Discussion Notes: Carnival Nine

Find this week’s story here: Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim

Next week’s story: The Bottle Neck by Hans Christian Andersen

Rated: Clean

The Literary Roadhouse hosts discuss the short story finalist for the 2017 Nebula Awards and 2018 Hugo Awards, “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim. Breaking with our recent tendency to agree on stories, the hosts were split with Gerald most enthusiastic about the story, Anais most critical, and Maya conflicted. Science fiction tends to divide out hosts, but typically Anais loves the genre most, and Maya struggles with it. Thus, the hosts take their time in unpacking what they liked and what they didn’t like. By the end of the episode, Anais talks herself into raising her rating by 1.5 points and finds new facets of the story to appreciate.

Stay for a bizarre bonus content in which Gerald and Anais discuss Dreamcatcher by Stephen King.

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