Episode 031

Iceberg Theory

When introducing readers to your world, how do you show them the tip of the iceberg? Avery and D.C. discuss their tricks for world-building and conveying that world, as well as giving some recommendations of books that do this correctly. Also, a Neopets digression.

Books mentioned:

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V.E. Schwab
  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  • Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Emperor’s Soul, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard, by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert
  • Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

Drink Recipe: Modified Iceberg
  • 2oz vodka 
  • .75oz lemon juice
  • 1oz simple syrup
  • 1 Dash absinthe
  • 1 Dash celery or savory bitters (can also use angostura)
  • Up to 1/8tsp salt (a little less ideally)
  • 2oz Seltzer
  1. Shake all but seltzer with ice in cocktail shaker
  2. Pour into highball full of ice
  3. Top with seltzer and give a quick, small stir

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