Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reading Envy 012: Some Bookers and Some Madness

Jenny and Scott have been busy reading lately and decided to do another podcast in the corner of the Reading Envy pub!  Jenny has been knee deep in the Booker Prize longlist while Scott has been reading with a bit more variety.

Orfeo by Richard Powers
When Angels Wept: A What If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Eric G. Swedin
The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
62% More Awesome by Dave Kellett

Also mentioned:
Man Booker Prize
Sidewise Award for Alternate History 
Stories We Tell
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
The Star by Arthur C. Clarke
Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
Scotiabank Giller Prize (Canada)
National Book Award (USA)
Sheldon Comics
Pure Ducky Goodness by Dave Kellett
The Good, the Bad, & the Pugly by Dave Kellett
Literature: Unsuccessfully Competing Against TV Since 1953 by Dave Kellett
Coffee: It's What's for Dinner by Dave Kellett

ALA Banned Books Week - Classics

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  1. I also immediately thought of the Southern Reach trilogy when Scott was discussion Lovecraft's At the Mountain's of Madness. I have only read Annihilation, but I plan to read them all. I've never read Lovecraft, but I'll bet there is a connection there and it is probably intentional, an homage, as Scott said.

  2. It sounds like I need to read the Southern Reach trilogy!

  3. My 2 cents on Cloud Atlas: I haven't listened to the audio book yet(soon), but I thought the film was amazing. Scott- I'd recommend seeing the movie first, in blu-ray since the cinematography is gorgeous. It also has a beautiful score and a solid cast putting in strong performances. Try watching without working too hard to make connections between the stories or what actor is playing what role in each sextet, and just take the film on it's own terms. It's the sort of movie that really lends itself to multiple viewings, and once you have a broad understanding of the stories, then it will be less distracting and more fun to consider possible connections. I suspect the makeup may have been done a certain way at times to leave actors recognizable for effect. Also, having the cast play multiple roles could have been a cost saving measure, but it definitely serves the story greatly. I think that reading the book first could really undermine one's enjoyment of the film, while I look forward with anticipation to the audio book to enhance what I've already experienced. To me, Cloud Atlas is the Wachowski's masterpiece, and a film that will only grow in stature as time passes and people discover it.

    Love the podcast!!

  4. Thanks, Phillip! I'll definitely watch that movie. It sounds fascinating.


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