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 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

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