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Mind Duck Books

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57 - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

November 25th, 2023


A sci-fi post-apocalyptic classic 1951, the predecessor of all the zombie survival stories that are so common nowadays. Adam and Paul joined me to …

56 - Neuromancer by William Gibson

November 10th, 2023


We got a new guest on the podcast, John who lives where the beginning of the cyberpunk classic by William Gibson, Neuromancer, takes place. Let's find out if reading Neuromancer is worth it today.


00:00 Intro

55 – Wendigo and Flatwoods Monster

October 28th, 2023


Happy Halloween! On the last part of our month of Mind Suck Spooks, we discuss two books and two iconic monsters.

At first we jump more than 110 yeas back in time to look at The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood. A spooky …

54 – Slugs by Shaun Hutson (with Book Retorts)

October 14th, 2023


Sam and Danielle from Book Retorts and I have planned a double feature: the movie the movie on their podcast and the book on my podcast.

Check out episode 133 on the Book Retorts podcast to learn about slug facts and …

Mind Suck Spooks - Announcement

October 9th, 2023


During the whole month of October we have planned a Halloween special covering 4 horror books.

Starting with ep. 53, we have the young adult vampire …

53 - Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

October 1st, 2023


Marked is the first of the Adult fantasy vampire book series House of Night. Thanks to Chan who joined me on this episode I had lots of fun reading …

52 - The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons (with Book Retorts)

September 16th, 2023


It was an honor to have a Hyperion expert on the podcast with us for this one. Sam and Danielle from the Book Retorts join Paolo and I to discuss the …

51 - Dune by Frank Herbert (Part 2 - plot)

September 2nd, 2023


On the second part of our Dune special, we go directly into the plot and discuss all the details. That means full on spoilers. Please check out …

50 - Why Dune?

August 20th, 2023


We have made it through 50 episodes, so it is finally time to talk about Dune by Frank Herbert as we planned a few years ago.

On this episode Paolo …

49 - Animal Farm by George Orwell

August 6th, 2023


Brad and Paolo joined for a re-read of one of the biggest classics by George Orwell, Animal Farm.

00:00 intro
04:20 Movie adaptations
05:11 …

48 - Total Recall by Philip K. Dick

July 23rd, 2023


We Can Remember it for you Wholesale is a short sci-fi story that the glorious movie Total Recall is based on. Join us on this episode where we talk …

47 - Hyperion by Dan Simmons

July 10th, 2023


The first of the quadrilogy Hyperion Cantos, Hyperion by Dan Simmons made me completely exhausted and feel like my mind was properly mind ducked. Oh my goodness is this A LOT to take in.

Join us for the longest episode …

46 - Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

June 24th, 2023


Just released, brand new and exciting, it's the Running man but with hot women instead of Arnold. We had a resolution to cover one book this year as …

45 - Catch up - Fantasy Special

June 11th, 2023


Kristyna, Adam and Martin joined me on this catch up to discuss 4 fantasy books. Have a listen to find out more about:

The Wandering Inn: Book 1 by …

44 - Speaker for the Dead (ES2) by Orson Scott Card

May 28th, 2023


Check out Ep.25 - Ender's Game:

Also, for this episode we are on video:

One my all time favorite books that I enjoyed even more re-reading it after many years. But oh …

43 - My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

May 12th, 2023


My Sister, the Serial Killer started a buzz online because of it's striking cover art and the reputation of being an edgy dark comedy. Join us on episode 43 of the Mind Duck Books Podcast to find out what it's really …

42 - The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

April 29th, 2023


This time we have read 4 interconnected stories based around a book, The King in Yellow. Paul and Kristyna joined me on this one and I have to give …

41 - Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

April 16th, 2023


Norse Mythology is a modern retelling of the classic stories we all heard of, flavored by Neil Gainman. Join us on this episode where we discuss who …

40 - Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

April 1st, 2023


Does this sci-fi classic still hold up today? Join me and Adam to find out.


00:00 Intro, general impressions
08:20 Arthur C. Clarke
13:27 Book …

39 - Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

March 19th, 2023


Snow crash is a cyberpunk dystopian novel from the 90s that predicted the metaverse, virtual reality worlds and dove deep into the history of languages Sumerian myths and data encryption. There is a lot to unpack here. …

38 - 1984 by George Orwell

March 3rd, 2023


After all the covid and 10 dimensional nonsense Paul, Paolo and I have gathered to discuss another classic. Moreover, we looked a documentary about …

37 - The Redemption of Time (ROEP 4) by Baoshu

February 19th, 2023


>> Check out our episodes 4, 5, 6 and 7 for the Remembrance of Earth's past trilogy.  <<
You have asked for it, we have hesitated, Cixin Liu has approved it. The fourth book in the Redemption of Earth's Past …

36 - Kissing the Coronavirus by M.J. Edwards

February 5th, 2023


Yup, that's what we're talking about today and not only that. We also have a very special guest for this episode. Somehow I persuaded Chan to read this with me. Oooh boy, strap in and get ready for the most bizarre …

35 - Blazing Dinosaur Holes - Catch up

January 22nd, 2023


It's time to get together and talk about what we've been reading and catch up. Everyone shares an interesting book and I try to derail the podcast as much as I can.

Kristyna picked a book from 1666 - The Blazing World …

34 - The Stranger by Albert Camus

January 8th, 2023


Paolo is back, ready to make feel depressed and pessimistic. We're talking The Stranger by Albert Camus. I was prepared to hate this but I didn't at …

33 - Red Rising by Pierce Brown

December 25th, 2022


We're talking Red rising the first or Paul's Favorite book series the Red Rising Saga.

00:00 Intro
03:45 Red Rising
07:55 Pierce Brown

32 - Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

December 11th, 2022


Kristyna and Paul joined me to discuss this very intriguing and unusual book.

Tune in to have a chance to win an audio book.

00:00 Intro
02:13 …

31 - What is a Mind Duck?

December 4th, 2022


Check out this episode on video:

To celebrate a year of the podcast, we have decided to show our faces, make a new logo, new website and a lot more. 

On episode we look back at the last …

30 – The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

November 21st, 2022


A very special long planned episode with a very special guest. Brad joined on this one to discuss being Machiavellian. We’re talking the Prince by …

29 - The W.o.K. by B.S. – PART 4 – Conclusion

November 6th, 2022


The final part of hour four episode special on The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. To finish this series off, we look at the second half of the book and discuss the plot. Moreover, we talk about out top 3 best and …

28 - The Way of Kings by B. S. – PART 3 – Plot

October 24th, 2022


In the 3rd part of our 4 episode special we get into the plot and dive in deep into all the details of the first half of the book. Full on spoiler …

27 - The Way of Kings by B. Sanderson - PART 2 - Worldbuilding

October 16th, 2022


On the second part of our 4 episode special on the Way of Kings, we discuss all the concepts, religion, weapons, magic systems and more. Join un or this extremely nerdy discussing to find out how the world or Stormlight …

26 - The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson - PART 1

October 9th, 2022


This is our long awaited special series on the first book of the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson – The Way of Kings. Paolo and Martin Joined …

25 – Ender’s Game (ES 1) by Orson Scott Card

September 25th, 2022


Check out episode 44 for the sequel - Speaker for the Dead:

The book that kickstarted my most beloved sci-fi series of books. …

24 - Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

September 11th, 2022


Please have a good look at the book cover of Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. This is a very good artistic interpretation of my facial expression after …

23 – Catch up – 4 Books, 3 guests August 21, 2022

August 28th, 2022


We had a really got time getting together and discussing what he have been reading. Each of us choosing one book. So we have 4 books and 3 guest.
– Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein
– He Who Fights with …

22 – The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Fyodor Dostoevsky

August 14th, 2022


Paolo’s turn on this episode to talk about something he’s really passionate about. We looked at 2 short stories from Fyodor Dostoevsky and both liked …

21 - The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

July 31st, 2022


Finally, a long awaited episode about the horror book that kickstarted the Hellraiser movie franchise. Not only did Paolo read it with me but he also …

20 - Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

July 17th, 2022


Both Paolo and Paul joined on this one to discuss the book that the famous movie is based on. We talk about what Chuck Palahniuk likes to do in his …

19 – Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

July 3rd, 2022


This we have decided to cover some classic Japanese literature. One of the most famous Japanese writers Yasunari Kawabata. However, as you might expect, we were not as excited as we were hoping to be after having read …

18 – Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

June 19th, 2022


Paul and I got progressively more drunk on this episode to yell at youth, give life lessons to adolescents and attempt to “get cancelled”. Join us on …

17 - Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

June 5th, 2022


Chan joined me on this episode to dive deep into a world of sexy vampires, buff pixies, and many other unexpectedly creative magical creatures. We're …

16 - Foundation by Isaac Asimov

May 22nd, 2022


One of my good friends, Yaz, joined me on this episode to discuss a classic hard sci-fi book, the very first book in the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. We also talk about the recent TV show, movies based on Asimov's …

15 – Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

May 8th, 2022


I loved this book so much and so did Martin and Adam who joined me on this episode to discuss the ultimate engineer’s wet dream, in other words …

14 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

April 24th, 2022


We're talking about the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, one of my all time favorites that Paolo hasn't read until now. That gave us two very …

13 - The Broken Earth trilogy (BE) by N. K. Jemisin

April 17th, 2022


There were a lot of things we love and also some things we very much disliked about this trilogy. ON this episode we do our best to look at it as a …

12 - The Stone Sky (BE 3) by N. K. Jemisin

April 4th, 2022


The third and final book in the Broken Earth trilogy.

00:00 General impressions
10:05 BE2 - Second book recap
10:58 BE3 - The Stone Sky

#stone #sky #the #Jemisin #Nora #Keita #broken #earth …

11 - The Obelisk Gate (BE 2) by N. K. Jemisin

March 20th, 2022


The second book in the Broken Earth trilogy.


00:00 General impressions
21:23 BE1 - First book recap
25:57 BE2 - The Obelisk Gate
45:38 Disagreements about whether this book is bad
01:01:43 Outro

10 - The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft

March 7th, 2022


I was really excited to get a special guest on this episode. Paul knows so much about Lovecraft so I decided to invite him to the podcast to talk …

9 - The Fifth Season (BE 1) by N. K. Jemisin

February 20th, 2022


The first book of the Broken Earth trilogy. This time I've decided to award creativity points since there are many new ideas, the setting feels really fresh and there are many original concepts.

This one is definitely …

8 - Catch up - Weaveworld and Dragonlance

February 6th, 2022


After having discussed the Three-Body problem, we needed a break. Therefore, we decided to relax, catch up and discuss a few other books we read as well as the future of the podcast and a few updates.

I talk about the …

7 - Death's End (ROEP 3) by Cixin Liu

January 23rd, 2022


Th final depression hit of our 4 part special about the Remembrance of Earth's past trilogy - book 3, Death's End by Liu Cixin.

00:00 Full on …

6 - The Dark Forest (ROEP 2) by Cixin Liu

January 16th, 2022


Our discussion about the second book in the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy - The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu.


0:00 The book as a whole
0:00 …

5 - The Three-Body Problem (ROEP 1) by Cixin Liu

January 8th, 2022


After our spoiler-free look at the trilogy as a whole, we get into the first book of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy by Cixin Liu - The …

4 - Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy (ROEP) by Cixin Liu

January 1st, 2022


The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest and Death's End are 3 books that have become increasingly popular. It the first part of 4, we discuss the …

3 - The Dreams in the Witch-House by H. P. Lovecraft

December 18th, 2021


Nameless City and The Dreams in the Witch-house are two short stories by H. P. Lovecraft that Paolo chose for this episode. We discuss our experience …

2 - The Changed Man by O. S. Card

December 4th, 2021


Paolo and I have decided to discuss some of our favorite short stories over the next couple of episode. On this one we go deep and deeper into a …

1 - Confessions by Kanae Minato

November 23rd, 2021


On the first episode of the Mind Duck Books podcast we delve into the highly acclaimed book Confessions by a Japanese writer Kanae Minato. Paolo, my …

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