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Engineered Unicorns

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Ever wondered what an engineer reads after work? SandyJ gives you book recommendations that are fantastic in more than one way. Books to escape from reality (for those not afraid of unicorns) and on how to improve your reality if you should wish to do so. The books will most likely be available in of Karlsruhes many public libraries. We will explore book store and talk about reading experiences. All from the perspective of a Bookdragon who is an engineer by day and likes a little bit of magic off the clock. Happy endings guaranteed.
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Engineered Unicorns – Fantastic Books from an engineers perspective

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The Heroine‘s Journey to a Happy Ending
In these trying times our local Bookdragon SandyJ and countless  readers around the globe take refuge in magical stories with happy  endings. These stories are often based on a distinct and largely unknown  narrative structure: the Heroine‘s Journey. The new non-fiction book by Fantasy author (and Archeologist) Gail  Carriger is written for authors and readers to get to know and use this  narrative structure appropriately. So join us on Sunday, November 8, at 7 p.m. on our stream to find the  structure of positive stories and where to look for those stories. On the podcast platforms you’ll find this episode on Monday, noon-ish. Bookdragon: SandyJ Music: Erwin Schmidt
23:20
November 9, 2020
Do you speak SMALL CAPS?!
In the October episode of Engineered Unicorns our local Bookdragon  SandyJ  introduces you to her favorite cosy autumnal reads. Instead of  spooky she prefers fun and therefore reads  Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld  Novels. Her favorite character speaks in SMALL CAPS and is more weird  than spooky even though Halloween brings out a lot of depictions of him. Looking for cosy fantasy? Then listen to the new episode of our  Engineered Unicorns Podcast, Sunday, October 4th, 7 p.m. at Campusradio  Karlsruhe. On the podcast platforms it will be available on Monday, October 5th. Bookdragon: SandyJ Music: Erwin Schmidt Recommendations Fantasy: Terry Pratchett „The Truth“ (2002) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34498.The_Truth Terry Pratchett „Mort“ (1987) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/386372.Mort Terry Pratchett „Going Postal“ (2004) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/64222.Going_Postal Terry Pratchett „Monstrous Regiment“ (2003) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34511.Monstrous_Regiment Information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld Semaphores = optical telegraph https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_telegraph Book Releases  October (Probably ;-): Gail Carriger „The Heroine’s Journey“ (01.10.2020) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54618699-the-heroine-s-journey V.E. Schwab „The invisible life of Addie LaRue“ (06.10.2020) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50623864-the-invisible-life-of-addie-larue Stefan Bachmann „Cinders and Sparrows“ (13.10.2020) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52165391-cinders-and-sparrows C.L. Polk „The Midnight Bargain“ (13.10.2020) (Black Author) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49151031-the-midnight-bargain Katie O’Neill „The Tea Dragon Tapestry“ (27. October 2020) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51323376-the-tea-dragon-tapestry P. Djèlí Clark  „Ring Shout“ (13. October 2020) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49247242-ring-shout Other Books mentioned: Colin Cowie Chic (2007) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2024492.Colin_Cowie_Chic V. S. Santoni „I’m a gay Wizard“ (2017) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43809342-i-m-a-gay-wizard Terry Pratchett (1998) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34541.Carpe_Jugulum
25:45
October 5, 2020
Magical Lifestyle
In Episode No. 7 our Bookdragon SandyJ recommends books that will  help you to bring some magic to your life, should you wish to do so.  Fantasy books for the young at heart and grown women with shapeshifters  galore and an all encompassing lifestyle book by a South African wedding  planner. Katie O‘Neills „Tea Dragon Society“ invites you to enjoy a warm cup  of tea and a cozy hour of reading on a chilly Autumn afternoon.  „Betwixt“ by Darynda Jones is for all the grown women who wish for  witches that are as cool as themselves and older then 25. Colin Cowie  gives you the necessary tips to style your life as chic as it could be. In other news: Libby by Overdrive is now available for users of the  Stadtbibliothek Karlsruhe and SandyJ is loving it. September 2020 brings  new books in troves, so our Bookdragon gives you a few hints what books  to look out for. Luckily with Fall around the corner the weather and  reading chairs are calling for travelling in fictional worlds instead of  the real world. Premiere stream: Sunday, September 6, 7 P.M. Podcast Apps: next week Host: SandyJ Music: Erwin Schmidt
24:56
September 6, 2020
When Books make your credit card howl
While July was a better month for our local book dragon SandyJ, after  all it‘s gooseberry season, there still was a cyber security incident  which led to her and other Fairyloot customer’s credit cards howling in  pain. SandyJ tells you how she experienced it and what she will do under  current circumstances. Cyber security is certainly a cumbersome but necessary part of the  real world, so SandyJ turns to the classic „Howl‘s Moving Castle“ by  Diana Wynne Jones for comfort. The real world information with a  decidedly Asian point of view provides „The Future is Asian“ by Parag  Khanna. For those who feel the reading slump „Mystic Pop-Up Bar“  provides fantastic fun on Netflix. Of course this episode gives you a few upcoming August 2020 Fantasy  releases to look out for. The first book will even be released into this  wild world before this episode airs. The show notes contain not only all the books mentioned but also the  links to two articles on credit card fraud issues. Read your card  statements, dear readers! Premier stream on Campusradio Karlsruhe, Sunday August 2nd, 7 p.m. On the podcast portals soonish next week.
41:37
August 2, 2020
Fairy Noodle Summer Books
In the new episode SandyJ not only follows several female Agents but  also the international reader community through bookish worlds. Let’s  switch the script. A Manga as non-fiction recommendation, a book subscription box from  an engineers point of view and book worlds spanning four continents and  several dimensions. The noodles? For those you need to listen to the episode.
36:45
July 6, 2020
Thin time and gay unicorns
In the 4th episode of the Engineered Unicorns diversity is key. Books  recommended include the genres romance, non-fiction physics, fantasy,  contemporary, shifter romance, gay romance, alternate history and  science fiction, the authors are trans, gay, Italian, PoC or plain old  cis gender, but mostly female. The book list is looooong. The Fantasy  book recommendation of this month is Gail Carrigers „Defy or Defend“,  stylish Vampires and the power of a well chosen wall paper.The  Non-Fiction book recommendation is Carlo Rovellis „The Order of Time“, a  small but mindbending physics and poetic book. The recommendations come not only from SandyJ but also from LisaL.  This episode celebrates the magic of books and different voices. Black,  female and LGBTQ+ voices matter (!!!!) and they provide fun and  enlightening reading material, too.
31:01
June 7, 2020
How strange!
The Engineered Unicorn Podcast is back with some strange  recommendations. SandyJ suddenly likes audiobooks and therefore  recommends two, one of them she hasn’t even finished yet! Her non-fiction recommendation is Lori Gottlieb‘s „Maybe you should talk to someone“,  Psychotherapists and therapy explained, guess what, they are human and  have feelings, too. Strange, isn’t it?! And while we are on the topic,  her fantasy/fiction recommendation is „Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell“ by Susanna Clarke. 32 hours of magic in an alternate British Empire during Napoleonic times. Now that the libraries and bookshops are open, you are free to explore. New May releases mentioned are: „Defy or Defend“ by Gail Carriger (Pubdate May 3rd) and „Im Sturm der Echos“ by Christelle Dabos (Pubdate June 22 2020). Music: Erwin Schmidt Streaming on Sunday, May 3rd, 7 p.m. at Campusradio Karlsruhe.
35:47
May 3, 2020
Sugar and fantastic stories
In the new episode „Windy Sugar & Fantastic Shifter Stories“ of  our new Engineered Unicorns Podcast SandyJ gives book and magazine  recommendations. Maddening and downright rassist real world industry  practices are revealed in „The case against sugar“ by Gary Taubes (available in the American Library Karlsruhe). A break from the real world provide the books of Forthright „Tsumiko and the enslaved fox“ and even more so „Kimiko and the accidental proposal“. Veritable comfort reads finds SandyJ. For some insightful and aestetically pleasing reads the Katapult Magazine is recommended (Only in German). Listen to the new episode on sunday, April 5, at 7 p.m. on Campusradio Karlsruhe. Musik: Erwin Schmidt
36:40
April 5, 2020
Engineered Unicorns – Fantastic Books from an engineers perspective
On Sunday we have a premiere on our stream: the first episode of  „Engineered Unicorns – Fantastic Book Recommendations“ our new monthly  podcast. Our moderator and Podcaster will tell you about books she reads  and recommends. Ever wondered what an engineer reads after work? SandyJ gives you  book recommendations that are fantastic in more than one way. Books to  escape from reality (for those not afraid of unicorns) and on how to  improve your reality if you should wish to do so. The books will most  likely be available in of Karlsruhes many public libraries. We will  explore book store and talk about reading experiences. All from the  perspective of a Bookdragon who is an engineer by day and likes a little  bit of magic off the clock. Happy endings guaranteed. In the first episode she‘ll talk about #awinterspromise by #christelledabos (available in the American Library Karlsruhe) and #finish by #jonacuff. Welcome to the world of fantastic and amusing books. Tune in on Sunday, March 1st, at 7 p.m. on campusradio-karlsruhe.de. Host: SandyJ Music: Erwin Schmidt Language: English
21:52
March 1, 2020