(Sp)ook Club #7 – Zombie True Crime Spreadsheet Attack!

In this unintentionally Halloween-appropriate (Sp)Ook Club, released on the same day Melburnians are released from lockdown, Liz and Ben get together on a Saturday morning to record a nice chat…and end up talking about what they’ve each been up to, zombies, podcasts, some things they wished they’d said about The Science of Discworld II (discussed in full in #Pratchat47), and your questions – including about The Spreadsheet! Plus some extra answers to listener questions cut from our recent episode about The Long War (#Pratchat46).

We’d love your questions! Send us an email at chat@pratchatpodcast.com, ask in the #ook-club channel in our Discord (available to $5+ supporters), or get in touch on social media using the hashtag #PratchatOokClub.

Our specific questions this month: what zombie media do you recommend? Listen to any other good podcasts? And let us (and #Pratchat46 guest Deanne) know if you’ve read any good comic fantasy romances! (Ben is kicking himself he didn’t think of Stardust.)

Ow Notes

  • This episode was recorded (and intended to be released) on September 18, 2021, between #Pratchat47 and #Pratchat48, but was delayed a bit. Any references to “the most recent episode” mean the one about The Science of Discworld II.
  • While we had no idea how long it would last while recording this, Melbourne’s lockdown ended a month later, on the day this episode was released: Friday, October 22. Well…mostly. There are still many restrictions (rightly) in place, and plenty of industries and individuals are still uncertain. Please take care of yourself, and go easy, wherever you are.
  • You can find Ook podcast, and all the other Pratchett podcasts, at the Podcasts page on the L-Space Wiki. It now features a table indexing the episodes of each podcast for each book! (Thanks to The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret for adding their episodes!) Ben also maintains a Podchaser list.
  • Ben’s Doctor Who podcast was Splendid Chaps. Perhaps the Chaps will return in 2023 when Jodie Whitaker finished her run as the Thirteenth Doctor – it will be the sixtieth anniversary after all!
  • The charming Irish guys with a Discworld podcast are Radio Morpork.
  • There are currently, by Ben’s count, fifteen active* Pratchett podcasts.
  • The show Liz is talking about is iZOMBiE, created by by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, both best known for the excellent high school noir series (and sequel film) Veronica Mars. iZOMBiE is based on the comic of the same name – though it was called I, Zombie originally! – by writer Chris Roberson and artist Michael Allred. It stars Rose McIver as Liv Moore, and Rahul Kolhi as her boss, Ravi Chakrabarti.
  • The other TV shows we mention are:
    • Elementary – the modern CBS police procedural adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, starring Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Lui as Joan Watson.
    • Orphan Black – a woman discovers she is one of multiple clones, all played by Tatiana Maslany.
    • The Newsreader – a period drama about new television in 1986 Australia.
    • Star Trek: Lower Decks – the animated, comedy Star Trek series about four low-ranking Starfleet personnel aboard a second-class starship.
    • The Marvel Cinematic Universe shows WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki.
    • New Gold Mountain – the story of Chinese immigrants during the Australian gold rush, now showing on SBS (not the ABC).
    • Glitch – people return from the dead in a small Australian country town.
    • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – a glamorous socialite solves crimes in 1920s Melbourne.
    • Dr Death – based on the podcast of the same name.
  • You can check out Ben’s IMDb entry for the tiny bit of TV he’s done.
  • Liz’s essay “This is Probably Sedition” is long-listed for the 2021 Liminal Magazine & Pantera Press Non-Fiction Prize. All the long-listed essays will be published in a collection in 2022.
  • Liz’s piece “This is Not a Eulogy for Hong Kong” was published in Kill Your Darlings in July 2020.
  • The game Ben wrote is Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown, available on Playstation VR and via Steam (for Windows PC).
  • We discussed The Science of Discworld II with Alanta Colley in #Pratchat47, “A Finite Number of Shakespeares“. The episode notes are here.
  • Here’s a Podchaser list of all the podcasts we mentioned. A few extra notes on specific ones:
    • It’s season three of Dr Death, “Miracle Man”, that features Ben’s Mum.
    • The “high finance crimes” podcast from The Australian Financial Review is The Sure Thing. It’s been nominated for a Walkley, Australia’s premier award for journalism.
    • The Beef and Dairy Network is the creation of Ben Partridge.
    • The Bodgy Creek Community Podcast is set in the world of Damian Callinan’s film The Merger, which is available in some regions via Netflix and the library-based streaming service Kanopy.

* For a given value of active… Sadly Ook does not seem to have returned for a second episode, but it’s still early days, so we’ll leave them on the active list a little longer. We also tend to count Radio Morpork as active, even though they’ve explicitly finished.

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