6.29.2011

Episode 159: Genesis, chapter 30

In which Leah and Rachel begin an unusual competition
and Jacob asks Laban for some pay.
Episode 159, chapter 30
(download or listen via this link)
Book Information
  • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted the non-exclusive right to read Robert Alter's translation of Genesis and his commentary. This book is published by WW Norton. Please contact Mr. Alter or his agent for any permissions. Many thanks to Robert Alter and Georges Borchardt for their graciousness in allowing us to read this book.
  • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Genesis. It comes to life even more when you are able to see and ponder the words.
  • Story rating: R for adult situations and commentary.
  • I will do my best to properly pronounce any Hebrew words but cannot promise accuracy. Biblical words may be pronounced using this guide.
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    • Mightier Than the Sword: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the Battle for America
      by David S. Reynolds: NY Times review, WSJ review
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    6.21.2011

    Episode 158: The Green Girl, chapters 1-8

    In which Earth is under attack via the ether.
    And we meet Melvin Dane and the girl of his dreams. Literally.

    Episode 158, chapters 1-8
    (download or listen via this link)
    Book Information
    • For The Fifth Annual SFFaudio Challenge
      Courtesy of the Wonder Ebooks edition.

      NOTES: “Early sense of wonder SF.” First published in the March and April 1930 issues of Amazing Stories. Later collected in 1950 as Avon Fantasy Novel #2. “Melvin Dane has been seeing a vision of a green girl since he was a child. Images of her came over the ether. Is she just fantasy? Or a reality that managed to cross time and space? And now, with the Earth under threat of extinction, will Melvin ever meet that girl of his dreams?”
    • Story rating: G (so far)
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      6.14.2011

      Called out of town unexpectedly

      Hi everyone... I was called out of town unexpectedly on Monday so the podcast will be later than I hoped.

      It would be this time, when I actually almost had it ready on Sunday, that I had to leave town before I could get it done.

      The good news is that I will have it done fairly soon after I get back, because there isn't much to do!

      In the meantime, here's a little news about The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, via Scott (my partner in crime at A Good Story is Hard to Find).

      The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox is available again thanks to Subterranean Press. This book is really hard to find and I count myself lucky to have taken a flier on the Science Fiction Book Club omnibus long ago when I noticed it. I received permission lately from author Barry Hughart to podcast The Bridge of Birds, the first book of the trilogy.
      From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
      "Reading Hughart’s endearing historical fantasy trilogy, first published almost 20 years ago, is much like 'wandering blindfolded through a myth devised by a maniac,' in the words of Master Li, the greatest and most frequently intoxicated wise man in a colorful seventh century 'China that never was.' Their rollicking adventures pit them against everyone from murderers and thieves to emperors and gods. Numerous Chinese legends, filtered through Ox’s simple perspective, blend seamlessly into both lighthearted and heartrending.

      6.10.2011

      Lagniappe 47: Just So - The Beginning of the Armadillos

      In which we hear a story of the High and Far-Off Times, Stickly-Prickly Hedgehog,
      Slow-Solid Tortoise, and Painted Jaguar.

      The Beginning of the Armadillos
      (listen or download from link above)
      Read with singular dash and verve and many wonderful voices by Will Duquette.

      See the story, a song of travel, and all the illustrations with Kipling's captions.
      As always, thank you to Will Duquette for his tip-top narration.

      According to Webster
      la·gniappe \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\
      Function:
      noun
      Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added
      Date: 1844
      : a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase;
      broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure

      6.08.2011

      Episode 157: Genesis, chapters 28-29

      In which Jacob has an unexpected encounter
      and gets a taste of his own medicine.


      Episode 157, chapters 28-29
      (download or listen via this link)
      Book Information
      • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted the non-exclusive right to read Robert Alter's translation of Genesis and his commentary. This book is published by WW Norton. Please contact Mr. Alter or his agent for any permissions. Many thanks to Robert Alter and Georges Borchardt for their graciousness in allowing us to read this book.
      • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Genesis. It comes to life even more when you are able to see and ponder the words.
      • Story rating: R for adult situations and commentary.
      • I will do my best to properly pronounce any Hebrew words but cannot promise accuracy. Biblical words may be pronounced using this guide.
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        6.01.2011

        When Pigs Fly, You'll Meet The Dark Wizard

        Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm, #1)Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

        My rating: 5 of 5 stars

        Imagine that your world has real elves, dragons, wizards, and all those items necessary for a good fantasy tale. Then imagine that an enterprising person from an "otherworld" much like ours stumbled through a portal and discovered this real "fantasy" world. Forty years later you might have a problem much like that in this book where Mr. Chesney's Pilgrim Parties come on tour wanting to enjoy a classic fantasy adventure. The only problem is that Mr. Chesney's contract is so airtight that it devastates the fantasy world and everyone is at their wits' end trying to fulfill their obligations. So when the Light Oracle and the Dark Oracle tell the ruling council what to do to end this devastation, no one asks questions. Except, that is, for Wizard Derk since part of the requirement is that he becomes this year's Dark Wizard. This leads a mild mannered wizard who only wants to develop new forms of animals into an increasing spiral of management and chaos.

        This is a unique concept for a story that hooked me from the beginning. When you add in Diana Wynne Jones' brand of humor you will understand why I read this book in a dead heat in one day, occasionally cackling with laughter ... which everyone got used to as the day progressed. I will never again be able to say, "when pigs fly" without cracking up.

        Get this book and read it.

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