Under a Pile of Books

Under a Pile of Books

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A podcast for lovers of science fiction and fantasy books. Join host and reviewer Calvin Park for his thoughts on recent reads and releases. You’ll also find interviews with authors, reviewers, and others involved in the fantasy community.


49 - January 25 Weekly Pod
Jan 25 • 19 min
In this episode, Calvin talks A TALE OF STARS AND SHADOW by Lisa Cassidy. Then it’s on to brief discussions of his planned reads, namely BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor and BLIGHT MARKED by Josh Erikson. After this, Calvin talks some video game rumors surrounding…
48 - January 18 Weekly Pod
Jan 18 • 20 min
In this episode, Calvin talks about THORNBOUND by Stephanie Burgis and THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow. After this, he outlines his next planned read A TALE OF STARS & SHADOW by Lisa Cassidy and then talks about A QUEEN IN HIDING by…
47 - Interview with Rob J. Hayes
Jan 15 • 21 min
In this episode, Calvin interviews Rob J. Hayes, winner of the 2017 SPFBO and a finalist in this year’s SPFBO. The two talk about Rob’s books, fantasy in general, and several other topics.
46 - January 12 Weekly Pod
Jan 12 • 26 min
In this episode, Calvin brings you up to date on his reading from the past couple weeks. You’ll hear his thoughts on WARRIOR OF THE ALTAII by Robert Jordan, EMBERS OF WAR by Gareth Powell, SMUGGLER’S FORTUNE by Angela Boord, BLADE’S EDGE by Virginia…
45 - Interview with Alicia Wanstall-Burke
Jan 8 • 25 min
In this episode Calvin sits down with Alicia Wanstall-Burke, current SPFBO finalist, to talk about her books BLOOD OF HEIRS and LEGACY OF GHOSTS.
44 - SPECIAL EPISODE: Top Novels of 2019
Dec 30, 2019 • 30 min
Calvin shares with you his 15 top novels of 2019…and there are more than one where words to describe how great they are fail him.
43 - SPECIAL EPISODE: Top Coverart of 2019
Dec 24, 2019 • 21 min
Calvin goes through his top 5 artwork for covers from 2019! Take a listen!
42 - December 21 Weekly Pod
Dec 21, 2019 • 19 min
After wishing listeners happy holidays, Calvin jumps into his reads from the past week, including CURSEBREAKER by Carol A. Park and THE LIGHT OF ALL THAT FALLS by James Islington. He doesn’t have his normal on deck plans, and instead jumps to a bunch of…
41 - Interview with K.D. Edwards
Dec 16, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode, Calvin sits down with K.D. Edwards, author of THE LAST SUN and THE HANGED MAN, to talk about his writing process, what was different between writing THE LAST SUN and writing THE HANGED MAN, sexuality and representation in his books, and a…
40 - December 13 Weekly Pod
Dec 13, 2019 • 21 min
In this episode, Calvin celebrates his 100th read before diving into his two reads from the past week. The first (#99) is LIMBO by Thiago D’evecque and the second (#100) is LEGACY OF GHOSTS by Alicia Wanstall-Burke. Then it’s on to what’s on the docket…
39 - Carol A. Park Interview
Dec 10, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode, Calvin sits down with Carol A. Park to talk about her Heretic Gods series. The two also touch on what makes fantasy so timeless as a genre, magic systems and gods, hope, and a whole host of other topics.
38 - December 7 Weekly Pod
Dec 7, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode Calvin gives a surprise review of Frozen II before moving onto his week in review. He finished THE SHADOW KING, DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT, and OF SHADOW AND SEA over the last week. On deck is LIMBO by Thiago D’Evecque and LEGACY OF GHOSTS…
37 - Darian Smith Interview
Dec 4, 2019 • 18 min
In this episode, Calvin interviews Darian Smith, author of KALANON’S RISING, a current SPFBO finalist. The two talk some specifics about Darian’s process and books, his plans for his series moving forward, and some of what draws him to the fantasy genre.
36 - December 1 Weekly Pod
Dec 1, 2019 • 12 min
In this episode, Calvin updates you on some recent reads (THE GILDED WOLVES, FATAL FRINGE, DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT) before talking about THE SHADOW KING and OF SHADOW AND SEA. Then it’s on to talking about the Fantasy Inn’s new discord server (you…
35 - Levi Jacobs Interview
Nov 27, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode, Calvin sits down with Levi Jacob, author of BEGGAR’S REBELLION, a finalist in the current SPFBO. They talk about how he became a writer, magic systems, violence in fantasy, and a whole host of other topics.
34 - November 23 Weekly Pod
Nov 23, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode, Calvin catches you up on his reading from the last week, which included finishing PAUPER’S EMPIRE by Levi Jacobs and continuing DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT and starting THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi. After discussing those he moves…
33 - SPECIAL EDITION: On Self-Published Fantasy
Nov 20, 2019 • 17 min
In this episode, Calvin has had enough. He waxes eloquent about self-published fantasy, traditionally published fantasy, how he thinks the genre is in a wonderful place right now, and how you shouldn’t paint with too broad a brush.
32 - November 16 Weekly Pod
Nov 16, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode Calvin looks at his last two weeks of reading, having missed getting the weekly pod recorded last week. He talks about FATE OF THE FALLEN by Kel Kade, DISPEL ILLUSION by Mark Lawrence, and Darkening Skies by eden Hudson. Then he mentions…
31 - Travis M. Riddle Interview
Nov 14, 2019 • 35 min
Calvin sits down with Travis Riddle author of the upcoming SPIT AND SONG and the two talk about what inspired him to become a writer, how he crafts his stories, the struggles of creative people, and non-human characters in fantasy. By the end, Travis…
30 - TS Chan from Novel Notions
Nov 6, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode, Calvin sits down with TS Chan from Novel Notions. The two have a wonderful discussion about how TS started reviewing, some of the why behind why she loves the Cradle series so much, the importance of social media for the book community,…
29 - November 2 Weekly Pod
Nov 2, 2019 • 26 min
Calvin starts this episode with some spoiler warnings for THE BURNING WHITE, then proceeds to give his reacts to that novel. Spoilers end by the 8:00 minute mark. After this, he moves on to some brief comments on his upcoming reads—FATE OF THE FALLEN and…
28 - Beth (Before We Go Blog) Interview
Oct 30, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode Calvin sits down with Beth from Before We Go Blog and the two have a conversation on a whole range of topics, from how Beth got started reviewing to what some of her favorite reads have been. There are plenty of recommendations to fill…
27 - October 26 Weekly Pod
Oct 26, 2019 • 23 min
In this episode Calvin starts by squeeing about THE HANGED MAN by K.D. Edwards, one of his reads from the last week. He also mentions UNCANNY COLLATERAL, another of his recent completed reads, before talking about his impressions of the first quarter of…
26 - Dragons of Autumn Twilight Read-Along
Oct 23, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode, Jason from Off the TBR joins Calvin again. This time, the two talk about the upcoming Dragons of Autumn Twilight Read-Along that Jason is hosting. The read-along starts November 3, so go grab a copy of the book and join in!
25 - October 19 Weekly Pod
Oct 19, 2019 • 18 min
Calvin dives right in with his week in review on this pod, starting with THE HALF KILLED by Quenby Olson. It’s a wonderful paranormal fantasy read set in Victorian England. From there he talks about the other book he finished this week (yes! he’s back to…
24 - Dave Woolliscroft Interview
Oct 16, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode Calvin interviews Dave Woolliscroft, author of the Wildfire Cycle. Dave shares some about what inspired him to be a writer, and the two talk about self-publishing. They also dive into some discussion about how Dave crafts his novels and…
23 October 12 Weekly Pod
Oct 13, 2019 • 14 min
Calvin runs through his reads from the past week, talks about some upcoming releases, and yaks about the importance of platonic male friendships.
22 - Magic Systems Roundtable Part Deux
Oct 9, 2019 • 24 min
Part two of a special two part episode! Calvin continues his conversation with Beth (Before We Go Blog), Lisa (Way Too Fantasy), and Jason (Off the TBR) talking about magic in fantasy. They continue to come up with some great thoughts and some great…
21 - October 5 Weekly Pod
Oct 5, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode Calvin gives a shout-out to authors he has had the pleasure of interacting with before jumping into his week in review. Not a lot of reading has happened due to time constraints, but he thoroughly enjoyed THE TWO PRINCES, an audio drama…
20 - Magic Systems Roundtable
Oct 2, 2019 • 26 min
A special two part episode! Calvin sits down with Beth (Before We Go Blog), Lisa (Way Too Fantasy), and Jason (Off the TBR) to talk about magic in fantasy. They manage to cover a lot of ground and recommend more books than have ever been recommended in a…
19 - September 28 Weekly Pod
Sep 28, 2019 • 22 min
This this weekly pod Calvin starts out by praising the single book he managed to finish this week, UNCROWNED by Will Wight. Then he talks a bit about another book he’s in the middle of, THE THRONE OF THE FIVE WINDS. He also plans to start a new ARC soon,…
18 - Wesley T. Allen Interview
Sep 25, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode Calvin interviews author Wesley T. Allen. They talk about writing comedy, the importance of stories, how imagination plays such an important role in culture, and manage to end up with a discussion of Pratchett and Tolkien.
17 - September 21 Weekly Pod
Sep 21, 2019 • 19 min
In this week’s episode, Calvin talks about his love for THE BONE SHIPS by RJ Barker. He also enjoyed THE FIRE EYE CHOSEN by Samuel Gately last week. His plans for the upcoming week include THE THRONE OF THE FIVE WINDS by S.C. Emmett and UNCROWNED by Will…
16 - Summer Wrap-up Pod
Sep 18, 2019 • 44 min
In this extra long episode, Calvin looks back over the books he read in summer 2019, gives each a quick review, and shares his rating for the book. There are too many books to list here, but if you’re looking for possibilities to add to your own…
15 - September 14 Weekly Pod
Sep 14, 2019 • 20 min
Calvin dives right into what he’s been reading. Over the last week he completely BLACK POWDER WAR by Naomi Novik and he’s currently in the midst of THE BONE SHIPS by RJ Barker (thank you to Netgalley and Orbit for the ARC). After talking about those he…
14 - Josh Erikson Interview
Sep 11, 2019 • 27 min
Calvin sits down with Josh Erikson, author of the Ethereal Earth series, to talk about his books Hero Forged and Fate Lashed, the craft of writing, and influences on fantasy literature. The two of them also geek out about Tolkien and his influence on the…
13 - September 7 Weekly Pod
Sep 7, 2019 • 24 min
This week Calvin’s recent reads include STARSHIP BLACKBEARD by Michael Wallace and THE GIRL WITH NO FACE by M.H. Boroson. After sharing plenty of praise for Boroson’s work, he outlines his plans for the next week including BLACK POWDER WAR by Naomi Novik…
12 - Jon Auerbach Interview
Sep 4, 2019 • 22 min
Jon Auerbach, author of GUILD OF TOKENS, joins Calvin to talk about what inspired him to become an author, how he came up with the concept for his novel, some of the cool real-world history that’s weaved into, and some of the challenges of being a…
11 - August 31 Weekly Pod
Aug 31, 2019 • 21 min
This week Calvin dives right into his reads from the past week, giving the thumbs up to THE GUNS ABOVE by Robyn Bennis and STEEL CROW SAGA by Paul Krueger. He then comments on his current read STARSHIP BLACKBEARD by Michael Wallace before outlining the…
10 - Petrik from Novel Notions
Aug 29, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode, Calvin sits down with Petrik from Novel Notions and a top Goodreads reviewer. They talk about why they love the fantasy genre, geek out a little about THE SWORD OF KAIGEN, discuss what got Petrik into reviewing, and conclude with a brief…
9 - Jason from Off the TBR
Aug 27, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, Jason Aycock from Off the TBR joins the pod. He and Calvin talk about how Jason got into blogging and reviewing, the great book community on Twitter, and some reads Jason has enjoyed—he even makes a recommendation that Calvin ends up…
8 - August 24 Weekly Pod
Aug 24, 2019 • 25 min
This week there is a ton of news to discuss, but before he dives into that Calvin answers a question he received on Twitter regarding why he generally dislikes present tense narrative. After that, he talks about his reads for the week: A HERO BORN by Jin…
7 - Angela Boord Interview
Aug 21, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, Angela Boord, the author of FORTUNE’S FOOL, joins Calvin. They discuss the way she writes her characters and crafts her stories, how she came up with the idea for different tenses to indicate different time periods, the way magic feels…
6 - August 18 Weekly Pod
Aug 18, 2019 • 19 min
This week Calvin jumps right in to talk about ARM OF THE SPHINX, which he completed last week. While it’s the only book he managed to read last week, he enjoyed it a good deal. He then mentions AGE OF WAR and A HERO BORN, both of which he hopes to read in…
5 - M.L. Wang Interview
Aug 14, 2019 • 25 min
M.L. Wang, author of THE SWORD OF KAIGEN and the Theonite series, joins the pod to talk with Calvin about some of the inspiration for her world and works, how she crafted her magic system, and the amazing reception KAIGEN has received. This is a great…
4 - August 10 Weekly Pod
Aug 10, 2019 • 19 min
A bit of an abnormal week, Calvin only completed one book and started one other. Nevertheless, he jumps back a week in his reading to talk about THE RESURRECTIONIST OF CALIGO which he never mentioned in last week’s pod. Then he geeks out about the amazing…
3 - Deck Matthews Interview
Aug 5, 2019 • 23 min
Deck Matthews, author of THE FIRST OF SHADOWS and DUST OF THE DARKNESS, visits the pod to talk with Calvin about some of his favorite authors and influences on his work, how he writes books that are so intensely fast-paced, and some of the challenges of…
2 - August 3 Weekly Pod
Aug 3, 2019 • 17 min
This week Calvin jumps right in with his thoughts on his reads this week: JADE WAR, DUST OF THE DARKNESS, and BEGGAR’S REBELLION. Later on, he mentions some upcoming releases such as THE GOSSAMER MAGE and encourages listeners to consider joining The…
1 - Introduction and Weekly Pod #1
Jul 28, 2019 • 21 min
After some brief introductory words and hopes for the podcast, Calvin jumps into what he’s been reading. Hear his thoughts on AGE OF SWORDS, THE GOSSAMER MAGE, and JADE WAR. Later on, he mentions some upcoming reads he’s excited about before geeking out…