Reading the Weird was a difficult web series for me to make because it took a lot of time and effort. The readings themselves often too upward of an hour to set up and record, which is not great considering each reading was between 25 and 30 minutes long after editing. That’s a lot of flubs, double-readings and general errors to get rid of.
So I’m sure you can understand why the next series of that show will be a different format. I’ve not decided what the format will be just yet but it’s likely to be an analysis of each story with occasional lines or paragraphs being read out, rather than a straight-up reading of the story.
But Reading the Weird won’t be back for a new series for a while yet. What is taking its place on the Monday slot, you may ask? Well I’m here to tell you! Isn’t that lucky?
From Monday 13 August 2012 (that’s this Monday, folks!) we will be running The Monday Book Club. This is a series of short reviews of books. The show will contain a mixture of indie and mainstream books, with the only stipulation being that the books must be available in eBook format. Why’s that? Because eBooks are the future? Nope.
It’s because most independent presses these days are going the eBook route rather than risking thousands of pounds on printing costs for untested authors. I want to be as inclusive on this show as possible.
The first series of the show will run for eight weeks and the line-up is as follows:
- Peter The Wolf, by Zoë E Whitten
- The Thirty-nine Steps, by John Buchan
- Bringing Home the Stars, by Jennifer Kirk
- Dune, by Frank Herbert
- A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands Conflict, by Russell Philips
- The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Alternative Dimension, by Jack Lefebre
- The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
A second series of The Monday Book Club will then run after series two of Reading the Weird ends; possibly with both series alternative between one-another after that. That’s not to say Reading the Weird is back in a couple of months’ time, however. If all goes to plan there’s another series that will air before that, but I can’t say much about that one just yet.