The Readers Summer Book Club; The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

It is finally here, the thing that Gavin and Simon have been so excited about, The Readers Summer Book Club starts today. Our first book is ‘The Last Werewolf’ by Glen Duncan. If you haven’t read the book then do not despair as in the first two parts of the show contains no spoilers, as Gavin and Simon interview the author and then the book between them, the last section of the show however is brimming with spoilers, which is fine if you have read the book already. Make sense? Hope so, so here it is, the first Readers Summer Book Club.

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An Interview with the Author (01.04) This week Gavin and Simon are joined by the very lovely Glen Duncan to discuss his novel ‘The Last Werewolf’. They ask him why he went from ‘literary’ to ‘literary reads genre’, the pros and cons of writing such an explicit book and having a protagonist that is the very last werewolf on earth.

 

Simon & Gavin’s Thoughts (28.25) Without giving away any spoilers Gavin and Simon catch up on how they got on with their first choice, we won’t say too much other than the fact that Simon is a little bit smug and pleased with himself. You will be able to see Simon’s thoughts in more detail on his blog here and Gavin’s on his here later today.

The Readers Panel Discusses… (38.36) Simon and Gavin are joined by Sakura of the blog Chasing Bawa, Amy of Stuff and Nonsense and freelance journalist and writer Nicola Mostyn. They discuss the book in much more detail, his novels before and since, the genre & literature mix, werewolves as protagonists and so much more, BUT BE WARNED there are SPOILERS.

Next week on The Readers Summer Book Club (1.08.50) We have the second book in The Readers Summer Book Club and that is ‘Half Blood Blues’ by Esi Edugyan. Gavin and Simon will be joined by the author and some new guests for some more book based banter. We will speak to you then.

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The Readers Episode 34; Out of Print Books & Things We Think We Don’t Like in Books

This week, in the last show before The Readers Summer Book Club starts next week, Gavin and Simon have an hour jam packed with bookish banter as they discuss; out of print books, books with subjects they think they don’t like and also a final ‘what they have read, are reading and want to read next’ until after the summer.

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Out of Print Books () When Gavin and Simon both got an email from Hesperus Press informing them of a new competition to uncover an out of print book and get it back in print they wanted to share it with all of you (more details here). They also thought it was a really good time to discuss out of print books and so this week they have. Why should some out of print books come back and why should some definitely not? Why do people always assume that out of print books are older books? Which books would they like to see come back?

Things We Think We Don’t Like in Books () This is a subject Simon in particular has been wanting to talk about for quite a while. Which subjects in books do you just not like… and why? In the second segment of the show this week Simon and Gavin tell you their prose prejudices and find out they have some in common but also Gavin is shocked at some of Simon’s choices.

What We’ve Read, Are Reading & Want To Read Next () It hasn’t been long since Simon and Gavin did the three books on their reading periphery. However as normal service is on hold until after The Readers Summer Book Club they decided to do another before it has a hiatus for 9 weeks. So…

  

Gavin has read another by one of his favourite authors: Orbus by Neil Asher
He is reading, but being very secretive about: Railsea by China Mieville
Over the summer he will be reading some YA in the form of: A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

  

Simon has read and adored: It’s A Dons Life by Mary Beard
He is rather shameful to admit he is reading: The Archers: Family Ties by Joanna Toye
Over the summer as he travels the UK himself he will be reading: Notes on a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Next week on The Readers () The Summer Book Club starts with Glen Duncan’s ‘The Last Werewolf’, Simon feels he should apologise for all the rudery in it.

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The Readers Episode 29; The Readers Summer Book Club More Details, Bookish News & Guilty Pleasures

This weeks episode is possibly the most bonkers in The Readers history as Gavin is poorly and Simon is hyper on life and a bit speedy and rambling. We have the Summer Book Club dates, bookish news such as no Pulitzer Prize for fiction and David Eggers refusing to be at an award yet taking the cash. Also up for discussion… guilty pleasure reads.

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The Readers Summer Book Club 2012; The Dates (01.00) In the first section of the show we discuss the Readers Summer Book Club list again (briefly) to explain how it works further and with a change to the order of titles and their discussion dates which are…

28th May – The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
4th June – Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
11th June – Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
18th June – Bleakley Hall by Elaine di Rollo
25th June – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2nd July – Now You See Me by S.J Bolton
9th July – Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
16th July – Pure by Andrew Miller

Bookish News (06.03) No Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year. For the first time in 35 years there has been no novel chosen for the Pulitzer Prize this year. Gavin and Simon ponder why? Where the books just not good enough? Was there not a great American novel in 2011? Gavin and Simon also discuss David Eggers decision to accept The Gunter Grass Foundation Prize but has shunned the ceremony. Why? Should he have turned down the prize too? Why do authors and judges sometimes pull out of awards?

Guilty Pleasure Reads (21.26) Why do people label some of their books as ‘guilty pleasures’? Should we have any books we feel guilty about reading? Gavin and Simon look at their reading habits and wonder if they actually have books they read they might not talk about and why.

Next Week on The Readers (38.11) We will be doing a World Book Night special. If you are a giver, like Simon, we would love to know what you are giving away and why you are giving it and how. So let us know. Until next week…

The Readers Episode 28; The Readers Summer Book Club Titles & Should We Only Read Amazing Books?

It’s the big reveal this week of the eight titles for The Readers Summer Book Club which Gavin and Simon are really excited about, and we mean REALLY excited about. Gavin and Simon also debate the question ‘should we only read amazing books?’

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The Readers Summer Book Club Eight Titles (00.48) They are here; the eight books which we hope you will be joining in reading with us, sending your thoughts and even joining us on Skype to discuss over the summer. The way it will work is that Simon and Gavin will interview the authors then they will be joined by three guests (some of whom could be you) for shows from mid-May to mid-July. Here are the titles in order we will be reading them (dates to follow);

Pure by Andrew Miller
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
Packing For Mars by Mary Roach
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
Bleakly Hall by Elaine di Rollo
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

If you would like to be a part of these special shows then you can email us via bookbasedbanter@gmail.com We will be announcing the dates of these shows in the next few episodes.

Should We Only Read Amazing Books? (29.29) Book clubs always bring up titles which we might not always read. You don’t know if they will be amazing or not… which begs the question ‘should we only be reading amazing books?’ Do we need to read the books that we don’t love so much to gage why we love the ones we do? Should our favourite authors be those who only write amazing books, or can they have a duff book every so often? Simon and Gavin discuss this and a fight, followed by giggles, almost ensues.

Next week on The Readers more book based banter, we will speak to you then.

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The Readers – Episode Four

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Readers and a spooky special as we go live on Halloween. In this episode we discuss the same scary book, our first mutual read, Gav interviews Paul Magrs, we discuss supernatural vs. scary, have spooky recommendations from a lovely pair of bloggers and discuss the spooky stories we are reading, have read and will be reading.

We have both been haunted by the same book (00.52) randomly Gavin and Simon started reading (one of them finished it, one is halfway through so no spoilers) the same book Michelle Paver’s novel ‘Dark Matter’ and so decide to discuss it. Starting with the cover and discussing how scary it really is, this also includes a random shout out to Simon’s Mum (01.34) as she is in hospital having a big operation today… tangents hey? We will be doing another joint read for episode six in two weeks with Margaret Atwood’s collection of essays ‘In Other World’s’ so do feel free to join in.

 

Paul Magrs on The Readers (11.59) Gavin catches up with author Paul Magrs as his new novel ‘666 Charing Cross Road’ comes out, a suitably spooky, and rather bookish, tale that you could curl up with over Halloween, or just in these autumnal nights (well if you are in the UK).

Supernatural vs. Scary (29.03) Whilst we love the fact that all things supernatural have made the main street both with books like ‘Twilight’, or indeed with spooky funny shenanigans in books like Paul Magrs, police procedurals with magic like Ben Aaronovitch’s novels,  we wondered what on earth has happened to those utterly chilling or horrifying novels? Has horror just become hammy? Why aren’t those terrifying tales as popular as they once were? Has Halloween made the fearful a gimmick? Let us know your thoughts.

A trick or treat top ten spooky books from bloggers (38.42) the lovely Jared and Anne from the wonderful blog Pornokitsch (it is book based honestly) join us from the US of A to tell us their favourite spooky or supernatural reads for Halloween… and a very vocal cat called Agatha chips in too! Lots of books to add to the TBR piles.

What we will be reading, or already are, to creep ourselves out this week (52.00) so what are we planning on reading… Simon read ‘The English Ghost’ by Peter Ackroyd and didn’t get what he was expecting; he is halfway through ‘Florence and Giles’ by John Harding (which Gav loved). On his radar are ‘Visitation’ by Jenny Erpenbeck, a collection of ‘scary fairy tales’ by Ludmilla Petrishrushevskaya aptly called ‘There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbours Baby’ and two lit-fic books with supernatural elements ‘The Last Werewolf’ by Glen Duncan and ‘The Blue Book’ by A. L. Kennedy. Gavin is reading ‘Dark Matter’ as we mentioned earlier, next up he has ‘The Woman in Black’ by Susan Hill (trailer of the movie below – you might jump), an anthology called ‘The Weird’, ‘The Silent Land’ by Graham Joyce, the American gothic ‘Mr Shivers’ by Robert Jackson Bennett or possibly ‘15 Miles’ by Rob Scott.

The Woman in Black

And that’s quite enough spooky shenanigans for one episode. What would you recommend we pick up as a terrifying tale?

Next week… we haven’t organised a show yet, because we would like to know what you would like us to talk about? We do know Anthony Horowitz will be joining us though to discuss Sherlock Holmes and his new outing – maybe that will inspire something? So what topics would you like Gav and Simon to discuss next week, let us know.

 

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