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



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 46: Swordplay with Swordskill – Chit-chat with Crystal Koo

Oct 10, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 46: Swordplay with Swordskill – Chit-chat with Crystal Koo
Recorded 21 Sept 2009

Babblers: Renee, Lone, Marcel, Donny with guests Gabriele Breder and Crystal Koo

This week the group welcomes short story author Crystal Koo, joining us from Hongkong, while surprise guest Gabriele calls in from Frankfurt in this very interesting episode.  Crystal, Gabriele and the gang talk short fiction, and have Crystal field most of them, considering that she’s a published short fiction author.  Crystal reveals the subject of her undergrad thesis, and we get to talk a little about it too.  True to Bookbabble fashion, there are plenty of other things that gets into the mix as well, including, but not limited to, hellish office moves, Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol, Oktoberfest (which begins in September) and cute puppies.

Note: I was kidding about the cute puppies, but who knows, really?

Show Length: 1:38:28 mins

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Bookbabble Episode 30: One Hit Wonders

Mar 31, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 30: One Hit Wonders

Recorded 29 March 2009

Babblers: Gem, Renee, Donny

The babblers discuss authors who have produced only one book, or one good book that defines the author’s entire career.  Discussion revolves around primary causes of this phenomenon, the stories behind the authors.  Somehow Daleks are involved too.

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Bookbabble Episode 23: Masterpieces and Martinis – The Heady Mix of Literature and Alcohol

Dec 30, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 23: Masterpieces and Martinis – The Heady Mix of Literature and Alcohol
Recorded 23 Nov 2008
Babblers: Gem, Donny with Renee Wallace aka Irene Wilde


A intriguing exploration of authors and their alcohol.  Some of the most famous writers in the world produced some of the best literature in the world with a glass in their hand.  The babblers talk about some of the more interesting ones, ponder on how much their drinking has shaped their writings, plus talked about some of the most famous literary bars in the world.  Plus, Irene shows us what it takes to make the perfect martini (hint: never put watermelons, and no Beefeater!)  Also, something on Obama, and this time from an American (as opposed to a trio of non-Americans, as was what happened previously in Episode 21).

Show Length: 81:15 mins

Authors mentioned (some of them, anyway):

  • Ernest Hemingway
  • F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Beryl Bainbridge
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Ring Lardner
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Dorothy Parker
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • William Faulkner – “Civilization begins with distillation”
  • Stephen King
  • Noel Coward
  • Dylan Thomas

Note: Of course, due to the subject matter, this may not be entirely suitable for some of our younger audiences, however inclined they might be at producing inspired literature under the influence.

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