"Lemon Tart" by Josi Kilpack and "Call the Midwife" by Jennifer Worth

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Tales From the Road: Training Day

April 19th, 2019

13:40

My four-week training run in 2013 was a grueling sprint across 28 states. Here's how it worked.

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Ep 032 Bring Me That Horizon

April 17th, 2019

12:06

"On Stranger Tides" by Tim Powers, and "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton.

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Ep 031 ¡Extravaganza Española!

April 15th, 2019

32:55

Get inundated with Spain books! "History of Spain: Land on a Crossroads" by Joyce E. Salisbury; "The Food of Spain" by Claudia Roden; "El Cid," by Anonymous; "The Adventures of Captain Alatriste," by Arturo Perez y …

Tales from the Road: Class is in Session

April 12th, 2019

17:26

What trucking school entailed, what I learned, and how it ended.

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Ep 030 Weaponized Storytelling

April 10th, 2019

14:01

"The Paradise War" by Stephen R. Lawhead and "Icefall" by Matthew J. Kirby

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Ep 029 Hunting Season

April 8th, 2019

17:54

"Monster Hunter International" by Larry Correia, and "The Cardturner" by Louis Sachar

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Tales from the Road: Have A Backup Plan

April 5th, 2019

14:08

The way that I ended up becoming a trucker was not perhaps the most glamorous. But I'm glad I did it.

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Ep 028 Space Vikings in Space

April 3rd, 2019

13:33

"Dream of the Iron Dragon" by Rob Kroese, and "Skyward" by Brandon Sanderson.

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Ep 027 Cruisin' Canada

April 1st, 2019

25:57

Let's have us some airship adventures with "Airborn", "Skybreaker", and "Starclimber" by Kenneth Oppel.

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End of March Report

March 31st, 2019

12:35

Frigging FOURTEEN books this month

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Ep 026 Old Wars, New Tricks

March 28th, 2019

16:42

"Boneshaker" by Cherie Priest, and "Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld.

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Bonus Episode: Press Forward Saints

March 27th, 2019

2:52

You can read my short story, "The Lost City of Jarom," in Mormon Steampunk Vol.3, link below! Press Forward Saints (A Mormon Steampunk …

Ep 025 Take a Hike

March 25th, 2019

16:39

The Appalachian Trail is 2100 miles of wild and beautiful wilderness. "A Walk In The Woods" by Bill Bryson, and "North" by Scott and Jenny Jurek, …

Ep 024 Aim Higher

March 21st, 2019

15:11

"The Permission Society" by Timothy Sandefur and "The Buntline Special" by Mike Resnick.

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Ep 023 Get Punked

March 18th, 2019

19:04

"Sakura: Intellectual Property" is a cyberpunk novel about a rockstar android that gets hacked and turned into a killer assassin in a futuristic …

Ep 022 A Wizard Named Harry

March 14th, 2019

12:08

Urban Fantasy is a lot of fun as a genre, and "The Dresden Files" is a great entry point.

Ep 021 At Least We Didn't Kill Anyone

March 11th, 2019

11:45

The "Unwind" series by Neal Shusterman is a masterful mix of sci-fi, horror, and current events.

Ep 020 Sartre Was Right

March 7th, 2019

11:25

"My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George, and "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. Sometimes getting lost in the woods seems like the right idea.

Ep 019 The Solar Neighborhood

March 4th, 2019

11:35

"Hard Luck Hank: Screw The Galaxy" by Steven Campbell, and "We Are Legion, We Are Bob" by Dennis E. Taylor.

End of February Report

February 28th, 2019

10:56

Quick rundown of my February reads, and a bit of griping about how Cliffjumper always dies.

Ep 018 Stick 'Em Up

February 27th, 2019

10:45

Murder mysteries! "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith, and "In The Woods" by Tana French.

Ep 017 That Wasn't In The Musical!

February 25th, 2019

14:43

Big brick classics like "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo make great musicals. Also "Hamilton" by Ron Chernow.

Ep 016 The Great American Novelist

February 21st, 2019

14:10

"Education of a Wandering Man" and "Last of the Breed" by Louis L'Amour.

Ep 015 Soul Power

February 18th, 2019

7:11

"Wired for War," a nonfiction by P.W. Singer, paired up with "Defy the Stars," YA sci-fi by Claudia Gray.

Ep 014 Love is in The Air

February 14th, 2019

17:56

Valentine's Day is here, time for some saintly martyrdom! Wait, no, I meant romance novels. My hot wife joins us again to discuss Renee Collins, …

Ep 013 Go West, Young Man

February 11th, 2019

15:38

Special guest host: my wife, Schaara! She joins me for a lively discussion about romance novels by Kasie West and Sarah M. Eden.

Ep 012 All That Glitters

February 7th, 2019

10:06

Old and busted: dealing meth. New hotness: dealing makeup. "Glitter" and "Shatter" by Aprilynne Pike.

Ep 011 Out Into The Black

February 4th, 2019

11:02

Breaker 1-9, got another dispatch out to space, over. "Tabloid Reporter to the Stars" by Eric James Stone, and "Leviathan Wakes" by James S.A. Corey.

Ep 010 The Flight Stuff

January 31st, 2019

13:05

"Airman" by Eoin Colfer and "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough

Ep 009 What Am I NOT Good At?

January 28th, 2019

10:05

Michael Crichton was a doctor who wrote bestsellers and directed movies while he was creating TV shows and traveling the world holy CRAP. Let' talk …

Ep 008 Another (1,000 page) Brick In The Wall

January 24th, 2019

7:24

Read the "Mistborn" series by Brandon Sanderson. We'll talk about other big fantasy books too.

Ep 007 Stay in your box

January 22nd, 2019

7:52

"Lexicon" by Max Barry, with a brief mention of another novel of his, "Jennifer Government."

Ep 006 Car Trouble...in SPACE!

January 18th, 2019

7:40

Did you see "Passengers"? Me neither. But here are two books like it. "Caretaker" by Josie Russell "Zero-G" by Dan Wells

Ep 005 Back For Seconds

January 17th, 2019

8:29

Currently on my third read-through of two books that I didn't like the first time! "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins, and "Son of the Black Sword" by …

Ep 004 Robot Roll Call

January 14th, 2019

12:36

Are there any good robot books out there? I'm still looking.

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Ep 003 Blake x Ben

January 9th, 2019

9:34

"The North Valley Grimoire" by Blake Northcott, and "Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal" by Ben Sasse.

Ep 002 The Read-Option

January 7th, 2019

9:30

The NFL playoffs just started, so here are some football books!

Ep 001 The Movie Was Better

January 2nd, 2019

9:10

Usually when a book is adapted for the screen, the print version is still better. Here are some exceptions.

Introducing the Brother Trucker Book Club!

December 31st, 2018

1:14

What I'm all about and what you can expect from this podcast.

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