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A podcast by book lovers for book lovers! Can't get enough bookish chats? Tune in every week to listen to two archivists chat about their chosen pick based off a variety of themes: everything from books they hate to thrift store finds and beyond. These conversations will address how books were, are, and will continue to be relevant to our every day lives. All hail the mighty codex!

A podcast by book lovers for book lovers! Can't get enough bookish chats? Tune in every week to listen to two archivists chat about their chosen pick based off a variety of themes: everything from books they hate to thrift store finds and beyond. These conversations will address how books were, are, and will continue to be relevant to our every day lives. All hail the mighty codex!

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A podcast by book lovers for book lovers! Can't get enough bookish chats? Tune in every week to listen to two archivists chat about their chosen pick based off a variety of themes: everything from books they hate to thrift store finds and beyond. These conversations will address how books were, are, and will continue to be relevant to our every day lives. All hail the mighty codex!

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English


Episodes

50 Shades of Red: The Kiss Quotient

7/30/2021
BBE branches out with this month's pick into uncomfortable territory for both Jennifer and Paige (but mostly Paige). Tune in to hear out thoughts on our first Guilty Pleasure Pick: The Kiss Quotient. The Kissing Quotient, by Helen Hoang her websiteour Bookshop storePaige Presents Fun with Comics: Girls of the Wild’s on Webtoon. Creative’s Corner: Paige serves up an Iceland-inspired podcast: Saga Thing. Hosted by two professors, get an entertaining breakdown of Icelandic...

Duration:00:18:41

Shame, Shame: An Intro to Guilty Pleasure Reads | BBE Shorts

7/22/2021
Shame, Shame: An Intro to Guilty Pleasure Reads In this first episode of BBE Shorts, Jennifer spends some time musing over what “guilty pleasure reads” means to her, and even reveals some of her favs to fall back on when she’s feeling down. She also explores what our listeners think of as guilty pleasure reads and hints at future episodes that dig more into why we feel guilty about reading certain things rather than others. Some of Jennifer’s fav guilty pleasure reads: Bookshop...

Duration:00:18:53

Let's Try This Again: The Tiger's Daughter

5/31/2021
As you may remember, we experienced some technical difficulties back in February and weren't able to release our normally scheduled episode. Well, we're back with Tiger's Daughter, for real this time. Tune in to hear our lost episode and what Paige thinks about this Mongol inspired pick. Mythology & Folklore: Mongolia Here are the references Paige used for Mongolian...

Duration:01:03:20

Bonus Episode S3E5 - Period Power

5/28/2021
For our final bonus episode of this season, our coworker Dianna has come on to talk about Period Power. Let us know what you think! We may have a part 2 in store for you! Period Power, by Maisie Hill author’s websitePurchase a copyFolio Facts: This month, Paige tackles the witch hunting manual, Malleus Maleficarum, which translates to Hammer of the Witches! Despite an awesome name, this book was written by a terrible dude, Heinrich Krammer, in 1486, and was used to persecute many suspected...

Duration:00:13:38

It's Warping Time: The Táin Bó Cúailnge

5/17/2021
Paige finally gets her chance to make everyone listen to a story from Irish Mythology. Tune in to hear about an Irish epic centered around a cattle raid and a protagonist with the weirdest superpower. Mythology & Folklore: Irish Morrigan LughPaige Presents Fun with Comics: Get real bookish and check out The Reference Desk podcast, hosted by two librarians and discussing the topics that fascinate them the most. The Táin, translated by Thomas Kinsella Purchase a copyCreative’s Corner: This...

Duration:01:14:12

Critiquing the Monomyth: The Power of Myth

5/3/2021
For Jennifer's final episode of the season, she has chosen a slightly different pick with the Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. Tune in as she analyzes Campbell's theories on comparative mythology. The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell Resources Jennifer used: rather robust wikipedia articleInterview w/ the Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archive and Libraryhis works and legacyThe Power of Myth Paige Presents Fun with Comics: Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. Creative’s Corner:...

Duration:01:14:45

Bonus Episode S3E4 - The Library at Mount Char

4/30/2021
This episode we are doing Horror Lite! Paige's friend Sammie chose a book for us that has just enough horror elements to not scare the uninitiated but also has an original concept that all of us appreciated. Tune in to hear about the Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins websiteThe Library at Mount CharFolio Facts: This month Jennifer digs into the story of Mark Hoffman, who’s story was recently highlighted in the documentary, Murder Among the...

Duration:00:14:39

The Curse of Problematic Authors: The Mists of Avalon

4/19/2021
For this episode, Paige chose a classic feminist retelling of King Arthur: The Mists of Avalon. However, on closer inspection of the author we found some information that casts the novel in a very different light. Mythology & Folklore: the legend of King Arthur Resources Paige used for the folklore surrounding King Arthur: King ArthurArthurian LegendCulhwch and OlwenPaige Presents Fun with Comics: This week Jennifer talked about one of her new favorite Webtoons: The Strongest...

Duration:01:23:22

A Nebula Finalist: Black Sun

4/6/2021
Mythology & Folklore: Pre-Columbian Resources used for general Pre-Columbian mythology: The Britannica articleLost World of the Maya (Full Episode) | National GeographicAnd here is what Jennifer used in relation to Black Sun specifically: QueztalcoatlPaige Presents Fun with Comics: This week Paige talked about New Spring, a graphic novel interpretation of Robert Jordan’s prequel to the Wheel of Time series. Unfortunately, Jennifer was not able to find this on Bookshop...but you can always...

Duration:01:56:58

Bonus Episode S3E3 - The Knife Man

3/27/2021
For this episode we brought in an expert! Jennifer's compatriot from graduate school, Ryan, joined us to discuss The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery, which focuses on the wild life and times of surgeon John Hunter. Both gruesome and fascinating in equal parts, you won't want to miss out on this one. The Knife Man, Wendy Moore her website. The Knife Man Folio Facts: This month Paige chose the Book of Kells as our Folio Facts topic. The epitome of medieval...

Duration:00:16:37

[World] Serpents and Snark: The Gospel of Loki

3/22/2021
This episode, Paige chooses a tale firmly rooted in Norse Mythology. Tune in to hear about everyone's favorite Trickster and his take on some less well known myths. Mythology & Folklore: Norse Resources used for general Norse mythology: https://norse-mythology.org/tales/norse-creation-myth/https://skjalden.com/nine-realms-in-norse-mythology/And here is what Paige used for Loki specifically: https://blog.vkngjewelry.com/loki-trickster-god/Paige Presents Fun with Comics: Stray Souls The...

Duration:01:06:32

I'm Not Crying, You're Crying: The Song of Achilles

3/8/2021
Tune in for a dive into Greek mythology and a book that Jennifer says is the best she's read in a while and one that WILL make you cry: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Mythology & Folklore: Greece Resources used for general Greek mythology: https://youtu.be/4VaO1tx29ek https://youtu.be/XNCQ9w59I7M https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_tree_of_the_Greek_godsAnd here are the links Jennifer used for The Iliad: The Iliad https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IliadThe Iliad...

Duration:01:14:23

Bonus Episode S3E2 - Submerged

2/26/2021
Because Paige's computer ate some of our raw audio for our normally scheduled episode delaying our release, BBE decided to publish a bonus episode for everyone. Enjoy as Paige's sister Kayla joins BBE to discuss a true crime murder mystery as shown in Janice Hisle's Submerged. Submerged: The Story of Sarah and Ryan Widmer Mile HigherTrial by Media, her website.Submergedon Amazon.Folio Facts: did you know famous detective novelist Anne Perry was convicted of murder as a teenager? Check out...

Duration:01:18:54

An Adventure in Japanese Folklore: Tales of Moonlight and Rain

2/9/2021
This week we discuss a classic of Japanese Literature: Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda Akinari. Tune in to hear some wild stories and to hear Jennifer's opinion on a classic. Mythology & Folklore: Japan Jennifer did her best to give a brief summary of Japanese religious history during this episode, and here are a few of the sources that she used: https://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/barnhill/244-japan/bits-of-historyShinto Religion in JapanJapanese Mythology https://youtu.be/l3MKdJjQeOw...

Duration:01:23:45

Bonus Episode S3E1 - The Ninth House

2/1/2021
This season we are doing Phone a Friend for our bonus episodes! Tune in to hear guest host Brooke join us to discuss Leigh Bardugo's Ninth House! Ninth House & Leigh Bardugo https://www.leighbardugo.com/about/ https://youtu.be/vDd_IEBwP2U https://bookshop.org/a/9616/9781250751362Folio Facts: The Codex Gigas This month, Paige presents the Codex Gigas, which is not only a big a** book, but is also known as the Devil’s Bible, due to the creepy story of its origin and a huge illustration of...

Duration:00:16:48

Toss a Coin to your Witcher - The Last Wish

1/25/2021
This episode we dive into the Witcher franchise with The Last Wish. Tune in to continue our talks on Slavic folklore and our thoughts on the Witcher book and Netflix series. Slavic Folklore Resources https://youtu.be/eIAUemZb1vohttps://youtu.be/DBmXA0SKyk8https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sea-tsar-and-vasilisa-the-wise-a-russian-folk-tale/id1504182068?i=1000469626290Paige Presents Fun with Comics: In the Bleak Midwinter, Webtoon The Last...

Duration:00:58:45

A Tale of Russian Folklore - The Bear and the Nightingale

1/11/2021
We open up season 3 with The Bear and the Nightingale, a story inspired by Slavic and Russian Folklore. Tune in to learn a bit about this story and the mythology it is based on. Russian Folklore...

Duration:01:45:17

Season 3 Trailer

1/11/2021
We're back for Season 3! This season is all about mythology and folklore. We're also bringing on some of our listeners as special co-hosts during our bonus episodes. Tune in for another exciting season of BBE! Support the show (https://patreon.com/BigBookEnergy)

Duration:00:02:45

Bonus Episode S2E5 - The Princess Bride

11/30/2020
We are finishing out the season with our final Movie Magic Pick, cult favorite The Princess Bride. Listen in as we gush over a mutually favorite movie title... and also the book. You can support BBE at patreon.com/bigbookenergy or through our bookstore at bookshop.org/shop/BigBookEnergy Support the show (https://patreon.com/BigBookEnergy)

Duration:00:15:54

A Poorly Timed Read: The White Plague by Frank Herbert

11/23/2020
Paige chooses one of her favorite SciFi books to read for the final episode of Books We Love: The White Plague by Frank Herbert. It's a great book, but perhaps the middle of a pandemic was not the best time to read it. Folio Facts: Oldest printing press in British North America BBE Bookstore: Sick by Porochista Khakpour Creatives' Corner: Roman Empire, Netflix You can support BBE at patreon.com/bigbookenergy or through our bookstore at bookshop.org/shop/BigBookEnergy Support the show...

Duration:01:25:04