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All the Books Show: Episode 99- Unfinished Business

This week’s episode we discuss the great, unfinished works of literature. Not posthumous releases mind you, but books that were simply not finished before the author died. So, yes, still posthumous releases, but not…LOOK. You always do this!

edwindroodcoverusAs I say on the show, I don’t think it’s a big issue to release unfinished work after the artist himself has passed on. Academically, I think it’s interesting to see what could have been. And no one ever questions if we should collect unfinished CDs or music from bands or singers after they leave. I mean, they keep trying to put out new Beatles records.

But you might disagree, so let me know know and I’ll tell Nic and then we’ll tell you on the podcast. It’s a cycle and you’re the most important raindrop in it. Let us evaporate your thoughts. Also, I hope you understand the water cycle or that was all nonsense.

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All the Books Show: Episode 98 – Harry Potter and the Podcaster’s Spotlight

Harry Potter turned twenty or hadn’t you heard? He’s so old now and so are you. Once, you were young, reading Harry Potter as a ten year old. Now, you’re thirty and you have to wonder if this what life is about, if Logan wasn’t one of the most poignant films you’ll ever see, if…okay, time to get of this magical train and get to the real topic at hand. Aging wizards.

I tend to be harsh on the whole Harry Potter world. I loved the first and third book when I was a kid but the long wait between installments caused me to drift away. The fandom also annoyed me and I didn’t want to be classified as whatever the millions of them were.

hpsorcstoneAs I’ve gotten older, I’ve also grown annoyed that it seems like the Harry Potter series didn’t really create readers, so much as Harry Potter fans. While in college, and specifically writing classes, it seemed to me that most people loved the books/movies but never ventured far from home. I’d be much happier if it seemed like those that liked Harry Potter let it lead them to different books and life-long reading. Other urban fantasy or what-not. Or just the habit of reading the popular titles would be enough, as long as their holding a book. I’m not a fan of “I only read these books, nothing else.” Maybe it works for some, but I don’t like it.

I think we talked about other stuff this episode, but the majority of it is Harry Potter. We’re joined by super fan Sarah Badger, who is as super fan as they come. Seriously, it’s in her blood. And I’m not being funny. Medical science somehow found a way to transfer Harry Potter lore into her blood stream and now her heart pumps the stuff.

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All the Books Show: Episode 97 – ReRead

This week’s episode on the podcast, we talk about rereading old favorites. Because we tackle the hard hitting subjects other podcasts are too afraid to cover.

“But, Eric, ” you might ask, “did you just talk about this very subject on your blog?”

I sure did! I wrote about a few posts a while ago and that blog was the inspiration for the episode. Maybe it was an inspiration to us all. But let us know how you go about rereading old books, if you do at all.

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All the Books Show: Episode 95 – Lookalikes

This episode we talk the Bailey’s Prize, discuss the Mummy and chat more about Woman in Cabin 10. We add another title to our Lonely Hearts Book Club, but I might have been annoying during that segment.

I reviewed The Mummy on the blog, but at least you get a second opinion from Nic. And I have started the Woman in Cabin 10 but my wife reviewed it on her site, so check that out.

890509Our Lonely Hearts Book this episode was by Kate Wilhelm, winner of the Hugo Award. Huysman’s Pets, to be specific. It might be a great book. But, when I get an idea as potent as a Chris Farley movie that never was, how am I to be expected to focus on anything else. Farley was hilarious, hampered by not-fantastic films. My movie would have out-shown them all.

If you’re mad about my lack of interest in Wilhelm’s pet mystery, let me know. Keep in mind, I will be reading her work in the future, as I continue my way through Hugo winners. Let’s just hope Tommy Boy isn’t on TV at that time.

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All the Books Show: Episode 83 – Bound Together

Episode 83. It feels like yesterday we were recording Episode 82. How the weeks go by.

This week, we talk about a bunch of stuff but the main topic is our favorite female authors. Surprising no one, Nic talks a lot about Joyce Carol Oates and I spend most of time singing the praises of K. A. Applegate.

517-lN4VkBLSometimes, I think, I talk too much about Animorphs. But then, I realize, it’s my show. I’ll talk about Animorphs every single day if I want! I didn’t survive the Andalite-Yeerk War for nothing.

Also, they turned into animals. How cool was that?

Again, we talk about a lot more than that, review some books and go over the upcoming releases. But none of that has to do with a girl transforming into a dolphin.

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All the Books Show: Episode 78 – Sparks Fly! (Spotlight on Nicholas Sparks)

New week, new All the Books Show. This week, we talk about Nicholas Sparks!

 

But wait! I get it! You don’t want to listen to people talk about Nick Sparky! That’s okay! We talk about a bunch more stuff, new books and such. I’ve been reading Dragon Teeth, the posthumous release of Michael Crichton, we discuss the nonsense that is the Grammy Awards and Lego Batman! So tune in!

I also did read a Nicky Sparkles book for this, so it would be nice if that effort was rewarded. Because that was a few hours of my life I could have been reading comics.

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All the Books:Episode 33 – You’ve Never Set a Watchman?

New week, new podcast episode! Another round of Who’s First Line is it Anyway? and more good stuff!

And if you missed the last few, we talked about Batman, Superman and Anime in the previous episodes! But the long geek trek is over and we’re back to business.

Also, I really think Nic is trying to take over Book News for himself. This is my struggle.

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All the Books: Episode 27 – Show Me One Idea

This week’s episode of All the Books (#27) is live!

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This week, we get a bit crazy. I don’t know if there’s something in the air but we just couldn’t seem to stay focused. Book news seems less important when Kurt Russel and Goldie Hawn might be in trouble! And why the heck are Sherrilyn Kenyon and Cassandra Clare fighting?

Our new segment, where we find bad reviews for classic or much-loved books, is going to be a reoccurring one. Add that to the Whose First Line Is It Anyway? bit and the Lonely Hearts Book Club and we’re just stacked with segments that others would only dream of!

We’re recording our spotlight on Robert B. Parker next, so if you have any thoughts, let us know and we’ll bring it up.

All the Books – My New Podcast!

dahlibraryI haven’t mentioned this yet but my friend/co-worker/DC-counterpart and I host a weekly podcast!

It’s called All the Books, it’s the official podcast of the David A. Howe Public Library. We talk about books, authors and literary news, all with some hefty segments I think you’ll love.

You can find the podcast at https://www.blubrry.com/dahlibrary/ and iTunes!

This week, we did a spotlight on James Bond in books, tv and movies. It was a lot of fun but Nic and I could have talked about 007 forever.

If you check it out, let me know what you think and feel free to leave comments, questions and all the sort of fun stuff here!

Stupid, stupid customers!!!

Customer service has become me. Working at my two jobs, the library and a clothing store I shall not name (but it’s not a new sea-based military), I’ve heard a lot of dumb questions and comments. I’m just going to share a few I’ve heard this week. I’ve also included some things I wish I could say in response.

Clothing store

What size is a large?
Large.

I didn’t see any signs, is this on sale?
Yes, it’s part of our super secret finder’s sale!

The lady up front said I can only buy five flip flops. Can I get six?
Those are different numbers, so why not?

The new Transformers movie wasn’t as good as the others.
As the others?!

Can you point me to the boy’s department?
I can point you to the 1950s where your gender seperation makes sense!

Library

Do you need my library card?
No, just allow us to hook you up to our new mindjacker system.

Where are you’re movies?
Behind you.

Can you take care of my late fees for me?
Yes…for a price!

I don’t remember the novel’s title or the name of the author. Can you help me find it?
Sure, let’s try looking under ‘books’.

Can you tell me which book comes next in the series?
I could if there were such a thing as the internet.