Ep 72: Books that Make You Laugh!

Jun 20, 2010 by

Bookbabble Episode 72: Books That Make You Laugh!
Recorded 6 June  2010
Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:

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What are the books that make the babblers break into a smile?  Perhaps even outright laughter?(Although it must be said that would look weird.  Good for clearing a space for you in public transports, though).  Anyway, babblers list out some interesting picks here, and in true Bookbabble style, a most varied and eclectic mix indeed.  Not just funny books, mind you, but satirical and cynical yet darkly humorous works are also covered.  Plus, critically-acclaimed poet who’s actually crap, and Marcel goes postal.  “Some people shouldn’t be allowed to write!”, he wails. 

(Photo Credit: Christopher Moore from Seattle P-I)

Show Length: 1:09:47

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Bookbabble Episode 57: 2009’s Great and Not So Great Reads

Dec 24, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 57: 2009’s Great and Not So Great Reads

Recorded 14 Dec 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Marcel, Donny

Synopsis:

The group discusses their best reads of the year, plus some not-so-great reads as well.  Also, what books best defined the past decade, given all that has happened in the past 10 years?  Plus, Renee treats us to a wonderful rendition of bad sex prose, courtesy of this year’s winner of Literary Review’s 2009 bad sex in fiction award.

Show Length: 1:41:42 mins

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Bookbabble Episode 29: You’ve got me feeling emotions!

Mar 21, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 29: You’ve got me feeling emotions!

Recorded 22 March 2009

Babblers: Gem, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:

After Gem begins with a terribly tragic story of her beloved Dalek doll, the babblers launch into a discussion on books that elicit strong emotions from its readers.  Find out which books still emotionally affect Renee since she was 6 till this very day (which I understand is not a very long time at all), and Gem’s as well (it goes without saying that Donny doesn’t cry from reading).  Besides sadness, the babblers also talked a little about books that elicit anger, horror.  Finally, Renee closes with a heart-warming story of a long-lost textbook.

Show Length: 65:10 mins

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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

Show Length: 49:46 mins
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