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Bookrageous Episode 35; Swamplandia!
[notes: NSFW, trigger warning]
Intro Music; Swamp Thing by Sun Hotel
What We’re Reading
[3:31] Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
[5:06] Control Point, Myke Cole
[6:55] The Heroes, Joe Abercrombie
[8:04] The Girls from Planet 5, Richard Wilson (found at The Green Hand Bookshop)
[9:47] Mr. President, Ray Raphael
[10:55] The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Carter, July 2012
[11:45] Drop Dead Healthy, AJ Jacobs, April 10 2012
[12:50] Jacked, David Kushner, April 3 2012
[13:45] Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
[15:00] The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
[16:30] Foreskin’s Lament, Shalom Auslander
[17:45] Heading Out to Wonderful, Robert Goolrick, June 1 2012
Break Music; Florida Sunshine by As Fast As
[20:55] The story refresher; St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Karen Russell
[22:40] The Tournament of Books’ take
[23:08] Warning: DARKNESS AHEAD
[25:00] Kiwi vs. Ava
[28:50] Magic realism vs. surrealism
[32:29] Rebecca needs more anger
[36:20] The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
[38:15] So. Well. Written.
[43:11] So Much Pretty, Cara Hoffman
[47:00] Problems with the ending
[54:10] Is it actually legit to “spoiler-warning” for this book?
Verdict: Karen Russell made us feel all the feelings.
Summer Bookrageous Book Club Pick: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, Shehan Karunatilaka (out May 8 2012)
Outro; Swamp Thing by Sun Hotel
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Listening to and enjoying your discussion of SWAMPLANDIA! My take is different on a couple of points. In regards to the rape of Ava, I believe as a reader I knew all along what would happen and at the same time I put blinders on as I was hoping I was wrong. When the event was finally to occur, I felt Ava capitulated as she was not quite sure she didn’t want it to happen, but then realized she had been violated. The other point is; when we, along with Kiwi, meet the father working at the casino we finally understand what his disappearances were all about; earning money to support the family. I did not feel hatred towards the father, I felt sorry for him as he lost his wife, lost his family’s ability to continue running and living at Swamplandia! and felt impotent to take over as head of the family, a position vacated by his wife’s death. I did agree the ending and reunion was abrupt. I actually thought the park ranger would be the one who would find Ava, as he felt she was putting herself in danger going with the birdman. It would have been more fitting to have him on the swamp looking for her after realizing he should have not allowed her to go. It was an awesome book, one in which I look forward to reading again. Glad to see you back, I missed your podcasts during your hiatus and hope you will keep them coming. Twitter: @McBrideStern