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The Enthusiasticast is a weekly webshow (mp3 audio) by two guys mostly about books. Each week we talk about a book we think you should be reading. It doesn’t matter if it’s literary fiction, a genre novel, or non-fiction—it just has to kick a**. We also weigh in on related culture news, plus some movie and comics talk. Episodes are posted every Monday morning and run about 30 minutes. We do spoilers sometimes, but we warn you first. And we swear quite a bit.
||ExplicitBrendan 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?||1/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNeil 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 cover: -||9/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLaura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken – Enthusiasticast Episode 86||Jon endorses Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. - We also mention: Military Scifi Ender's Game and Movie John Scalzi's Old Man's War John Steakley's Armor Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need Is Kill Joe Haldeman's The Forever War Robert A.||7/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDaniel 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||6/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJens Lapidus’ Easy Money (Snabba Cash) – Enthusiasticast Episode 84||Jon endorses Jens Lapidus’ Easy Money - We also mention: Daniel Suarez's Kill Decision Tom McCarthy's Remainder, Men in Space, and C Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York Dan Chaon's Stay Awake Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker and booktrailer||6/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJanet 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 some cases 'out quite a whi..||6/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRainbow Rowell’s Attachments – Enthusiasticast Episode 82||John endorses Rainbow Rowell's Attachments - We also chat about: Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad Interactive character map by Flip Zembowicz Paul Haggis Steve Jobs Biography Don Delillo's White Noise||4/18/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMax 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 title of Brooks' book,||4/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDeborah Feldman’s Unorthodox — Enthusiasticast Episode 80||Special guest Taylor Stevens endorses Deborah Feldman's Unorthodox. - There is a story behind this episode. - It was recorded right before Christmas in 2011. I really dug The Informationist. I was super keen to chat with Taylor.||4/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDavid McGimpsey’s Li’l Bastard — Enthusiasticast Episode 79||Special guest Kevin Chong endorses David McGimpsey's Li'l Bastard. - We also mention: Kevin Chong's Baroque-a-nova (French Cover) Kevin Chong's Neil Young Nation Kevin Chong's Beauty + Pity (trailers)||4/11/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKevin 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,||1/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChad 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 Fire?||11/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJohn Hart’s Iron House — Enthusiasticast Episode 77||Jon endorses John Hart’s Iron House. - We also mention: The Adventures of Tintin: Collector's Gift Set Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling The Art Museum Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor||11/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJoshua Foer’s Moonwalking With Einstein — Enthusiasticast Episode 75||In this episode Jon endorses Joshua Foer's Moonwalking With Einstein. - We also mention: Richard K. Morgan's 'The Steel Remains' Ian Tregillis' 'Bitter Seeds' Additional info: The new mass market paperback release of 'Bitter Seeds' will inclu...||10/31/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSiddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies — Enthusiasticast Episode 74||Mark endorses Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies. - We also mention: Enthusiasticast Episode 59 The Steel Remains by Richard K Morgan Juliet Marillier's Son of the Shadows Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game — Enthusiasticast Ep||10/15/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPatrick Dewitt’s The Sisters Brothers — Enthusiasticast Episode 73||Special guest Catherine S. endorses Patrick Dewitt's The Sisters Brothers. - We also talk about: McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses as read by Brad Pitt McCarthy's The Crossing McCarthy's Blood Meridian McCarthy's No Country for Old Men||10/4/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitErnest Cline’s Ready Player One — Enthusiasticast Episode 72||Jon endorses Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. - We also mention: Amazon working on a subscription library for books, says WSJ (http://thisismynext.com) Ernest Cline's Ready Player One as read by Wil Wheaton||10/2/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJoan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Enthusiasticast Episode 71||Mark endorses Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem. - We also mention: Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus Sheila Heti's How Should a Person Be. Kate Beaton's Hark a Vagrant. Charlotte Gill's Eating Dirt Dani Couture's Algoma||9/22/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGarth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain — Enthusiasticast Episode 70||Jon endorses Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain. - We also mention: Gosling in Drive Girl With a Dragon Tattoo Moneyball Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Brad Bird and The Iron Giant EW.com Fall Movie Preview Spiderman, Batman,||9/8/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOrson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game — Enthusiasticast Episode 69||Mark endorses Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. - We also mention Data-driven literary criticism Spoilers Don’t Spoil Anything by Jonah Lehrer (Wired Science) The Mechanic Muse Column in the New York Times War Horse entry at Wikipedia||8/31/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIrmgard Keun’s After Midnight — Enthusiasticast Episode 68||Special guest Emily St John Mandel endorses Irmgard Keun’s After Midnight. - We also mention: TheMillions Review of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains macfreedom.com||8/18/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia — Enthusiasticast Episode 66||Special guest Ed Champion endorses Dana Spiotta's Stone Arabia - We also mention: Bat Segundo Show and EdRants.com Come Meet the Author, but Open Your Wallet NYT Douglas Coupland The IFOA William Gaddis's The Recognitions McNally Jackson||7/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBen MacIntyre’s Agent Zigzag — Enthusiasticast Episode 65||Mark endorses Ben MacIntyre's Agent Zigzag. - We also mention: The end of Harry Potter movie franchise Da Vinci Code Infinite Jest The Secret The Alchemist Citizen Kane Lord of The Rings Game of Thrones||7/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJay Asher’s Th1rteen R3asons Why — Enthusiasticast Episode 64||Jon endorses Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. - We also mention: John Locke becoming a million seller on Kindle, 99 cents at a time. .xxx TLD entry on Wikipedia His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik||7/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWilbert Rideau’s In the Place of Justice — Enthusiasticast Episode 63||Mark endorses Wilbert Rideau's In the Place of Justice. - We also mention: Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire Christine Love's Digital: A Love Story Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus TEDTalk Jon had a TI-99 4a, not an Amiga||6/27/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJoshua Ferris’ The Unnamed — Enthusiasticast Episode 62||Jon endorses Joshua Ferris' The Unnamed. - We also mention... The 2011 MobyAwards Trailer for Tree of Codes Trailer for Wild Child Trailer for Where Good Ideas Come From Trailer for Little Chickens, Big Day||6/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitScott Westerfeld’s Behemoth — Enthusiasticast Episode 61||Mark endorses Scott Westerfeld's Behemoth - We also mention iFanboy Podcast for X-Men: First Class X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (series entry on wikipedia) Matthew Vaughn (interviewed on The Treatment,||6/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPatrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind — Enthusiasticast Episode 60||Jon endorses Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. - We also mention: EW cover of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Johnny Depp says Pirates 2 could have been better Michael Bay says he went south on Transformers 2||6/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTina Fey’s BossyPants — Enthusiasticast Episode 59||Mark endorses Tina Fey's BossyPants. - A contest of sorts: If you are enthusiastic about books that you want us to read and review on the show, send us an email. If we end up reviewing your choice we will gift you a book. -||5/26/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThor Movie – Enthusiasticast After Dark||We chat about Thor (2011). - Also: Tom Hiddleston Idris Elba Barney Stinson's Bro Code The Avenger's Movie Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye Gladiator Fast Five Neil Gaiman's American Gods Cosmic Cube Thanos Red Skull Iron Man||5/19/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitVeronica Roth’s Divergent — Enthusiasticast Episode 58||Jon endorses Veronica Roth's Divergent - We also mention... Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love Shilpi Somaya Gowda's The Secret Daughter Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife||5/13/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRoberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives — Enthusiasticast Episode 57||Mark endorses Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives - We also mention... Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics by Mac Carter Joss Whedon letter to his fans Marvel entry at Wikipedia Avengers Iron Man, Thor, Green Lantern, X-Men, Hulk,||5/8/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAlexi Zentner’s Touch — Enthusiasticast Episode 56||Special guest Mike F. endorses Alexi Zentner's Touch - We also mention... Peter Guralnick's two volume Elvis bio Ashley Kahn's The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records Robert Gordon's Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of M...||5/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKelly Link’s Pretty Monsters — Enthusiasticast Episode 55||Jon endorses Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters - We also mention: Potboilers -- etymology of Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris Different Seasons by Stephen King (Shawshank Redemption the movie, Stand by Me the movie, Apt Pupil the movie,||4/18/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita — Enthusiasticast Episode 54||Mark endorses Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita - We also mention: Don't Bump The Glump by Shel Silverstein Bippolo Seed by Dr. Seuss Stieg Larrson's Fourth Book Albert Camus' A Happy Death and First Man Stephen King||4/12/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDerek McCormack’s The Haunted Hillbilly — Enthusiasticast Episode 53||Special guest Peter Darbyshire endorses Derek McCormack's The Haunted Hillbilly. - We also mention: BookNinja and George Murray The Warhol Gang by Peter Darbyshire David Cronenberg's Videodrome Evelyn McHale Heller's Catch-22||4/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitF.X. Toole’s Rope Burns — Enthusiasticast Episode 52||Jon endorses F.X. Toole's Rope Burns - We also mention... We Bought a Zoo Cars 2 Source Code (the first five minutes) Natasha Henstridge's Species Duncan Jones' Moon Tony Scott's Deja Vu Fast Five Legends of the Fist||4/5/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIan Tregellis’ Bitter Seeds — Enthusiasticast Episode 51||Mark endorses Ian Tregellis' Bitter Seeds - We also mention: Swamplandia by Karen Russell The Information by James Gleick Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block from mulhollandbooks.com Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas||3/22/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer’s Agnes and The Hitman — Enthusiasticast Episode 50||Jon endorses Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer’s Agnes and The Hitman. - We also mention... Tell Me Lies by Jennifer Crusie. Franzenfreude Vida Survey One Day by David Nicholls No Strings Attached Love Actually, Fools Rush In,||3/10/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHannah Pittard’s The Fates Will Find Their Way — Enthusiasticast Episode 49||Mark endorses Hannah Pittard’s The Fates Will Find Their Way. - We also mention... Peter Berg is making a Battleship movie Trailer for Hesher featuring Joseph Gordon Levitt on The Daily What The Killing (is an adaptation of TV series from Denm...||3/7/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go — Enthusiasticast Episode 48 Part Two||Jon endorses Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. (Part Two) - We also mention: Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled — Enthusiasticast Episode 39 Never Let Me Go The Movie Remains of The Day The Movie Time's 100 Greatest Novels Since 1923||2/28/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go — Enthusiasticast Episode 48 Part One||Jon endorses Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. (Part One) - Our Oscar Picks: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards, February 27th, 2011 (Oscars.com) Our pick(s) for best actress, supporting -- Melissa Leo (her ad campaign) Our pick(s) for best actor,||2/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSean Costello’s Here After — Enthusiasticast Episode 47||Special guest, Mark Leslie, endorses Sean Costello's Here After. - We also mention: Terry Fallis win Canada Reads Matthew Wayne Selznick's Brave Men Run Wikipedia entry for Piers Anthony Scott Sigler's Infected Cory Doctorow||2/13/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSimon Lelic’s Rupture (A Thousand Cuts) — Enthusiasticast Episode 46||Mark endorses Simon Lelic's Rupture. 300 Expert on the Battle of Thermopylae King's Speech Ben Mezrich The Social Network Michael Cunningham's The Hours A.S. Byatt's Possession Alias Grace and Grace Marks||2/6/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad — Enthusiasticast Episode 45||Jon endorses Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad. Amy Chua Battle Hymn of The Tiger Mother James Patterson Stephen King's Full Dark No Stars Michael Crichton DaVinci Code, Eat Pray Love, The Alchemist||1/27/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
Makes me want to read again!
For those of you who vaguely remember reading and enjoying it from way back, but haven't read much in a while and would like to, this is a great podcast. Like good friends who know what they're talking about giving you personal recommendations, it cuts through that feeling of "holy crap, there's a lot of books out there. What should I read now?" Thanks guys!
What to read?
Trust Mark and Jon to steer you toward your next favourite book. Always passionate, positive, and of course, enthusiastic.
Your New Personal Book Recommendation Service
A terrific podcast where hosts, Mark and John, discuss their latest literary discovery. I particularly enjoy the diverse range of material they suggest; from graphic novels to literature to genre fiction. These guys have great chemistry and its always a pleasure to hear their discussions. Your taste in books is guarranted to improve just by listening.