Ep. 7 – R.A. Salvatore’s The Crystal Shard

Tonight both our tavern and episode are jam-packed with changes and adventure – we welcome fan-fiction erotica historian Russ to the show to talk about the swashbuckling, genre-defining Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore. Dan talks about the collective nouns for goodly folk, and Mark offers gravelly insight into the evilest figure of the whole book – King Bruenor Battleaxe.

We talk about the challenges in translating DnD character sheets into stories, the difficulties in brewing tundra mead, racial attributes, stereotypes and why Cattie-Brie shouldn’t talk like a dwarf.

This episode contains spoilers.

Next episode’s book is Mark Lawrence’s debut novel Prince of Thorns.

Links: A frost-bitten outro, Erotic Fan Fic, Salvatore Interview, Gene Wolf – Fifth Head of Cerberus, Raunig – Dividuum: Machinic Capitalism & Molecular Revolution

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