Brother Trucker Book Club

Brother Trucker Book Club
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.

Ep 055 Morituri Te Salutem
Jul 22 • 15 min
“Arena Mode” by Blake Northcott, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, and “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown
Tales From the Road: Exactly What You Need
Jul 19 • 15 min
I got to jump in a reservoir in my work clothes.
Ep 054 I’m On A Boat
Jul 17 • 11 min
“The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, and “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand
Ep 053 Get In The Boat, Ya Blaggards!!!
Jul 15 • 11 min
“Bloody Jack” by LA Meyer and “Powder Monkey” by Paul Dowswell
Tales From The Road: Bob the Inept Drill Operator
Jul 12 • 13 min
Don’t be like Bob.
Ep 052 Comic Relief
Jul 10 • 13 min
“Atomic Robo” by Brian Clevinger and “Skullkickers” by Jim Zubkavich
Ep 051 Different Ways To Die
Jul 8 • 11 min
“The End of Night” by Paul Bogard and “Extreme Makeover” by Dan Wells
Tales From the Road: The One That Got Away
Jul 5 • 13 min
In trucking, everything is your fault. But in blasting, that can be…massaged a little.
Ep 50 Ungrateful Colonials
Jul 4 • 9 min
“1776” by David McCullough and “George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian Kilmeade
Ep 049 Giant Robots FROM SPACE!!!
Jul 2 • 8 min
“Sleeping Giants,” by Sylvain Neuvel
End of June Report
Jul 1 • 9 min
What I read in the month of June 2019
Ep 048 What’s In Your Head
Jun 26 • 13 min
“Calvin” by Martine Leavitt and “The Hollow City” by Dan Wells
Ep 047 Good Grief
Jun 24 • 13 min
“Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography” by David Michaelis.
Tales From the Road: Here Comes the Boom
Jun 24 • 12 min
Let’s talk about blast crew.
Summer Reading List (I’m Back)
Jun 19 • 7 min
A long list of good reads to fill the dog days of summer.
Short-Term Announcement
Jun 10 • 1 min
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.
Tales From the Road: Asleep at the Wheel
Jun 7 • 16 min
Being tired just comes with the job. There are ways to manage it and things you should definitely avoid.
Ep 046 D-Day Revisited
Jun 5 • 10 min
“The United States of Japan” by Peter Tieryas, and “The Only Thing to Fear” by Caroline Tung Richmond
Ep 045 You’re the Mann Now Dawg
Jun 3 • 14 min
“1491,” “1493,” and “The Wizard and the Prophet” by Charles C. Mann
End of May report
Jun 1 • 18 min
I read 19 books this month. Yikes. But a lot of them were good!
Tales From the Road: Ballarat
May 31 • 23 min
You’ve never heard of this town until now. I guarantee it.
Ep 044 One Thing Led To Another
May 28 • 16 min
“The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss and “Empire of Silence” by Christopher Ruocchio
Ep 043 Memorial Day Special
May 27 • 14 min
“Flags of our Fathers” by James Bradley
Tales From The Road: Safety Time!
May 24 • 12 min
The least desired and yet most necessary position in the company is the safety dude. And it sucks.
Ep 042 Past Russia, Future Ireland
May 22 • 9 min
“Tetris” by Box Brown, and “The Supernaturalist” by Eoin Colfer
Ep 041 A Bone to Pick
May 20 • 12 min
“The Last Lost World” by Stephen & Lydia Pyne, and “American Monster” by Paul Semonin.
Tales From The Road: Tonight, We Invade Canada!
May 17 • 14 min
My carrier paid me extra to go into Canada, so I went as often as possible.
Ep 040 With and Without Magic
May 15 • 10 min
“Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose, and “Uncharted” by Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah Hoyt.
Ep 039 A World Without Death
May 13 • 11 min
“Scythe” and “Thunderhead” by Neal Shusterman.
Tales From the Road: Stuck in the Dirt
May 10 • 11 min
Hauling potatoes, gypsum, and hay for fun and profit. Lol really just profit. Lol really just for hauling oh man I am so sad.
Ep 038 I’m Super Thanks For Asking
May 8 • 9 min
“Arsenal” by Jeffrey Haskell and “Ex-Heroes” by Peter Clines
Ep 037 Innies and Outies
May 6 • 10 min
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, and “Quiet” by Susan Cain. Extroverts v introverts.
Tales From the Road: Flying Solo
May 3 • 10 min
I was out from under my trainer’s thumb and flying free on the American highways!
Ep 036 This But With That
May 1 • 13 min
“His Majesty’ Dragon” (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik, and “Hard Magic” (Grimnoir) by Larry Correia.
End of April Report
Apr 30 • 2 min
Nine more books in the…books.
Ep 035 Battle Born
Apr 29 • 13 min
“Area 51” by Annie Jacobsen and “Dry” by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
Ep 034 Completely Unrelated
Apr 24 • 12 min
“The Likeness” by Tana French, and “Truman” by David McCullough
Ep 033 Ladies’ Night
Apr 22 • 14 min
“Lemon Tart” by Josi Kilpack and “Call the Midwife” by Jennifer Worth
Tales From the Road: Training Day
Apr 19 • 12 min
My four-week training run in 2013 was a grueling sprint across 28 states. Here’s how it worked.
Ep 032 Bring Me That Horizon
Apr 17 • 10 min
“On Stranger Tides” by Tim Powers, and “Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Crichton.
Ep 031 ¡Extravaganza Española!
Apr 15 • 31 min
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 Reverte.
Tales from the Road: Class is in Session
Apr 12 • 15 min
What trucking school entailed, what I learned, and how it ended.
Ep 030 Weaponized Storytelling
Apr 10 • 12 min
“The Paradise War” by Stephen R. Lawhead and “Icefall” by Matthew J. Kirby
Ep 029 Hunting Season
Apr 8 • 16 min
“Monster Hunter International” by Larry Correia, and “The Cardturner” by Louis Sachar
Tales from the Road: Have A Backup Plan
Apr 5 • 12 min
The way that I ended up becoming a trucker was not perhaps the most glamorous. But I’m glad I did it.
Ep 028 Space Vikings in Space
Apr 3 • 11 min
“Dream of the Iron Dragon” by Rob Kroese, and “Skyward” by Brandon Sanderson.
Ep 027 Cruisin’ Canada
Mar 31 • 24 min
Let’s have us some airship adventures with “Airborn”, “Skybreaker”, and “Starclimber” by Kenneth Oppel.
End of March Report
Mar 30 • 10 min
Frigging FOURTEEN books this month
Ep 026 Old Wars, New Tricks
Mar 28 • 15 min
“Boneshaker” by Cherie Priest, and “Leviathan” by Scott Westerfeld.
Bonus Episode: Press Forward Saints
Mar 27 • 1 min
You can read my short story, “The Lost City of Jarom,” in Mormon Steampunk Vol.3, link below! Press Forward Saints (A Mormon Steampunk Anthology Book 3)
Ep 025 Take a Hike
Mar 25 • 15 min
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, will show two different approaches to hiking the whole thing.
Ep 024 Aim Higher
Mar 21 • 13 min
“The Permission Society” by Timothy Sandefur and “The Buntline Special” by Mike Resnick.
Ep 023 Get Punked
Mar 18 • 17 min
“Sakura: Intellectual Property” is a cyberpunk novel about a rockstar android that gets hacked and turned into a killer assassin in a futuristic Japan, written by Zachary Hill, Patrick Tracy, and Paul Genesse. Then open your pores in the steam room with…
Ep 022 A Wizard Named Harry
Mar 14 • 12 min
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
Mar 11 • 11 min
The “Unwind” series by Neal Shusterman is a masterful mix of sci-fi, horror, and current events.
Ep 020 Sartre Was Right
Mar 6 • 11 min
“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
Mar 4 • 11 min
“Hard Luck Hank: Screw The Galaxy” by Steven Campbell, and “We Are Legion, We Are Bob” by Dennis E. Taylor.
End of February Report
Feb 28 • 10 min
Quick rundown of my February reads, and a bit of griping about how Cliffjumper always dies.
Ep 018 Stick ‘Em Up
Feb 27 • 10 min
Murder mysteries! “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith, and “In The Woods” by Tana French.
Ep 017 That Wasn’t In The Musical!
Feb 25 • 14 min
Big brick classics like “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo make great musicals. Also “Hamilton” by Ron Chernow.
Ep 016 The Great American Novelist
Feb 21 • 14 min
“Education of a Wandering Man” and “Last of the Breed” by Louis L’Amour.
Ep 015 Soul Power
Feb 18 • 7 min
“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
Feb 14 • 17 min
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, Janette Rallison, and Roseanna M. White.
Ep 013 Go West, Young Man
Feb 11 • 15 min
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
Feb 7 • 10 min
Old and busted: dealing meth. New hotness: dealing makeup. “Glitter” and “Shatter” by Aprilynne Pike.
Ep 011 Out Into The Black
Feb 4 • 11 min
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.
End of January report
Feb 1 • 3 min
Just some numbers for y’all.
Ep 010 The Flight Stuff
Jan 31 • 13 min
“Airman” by Eoin Colfer and “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough
Ep 009 What Am I NOT Good At?
Jan 28 • 10 min
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 about his three dinosaur books.
Ep 008 Another (1,000 page) Brick In The Wall
Jan 24 • 7 min
Read the “Mistborn” series by Brandon Sanderson. We’ll talk about other big fantasy books too.
Ep 007 Stay in your box
Jan 22 • 7 min
“Lexicon” by Max Barry, with a brief mention of another novel of his, “Jennifer Government.”
Ep 006 Car Trouble…in SPACE!
Jan 18 • 7 min
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
Jan 16 • 8 min
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 Larry Correia.
Ep 004 Robot Roll Call
Jan 13 • 10 min
Are there any good robot books out there? I’m still looking.
Ep 003 Blake x Ben
Jan 9 • 9 min
“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
Jan 7 • 9 min
The NFL playoffs just started, so here are some football books!
Ep 001 The Movie Was Better
Jan 2 • 9 min
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!
Dec 31, 2018 • 1 min
What I’m all about and what you can expect from this podcast.