Wake up every weekday morning with Denver’s favorite morning show! The Dom and Jane Show, a staple in the Mile High City for more than a decade, gets you going with laughter, interesting talk, and music.
Jane keeps you up to date with her own dish on Hollywood’s antics, while Dom blows your mind with The Mindbender, the most popular radio contest in the world! Plus, Dom, Jane, Jeremy and Emily share hilarious experiences from their own lives, often of the embarrassing variety.
If you’d like to join in the fun, be sure to sign up for Live Audience Friday, the only live audience radio show in the world. You’ll get to hang out in the studio and actually be a part of the show!
So tune in every weekday morning, either on your radio, your computer, or your smartphone! The Dom and Jane Show!
Email Dom and Jane: Feedback at Dom and Jane dot com
Add The Dom and Jane Show blog updates to your iGoogle homepage - click here:
The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
By Christopher Moore
Reviewed by Dom
Christopher Moore books are not for everyone, that's for sure. Some people are offended by his take on certain subjects, and some just don't share his particular sense of humor.
His work resonates with me, though. I list his most famous title, Lamb, in my top five of favorite books ever. One of the characters from that book, the archangel Raziel, makes a return visit as the titular character in this month's book club selection.
The Graveyard Book
By Neil Gaiman
â¨ Reviewed by Dom
Every October we select a book that’s either creepy or downright frightening. This year I thought it would be interesting to choose a book set in a graveyard, one that’s filled with eccentric characters from a variety of eras.
Neil Gaiman wrote The Graveyard Book for a young adult audience, but it’s enjoyable at any age. It’s a story about a little boy - only 18 months old - who barely escapes when a vicious killer known only as “Jack” murders his family. (I know, not your usual “sunshine and puppies” tale for kids, but give it a chance.)
Like many other teens, I was assigned to read Brave New World in high school. It made an impact on me at the time, but nothing compared to the blow it delivers (mumble mumble) years later.
Orwell’s 1984 seems to have generated more attention than Huxley’s classic, but Brave New World predated ’84 by almost twenty years. Some call it satire, some call it prescient science fiction, but almost everyone calls it chilling.
Imagine a world where children are created in laboratories, and then programmed to be happy and content with their caste and their career. Nobody has a desire to try anything new, to think anything contrary, or to question the way everything is.
By Diana Gabaldon
Reviewed by Dom. Yes, by Dom.
Not long ago we had another discussion on our show about romance novels. It seems we have that talk every three or four years. This time, several listeners pointed to this book by Diana Gabaldon as the best example of the genre.
Turns out theyâre right in some respects, but not in others.
Outlander has been wildly successful in its twenty-year publishing history, capturing the hearts of millions of readers. Gabaldon has turned it into an industry, with multiple novels and even a companion CD, âOutlander the Musical.â An actual stage show is being discussed.
This novel - the original in the series - is, as our listeners claimed, remarkable in its scope. The problem with the claim âbest romance novelâ is that the book refuses to settle into any one genre. Sure, there are strong elements of romance, but you can also argue that itâs historical fiction. Others say itâs an adventure novel.
Let me put it this way: I found it on the shelf in the Fiction section, but not in the Romance section.
In a nutshell - which is hard to do with an 850-page book - Claire Beauchamp is a time-traveler, with a husband in 1945 and a new love interest in the 18th century. Or would that be an old love interest?
Anyway, the rollicking story charts Claireâs jump from post-WWII Scotland to the stormy 1700s. Itâs 1945, and Claire is on a second honeymoon with her husband, Oxford history professor Frank. He is deeply interested in his familyâs ancestry, including the legendary âBlack Jackâ Randall, and buries himself in research. Claire, poking around on her own, touches a magical standing stone on a hill at Craigh na Dun, and is instantly transported back 200 years, right into the heart of Frankâs family history.
From there, she must survive while hiding her secret from the citizens of that time. She is a Sassenach (English person) among Scots Highlanders. In order to protect herself from Black Jack - who is more ruthless than Frank or Claire couldâve imagined - she must bond with a young Scots warrior named James (Jamie) Fraser. And thatâs when sparks fly and swords flash.
Does she try to return to Frank in 1945, or does she stay with 18th century stud Jamie?
Filled with romance, adventure, history - hell, even geography - this massive novel is certainly a page-turner. And yes, I read some parts twice. Ha!
I must be honest, I read this classic MANY years ago. Â In fact, I was probably a teenager, back in the dark ages and I didnât particularly care for it. Â In the interest of maturity and because another version of the movie is coming out soon starring Leo DiCaprio, I decided to give it another try.
I gotta say: Â I liked it. Â Perhaps itâs a book for mature audiences or perhaps itâs because Iâm seeing some of my own struggles as a control freak, played out in Gatsbyâs behavior.
The book is set in the 1920s, on Long Island and revolves around a wealthy crowd who hang out in the Hamptons one summer. Â The narrator of the story is Nick Carroway, a young man raised in an upper middle class family who came to New York to be a bond salesman, during the go-go years of the â20s.
He moves in next door to the fabulously wealthy and very mysterious Jay Gatsby Â who throws opulent, wild parties at his large, ostentatious mansion all summer.
Nickâs cousin Daisy lives across the bay, in the âold moneyâ enclave of East Egg, with her cheating husband Tom Buchanan. Â The old money types are happy to attend Gatsbyâs fabulous parties, but look down their noses atÂ his attempts to enter their club.
I donât want to give any more details, since I might give too much away, but there are so many parallels between the shallow, wealthy characters in the book and the vapid, wealthy reality stars and celebrities of today. Â It shows that nothing much changes culturally over the years.
The writing is beautiful, but Iâll warn you that at first, itâs kind of jarring due to the era in which itâs written, but once you get into that first chapter and fall into the rhythm, itâs lovely.
Read the book BEFORE you see the movie. Â Iâm happy to admit that my initial assessment of Fitzgeraldâs American Classic was wrong. Â Itâs one of those books that stuck with me and after I read it, I spent a week or so savoring it in my mind.
My ninth-grade English class performed this teleplay. (It was originally written for television.) Well, perhaps âperformedâ isnât the right word; we read it aloud, sitting in our seats. But that was my first exposure to Roseâs critically-acclaimed drama, and I remember being mesmerized.
Years later I was thrilled to see the original movie version (starring Henry Fonda), and I felt the same fascination.
This year I decided to go back and read the teleplayâs original script, and discovered that - even decades later - it packs the same punch.
The story takes place within a jury room, where twelve men must decide the guilt or innocence of an eighteen-year-old man whoâs charged with murdering his father. They take a preliminary vote, and find that eleven men want to convict him . . . while one man, Juror Eight, votes not guilty.
Itâs not that heâs convinced the young man is innocent, but rather that he wants his fellow jurors to look at the case again, without the biases and prejudices that they brought with them into the jury room. Slowly and meticulously, Rose paints a startling picture of how personal prejudice often taints our decisions; weâre sure to either see someone we know amongst the jurors, or perhaps see ourselves.
The strength of the writing is in how quickly we come to know each of these men, without ever knowing their names. Iâm also impressed with how we learn so many details from the trial without ever watching a single witness testify; all of the action takes place during the juryâs deliberation. Itâs first-rate writing.
Yes, the story is dated in some aspects, but the overall message - and the page-turning drama - remain evergreen. This is a very fast read (fewer than 75 pages), and one that you should add to your collection.
Find your copy of Twelve Angry Men at all three locations of The Tattered Cover Book Store through the end of April, and save 20% with the Dom and Jane Book Club.
Iâve been waiting for the day that we could do this book as our Dom and Jane Book Club selection and here it is!
I hate it when people say that a book is âlaugh out loud funnyâ, but that is exactly what I did while reading this book. Â In fact, my husband, Prince Charming banished me to another room due to my loud guffaws.
Tina Fey is my kind of funny person: Â a great writer, self-deprecating, concise and female. Â Yes, that may sound sexist, but men and women do have a different sense of humor. Â In fact, Miss Tina addresses that in the book as she talks about her time on Saturday Night Live, which is and always has been a bastion of male humor.
She grew up in a Greek-American family in Pennsylvania and considered herself a âweird kidâ, partly thanks to her ethnic heritage, which she blamed for her exceedingly hair arms as a youngster. Â HA!
I actually started out my college career as an English major and my plan was to be a TV comedy writer thanks to many years of watching The Carol Burnett Show and SNL. Â I made a right turn into radio, which is another very male-dominated industry, so I could totally relate to Tinaâs stories about working with all guys.
If youâve ever felt like the sort of invisible âsmart/funny girlâ, rather than the vivacious âpretty/popular girlâ, youâll love this book. Â Itâs a book for the rest of us. Â Just donât read it in a place where your loud laughter might be disruptive.
I pride myself on reading several genres of books - thrillers, mysteries, biographies, business books, sci fi - and yet I'd never picked up a western. It was my son who said, "You enjoy watching movies that are westerns; why not a book?"
I'm glad I took his advice, although I'm not sure I should've started with Lonesome Dove. I'm afraid that after this no other western novel will be able to cut it. Lonesome Dove is that good.
Let's start with the fact that the book is massive - my copy is a little over 850 pages. And yet you glide right through, with absolutely no dull moments or places where the story drags. That in itself is a credit to McMurtry's skills, and goes a long way in explaining why this 1985 classic picked up the Pulitzer Prize.
Set in the late 1800s, the story begins in the tiny town of Lonesome Dove, but then covers a cattle drive from south Texas to Montana. There are several riveting characters, beginning with the tandem of Woodrow Call and Augustus (Gus) McCrae, two former Texas Rangers who could not be more different from each other. In an unusual style, McMurtry tells the story through multiple points of view - something I normally would find confusing, but which somehow works quite well in this writer's hands.
Even the smaller characters come to life in a vibrant way. More than anything, you get a feel for the hard lives these people lived, where something as simple as a cool drink of water often seems like a gift. Plus, the back story on the primary characters is fascinating, and likely explains why such a long book reads so quickly.
So, if you're like me, and have never waded in to the western novel world before, this would be a great opportunity for you. Lonesome Dove is truly an American classic, and should find a spot on your bookshelf soon.
Pick it up for 20 percent off during the month of February at all three Denver-area locations of The Tattered Cover Book Store. Just ask for the Dom and Jane Book Club.