April 19, 2021
Thrillers and crime fiction are genres of writing that fascinate the reader through the depiction of danger, of darkness, of suspense and anxiety that surrounds the criminal or crime-related events described in the story.
Join Nisa and Bryony as they discuss some books that fall neatly and not-so-neatly within the overlapping boundaries of these genres:
The Herd by Andrea Bartz, Ballantine Books, 2020
Keeper by Jessica More, Penguin, 2020
Your House Will Pay by Step Cha, Faber & Faber, 2019
The Animals of Lockwood Manor, Mantle, 2020
March 31, 2021
Sitting under the umbrella of ‘speculative’ fiction, Fantasy Fiction pulls the reader into a universe made up of complex relationships, of magical beings, of fascinating creatures and of supernatural elements that are often based on or influenced by existing myths and mythology.
Join Nisa and Rachel as they discussed two novels and two novellas in the genre:
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart. Orbit, 2020
The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood. Tor, 2020
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo. Tor, 2020
Order of the Pure Moon Reflected by Water by Zen Cho. Tor, 2020
March 9, 2021
YA books can be about love, loss, transitions, first experiences, school, future aspirations… anything experienced by young people. What makes YA literature unique is that the perspective is a teenage one. Back with more YA in 2021, join Nisa and Antonia for the first set of books they’d like to highlight:
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. Walker Books, 2019
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Electric Monkey, 2019
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Hot Key Books, 2020
Welcome to the New World: Waking Up in Trump’s America by Jake Halpern and (illustrated by) Michael Sloan. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
Craving some more YA chat? Checkout our other YA podcast here!
February 23, 2021
One of the greats of espionage fiction – John le Carre – passed away at the end of 2020.
Join Nisa and Sandra as they take a quick tour through some of his books and focus on two titles in particular:
Our Kind of Traitor - John le Carre. Viking, 2010
The Night Manager - John le Carre. Hodder and Stoughton, 1993
February 3, 2021
One of the most popular fiction genres, mysteries take the reader on a journey that involves trying to solve a puzzle, finding clues, engaging in logical deduction, considering (and discarding) red herrings… the who, why and how of a crime that must be solved, an event that must be explained.
Join Nisa and Crystal as they discuss a mix of classics and new books in the genre:
Death in the East - Abir Mukherjee. Penguin Random House, 2019
The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman. Viking Press, 2020
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie. Collins Crime Club, 1934 and Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie and François Rivière. Harper, 2007
A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle. Beeton’s Christmas Annual Magazine, 1887
January 20, 2021
Horror Fiction seeks to thrill, to terrorise, to tap into the dark side of humanity. Sitting under the umbrella of ‘speculative’ fiction, Horror Fiction combines and contrasts the known with the unknown to induce a feeling of dread in the reader.
Join Nisa and Rachel as they discuss a mix of classics and new books in the genre:
- Bird Box / Josh Malerman. Harper Voyager, 2014 and Malorie: a Bird box novel / Josh Malerman. Orion Fiction, 2020
- Carrie / Stephen King. New English Library, 1974
- Frankenstein / Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, 1818
November 24, 2020
Yan’s Recommended Reads!
Are you wondering what to read next? Well, maybe this episode will give you some ideas.
Books mentioned in this podcast include:
October 30, 2020
A tricky genre to define, Scifi or ‘Science Fiction’ is more than just space ships and aliens. Scifi is a genre that looks at the world that was and imagines a world that can be. Sitting within the family of what is considered to be ‘speculative’ fiction, Scifi entertains, thrills and makes us consider some important questions about ourselves, our world and the universe(s) beyond us.
Join Nisa and Rachel as they discuss these books:
October 23, 2020
In this episode of Parra Pods Yan shares her love of translated literature with listeners.
Yan is City of Parramatta Libraries resident expert on translated literature and always manages to surprise us with the diverse range of books she gets through!
Below are just a few of the authors & titles Yan talks about in this podcast.
‘Shadow of the Wind’, ‘The Angels Game’, ‘The Prisoner of Heaven’ & ‘The Labyrinth of Sprits’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Along the Trenches: a Journey Through Eastern Europe to Isfahan by Navid Kermani
‘The Name of the Rose’, ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’ & ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ by Umberto Eco
‘Sapiens’, ‘Home Deus’ & ‘21 lessons for 21st Century’ by Yuval Noah Harari
‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ & Farewell Waltz by Milan Kundera
‘Norwegian Wood’ & Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
‘Red Sorghum’, ‘The Garlic Ballads’ & ‘Sandalwood Death’ by Mo Yan
‘Boyhood’, ‘Youth’, ‘Summertime’, ‘Disgrace’, ‘Life & times of Michael K’ by J M Coetzee
Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson, Karan Fossum, Arnaldur Indridason, Hakan Nesser, Leila Slimani, Andrea Camilleri
September 16, 2020
In this episode of Parra Pods Katherine & Nisa discuss some of the amazing Young Adult fiction they have read over the last couple of weeks.
Reading Youth Adult fiction in all its diversity is great way to understand the issues facing the up and coming generation. The books that we review in this episode discuss diverse themes such as “Black lives matter”, growing up Muslim in Australia, body issues and being young and LGBTQ identified. What these wonderful books have in common is that they are all thought provoking, funny at times, often inspiring and always entertaining. I urge you to grab a YA book now and enjoy!
Some of the books discussed in this podcast include:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, 2017.
How (Not) to Ask a Boy to the Prom by S.J. Goslee, 2019.
You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abel-Magied, 2019.
There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon, 2019.
Looking for some more recommendations why not check out our blog post on YA picks of 2020 & some old favourites!