The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton / Polly's Casks Double Barrel Aged Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Part 2

They’re still talking about The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton. In fact, they can’t stop talking about it, until they solve it and report to the lake by…. Wait, we’re going meta again. How is it that we always get trapped in the books we read? Maybe that’s a commentary on the reality created by our minds, and whether we should allow that to control us or not. Or maybe it’s just fun. Anyway….

In this episode:

  • Michael starts off in a confusing way.

  • Ethan threatens to bring Poitin as either the drink or a punishment, or perhaps the book.

  • Nick tries to segue us. It is not appreciated.

  • They try really hard to figure out what “7 1/2” means.

  • Michael points out the color of the cover, and Ethan hates it.

  • They bring up The Hunger Games AGAIN!

  • They get super theological in this episode.

  • Linear time does exist!

  • They are not debating about sandwiches.

  • They do the Reading Group Guide!

  • Ethan concludes: This book doesn’t make any sense.

  • How does time even work?

  • The Reading Group Guide scores -11,000,000,007,281.

  • Nick rates the Scotch: “Smoother than I expected it to be.”

Their next book will be Jacques the Fatalist, by Denis Diderot.  Join the discussion!  Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line.  We'd love to hear from you!  And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

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