Month: October 2017

Episode lucky 13: Spooky scary stories

Episode lucky 13: Spooky scary stories

This week, it’s lucky episode 13 and Kyrie and Cori discuss spooky/scary books to get ready for Halloween! Kyrie and Cori pick books by the same author, which was a complete oversight, but also pretty cool to see the author tell two different stories. During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Jasmine tea because Kyrie looked at the back of the box and it has so many positive things!!

Kyrie’s picked The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Jackson does a great job of not giving away too much, and allows the reader to decide what happened to the people in the book. Hill house comes alive, or does it?

Cori’s picked We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Again, Jackson doesn’t disappoint with making you feel a little creepy about what is happening. Relationships with people in the book are also still creepy.

Other books that are spooky scary mentioned in today’s podcast:

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Coming Up Next Week, Kyrie and Cori explore suspense books to follow our halloween theme!
Kyrie’s Pick: Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Hayes
Cori’s Pick: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Episode 12: The imaginary world of Sci-Fi

Episode 12: The imaginary world of Sci-Fi

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the Sci-Fi genre, well, Cori mostly discusses Sci-Fi, as Kyrie has a raw voice and doesn’t want to talk too much!! Sci-Fi has so many facets to it, so Kyrie and Cori have done some research about this genre. During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Echinacea Plus because Kyrie is for sure sick and Cori feels something might be coming on.

Kyrie’s picked what she thinks is a Sci-Fi classic of Dune by Frank Herbert (and is often rated the #1 Sci-Fi book!). She wasn’t really feeling it for the first part of the book, but at about 100 pages, Kyrie finally starts to really enjoy this book. Especially with Cori’s wonderful description of it’s like Game of Thrones but in the desert. You don’t really know who is friends with whom and you’re not really sure who the good and bad guys are until things start to unfold. A wonderfully crafted (even though it is a bit wordy), and a great example of what Sci-Fi really is.  

Cori’s picked The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick which is a novel about what would have happened if WWII didn’t end the way it did (i.e. the death of Hitler). Based in California, where racism is strong, Jews are hiding, the Chinese are obsessed with “American West” paraphernalia, and the I Ching is what everyone uses to make their choices in the world.

Other Sci-Fi Books:

1984 by George Orwell

Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card

Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

Coming Up Next Week, Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of Spooky Scary since it’s October!
Kyrie’s Pick: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Cori’s Pick: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Make sure you subscribe to their podcast to get updates and check them out on their social media feeds!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help them reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!  Read along with us and partake in the discussion via our blog or Facebook! Logo: Chris Taesali. Sound and Editing: Daniel Stearman.

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fiction

Episode 11: Enchanted with Magical Realism

Episode 11: Enchanted with Magical Realism

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss a genre they both love–Magical Realism! As usual, listeners are given a brief overview of the history of magical realism along with some classic examples.  During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink their own beverages, with Kyrie drinking a delicious sweet beet juice (we recorded at lunch time!) while Cori sips on that thing called H2O.


Kyrie picked The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw.  This story follows Ida around an otherworldly island as her disease starts to take over, she falls in love, she tries to find a cure, but ultimately she dies. This is what magical realism is in every sense of the word for Kyrie. It has all the elements she likes–a strong female protagonist, love, and a little bit of the unknown. A beautiful book. Not only was the prose and description beautiful (and not overwhelming), but the cover was beautiful too.

Cori picked Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, which has had all sorts of buzz since its release last year. It was a different sort of magical realism with doors randomly appearing and allowing people to travel through to different countries. It is set in a world that is ours, but not quite ours.  A young couple in love leave their conflict filled, unnamed Middle Eastern country in hopes of a better life.  It seems like the whole world might be at a war, as there are people from all over the place traveling to new locations to run away from whatever is happening in their own country. However, they sometimes discover they are not welcomed in the new country.  Hmmm. Can’t even imagine that, can we?  Cori points out some similarities about both books.

Other Magical Realism books mentioned:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez,

Beloved and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

Coming Up Next Week, Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of Sci Fi!


Kyrie’s Pick: Dune by Frank Herbert
Cori’s Pick: Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.

Make sure you subscribe to our podcast to get updates and check out our social media feeds!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help us reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!  Read along with us and partake in the discussion via our blog or Facebook! Logo: Chris Taesali. Sound and Editing: Chris Taesali.

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_realism

Episode 10: We like banned books and we cannot lie

Episode 10: We like banned books and we cannot lie

This week, Kyrie and Cori discuss the Banned Books they selected, as well as some information on what causes a book to be banned, example of other banned books, and a brief history of banned books!

During their discussion, Kyrie and Cori drink Numi Earl Grey tea.

Kyrie picked The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, which seems to be a semi-autobiographical telling of Hall’s life and experience. It’s a hefty read, with very small font, and takes a lot of time and energy to get into. Victorian style writing is very different than what we’ve grown accustomed to.

Cori picked Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which is a classic sci fi story about banned books.  It seemed pretty fitting given the genre, and it was a classic she has been wanting to read for a while.  It takes you to a futuristic world where instead of putting out fires, firemen set fires when they find people with books, which are no longer allowed.  

Make sure you subscribe to their podcast to get updates and check them out on their social media feeds!  If you like what you’re hearing, go over to Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and leave a review to help them reach a broader audience of book and tea lovers!  Read along with us and partake in the discussion via our blog or Facebook! Logo: Chris Taesali. Sound and Editing: Daniel Stearman.

Some other banned books mentioned today:

The Bible

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Call of the Wild

Of Mice and Men

The Chocolate War

The Harry Potter series

Coming up next week, Kyrie and Cori explore the genre of magical realism, a favourite of both of theirs.

Kyrie’s Pick: The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
Cori’s Pick: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

References:
What is a banned book

Wikipedia

A brief history of banned books in america

Book censorship

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/NLW-Top10