City of Bones is undoubtedly better than Twilight, and it's better than Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In fact, it's way better than those two series. But when you set the goal posts that low, it's entirely possible for something to just lumber over them. And lumber this book does; it's clunky and boring, with complicated exposition and simple characters. Its actual dramatic moments are overshadowed by its high school drama and love triangle. Also, one of the characters turns into a rat and instantly becomes more believable.
How do you deal with a book so unimpressive? The way we see it, you can either make it way better or way worse. That's why we invented the game "Get Me Out Of Purgatory." It's like "One Change" meets "Race to the Bottom." We also brainstorm on other fantasy series that we'll probably have to read when they inevitably get published.
This week's show is also a battle of the titans, as we are joined by rival podcaster Dan McCoy. He's the producer of The Flop House, a remarkably similar podcast that might have copied ours, except that they came before us. Dan also has an animated web series, 9 AM Meeting, which is awesome.