Twitter Updates for 2009-08-30

Aug 30, 2009 by

  • Guardian first book award longlist takes in sex, death and quantum mechanics. http://bit.ly/Y3tQO #

Powered by Twitter Tools

read more

Related Posts

Tags

Bookbabble Episode 44: What You’re Missing When You’re Missing Graphic Novels

Aug 29, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 44: What You’re Missing When You’re Missing Graphic Novels

Recorded 24 Aug 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Lone and Donny with guests Ivan Yeo and Sheldon Goh

Synopsis:   
Along with guests Ivan Yeo and Sheldon Goh, the babblers revisit comics and cover the gamut.  What are comics, graphic novels, and why you would want to broaden your reading horizons to include this medium.  Lone and Bjorn come through with some gems from Scandinavia that is wildly different from the commercial US fares you may be familiar with, and no less interesting.  Also, what are the standouts Ivan and Sheldon will want you to check out. 

 

Show Length: 1:10:07 mins

 

Links:

Books Mentioned:

 

Notes:

  • A note from Sheldon after the show:

The term "graphic novel" actually came into popular use after Will Eisner’s "A Contract With God" used it in the late 70’s. Marvel’s graphic novel line later used it to describe original comics works that were longer form and printed on higher quality, larger format paper. "God Loves, Man Kills" wasn’t even the first graphic novel of that series. The first Marvel graphic novel was actually "The Death Of Captain Marvel". The first ever use of the term "graphic novel" pre-dates even Contract With God (you can Wikipedia "graphic novel" if you need the actual details).

  • Renee asked me to mention several works, which I did, albeit before I actually did the recording!  They are:

 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Download episode here.

read more

Bookbabble Episode 43: Bookbabble Review Show – Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Aug 29, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 43: Bookbabble Review Show – Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Recorded 17 Aug 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Gem, Marcel, Donny

Synopsis:   
The babblers talk about Thomas Pynchon’s eagerly awaited  new novel, Inherent Vice.  Let the gushing commence!

 

Show Length: 2:00:37 mins (!)

 

Books Mentioned:

 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Download episode here.

read more

Twitter Updates for 2009-08-28

Aug 28, 2009 by

  • RT @donnyyap:Unseen for 60 years, the Mail proudly presents Agatha Christie's lost masterpiece, The Capture of Cerberus: http://bit.ly/jVm7V #

Powered by Twitter Tools

read more

Related Posts

Tags

Another Austen Mashup – Sense and Sensibilities and Sea Monsters

Aug 19, 2009 by

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes another Jane Austen action adventure extravaganza!  Quirk Classics is following up that infamous amalgam of classic literature with otherworldly monsters with Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

From Amazon:

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest—and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!

To my surprise, this book isn’t written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who was the writer for Zombies; instead, it’s by one Ben H Winters.  This means Quirk is going full scale with this sub-genre, and with Grahame-Smith’s contracted 2 follow-up books, soon there’s going to be a flood of these things.

Actually, I thought that Zombies was pretty darn funny from what I’ve read, but there’s going to be only so much spilled guts over the quiet English countryside that one can take.  I suppose.

Anyway, back to this.  Not only do they have the Amazon snippet, they have also prepared what is now a trending phenomenon in the book publishing world: book trailers (Pynchon did one for this latest, Inherent Vice).  Here’s the one for this book:

This book will be released September 15, 2009.  Check the Amazon listing here.

read more