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Byte Fight Episode 2: Harvest Moon vs. Stardew Valley

Welcome to Byte Fight Episode 2! In this episode, Emily and Sierra duke it out in a battle for the ages. The topic this month centers around the farming simulators: Harvest Moon versus Stardew Valley. With only five minutes to spare, these two must convince you, the audience, of who’s right and who’s wrong. Who wins? Well, that’s up for you to decide!

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The views and opinions discussed within the “Byte Fights” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

More Than Books Ep. 44: Valentine’s Day Special

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 44! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

Description: In this episode, Sierra and Emily, along with our special guest Haley, will take you through some of our favorite YA Romances! Grab your beau and enjoy a cozy and romantic podcast for two (or three)!

Music Attribution:
Intro – “Can’t Stop Me” from Feeding the Lions EP by ProleteR
Outro – The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira

Books/Manga Discussed (summaries taken From Goodreads):

Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
One of the most-beloved of all Japanese manga titles, Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon has enthralled millions of readers worldwide since its debut in book form in early 1992. When Usagi Tsukino adopts a stray cat, she gets more than she bargains for The talking cat, Luna, informs Usagi that she is actually Sailor Moon, a magical princess from the future and protector of the Solar System. With the help of her new friends, the Sailor Scouts, and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Moon embarks on a quest to save us all from the evil powers of the Negaverse.”
 
The Dark Artifices Series by Cassandra Clare
 

“The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.”

“Join the adventures of Percy Jackson and his demigod friends as they fight mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos.”

 

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

My Favorite Books Episode 2: Lilith’s Brood: The Complete Xenogenesis Trilogy Book Review

 

Welcome to the second episode of the My Favorite Books mini-podcast!

In this episode, Sierra provides a mini-review of the Xenogenesis Trilogy by Octavia E. Butler.

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth—the last stage of the planet’s final war. Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali—who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction. They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth. Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before.

The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations—whether their new hosts like it or not. For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited. Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet’s untamed wilderness. But their children will not be human. Not exactly.

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “My Favorite Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

More Than Books Ep. 43: Fantasy and Tropes

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 43! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

 

 Description: In this episode, Sierra and Emily discuss two of their favorite classic, yet not-as-well-known, fantasy series! These beloved series are the Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin and the Elenium Series by David Eddings. Grab a cup of tea and get cozy as we sit down to talk about fantasy classics (and tropes)!

 

 

Music Attribution:
Intro – “Can’t Stop Me” from Feeding the Lions EP by ProleteR
Outro – 1940’s Slow Dance (Sting) by Doug Maxwell

 

 

Book Series Discussed (summaries from Goodreads):
The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin
 

Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.

Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.”

 
The Elenium Series by David Eddings
After a long spell of exile, Sparhawk, Pandion Knight and the Queen’s champion returns to native land to find it overrun with evil and intrigue – and his young queen greviously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.”

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

Byte Fight Episode 1: Worst Book to Movie Adaptation

Welcome to Byte Fight Episode 1! In this episode, Hayley and Sierra duke it out in a battle for the ages. The topic: worst book to movie adaptation. With only five minutes to spare, these two must convince you, the audience, of who’s right and who’s wrong. Who wins? Well, that’s up for you to decide!

Link to Byte Fight Ep. 1: https://archive.org/details/bite-fights-ep-1-worst-book-to-movie-adaptation

 

About the books discussed:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan:

Premise (from Goodreads):

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

 

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead:

Premise (from Goodreads):

Two races of vampires walk our world. One, the Moroi, are alive and wield elemental magical. The other, the Strigoi, are undead and evil-feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway-a half-vampire with poor impulse control-is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose’s real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors…

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “Byte Fight” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

Ep. 41: Women In History

Welcome to Episode 41 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 41: Women In History

 

 

Description: Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Sierra and Emily dive headlong into the topic of Women and History. Through exploring the background of five famous dames, these ladies compare and contrast popular media portrayal with historical accuracies. The Women discussed are: Marie Antoinette, Pocahontas, Coretta Scott King, Queen Victoria, and Frida Kahlo.

 

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Music Attribution:

Intro – “Can’t Stop Me” from Feeding the Lions EP by ProleteR
Outro – The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira

 

Links:

Marie Antoinette:
Pocahontas:
Coretta Scott King:
Queen Victoria
  • https://www.royal.uk/queen-victoria https://www.historyextra.com/period/victorian/queen-victoria-facts-life-children-prince-albert-husband-marriage-reign/
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks3-gcse-history-queen-victoria-monarchy/z73rnrd
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/victoria-and-abdul-friendship-scandalized-england-180964959/
  • https://www.marieclaire.com/culture/a16025194/victoria-facts-trivia/
  • https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5137338/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv
Frida Kahlo
  • https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120679/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2
  • http://www.uky.edu/~lbarr2/gws201fall10_files/Page1034.htm
  • https://www.biography.com/artist/frida-kahlo

 

The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

Ep. 40: Zine-mania!

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 40 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 40: Zine-mania!

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin briefly revisit a previously-covered topic (Episode 16: The Disinformation Age) before diving headlong into the world of zines, including discussing their history, possible precedent publications, and their recent resurgence. They also talk about popular zine topics through the decades, discuss local and internet collections of zines, and talk a little about how to make them.

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Ep. 39: A Banned Books Week Postscript

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 39 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 39: A Banned Books Week Postscript

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin reflect on the history of how controversial texts have been received and how there should be more to Banned Books Week than talking about the latest young adult literature being challenged in public and school libraries. Examples discussed range from the 4th century BCE (the suppression of apocryphal religious texts) up through today (the current state of news media in Turkey).

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Ep. 38: Current Happenings in Libraries and Literature

MoreThanBooksLogoWelcome to Episode 38 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

“More Than Books” Podcast – Ep. 38: Current Happenings in Libraries and Literature

Description:  Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast! In this episode Joel and Colin decide to run a gauntlet of four different topics rather than leisurely explore the standard one. They begin by talking about the future of Barnes and Noble, move on to discussing publisher embargoes and what they mean for libraries (12:17), discuss nontraditional lending and how our Library is approaching it (20:29), and wrap up by using the recent passing of author Toni Morrison to briefly discuss what it means when a much-loved artist dies and how maybe we can make something positive of it (29:25).

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