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Brendan Kerner’s The Skies Belong to Us – Enthusiasticast Episode 88

Mark is enthusiastic about Brendan Kerner’s skyjacking nonfictionThe Skies Belong to Us. It’s our first live show! Mark and Jon record in the same room for the first time ever. (We’d fooled you, hadn’t we?) This episode we also talk … Continue reading →

Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Enthusiasticast Episode 87

Mark is enthusiastic about Neil Gaiman’s latest The Ocean at the End of the Lane. We also discuss whether Brad Pitt is entitled to a victory lap for his adaptation of a show-favourite novel, Max Brooks’ World War Z. We … Continue reading →

Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow – Enthusiasticast Episode 85

Mark feels the love for the godfather of soul behavioural economic theory. We mention: Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow; his Wikipedia page; his TED talk. Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper Franzenfreude … Continue reading →

Max Brooks’ World War Z — Enthusiasticast Episode 81

Mark endorses Max Brooks’ World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. (A note on pronunciation: Mark and I are both Canadian and so pronounce the letter ‘Z’ as ‘zed’, however, that completely ruins the wordplay of the … Continue reading →


David McGimpsey’s Li’l Bastard — Enthusiasticast Episode 79

Special guest Kevin Chong endorses David McGimpsey’s Li’l Bastard. We also mention: Kevin Chong’s Baroque-a-nova (French Cover) Kevin Chong’s Neil Young Nation Kevin Chong’s Beauty + Pity (trailers) Kevin Chong’s My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the … Continue reading →

Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang – Enthusiasticast Episode 78

This episode was recorded at the beginning of December, so apologies for all the nonsensical temporal references to ‘last week’, and stuff that ‘just’ happened. Something fresher soon, if all goes according to plan, but in the meantime please enjoy … Continue reading →


John Hart’s Iron House — Enthusiasticast Episode 77

Jon endorses John Hart’s Iron House. We also mention: The Adventures of Tintin: Collector’s Gift Set Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling The Art Museum Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor A … Continue reading →


Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking With Einstein — Enthusiasticast Episode 75

In this episode Jon endorses Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking With Einstein. We also mention: Richard K. Morgan’s ‘The Steel Remains‘ Ian Tregillis’ ‘Bitter Seeds’ Additional info: The new mass market paperback release of ‘Bitter Seeds’ will include the prequel short story … Continue reading →

Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies — Enthusiasticast Episod

Mark endorses Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies. We also mention: Enthusiasticast Episode 59 The Steel Remains by Richard K Morgan Juliet Marillier’s Son of the Shadows Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game — Enthusiasticast Episode 69 Peter Darbyshire On … Continue reading →

Patrick Dewitt’s The Sisters Brothers — Enthusiasticast Episode 73

Special guest Catherine S. endorses Patrick Dewitt’s The Sisters Brothers. We also talk about: McCarthy’s All The Pretty Horses as read by Brad Pitt McCarthy’s The Crossing McCarthy’s Blood Meridian McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men McCarthy’s The Road James … Continue reading →


Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One — Enthusiasticast Episode 72

Jon endorses Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. We also mention: Amazon working on a subscription library for books, says WSJ (http://thisismynext.com) Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One as read by Wil Wheaton The 33 Best Books Remaining on the Last Day … Continue reading →


Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Enthusiasticast Episode 71

Mark endorses Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. We also mention: Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be. Kate Beaton’s Hark a Vagrant. Charlotte Gill’s Eating Dirt Dani Couture’s Algoma Adam Gopnik’s Winter: Five Windows On … Continue reading →

Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain — Enthusiasticast Episode 70

Jon endorses Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. We also mention: Gosling in Drive Girl With a Dragon Tattoo Moneyball Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Brad Bird and The Iron Giant EW.com Fall Movie Preview Spiderman, Batman, Avengers … Continue reading →

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game — Enthusiasticast Episode 69

Mark endorses Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. We also mention Data-driven literary criticism Spoilers Don’t Spoil Anything by Jonah Lehrer (Wired Science) The Mechanic Muse Column in the New York Times War Horse entry at Wikipedia Toronto scientists determine that … Continue reading →

Irmgard Keun’s After Midnight — Enthusiasticast Episode 68

Special guest Emily St John Mandel endorses Irmgard Keun’s After Midnight. We also mention: TheMillions Review of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains macfreedom.com Last Night in Montreal by Emily St John Mandel The … Continue reading →

Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia — Enthusiasticast Episode 66

Special guest Ed Champion endorses Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia We also mention: Bat Segundo Show and EdRants.com Come Meet the Author, but Open Your Wallet NYT Douglas Coupland The IFOA William Gaddis’s The Recognitions McNally Jackson 1000 Fan Theory Neil … Continue reading →

Ben MacIntyre’s Agent Zigzag — Enthusiasticast Episode 65

Mark endorses Ben MacIntyre’s Agent Zigzag. We also mention: The end of Harry Potter movie franchise Da Vinci Code Infinite Jest The Secret The Alchemist Citizen Kane Lord of The Rings Game of Thrones Ben Macintyre entry Wikipedia Ben Macintyre’s … Continue reading →

Jay Asher’s Th1rteen R3asons Why — Enthusiasticast Episode 64

Jon endorses Jay Asher‘s Thirteen Reasons Why. We also mention: John Locke becoming a million seller on Kindle, 99 cents at a time. .xxx TLD entry on Wikipedia His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik Studios pull back from San Diego … Continue reading →

Wilbert Rideau’s In the Place of Justice — Enthusiasticast Episode 63

Mark endorses Wilbert Rideau’s In the Place of Justice. We also mention: Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire Christine Love’s Digital: A Love Story Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus TEDTalk Jon had a TI-99 4a, not an Amiga FreedomTM by Daniel Suarez DCU … Continue reading →

Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed — Enthusiasticast Episode 62

Jon endorses Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed. We also mention… The 2011 MobyAwards Trailer for Tree of Codes Trailer for Wild Child Trailer for Where Good Ideas Come From Trailer for Little Chickens, Big Day Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s rugged … Continue reading →