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 56: Cultural Imperialism and Adam West

Dec 24, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 56: Cultural Imperialism and Adam West

Recorded 7 Dec 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Donny

Synopsis:

This is one weird, psychedelic episode.  We all came out of this one wondering what had happened.  How is this episode any different from the previous episodes, then, you may ask?  Well, among the stuff we covered: 70s/80s American TV series, Twilight/New Moon, how soon till the next Harry Potter-like phenomenon, export of popular culture from US and what Sweden and Malaysia thought of it in the early 80s, King’s Under the Dome, why Pride and Prejudice and Zombies isn’t as bad as it sounds.  Also, when Bjorn is hungry, he likes BRAAAAAAAAINS.

Note: The book Donny was trying to remember when he brought up the Jane Austen mashups was Mansfield Park and Mummies.

Show Length: 1:38:50 mins

Adam West as Batman!

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François Monti quoted in The New Yorker!

Dec 15, 2009 by

François, who’ve guested on Bookbabble a couple of times now, have been quoted in a piece by The New Yorker entitled “Translate This Book!”.  The piece highlights the effort by Quarterly Conversation.

… the literary review Quarterly Conversation polled a wide variety of translators, writers, editors, and publishers to find out which books they thought were in most urgent need of translation. The list of their recommendations has now been published as “Translate This Book!

François was plugging Pierre Senges’s “Fragments de Lichtenberg”.

So, heartiest congratulations, buddy!

Go read the article from The New Yorker here.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-13

Dec 13, 2009 by

  • Just found out that favoured online bookseller @bookdepository now offers over 11,000 free PDF ebooks! Nice! #
  • Five Top Publishers Plan Rival to Kindle Format. http://bit.ly/4mXnZQ #
  • RT @nextread: RT @sfsignal: Top 100 SF/F novels of 2009 as voted for by SFcrowsnest.com's readers: http://bit.ly/77GLhb #fb #
  • RT @umapagan: The Barnes & Noble Nook launches to overwhelmingly poor reviews. Here is @Pogue's. http://tinyurl.com/yj92kxf #
  • RT @DieLaughing: Cthulhu smiley. {:?€ #

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Bookbabble Guest Glenda Larke Nominated for An Aurealis Award for The Last Stormlord

Dec 7, 2009 by

I’m very happy and excited that Glenda Larke, who’ve guested at Bookbabble a couple of times now, has been nominated for an Aurealis Award for her latest novel The Last Stormlord!

For those unfamiliar with the awards, here’s an intro taken from the website:

The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Check out the complete list of nominees joining her in the Best Fantasy Novel category:

  • Peter M. Ball, Horn, Twelfth Planet Press
  • Trudi Canavan, Magician’s Apprentice, Orbit
  • K.E. Mills, Witches Incorporated, HarperVoyager
  • K.J. Taylor, The Dark Griffin, HarperVoyager
  • Glenda Larke, The Last Stormlord, HarperVoyager

A complete list of nominees for this and other categories can be found here.

Crossing our fingers and toes, Glenda! 🙂

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