Bass and Books: taking questions from Dennis, Jan, and Shawn

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Today, I am again answering questions posed from the readership.

Dennis’ question is pretty straight forward.  It’s funny, however, that he thinks I have any ideas in this area:  Where are the bass post spawn?

Dennis, a quick Google search tells me a few things:

  1.  Bass are fish
  2. They spawn

This led to an Images search, which is how I can bring to you the fruits of 90 seconds research on bass’ preferred locations both pre- and post- spawn.  Think of the pre-spawn info as a bonus.


Jan and Shawn asked the same-ish questions, so here goes:

Jan: Current book obsession?  You love audiobooks like I do.  Does a reader make or break how much you like the audiobook?

Shawn: What are you reading?

I am listening to The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, which is J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym.  It’s the second in a three book series surrounding lead character Cormoran Strike.  It’s got an easier feel to it than Casual Vacancy ever had, and I enjoyed the first book.  I just finished The Revenant, by Michael Punke.  It was OK, but not as good as I’m hoping the movie will be.  I know that’s rare, but the book was reasonably Spartan in its storytelling, and I’m hoping the Hollywood-ization of it will be a big payoff.

I have a new Audible credit coming to me on the 11th, and I’m going to use it for Stephen King’s final installment in the Mr. Mercedes/Finders Keepers trilogy.  I just purchased A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest.  It’s supposed to be a wonder unlike anything since Harry Potter.  The first book was $0.99, so I’m not out much.  I’m taking a short break between Outlander books.  After 4,000+ pages, I need a time out from Jamie and Claire.

As to audiobook performers, it’s more of a “make” situation than a “break” situation.  A performance is rarely bad, but it’s not often special.  Some notable performances for me have been:

    Davina Porter, Outlander (great mix of English, French, Scots)
    Wil Wheaton, Ready Player One
    Will Patton, anything Stephen King
    Sissy Spacek, To Kill a Mockingbird (*a special treat)
    Archie Panjabi, I Am Malala (the music in this lady’s Paki voice…wow!)
    Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, Gone Girl (his/her parts)
    Tim Curry, Journey to the Center of the Earth (Tim freakin’ Curry!)

So that’s what I’ve got today.

Jan, what is your favorite audiobook performance?  Is there a reader who drives you crazy?  Shawn and Jan, what are you reading?  Though I think Shawn spends his “free” time writing these days, not reading.  Dennis, I hope this helps.

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  1. I’m almost embarrassed to say what I’m reading. YEARS ago, in a galaxy far away (not that far, 3 miles) I read these lovely books called Alfred Hitchcock Introduces The Three Investigators. About two months ago I found that series (43 books!) and another of the series with the same characters (Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews) in their older teen years (another 12 books or so!) so I am currently reading them. The last adult book I read was Christopher Rice’s A Destiny Of Souls, he’s a vastly different writer than his mom, Anne Rice but such a unique voice I fell off into his writing. Then before that I reread all of Jen Blood’s novels.

    Now, audiobooks! The reader to me makes a book so much more fun. I enjoyed Carolyn McCormick, who narrated The Hunger Games Series, was pretty spectacular. I tend to like the more lighter fair for when I drive (it is longer trips I am taking, 10hrs days in the car and you gotta like who you are listening too!). The Author Richelle Mead has this supper sexy succubus series, starting with Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, helloooooo!) and its read by Elisabeth Rodgers and she’s just great, sarcasm, humor, the sexiness. On spot. If I ever would publish a novel and did the audio book route, Rodgers would be my gal. Then my new FAVE is RC Bray, he drove me and Andy Weir’s The Martian all the way to New Mexico the first time last year. I loved it. I am convinced that Matt Damon listened to the audiobook, some of the inflections were the same. I adored it. I love Sissy Spacek, many of the Stephen King readers totally draw me into the novels, but that’s easy with a King novel. Wil Wheaton is a fave of mine also. I’ve had to turn off a few novels (None of the Anne Rice novels are good for me via AB, I just. Can’t. Do. It.).

    1. RC Bray was awesome with The Martian! In fact, I thought he was a better Watney than Damon, but that’s probably because I listened before I watched. I’ve never been as big a fan of super sexy vampire books as you have. I even read a Jen Blood or two, solely on your recommendation. She was good, but it’s just not my genre. Thanks for the great response!

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