10.25.2011

Episode 171: Halloween Special - The Beautiful People by Charles Beaumont

We visit a future in which rebellious teenager Mary is a misfit.
She doesn't want to be beautiful.


Episode 171, The Beautiful People
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      10.13.2011

      Episode 170: Bridge of Birds, chapters 4-6

      In which there is great need of a goat
      (it doesn't have to be that good a goat) ...
      and we encounter bandits.

      Episode 170, chapters 4-6
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      Book Information
      • Story rating: PG-13 for occasional adult situations.
      • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted permission by author Barry Hughart to read Bridge of Birds. Please contact Mr. Hughart or his agent for any permissions.
      • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Bridge of Birds and the other two books in the trilogy that comprise The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox.
      • More information about Barry Hughart
      • Subterranean Press
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          10.10.2011

          The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle ... at SFFaudio

          We read, we discuss ... and this time, it seems, we even kinda almost argue ... of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax-- Of cabbages--and kings-- ... or to be more precise of the yellow peril, the cold war, cows and Moties and evolution ... and whether pigs have wings.

          Come by and listen to the conversation.

          10.03.2011

          Welcome Visitors from A.V. Club

          I hadn't thought to check statistics for a while. When I saw visitors had jumped to unusual levels last week I figured it must be a mistake. (Like the time someone linked to an episode as being a free Christmas song.)

          No. It was deliberate. A.V. Club, which is a serious part of The Onion, mentioned Forgotten Classics last week.
          OUTLIERS
          Forgotten Classics
          If you’ve ever thought of listening to audiobooks but don’t want to pay for them or can’t decide what to listen to, this podcast is for you. Host Julie D and her fellow readers choose fairly obscure books in the public domain to read chapter by chapter, much like a bedtime story. The stories range from tales of Americana to apocalyptic sci-fi adventures, and the tone of the readers is generally soothing and warm—except when they attempt to mimic the voices of some characters and end up sounding a bit goofy. Episode 168: Bridge Of Birds Chapters 1-3 kicks off Barry Hughart’s blending of Chinese mythology with Western storytelling that follows the journey of Li Kao and Number 10 Ox. Originally there were to be seven books produced, but a conflict with the publishers forced this book into obscurity, where Forgotten Classics found it. 
          Holy moly, that was a surprise. A wonderful, wonderful surprise. Thank you A.V. Club and welcome to those dropping by!

          We're alternating episodes between the above-mentioned Bridge of Birds and Robert Alter's translation of Genesis, where we are looking at the book from a literary point of view (mostly).

          Browse the Library for a complete episode listing or the Authors' Page to see the variety of books we've read here. You'll find everything from romance (The Black Moth) to ghosts (The Uninvited) to espionage (Riddle of the Sands) to a classic very few remember to actually read (Uncle Tom's Cabin). Enjoy!

          October Means Halloween ... All Month Long

          HALLOWEEN (the book): I downloaded a sample of this book of Halloween short stories. I definitely would pick up the actual book because Ray Bradbury has forbidden anyone to use his work in ebooks and his story October Country is no exception. It is not in the ebook but is in the print version. There is an extremely interesting essay at the beginning about the history of Halloween. Among other things, it points out that Americans have fallen into the habit of celebrating Halloween all month long ... as this very post probably proves. (I prefer to look on it as a count-down, but po-tay-to, po-tah-to, right?)

          Redecorating Middle-Earth in Early Lovecraft (Always Halloween and Never Thanksgiving): Amy H. Sturgis reinforces that month-long celebration point with her annual Halloween count-down. Art, quotes, and other ghostly things will be there every day of October.

          Halloween Haunt: This annual podcast is back up and running. I always enjoy it for the good mix of fact, poetry, and pop culture episodes.