12.24.2012

Episode 206: The Unforeseen, chapter 7


In which Nan and Perry have a heart-to-heart and Virgilia makes a proposition.
Episode 206, The Unforeseen, chapter 7
(download or listen via this link)

This book is in the public domain. 
(Note: I have researched the copyright to the best of my ability as well as written to the original publishers more than once and received no reply. My conclusion, therefore, is that this book is in the public domain. If anyone has conclusive information to the contrary, please contact me.) 

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for eerieness
  • For another book by this author: The Uninvited (read previously on Forgotten Classics)
Podcast Highlight

12.11.2012

Episode 205: The Unforeseen, ch. 6


In which we dally in the woods, attend a party, and Virgilia makes a decision.
Episode 205, The Unforeseen, chapter 6
(download or listen via this link)

This book is in the public domain. 
(Note: I have researched the copyright to the best of my ability as well as written to the original publishers more than once and received no reply. My conclusion, therefore, is that this book is in the public domain. If anyone has conclusive information to the contrary, please contact me.) 

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for eerieness
  • For another book by this author: The Uninvited (read previously on Forgotten Classics)
Podcast Highlight

12.03.2012

Episode 204: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

A classic we may have forgotten to listen to lately.
Episode 204, The Gift of the Magi
(download or listen via this link)

This book is in the public domain. 

Book Information
  • Story rating: G

11.23.2012

Forgotten Tale 7: The Sea Hag

 
In which a young girl goes in search of fire from a horrible witch!
(download or listen via this link)


References:
This book is under copyright and being shared under the Fair Use Act. If you like it, try out any of his books from the link above!

Read about my English adventures at Zombie Parent's Guide

11.14.2012

Not Gone, Not Podfaded ... Just Exceptionally Busy

Hi everyone! Please accept my apologies for the extended absence, especially since we are mid-story. That big annual project is taking practically every waking moment. I will resume podcasting when it is over, in early-mid December. I miss reading to you ... I'll be back as soon as I can!

10.26.2012

Episode 203: The Unforeseen, chapters 4-5


In which Nan and Perry go mountain climbing and we meet Timeen.
Episode 203, The Unforeseen, chapters 4-5
(download or listen via this link)

This book is in the public domain. 
(Note: I have researched the copyright to the best of my ability as well as written to the original publishers more than once and received no reply. My conclusion, therefore, is that this book is in the public domain. If anyone has conclusive information to the contrary, please contact me.) 

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for eerieness
  • For another book by this author: The Uninvited (read previously on Forgotten Classics)
Podcast Highlight

10.25.2012

Forgotten Tales 6: The Nightingale and the Rose

 
Oscar Wilde's take on the noble nightingale.
(download or listen via this link)


References:
This work is in the public domain.

Read about my English adventures at Zombie Parent's Guide

10.17.2012

Episode 202: The Unforeseen, chapters 3-4


In which Virgilia's "talent" comes in handy ... or does it?
Episode 202, The Unforeseen, chapters 3-4
(download or listen via this link)

This book is in the public domain. 
(Note: I have researched the copyright to the best of my ability as well as written to the original publishers more than once and received no reply. My conclusion, therefore, is that this book is in the public domain. If anyone has conclusive information to the contrary, please contact me.) 

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for eerieness
  • For another book by this author: The Uninvited (read previously on Forgotten Classics)
Podcast Highlight
Other Highlights

10.06.2012

Lagniappe 57: The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft

"Everything that I can remember, I have told with perfect candor. ... if anything remains vague, it is only because of the dark cloud which has come over my mind—that cloud and the nebulous nature of the horrors which brought it upon me."

The Statement of Randolph Carter
(listen or download from link above)

Read for us by Will Duquette from The View From the Foothills

This story is in the public domain.
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

10.01.2012

Classic Tales Audiobook Sale: Buy One, Get One Free

For a limited time, buy one of our most popular titles priced at $9.99, and get another absolutely free! This includes not only favorites like She, A History of Adventure, Captain Blood and The Phantom of the Opera, but also many new titles like Hamlet, The 39 Steps and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This offer is available for a limited time only, so click the text link below and start saving!

Buy One, Get One Free!
If you aren't downloading The Classic Tales podcast already then you need to begin doing so. B.J. Harrison is a superb narrator.

He doesn't leave his recordings up forever though. At some point, they get moved to his store and sold as audiobooks.

 Harrison also sells audiobooks that he's recorded aside from the podcast, though a few of these sale items have appeared on Classic Tales.

 At a price of $10 per book they are a good deal. A two-for-one sale is real value. Be sure to check it out.

9.28.2012

eBook Sale at Subterranean Press

We're down to the last few days of our ebook sale, where almost all of our titles have seen their prices dropped to the $.99 to $2.99 range. If you check out our ebook section, you'll find links to some honking big volumes (over 200,000 words each), including Cryptic (Jack McDevitt), The Best of Lucius Shepard, The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (Barry Hughart).

We haven't neglected the shorter gems. Our novellas, including The God Engines (John Scalzi), The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate (Ted Chiang), and Muse of Fire (Dan Simmons), are part of the sale, as well.
Bridge of Birds is the most popular book I've ever read at Forgotten Classics (thank you again Barry Hughart for your generous permission). Now is your chance to pick up the eBook of his trilogy about Number Ten O and Master Li.

As well as a number of other great books. Just pick up anything by Ted Chiang. You can thank me later.

Subterranean Press's entire eBook list is here.

9.26.2012

Forgotten Tales 5: The Nightingale

Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories (Anchor Folktale Library) 
In which a Chinese emperor learns the value of one of his humblest subjects.
(download or listen via this link)


References:
Read more of Hans Christian Andersen's works here.

Read about my English adventures at Zombie Parent's Guide

9.24.2012

Lagniappe 56: Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest

"I'm not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare--or, if not, it's some equally brainy lad--who says that it's always just when a chappie is feeling particularly top-hole, and more than usually braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of lead piping. There's no doubt the man's right. It's absolutely that way with me. Take, for instance, the fairly rummy matter of Lady Malvern and her son Wilmot...."

Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest
(listen or download from link above)

Read for us by Will Duquette from The View From the Foothills

This story is in the public domain.
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

9.20.2012

Episode 201: The Unforeseen, chapter 2


In which Virgilia "sees" more and we meet Nan. 
Episode 201, The Unforeseen, chapter 2
(download or listen via this link)

This book is in the public domain. 
(Note: I have researched the copyright to the best of my ability as well as written to the original publishers more than once and received no reply. My conclusion, therefore, is that this book is in the public domain. If anyone has conclusive information to the contrary, please contact me.) 

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for eerieness
  • For another book by this author: The Uninvited (read previously on Forgotten Classics)
Podcast Highlight

9.13.2012

Lagniappe 55: Ora et Labora et Zombies

An epistolary novel about the siege of a 
contemporary Benedictine monastery during a uniquely literal zombie apocalypse

Ora et Labora et Zombies: letters 1-3
(listen or download from link above)

This sample is read with permission by the author, Ryan Trusell.
To get the entire novel, subscribe at Ora et Labora et Zombies.
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

9.11.2012

Lagniappe 54: Leave It to Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

"...It isn't only that Jeeves's judgment about clothes is infallible,
though, of course, that's really the main thing. The man knows
everything." And it's a good thing for Bertie that he does.

Leave It to Jeeves
(listen or download from link above)

Read for us by Will Duquette from The View From the Foothills

This story is in the public domain.
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

9.08.2012

Episode 200: The Unforeseen, chapter 1


In which we meet Virgilia and hear her perplexing problem.
Episode 200, The Unforeseen, chapter 1
(download or listen via this link)

This book is in the public domain. 
(Note: I have researched the copyright to the best of my ability as well as written to the original publishers more than once and received no reply. My conclusion, therefore, is that this book is in the public domain. If anyone has conclusive information to the contrary, please contact me.) 

Book Information
  • Story rating: PG for eerieness
  • For another book by this author: The Uninvited (read previously on Forgotten Classics)
Highlight

8.28.2012

Episode 199: Holocaust House by Norbert Davis, part 3


In which Doan solves all the puzzles.
Episode 199, Holocaust House, part 3
(download or listen via this link)
Book Information
Podcast Highlight

8.23.2012

A sale to help raise money for a son's surgery...

My son needs surgery. Not planned surgery but that kind of kick-in-the-gut surprise surgery that is halfway between, sure okay and It’s An Emergency.
Heather Ordover is truly one of the most generous and giving people I know ... this is a deserving cause. Please take a look at her sale to help her raise money for her son's surgery.

Or, you know, you could always just drop something in her tip jar. That works too.

8.17.2012

The Book J.R.R. Tolkein Read to His Children: Snergs

Pssst! All fans of The Hobbit! And lovers of fantasy, in general...

My latest offering for "Project Kaitlyn" (stories for my niece) is an unabridged reading of The Marvellous Land of Snergs (1927) by E.A. Wyke-Smith, which J.R.R. Tolkien read to his children and acknowledged as a sourcebook for his The Hobbit. This is a most clever and delightful story. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take Tolkien’s: “I should like to register my own love and my children’s love of E.A. Wyke-Smith’s Marvellous Land of Snergs...”
What's even better is that you don't have to take anyone's word for it.

Amy H. Sturgis, writer of the words above, read this book not only for her niece, but is generously sharing the files with all of us. She is a superb narrator as anyone who regularly listens to StarShipSofa knows. Just click through and download.

If you want to know more about the book itself, Amy's review on Goodreads is here. I have only listened to the first half-hour and already can see the great appeal of this clever, whimsical book which combines just the right amount of reality and sweetness, while never underestimating the intelligence of the reader.

A lot to say based on one half-hour? Yes. But all true. Download for yourself and give it a try. After all, J.R.R. Tolkein can't be wrong.

4 Things Science Fiction Needs to Bring Back

Beginning with optimism.

A great list from Cracked.com.

Keep in mind that this is Cracked and they will use offensive language. Count on it.

Still, it is a great list and perhaps the reason why I still enjoy listening to old science fiction from LibriVox. It's usually got those four things.

8.16.2012

Episode 197: Holocaust House by Norbert Davis, part 1


In which we meet the unique team of Doan and Carstairs.
Episode 197, Holocaust House, part 1
(download or listen via this link)
Book Information

8.15.2012

Norbert Davis

Holocaust House (Doan and Carstairs #1)
The Mouse in the Mountain (Doan and Carstairs #2)

8.08.2012

Episode 196: The Beckoning Fair One, Part 3

In which Oleron investigates the unnatural happenings.
Episode 196, Beckoning Fair One, part 3
(download or listen via this link)
Book Information
  • Story rating: G, although creepy
  • This story is in the public domain and you may get it free at Project Gutenberg.
Podcast Highlight
The History of English

8.06.2012

Free Jack Vance ebook!

Jack Vance is not only a great sf writer, but a great American writer. He started out writing fairly standard pulp adventure sf (albeit very clever and well-written pulp), but over the years, his eccentric writing style, biting view of human nature, humor, and skill at building strange new worlds became more and more important, although they are still allied closely with pulp adventure and tons of plot in a small space. He never loves his sentences more than the whole. He’s a lot like Cabell, if Cabell had written better women and had had more interest in sf and sense of wonder.

Cabell would never have written a character saying, “I would offer congratulations were it not for this tentacle gripping my leg.”

[...]

Anyway, his friends and relatives have made an ebook of The Chasch (aka City of the Chasch) available for free, till the end of August. What a deal! It is part of the thrilling ‘Tschai’ or ‘Planet of Adventure’ series, in which an interstellar scout investigating an old distress call shipwrecks in the middle of an undeveloped planet full of alien (and alien human) cultures, and has to get to the spaceport. It turns out that all of the planet’s alien species (native and not) have variously enslaved or formed odd relationships with the descendants of humans that landed on the planet, so it’s not easy to get around. The weird societies which have resulted, and how the main character disrupts them by his actions, are pretty much the star of the show. There are four books in the series. ...
Maureen from Aliens in This World sums up why you want to try this book. (She says more about the author and his work so do click through.) Pick up the ebook at Jack Vance's site. You do have to register and log in, but it is simple.

8.02.2012

Free Audiobooks: "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" and "A Tale of Two Cities"

Every week SYNC gives away a contemporary book paired thematically somehow with a classic novel. This is directed at YA readers to get them to listen to a book if they won't pick one up to actually read.
What is SYNC?
  • SYNC is the audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine’s commitment to introducing the listening experience to the young adult audience.
  • SYNC will give away 2 FREE audiobook downloads each week for 10 weeks this summer.
  • The weekly SYNC audiobook pairings will offer a popular Young Adult title and a related Classic.
  • SYNC hooks readers by introducing a free download of a Young Adult “first in series” or prolific author.
  • SYNC demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.
YA or not, they've featured some interesting books. I've been tempted. However, until this week none of the books have tempted me enough to make me fight my way through the jungle of the specialized download software needed to get the files ... Overdrive Media Console.

However, I love Simon Preeble who lured me through "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" when I simply couldn't get into the printed page. He narrates "A Tale of Two Cities" which is a book I adore. 

Also, I have had "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" on my To Read list since trying a sample on my Kindle. So both those made it worth picking up the machete and venturing into the jungle. It wasn't easy.

It certainly wasn't "organic" and I had to feel my way, but I finally got that darned software to download mp3 files. Those files did pop right into iTunes when I clicked them, so it was all worth it in the end.

These stories will be available for a week so drop by SYNC and check it out!

8.01.2012

Episode 195: The Beckoning Fair One, part 2

In which Elsie is threatened and Oleron has an encounter.
Episode 195, Beckoning Fair One, part 2
(download or listen via this link)
Book Information
  • Story rating: G, although creepy
  • This story is in the public domain and you may get it free at Project Gutenberg.
Podcast Highlight
Simon Mayo's Confessions

7.25.2012

7.18.2012

Free or Cheap Classics "Classes" on the Internet

I must say that I have never been so interested in so many truly classic books as right now. My interest has been piqued by various bloggers and podcasters whose discussions are so interesting that I swim in the wake of their enthusiasm. With such guides as these, I am diving deep into the classics and having a grand time.

These are all underway but it is easy to track back and start at the beginning:

The Flannery O'Connor Summer Reading Club - blog For a simple reader like me, some help is necessary to understand O'Connor's short stories. The reading club has been looking at a different short story each week and I have been enjoying it immensely. Blogger and club host Jonathan Rogers has a book about O'Connor coming out soon and, based on this, it is definitely worth reading.

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot - blog I've always been so intimidated by this poem. Its reputation looms large for complexity. Plus, I'm not that into poetry. However, Melanie Bettinelli loves poetry, Eliot, and this poem. She's going through it a few lines at a time which has been very good for helping me digest it. Oddly enough, often my personal feelings about the lines lead to completely different interpretations of Bettinelli's but that is all to the good in this case. Because it means I'm engaged with the poem and her discussion is making me think about it more than I would just sitting down and reading it through.

The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer - podcast I've also always been intimidated by Chaucer. (Yes, if it is an old classic then I'm intimidated ... let's not discuss Beowulf, please). However, I am now going to get it spoon-fed with some of the best help possible ... from Heather Ordover at Craft Lit.

If you support the Craftlit podcast by subscribing for $5/month, then Heather gives all sorts of delightful goodies which are CraftLit Originals. One is that her husband, Andrew, is narrating his book Cool for Cats, and a wonderful narrator he is of this mystery which I much enjoyed. The other is that she is offering Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Having just gone through the introductory episode I can say that my anxiety is eased already. Heather is an experienced teacher who truly loves Chaucer and she's recruited a fantastic reader. She is also offering an enhanced version which will have the text, images from that time and much more.

CLARIFICATION: you must subscribe to receive the Chaucer podcast. Here is the link to Heather's explanation and her PayPal spot.

The Odyssey - podcast Jesse and Scott at SFFaudio have been working their way through The Odyssey four chapters at a time. They're close to the end, but that doesn't mean you can't catch up. I've been reading along in time to their discussions and it has been a good way to experience the entire thing.

Classic Fantasy and Horror Authors - blog Kindle Review is a great place to find free and discounted Kindle books. There is a list every day, sorted by category. Recently, there has been an extra bonus for those of us who like fantasy and horror. Using the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series as a guide, there has been a series of posts briefly covering various authors and linking to some of their major works that are free for the Kindle. The Ballantine series, which began in 1969, showcased fantasy and horror writers who had long been long out-of-print or only published in pulp magazines such as Weird Tales.

I know, these aren't the true classics such as the other listings, but they are classics in their own right and difficult to find sometimes.

Episode 193: Louis L'Amour Sampler


In which we saddle up and trot out a couple of Louis L'Amour's western stories.


Episode 193, Louis L'Amour Sampler
(download or listen via this link)
Book Information
Podcast Highlight
My Welcome Table

      7.17.2012

      Lagniappe 53: Journey to the West

      The legend of the Monkey King

      Journey to the West, chapter 1
      (listen or download from link above)

      More about the book may be read here.
      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

      7.16.2012

      Class Alert: Science Fiction, Part 1 - From Modern Beginnings through the Golden Age

      I have been a fan of Amy H. Sturgis ever since hearing her talk about science fiction history at StarShipSofa podcast. I'm gonna say that, based on that experience alone, you'll get a wonderful class if you are interested in the subject. But let's let Ms. Sturgis tell you all about it.
      I’m thrilled to say that this fall, online and worldwide, I’ll be offering the first of my two-part history of science fiction course, Science Fiction, Part 1: From Modern Beginnings through the Golden Age, for the innovative Mythgard Institute. It’s a graduate-level course, but students don’t have to be seeking a degree from Signum University in order to “sit in” (or audit) just for the love of the subject. Anyone may sign up. Registration is now open!

      You can see a full list of the lecture topics, assigned readings, and more here.

      The class will consist of 24 90-minute online lectures with live Q&A. These lectures will also available to registered students for immediate download as audio and video files. I’ll also accept emailed questions in between lectures. There will be a class discussion forum available 24/7.

      The second half of the two-part course will be offered soon and will build upon this one. It will begin with the New Wave.

      Here are the vital bits...

      Who? Dr. Amy H Sturgis
      Where? The Mythgard Institute
      What? The History of Science Fiction, Part 1

      7.10.2012

      Episode 192: In Search of London


      In which we see there is more to London than meets the eye.


      Episode 192, In Search of London
      (download or listen via this link)
      Book Information
      • Story rating: G
      • This book is under copyright and being shared under the Fair Use Act. If you like it, I urge you to read the whole book, In Search of London by H.V. Morton

          7.05.2012

          Lagniappe 52: Fahrenheit 451

          It was a pleasure to burn.

          Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
          (listen or download from link above)

          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

          6.28.2012

          Episode 191: Bridge of Birds, ch. 29-30

          A spectacular finale.
          Episode 191, chapters 29-30
          (download or listen via this link)

          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. It is available on Kindle too!
          • More information about Barry Hughart
          • Subterranean Press
          Highlights
          Vote on the next book:
          • Popo's Miracle
          • Cabin on Kettle Creek
          • Arundel
          • The Unforeseen

          6.26.2012

          Georgette Heyer at Tor.com

          I know. Isn't Tor about science fiction?

           Where there's a will, there's a way and writer Mari Ness points out that Heyer's Regency world was really a carefully created fantasy world.

           I'm gonna say that's a legit point.

          Read her introduction here and then let's all go on to the discussion of The Black Moth. I'd like to remind everyone that I read The Black Moth right here at Forgotten Classics, where you may download the episodes (free!).

          6.21.2012

          Episode 190: Bridge of Birds - Chapters 27-28

          In which we get to the bottom of something silver, something gold ... literally.
          Episode 190, chapters 27-28
          (download or listen via this link)

          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. It is available on Kindle too!
          • More information about Barry Hughart
          • Subterranean Press
          Movies
          Vote on the next book:
          • Popo's Miracle
          • Cabin on Kettle Creek
          • Arundel
          • The Unforeseen

          6.15.2012

          Episode 189: Bridge of Birds, ch. 25-26

          In which there is a daring escape and the Emperor of Heaven is detected.
          Episode 189, chapters 25-26
          (download or listen via this link)

          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. It is available on Kindle too!
          • More information about Barry Hughart
          • Subterranean Press
          Podcast Highlight
          Vote on the next book:
          • Popo's Miracle
          • Cabin on Kettle Creek
          • Arundel
          • The Unforeseen

          6.07.2012

          Episode 188: Bridge of Birds, chapters 23-24

          In which we discover there really is no better way to pass the time before being tortured to death than to listen to a fairy story.
          Episode 188, chapters 23-24
          (download or listen via this link)

          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. It is available on Kindle too!
          • More information about Barry Hughart
          • Subterranean Press
          Podcast Highlight
          Supernatural Horror in Literature

          5.22.2012

          Episode 187: Genesis, chapters 49-50


          In which we come to the end of the beginning.

          Episode 187, chapters 49-50
          (download or listen via this link)
          Book Information
          • This book is 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.
            Podcast Highlights

            5.10.2012

            Lagniappe 51: The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

            The bells! -- The bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells -- the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!

            The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe
            (listen or download from link above)
            Inspired by the book and introduction found at SFFaudio.

            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

            5.09.2012

            Episode 186: Bridge of Birds, chapters 20-22

            In which we visit the Cavern of Bells, meet a third handmaid, and hear from a Mouse.
            Episode 186, chapters 20-22
            (download or listen via this link)

            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. It is available on Kindle too!
            • More information about Barry Hughart
            • Subterranean Press
            Podcast Highlight
            A Podcast to the Curious
            Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James (LibriVox)

            Other Links

            4.23.2012

            Episode 185: Genesis, chapters 47-48


            In which Jacob speaks graciously to Pharaoh and gives an unexpected blessing.

            Episode 185, chapters 47-48
            (download or listen via this link)
            Book Information
            • This book is 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.
              Podcast Highlights

              4.03.2012

              Episode 184: Bridge of Birds, chapters 18-19

              In which we discover an oasis, an invisible hand, and a bamboo dragonfly.
              Episode 184, chapters 18-19
              (download or listen via this link)

              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. It is available on Kindle too!
              • More information about Barry Hughart
              • Subterranean Press
              Links

              3.27.2012

              Eternal Rest Grant Him, O Lord ... For Gregg Margarite

              I had the privilege of "meeting" Gregg on SFFaudio and he seemed larger than life somehow, so it was with great shock that I heard via SFFaudio that he died of a sudden heart attack.

              This is such a shock and I am really sad because I’m going to miss Gregg so much. He was pervasive in my life, whether via his many LibriVox readings, hearing his conversations on the SFFaudio podcast, or our sparring on the occasional SFFaudio podcasts we were on (as is only natural for an outspoken Catholic and an outspoken existentialist). I am doubly sad because I always cherished the hope that I would get to New York City and be able to have cocktails with him.

              Maureen commented at SFFaudio that she suspected Philip K. Dick is now showing Gregg around the afterlife and that made me laugh. It made me hope that that stubborn existentialist took the chance offered at the last second to grasp Christ's hand and get to meet all those fine authors who have gone before him and whose work he read so well for LibriVox. And I am praying that when I get to Purgatory, they'll either tell me he's gone on ahead ... or he'll wave a hand at the chair next to his.

              Gregg, we will all miss you very much.
              Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
              And may Gregg see your face, Lord. This I pray.

              Cross-posted from Happy Catholic.

              3.16.2012

              Episode 183: Genesis, chapters 45-46


              In which there is a family reunion.

              Episode 183, chapters 45-46
              (download or listen via this link)
              NOTE: The mp3 files says 46-47 ... that is my error. The file actually contains chapters 45-46. Sorry!
              Book Information
              • This book is 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.
                Podcast Highlights
                Mentioned Links

                3.07.2012

                Episode 182: Bridge of Birds, chapters 16-17

                In which Legs of Great Power can only carry us so far and
                we meet an old acquaintance who tells of a blessing in disguise.
                Episode 182, chapters 16-17
                (download or listen via this link)

                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. It is available on Kindle too!
                • More information about Barry Hughart
                • Subterranean Press
                Podcast Highlight
                Other Links

                2.21.2012

                Episode 181: Genesis, chapters 43-44


                In which Joseph turns up the pressure and Judah steps up to the challenge.

                Episode 181, chapters 43-44
                (download or listen via this link)
                Book Information
                • This book is 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.
                  Podcast Highlight
                  Mentioned Links

                  2.09.2012

                  Episode 180: Bridge of Birds, chapters 14-15

                  In which Number Ten Ox and Master Li encounter a tiger, a dragon, and a ghost.
                  Episode 180, chapters 14-15
                  (download or listen via this link)

                  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. It is available on Kindle too!
                  • More information about Barry Hughart
                  • Subterranean Press
                  Podcast Highlight