Well, it's... been a while. We actually did record an episode near the beginning of November, but it seems that between my visit to the Albertan wastes (newsflash: Ari is still allergic to Alberta) and my return to Vancouver, the files were lost, or eaten, or otherwise rendered unfindable. So you'll just have to imagine what it was like. It was about the Hope Larson graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time! Our feelings were generally positive (apart from some disagreement on the appropriate size and gravitas of evil disembodied brains)!
It was, in fact, the best podcast that ever was. And there is no evidence to the contrary, so you'll just have to take our word for it, won't you? :)
This week in books: it's an All Hobbit podcast! Okay, it's a 78% Hobbit podcast. The first of a trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is out this Friday, December 14th (or Thursday, if like me you are going to an early showing). Do you have your tickets yet?
The Goodreads Choice Awards are out! Did you vote? 1,156,852 people did.
J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy is going to be adapted into a BBC miniseries.
As is Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell!
Did you know that The Hobbit was originally published in 1937? And has been adapted nearly thirty times to various formats, including stage, screen, musical, video game, audiobook, radio play, board game, and graphic media? And that there's a version only licensed for performance in Canada? This episode includes a brief (abridged) history of Hobbit dramatizations, good, bad, and baffling.
Books from this week's podcast:
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
- The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
- The Tough Guide to Fantasy Land by Diana Wynne Jones
- The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean