#288. Dresden Files, Books 10-12 Recap

July 27th, 2020

The Blue Team (Megan, Kenn, and Todd) needed an extra episode to sort through their feelings on Small Favor, Turn Coat, and Changes, books 10 through 12 of Jim Butcher's increasingly remarkable Dresden Files.

 

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#287. A Wizard of Earthsea

July 20th, 2020

Hot on the heels of their Lord of the Rings series, Ryan and Craig bring along Todd to talk about Ursula K. Le Guin's classic high fantasy story, A Wizard of Earthsea. While it's lighter in page count than most of what they read, the story packs a real punch, and there's plenty for the trio to unpack. Of course, that won't stop them from being their usual tangential selves, but hey, there's at least some unpacking...

 

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#286. Cibola Burn, ep.2 (The Expanse #4)

July 13th, 2020

Todd, Stephanie, and Kenn spend an hour laughing, crying, and arguing about whether or not SpaceX is the harbinger of an Expanse-like future. Kenn recaps, Todd blasts off to Level Three, and Stephanie shares her ONE WEIRD TRICK to make everyone's life a little better.

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#285. Exploring The Lord of the Rings Appendices

July 6th, 2020

Writing nearly 400,000 words wasn't quite enough, so Tolkien included SIX appendices after The Lord of the Rings, covering so much extra stuff, from the story of Aragorn and Arwen and the histories of the Dwarves, the Rohirrim, and the Dunedain to the Shire calendar and an Elvish pronunciation guide. Much like the prologue, it's easy to skim this section (or skip it entirely). But giving the appendices a little attention will unlock layers and colors to the story that make it even more fun and rewarding. In this episode, Craig and Megan briefly cover some of the highlights from the Lord of the Rings appendices.

 

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#284. Changes, ep.2 (Dresden Files #12)

June 29th, 2020

Our Dresden crew (Megan, Kenn, and Todd) tackle the second part of Changes, the 12th book in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. WHAT HAPPENED WITH HARRY? That's ... pretty much the major question to address in this one. Enjoy.

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#283. Changes, ep.1 (Dresden Files #12)

June 22nd, 2020

Shed a tear for poor Kenn who has to try to recap this one. Todd, Kenn, and Megan are back together in the studio, ready to discuss Changes, book 12 of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. It's the book that fans have been promising would blow their minds, and ... that may just have happened. Listen in and hear how it went!

 

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#282. Cibola Burn, ep.1 (The Expanse #4)

June 14th, 2020

Kenn recaps, Stephanie endures, and Todd promises not to cry (ha ha) in this episode on Cibola Burn, the fourth book in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. The panel seems a little confused at the start about whether or how much they enjoy this book, but ultimately the consensus seems positive. Is it positive enough to continue with the series? We might have to wait until part 2 to find out!

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Disney & the Art of Storytelling

June 11th, 2020

Ryan hosts today's episode, bringing in Kenn and Megan and newcomer Jim Christian to talk about Disney: the movies, the parks, the stories. What is it that gives Disney its peculiar magic? Why do other parks and other studios often fall short of what Disney is able to create? If you're not a mega Disney fan, then buckle up, because this is a group of unapologetic mousketeers.

 

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#281. The Lord of the Rings, book 6

June 8th, 2020

Craig, Ryan, and Megan reunite for the final part of the Lord of the Rings. Well, except for the appendices, and there will be an episode on that as well, it turns out. Anyway, for this one, they unlock the real meaning behind the Field of Cormallen scene, discuss why Frodo couldn't be the one who destroyed the Ring, and get one more verse recap from Craig.

 

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#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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