New episodes up! Blogger in disgrace.

Ok, so I’m seriously going to have to get back into updating this blog.  Things have been pretty busy and good in some ways recently and pretty heavy and bad in other ways.  Ah, don’t worry about it.

So since the Fey, Greys and Shades we’ve been to the Festival In The Shire and recorded a few interviews (Middle Earth Special Part 1), put out a Chapter 8 (Middle Earth Special Part 2) discussing Tolkien’s work and various adaptations, we’ve done a pilot episode for a Scrolls Book Group podcast discussing Shirley Jackson’s utterly brilliant book We Have Always Lived In The Castle and finally we’ve also put out Chapter 9 – Book At Bogtime in the last week.

Oh yeah, we’ve been working – not shirking.

For the future we’re looking at pulling together an official press release to get the word out about our show a little more professionally, we’re currently starting to pull together a crossover Christmas Party Episode with the lads from fellow Geek Syndicate Network podcast ‘Dissecting Worlds’ (a show that is well worth the listen and can be reached from the same websites as Scrolls).

I’ve also just won a ticket to go to the MCM Expo in London over the Halloween weekend.  I’ll be wearing a Scrolls t-shirt so I’ll be easy enough to spot, and I’ll probably be hanging around with the cool dudes from Geek Syndicate Barry and Dave.  There may even be a surprise appearance from my wonderful co-host Mattie.  We’d love to meet you so come on over and introduce yourself if you’re also there.  Depending on scheduling and who is there I may be able to grab an interview or two for the next episode.

I’ve written it everywhere else so I may as well post it here too…

We have a competition on for somebody with talent to create a logo for Scrolls that can go up on i-tunes and various other places.  We also need a banner designed to go on our web-pages, this blog etc.  There will be prizes, including my prized hardback Alan Lee illustrated Lord of the Rings, so you won’t go unrewarded.  More prizes to be announced as we get closer to the deadline which is…

20th December.

So best get cracking, eh?

Finally, the Scrolls Book Group.  It’s not really working on the GS Forums as they are not as well populated as they used to be.  To try to bridge the gap and form a closer, more interactive bond with our audience we’ve decided to try to bring the group to a larger stage, a podcast in which any listener can nominate a book and then join us on air to discuss it in as much depth as they like.

Nominations can be simply e-mailed to us at scrolls@hotmail.co.uk and we’ll be in touch to set up a date for recording (with enough gap to make sure we’ve all read the damn thing first, of course).

Want to take part?  We look forward to hearing from you.

Dion.

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Published in: on 22/10/2010 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Scrolls Book Group – ongoing

The remaining books for the year are as follows:

July – Fantasy Stories – by Rudyard Kipling – (ISBN 978-0812520026)

August – We Have Always Lived In The Castle – by Shirley Jackson – (ISBN 978-0141191454)

September – Use Of Weapons – by Iain M. Banks – (ISBN 978-1857231359)

October – A Wizard Of Earthsea – by Ursula LeGuin – (ISBN 978-0140304770)

November – Ghost Stories – by M.R. James – (ISBN 978-1853260537)

December – The Time Traveller’s Wife – by Audrey Niffenegger – (ISBN 978-0099464464)

If the current one doesn’t grab your fancy or you can’t find it you may wish to get ahead of us.  However, as we’ve not had much response with the Book Group there is some question in my mind as to whether or not it should continue.   I love the idea of the group as it gets me reading books I might otherwise not pick up, so my inclination is to push on – but do [b]you[/b] want to hear about it?  Please post here to let us know your views and any way in which you feel it could be made more inclusive and engaging.

Keep reading.

Dion.

Published in: on 14/07/2010 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Scrolls Book Group 2010 list

Ok folks, the Scrolls Book Group is now up and ready to go.

As previously explained this is your chance to build an online community, encouraging others to read the books you love and in turn being introduced to authors and books you might otherwise have missed.

As community founders we’d just like to make sure everybody is clear from the start on the following:

– Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but backing it up with reasoning makes it more interesting for everybody.

– People of all ages will be using the forum, so please moderate your language accordingly.  Abuse will not be tolerated.

– Try to stick to topic.  If you want to really deviate please start a new thread and signpost people there.

Now, the list I’m publishing below is just the spine of the Book Group – our choices which we would like to discuss with you on the forums – but it doesn’t stop there.  Oh no.  We’d like you to think about the books that have really had an impact on you and to start discussion threads about them alongside our own.  Go as broad or intellectual as you like, dip in and out as you see fit but most of all enjoy it.

Here’s our list for 2010. (My tip would be to save your pennies and order them from the library.)

February – Cabal – by Clive Barker – (ISBN  978-0743417327)

March – Mortal Engines – by Phillip Reeve – (ISBN 978-0439982221)

April – The Book of Lost Things – by John Connolly – (ISBN 978-0340899489)

May – Spiral – by Koji Suzuki – (ISBN 978-0007179077)

June – Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? – by Philip K. Dick – (ISBN 978-1857988130)

July – Fantasy Stories – by Rudyard Kipling – (ISBN 978-0812520026)

August – We Have Always Lived In The Castle – by Shirley Jackson – (ISBN 978-0141191454)

September – Use Of Weapons – by Iain M. Banks – (ISBN 978-1857231359)

October – A Wizard Of Earthsea – by Ursula LeGuin – (ISBN 978-0140304770)

November – Ghost Stories – by M.R. James – (ISBN 978-1853260537)

December –  The Time Traveller’s Wife – by Audrey Niffenegger – (ISBN 978-0099464464)

Each month on the podcast we’ll read out some of the best posts and also direct listeners to the threads which have most caught our attention.

There will also be a thread started in the next day or two for you to post suggestions for any books which you would like us to consider for the 2011 Book Group, or even to discuss on the podcast.

See you on the forums,

Dion.

Published in: on 24/01/2010 at 8:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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