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Episode 226: Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Signal to Noise

Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This weekend we talk to Silvia Moreno-Garcia about her debut fantasy novel, Signal to Noise. Described by Locus as “one of the most important fantasy debuts of the year”, it’s an engaging and compelling story of a woman returning to her family home in Mexico for her father’s funeral, and of a time in her teens when she discovered that the right music played just the right way could change the world. It may be that we grew up at the right time, it may be that Meche’s past overlapped ours in just the right way, but we loved this gentle, moving book quite a bit.

If you have any interest in fantasy and music, then we think Signal to Noise is for you. It’s the best genre book about music that we’ve read since Lewis Shiner’s Glimpses.

The publisher describes the book like this:

A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends — Sebastian and Daniela — and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love…

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

Silvia was a terrific guest and our conversation talks about the book in an interesting way that really complements reading the book. Consider picking up a copy of Silvia’s book. It’s Coode Street Recommended.

Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and the podcast this weekend

Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This coming weekend Gary and I talk to Silvia Moreno-Garcia about her debut fantasy novel, Signal to Noise. Described by Gary in an upcoming issue of Locus as “one of the most important fantasy debuts of the year”, it’s an engaging and compelling story of a woman returning to her family home in Mexico for her father’s funeral, and of a time in her teens when she discovered that the right music played just the right way could change the world. It may be that I grew up at the right time, it may be that Meche’s past overlapped mine in just the right way, but I loved this gentle, moving book quite a bit.

If you have any interest in fantasy and music, then I think Signal to Noise is for you. It’s the best genre book about music that I’ve read since Lewis Shiner’s Glimpses.

The publisher describes the book like this:

A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends — Sebastian and Daniela — and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love…

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

Silvia was a terrific guest and I think the conversation we recorded talks about the book in an interesting way that really complements reading the book. Keep an eye out for the episode, which should go out on Saturday, 21 March. And consider picking up a copy of Silvia’s book. It’s Coode Street Recommended.

Episode 225: Biancotti, Lanagan, Westerfeld and Zeroes


This week Deborah BiancottiMargo Lanagan, and Scott Westerfeld join Gary and Jonathan in the Gershwin Room (aka Skype) to discuss their exciting new book project, Zeroes. Our discussion ranges from collaborating, and all of the ins and outs of collaboration, to superheroes and the origins of the new series.  Zeroes will be released in September.

As always, we would like to thank Deborah, Margo, and Scott for joining us, and hope you enjoy the episode.
Next week: Silvia Moreno-Garcia, strong female characters and Signal to Noise.

Episode 224: Kelly Link Gets in Trouble

This week we welcome the remarkable Kelly Link, celebrating her new collection Get In Trouble, her recent anthology with Gavin Grant, her career in general, and what’s coming up from Small Beer Press.  We talk about the differences (if there are any) between adult and YA fiction, genre and mainstream, the possibility of a new novel, and what we did or didn’t read in school.

In addition to discussing Kelly’s own fiction and her rapidly growing reputation between Stranger Things Happen and Get in Trouble, we touch upon other books and authors from T.H. White’s The Once and Future Kingto Peter Straub’s “Hunger: An Introduction,” from Ray Bradbury to Shirley Jackson.  And Kelly, who loves ghost stories, raises the very good question of why we return to the same stories again and again, even long after we know what’s going to happen.  Listen, and see if any of us come up with a good answer for that.

Episode 223: Alisa Krasnostein, Sean Wright, Tehani Wessely and the Aurealis Awards

As the Aurealis Awards reach their twentieth anniversary, Jonathan sits down with Aurealis Awards judging co-ordinator Tehani Wessely, publisher Alisa Krasnostein, and critic Sean Wright to discuss the Aurealis Awards, their history and the recently released 2014 Aurealis Awards shortlist.

This is the first time two episodes of Coode Street have been recorded and released on the same day! Our thanks to Alisa, Tehani and Sean for making the time to be available to record the podcast. As always, we hope you enjoy the episode!