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Bibliophile Adventures Episode 12: Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind (2007)

This week Michael from Germany takes us into Patrick Rothfuss‘ 2007 fantasy novel The Name of the Wind. Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

“As with all the very best books in our field, it’s not the fantasy trappings (wonderful as they are) that make this novel so good, but what the author has to say about true, common things, about ambition and failure, art, love, and loss.”-Tad Williams, New York Times best-selling author of MEMORY, SORROW AND THORN, and SHADOWMARCH

Feel free to contact the podcast at 143podcasts@gmail.com or reach out to us on twitter.  And if you would like to submit an episode on a book, author,  album, or even discuss and promote your own work and what inspires you, please, don’t hesitate to contact us and share your bibliophile (or audiophile) adventure!

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 11: Professor Elemental’s Steampunk Carousel

The Bibliophile Adventures Podcast is deeply honored to have Paul Alborough, the alter ego of Professor Elemental, join Michael from Germany for a wonderful discussion about steampunk, hip hop, comics, Brexit, creativity, art, and many more wonderful things.  Professor Elemental is the steam powered hip hop emcee starring on many albums and in comics, games, radio series and stories.  His new album,Professor Elemental and His Amazing Friends II, is out now.   In this jam packed collection of fabulous collaborations, you’ll head to the far flung future & steampunk speakeasys, visit weird freakshows and mysterious deserts. All with some of the finest names in independent music. Guest starring: Tom Caruana, Ella Jean, The Sweetchunks, Flevans, Lack of Afro, Megaran and so very many more. This is one party that you won’t regret in the morning!  Soon to be released is a brand new book of comedy horror stories, Professor Elemental’s Tales of Wrong.  Please visit Professor Elemental’s Patreonto lend your support and check out his website, professorelemental.com.  Feel free to contact the podcast at 143podcasts@gmail.com or reach out to us on twitter.  And if you would like to submit an episode on a book, author,  album, or even discuss and promote your own work and what inspires you, please, don’t hesitate to contact us and share your bibliophile (or audiophile) adventure!

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 10: Audiophile Edition: Professor Elemental And His Amazing Friends II (2019)

OUT NOW. Click on the cover by Ben MCaffrey to get the brand new album.
This episode we shift gears a little bit as Michael from Germany reviews the steampunk rap album Professor Elemental and His Amazing Friends II (2019).  Why?  Isn’t this a book podcast?  Because it involves storytelling and adventure and because it’s awesome!  And we’re rebels so just enjoy the show!  As Professor Elemental himself says, “Every Professor Elemental album is based around telling stories. Whether an epic  adventure or a whimsical diversion, they are at the heart of everything that Tom and I create.  

This then, is our anthology of short stories. A collection of mini adventures, taking on more musical styles than you would have thought possible.

Built over three years and featuring 26 friends every corner of independent music; you’ll hear Norwegian pop, Underground Hip Hop, Punky Folk, vintage Swing and everything in between.

Join me and my friends on adventures through mysterious deserts, overcrowded freak shows, secret speakeasys and sugar coated underwater odysseys. I promise you’ll find something to like and, if nothing else, it will make you smile.”

 Visit Professor Elemental’s site to check out and buy his music!  Also check out Cheap Ass Games!  Michael talks about them as well!

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 9:
H.P. Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle: The White Ship (1919)

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On this episode Martin from South Carolina (@geekvine on Twitter) takes us into the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, focusing on the short story The White Ship.  Read it here. Originally published in 1919, The White Ship is part of Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle stories.  If you enjoy this episode then you are in luck.  We will be having even more Lovecraft related episodes in the future.  Read the story for free here:  The White Ship.  Email comments and contributions to 143podcasts@gmail.com.

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 8: Neil Stephenson’s Seveneves (2015)

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This week Michael from Texas takes a look at Neil Stephenson and his 2015 speculative fiction novel, Seveneves.  It’s a big book with big ideas and quite a few big twists along the way as well.  Apologies for the initial audio in the first ten minutes due to some technical blunders.  Thanks for listening and reach out with thoughts, comments, suggestions or contributions at 143podcasts@gmail.com.

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 7: Dungeons And Dragons Fifth Edition Players Handbook Part 2 Character Creation

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Michael from Germany (@SostheRope) is back for another look at the Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook Fifth Edition.  This episode he covers the first four chapters, after briefly detailing the movie Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons and the importance of Dave Arneson to the game’s development.  Also- HG Wells was a gamer!

http://fastcharacter.com

Dungeons & Dragons Beyond Character Builder

Plus a little bit about I’m OK, You’re OK, classic of popular psychology based on Eric Berne’s theory of Transactional Analysis that has helped millions of people who never before felt OK about themselves find the freedom to change, to liberate their ADULT effectiveness, and to achieve joyful intimacy with the people in their lives.

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 6: Dungeons And Dragons Fifth Edition Players Handbook

This week Michael from Germany (@SostheRope on Twitter) embarks on a multipart dungeon crawl through all aspects of Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition Players Handbook, beginning with the original Appendix N and the fifth edition’s Appendix E suggested inspirational reading list.  There will be much more on this in the future!  Plus, at the end Michael also adds some comments on Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance!


Additional links:
Appendix N Reading List
Another amazing Appendix N Reading List
Appendix E Fifth Edition List

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 5: The Upanishads: A New Translation (2015)

The Upanishads: A New Translation by Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes (Tarcher Cornerstone Editions) by [Katz, Vernon, Egenes, Thomas]

This week the Bibliophile Labyrinth Adventures Podcast is happy to welcome a new contributor, Martin (@geekvine on Twitter). Martin guides us into an ancient Hindu text that is part of the Vedic writings, the Upanishads (800-500 BCE) and references Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes, The Upanishads: A New Translation, 2015. He shares their origin, their meaning, and their importance to him. Thanks for listening. 143podcasts@gmail.com Look for Bibliophile Labyrinth Adventures on Twitter! 

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 4: JRR Tolkien’s The Story of Kullervo (2015)

This episode covers JRR Tolkien‘s posthumous work, The Story of Kullervo, written when he was at Exeter College, Oxford, from 1914 to 1915 and published in 2015. Michael from Germany discusses it and its source material, the Finnish epic poem Kalevala, a work that influenced not only Tolkien but Longfellow’s Hiawatha, fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons and much more. One of the important themes of this episode is the importance of sharing stories and shared story telling. If you are interested in submitting an episode about a book, an author, or a genre that you love, please email 143podcasts@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! Tell a friend! Share the show! 

Bibliophile Adventures Episode 3: Piers Anthony’s Sos the Rope Part Deux

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In episode three we are happy to introduce a new member to the show, Michael from Germany. Michael provides another perspective on Piers Anthony’s 1968 novel, Sos the Rope. He offers thoughtful, considerate, and insightful commentary on the book. Enjoy this wonderful episode and hopefully many more from him in the future. You can find Bibliophile Labyrinth Adventures on Twitter to comment and participate, or you can email us at 143podcasts.com. Thanks for listening and if you enjoy what we are doing feel free to join in and tell your friends! 

BLA Episode 2: William T. Vollmann, The Dying Grass (2015)

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In this episode take a look at the amazing novel by William Vollmann about the Nez Perce War of 1877.

BLA Episode 1: Piers Anthony’s Sos the Rope (1968)

In the first episode of Bibliophile Labyrinth Adventures we take a look at fantasy/science fiction author Piers Anthony’s second novel, Sos the Rope.