Bookbabble Episode 7: And the cry rang out all around the town, Good Heavens the Tay Bridge has blown down!

May 29, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 7: And the cry rang out all around the town, Good Heavens the Tay Bridge has blown down!
Recorded 29 May 2008
Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny
Synopsis:
The babblers ramble on about works that are influenced by other people’s works, under what circumstances would it be allowed and how much of it is acceptable?  Quite a few books were mentioned that builds on existing and established literature, premises and explores interesting mashups.  Also discussed are why writers should have a will, impatience with George RR Martin and having some fun at the expense of apparently the worse poet ever.

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Show Length:  50:59 mins

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Bookbabble Episode 6: What’re You Reading For?

May 22, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 6: What’re You Reading For?
Recorded 22 May 2008
Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny
Synopsis:
This episode was a leisurely-paced show where the babblers mull about what would constitute a good book.  A great many books were mentioned in this podcast, and you get a full short story thrown in for good measure!  Also, our resident Harry Potter correspondent comes up with the goods again, and Bjorn is true to form with his thought-provoking idle rambling.

Books mentioned in this episode:

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C Foster
  • How to Read a Novel: A User’s Guide, John Sutherland
  • A Secret History, Donna Tartt
  • The Little Friend, Donna Tartt
  • The BFG, Roald Dahl
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  • Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow
  • Asylum Piece, Anna Kaven
  • The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  • No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
  • The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, Jose Saramago
  • Demian, Herman Hesse
  • Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse
  • Legends
  • Legends II
  • The Overcoat, Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol
  • White Nights, Doestoyevsky
  • Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Black Monk, Anton Chekov
  • Chess, Stefan Zweig
  • The Death of Ivan Illyich
  • Answer, Friedich Brown
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
  • Cutting It Short, Bohumil Hrabal
  • A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen
  • The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, Victor Pelevin and Andrew Bromfield
  • The Sea, John Banville
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby

Show Length: 49:46 mins
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Bookbabble Episode 5: The FrankenRitchie

May 21, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 5: The FrankenRitchie
Recorded 14 May 2008
Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny

Synopsis:

The group takes a look at self-publishing, from Dickens’s day to the present day incarnation, and briefly examines what has changed in terms of perception and technology. Gem braves the waters to sample celebrity-written fiction, and lives to tell the tale. Also discussed: the trailblazer of a novel that is Frankenstein, what Mary Shelley had in common with Nicole Ritchie, the Best of the Booker shortlist, the 10 most challenged books in 2007 and a fanboy gush on Guy Gavriel Kay.

Show Length: 62:06 mins
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Bookbabble Episode 3: The New Shakespeare: Gary Barlow?

May 1, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 3: The New Shakespeare: Gary Barlow?
Recorded 26 April 2008

Babblers: Lars, Gem, Donny

Synopsis:
Shakespeare was the topic of the day, with the babblers talking about his influence and the various incarnations of the bard’s work today. Also touched on the supposed controversy surrounding the authenticity of Shakespeare. Also, Donny gives some tips and tricks for speed reading, and talks about World Book Day. Finally a gem (sorry!) of a story on the ultimate list: the world’s best books as voted by the people, and why the results are not what they seem. Lars’s parting soundbite says it all.

Show Length: 51:31 mins

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