Hello and welcome to the return of Hear…Read This for its third episode! We’re thrilled to present four hosts, two books , making one book club every month! This month the books up for discussion are Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon and Gav of The Readers, a Book Based Banter podcast, and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words, exploring storytelling in all its forms. Beware, as there are mild spoilers for both books!
Section 1: Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Kate brought the first choice to the table with the last YA novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a tale of mystery set in Barcelona. What genre can the hosts say the book is or does it in fact fall into many? Will Simon be put off by the fact it is young adult? Will it live up to Rob, Kate and Simon’s expectations after being HUGE fans of The Shadow of the Wind? Will Gavin enjoy his first novel by Ruiz Zafon? Will they all be captivated by the two mysteries in the book and the secrets they hide? What about the peril and the monsters lurking in the pages?
Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading Before they move on to the second book for debate, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading, both the good and the bad. Gavin has been reading short stories in particular The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard proved a favourite, Rob has been reading Game by Anders de la Motte, Kate has been reading The Iron King by Maurice Druon and Simon has read The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough.
Section 3: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula k. Le Guin.
In our second discussion, Gav brings us a science fiction classic, but what will everyone make of it? Simon and Rob aren’t renowned for their love of science fiction, will they be converted? What about Kate and her reaction to it as a re-read? Will Gavin love this SFF classic that everyone raves about? As for the discussion… well there is so much to talk about with its themes of difference, gender, politics, sexuality and so much more. Get ready for some more lively debate on such a famous book.
We reveal our choices for next month. Simon has chosen the ‘new’ book Artful by Ali Smith, and Rob has chosen the ‘old’ book Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. We’d love you to read them and join us next time on Friday the 10th of January! Until then have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.