Frankenstein Historical Context

BIBCL5.4: Frankenstein Historical Context – Absurd Stories from 1818

Frankenstein Historical Context: Absurd Stories from 1818 JP claims nothing interesting happened in 1818, so Rebecca issues a challenge. Somehow we end up talking about death by volcano (again) and hipsters. Listen to our episode to hear about the Frankenstein historical context.   Image credits: Satellite image of Mount Tambora via Wikimedia Commons. Audio file…

Frankenstein's Monster

BIBCL5.3: Frankenstein’s Monster is Alive!

Frankenstein’s Monster is Alive! Welcome to the first episode discussing the narrative of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We talk alchemy. We talk about the ideal woman. We talk about electricity. Sparks are flying, people. Frankenstein’s monster: how many of his parts are from pigs?   Image credits: Lightning image  via Wikimedia Commons. Audio file credits: Dvořák, Serenade for…

Frankenstein summary

BIBCL5.2: Frankenstein Summary – In Two Minutes

Frankenstein Summary – A Race through the Plot in Two Minutes JP is back with his “summary” – more like nerd-comic monologue – of this month’s book, Frankenstein. Those searching for an actual Frankenstein summary may want to look elsewhere. But if you want to hear about psychopaths and literature, this summary may just be for you.…

Collecting Frankenstein

BIBCL5.1: Collecting Frankenstein & Title Dissection

Collecting Frankenstein We’re back with a new book to biblioclast. And since we both love Halloween, we couldn’t resist a scary story. This particular story, in fact, grew out of contest to write a ghost story one stormy night…in June. In the contest between Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (soon to be Mary Shelley),…

Earthsea Book Worm Hole Radio

BIBCL4.8: Earthsea Book Worm Hole Radio

Earthsea Book Worm Hole Radio It’s our final episode discussing A Wizard of Earthsea, so we must fill it with as much campy dialogue and music as possible. Listen to JP’s rating system, Rebecca turning evangelist, and the Earthsea Book Worm Hole Radio.   Image credits: William Fox painting of a South Pacific island via Wikimedia Commons.…

Earthsea Dragons

BIBCL4.7: Earthsea Dragons, Witches, & Shadows

Earthsea Dragons, Witches, & Shadows – Our Third Narrative Episode In which there are *SPOILERS* but we encourage you not to care. (Despite any hints on the part of the hosts, you should read the book anyway.) Also, Rebecca makes a pretty compelling argument for training women in magic. Preemptive spoiler: it involves molten lead.…

Earthsea biography

BIBCL4.6: Earthsea Biography Episode – Ursula K. Le Guin

Earthsea Biography Episode In this episode we delve into the life of our author, Ursula K. Le Guin. There are countless interesting tidbits we could discuss, so we really need to focus. How about what the initial K stands for? In our Earthsea biography discussion we ruminate further on the power of names, bring out our…

Earthsea Plot

BIBCL4.5: Earthsea Plot Talk – Pride, Juggling, & Baby Hitler

A Wizard of Earthsea Plot Talk: Our Second Narrative Episode In this episode of the Biblioclast Podcast we dig into the events of our book, looking for bibliclast-y elements. (And, yes, we know that’s not a word.) What aspects of the Earthsea plot catch our eye? Well, there’s the jugglers…and the aphorisms…and the murderous villains.…

Earthsea History

BIBCL4.4: Earthsea History – Absurd Stories from 1968

Earthsea History: Absurd Stories from 1968 What was happening in the world when Le Guin’s book A Wizard of Earthsea was first published? Well, it was 1968… so a lot of dark and absurd things. Can we survive the weight of the awful year that never stood a chance? San Francisco and Greenland are involved, so yes,…

Earthsea Magic

BIBCL4.3: Earthsea Magic (& Goats) First Narrative Episode

A Wizard of Earthsea Magic – and Goats In today’s episode we discuss the first third of the book, which gives us a glimpse of the Earthsea magic system. Said magic system leads us into a lively conversation about goats and telekinetic battles. A bit later, we talk about how to impress girls in fantasy…