My relationship with classical literature is tenuous and recalcitrant. Friends occasionally try to engage me on the great works I should have read, only to ask, mystified, “what kind of English major were you?” Well. I’ll be honest. I was the kind of English major who found the classical style of writing about as familiar and appealing as the corsets and straight-last shoes people wore when they penned their masterpieces. A voracious reader since childhood, I dreaded each new semester’s syllabi, rife with things that promised to be a hard slog at best. (Since high school, I have been assigned to read The Faerie Queene no less than five times. I grind my teeth just thinking about it and, yet, will confess: I have never actually read it. I managed to pass every pop quiz and test by taking good notes from the lectures.) I believe classical literature has its merits but I also believe teachers, students, and casual readers should all consider that writing style has an impact on our ability to understand and enjoy a written work. Reading the classics can be as challenging as if we were to dress in period costume, perch on badly made wooden benches in drafty, uninsulated buildings, and study those pages by candlelight. Continue reading
Category Archives: Podiobooks
I’m too busy writing stuff to talk about what I’m writing, but not too busy to suggest everyone check out Scott Sigler’s latest podcast! Book 5 in the Galactic Football League series is being podcast (available in hardcover and, by next month, as an audiobook). But, you can catch it episode-by-episode via iTunes or through his website. I’ll confess, I had my doubts about “sci-fi football” – but this has been one of my favorite series, ever. If you haven’t been following the series, I highly recommend the entire thing. (Just starting out? Start with The Rookie.)
Few things delight me so much that I think everyone should try them. The GFL series is right up there with chocolate ganache and amusement park rides that go upside down while spinning. Seriously. It’s that good.
This week, author Scott Sigler was kind enough to play a promo for “Out of Time” that I recorded and sent in. Besides being a great author (anyone who can combine science fiction and football is a hero, as far as I’m concerned), Sigler’s just a great guy. He takes the time to interact with his fans and also helps authors and podcasters get some exposure. So, head on over to check out the show notes for Episode 29 of “The MVP” — you can tell Scott I sent you, in the comments! Better still, give it a listen! The promo plays at the end…but you really should go back and start at the beginning. I love (love, love, love!) the Galactic Football League series.
With football season underway, I decided it was the best time to listen to Scott Sigler’s podiobook “The Rookie.” As a sci-fi fan, I couldn’t resist the premise: futuristic, inter-galactic football teams (comprised of alien and human players) battle, sometimes to the death, in their pursuit of triumph. As an only casual spectator of the present-day sport, I worried that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the action. (I also worried that it would be more sports-focused than my love of adventure could go along with.) My faith in Sigler was well-rewarded however. Continue reading
Author Scott Sigler delivers an adventure on par with ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ but with a focus on anthropology instead of archaeology, and with a backdrop of mining instead a race for historic artifacts. Genre-wise the compare/contrast gets a little tricky. ‘Earthcore’ is present-day sci-fi horror, while ‘Raiders’ is… erm… historical… ah…? Your guess is as good as mine. (Historical-science-fantasy? How else does one sum up: “Fire. Lightning. The power of God or something.”) The point I’m trying to make here is that ‘Earthcore’ is every bit as compelling, as fast-paced, and the only thing it lacks is Harrison Ford.