Hear… Read This! Ep.7

Hello and welcome to the April edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month, we’re talking about our views of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick and Under The Skin by Michel Faber. We decided to do Gav’s ‘classic’ choice, Under The Skin, second as in order to discuss it, we have to reveal something about the plot. There are no spoilers for Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, so we hope you’ll listen to that and then decide if you want to keep going (we don’t think it’ll spoil the book if you do). Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon and Gav of The Readers, a Book Based Banter podcast, and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words, exploring storytelling in all its forms sharing their thoughts.

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Section 1: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick 


This was Kate’s selection and chosen as a book that deals with mental illness but that has also been marketed to adults and young adults too, so she was curious to see how it would come across. Also, she loved the film of The Silver Linings Playbook, adapted from the novel by Matthew Quick. Will this live up to expectations?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to the second book for debate, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Simon recommends The Farm by Tom Rob Smith, Gav has enjoyed Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, Rob read The Accident by Chris Pavone and Kate loved The Last Wild by Piers Torday.

Section 3: Under The Skin by Michel Faber 

UTS This was Gav’s classic choice, a shorter novel that mixes literary sensibilities with a hint of science fiction. None of us have seen the film version that has recently been released but we’d all heard reviews which reveal an important plot point. Will it be literary enough for Simon and Rob? Will it be science fiction enough for Gav and Kate?

And finally… 

Here are next month’s choices by Rob and Simon:


We hope you enjoy listening.

3 thoughts on “Hear… Read This! Ep.7

  1. I’m so glad you all enjoyed Under the Skin as much as I did. I was sort of worried that it made me slightly sick for enjoying a book with such a twisted under story. I do have a couple of questions that you guys didn’t address during the podcast though…. What were your thoughts about the visit from Amliss Vess and his effect on Isserly? What did you think about the hitchhiker she picked up who had the dog left back in his van? What foul play did he have in mind for her if she hadn’t “toggled” him? What did you think about her going back to somewhat rescue the dog? Was it because it was a four-legged creature like she had once been? (I sort of pictured the aliens more as large dogs, greyhound-like, than llamas for some reason.) Do you think that perhaps, since Isserly does actually spend time talking with the vodsels, and she knows that they have language (the “MERCY” scene) that this may be part of the reason why she begins to crack and fall apart? I also very much liked how Faber let you see in to the minds of the hitchhikers and I very much like William, the hitcher she “toggled” without even talking to him. Certainly an example that there is so much more “under the skin” of a person that must be sought out in order to understand them better. I’m sure there are tons more questions I have. Simon, I totally understood what you meant when you said your brain suddenly explodes with all sorts of questions. Mine obviously still has many rolling around in there. Thanks so much for doing this podcast (and all the others you guys do). As a busy mom of 3, I can’t always find the time to read as much as I would like, but having great recommendations from you all and looking forward to hearing your discussion certainly helps this bibliophile experience things I otherwise might not get to. Thanks again!

  2. I’ve read several Michel Faber books that I liked, but I must admit that I really didn’t like this one. The ending annoyed me, and the characters/ story just didn’t make sense to me – why choose Scotland and not a third world country if they wanted lot’s of humans etc etc?

    Have you read any of his other books? I liked The Hundred And Ninety Nine Steps and The Crimson Petal and the White a lot better 🙂

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