Vampire Month Bonus! Let’s talk Twilight!

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As a fun bonus for Vampire month, Beth and I got together and discussed the gateway drug of Vampire books for a generation of readers, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

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We had a really good time discussing the novel, and we only digressed a couple of times into other things (like the movie Soapdish and The Red Queen books by Victoria Aveyard). We hope that you enjoy our little chat, too.

It can be found here.

You can catch up on Dracula, the centerpiece of Vampire Month, here.

Dracula Chapter 6

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Cemetery in Whitby, England. Photo by Chris ( Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

In today’s installment, we hear more from Mina Murray and Dr. Seward! The chapter ends with some creepy foreshadowing! What will happen next?

The music for the recording is Oppressive Gloom by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). (Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

Hear from Mina and Dr. Seward here.

Previous chapters can be found here.

Dracula Chapter 5

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In today’s installment, we move on from Jonathan Harker’s trials and catch up on the correspondence of Miss Mina Murray and Miss Lucy Westenra.

So much correspondence awaits! Chapter 5 is here!

The music for the recording is Oppressive Gloom by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). (Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

You can catch up on previous chapters here, here, here, and here.

Dracula Chapter 4

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In today’s installment, we continue with Jonathan Harker’s journal. Things are becoming rather precarious for Jonathan. What will happen next at Castle Dracula?

Find out by listening to Chapter 4!

The music for the recording is Oppressive Gloom by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). (Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

Previous Chapters can be found here.

Dracula, Chapter 3!

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Today we continue with Jonathan Harker’s journal. He is not in a good place, folks. Pray for Jonathan.

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And, now, once again, for the technical details. The novel is Dracula by Bram Stoker. It’s read by Kate. The music is Oppressive Gloom by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) (Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) and this was edited in audacity.

Chapter 2 can be found here.
Chapter 1 can be found here.

Dracula! Chapter 2!

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The adventure continues!

In this chapter, we meet Dracula, check out his castle, and wonder why it took Jonathan Harker so long to realize something was up. But, first, here are some technical details. The novel is Dracula by Bram Stoker. It’s read by Kate. The music is Oppressive Gloom by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
(Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) and this was edited in audacity.

 
Chapter 2

Chapter 1 can be found here.

 

Welcome to Vampire Month!

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Welcome to Vampire Month! This month we will be reading and discussing vampire novels! The horror! The romance! The unbelievable nonsense! The glamour!

I am so excited.

In our post announcing Vampire Month, we said we had a special treat for you. Well, here it is! We will be reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. As in actually reading it, into a microphone while a machine is recording and then uploading the recordings here so that you can enjoy and/or mock them. (It’s cool, I expect some mocking. Especially as a newbie with a lot to learn about recording and editing.)

Before get down to Jonathan Harker’s thrilling journey to Castle Dracula, here are some technical details. The novel is Dracula by Bram Stoker. It’s read by Kate. The music is Oppressive Gloom by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
(Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) and this was edited in audacity.

So, kick back, relax, and enjoy Chapter 1 of Dracula by Bram Stoker!

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Inspired by the Pop Culture Homework Assignment: Vampire Month!

In October, I am dragging Beth and all of you on a vampire-laden adventure inspired by this past summer’s pop culture homework assignment! We are going to review some vampire novels, discuss the vampires, the heroes and the heroines, and we have a special Dracula-related treat! So, prepare yourself for an influx of vampires (but don’t invite any strangers into your house!)

Review: Embassytown by China Mieville

9780345524508_p0_v1_s550x406 The last book of my Pop Culture Assignment and I don’t even know where to begin.  There is a lot going on and I think it needed a glossary for all the new terms he made up for this world.  Our Protagonist Avice, is an immerser that knows how to control the immer but it was never really explained what that is but it has to do with space travel.  Her ability allowed her to leave Embassytown and return but I’m getting ahead of myself.  Avice is from a colony in the middle of nowhere.  There lives an mysteries species called the Hosts that have a peculiar way of communication called language.  Only few people know and few can speak it.  The few who can are Ambassadors are two people modified to think as one.  It’s complicated.  Avice has a rare place in language as she was once used as a simile.  The Hosts can not lie.  They can only speak the truth so for something to be said it must has a place in the world so they make people or things a simile to help explain things.  It’s very complicated.  Anyway, Avice leaves Embassytown only to return with a new husband who is a linguist and seems more interested in language than Avice but whatever.  As soon as they return things get crazy.  The end of the world crazy.  The nation that oversee them decides to bring in their own Ambassador and well, things don’t go as planned and all hell breaks loose.

It was an interesting read but it was very confusing.  I felt like so many things that were left unexplained like the immer that we are just expected to understand.  Language too is very complicated that it does take the whole book to understand but that also might have been the point.  It took a while to get into because the world building was immense and once I got past that I really enjoyed it.  I was still left confused on several things but still enjoyed it.

Review: Scowler by Daniel Kraus

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In the novel Scowler by Daniel Kraus, meteorites hit Iowa farm country and all hell breaks loose. Except, that’s not what the book is about. The book is about how Ry Burke comes to terms with the trauma his abusive father inflicted on his family prior to being sent to prison. The entire book takes place in the hours immediately before a meteorite impacts the Burke family farm and also the subsequent day. It’s a pretty intense day, as it involves both a meteorite and facing Ry’s escaped-convict father, Marvin.

This book is so intense. So, so, very intense. Now I know why Beth said, “I really hope you don’t hate me after this.” So intense. So, some content warnings: This book involves some pretty detailed descriptions of violence and abuse. It was so, so brutal. The book spiraled into insanity that was both useful and hellish.

I liked Ry and Jo Beth. I thought their characterizations presented them as full people. The writing would veer into the thoughtful and touching before winding its way back into horror. Sarah, Ry’s younger sister, is also pretty great. Marvin Burke is even presented as a full person. He has moments of humanity that make the violence seem even worse.

This book, man. It was good, but it was also very horrifying.

This was such a bummer to end the Pop Culture Homework Assignment on. But, true the assignment, it was horrific.