Thursday, August 30, 2007

Radio Nostalgia Network Podcasts

Check out these free downloadable old-time radio broadcasts at Radio Nostalgia Network. Back in the time before TV, families gathered around the radio to listen to shows such as Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, The Shadow (my father's favorite), and Fibber McGee and Molly. The Network has these broadcasts and a lot more including some classic sci-fi stuff from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Broadcasts are from American and British radio. Be sure to listen to Moments In Time, D-Day Invasion, June 8, 1944 for CBS reporter, Charles Collin's, live report of the Allied invasion that overwhelmed Hitler's war machine. Collin mentions being surprised to see hundreds of Allied gliders being towed and released behind German lines. He reports that the Germans were so stunned that they stopped firing their guns.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Discussing Deathly Hallows At Sept. 16 Meeting

Hope you guys had a grand summer. Is everyone done reading Deathly Hallows? This is the book we will discuss at the Sunday, Sept. 16, 2-3 pm meeting. I'm sure all of you have something to say about what you found surprising in the book. There was at least one thing that really surprised me.

We will discuss Gary Paulsen's Hatchet at our Oct. 21 meeting. I will have copies available for you at the Sept. 16 meeting. You guys will choose the books for the remainder of the year. Do me a favor and choose from the list below the top five books you'd like to read AND choose the five least favorite books you'd like to read. Email me with your choices or just let me know at the Sept. 16 meeting.

Hey, don't be shy about asking someone to join Pig Skulls. Love to have 'em. I recently picked up a new Pig Skuller during my early morning neighborhood walk.

What do you guys know about Hadrian's Wall?

Booklist (choose five favorite and five least favorite books)

The Heroic Adventures of Hercules Amsterdam, Melissa Haber
Mysteries in Our National Parks series, Gloria Skurzyski
The Time Warp series, Jon Scieszka
Time Cat, Alexander Lloyd
The Book of Three, Alexander Lloyd
The Secrets of Droon, Hidden Stairs, Tony Abbot
Pure Dead series, Debi Gliori
Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
Winning Season series, Rich Wallace
Mystery of the Roman Ransom, Henry Winterfield
Last Shot, John Feinstein
The Underland Chronicles series, Suzanne Collins
Frindle, Andrew Clements
Ranger's Apprentice series, John Flanagan
The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau
Wild Man Island, Will Hobbs
The Cross of Lead, Avi
The Eddie Dicken Trilogy, Philip Ardagh
Chet Gecko series, Bruce Hale
Dork in Disguise, Carol Gorman
Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
Silverwing Saga, Kenneth Oppel
Airborn Saga, Kenneth Oppel
Darkwing, Kenneith Oppel
Redwall, Brian Jacques
Call of the Wild, Jack London

You can look over the listed books at Scott County Library.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Deathly Hallows Release In London

Here is an example of the crowd in front of London's mega bookstore, Waterstone's, 30 minutes before the midnight release of Deathly Hallows. It was a mob.

Harry Potter clones were everywhere. Here is a Spanish couple. They were a minor media event. A British TV crew showed up to interview them.