A Novel Podcast
In depth discussions of literature from all genres and generations.
Agatha Christie - ANP 009
February 28, 2017 09:37 PM PST
In today's episode we’re discussing two novels by Agatha Christie. Born in 1890, Christie was an English crime novelist and playwright. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time, with her 78 mystery novels having sold roughly 2 billion copies. The novels we dive into are 'Murder on the Orient Express' published 1934, and 'Mrs. McGinty's Dead', published in 1952, and both are stories of Christie’s recurring protagonist Hercule Poirot.The High King - (Prydain Chronicles: Part 4) - ANP 008
February 15, 2017 06:32 PM PST
In this episode, we conclude our discussion of The High King by Lloyd Alexander, and also discuss The Foundling, a series of short stories expanding the Prydain Universe. Originally published in 1968, The High king was the 1969 Newbery Medal winner for excellence in American children's literature. 'The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain' was published 4 years later. These books gave our group so much to talk about, that we had to split the episode into two parts, and this is the conclusion of those discussions.The High King - (Prydain Chronicles: Part 3) - ANP 007
January 31, 2017 07:58 PM PST
The High King by Lloyd Alexander marks the final story in the Prydain Chronicles. Originally published in 1968, it was the 1969 Newbery Medal winner for excellence in American children's literature. This book gave our group so much to talk about, that we had to split the episode into two parts.A Man Called Ove - ANP 006
December 28, 2016 08:07 PM PST
Today we'll be studying "A Man Called Ove," a Novel by Fredrik Backman. Published in 2012, it tells the story of a curmudgeonly man in a changing neighborhood. Ove learns to deal with new circumstances, and has something to say about it too.The Castle of Llyr & Taran Wanderer - (Prydain Chronicles: Part 2) - ANP 005
November 30, 2016 09:23 PM PST
In this episode we move on to part two of a three part series, where we will be discussing The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Today we discuss the third and forth books in the series, The Castle of Llyr, and Taran Wanderer, published in 1966 and 67 respectively. As with classic fantasy bildungsromans, we see the main character grow and mature, and his struggles become more challenging. The guests on today's show all share a passion for these stories, and each brings unique insights to the discussion.The Book of Three & The Black Cauldron - (Prydain Chronicles: Part 1) - ANP 004
November 01, 2016 07:15 PM PDT
In this episode we begin part one of a three part series, where we will be discussing The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Today we start with the first two in the series, The Book of Three & The Black Cauldron, published in 1964 and 65. The series is a classic fantasy bildungsroman, which pulls from ancient mythologies, and had a big influence on modern popular fantastic fiction. The guests on today's show all share a passion for these stories, and each brings unique insights to the discussion.'Salem's Lot - ANP 003
September 30, 2016 09:17 PM PDT
Today we’re discussing 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King. Originally published in 1975, it was King’s second novel to go to print, and King is often said that it is his favorite. We explore the similarities of the vampire theme with other popular fictions, and hear from one of our guests who never reads horror fiction.One for the Money - ANP 002
August 30, 2016 11:19 PM PDT
In today's episode we discuss One for the Money; a novel by by Janet Evanovich. Released August 26th 1994, it's the first in a series, chronicling the escapades of protagonist Stephanie Plum.
This novel was named a New York Times Notable Book, a Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 1994," and a USA Today "Best Bet," and won for Evanovich the 1995 Dilys Award.
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August 03, 2016 08:46 PM PDT
All the Light We Cannot See is a novel written by American author Anthony Doerr, published by Scribner on May 6, 2014. It was the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. This novel was quite popular with our group, very deep, with lots to discuss and an engaging story.
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Our group discusses books and novels from all different genres. Focusing on one book per episode, we discuss its place in the world of literature from story to characters, symbolism and themes. We include titles from the very newest best sellers, timeless classics and some you've never heard of. Stretch your exposure to different styles, historical, to horror, comedy, science fiction and beyond.
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