Hear… Read This! Ep.11: The Maid’s Version & The Driver’s Seat

Hello and welcome to the August edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again, it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month, we’re discussing our views on The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell and The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark. Unknowingly, again Kate and Gav have both chosen books with a similar theme, although with an even more different tone… This time, we’re reading about society’s perception of women, and how women can subvert and take control. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

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Section 1: The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell 

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This was Kate’s selection, an impulse-choice based on the interesting whodunnit-style blurb and the fact that Woodrell’s previous novel, Winter’s Bone, has been very popular, and also adapted into a very successful film. This novella comes with glowing recommendations, but will we agree? Will this explosive tale blow us away or turn out to be a damp squib?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob has enjoyed A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin and Jim Henson’s biography, Simon recommends ,Rose Tremains Trespass & Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens. Gav thought Elric: The Fortress of the Pearl by Michael Moorcock was a great read and Kate enjoyed Acid by Emma Pass and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

Section 3: The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark 

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This was Gav’s ‘classic’ choice, and has a reputation as a very dark and shocking read, as a woman decides to take a holiday and transform herself, with very surprising consequences. Simon has already read it, Gav has been meaning to for a while but it was Rob and Kate’s first encounter with Muriel Spark. Will we be horrified, shocked or drawn in?

And finally… Here are next month’s choices by Rob and Simon:

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep.10: Levels of Life & A Month in the Country

Hello and welcome to July’s edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again it features four hosts, two books, and one lovely bookish discussion.

This month, we’re discussing two short books in the form of Julian Barnes’ Levels of Life and J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

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Section 1: Levels of Life by Julian Barnes 

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This was Rob’s choice and one that he had been considering reading for some time. What will the others think of a book focussing on ballooning and grief?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to Simon’s choice, we discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month, or in Rob’s case, he hasn’t… Due to a certain Brazilian based footballing tournament Rob’s reading has hit a bit of dry spell but he has been enjoying The Circle by Dave Eggers.  Kate has been reading Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwood, Gav has been reading Slow River by Nicola Griffith and Simon has been reading both We Were Liars by E Lockhart and Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter.

Section 3: A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr  

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This was Simon’s ‘classic’ choice, in which Tom Birkin, having seen the horrors of the Great War, retreats to spend the titular month in the country. How can a book that is just 88 pages long have such an impact on us all?

And finally… Here are next month’s choices by Kate and Gav: 

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Hear… Read This! Ep.9

Hello and welcome to the June edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again, it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month, we’re chatting about our views on Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill and A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. Unknowingly, Kate and Gav have both chosen books with a fairytale theme, both with a very different tone… Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

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Section 1: Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill 

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This was Gav’s selection, written by a man better known as a screenwriter of films such as Sinister and a film critic on Ain’t It Cool News. This is C. Robert Cargill’s first novel; will we be impressed and bewitched by its magical tale, or will it be a journey to hell?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob has enjoyed Solo by William Boyd, Simon recommends The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, Gav thought The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas was a great read and Kate enjoyed Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

Section 3: A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski 

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This was Kate’s ‘classic’ choice, in fact a little too classic as we were shocked to discover that this wonderful book, first published in 1968, is currently out of print. We were all eventually able to get hold of copies, read the eight original children’s fairytales and share our thoughts. Was this just a trip down memory lane or are these tales as sweet as when we were little?

And finally… Here are next month’s choices by Gav and Kate:  

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep.8

Hello and welcome to the May edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again, it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month, we’re discussing what we thought of Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason and The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon of SavidgeReads and The Readers, Gav of GavReads and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words sharing their thoughts.

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Section 1: Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason 

This was Simon’s choice and chosen as a book that is said to combine comedy with a murder mystery “of Hitchcockian proportions”. It’s a debut, plus it’s published by One, a new imprint from Pushkin Press, so we were all keen to see if we’d enjoy it. Will it be more Rear Window or more backdoor recycling?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to our second book of the episode, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Rob has enjoyed Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction by Chip Zdarsky, Simon recommends Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda, Gav thought Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris was a great read and Kate has kicked off a new obsession by reading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne-Jones.

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Section 3: The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall 

This was Rob’s ‘classic’ choice, although in this case it’s a classic more because of its cult status – it was actually published in 2007. Hall was featured on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2013, and The Raw Shark Texts is known as a combination of The Matrix, Jaws and Neverwhere. Where we bitten by this book?

And finally… 

Here are next month’s choices by Gav and Kate:

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep.7

Hello and welcome to the April edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month, we’re talking about our views of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick and Under The Skin by Michel Faber. We decided to do Gav’s ‘classic’ choice, Under The Skin, second as in order to discuss it, we have to reveal something about the plot. There are no spoilers for Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, so we hope you’ll listen to that and then decide if you want to keep going (we don’t think it’ll spoil the book if you do). 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 sharing their thoughts.

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Section 1: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick 

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This was Kate’s selection and chosen as a book that deals with mental illness but that has also been marketed to adults and young adults too, so she was curious to see how it would come across. Also, she loved the film of The Silver Linings Playbook, adapted from the novel by Matthew Quick. Will this live up to expectations?

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to the second book for debate, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month: Simon recommends The Farm by Tom Rob Smith, Gav has enjoyed Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, Rob read The Accident by Chris Pavone and Kate loved The Last Wild by Piers Torday.

Section 3: Under The Skin by Michel Faber 

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And finally… 

Here are next month’s choices by Rob and Simon:

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep.6

Hello and welcome to the slightly delayed March edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.

This month the books we are discussing are The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike and Resurrection by Wolf Haas.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 sharing their thoughts.  Beware, as there are mild spoilers for both books!

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Section 1: The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

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This was Simon’s selection and chosen partly to give Gavin a literary genre read but I don’t think any Simon, Gavin or Kate were prepared for how far the novel deviated from the film. Rob hadn’t seen the film so didn’t need to adjust to the women portrayed by Cher, Pfeiffer and Sarandon being a little different. Not that we linger on the book but we do discuss Updike’s portrayal of women views on feminism in a lively discussion.

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to the second book for debate, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month.

Section 3: Resurrection by Wolf Hass

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A crime in translation which asks all three readers, have we found a new favourite detective or have we started scrapping the bottom of the translated crime barrel?

And finally… 

Here are next month’s choices by Kate and Gavin:

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We hope you enjoy listening.

Hear… Read This! Ep.5

Hello and welcome to the February edition of Hear…Read This!  Once again it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month. 

This month the books we are discussing are The Complete Short Stories by Oscar Wilde and The Days of the Deer by Liliana Bodoc.  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 sharing their thoughts.  Beware, as there are mild spoilers for both books!

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Section 1:  The Complete Short Stories by Oscar Wilde

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This was Kate’s selection and our first short story collection in the book group. Can Oscar Wilde live up to all our expectations? Each of us discusses which of the stories were our favourites from the collection, including The Canterville Ghost, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose. There are a variety of genres within so there really is something for everyone here.

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading

Before we move on to the second book for debate, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month. Gavin has been reading The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris, Rob has been reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Kate has been reading Insignia by SJ Kincaid and Simon hasn’t particularly been enjoying reading Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder…

Section 3: The Days of the Deer by Liliana Bodoc. 

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In our second title for discussion, Gav brings us a book from an author who has been described as ‘the Tolkien of the Americas’. Can it live up to that high accolade?  Simon was on record as saying that he wasn’t looking forward to reading this one but are we in for a surprise?

And finally…

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We reveal our choices for next month.  Simon has chosen the our older title and gone for The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike, while Rob is choosing our new release and settled for some crime in the form of Resurrection by Wolf Haas.

We’d love you to read them and join us next time on Monday 17th March!

Hear…Read This! Ep.4

Hello and happy New Year! Welcome to the January episode of Hear…Read This!  We’re thrilled to present four hosts, two books , making one book club every month! This month the books up for discussion are:

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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!

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter, like the page on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

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Hear…Read This! Ep.3

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!

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter, like the page on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

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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.

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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.

And finally…
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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.

Hear…Read This! Ep.2

Hello and welcome to the return of Hear…Read This!  We’re thrilled to present four hosts, two books and one bookclub every month! This month the books up for discussion are I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir and The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott.  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!

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter, like the page on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

Section 1: I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir Two episodes in and their could be fisticuffs already as Simon brings one of his favourite authors, and her first horror story, to the group and to a really mixed response. Can a supernatural novel work with a crime procedural element to it? Would you stay in a spooky house in the middle of nowhere and stay if things got scary? Can a modern ghost story ever really work? All this and the characters, prose and an insight into Icelandic culture and society are discussed.

Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading Before they move on to the second choice, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading, both the good and the bad. Gavin has been reading Equoid by Charles Stross, Rob has been reading Dominion by C.J. Sansom, Kate has been reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Simon has read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

Section 3: The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott
In our second discussion, which were once again varied about Rob’s choice of The House of Rumour a book about the occult, Nazi’s, books, science fiction, spies and Ian Fleming. Can you enjoy an adventure when you find the characters shallow?  Is this fantasy-lite, or is it send-up?  Can a plot hang together too neatly?  Is there something better about paper books, or does digital hold the key to the future?  And finally, just how many times can you use the word Google in 300 pages?

And finally…

 
We reveal our choices for next month.  Kate has chosen the ‘new’ book Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Gavin has chosen the ‘old’ book The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin. We’d love you to read them and join us next time on Friday the 13th (uh-oh) of December!