Bookbabble Episode 30: One Hit Wonders

Mar 31, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 30: One Hit Wonders

Recorded 29 March 2009

Babblers: Gem, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:
The babblers discuss authors who have produced only one book, or one good book that defines the author’s entire career.  Discussion revolves around primary causes of this phenomenon, the stories behind the authors.  Somehow Daleks are involved too.

Authors mentioned in show:

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Bookbabble Episode 28: It could have been so much better!

Mar 14, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 28: It could have been so much better!

Recorded 15 March 2009

Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:

This week’s topic is about authors who suck over time; examples of writers who start off their careers with a bang, but slowly whimper and choke as their output quality deteriorate over time.  The babblers discusses why this happens, and touch on authors who do not suck as they go along.  Also, Donny talks about an attempt to improve on a timeless Jane Austen classic with, uhm, something you might not expect.

Show Length: 63:50 mins

Authors mentioned in show:

  • Stephen King
  • Hermann Hesse
  • Paul Auster
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Thomas Pynchon
  • Philip Roth
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Gore Vidal
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Agatha Christie
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Harper Lee
  • Frank Herbert
  • Orson Scott Card
  • Robert Jordan
  • Jim Butcher

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Note: There’s a bit of static when I speak, and I apologize for that.  Looks like I may have to start investing in a professional mic… (or just a professional to replace me).

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Bookbabble Episode 27: Abandoning Books!

Feb 28, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 27: Abandoning Books!

Recorded 1 March 2009

Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee aka Irene Wilde, Donny

Synopsis:

Today the group talks about the cardinal sin (not the Philippine archbishop) of book lovers, the act of abandoning books without completing them.  What would compel one to drop these books unread?  The babblers share books that has been abandoned, what precipitated the drop.  Also, why Bjorn feels a little tentative about the upcoming Watchmen movie.

And, we kept it below 1 hour.  Shocking.

Show Length: 54:05 mins

 

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Bookbabble Episode 26: Remember the time you read…?

Feb 14, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 26: Remember the time you read…?
Recorded 15 Feb 2009

Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:
After a 2 month break, the babblers are back, joined by Renee once again as they catch up on the recent happenings in the book scene.  But first up, the babblers talk about whether they remember the countless books that they have read, whether that’s important in the first place, and what some of us do to make the books stay with us as we journey on in our reading life.  Also, the effects of the current economic climate on readers, Updike’s passing, feedback on Stephen King’s assessment of Stephenie Meyer’s writing, why you shouldn’t be reading Nora Roberts and Bjorn does a funny limerick.

Show Length: 77:52 mins

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Bookbabble Episode 23: Masterpieces and Martinis – The Heady Mix of Literature and Alcohol

Dec 30, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 23: Masterpieces and Martinis – The Heady Mix of Literature and Alcohol
Recorded 23 Nov 2008
Babblers: Gem, Donny with Renee Wallace aka Irene Wilde

Synopsis:

A intriguing exploration of authors and their alcohol.  Some of the most famous writers in the world produced some of the best literature in the world with a glass in their hand.  The babblers talk about some of the more interesting ones, ponder on how much their drinking has shaped their writings, plus talked about some of the most famous literary bars in the world.  Plus, Irene shows us what it takes to make the perfect martini (hint: never put watermelons, and no Beefeater!)  Also, something on Obama, and this time from an American (as opposed to a trio of non-Americans, as was what happened previously in Episode 21).

Show Length: 81:15 mins

Authors mentioned (some of them, anyway):

  • Ernest Hemingway
  • F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Beryl Bainbridge
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Ring Lardner
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Dorothy Parker
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • William Faulkner – “Civilization begins with distillation”
  • Stephen King
  • Noel Coward
  • Dylan Thomas

Note: Of course, due to the subject matter, this may not be entirely suitable for some of our younger audiences, however inclined they might be at producing inspired literature under the influence.

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