#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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#271. Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

March 23rd, 2020

The Ladies of the Legendarium are back! This time they take on a listener suggestion: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. Stephanie, Megan, and Kate all read the book for the first time in preparation for this episode, so they've got some fresh takes for you. They also address some listener questions and comments to round things out.

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Fantasy Entry Points, feat. The Fantasy Inn

March 20th, 2020

On this return to the "weekender" episodes, Craig is joined by Travis from The Fantasy Inn for a two-parter. In this episode, we talk reminisce about their own entry points into fantasy, both as young readers and again as adults. What is it about certain books that sucks us into a genre and won't let us go? And does that thing change as we age? Can lightning still strike as an adult, or does our entry point need to happen earlier? Let us know what you think by commenting on Reddit, Discord, Twitter, etc.

And stick around for part 2, which will be published on 3/24 on the Fantasy Inn podcast. In that episode we extend the discussion into what we think are the best books, and the best ways, to introduce someone to the fantasy genre. Go subscribe to hear more.

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#270. The Lord of the Rings, Book 3

March 16th, 2020

Craig, Ryan, and Megan (no Kyle today) talk about book 3 of The Lord of the Rings, being the first half of The Two Towers.They take on the entrelacement writing technique Tolkien employs, Aragorn's character arc (yep, he has one!), and the nature of the palantiri. Craig is of course back with his recap poem, but Megan decides to one up him by singing on this episode. Trigger warning.

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#269. Caliban’s War, chs. 28-54 (The Expanse #2)

March 9th, 2020

Todd, Stephanie, and Kenn are back with another installment of their series of episodes discussing James S.A. Corey's The Expanse. As usual, Todd threatens to cry a lot and Kenn likes the punchin' stuff, but Stephanie digs deep and gives us a brand new topic: licorice. Yeah, it's one of those episodes. Enjoy!

 

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#268. The Lord of the Rings, Book 2

March 1st, 2020

Craig, Ryan, Megan, and Kyle discuss the second book in The Lord of the Rings--or to put it another way, the second half of The Fellowship of the Ring. They get into lots of listener questions, like whether the Rivendell chapters are too long, whether balrogs should have wings, whether the fellowship sufficiently mourns Gandalf, and much, much more. Enjoy!

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#267. Caliban’s War, chs. 1-27 (The Expanse #2)

February 24th, 2020

Todd, Kenn, and Stephanie from the Blue Team discusses the first half of Caliban's War, book 2 of The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey. As per usual, Todd has some tears to shed, Stephanie gets in touch with the emotional state of the characters, and Kenn is (of course) attracted to the militant women in the story. Enjoy!

While Blue Team is reading the books, Craig will be hosting a weekly, patron-only, joint watch-through of the SyFy series. To get more details, check out this Reddit post. To join in on the weekly livestreams, join any Patreon tier.

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#266. Gunpowder & Embers - Author’s Shelf feat. Larry Correia

February 16th, 2020

Giant ants and pterodons come to Earth via a rift in space-time, kill lots of people, and consume anything electric, leaving the remnants of humanity to rebuild in a post-apocalyptic steampunk hellscape. If that line doesn't sell you on pulp sci-fi, then there may be no hope for you at all. Kenn and Craig welcome best-selling author Larry Correia, who tells us why he pulled this new collaborative novel off his shelf for us to discuss.

Visit Larry at https://monsterhunternation.com/

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#265. The Lord of the Rings, Book 1

February 9th, 2020

The time has come! Six years ago Craig and Ryan kicked off the Legendarium podcast with a read-through of the Lord of the Rings. Now they're back, and they've got Kyle and Megan in tow as well. In this episode they discuss a bit about the hobbits, the pacing, the poetry and the reasons for Gandalf's 17-year absence. If you're hoping to get your fix of Professor Craig, stick around, because that mostly happens toward the end. A note: If you're looking for an in-depth discussion of the minutiae of this book, look elsewhere! But you can enjoy a discussion amongst friends loosely based around the first book of The Lord of the Rings.

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#264. The Burning White, pt. 2 (Lightbringer #5)

February 2nd, 2020

It's all listener comments, all the time! For our final Lightbringer installment, Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie tackle all the listener comments and questions that they missed during the first Burning White episode. Curving cannonballs, deific resuscitations, and gas-powered murder teeth are all on the table as we close out our discussions of Brent Week's 5-volume fantasy epic. What a ride.

 

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