Author Archives: Jon

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

Mark is enthusiastic about Brendan Kerner’s skyjacking nonfiction The 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

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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

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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

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Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money – Enthusiasticast Episode 83

Mark is enthusiastic about the Stephanie Plum novels. There was a (gasp!) delay between recording and posting this episode, so a lot of the books that we talk about as ‘coming soon’ are now, in fact, ‘out recently’ and in … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding – Enthusiasticast Episode 76

It’s the missing episode 76! Where have you been, young lady? Your father and I were sick with worry. We mention: The National Book Awards The Giller Prize Laura Miller at Salon, on book awards Who the Hell is Arcade … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for August 30)

If time and money were infinite, this is what I would buy and read.    The Cat’s Table Michael Ondaatje I first read Ondaatje in 1992—The Collected Works of Billy the Kid—while in the grip of an untreated fever from … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for August 9, 16, 23)

If time and money were infinite this is what we would buy and read. This post brought to you by no time for plot synospses.    Machine Man Max Barry I read the first draft of this book (you can, … Continue reading

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While You’re Waiting

New shows are coming soon, we promise, but until then here’s some supplemental reading to go with two of our past recommendations. And they’re free! Back in Episode 51 Mark was enthusiastic about Ian Tregillis’ Bitter Seeds. If you took … Continue reading

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