Bookbabble Snippet: Bjorn’s Auster Smackdown Prelude

Feb 6, 2010 by

This is a snippet of Bjorn and Donny’s short conversation after the recording of Episode 61.  Lamenting yet another postponement to our planned Paul Auster Smackdown show, Bjorn shares his thoughts on Auster’s work.  Sort of like a prelude to the smackdown, if you will.

Length: 10:08 mins

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Bookbabble Episode 55: Christmas Gifts!

Dec 7, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 55: Christmas Gifts!

Recorded 30 Nov 2009
Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:

The group talks about Christmas gifts – books we’d like to give people, and what we’d like to receive.  We covered Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many books, and a toaster.  Also, find out what Doraemon and Renee’s handbag have in common (hint: it’s not the colour).

Show Length: 1:35:20 mins

Wolf Hall

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Bookbabble Episode 50: Desert Island Reads

Nov 1, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 50: Desert Island Reads 
Recorded 26 October 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Lone, Marcel, Donny, with guest Umapagan Ampikaipakan

Synopsis:

Uma leads the group in listing each of our 5 desert island reads – books that we’d like to take with us when we get stranded in a desert island.  Some of us took some liberties on the topic and decided to list books they haven’t read that they’d like to bring, for whatever practical reasons. 

 

Show Length: 1:26:50 mins

 

Bjorn’s 5

Lone’s 5

 

Donny’s 5

 

 Uma’s 5

 

Marcel’s 5

 

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Bookbabble Episode 48: Booker, Nobel and Reviews

Oct 17, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 48: Booker, Nobel and Reviews
Recorded 12 October 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Marcel, Lone, Donny with guests Francois Monti and Umapagan Ampikaipakan

 

Synopsis:

Founding member of the Fric Frac Club, Francois Monti, and literary reviewer Umapagan Ampikaipakan joins the group to talk about the literary awards given out recently, namely the Man Booker Prize and the Nobel.  Of course, when discussing the Nobel, this year’s oft-debated Nobel Peace Prize laureate also found his way in our chit-chat.  Also discussed are elements important in a literary review, as seen from both the enthusiast blogger/reviewer and the professional critic perspectives.  Also, Marcel’s adventures in the fantasy convention RingCon (held in Bonn, Germany) and the origin story for the Fric Frac Club.

 

Show Length: 1:28:22 mins

 

About Uma

 

About Francois

 

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Shigekuni’s selection of poems:

 

Note:

The subject matter raised while Marcel discusses RingCon may not be suitable for young listeners.

 

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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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