Big Book Energy

Big Book Energy

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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May 3, 2021 74 min

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:

  • Joseph Campbell has a rather robust wikipedia article, that also details and links some of the critiques leveled against him that you can check out. Like Jennifer mentio...
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    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

  • Check out Scott Hawkins’ website.
  • Buy your own copy of The Library at Mount Char.
  • Folio Facts: This month Jennifer di...

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    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:

  • Britannica articles on King Arthur, Arthurian Legend, and Culhwch and Olwen.
  • Paige Presents Fun with Comics: T...

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    April 6, 2021 116 min

    Mythology & Folklore: Pre-Columbian

    Resources used for general Pre-Columbian mythology:

  • The Britannica article on Pre-Columbian cultures was very in-depth
  • Lost World of the Maya (Full Episode) | National Geographic
  • And here is what Jennifer used in relation to Black Sun specifically:

  • Queztalcoatl
  • Paige Presents Fun with Comics: This week Paige talked about New Spring, a graphic novel interpretation of Robert Jordan’s prequel to the W...

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    March 27, 2021 16 min

    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

  • For more info about the author and her other books check out her ...
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    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:

  • The Creation of the Cosmos: https://norse-mythology.org/tales/norse-creation-myth/
  • The Nine Realms in Norse Mythology: https://skjalden.com/nine-realms-in-norse-mythology/
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    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:

  • A Brief Summary of Greek Origin Story: https://youtu.be/4VaO1tx29ek
  • Crash Course Mythology on Greek creation: https://youtu.be/XNCQ9w59I7M
  • Greek Gods family tree: https://en.wikipedi...
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    February 27, 2021 78 min

    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

  • Kayla recommends checking out true crime and conspiracy podcast: Mile Higher
  • Also, take a look the Net...
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    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:

  • A bullet list of the main points of Japanese religious history: https://www....
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    February 1, 2021 16 min

    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

  • Learn more about the author on her website: https://www.leighbardugo.com/about/
  • Watch the trailer for the new Shadow and Bone series here: https://youtu.be/vDd_IEBwP2U
  • Buy a copy of Ninth House for yourself: https://bookshop.org/a/9616/9781250751362
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    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

  • Brendan Noble on the Striga: https://youtu.be/eIAUemZb1vo
  • Dogman Narrative’s Recap of a Strigoi Legend: https://youtu.be/DBmXA0SKyk8
  • Listen to a podcast episode reading the story of Vasalisa the Wise and the Sea Tsar: https://podcasts.appl...
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    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 Resources

  • Russian Folklore: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folklore_of_Russia
  • A Brief History of Russian Folklore: https://www.pushkinhouse.org/blog/2020/5/13/a-brief-history-of-russian-folklore
  • Routledge Companion to Russian Literature: https:/...
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    January 11, 2021 2 min

    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!

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    November 30, 2020 15 min

    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 

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    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 book...

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    For Jennifer's final pick of the season she chose Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez. Tune in to hear about an amazing magical system in an unusual setting for a fantasy novel.

     Folio Facts: Lost Languages on Medieval Manuscripts
    BBE Bookstore: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    Creatives' Corner: Story Graph

    You can support BBE at patreon.com/bigbookenergy or through our bookstore at bookshop.org/shop/BigBookEnergy   

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    October 30, 2020 24 min

    For Spooky Season's Movie Magic pick, we pushed the limits of Jennifer's horror endurance. Tune in to hear if she thought the book was scary or not.

    You can support BBE at patreon.com/bigbookenergy or through our bookstore at bookshop.org/shop/BigBookEnergy 

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    For Paige's Spooky Season pick, she has chosen a book that gave her nightmares last time around. Tune in to hear about a book that has consistently shown up on internet lists as one of the scariest books ever written.

    Folio Facts: Agatha Christie novels solve real world crimes
    BBE Bookstore: Humans by Brandon Stanton
    Creatives' Corner: Watercolor by Shibasaki, YouTube

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    It's official. Jennifer has declared a favorite book and it is The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Tune in to hear about H.H. Holmes and the Chicago World Fair.

    Folio Facts: Tale of Genji
    BBE Bookstore: Njal's Saga
    Creative's Corner: Bookish Realm, YouTube

     You can support BBE at patreon.com/bigbookenergy or through our bookstore at bookshop.org/shop/BigBookEnergy   

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    For today's episode, Paige has chosen The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan, a fantasy novel based in Middle Eastern culture. Tune in as Paige explains why she chose this book, even though it has a lower Goodreads rating than you might expect from a book we love.

    Folio Facts: Carnegie Library Book Heist
    BBE Bookstore: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
    Creative's Corner: Biographics, YouTube

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