Bookbabble Episode 46: Swordplay with Swordskill – Chit-chat with Crystal Koo

Oct 10, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 46: Swordplay with Swordskill – Chit-chat with Crystal Koo
Recorded 21 Sept 2009

Babblers: Renee, Lone, Marcel, Donny with guests Gabriele Breder and Crystal Koo

This week the group welcomes short story author Crystal Koo, joining us from Hongkong, while surprise guest Gabriele calls in from Frankfurt in this very interesting episode.  Crystal, Gabriele and the gang talk short fiction, and have Crystal field most of them, considering that she’s a published short fiction author.  Crystal reveals the subject of her undergrad thesis, and we get to talk a little about it too.  True to Bookbabble fashion, there are plenty of other things that gets into the mix as well, including, but not limited to, hellish office moves, Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol, Oktoberfest (which begins in September) and cute puppies.

Note: I was kidding about the cute puppies, but who knows, really?

Show Length: 1:38:28 mins

Check out Crystal Koo online:

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Bookbabble Episode 35: Deconstructing The Dan Brown Code

May 27, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 35: Deconstructing the Dan Brown Code
Recorded 24 May 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny with guest Lone Christensen


The babblers are once again graced by yet another guest, and this time, Lone Christensen from Copenhagen joins the madness!  In this episode, the babblers talk about Dan Brown – if you ever was uncertain where we stood with him, well, let’s just say this episode clears things up.  In conjunction with the release of the new Angels & Demons movie, the babblers say why Dan Brown is such a polarizing figure, why he generates so much attention, what he’s good at and what he isn’t.  The the books (book?) he used as research, the trial, the works.  Also, Bookbabble-approved Dan Brown alternatives.  Plus, Irene postulates that with enough alcohol, anyone can get through a bad book, and Lone singles out a couple of people you’d want to pay attention to in the movie.


Show Length: 86:24 mins


Note: The babblers make clear of their love and affection for Mr Brown in language that perhaps younger audiences won’t really appreciate.




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Dan Brown to Publish New Novel

Apr 21, 2009 by

Dan Brown, undoubtedly the most discussed of all authors in recent times (at least in the circles that we swim in anyway), is slated to publish his long-awaited novel, The Lost Symbol.  The novel is a sequel to The Da Vinci Code, and from the article:

Inevitably, it involves a global cult and a race against time to unlock a secret formula.

Details of the plot are likely to remain fiercely guarded until much nearer the publication date of September 15, but intrigue centres on whether Brown’s vast and conspiracy-crazed international fanbase can divine any clues about the novel from its title: The Lost Symbol.

Also, something to send fans screaming in delight, or detractors screaming in anguish for sullying bookstores with future copies of the book:

Jason Kaufman, Brown’s US editor, said: “From the first page, Dan’s readers will feel the thrill of discovery as they follow Robert Langdon through a masterful and unexpected new landscape. The Lost Symbol is full of surprises.”

Read about it in the Times here.

Btw, I loved this quote from the Times:

His books have antagonised Christian groups and upset sensitive lovers of fine English prose but their protests have been drowned out by record-breaking sales.

Absolutely neutral, that one. 🙂

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