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

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Bookbabble Episode 2: Harry Potter News Correspondent

Apr 21, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 2: Harry Potter News Correspondent
Recorded 20 April 2008

Babblers: Lars, Gem, Donny

Synopsis:
The significance of the Orange Prize for Fiction and Donny attempts to explain the perceived differences between male and female authors. The babblers disagree on Rowling’s decision to block the publication of a fan-created encyclopedia of Harry Potter’s universe, and ponders on the absolutely, incredibly difficult question of reading vs watching TV. Also in the menu: book blogs, a turkish writer’s quest for freedom of speech, and Jose Saramago.

 

Important Notes:

  • A couple of words unsuitable for young listeners towards the end. I think.
  • I mention running times during the show, but the times are inaccurate, as I’ve edited stuff out.
  • There’s a spoiler for the Hobbit, so if you haven’t read it yet, and intend to, please plug your ears (or unplug them, if you’re using earphones) at 40:41 for 5 seconds.

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