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


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 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

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



Books Mentioned:



  • 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:




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