#280. Dark Lord of Derkholm - The Author’s Shelf, feat. Veronica Roth

May 25th, 2020

Veronica Roth, bestselling author of the Divergent series and the brand-new, adult-oriented fantasy Chosen Ones, joins Craig and Ryan to discuss her pick for the Author's Shelf podcast series. Veronica had the guys read Dark Lord of Derkholm, a 1998 fantasy parody by Diana Wynne Jones. The trio has a good time picking apart a few of the key characters and themes of the book, and Veronica enlightens the group on the personal connection between Jones and Tolkien.

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#279. Turn Coat, part 2 (Dresden Files #11)

May 19th, 2020

Two weeks in a row?? What have our fans done to deserve this? Regardless, Kenn, Megan, and Todd are back for another round of talk about Turn Coat, the eleventh installment in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series.

 

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#278. Turn Coat, part 1 (Dresden Files #11)

May 11th, 2020

Megan and Kenn join Todd to tackle the eleventh installment of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Turn Coat. Supply your own witty filler here, I'm tired.

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#277. The Lord of the Rings, Book 5

May 4th, 2020

Ryan, Megan, and Professor Craig (whose elbow patches are back from the shop and in better shape than ever) tackle book 5 of The Lord of the Rings. There are battles and ghosts and pirates and dramatic suicides, among many other exciting things, so Craig kicks off the discussion with ... 5 minutes about word order in the hobbits' speech. Riveting stuff, rest assured.

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#276. Abaddon’s Gate, part 2 (The Expanse #3)

April 28th, 2020

Todd, Kenn, and Stephanie are back, once again recording remotely for their second conversation about Abaddon's Gate, book 3 in The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey. Great times are had by all, which is made apparent by the fact that a simple laptop microphone clearly cannot handle Todd's laugh.

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Great Art and the Age Ceiling

April 26th, 2020

Craig is joined by author Maram Taibah to discuss the assertion, "Great art has an age floor but no age ceiling." They get into contextual issues, content issues, and what place YA fiction has to play in this discussion. They also talk about Maram's book, Weathernose, and Craig gets an education on "children's steampunk."

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#275. Small Favor & The Warrior (Dresden Files #10)

April 21st, 2020

Megan and Kenn are joined by Todd (AND TODD'S F****** BIRDS) on this episode to further discuss Small Favor, the tenth book in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, as well as the associated novelette The Warrior.

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#274. The Lord of the Rings, Book 4

April 14th, 2020

Craig, Ryan, and Megan reunite remotely for the next installment of their Lord of the Rings series of podcasts. Up today, Book 4, or the latter half of The Two Towers. In these ten chapters, we follow Frodo, Sam, and Gollum through the Emyn Muil, the Dead Marshes, Ithilien, and Shelob's Lair. The panelists will discuss the split nature of the narrative, Sam's place in the reader's experience, and why Gollum's final betrayal is possibly Tolkien's best writing in all of The Lord of the Rings.

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#273. Small Favor (Dresden Files #10)

April 7th, 2020

The original Blue Team is back! Todd, Kenn, and Megan worked around their social distancing requirements and came together over the interwebs to discuss Small Favor, book 10 in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. If there's a pool out there on when Todd would cry (we're way past if), then get out your stopwatches.

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#272. Abaddon’s Gate, part 1 (The Expanse #3)

March 30th, 2020

What quarantine? Oh, THAT quarantine. Todd, Stephanie, and Kenn wanted--no, needed to talk about the third installment in The Expanse, but had to rely on some remote software to do it. And it will take more than crappy sound quality and missing 10-minute chunk of audio to stop our intrepid trio. (In other words: forgive us, we tried.)

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