07/19/07 Open Phones and Harry Potter

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Two shows in one blog post.

At noon we’ll have our monthly installment of open phones.  If you want to get your ideas for discussion in early, comment here and we’ll see what you have to say before we go on the air!

Then at one, we’ll join in the frenzy of anticipation for the new Harry Potter book, which is going to be out at midnight on Friday.  I learned all about how closely guarded a secret this book is being kept until then when I looked into getting an advance review copy.  Turns out there’s no such thing; I guess they don’t need to worry about a lack of publicity.  So, it leaves us to speculate about what is going to happen in the last book.  We’ll also hear some ideas about what you and your kids can read once you’ve exhausted the Harry Potter collection.

 -Justin

 Here’s a list of books that were discussed today:

  • Harry Potter Series
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Phillip Pullman’s books
  • Lion Boy series
  • Inheritance trilogy – Christopher Paolini
  • Twilight and New Moon – Stephanie Myers
  • Coraline – Gaiman
  • Wizards Hall – Jane Yolen
  • So you want to be a Wizard – Diane duane
  • The Great Stalk and Company – Kipling
  • The Omen – Terry Prachett
  • Good Omens – Neil Gauman
  • The House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer
  • Mercedes Lackey – Tamora Pierce
  • Bartimaeus Trilogy
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Mike Lupica
  • Matt Christopher
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • The Spy Handbook
  • The Redwall Series – Brian Jacques
  • Enid Blyton’s books
  • Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett
  • Lloyd Alexander’s books
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7 Responses

  1. That is not the cover for the new Harry Potter book. TheSpine.com is a satirical website. Do better research, I expect more from the show.

  2. I’m frightened about my BG&E bill.
    Does anybody think that Gov. O’Malley is fighting the BG&E’s price hike as he promised?
    Is O.J. Simpson still searching for Nicole’s murderer?

    I can’t wait to pay higher income taxes; you?

    Here’s a list of O’Malley’s other broken promises:
    http://omalleywatch.com/wp/?p=9

  3. Thanks for keeping us on our toes, JCS. Just switched the cover picture..

    -Justin

  4. I enjoyed the discussion on Harry Potter today and wrote down some of the other books to read. I have fallen in love with the series and will miss it when it is over. I feel like a dork because I am in my 30s. I am just glad these books didn’t come out when I was kid. I probably would be running around convinced I was Hermione! Thanks again for a great show…..

  5. Just listened to the show. It sounds like callers had to be swatted away like flies. How wonderful that the topic of children’s books can incite such active interest. Great show – can’t wait until you do it again!

    – Sarah

  6. Great show!
    Im 30 years old. The best book I’ve ever read was Animal Farm by George
    Orvell.

    Changed my life.

    Read it the first time in the 8th grade and got one message…then read it
    again in college and it meant so much more. Are librarians and book sellers
    still recommending the classics?

    If not …please!

  7. Excellent show. A couple of corrections from another old librarian addicted to children’s books:

    Terry Pratchett’s last name is misspelled.

    The Good Omens is a series by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I do not know of any other book entitled Omen by Pratchett

    Stalky and Company is the correct title of Rudyard Kipling’s great boarding school novel.

    At least one of your panelists also mentioned the fine author Diana Wynne Jones, who wrote the novel on which the film Howl’s Moving Castle was based.

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