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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[audio:http://m.podshow.com/media/17719/episodes/205081/bookbabbletheshow-205081-12-23-2009.mp3]

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Bookbabble Episode 44: What You’re Missing When You’re Missing Graphic Novels

Aug 29, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 44: What You’re Missing When You’re Missing Graphic Novels

Recorded 24 Aug 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Lone and Donny with guests Ivan Yeo and Sheldon Goh

Synopsis:   
Along with guests Ivan Yeo and Sheldon Goh, the babblers revisit comics and cover the gamut.  What are comics, graphic novels, and why you would want to broaden your reading horizons to include this medium.  Lone and Bjorn come through with some gems from Scandinavia that is wildly different from the commercial US fares you may be familiar with, and no less interesting.  Also, what are the standouts Ivan and Sheldon will want you to check out. 

 

Show Length: 1:10:07 mins

 

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Notes:

  • A note from Sheldon after the show:

The term "graphic novel" actually came into popular use after Will Eisner’s "A Contract With God" used it in the late 70’s. Marvel’s graphic novel line later used it to describe original comics works that were longer form and printed on higher quality, larger format paper. "God Loves, Man Kills" wasn’t even the first graphic novel of that series. The first Marvel graphic novel was actually "The Death Of Captain Marvel". The first ever use of the term "graphic novel" pre-dates even Contract With God (you can Wikipedia "graphic novel" if you need the actual details).

  • Renee asked me to mention several works, which I did, albeit before I actually did the recording!  They are:

 

[audio:http://m.podshow.com/media/17719/episodes/175756/bookbabbletheshow-175756-08-29-2009.mp3]

 

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