Cover to Cover #355A: Literature and Authors

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Discussion: Pride and Prejudice... and Zombies. Does this mean that authors are going to become a rare commodity or a dying breed? Probably not... it just means that a lot of people are too afraid to try something new, so they're rehashing anything and everything that's already been published.

Will it impact true author collaboration? Only time will tell.

Listener Review: Web Genii recommends another podcast: Writers and Company by CBC Radio featuring Eleanor Wachtel.

Discussion, continued: Mike and Mike continue to talk about the publishing and mass consumption, "literature", the definition of what's literature and what the stated reading materials way back when "should" be, and more.

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know! "Cover to Cover" has it's own call-in line, 206-350-READ! That's 206-350-7323, or just email Michael with a comment you've recorded yourself!

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  1. Speaking of combining literature with sci-fi concepts, several years ago I read "Jenna Starborn" by Sharon Shinn, which is a sci-fi retelling of "Jane Eyre".

    I thought "Jenna Starborn" was pretty well done and it made an interesting read. It certainly wasn't intended to be silly or a parody in the way "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is. Still, it will be interesting to see there are more literature/parody combinations coming in the future.

  2. Hi guys

    Web Genii mentioned there may be direct links to the interviews from Writers and Company she mentioned in her review specifically ACC and Pullman. Any chance of posting them?

  3. Seems the Dragon Page is right, P&P&Z is the start of a new mash-up genre - author Seth Grahame-Smith has signed up to write two further books, the first of which is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, for $575,000.

    Hmm.

  4. I've been trying to post those links for awhile without success.

  5. I don't share Stackpole's pessimism with regards to the mash-up books. I'm a huge music geek as well as an avid reader, and some of the things Mike said remind me a bit of the arguments against cassette tapes.

  6. P.S. I doubt AL:VH will be as cool as Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter. Have you seen that movie? Classic camp. ;-)

  7. Thanks webgenii, I was able to download the shows.

  8. Arthur C. Clarke
    podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/writersandco_20080331_5117.mp3
    Michael Chabon
    podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/writersandco_20080824_6992.mp3
    Phillip Pullman Part One
    podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/writersandco_20080720_6669.mp3
    Phillip Pullman Part Two
    podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/writersandco_20071203_4031.mp3

  9. I must have left some punctuation that prevented the upload.
    Thanks Shane!

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