Mangum Reads

Mangum Reads is a podcast aimed at reviewed and analyzing interesting short stories, novellas and novels. It’s led by Spencer.


Episode 16 – Melancholy Elephants by Spider Robinson

March 12, 2019 by Mangum Reads

Let’s just say I get the premise.


Episode 15 – Short Stories by Nnedi Okorafor

February 24, 2019 by Mangum Reads

This episode we go through some short stories by Nnedi Okorafor in kabu kabu – kabu kabu, The Magical Negro, Spider the Artist, The Ghastly Bird, and The Baboon War. A bit of a refresh from the rougher time that we had with Binti. Next week just one very short story: Melancholy Elephants by Spider Robinson […]


Episode 14 – Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

February 15, 2019 by Mangum Reads

This week we read a novella that Sarah suggested, which sheds a new light and perspective on the Sci-Fi genre. Binti, Hugo and Nebula award winning novella by Nnedi Okorafor. Next week we read a few short stories by Nnedi Okorafor in kabu kabu – kabu kabu, The Magical Negro, Spider the Artist, The Ghastly […]


Mangum Reads – Episode 13: Legion:Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

February 1, 2019 by Mangum Reads

It’s not me who is crazy it’s the imaginary people I see that are crazy.


Mangum Reads – Episode 12: We are Legion (We are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor part 2

January 19, 2019 by Mangum Reads

We finish up the first book of the Bobiverse, Spencer figures out what his idea of heaven isn’t and BJ laments his programming skills.


Mangum Reads – Episode 11: Holiday Special (crossover) – The Hedge Knight by GRR Martin

January 10, 2019 by Mangum Reads

Holiday Special crossover episode with GoT Got Questions


Mangum Reads – Episode 10: We are Legion (We are Bob) plot pt 1

December 4, 2018 by Mangum Reads

We start in on a new book part of the Bobiverse trilogy which BJ has recommended (and harangued Spencer to read for a while now). We cover about half the plot and touch on some of the philosophical questions posed by a virtual copy of one’s self and living forever. Next week we continue with […]


Mangum Reads – Episode 9: Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

November 17, 2018 by Mangum Reads

This episode we delve into a little detective novella (which Spencer uses up his hispanic genes trying to pronounce correctly) with a sci-fi leaning/background. As always there is a fun Sanderson twist to the plot and a bunch of philosophical questions we try and tackle, that and some Halo references.   Next week: We are […]


Mangum Reads – Episode 8: A Monster Calls part 2

November 3, 2018 by Mangum Reads

We finish up our discussions about the various themes in the book A Monster Calls, facing our own mortality. BJ tortures Spencer with puns and some prequel memes. Giving Spencer a light reprieve on reading we are doing a short story next time. Next up: Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson On deck: We are Legion (We […]


Mangum Reads – Episode 7: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

October 20, 2018 by Mangum Reads

How can a young teenager cope with his mother’s cancer? What will the yew tree do for him?