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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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On this return to the “weekender” episodes, Craig is joined by Travis from The Fantasy Inn for a two-parter. In this episode, we reminisce about our 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 Ricochet.

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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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie (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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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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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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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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The Sad Puppies nearly broke the Hugo Awards. In fact, you could argue that they did for a time. The Sad Puppies, and the response to it, were … fraught with a lot of baggage for the sci-fi/fantasy community. It seemed no one could resist taking a side. (In fact, we couldn’t even find a good rundown to link to–every article and post we saw was biased, and usually pretty angry. You’ll have to Google it yourself.)

Craig and Kenn recently hosted Larry Correia for an Author’s Shelf episode (which was great), and they couldn’t miss the opportunity to talk to the founder of the Sad Puppies about the subject. So they invited Larry to tell his story–the how and why of the most divisive movement in recent SFF history.

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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.

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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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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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