Top Rated Literature Podcast Episodes
Grab your oscillation overthruster and shove some garbage in your Mr. Fusion, ’cause we’re blasting off into 1980s obscurity! This month’s community read-along is Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One a book tailor-made for any geek nurtured in the neon womb of 80s excess and schooled on some of the greatest nerd-centric pop culture ever made. But is a book written by a nerd for nerds a good thing? Can carefully catered niche references go too far? And how does its sci-fi story stack up against its contemporaries? Join Cap, Hex, Colin, Brandon, and Tony for another adventure into the dog-eared pages of Nerdy Show Book Club. Find out what other books we’re reading and what we think about ’em. Get in on the fun and read along with us! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2013/03/episode-127-book-club-ready-player-one/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As we brace ourselves for our forthcoming dissection of the disturbingly relevant Handmaid's Tale, we first divert into greener and more peculiar pastures by talking about the other things we've read. Join Cap, Denika, Brandon, and Jess as they unload on a wide expanse of literary explorations. Discover a genre specifically about faeries being dicks, explore the world of video game translation and The Legend of Zelda to a point of fascinating minutia, learn what's the opposite of Death Note, and gird your loins for the Funky Pickle. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2017/10/nerdy-show-book-club-episode-14-a-handmade-tailLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you read some Animorphs. This shape-shifting sci-fi series was a seminal read for legions of nerdy teens; some of whom may have grown up to host podcasts. Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate (the writing duo better known to Animorphs fans as K.A. Applegate) are back! In this episode we review their latest joint book, Eve and Adam, and interview author Michael Grant who’s recent solo work includes the mega-hit young adult series, Gone and the balls-to-the wall adult sci-fi trilogy: BZRK. Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Jessica as we learn about he and Katherine’s crazy life in the world of young adult fiction, the origins of Animorphs, and Grant’s latest projects including the forthcoming conclusion to the BZRK trilogy and the upcoming Messenger of Fear. As always, we discuss what other books we’ve been reading and review our findings. Plus- in this episode there’s not one, not two, but three dramatic readings! Hear us read from Eve and Adam, Star Wench, and the mid-90s parody abortion: Vegemorphs: The Fungus Among Us! You can change your pants… but can you change into a plant? For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2014/01/episode-163-go-bzrk-with-michael-grant/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
In a severely over-budgeted and tragically lost filmed sequence, Ol' Matty slew Breaderick the demon, who turned out to be a lousy side-kick, friend and understandable co-host. Our hero now follows the advice of Jules Verne's subterranean adventurers, delving deep into the earth, the courage of humanity, and his own snickers bar food reserves in an attempt to finally escape the catacombs. I keep telling him Snickers weren't a good food ration for his journey (other than his delicious word sandwiches), but he keeps bringing up that they're full of nuts. Well, so is he. His spirit has somewhat returned since slaying Breaderick. It was brutal. I wish you could have seen it. I think at one point Ol' Matty literally consumed all of the souls Breaderick himself had harvested. I guess that makes Ol' Matty a demon as well as undead, but who's counting? Me. I'm counting. The idiot is going to become a God with his lunacy, while me, with my stupid sane and responsible decisions, shall die a sane mortal, and he'll be all like, "The key is just enjoying yourself" as he ascends to Valhalla and Olympus at ONCE. Despite losing oxygen and a lot of bread, Ol' Matty explores every layer beneath Verne's earth's crust. He always was one to eat the whole pizza. With neither Hemingway or Plath to guide him, Ol' Matty returns to the glamorous whimsy of French literature of his youth, and using a variety of sources, spelunks through bread (Background), meat/meat-substitute (Story), cheese (Characters), sauce (Themes) and seasoning (final thoughts/feelings). It's not easy to make a sandwich out of a story that takes place 20,000 feet below the earth's surface, but by gum my boy did it. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth is the second of Jules Verne’s “voyages extraordinaires,” a vast project entailing nearly a score of novels about adventures on, beneath, and above the earth and seas. By combining diligent research into scientific fact and hypothesis with his natural bent as a storyteller, he moulded a popular form of narrative which appealed to his nineteenth century audience’s appetite for tales of wonder.Keeping with the theme, somehow, of The Bell Jar and The Snows of Kilimanjaro, the story is yet another journey through the darkest layers of the human psyche and back, as well as a ripping story of adventure. Yes, Ol' Matty, I know you wanted more swords. Science was their sword, sir! ...no, you're lame. Love stories? Love hearing about the tales of old with Ol' Matty but want to know them yourself? Want to join the Book Club Sandwich but don't have the time or desire to sit down and read? Well, you dolt, check out Audible, where you can drive to your destination and faraway lands all at once. P.S. Audible, please sponsor me. I read this story twice, once with that tiny narrator in my mind, the second on Audible listening to Tim Curry's superb read through. I must say, my Quixotes, that I think Jules Verne himself would be proud of this somehow at once fresh, faithful and buoyant revival of his story, and would laude the use of technology to listen - so by no means feel unfaithful or less legitimate by taking in the story with Audible's production of Journey to the Centre of the Earth, read by Tim Curry in a way that makes every layer of Verne's first iconic world bloom into life. The 2008 adaptation of Journey to the Centre of the Earth I will confess got me through purely on the shoulders of the mighty Brendan Fraser, however I did very much enjoy the concept of Vernians, a secret society that function on the premise that Jules Verne's works were non-fiction. Like the rest of the world, the 4D gimmick I found pretty lacklustre alas. The 1959 adaptation did its best but hasn't aged well, but if you really don't want to read I would say is the better bet, being labelled, "a silly but fun movie with everything you'd want from a sci-fi blockbuster – heroic characters, menacing villains, monsters, big sets and special effects," which ain't half bad at all and can scratch a mighty grand itch. Until next time, my Quixotes! Tuesday week Ol' Matty might just find his way out into the land where "The Sun Also Rises", returning to the land of the living and his more beloved land of Ernest Hemingway, celebrating with nothing less than a Fiesta. Ol' Matty doesn't have a literature degree, but he does read a lot: For wanting to look more into the bulk of this analysis, refer to:Sources:Bread:From <https://www.enotes.com/topics/journey-center-earth/critical-essays>From <https://www.biography.com/people/jules-verne-9517579>David Niven's The Moon is a Balloon Yeast: From <https://the-bibliofile.com/2019-books-to-movies-film-tv-adaptations/>https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/roberto-bolano-and-the-beat-connectionhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/01/theater/scott-rudin-mockingbird-broadway.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FBooks%20and%20Literature&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=collectionSauce, Cheese and meat: https://www.gradesaver.com/journey-to-the-center-of-the-earth/study-guidehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_to_the_Center_of_the_EarthFind us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or EMAIL us on firstname.lastname@example.org
It's Black History month, which is the perfect time to discuss one of America's greatest badasses: Harriet Tubman. Born a third-generation slave, Harriet would face adversity her entire life, but made remarkable achievements in helping numerous people to escape to freedom. Put this lady on the money already! MERCH IS NOW AVAILABLE — INCLUDING MARIE ANTOINETTE MERCH! Follow this link: https://www.teepublic.com/user/happyhourhistorypodcast Join the Patreon and receive bonus episodes and content! https://www.patreon.com/happyhourhistorypod Thank you to all of the fans and patrons of the show. Please rate, review, and follow any of the below forms of social media! Twitter @happyhistorypod Instagram @happyhourhistorypod Facebook Happy Hour History Podcast Email email@example.com
Freed from the catacombs, Ol' Matty is now pursued by a vengeful M16 packing bear and has somehow used his "charms" to befriend a secret kingdom of hunters. Surprisingly civil, Ol' Matty decides to repay them with a Delicious Word Sandwich, regaling the story of King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard, which can only go well because it's not too colonialist. Idiot.EPISODE NOTES:Published in 1886 on a five shilling wager that he could write a story as good as Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, H. Rider Haggard became the penultimate pioneer of what would become the lost world genre, which would go on to inspire The Man Who Would Be King, The Lost World and eventually even Indiana Jones. Now, we watch how Ol' Matty, who idolises Indy, dances around not associating himself with big game hunting. Dance, ya hunter, dance.He tells the tale of King Solomon's Mines, the story of famed hunter Alan Quatermain and his friends travelling to the secret kingdom of Kukuanaland, fighting to return the rightful king to the throne and discovering the fabled diamond treasure. One of the original and archetypal old fashioned adventure stories that few could balk at, and yet Ol' Matty's new friends seem utterly outraged.In a turn of events that was truly shocking, it seems this was a radical sect of the tribe from the story that were still loyal to the usurped king and his diabolical witch general, and thus it was that Ol' Matty had to make yet another hare brained, and bear pawed, escape.Now, you may ask about the bear paws. He cut off the bears hands, the bear ate his other human hand, Matt sewed the paws on crudely and they have since been surgically integrated into his body proper thanks to the tribe's liquid diamond technology. He asked after the procedure, naturally, if new human hands were possible (they totally were). All the same, Ol' Matty has created a wonderfully delicious word sandwich with all the danger and mystery of Haggard's iconic lost world adventure, hunting through the jungles of history (bread), story (meat), characters (cheese), themes (sauce) and his final thoughts (seasoning). On the run from both the bear and the tribe, he may have forgotten to add salad. One step forward, two steps backward and into their awaiting spears? One can only hope.King Solomon's Mines (1885) is a rollicking adventure by the English Victorian adventure writer and fabulist Sir H. Rider Haggard. It tells of a search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party, with startling imagery and visceral adventure around every corner. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre. Just keep the colonial/imperialist undertone in the back of the mind, taking the whole thing with a grain of salt. Note, add a little salt to sandwich.Love stories? Love hearing about the tales of old with Ol' Matty but want to know them yourself? Want to join the Book Club Sandwich but don't have the time or desire to sit down and read? Well, you dolt, check out Audible, where you can drive to your destination and faraway lands all at once. P.S. Audible, please sponsor me.For more short stories like the one featured here, All Will Be Well by Yiyun Li, see The New Yorker either online or subscribe to have the magazine delivered for those delectable morning reads. You sponsor me too, New Yorker. Look at me GO.I have only ever read the book with my own eyeballs so I can't personally vouch for any version on Audible, however there is an Audible exclusive, which are always exceptionally produced, narrated by Toby Stevens.Ol' Matty's sources:https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/11/all-will-be-wellhttp://www.online-literature.com/h-rider-haggard/http://www.supersummary.com/king-solomons-mines/summary/https://www.gradesaver.com/king-solomons-mines/study-guide/character-listhttps://www.bloodyhellhotsauce.com/Find us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or EMAIL us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in 1926, Ernest Hemingway told the spicy, dramatic tale of a group of passionate and broken expatriates spending a wine-hazed week at the Pamplona Fiesta, where all their interpersonal dramas come to full boil. Things are heating up for Ol' Matty, too, as he finds seducing a volcano for a ride out of the Center of the Earth was more than he bargained for. I'm not even surprised anymore. Sure, seduce a volcano. Turns out the writer of Ol' Matty's available is just as lazy as Verne, and the lethally dead-end plotline of wandering his subterranean prison are coming to an abrupt and epic end. After successfully turning the volcano on with a whole new segment, things got a little too saucy and lava-y for Ol' Matty as he is shot out of the volcano like a cannon, skyrocketing toward the surface. Quite a bit hungry, he uses this convenient burst of heat to make the spicy and boozy sandwich based on Ernest Hemingway's spicy and boozy novel, The Sun Also Rises. Say what you will about the Ol' fool, but he knows how to see the silver linings in things, and always when is the right time to drink - it may be his last, after all. Finding himself back on the surface eventually, and more importantly back in his element with his idol Hemingway, Ol' Matty may be elevated but he is delving deeper and deeper into history and literary analysis all the same. I was about to be impressed to be honest, I mean, the guy seems to be able to summon an orchestra for dramatic readings, but then he was attacked by a bear and it got weird again. Even though he now has paws for hands (Yes, both hands. Don't ask), once again Ol' Matty has created a wonderfully delicious word sandwich with a dangerously high alcoholic content, shimmying down the skinny of history (bread), story (meat), characters (cheese), themes (sauce) and his final thoughts (seasoning). But get this, he may have stitched bear paws on but he is healthier, he added both tomato and lettuce just for kicks! The novel is a impassioned, and beautifully spun and exaggerated roman à clef: the characters are based on real people in Hemingway's circle, and the action is based on real events. Hemingway presents his notion that Gertrude Stein's "Lost Generation"— who she and many else considered to have been decadent, dissolute, and irretrievably damaged by World War I—was in fact resilient and strong. Hemingway investigates the themes of love and death, the revivifying power of nature, and the concept of masculinity.Love stories? Love hearing about the tales of old with Ol' Matty but want to know them yourself? Want to join the Book Club Sandwich but don't have the time or desire to sit down and read? Well, you dolt, check out Audible, where you can drive to your destination and faraway lands all at once. P.S. Audible, please sponsor me. For more short stories like the one featured here, see The New Yorker either online or subscribe to have the magazine delivered for those delectable morning reads. You sponsor me too, New Yorker. Look at me GO. I have only ever read the book with my own eyeballs so I can't personally vouch for any version on Audible, however there is one read by William Hurt who I know is quite good and think we can trust, Quixotes. If you really don't want to read or listen, I recommend the 1957 film. Hemingway himself didn't like it because it was shot in Mexico for budget reasons, but the script itself treats the original text as gospel, the story is streamlined excellently and the dialogue is more or less directly lifted from the book. While Errol Flynn was glorious casting, and Ava Garner turned in a fine performance as Brett Ashley, other than Flynn the cast is terribly miscast on account of age, all at least 20 years older than they should be. Nevertheless, you forgive Ava Garner and Errol Flynn due to their solid performances, and Tyrone Power and Mel Ferrer are eventually believable as Jake Barnes and Robert Cohn. I haven't seen the 1984 version and don't care to, I'll confess. I only watched the 1957 for Flynn as the book is the best version of this story. Ol' Matty's Sources:A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway: A Personal MemoirWikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_Also_Rises_(1957_film)Shmoop Analysis - Cos Plot Summaries are hard on time constraints. https://www.shmoop.com/the-sun-also-rises/summary.htmlHemingway: The Paris Years by Michael ReynoldsFind us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or EMAIL us on email@example.com
Welcome back from our brief hiatus! We are heading into the tail end of our first round of debates, and it is time to start getting excited about the second round!This week it is all about the high-fantasy as the Modern smash-hit Frozen goes up against the underappreciated Atlantis: The Lost Empire.Veteran debater, Stacie Hobbs argues on behalf of Frozen, while friend-of-the-podcast Matthew Hannibal Butler is on the side of Atlantis. Only one can emerge triumphant!Which of Disney classics will come out on top and go on to possibly become the BEST DISNEY MOVIE EVER!Subscribe to us on ITUNES, SPOTIFY or your podcatcher of choice.Find us on social media: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM or TWITTER.
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Take us hooomeee wizard roads to the Weasley’s great aboooode – this week we head Back to the Burrow! The Tri-Quizzard tournament has us fatigued, but still fightin’. We also talk through an extremely long (ie. incredibly short) chapter in which there are dangerous candies very cavalierly distributed, and try to really nail down the physics of wizard housing. Find us on Twitter at @potterpod or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community. When you consume a ton of media, it's inevitable that you'll come face-to-face with some tentacle-waving garbage monster of obscure pop culture. The question is: is it bad bad or good bad? Will you find surprising brilliance to unnecessary direct-to-video sequels of classic films? Can a blatant sampling of the best-known sci-fi media of the past 30 years provide a fresh perspective? Real monkey/ typewriter/ Shakespeare kinda stuff. Join Cap, Colin, Denika, and Brandon as they plummet into the recesses of the pop culture garbage hole: an inevitably frequent stopover for any nerd with a media addiction. Our Read-Along Book for this episode is Ready Player One author, Ernest Cline's Armada. Can this modern day retelling of The Last Starfighter (and many other nerd staples) stand aside his dazzling debut? We also dabble in dystopian fiction, discuss the metaphysics of simulation theory as told by a thought-form entity, and read from a young reader adaptation of Mortal Kombat: the movie. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2016/07/nerdy-show-book-club-episode-13-into-the-pop-culture-garbage-holeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Put on your imagination helmets, Nerdy Show Book Club is blasting off again! In this episode we debut our amazing new Book Club theme and crack open some sweet reads, new and old. Join Cap, Hex, Colin, Brandon, Luke, and Jon for discussion on the latest books we’ve read, from sci-fi- to fantasy, to everything in between. In this episode we have our first discussion on a book we read along with the community, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. Now that you’ve read the book too, head over to the forums and let us know what you think! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2012/05/season-4-episode-44-sometimes-you-just-gotta-hit-the-road/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
You know what we don’t talk about enough on Nerdy Show? Books. And that’s a damn shame. We’re not talking about comic books, we’re talking about honest to got letters-on-a-page books. They’re the original nerd medium! Turns out, most of us here at Nerdy Show are avid book junkies. So it’s about time we started up a book club – in podcast form of course! This episode comes to you courtesy of Nerdy Show listener Jobarda, who might be a visionary for opening the book (as it were) on Nerdy Show’s book love. Join Cap, Hex, Colin, and Brandon for some much-needed booking out. For links and more info, head tp the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2012/01/season-4-episode-34-5-microsode-nerdy-show-book-club/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nerdy Show Book Club returns! Join Cap, Brandon, Colin, and newcomer Germaine as we discuss what books we’ve read, and the community read-long book: Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Shadow – a book that runs parallel to his classic, Ender’s Game. It’s the story of a genius street urchin who gets sent to Battleschool to defend humanity. And since we’re already up there, we pay a visit with another child from space, he’s a real star you might say. Tune in for the dramatic reading weirdness you love, as well as a world-premiere: the first chapter of the Nerdy Show-penned Weekend at Bernie’s 3: Night of the Living Bernie read aloud for your pleasure! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2012/12/season-5-episode-69-children-from-the-stars/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
From the pages of Nerdy Show - it's Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community. It's been an eon since Nerdy Show Book Club last convened and we're backed up with awesome books to talk about! We're rekindling the Book Club flame - not just as a returning segment of Nerdy Show, but as its own standalone program. Join Cap and Colin for this catch-up episode where they share their favorite reads from this unexpected hiatus. We've got follow-up discussions from our interviews with Michael Grant (Animorphs, BZRK) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Rain of the Ghosts), heavy reading, hard-boiled pulp stories, and a dramatic reading of 90s literary masterpiece: Gooflumps: Eat Cheese and Barf! So click on the reading lamp, catch up on our belated community read-along, and crack open this new episode of Book Club! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2015/08/nerdy-show-book-club-11/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nerdy Show Book Club returns! We share the books we’re currently reading, discuss the book we read along with you guys, and do some of our famous dramatic readings. It’s a sexy party in the library, and you’re the guest of honor. This episode our Community Read-Along is a black comedy set in the Sunshine State, Carl Hiaasen’s Sick Puppy! Our home state is notorious for all the crazy that goes on here, and Hiaasen’s fictional Florida distills that crazy into a fine drinking liquor suitable for sipping at both South Beach poolsides and in seedy panhandle barrooms – either way, you wake up naked somewhere unexpected. Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Tony as we hit the road with an insane cast of characters including a lovable environmental terrorist, a barbie-fondling ex-drug dealer, a Governor turned avenging-nomad, a hit man with some very special mix tapes… and that only scratches the surface! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2013/10/episode-158-nerdy-show-book-club-sick-puppies/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Book Club is now a regular segment on Nerdy Show! In each episode we’ll share what books we’re currently reading, and even have a monthly read-along with listeners. This first episode is double-length ’cause there’s a literary project very relevant to your nerdy interests that needs discussing. Singularity & Co. is a new company dedicated to digitally publishing obscure science fiction novels that would never otherwise see publication in any form. Their Kickstarter has been endorsed by i09 and Neil Gaiman, to name a few. In this episode we interview Singularity co-founder Ash Kalb, and discuss the project’s origins, the first sci-fi he read, and more. Then, join Colin, Cap, Hex, Brandon, and Luke to hear about the books they’re reading and other galactic funk! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2012/03/season-4-episode-42-nerdy-show-book-club-the-dark-ones-taint/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nerdy Show Book Club returns with a vengeance! We’re hairless, naked, hopped up on dreamgum, and lookin’ to go all Lord of the Flies on ya. This month we read Philip Jose Farmer’s legendary existential historical fiction sci-fi, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the fist book in the Riverworld series. It’s like if Allan Quatermain took bath salts and played Myst! Join Cap, Hex, Brandon, and Colin on uncanny journey into this and other nerdy literary adventures – including an excerpt from a novelization of another watery world. A “Waterworld” you might say… Read on! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2012/08/season-4-episode-59-nothing-is-free-in-riverworld/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This episode is dedicated entirely to Margaret Atwood's landmark dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale. It's a horrifying story that gets closer to reality with each passing day - in which America has been overthrown by religious fundamentalists and anyone not male, white, and heterosexual is killed or subjugated. We experience this awful reality through the eyes of a woman trapped in sexual servitude; her existence reduced to being a walking womb to compensate for the future's low birth rate. Join Cap, Denika, Jess, and Brandon for an overview of the novel, a dramatic reading, and then spoiler-intensive discussions on both the book and the recent television adaptation. We discuss the challenges of the world, and the narrative itself, as well as the novel's massive cultural impact, parallels in our own reality, and even manage to make some jokes to soften the blow of how hard this book hits. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2017/11/nerdy-show-book-club-episode-15-read-along-the-handmaids-taleLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community. It's been an obscene amount of time since we cracked open Book Club, but neither hell, nor high water, nor the waning attention spans of modern man can hold us back from our quest for enthralling brain-pictures. Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Denika as they share what they read during our long absence and we discuss our community read-along: Neil Gaiman's grim fairytale, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Explore the dark truths of Denika's late night reading, Colin's frustrations with Earthsea, and a true story of a sexual awakening from The Shaggy Dog while growing up raised by early 20th century pseudoscience. Then, indulge in an exhilarating reading from read the Gooflumps classic, Stay Out of The Bathroom. And finally wander into the haunting and beautiful world of our featured book with a spoiler-free discussion (and a safely quarantined spoilerific one at the end) as well as a dramatic reading. What's the difference between mythic fiction, magical realism, and other arbitrary literary genres? Discover the answers (or not) within! For links and more info, head tot he main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2016/05/nerdy-show-book-club-mythic-fiction/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
In this episode of Nerdy Show Book Club we take on a nerdy novel classic William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Thirty years ago this novel redefined science fiction, and to this day it continues to indelibly influence… just about everything. Including your day-to-day life! This is the kernel from which all of cyberpunk exploded and infected the world’s psyche with digital consciousness. It’s a must read. …And none of us had read it. So we’ve fixed that and hopefully you’ve joined us as we plunged headfirst into the Sprawl. We share our thoughts on this landmark novel and its complex worldbuilding, discuss what you thought about the book, share what else we’ve been reading, and, of course, do a dramatic reading from Neuromancer as well as a reading from a film novelization. Join Cap, Hex, Brandon, Jon, and Colin as we crack the ICE on this new book club adventure. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2013/06/episode-140-nerdy-show-book-club-de-niromancer/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Nerdy Show Book Club is back and this time with a very special guest! This time around our book of the month was More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer by Casper Kelly, a brilliant collection of short stories. Casper is a writer for some of Adult Swim’s finest (Too Many Cooks, Aqua Teen, Squidbillies, Harvey Birdman, and more) and we had the pleasure of having him with us for the entire episode. Join Cap, Hex, Colin, Brandon, and special space friend, Casper, as we spiral into madness, consciousness, and one of our best dramatic readings yet! Read on! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: http://nerdyshow.com/2012/09/season-4-episode-62-more-stories-about-sex-in-tjhe-future/Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Demon Breaderick has run off with Ol' Matty's Kilimanjaro Sandwich, severing our hero's hand and hope in the process. In his despair, Ol' Matty finds an understanding voice in Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar", a hearty and heartfelt coming of age story about growth through pain and suffering.Published in 1963, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is Ol' Matty's only hope for survival as he lies desolate and bereft in the catacombs that may well soon become his own tomb. Breaderick, eating the Snows of Kilimanjaro sandwich, has also taken Ol' Matty's hand and his spirit. The bastard. It is both a blessing and a curse that The Bell Jar was so rich for analysis and such a challenge to translate into ingredients on every complex layer. Indeed, so raw and intense it was, that Ol' Matty tried to "DiCaprio my liver", in hopes for an accurate bloody sandwich and an Oscar to beat Breaderick to death with. So, yeah. He's mad. In every sense of the word.Now venturing beyond the comfortable shores of his Isle of Hemingway, Ol' Matty uses both his Pinky and his Brain, and a variety of sources, to tear into bread (Background), meat/meat-substitute (Story), cheese (Characters), sauce (Themes) and seasoning (final thoughts/feelings), and amazingly managed to incorporate a vegetable. My boy's growing up. Should have had a demon eat his hand and steal his lunch a long time ago.The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American writer and poet Sylvia Plath. Originally published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" in 1963, the novel is semi-autobiographical, with the names of places and people changed. Nevertheless, it rings so earnestly it's like having stolen into her most personal journals. The book is often regarded as a roman à clef because the protagonist's descent into mental illness parallels Plath's own experiences with what may have been clinical depression or bipolar II disorder. Plath died by suicide a month after its first UK publication (believing her novel a failure due to its lukewarm initial reception). The novel was published under Plath's name for the first time in 1967 and was not published in the United States until 1971, in accordance with the wishes of both Plath's husband, Ted Hughes, and her mother.In a way, it's a psychological journey to Hell and back, how Esther loses her mind, soul and identity and then through a personal odyssey filled with blood, lightning and ghosts from her past returns from the darkest depths unto a new dawn. No, Ol' Matty, that doesn't mean demon meat is the ideal meat for this either. GIVE UP THIS QUEST FOR VENGEANCE ELSE IT DESTROY YOU, MY FRIEND!Love stories? Love hearing about the tales of old with Ol' Matty but want to know them yourself? Want to join the Book Club Sandwich but don't have the time or desire to sit down and read? Well, you nit, check out Audible, where you can drive to your destination and faraway lands all at once. P.S. Audible, please sponsor me.Ol' Matty listened to The Bell Jar through Audible upon his first reading, performed absolutely perfectly by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Would recommend completely, and indeed found that he preferred her voice to his own damn eyeballs.A none too impressive adaptation was made in 1979, and Kirsten Dunst hopes to make her directorial debut with her own adaption soon. I for one welcome this heartily, oft believing Dunst has an untapped, incredible dramatic calibre that's just enough to take on this most colossal of challenges.Until next time, my Quixotes! Tuesday week Ol' Matty and his new arch-nemesis, the demon Breaderick, shall return with a metamorphosis and analysis of Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth.Ol' Matty doesn't have a literature degree, but he does read a lot:For wanting to look more into the bulk of this analysis, refer to:https://www.shmoop.com/bell-jarhttps://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/sylvia-plathhttps://www.sparknotes.com/lit/belljarAnd for more on this episode's news and recommendations:https://www.newyorker.com/recommends/read/blood-water-paint-a-portrait-of-the-renaissance-artist-who-fought-the-patriarchyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/obituaries/betty-ballantine-dead.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FBooks%20and%20Literature&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=collectionFind us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or EMAIL us on email@example.com
Seven backpackers disappeared hitchhiking off the Hume Highway in New South Wales from 1989 to 1992. For years, Australia was gripped by the mystery – was it the work of a serial killer, or just some more inexperienced tourists bested by the Australian outback?In the first episode of Season Two and our first case in New South Wales, your girls discuss the initial disappearances of the seven backpackers, Jess's fear of the outdoors, and how much Sydney sucks. Fuck you, Sydney.James Gibson, Deborah Everist, Joanne Walters, Caroline Clarke, Simone Schmidl, Gabor Neugebauer and Anja Habschied were the seven victims of the Backpacker Murderer. They were picked up by a mystery bloke, driven into the Belangalo State Forest, and viciously murdered. The police were baffled – what kind of a person would murder seven people so horrifically for their own sick pleasure?The Backpacker Murders are without a doubt the most famous serial killing case in Australian history. Even if you’ve never heard the true story, you’ve heard the fictional one – this case inspired the Wolf Creek movies. But, as cliché as it is to say, in this case, truth is definitely stranger than fiction.Our main source this week was the absolutely ripper Sins of the Brother, by Les Kennedy and Mark Whittaker. You can buy it for the very reasonable price of $22 here on Booktopia.com.au, or you can try before you buy and read an excerpt here https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/what-made-ivan-milat-a-serial-killer/news-story/3a54f7de7b63e494317ac98a99dcd8a5Find us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM or EMAIL us on firstname.lastname@example.org