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A group of friends from around the globe meet up online to chat about books, reading and anything that will be of interest to fellow booklovers. Discussions include literary news, reviews or idle chit-chat. Sometimes serious, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, but always a lot of fun. Visit us, leave comments, and see more book news at bookbabble.net!
Recent Episodes for Bookbabble
DATE: Sun, 29 Aug 2010
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Bookbabble Episode 74: World Cup Chat – Part 2

Bookbabble Episode 74: World Cup Chat – Part 2 Recorded 21 June  2010 Babblers: Marcel, Bjorn, Donny Synopsis: This is one of the strangest, most languid chit-chat in Bookbabble’s short history.  This episode drops you right in the middle of a football match watched by the boys in three different countries – simultaneously.  And still somehow manage to talk about horror movies, private parts and racism.  Oh, and football related books and movies too.  (Yeah, it would have been better if this episode came out, oh, about 2 months sooner, but hey, at least you get to see how well we did our predictions). Be warned, this is a rambling, totally unedited show. Show Length: 1:37:24 Show Notes: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_ent ertainment/books/fiction/article6794841.ece The Kilburn Social Club by Robert Hudson http://www.amazon.com/Damned-Utd-David-Peace/dp/0571224 334/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277051533&a mp;sr=1-8 http://www.amazon.com/Brilliant-Orange-Neurotic-Genius- Soccer/dp/1590200551/ref=pd_sim_b_3 http://www.amazon.com/Soccernomics-Australia-Turkey-Ira q-Are-Destined/dp/1568584253/ref=pd_sim_b_2 http://www.amazon.com/Soccer-Against-Enemy-Revolutions- Dictators/dp/1568586337/ref=pd_sim_b_5 "Dynamo: Defending the honour of Kiev", Andy Dougan "Quo Vadis", Henrik Sinkiewicz http://www.bpb.de/publikationen/4WEJJJ,0,0,Fu%EF%BF%BDb all_unterm_Hakenkreuz.html Henning Mankell Ivorien = Et voit rien = And doesn't see anything http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Thomas_%28rugby_pla yer%29 http://i40.tinypic.com/jq5l3t.png http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cronos_%28film%29 Borthwick, le retour "let the right one in", John Ajvide Lindqvist True Blood www.hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com

DATE: Sun, 22 Aug 2010
SIZE: 53.1 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 74: World Cup Chat – Part 1

Bookbabble Episode 74: World Cup Chat – Part 1 Recorded 21 June  2010 Babblers: Marcel, Bjorn, Donny Synopsis: This is one of the strangest, most languid chit-chat in Bookbabble’s short history.  This episode drops you right in the middle of a football match watched by the boys in three different countries – simultaneously.  And still somehow manage to talk about horror movies, private parts and racism.  Oh, and football related books and movies too.  (Yeah, it would have been better if this episode came out, oh, about 2 months sooner, but hey, at least you get to see how well we did our predictions). Be warned, this is a rambling, totally unedited show. Show Length: 58:03 Show Notes: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_ent ertainment/books/fiction/article6794841.ece The Kilburn Social Club by Robert Hudson http://www.amazon.com/Damned-Utd-David-Peace/dp/0571224 334/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277051533&a mp;sr=1-8 http://www.amazon.com/Brilliant-Orange-Neurotic-Genius- Soccer/dp/1590200551/ref=pd_sim_b_3 http://www.amazon.com/Soccernomics-Australia-Turkey-Ira q-Are-Destined/dp/1568584253/ref=pd_sim_b_2 http://www.amazon.com/Soccer-Against-Enemy-Revolutions- Dictators/dp/1568586337/ref=pd_sim_b_5 "Dynamo: Defending the honour of Kiev", Andy Dougan "Quo Vadis", Henrik Sinkiewicz http://www.bpb.de/publikationen/4WEJJJ,0,0,Fu%EF%BF%BDb all_unterm_Hakenkreuz.html Henning Mankell Ivorien = Et voit rien = And doesn't see anything http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Thomas_%28rugby_pla yer%29 http://i40.tinypic.com/jq5l3t.png http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cronos_%28film%29 Borthwick, le retour "let the right one in", John Ajvide Lindqvist True Blood www.hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com

DATE: Sun, 22 Aug 2010
SIZE: 42.4 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 75: Hanging out with Joshua Cohen – Part 2

Bookbabble Episode 75: Hanging out with Joshua Cohen – Part 2 Recorded 29 June  2010 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Bjorn, Francois, Donny with special guest Joshua Cohen Synopsis: The crew is honored to have Joshua Cohen guesting on this episode to talk about your usual babbly things, including his latest work, Witz, which has received rave reviews from critics everywhere.  Show Length: 46:19 Joshua Cohen on the Web Official Website Wikipedia Entry Witz A Heaven of Others Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto Show Notes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandar_Hemon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gaddis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Recognitions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Forward http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Malamud http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Markson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Safran_Foer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodernism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_gass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Lowry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dylan_Thomas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Horse_Tavern_%28New_ York_City%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Perec http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Void_%28novel%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.L._Peretz http://www.amazon.com/Theory-Practice-Hell-Eugene-Kogon /dp/0425164314 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Kogon http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jun/22/anne-frank- sharon-dogar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Invention_of_the_Jewis h_People http://www.amazon.de/gebrauchte-Jude-Ein-Selbstportr%C3 %A4t/dp/346203703X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&q id=1277740982&sr=8-1 http://withhiddennoise.net/2010/06/09/joshua-cohen-a-he aven-of-others/ http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Reviews-Essays/Wi tz/ba-p/2714 Here's the link to Daniel Elkind's review of A Heaven of Others: http://newhavenreview.com/?p=266 http://www.bookforum.com/review/5976 http://www.amazon.com/Million-Little-Pieces-James-Frey/ dp/0307276902/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=12 77742496&sr=8-1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_%28book%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shklovskii http://www.amazon.com/Trial-Begins-Abram-Andrei-Sinyavs ky/dp/0520046773 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yehuda_Amichai http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarice_Lispector

DATE: Sun, 22 Aug 2010
SIZE: 57.3 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 75: Hanging out with Joshua Cohen – Part 1

Bookbabble Episode 75: Hanging out with Joshua Cohen – Part 1 Recorded 29 June  2010 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Bjorn, Francois, Donny with special guest Joshua Cohen Synopsis: The crew is honored to have Joshua Cohen guesting on this episode to talk about your usual babbly things, including his latest work, Witz, which has received rave reviews from critics everywhere.  Show Length: 1:02:35 Joshua Cohen on the Web Official Website Wikipedia Entry Witz A Heaven of Others Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto Show Notes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandar_Hemon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gaddis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Recognitions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Forward http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Malamud http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Markson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Safran_Foer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodernism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_gass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Lowry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dylan_Thomas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Horse_Tavern_%28New_ York_City%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Perec http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Void_%28novel%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I.L._Peretz http://www.amazon.com/Theory-Practice-Hell-Eugene-Kogon /dp/0425164314 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Kogon http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/jun/22/anne-frank- sharon-dogar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Invention_of_the_Jewis h_People http://www.amazon.de/gebrauchte-Jude-Ein-Selbstportr%C3 %A4t/dp/346203703X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&q id=1277740982&sr=8-1 http://withhiddennoise.net/2010/06/09/joshua-cohen-a-he aven-of-others/ http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Reviews-Essays/Wi tz/ba-p/2714 Here's the link to Daniel Elkind's review of A Heaven of Others: http://newhavenreview.com/?p=266 http://www.bookforum.com/review/5976 http://www.amazon.com/Million-Little-Pieces-James-Frey/ dp/0307276902/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=12 77742496&sr=8-1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_%28book%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shklovskii http://www.amazon.com/Trial-Begins-Abram-Andrei-Sinyavs ky/dp/0520046773 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yehuda_Amichai http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarice_Lispector

DATE: Sun, 20 Jun 2010
SIZE: 23.9 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 73: Your CONTAGIOUS, INFECTED ANCESTOR - Hanging out with Scott Sigler

Bookbabble Episode 73: Your CONTAGIOUS, INFECTED ANCESTOR - Hanging out with Scott Sigler Recorded 12 June 2010 Babblers: Marcel, Donny and special guest Scott Sigler Synopsis: This week we speak with New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler.  We covered his start in the publishing industry, the podcast-only novel mechanism, and his upcoming book release ANCESTOR.  Plus, there’s this bit about the World Cup as well (it’s called football, not soccer!). Show Length: 52:15 Scott Sigler on the Net: Official Website Twitter.com/scottsigler INFECTED CONTAGIOUS ANCESTOR  

DATE: Sun, 20 Jun 2010
SIZE: 31.9 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 72: Books That Make You Laugh!

Bookbabble Episode 72: Books That Make You Laugh! Recorded 6 June  2010 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Renee, Donny Synopsis: 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.  Show Length: 1:09:47 Show Notes: Shakespeare Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald David Sedaris Jon Stewart, America the Book, Naked Pictures of Famous People Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Neil Gaiman Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan saga Janet Evanovich Samuel Beckett Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams PG Wodehouse, Jeeves and Wooster Stories Dorothy Parker's interior monologues Gargantua and Pantagruel, Francois Rabelais Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy JP Donleavy, "The Ginger Man" Lars Saabye Christense The jealous hairdresser/barber Hanif Kureishi Lars Saabye Christensen Eoin Colfer - Hitchhiker's sequel Against The Day, Thomas Pynchon Will Self Quantity Theory of Insanity Gabriel Chevallier http://www.amazon.com/Scandals-Clochemerle-Gabriel-Chev allier/dp/1416569766/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books& ;qid=1275841439&sr=1-1 Tova Reich The Jewish War Villy Sørensen: http://www.amazon.com/Harmless-Tales-Villy-Sorensen/dp/ 1870041151/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=12758 41868&sr=1-3 Cynthia Ozick My Holocaust http://www.amazon.com/God-Bless-You-Dr-Kevorkian/dp/074 3422007/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=12758421 58&sr=8-1 The Liar, Stephen Fry Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry The Gunseller, Hugh Laurie The Stars' Tennis Balls http://www.amazon.com/Ode-Less-Travelled-Unlocking-With in/dp/1592403115/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid =1275843236&sr=8-8 Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel Joe Dunthorne Heather Phillipson http://magmapoetry.com/archive/magma-40-passions-and-ob sessions/poems/james-grieve/ http://www.penpushermagazine.co.uk/magazine/extracts/ar ticle/284/ John Barth Donald Barthelme http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sot-weed_factor http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/feb/17/fiction.rev iews1

DATE: Sun, 20 Jun 2010
SIZE: 18.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 71: “Whodunnit”? More Like “Who Said It”?

Bookbabble Episode 71: “Whodunnit”?  More Like “Who Said It”? Recorded 24 May  2010 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Renee, Donny Synopsis: The babblers talk about crime fiction, and lists books in this genre (with plenty of help from Wikipedia, too). Note: The audio for this episode is choppy, so please take note. Show Length: 39:44 (shortest episode in recent memory!) Links: http://www.examiner.com/x-12767-US-Headlines-Examiner~y 2010m5d22-Texas-State-Board-of-Education-approves-chang es-to-school-guidelines-after-months-of-debate-video http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Top_100_Crime_Novels_o f_All_Time http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_fiction Rogue Male http://www.listsofbests.com/list/6900-the-top-100-crime -novels-of-all-time Stieg Larsson Patricia Cromwell (Dr. Kay Scarpetta) Jean-Claude Izzo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._I._Warshawski http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/primesuspect/ Jakob Arjouni (http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/frankfurter- jakob-arjounis-happy-birthday-turk/) Swedish Crime Fiction: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_8?url=search -alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=swedish+crime+fi ction&sprefix=swedish+ Sherlock Holmes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_Games_%28novel%29

DATE: Thu, 17 Jun 2010
SIZE: 35.0 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 67: 2 Books in 2 Hours! Hanging Out with John Wray - Part 2

Bookbabble Episode 67: 2 Books in 2 Hours! Hanging Out with John Wray - Part 2 Recorded 19 April  2010 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Bjorn and guest John Wray Synopsis:   Literary author John Wray joins the group for a round of bookbabbling, and ended staying for over 2 hours!  Learn a little more about this talented author of works such as The Right Hand of Sleep, Canaan’s Tongue and his latest novel, Lowboy.  Also, find out why he is compelled to maintain a ‘state of slight illness, indefinitely’. Remember to check out part 1 of this interview. Show Length: 1:16:26 John Wray on the Net: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wray_%28novelist%29 http://www.johnwray.net/ twitter.com/john_wray Novels: Canaan’s Tongue Lowboy The Right Hand of Sleep   Links: http://books.google.dk/books?id=7XuHeJ7mAf0C&dq=joh n+wray+The+Right+Hand+of+Sleep+won+prize%3F&source= bl&ots=DJ_G6I6reF&sig=Kcsx2UaRj2t6YLE5an5--IJQS qI&hl=da&ei=PCbLS5THJZKoOPSamKwG&sa=X&o i=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CB8Q6 AEwBA Kurt Bauer http://www.amazon.de/Retter-Welt-John-Wray/dp/349807362 1/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271605150& ;sr=8-3 Peter Knecht http://www.amazon.com/Motherless-Brooklyn-Jonathan-Leth em/dp/0571226329/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid =1271606021&sr=8-1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivka_Galchen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colson_Whitehead http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Lethem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Foucault http://www.insound.com/Marmalade_Beautiful_Soup_MP3/pro ductmain/p/INS35105/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Musil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherwood_Anderson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Hazzard http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/slopover-shir ley-hazzards-the-bay-of-noon/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_the_Artist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Adams_%28character%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amos_Tutuola http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Life_in_the_Bush_of_Gho sts_%28novel%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Paul_Schreber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haneke http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Ribbon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Bowen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Pynchon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Walser_%28writer%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BCnter_Grass http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Kurzeck http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Vlautin http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/dec/20/northline-v lautin-review http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_Mountain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._T._Lowe-Porter Merete Pryds Helle http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/455278-Facts_Fi gures_2009_Revised.php Hans Henny Jann Perrudja Fluß Ohne Ufer Jahnn Reinhard Jirgl Arno Schmidt Thomas Vinterberg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_All_About_Love http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dear_Wendy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarino Brian Evenson "The Open Curtain" http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14120-true-love-cas t-out-all-evil/ Cornelis Vreeswijk

DATE: Thu, 17 Jun 2010
SIZE: 28.0 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 67: 2 Books in 2 Hours! Hanging Out with John Wray - Part 1

Bookbabble Episode 67: 2 Books in 2 Hours! Hanging Out with John Wray - Part 1 Recorded 19 April  2010 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Bjorn and guest John Wray Synopsis:   Literary author John Wray joins the group for a round of bookbabbling, and ended staying for over 2 hours!  Learn a little more about this talented author of works such as The Right Hand of Sleep, Canaan’s Tongue and his latest novel, Lowboy.  Also, find out why he is compelled to maintain a ‘state of slight illness, indefinitely’. Remember to check out part 2 of this interview. (Photo Credit: Complex.com) Show Length: 1:01:19 Links: 3 Part Q&A with John Wray: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgp3hIAEvfc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZpG8GCvIHg&feature= related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZwxbbOwuE8&feature= related John Wray reads to commuters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3_3xzxIQVY  

DATE: Sun, 13 Jun 2010
SIZE: 26.8 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 70: What Are Sound Novels

Bookbabble Episode 70: What Are Sound Novels Recorded 17 May 2010 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Renee, Bjorn, Donny Synopsis: This week we’re introduced to the seemingly new form of storytelling called ‘sound novels’.  We find out a little more about this supposedly new medium, guided by a resident expert, Renee’s daughter, the Wilde Childe herself, Rosemary.  Along the way, Marcel treats us to a story of Amazon reviews abuse by the author himself.  Oh, and Stephenie Meyer. Show Length: 58:39 Links:: Higurashi When They Cry Umineko no Naku Koro ni http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_novel#Related_terms http://lucarinfo.com/alex/alexstories.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/music /mm/sound02.shtml Edward and Bella Pic Montage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_novel http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/nm_playlist.html A literary mystery came to an end when the scholar blamed first his wife and then illness for anonymously savaging his rivals

DATE: Fri, 26 Feb 2010
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Bookbabble Episode 63: Dante's Hell And Ribena Berry Nipples

Bookbabble Episode 63: Dante's Hell And Ribena Berry Nipples Recorded 8 Feb 2010 Babblers: Gem, Lone, Marcel, Bjorn and Donny   Synopsis:   The crew welcomes a visit from our favourite English farmer (Gem) as they discuss the recently announced iPad, and all the jokes that come with it.  Also, Marcel brings our attention to Electronic Arts's new Dante's Inferno, based on Dante's classic of the same name.  Is having a half-naked monk killing monsters in the depths of hell a brilliant idea?  Also, Terry Pratchett and euthanasia, and find out what the Odyssey has in common with scantily-clad berries. Show Length:  1:28:36 Mentioned The Death Of Bunny Munro, Nick Cave The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: Inferno, Dante Alighieri Romance of Three Kingdoms, Lo Kuan-Chung The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka Journey to the West: The Monkey King's Amazing Adventures, Wu Cheng'en Roadside Picnic, Arkady & Boris Strugatski Links Ribena Advert The Apple ‘iPad’ The Onion – Steve Jobs with the iPad iPad vs Stone Willy Vlautin’s Northline, which has an accompanying soundtrack Marcel's favourite pro-silent music advocate Shigekuni – Welcome to Hell Terry Pratchett: my case for a euthanasia tribunal

DATE: Fri, 12 Feb 2010
SIZE: 24.1 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 62: JD Salinger's dead? Again?

Bookbabble Episode 62: JD Salinger's dead? Again? Recorded 31 Jan 2010 Babblers: Lone, Marcel   Synopsis:   Marcel and Lone get together for a duet, where they discuss the process of writing reviews.   As reviewers themselves, they compare notes on how reviews are done, the research put in, and influences.  Also discussed are JD Salinger, on his recent passing, and one of Lone's true loves: Virginia Woolf. Show Length:  52:36 mins

DATE: Sun, 07 Feb 2010
SIZE: 48.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 58: Another Year, Another Show

Bookbabble Episode 58: Another Year, Another Show Recorded 4 Jan 2010 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Lone, Lars, Marcel, Donny   Synopsis: Gem and Lars return for this first show for the year, where we touched on quite a lot of things, surprisingly.  Music, films and of course, books.  This show was a little slow in going, but there are Michael Jackson jokes in there! Show Length:  1:45:24 mins  

DATE: Sat, 06 Feb 2010
SIZE: 4.66 MB
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Bookbabble Snippet: Bjorn’s Auster Smackdown Prelude

This is a snippet of Bjorn and Donny’s short conversation after the recording of Episode 61.  Lamenting yet another postponement to our planned Paul Auster Smackdown show, Bjorn shares his thoughts on Auster’s work.  Sort of like a prelude to the smackdown, if you will. Length:10:08 mins

DATE: Sat, 06 Feb 2010
SIZE: 24.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 61: The Ebook Babble

Bookbabble Episode 61: The Ebook Babble Recorded 25 Jan 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Donny with guest Umapagan Ampikaipakan   Synopsis: The guys talk about Apple's impending announcement of their supposed tablet device (which we now know as the Apple iPad) and its supposed killer ebook-reader features, and the ebook industry in general.  Bjorn taps into his experience in the ebook industry for this one. Note: This show was recorded several days before the announcement by Apple on Jan 27 2010.  Also, this is another episode where we jumped in without introductions at the start. Show Length:  52:51 mins Links Digital Magazines: Bonnier Mag+ Prototype NYT: There’s More to Publishing Than Meets the Screen

DATE: Thu, 24 Dec 2009
SIZE: 46.5 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 57: 2009's Great and Not So Great Reads

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   Mentioned The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1, Marcel Proust My Uncle Oswald, Roald Dahl Doctor Glas, Hjalmar Söderberg Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon Code of the Woosters, PG Wodehouse 2666, Roberto Bolaño Atemschaukel, Herta Müller The Land of Green Plums, Herta Müller The Passport, Herta Müller Landscape Painted with Tea, Milorad Pavic Song of Lawino & Song of Okol, Okot p'Bitek Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga The Restless Supermarket, Ivan Vladislavic Reine Pokou, Véronique Tadjo Sleepwalking Land, Mia Couto Leo Africanus, Amin Maalouf Replay, Ken Grimwood The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon Naked, David Sedaris The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett The Road, Cormac McCarthy The Death of Bunny Munro, Nick Cave The Walking Dead Vol1: The Days Gone By, Robert Kirkman Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy The Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perotta Left Behind, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer Against The Day, Thomas Pynchon The collector of worlds, Ilya Troyanov When Gravity Fails, George Alec Effinger Colson Whitehead     Links Bad sex award goes to Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones (Literary Review) Véronique Tadjo "Den danske oversættelse af Atemschaukel udkommer på Gyldendal medio 2010." Bjorn’s Review of Tom Perotta’s The Abstinence Teacher (forum) Shigekuni: Field Work: Ilija Trojanow’s “Der Weltensammler” Shigekuni: Gotham City: Colson Whitehead’s ”The Intuitionist” Shigekuni: Rotter: Colson Whitehead’s “Apex Hides The Hurt”

DATE: Thu, 24 Dec 2009
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Bookbabble Episode 56: Cultural Imperialism and Adam West

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   Mentioned A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin Under the Dome, Stephen King Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen New Moon, Stephenie Meyer     Links The Secrets of the Sparkle a.k.a. TWILIGHT: STONIFIED Bookalikes – How much harm does a bad book cover do? (Forum post) Adam Westing Gigantor V – Diana is a hungry alien (Youtube) Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot Stephen King ne "I Griffin"(Youtube) Bookeen’s Cybook ebook reader

DATE: Mon, 07 Dec 2009
SIZE: 43.6 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 55: Christmas Gifts!

Bookbabble Episode 55: Christmas Gifts! Recorded 30 Nov 2009 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Renee, Donny   Synopsis: The group talks about Christmas gifts – books we’d like to give people, and what we’d like to receive.  We covered Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many books, and a toaster.  Also, find out what Doraemon and Renee’s handbag have in common (hint: it’s not the colour).   Show Length:  1:35:20 mins   Mentioned Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel Essays of Virginia Woolf, Vol 1, Virginia Woolf Intimacy, Hanif Kureishi Invisible, Paul Auster Lars Saabye Christensen Heiner Müller PG Wodehouse The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 1, 1929-1940, Samuel Beckett  Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie:100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them, Ted Haigh Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody, Michael Gerber Die Reise, Bernward Vesper Cromwell, Victor Hugo The Passport, Herta Muller  An Equal Music, Vikram Seth  A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry Collected Poem, Paul Auster Beautiful Days, Franz Innerhofer Raven (Raabe Baikal), Thomas Strittmatter The Magicians, Lev Grossman (and the article of Grossman’s that Marcel found) The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón The Sorrows of An American, Siri Hustvedt The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy: Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny and the Dead, and Johnny and the Bomb (Johnny Maxwell, Vol. 1, 2, 3), Terry Pratchett I like you: Hospitality under the Influence, Amy Sedaris   Links The Last Poem, Sophie Auster (Youtube) Sophie Auster (music) Foyles 

DATE: Sat, 05 Dec 2009
SIZE: 46.6 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 54: A Family Affair

Bookbabble Episode 54: A Family Affair Recorded 23 Nov 2009 Babblers: Lone, Marcel, Renee, Donny, with guests Nicole and Rosemary   Synopsis: Marcel’s sister Nicole joins us for a chitchat about nothing much in particular (well, if you consider almost 2 hours of chitchat /'nothing much’).  We did talk about the new Twilight movie, New Moon (where Renee’s teenage daughter Rosemary made a cameo on the show to tell us the word on the street on this phenomenon), manga, Auster and the National Book Award.  Also, Lone’s foray into the Copenhagen Book festival, Bogforum, and was excited to tell her tale.   Show Length:  1:41:45 mins   Mentioned A Wizard of Earthsea, Le Guin HP Lovecraft Per Olav Enquist Monica Ali The Dresden Files Discworld – Rincewind Jayne Anne Philips Marcel Theroux - http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/and-voila-mar cel-theroux-far-north/ Marcel Proust Roddy Doyle Ditte Birkemose Erling Jepsen Kim Leine   Links Bogforum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27m_a_Cyborg,_But_That%2 7s_OK National Book Award http://www.nationalbook.org/ http://fricfracclub.com/spip/spip.php?article498 http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/waldrop-wins/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suehiro_Maruo  

DATE: Sun, 29 Nov 2009
SIZE: 55.0 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 53: There’s A Sequel For This?

Bookbabble Episode 53: There’s A Sequel For This? Recorded 16 Nov 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Marcel, Renee, Donny   Synopsis: We are so agreeable with each other on this episode.  The group clobbers each other with this one: should classic works have sequels?  What would we consider as a sequel?  Which ones were good, not good, and shouldn’t have been written in the first place?  Dracula, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Gone with the Wind, Winnie the Pooh, JD Salinger, Shakespeare and many others get dragged into this debate.   Show Length:  2:00:17 mins   Mentioned The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger Scarlett (The Sequel to Gone with the Wind), Alexandra Ripley Dracula the Un-Dead, Ian Holt and Dacre Stoker And Another Thing… (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book 6), Eoin Colfer Return to the Hundred-Acre Wood (Sequel to Winnie the Pooh), David Benedictus Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard Mrs de Winter, Susan Hill The Butlerian Jihad, Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert The Gathering Storm, Wheel of Time Book 12, Brandon Sanderson Peter Pan in Scarlet, Geraldine McCaughrean Richard Ford Rabbit Novels, Vol 1, John Updike Return To Ithaca, Randy Lee Eickhoff

DATE: Sat, 14 Nov 2009
SIZE: 40.0 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 52: Genre and Literature – Hanging out with Brian Evenson

Bookbabble Episode 52: Genre and Literature – Hanging out with Brian Evenson Recorded 9 Nov 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Marcel, Renee, Donny, François with guest Brian Evenson   Synopsis: The group is pleased to have Brian Evenson, award-winning literary/horror author of Altmann’s Tongue, Last Days and The Open Curtain, among many others.  We discuss the man and his work in this interview, covering genres, literature, his work as the Chair of the Literary Arts Program at Brown University, translation works, ebooks and prodigious reading input.   Show Length: 1:27:23 mins   Brian Evenson on the Web Official Website Brian’s Wikipedia entry Brown University’s Literary Arts Program Brian Evenson: an introduction (pdf) Search for Brian Evenson in Amazon     Mentioned Éric Chevillard (François’s write-up here) Robert Coover Keith Waldrop John Edgar Wideman Carole Maso CD Wright William Gass Gilles Deleuze Daniel Alarcon Wells Tower Tom McCarthy Laird Barron Shelley Jackson Antoine Volodine Underland Press       Books Aliens: No Exit (Aliens (Dark Horse)), B. K. Evenson In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, William Gass Understanding Robert Coover, Brian Evenson American Plastic, Gore Vidal (NYTimes), collected in here. The Throat, Peter Straub A Dark Matter, Peter Straub Bardo or Not Bardo, Antoine Volodine Being No One: The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity, Thomas Metzinger  

DATE: Sat, 07 Nov 2009
SIZE: 37.1 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 51: We Can’t Let You Read That!

Bookbabble Episode 51: We Can’t Let You Read That! Recorded 1 Nov 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Lone, Marcel, Donny, with guest Glenda Larke   Synopsis: The group talks about censorship in our literature, and as it happens in our respective countries.  We discuss about what’s clearly bad, why they should or shouldn’t, and the beef about the whole process.  Also, a little on NaNoWriMo, and why teapots can be so titillating they deserved to be banned!   Show Length: 1:21:01 mins   Mentioned Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov Ulysses, James Joyce NaNoWriMo     Glenda Larke on the Internet! Official website Glenda’s Blog Glenda’s Facebook page      

DATE: Sun, 01 Nov 2009
SIZE: 39.7 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 50: Desert Island Reads

Bookbabble Episode 50: Desert Island Reads  Recorded 26 October 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Lone, Marcel, Donny, with guest Umapagan Ampikaipakan   Synopsis: 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 The Man Without Qualities Vol. 1: A Sort of Introduction and Pseudo Reality Prevails, Robert Musil  Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand Life: A User/'s Manual, Georges Perec Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson     Lone’s 5 The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster La Commedia Divina (The Divine Comedy), Dante Alighieri The Red Book, Carl Gustav Jung Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll Intimacy, Hanif Kureshi   Donny’s 5 Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake The Once and Future King, TH White Gravity/'s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon The Complete Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle A Wizard of Earthsea,  Ursula Le Guin    Uma’s 5 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, Michael Chabon Hopscotch, Julio Cortazar The Princess Bride, William Goldman Don Quixote, Cervantes The Man on the Moon, Andrew Chaikin   Marcel’s 5 The Recognitions, William Gaddis Fluß ohne Ufer, Hans Henny Jahnn Pierre, Herman Melville Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon The Changing Lights at Sandover, James Merrill   Mentioned Intimacy, the movie Maus, Art Spielgelman The Secret History, Donna Tartt What you really should have in a desert island: Boatbuilding: A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction, Howard Irving Chapelle Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants, Lewis S Nelson   Links Alternative view of German politics: http://www.classless.org/      

DATE: Tue, 20 Oct 2009
SIZE: 37.1 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 49: If It Were A Festival, There’d Be More Balloons

Bookbabble Episode 49: If It Were A Festival, There’d Be More Balloons  Recorded 19 October 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Lone, Donny   Synopsis: A tight group this week, and we’re talking offensive literature.  Things that sets us off.  I suppose we weren’t surprised when the three of us shared the same view about things that offend us in literature, which isn’t what the topic itself would lead you to believe.  Also, problems with the Kindle International edition, NaNoWriMo, Google Wave and the call for the banning of fantasy movies in Malaysia, and Lamb in Vodka!   Show Length: 1:21:10 mins   Mentioned The Silver Spoon – Lone’s new Italian cook book Left Behind, Tim LaHaye, Jerry B Jenkins (review by Bjorn) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi  Hej Menneske, Merete Pryds Helle (Danish) In the Kitchen, Monica Ali   Links Move to ban fantasy, horror movies in Malaysia Peter Lundin Antichrist, movie by Lars von Trier NaNoWriMo Kindle International Edition Google Wave         Note: Strong Language.  

DATE: Sat, 17 Oct 2009
SIZE: 40.4 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 48: Booker, Nobel and Reviews

Bookbabble Episode 48: Booker, Nobel and Reviews Recorded 12 October 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Marcel, Lone, Donny with guests Francois Monti and Umapagan Ampikaipakan   Synopsis: Founding member of the Fric Frac Club, Francois Monti, and literary reviewer Umapagan Ampikaipakan joins the group to talk about the literary awards given out recently, namely the Man Booker Prize and the Nobel.  Of course, when discussing the Nobel, this year’s oft-debated Nobel Peace Prize laureate also found his way in our chit-chat.  Also discussed are elements important in a literary review, as seen from both the enthusiast blogger/reviewer and the professional critic perspectives.  Also, Marcel’s adventures in the fantasy convention RingCon (held in Bonn, Germany) and the origin story for the Fric Frac Club.   Show Length: 1:28:22 mins   About Uma Uma on the radio – BFM 89.9 (search for ‘umapagan’) Uma on Twitter  Uma on Facebook    About Francois Fric-Frac Club Blog – Tabula Rasa (selected picks here, here and here, and Marcel’s post here)   Mentioned Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon Leviathan, Paul Auster Moby Dick, Herman Melville Shakespeare, The Complete Works Zadie Smith Atemschaukel, Herta Muller Herztier, Herta Muller The Land of Green Plums, Herta Muller A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel The Childrens Book, A.S. Byatt Not Untrue and Not Unkind, Ed O’Loughlin (review by Marcel) The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters (review by Marcel) The Glass Room, Simon Mawer   Links Shigekuni’s Writeup on RingCon: Conventional (Ring*Con 1) Shigekuni’s Writeup on RingCon: Conventional (Ring*Con 2) Booker Prize Winner announced Herta Muller Nobel Prize in Literature winner Barack Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize 2009 Science fiction author hits out at Booker judges: Kim Stanley Robinson, one of science fiction/'s contemporary greats, accuses the Booker prize judges of ignorance Clemens Setz – info here, here and here   Shigekuni’s selection of poems: http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/john-berryman -god-among-poets/ http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/this-is-not-a -cultural-event-this-is-entertainment/ http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/poem-of-the-d ay-lowell/ http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/how-quivering -and-fierce-we-were/ http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/poem-of-the-d ay/ http://shigekuni.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/poem-of-the-d ay-6/   Note: The subject matter raised while Marcel discusses RingCon may not be suitable for young listeners.  

DATE: Mon, 12 Oct 2009
SIZE: 40.3 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 47: Music & Literature

Bookbabble Episode 47: Music & Literature Recorded 5 October 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Lone, Donny   Synopsis: The babblers talk about the influence of books on musicians, books by musicians, books on music, music on books, and other permutations of the theme.  Somehow we managed to fit Bill Clinton and Viggo Mortensen’s hot body (don’t ask) into this as well. Also, Bjorn/'s experience in a book festival pitching ebook tech, and find out who’s the worse drummer ever in a metal band.   Show Length: 1:38:28 mins   Books Mentioned Graceland, Chris Abani And the Ass Saw the Angel, Nick Cave Chronicles: Vol 1, Bob Dylan The English Roses, Madonna Double Trouble: Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in a Land of No Alternatives, Greil Marcus Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Legs McNeil, Gillian McCain England/'s Dreaming, Revised Edition: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond, Jon Savage Lit Riffs, Jonathan Lethem, Tom Perrotta, el al Beautiful Losers, Leonard Cohen You Don/'t Love Me Yet, Jonathan Lethem The Motel Life, Willy Vlautin I/'m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Pamela Des Barres Miles, Miles Davis Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960-1994, Clinton Heylin Tarantula, Bob Dylan Johnny Cash: The Autobiography Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part in Its Downfall, Luke Haines Freddie Mercury: His Life in His Own Words, Freddie Mercury Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, Samuel Beckett The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Salman Rushdie Soul Music, Terry Pratchett     Links Thomas Pynchon’s Soundtrack to Inherent Vice  

DATE: Sat, 10 Oct 2009
SIZE: 40.6 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 46: Swordplay with Swordskill – Chit-chat with Crystal Koo

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 Synopsis: 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 Check out Crystal Koo online:http://twitter.com/swordskillWebsiteBio from Rocketkapre Check out Gabriele online:Gabriele’s Blog Authors MentionedThe Body, Hanif KureshiBuddha of Suburbia, Hanif KureshiPeter CareyRay BradburyErnest HemingwayKurt VonnegutDavid MitchellGabriel Garcia MarquezG. K. ChestertonDorothy ParkerOscar WildeHenry JamesPeter Høeg JRR TolkienChina Mieville (Shigekuni’s take on Mieville)Louis Cha/Jin Yong LinksDan Brown’s 20 Worst SentencesShigekuni’s Review of The Brooklyn FolliesRingcon – the Fantasy ConventionRocketkapre

DATE: Thu, 17 Sep 2009
SIZE: 36.0 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 45: Hanging out with Glenda Larke

Bookbabble Episode 45: Hanging out with Glenda Larke Recorded 6 Sept 2009 Babblers: Lars, Bjorn, Marcel and Donny with fantasy novelist Glenda Larke Synopsis:    This week, we speak with the delightful and incredibly friendly Glenda Larke, an Australian fantasy novelist living in Malaysia.  In addition to talking about her work and interests, Glenda shares her thoughts on genre fiction in general, the Google Book settlement and books made available electronically.  Plus, bird-watching, and Bjorn’s band! If you’ve not checked out Glenda’s work yet, what are you waiting for?   Show Length: 1:18:35 mins   Check out Glenda Larke online: Official website Glenda’s Blog Glenda’s Facebook page The Last Stormlord online – from HarperCollins, for a limited time only! The Last Stormlord, book one of Watergivers, will be available in Australia in September 2009 from Harper Voyager, and in the USA and UK in March 2010 from Orbit.       Books Mentioned: Heart of the Mirage (Book 1 of the Mirage Makers), Glenda Larke (2006 Aurealis Awards for Fantasy and Science Fiction Shortlisted - Best Fantasy Novel) Berryman's Henry: Living at the Intersection of Need and Art (Costerus NS 158), Samuel Fisher Dodson How to Be Happy Though Married, Tim LaHaye       Links: Book and Reader Forum thread - Left Behind (The Series)by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins. An author's guide to the Google Books flap Authors Guild: $125 Million Settlement in Authors Guild v. Google - A message from Roy Blount Jr. Shigekuni: Gung Ho: Cory Doctorow’s “Little Brother”  

DATE: Sat, 29 Aug 2009
SIZE: 32.1 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 44: What You’re Missing When You’re Missing Graphic Novels

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   Links: Edward Gorey (List of works here) Superdickery Vertigo, imprint of DC Comics Joakim Pirinen, Swedish cartoonist Pixy, Max Andersson Pippi Longstockings Bloom County (strip here and here) Moomin Peter Madsen (gallery) Guest: Sheldon Goh (Twitter) Guest: Ivan Yeo (uhm, contact Sheldon).   Books Mentioned: A Contract With God, Will Eisner Maus, Art Spiegelman X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills, Chris Claremont, Brent Anderson Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud Batman: Year One, Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli Watchmen, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller, Klaus Janson Cerebus, Dave Sims Ex Machina, Vol. 1: The First Hundred Days, Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris Sin City, Frank Miller American Virgin, Steven T. Seagle, Becky Cloonan Bone, Jeff Smith Blankets, Craig Thompson The Chosen, Chaim Potok Alias, Brian Michael Bendis Mouse Guard, David Petersen Criminal, Ed Brubaker, Sean Philips The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine   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: R. Crumb, a cartoonist who did works like America and Kafka, among many others. Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, by Gilbert Shelton.  A 60s comics strip with hippies and, uhm, other things. Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury.  An early collection can be found here.

DATE: Sat, 29 Aug 2009
SIZE: 55.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 43: Bookbabble Review Show – Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Bookbabble Episode 43: Bookbabble Review Show – Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon Recorded 17 Aug 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Gem, Marcel, Donny Synopsis:    The babblers talk about Thomas Pynchon’s eagerly awaited  new novel, Inherent Vice.  Let the gushing commence!   Show Length: 2:00:37 mins   Books Mentioned: Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon (Penguin site) Crying of the Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon Vineland, Thomas Pynchon Mason & Dixon, Thomas Pynchon V., Thomas Pynchon The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett The Pledge, Friedrich Dürrenmatt (Swedish Detective Story) Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina, David Hajdu Postmodernist Fiction, Brian McHale Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, Richard Farina The Wolfman and Other Cases, Sigmund Freud  

DATE: Sat, 15 Aug 2009
SIZE: 42.7 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 42: Online Author Fanaticism

Bookbabble Episode 42: Online Author Fanaticism Recorded 10 Aug 2009 Babblers: Gem, Renee, Marcel, Donny Synopsis:   The babblers talk about the enthusiasm that surrounds some authors online, based upon the article “Why do Pynchon, Ballard and Wallace provoke such online loyalty?” from Times Online.    Show Length: 1:33:18 mins   Links: Why do Pynchon, Ballard and Wallace provoke such online loyalty? - Times Online New Look and Podcast from Banks – Iain Banks’s podcasting of his novel that’s supposedly /"the first time an audio has been serialised in this way, and we/'re very excited to be doing something so groundbreaking./"  The comments generated from this nugget of statement bears a closer look. Thomas Pynchon – Reading of Inherent Vice’s Trailer by the man himself! FricFracClub Books Mentioned: Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon (Review) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (Review) Original Bliss, A.L. Kennedy (Review)

DATE: Sat, 08 Aug 2009
SIZE: 39.3 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 41 Part 2: Poetry Revisited

Bookbabble Episode 41 Part 2: Poetry Revisited Recorded 3 Aug 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Lone, Marcel, Donny and guest Liam Brannelly Synopsis:  Renee and Marcel have been itching to talk poetry for a while now, and having rescheduled this topic for several weeks, it’s like the floodgates have finally been blown to bloody bits.  For this show, Marcel brought along a nice, intelligent fellow, Liam, who’s a student of medieval literature in New York City who guzzles Beowulf and Chaucer for school and fun. This show brings together poetry lovers, casual poetry readers, poets and students of poetry all mixed in a heady broth.  There’s appreciation, recitation, and babbling incoherence (oh wait, that’s me). Oh, did I mention there’s a famous German poem recited in this episode? This show broke all previous records for show length, and has been broken into 2 parts.  This is Part 2.   Show Length: 85:54 mins   [Show Notes to Come]    

DATE: Fri, 07 Aug 2009
SIZE: 22.6 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 41 Part 1: Poetry Revisited

Bookbabble Episode 41 Part 1: Poetry Revisited Recorded 3 Aug 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Renee, Lone, Marcel, Donny and guest Liam Brannelly Synopsis:  Renee and Marcel have been itching to talk poetry for a while now, and having rescheduled this topic for several weeks, it’s like the floodgates have finally been blown to bloody bits.  For this show, Marcel brought along a nice, intelligent fellow, Liam, who’s a student of medieval literature in New York City who guzzles Beowulf and Chaucer for school and fun. This show brings together poetry lovers, casual poetry readers, poets and students of poetry all mixed in a heady broth.  There’s appreciation, recitation, and babbling incoherence (oh wait, that’s me). Oh, did I mention there’s a famous German poem recited in this episode? This show broke all previous records for show length, and has been broken into 2 parts.  This is Part 1.   Show Length: 49:24 mins   Mentioned in show: Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon Edward Lear Home Page Søren Ulrik Thomsen, and here   Poems Mentioned in show: Into Mexico, Mona Van Duyn Homo Will Not Inherit, Mark Doty Troilus and Criseyde, Geoffrey Chaucer Michael Strunge Ode on a Grecian Urn, George Keats   There are many many more! These guys really laid it out!  I’ll get to them in Part 2’s show notes!

DATE: Sat, 01 Aug 2009
SIZE: 33.7 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 40: The Incredibly Unprepared Discussion on the Google Book Search Copyright Settlement

Bookbabble Episode 40: The Incredibly Unprepared Discussion on the Google Book Search Copyright Settlement Recorded 27 July 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Lone, Marcel, Donny   Synopsis: The babblers look at the Google Book Search settlement case, and discuss the fate of books that are out of print, but still in copyright (known as orphan works).  Orphan works are currently a part of the books that are being digitized in libraries around the world under the Google Library Project and made available for searching under Google/'s Book Search website.  The babblers are not incredibly prepared with this topic (because it was a surprise! Sort of...), but still managed to get an hour of chitchat out of this.  This could be either because we/'re naturally intelligent and analytical, or we just like to talk.   Show Length: 73:46 mins   Links: Simple Overview of the Agreement Google Book Settlement A Book Grab by Google, by Brewster Kahle (Washington Post) Google Book Search settlement and access to out of print books, from Google Public Policy Blog U.S. Inquiry Is Confirmed Into Google Books Deal (NYTimes) Outrageous (Amazon’s removal of Adult products from Sales Rank) (from Marcel’s Blog) Don’t Touch ‘A Moveable Feast’ – Hemingway’s grandson reworks Hemingway’s book because he “doesn’t like what the original said about his grandmother, Hemingway’s second wife.” Barnebarn retter i Hemingways erindringer  

DATE: Fri, 24 Jul 2009
SIZE: 25.3 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 39: There’s Gonna Be A Movie Based on The Asteroids Videogame!

Bookbabble Episode 39: There’s Gonna Be A Movie Based on The Asteroids Videogame! Recorded 20 July 2009 Babblers: Renee, Lone, Lars, Donny Synopsis: The groups discusses books-related movies that either just opened or are around the corner.  We go off on a little tangent, as we usually do BB-style, as we uncover upcoming, jaw-dropping gems in the movie industry.   Show Length: 55:24 mins Books/Movies Mentioned: Harry Potter 6: The Half-Blood Prince, JK Rowling (movie) Breaking the Waves, Lars von Trier Antichrist, Lars von Trier Where the Wild Things Are (movie) Human Stain, Philip Roth Death of A Salesman, Arthur Miller Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1), Rick Riordan Links: Universal Wins Rights To Produce An...Asteroids Movie  

DATE: Mon, 20 Jul 2009
SIZE: 64.5 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 38: He's Still Not Crying

Bookbabble Episode 38: He/'s Still Not Crying Recorded 13 July 2009 Babblers: Gem, Renee, Marcel, Donny Synopsis: You probably won/'t know who Marcel is, who joined us a couple of episodes back.  But as we/'re time traveling at the moment with Donny being behind on a couple episodes, suffice it to know that Marcel is *one of us*, and as with the other babblers, will dazzle you with his profound knowledge and book geekiness.  The group discusses what was read in the Bookbabble hiatus period, and goes from classics to accidental forays into fantasy to anime and other good stuff.   Show Length: 70:29 mins    Books Mentioned: Moby Dick, Herman Melville The Road, Cormac McCarthy Hardboiled and Hard Luck, Banana Yoshimoto A Late Divorce, A.B. Yehoshua A Drifting Life, Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Review by Marcel) Batman: The Resurrection of Ra/'s Al Ghul (Review by Marcel) Arkham Asylum, Grant Morrison Bill Sienkiewicz Gloriana, the Unfulfilled Queen, Michael Moorcock Mother London, Michael Moorcock Electra, Frank Miller   Links: Shigekuni

DATE: Wed, 27 May 2009
SIZE: 74.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 35: Deconstructing The Dan Brown Code

Bookbabble Episode 35: Deconstructing the Dan Brown Code Recorded 24 May 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny with guest Lone Christensen Synopsis: The babblers are once again graced by yet another guest, and this time, Lone Christensen from Copenhagen joins the madness!  In this episode, the babblers talk about Dan Brown – if you ever was uncertain where we stood with him, well, let’s just say this episode clears things up.  In conjunction with the release of the new Angels & Demons movie, the babblers say why Dan Brown is such a polarizing figure, why he generates so much attention, what he’s good at and what he isn’t.  The the books (book?) he used as research, the trial, the works.  Also, Bookbabble-approved Dan Brown alternatives.  Plus, Irene postulates that with enough alcohol, anyone can get through a bad book, and Lone singles out a couple of people you’d want to pay attention to in the movie.   Show Length: 86:24 mins   Note: The babblers make clear of their love and affection for Mr Brown in language that perhaps younger audiences won’t really appreciate.   Links: The Athenian Murders, Jose Carlos Somoza Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco Nordkraft, Jakob Ejersbo  

DATE: Tue, 19 May 2009
SIZE: 79.1 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 34: Hard Times for Literature in Schools

Bookbabble Episode 34: Hard Times for Literature in Schools Recorded 17 May 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny with guest Emma Sutcliffe   Synopsis: The babblers are joined by a guest today, the affable Emma Sutcliffe from Blackburn, England, as they talk about literature that is part of the school syllabus.  What's being taught in schools in the babblers' countries, whether it needs to be changed and why.  Plus, Emma spills on the book that scarred her during her schooling years. Show Length: 86:24 mins Links:Diverse Discussion  

DATE: Sun, 03 May 2009
SIZE: 36.5 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 33: Much Ado About Shakespeare

Bookbabble Episode 33: Much Ado About Shakespeare Recorded 3 May 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny Synopsis: The episode every Shakespeare fan will wish they were here.  Passion coming through pretty clearly for the babblers who turn into the bard's fanboys, talking from personal viewpoints about what makes Shakespeare great and why you should read him.  If you have even a passing interest in Shakespeare, you'll want this episode. Trust me. Show Length: mins Note: Around the time Bjorn explains Macduff's "was from his mother's womb untimely ript" in his final encounter with Macbeth in a more modern fashion, close delicate ears for half a nanosecond.   Links:Shakespeare's "Macbeth" (Ian McKellen) "Tomorrow and Tomo..."  

DATE: Sat, 11 Apr 2009
SIZE: 27.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 31: Do Critics and Reviews Influence Our Reading

Bookbabble Episode 31: Do Critics and Reviews Influence Our Reading Recorded 11 April 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Donny Synopsis: The babblers talk about reviews, regardless of whether they are from well-known, highly regarded professional critics or your average blogger.  What is the difference between the two, and how either affects our reading selection. Oh, and Gem didn’t like Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Show Length: 59:25 mins   Authors mentioned: Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism, Umberto Eco Links: Harold Bloom (Wikipedia)Michiko Kakutani (Wikipedia)Palimpsest ForumWorld Literature ForumLiterary SaloonDagensbok

DATE: Wed, 01 Apr 2009
SIZE: 0.82 MB
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Bookbabble Snippet: Bookbabble’s First Anniversary Call for Feedback!

Bookbabble Snippet: Bookbabble’s First Anniversary Call for Feedback! Recorded 1 April 2009 Like Bookbabble?  Have ideas as to how we can improve?  Wanna get something off your chest as you’re listening away to Bookbabble? Send us something, feedback, comments, criticisms, etc as we commemorate approach our 1st anniversary! p.s I just remembered what day this is.  I suppose I should stress that this *isn’t* a prank. :)

DATE: Tue, 31 Mar 2009
SIZE: 29.4 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 30: One Hit Wonders

Bookbabble Episode 30: One Hit Wonders Recorded 29 March 2009 Babblers: Gem, Renee, Donny Synopsis: 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. Show Length: 64:10 mins Authors mentioned in show: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper LeeThe Catcher in the Rye, J. D. SalingerGone With the Wind, Margaret MitchellWuthering Heights, Emily BrontëThe Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar WildeA Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy TooleThe Bell Jar, Sylvia PlathBlack Beauty, Anna SewellDr. Zhivago, Boris PasternakThe God of Small Things, Arundhati RoyDracula, Bram StokerFrankenstein, Mary ShelleyThe Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey NiffeneggerPomp and Circumstance, Noel Coward Complete Stories, Dorothy Parker Recovery, John Berryman Links: 10 Literary one-hit wonders Audrey Niffenegger Receives Huge Advance For Second Novel Celebrity Deathmatch  

DATE: Sat, 21 Mar 2009
SIZE: 29.8 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 29: You've got me feeling emotions!

Bookbabble Episode 29: You've got me feeling emotions! Recorded 22 March 2009 Babblers: Gem, Renee, Donny Synopsis: After Gem begins with a terribly tragic story of her beloved Dalek doll, the babblers launch into a discussion on books that elicit strong emotions from its readers.  Find out which books still emotionally affect Renee since she was 6 till this very day (which I understand is not a very long time at all), and Gem's as well (it goes without saying that Donny doesn't cry from reading).  Besides sadness, the babblers also talked a little about books that elicit anger, horror.  Finally, Renee closes with a heart-warming story of a long-lost textbox. Show Length: 65:10 mins Books mentioned in show:Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams The Amityville Horror, Jay Anson Black Beauty, Anna Sewell The BFG, Roald Dahl A Christmas Memory, Truman Capote The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro The Homeward Bounders, Diana Wynne Jones The Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Interview with A Vampire, Anne Rice The Shining, Stephen King Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories (The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Vol. 1), M.R. James Ulysses, James Joyce Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx Audrey Rose, Frank De Felitta

DATE: Sat, 14 Mar 2009
SIZE: 29.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 28: It could have been so much better!

Bookbabble Episode 28: It could have been so much better! Recorded 15 March 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny Synopsis: This week's topic is about authors who suck over time; examples of writers who start off their careers with a bang, but slowly whimper and choke as their output quality deteriorate over time.  The babblers discusses why this happens, and touch also on authors who .  Also, Donny talks about an attempt to improve on a timeless Jane Austen classic with, uhm, something you might not expect. Show Length: 63:50 mins Authors mentioned in show:Stephen King Hermann Hesse Paul Auster Chuck Palahniuk Thomas Pynchon Philip Roth Kazuo Ishiguro Salman Rushdie Gore Vidal Arthur Conan Doyle Agatha Christie Terry Pratchett Harper Lee Frank Herbert Orson Scott Card Robert Jordan Jim Butcher Links: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Wait Wait Don't Tell Me Note: There's a bit of static when I speak, and I apologize for that.  Looks like I may have to start investing in a professional mic... (or just a professional to replace me).  

DATE: Sun, 01 Mar 2009
SIZE: 24.7 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 27: Abandoning Books!

Bookbabble Episode 27: Abandoning Books! Recorded 1 March 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee aka Irene Wilde, Donny Synopsis: Today the group talks about the cardinal sin (not the Philippine archbishop) of book lovers, the act of abandoning books without completing them.  What would compel one to drop these books unread?  The babblers share books that has been abandoned, what precipitated the drop.  Also, why Bjorn feels a little tentative about the upcoming Watchmen movie. And, we kept it below 1 hour.  Shocking. Show Length: 54:05 mins Links: Moby Dick – Herman Melville Crime & Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky Magicians' Guild - Trudy Canavan A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce Animal People – Indra Sinha Watchmen – Alan Moore  

DATE: Sat, 14 Feb 2009
SIZE: 33.6 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 26: Remember the time you read...?

Bookbabble Episode 26: Remember the time you read...? Recorded 15 Feb 2009 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Renee, Donny Synopsis: After a 2 month break, the babblers are back, joined by Renee once again as they catch up on the recent happenings in the book scene.  But first up, the babblers talk about whether they remember the countless books that they have read, whether that's important in the first place, and what some of us do to make the books stay with us as we journey on in our reading life.  Also, the effects of the current economic climate on readers, Updike's passing, feedback on Stephen King's assessment of Stephenie Meyer's writing, why you shouldn't be reading Nora Roberts and Bjorn does a funny limerick. Show Length: 77:52 mins Links: Finnegan’s Wake – James JoyceShort Stories of Honore de Balzac - Honore de BalzacThe Diary of a Nobody - George Grossmith The Sorrows of an American: A Novel - Siri HustvedtImaginary Maps - Mahasweta DeviNaked – David SedarisThe Last Colony – John Scalzi [audio:] Download the show here.

DATE: Fri, 02 Jan 2009
SIZE: 21.9 MB
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Episode 20: Bookbabble Review Show - Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann

Bookbabble Episode 20: Bookbabble Review Show - Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann Recorded 2 Oct 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Donny Synopsis: The babblers finally do a review!  The book in question tells the tale of two pioneering German scientists who meet in the 1820s, and recounts their lives as they journey through the scientific world in vastly different ways.  Listen to hear what the babblers think of the book (which actually is revealed like 5 minutes into the show).  Also, Donny talks about The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Show Length: 47:55 mins Special Note: Take care if you're listening to this with small children.  Also, there is a perceivable Skype lag when I attempt to speak to the others towards the end of the show, and that makes me sound weirder than I already do at present. Links: Measuring the World - WikipediaDaniel KehlmannMeasuring the World: A NovelThe Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman  

DATE: Thu, 01 Jan 2009
SIZE: 11.6 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 22: Kindles in the Mountains

Bookbabble Episode 22: Kindles in the Mountains Recorded 13 Nov 2008 Babblers: Gem, Lars, Donny Synopsis: The babblers talk about Michael Crichton's passing and Oprah's support for Kindle, and we find out that you can't run away from the Kindle, even if you live in an ashram. Show Length: 25:20 mins (What? Under 30 mins?) Books mentioned:The Hour I First Believed - Wally LambJust After Sunset – Stephen King A Mercy – Toni MorrisonThe Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski The Days of Abandonment - Elena FerranteDiary of a Bad Year – J.M. CoetzeeDon Quixote - Miguel De CervantesThe Stone Gods - Jeanette Winterson Links:Fretful booksellers count on name authors for holiday sales  

DATE: Tue, 30 Dec 2008
SIZE: 37.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 23: Masterpieces and Martinis - The Heady Mix of Literature and Alcohol

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 Synopsis: 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 FitzgeraldBeryl BainbridgeDashiell HammettRaymond ChandlerRing LardnerCharles BukowskiDorothy ParkerEdgar Allan PoeWilliam Faulkner - "Civilization begins with distillation"Stephen KingNoel CowardDylan 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.  

DATE: Mon, 29 Dec 2008
SIZE: 24.6 MB
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Episode 24: Prose to Pictures - Memorable Film Adaptations

Bookbabble Episode 24: Prose to Pictures - Memorable Film Adaptations Recorded 4 Dec 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Donny Synopsis: According to our in-house, part-time and moderately accurate statistician Gem, a third of every movie made in recent times is adapted from a book.  But what makes a good movie adaptation?  Which ones were favourites and which were duds?  (Don't even mention I Am Legend!)  The babblers also talk about possibly unfilmable books and books that we'd like to see as movies.  Also, can you think of a non-fiction book that got made into a movie?  Whatever it is, it's probably not the one Gem had in mind.  Oh, and pretty soon the ranting starts on things like remakes and whether they should have been done or not in the first place.  Show Length: 53:46 mins Links: 2001: A Space Oddyssey – Arthur C. ClarkeSolaris – Stanislaw LemWar of the World – H. G. WellsI Am Legend (Ok, I mentioned it) – Richard MathesonThat Awful Mess on the Via Merulana - Carlo Emilio Gadda Notes: Unfortunately, my usually reliable mic seemed to have gone on a vacation and its evil cantankerous twin decided to spit a steady stream of low static on my end of the recording throughout.  I've tried to dampen it as much as I can, but enough of it remains that may hamper the enjoyment for some of you.  Sorry about that.  Also, don't listen to this with small children - language.  

DATE: Sun, 28 Dec 2008
SIZE: 35.6 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 25: Unconventional Storytelling

Bookbabble Episode 25: Unconventional Storytelling Recorded 14 Dec 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Donny with guest Renee Wallace aka Irene Wilde Synopsis: The babblers list books that tell their story in unconventional ways.  Books that either have interesting structures, telling the story out of sequence, using stories within a story, or just simply seem weird, a lot of books got mentioned here.  Are they a crutch, a means to an end, or an integral part of the whole experience?  Irene Wilde joins us again for this show as we weigh in the piles of books. Books mentioned (some of them, anyway): Ulysses - James Joyce La Disparition - Georges Perec Gravity's Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon Time's Arrow – Martin Amis Locos: A Comedy of Gestures - Felipe Alfau Chromos – Felipe Alfau The Night Watch – Sarah Waters Stone Gods – Jeannette Winterson Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut No specific book by JG Ballard, I think – uhm, perhaps Empire of the Sun? Palefire – Vladimir Nabokov If on a Winter’s Night A Traveller - Italo Calvino The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur - Victor Pelevin A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M Miller Jr The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Laurence Sterne The Ticket That Exploded - William S. Burroughs Links:Felipe Alfau Show Length: 77.51 mins  

DATE: Sun, 28 Dec 2008
SIZE: 1.63 MB
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Bookbabble Snippet: Frank Sinatra

Bookbabble Snippet: Frank Sinatra Recorded 14 Dec 2008  Something off topic that we talked about during a short break in the recording of a recent episode.  Irene Wilde talks Frank Sinatra.

DATE: Sat, 11 Oct 2008
SIZE: 29.9 MB
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Episode 21: Judging a president by the cover. The 2008 US Presidential Candidates' Reading Lists.

Bookbabble Episode 21: Judging a president by the cover.  The 2008 US Presidential Candidates' Reading Lists. Recorded 9 Oct 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Gem, Donny Synopsis: Listen to three non-Americans talk American politics based on their book picks!  It was tough staying on topic for this one, but the babblers talked about the 2008 US Presidential candidates' supposed reading lists.  Both Obama and McCain plus their VP picks get picked on (although I know you know who got picked on a little more than the others), while vociferously declaring our unbiased evaluations.  Also, Nobel Prize for Literature, and Bjorn's wildcard pick for this prestigious recognition. We're unbiased.  Really. Show Length: 65:25 mins Links: McCain's Reading List in Amazon Obama's Reading List in Amazon Michael Palin 'better running mate' than Sarah Palin Matt Damon Rips Sarah Palin The Onion News Network: Portrayal Of Obama As Elitist Hailed As Step Forward For African Americans

DATE: Tue, 02 Sep 2008
SIZE: 23.9 MB
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Episode 15: Books and Sex - Between the Sheets, Baby!

Bookbabble Episode 15: Books and Sex - Between the Sheets, Baby! Recorded 7 August 2008 Babblers: Gem, Bjorn, Donny Synopsis: The babblers talk about what goes on between the sheets - bookwise, that is.  Is sex merely a gimmick?  What books won't work without the sex, and why?  Also, Nostradamus is wrong again (simply by virtue of posting this episode late, we have irrefutable proof) and the screwing of the Taming of the Screw. Show Length: 52:21 mins My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-7480e2297a35e52cf42b49f0ce79f975}

DATE: Wed, 20 Aug 2008
SIZE: 24.5 MB
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Episode 14: Holy Good-Graphic-Novels, Batman!

Bookbabble Episode 14: Holy Good-Graphic-Novels, Batman!   Recorded 23 July 2008 Babblers: Gem, Lars, Donny Synopsis: Are graphic novels worth reading?  The babblers discuss the popular medium that is more often maligned and misunderstood, and makes it understandable to all.  Well, we tried, anyway.  Lots of recommendations for first time readers, and for those who'd like to try something new.  Also, Gem still doesn't like what she sees on top of the book charts, and Wikipedia to be published? Show Length: 53:40 mins Recommendations from Scott Saavedra: Midnight Sun Graphic Novel, Ben Towle Zombies Calling, Faith Erin Hicks Paris Collection, Andi Watson and Simon Gane Links: Scott Saavedra (blog) SLG publishing Das Wikipedia - online resource goes into print

DATE: Tue, 22 Jul 2008
SIZE: 26.8 MB
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Episode 13: Jason vs Dracula!

Bookbabble Episode 13: Jason vs Dracula! Recorded 16 July 2008 Babblers: Gem, Bjorn, Donny Synopsis: To commemorate Episode 13, the babblers made horror and superstition as a theme for today's show.  Didn't eventually talk about superstition, but plenty of horror movie talk, horror-related reads and some recommendations.  Also, terrifying developments on Nicole Ritchie's new book, Bjorn's thoughts on the terrifying Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, and is there such a thing as a soul? Show Length:  58:38 mins Special Note: Look up the reference to The Big Lebowski yourself!   Links: Wikipedia entry on 13 (because you won't know how to find it, of course!) Tech Nation with Michio Kaku - the teleportation is a reality! Southern Vampire series

DATE: Thu, 17 Jul 2008
SIZE: 32.9 MB
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Episode 12: Collective Human Knowledge Gone Wilde!

Bookbabble Episode 12: Collective Human Knowledge Gone Wilde! Recorded 5 July 2008 Babblers: Lars, Gem, Katherine, Donny, with special guest Renee Wallace Synopsis: The babblers are joined by a special guest, Renee Wallace, more popularly known as Irene Wilde, in a discussion about the collective knowledge that is captured in books, and how we are accessing this store of information and knowledge and whether it is being accessed at all.  Also, the wonderful story of the Christmas Truce, serialized story by Benjamin Black (aka John Banville), and Internet book catalog sites. Show Length:  72:02 mins Links: Carl Sagan's CosmosThe Christmas TruceGoodreadsListalLibraryThingShelfariBenjamin Black - Serially Thrilling

DATE: Sun, 13 Jul 2008
SIZE: 22.4 MB
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Episode 11: Helping Ourselves To The Secret

Bookbabble Episode 11: Helping Ourselves To The Secret Recorded 25 June 2008 Babblers: Lars, Gem, Katherine, Donny Synopsis: The group talks about self-help books, and whether they are more stink than substance.  Lars braved the entirely of The Secret and gives a brilliant summary - in all of 5 seconds (nobody was counting, anyway).  Others in the discussion include diet books, art of being happy, tools for communications, etc.  Also, Donny highlights a software tool for poets. Show Length:  49:04 mins Links: The Secret Psycho-cybernetics - A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life  

DATE: Sat, 05 Jul 2008
SIZE: 27.2 MB
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Bookbabble Episode 10: Bad Leeks

Bookbabble Episode 10: Bad Leeks Recorded 18 June 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny Synopsis: The group talks about award-winning books that seem to fall short of the expectations that follows recognition, why it's not as easy as it seems (at least to us).  Find out why Bjorn loves leek so much, just before he explains his love for Pynchon.  Also, a quick update from our resident Harry Potter correspondent, Amazon sanctions authors, Lars's quick discussion on Who Speaks for Islam by John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, and Bjorn's masterful treatment of a classic Swedish poem. Show Length:  59:29 mins Special Note:  Hmm... let's see... I forgot to chip in when everyone else said f**k.  I've got to take note of that.  Also, Lars mentioned this mysterious entity called 'Beer Good'. Links: Amazon Sanctions Authors (Link from Glenda Larke) Who Speaks for Islam - as highlighted by Lars in Bookbabble

DATE: Tue, 17 Jun 2008
SIZE: 20.7 MB
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Episode 9: Iamb What Iamb - The Iambic Pentametre, that is.

Bookbabble Episode 9: Iamb What Iamb - The Iambic Pentametre, that is. Recorded 13 June 2008 Babblers: Lars, Gem, Donny Synopsis: The babblers talk poems!  An incredibly well-thought out podcast, filled with deliberate ponderings and critical analysis of the artform this episode is most certainly NOT.  Favourite poems get recited, emotions and thoughts that accompany them are shared.  Tidbits include a syair recital, a cheeky piece by Lars, serious one by Gem, an original by Donny, and a poetry textbook by Stephen Fry.  Also, the guys bring exciting ebook news to diehard ebook fan Gem. Show Length:  45:24 mins Special Note: Delicate ears should not listen at 2 points in the podcast, at the 42nd and 44th second mark. Links: P Ramlee's Syair Panca Delima Stephen Fry's An Ode Less Travelled Paulo Coelho's MySpace Page Cybook Gen 3

DATE: Sun, 15 Jun 2008
SIZE: 29.0 MB
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Episode 8: What you thought you knew about reading... is probably right.

Bookbabble Episode 8: What you thought you knew about reading... is probably right. Recorded 5 June 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny, with special guest Katherine! Synopsis: Bookbabble has a guest!  The babblers are joined by a fellow bookworm Katherine aka Pontalba from New Orleans, as they all mull about how we experience the process that is book reading.  We took a little time to talk about a Nabokov fan's view about The Original of Laura, a little about the new Bond novel, and dish a little dirt on book forums. Show Length:  63:33 mins

DATE: Sat, 07 Jun 2008
SIZE: 23.3 MB
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Episode 7: And the cry rang out all around the town, Good Heavens the Tay Bridge has blown down!

Bookbabble Episode 7: And the cry rang out all around the town, Good Heavens the Tay Bridge has blown down! Recorded 29 May 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny Synopsis: The babblers ramble on about works that are influenced by other people's works, under what circumstances would it be allowed and how much of it is acceptable?  Quite a few books were mentioned that builds on existing and established literature, premises and explores interesting mashups.  Also discussed are why writers should have a will, impatience with George RR Martin and having some fun at the expense of apparently the worse poet ever. Note: There are a couple of places where the audio breaks a little for a few seconds, so take note and press on.  The quality returns to normal shortly after. Show Length:  50:59 mins Links: William Topaz McGonagall

DATE: Sat, 31 May 2008
SIZE: 22.7 MB
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Episode 6: What're You Reading For?

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 FosterHow to Read a Novel: A User's Guide, John SutherlandA Secret History, Donna TarttThe Little Friend, Donna TarttThe BFG, Roald DahlWuthering HeightsGone with the WindOliver Twist, Charles DickensRemains of the Day, Kazuo IshiguroPresumed Innocent, Scott TurowAsylum Piece, Anna KavenThe Master and Margarita, Mikhail BulgakovNo Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthyThe Gospel According to Jesus Christ, Jose SaramagoDemian, Herman HesseSteppenwolf, Herman HesseLegendsLegends IIThe Overcoat, Nikolay Vasilyevich GogolWhite Nights, DoestoyevskyCrime and Punishment, Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Black Monk, Anton ChekovChess, Stefan ZweigThe Death of Ivan Illyich Answer, Friedich BrownThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas AdamsMein Kampf, Adolf HitlerCutting It Short, Bohumil HrabalA Doll's House, Henrik IbsenThe Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, Victor Pelevin and Andrew Bromfield The Sea, John BanvilleThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby Show Length: 49:46 mins Links: Michael Rosen: What I really said about Harry PotterStephen King: The last word on Harry Potter

DATE: Wed, 21 May 2008
SIZE: 28.4 MB
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Episode 5: The FrankenRitchie

Bookbabble Episode 5: The FrankenRitchie Recorded 14 May 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny Synopsis: The group takes a look at self-publishing, from Dickens's day to the present day incarnation, and briefly examines what has changed in terms of perception and technology.  Gem braves the waters to sample celebrity-written fiction, and lives to tell the tale.  Also discussed: the trailblazer of a novel that is Frankenstein, what Mary Shelley had in common with Nicole Ritchie, the Best of the Booker shortlist, the 10 most challenged books in 2007 and a fanboy gush on Guy Gavriel Kay.   Show Length: 62:06 mins Links: Self-publishing Hall of Fame You're an author?  Me too! Scott Sigler American Library Association    

DATE: Wed, 07 May 2008
SIZE: 24.5 MB
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Episode 4: Ebooks? That's doolally!

Bookbabble Episode 4: Ebooks?  That's doolally! Recorded 3 May 2008 Babblers: Lars, Gem, Donny Synopsis: Lars invites the others to ponder on the importance of language, of the responsibilities of translators and of the English language's propensity to adapt words from other languages into its own.  Also discussed are the good and bad about ebooks, and if it could this be the future of reading.  Discover Gem's secret feelings for the Kindle.  Other chitchat include finding love in the library, mobile bookstores and Donny's book warehouse sales haul! Show Length: 53:40mins Links: Can we have a word?Singles Night offered at libraryNew, a pop-up book(shop)

DATE: Thu, 01 May 2008
SIZE: 47.1 MB
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Episode 3: The New Shakespeare - Gary Barlow?

Bookbabble Episode 3: The New Shakespeare: Gary Barlow? Recorded 26 April 2008 Babblers: Lars, Gem, Donny Synopsis: Shakespeare was the topic of the day, with the babblers talking about his influence and the various incarnations of the bard's work today.  Also touched on the supposed controversy surrounding the authenticity of Shakespeare.  Also, Donny gives some tips and tricks for speed reading, and talks about World Book Day.  Finally a gem (sorry!) of a story on the ultimate list: the world's best books as voted by the people, and why the results are not what they seem.  Lars's parting soundbite says it all. Show Length: 51:31 mins Links: pollthepeople.com Research explores what 1.3 billion Muslims think - http://shrinkster.com/xjm

DATE: Mon, 21 Apr 2008
SIZE: 48.4 MB
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Episode 2: Harry Potter News Correspondent

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 attempt 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. Show Length: 52:58 mins 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. Links: Orange Prize for Literature - http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/show/feature/home/orange-p rize-2008-shortlistTurkish Writer - http://shrinkster.com/x57hp-lexicon.orgBooklit - http://www.booklit.com/blog/Jabberwock - http://jaiarjun.blogspot.com/

DATE: Mon, 14 Apr 2008
SIZE: 47.1 MB
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Episode 1: Podcast Starting

Bookbabble Episode 1: Podcast Starting Recorded 28 March 2008 Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny Synosis: Inaugural episode! The cast is introduced, and starts off the projected weekly podcast on everything that a booklover would love to talk about in the world of reading. Here, the babblers talk about the the causes and effects of book banning, whether book lists or book charts barometers of what's really good out there, and what Umberto Eco thinks about his bestsellers. Also find out the latest planned incarnation of Enid Blyton's Famous Five, and what Lars thinks about The Wheel of Time as he re-reads the series in preparation for the forthcoming Memory of Light.  


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