Ep. 5 – N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

Come with us now as we toast to N. K. Jeminin’s The Fifth Season, a departure from our regular fare. Modern and challenging, blending genres and influences, turning traditional fantasy on its head.

As always spoilers abound.

Links: Outro song

Ep. 4 – Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora

We couldn’t say enough good things about this novel so we got friend of the show and talented designer Matt in to help us out, who in exchange for making our show design look as wonderful as it did, was in no way contractually obliged to come on and talk about a book that he wanted to.

There aren’t many books that out-perform Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora in any way you care to name, or at least that’s the view we’re putting forward. We do try our very best to offer a counter-argument in what we imagined are the book’s softer elements, but could find little wanting.

We discuss modern language in the Fantasy genre, the Heist in all its glory, why you never see comedy in the genre, and a whole bunch on turtles.

Oh, so many spoilers, so be warned.

Links: Outro song ‘The Gentlemen Bastard Life’ was made with a tavern full o’ drunks

Ep. 3 – Patrick Rothfuss’ The Wise Man’s Fear

Come! Sit! Order your own damn ale! Mark and Daniel discuss Fantasy author’s shining light Patrick Rothfuss and his second novel in the Kingkiller’s Chronicle, The Wise Man’s Fear.

Much talk about why Fantasy authors can’t write cool, why Denna gets the short straw, and cover the Best Spring Break Ever.

We would like to take this opportunity to say we won’t be talking about what we’re going to be doing in upcoming podcasts or on outro tracks – we promised The Princess Bride, we delivered Rothfuss. We planned for Sting, but we went back to synthpop as usual.

This episode contains spoilers.

Links: A song that isn’t the outro, another song that also isn’t the outro

Ep. 2 – Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself

In this week’s tavern cavort Daniel and Mark are back to follow up their stunning debut, which brought pleasure to very nearly dozens, to tackle Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself.

Despite this book being very popular for its modern take on the genre, we found it problematic, both in the story itself and what it represents moving forward for the fantasy genre. Nonetheless, we did our best to understand the appeal of Abercrombie’s work.

Also Daniel starts to say “the something itself” quite early and doesn’t let up.

This episode contains spoilers.

Links: Outro Song: Northern Boy, Northern Girl

Ep. 1 – Robin Hobb’s The Fool’s Assassin

In this episode Mark and Dan tear open old wounds and wallow piteously through the pages of Robin Hobb’s grand return to the trials and tribulations of FitzChivalry Farseer – bastard assassin come bumbling father.

There are spoilers abound in this podcast, so be warned. Another spoiler – gin was a bad idea.

Links: Hobb’s bibliography

Our outro song ‘Why Me?’ was sung by a Bryan Ferry impersonator. Listen to it in as a standalone work of art.

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