#124. The Shadow Rising, part 2

February 27th, 2017

We mop up our discussion of The Shadow Rising, book 4 of the Wheel of Time. Craig, Ryan, Kyle, and Kenn dive into the Perrin chapters, where he and Faile have moved from "utterly rage inducing" to just "pretty annoying most of the time." The final Word of the Day is revealed.


#123. The Shadow Rising, part 1

February 19th, 2017

Spoilers for all of The Shadow Rising. It's a frantic rush to cover as much as we can as we work our way through a discussion of this mammoth, 386K-word novel. This discussion turns out to be almost exlusively about the adventures of the crew in the Aiel Waste. Special attention is paid, per Reddit request, to the vision in Rhuidean. Word of the Day number 2 of 3 is revealed.


#122. Edgedancer

February 12th, 2017

MEGA SPOILER ALERT for the Cosmere. Seriously, we spoil most of it, so make sure you're caught up. The good news is that this story really doesn't work unless you're pretty well caught up anyway.

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#121. The Dragon Reborn, part 2

February 5th, 2017

More discussion of The Dragon Reborn, including an excellent "farmer with a quarterstaff" reference. (Thanks to Reddit listener jffdougan!) Also includes WORD OF THE DAY #1 of 3! Stay tuned through the next two WoT podcasts to hear the others and qualify for entry in the giveaway.


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#120. Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

January 29th, 2017

GENERAL COSMERE SPOILER ALERT. The crew discusses Brandon Sanderson's short story, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, in this podcast. Is it fantasy? Horror? Something in between? It's a quick read, so if you haven't got to this one yet, take an hour to read before listening in.

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#119. The Dragon Reborn, part 1

January 22nd, 2017

The guys discuss book 3 of the Wheel of Time. Craig forgets Kyle's name. Mat finally gets some pagecount. Everybody hates Faile. Rand is the new King of the Britons. Oh, and SPOILER ALERT, between approximately 42:00 and 45:00, Kyle apparently gave away a plot point that occurs in a later book, but none of us even realized it. I doubt it's that big a deal.

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#118. Who Goes There? (”The Thing”)

January 15th, 2017

Craig and Todd discuss the 1938 novelette, Who Goes There? by J.W. Campbell. This is the story that John Carpenter's movie The Thing was based on. It's a fun one, and a good way to talk about old sci-fi in general.

PDF of the story itself

PDF scan of the original magazine it was published in

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#117. The Great Hunt, part 2

December 25th, 2016

We finish up our discussion of The Great Hunt. A lot of talk of foreshadowing, with Lan teaching Rand about "sheathing the sword." Or was it "heron in the rushes?" Or "pigs in a blanket?" We close out with a clip from the song The Wisdom of Emond's Field, by the Swedish metal band Katana.

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#116. The Emperor’s Soul

December 18th, 2016

GENERAL SPOILER ALERT FOR THE COSMERE. The crew discusses Brandon Sanderson's novella, The Emperor's Soul. Most of the discussion is about the philosophical importance of the story, but we do stray into some discussion of the Cosmere and how it works, with a few references to other stories that you may not want spoiled.

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#115. Fahrenheit 451

December 11th, 2016

Craig, Todd, and Kenn resurrect our Heroes of Sci-fi series by diving into Ray Bradbury's classic dystopia, Fahrenheit 451. So get back in the high-school-english-class mindset. Or, if you're still in high school, just use this to pretend like you read the book.


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