#165. Oathbringer #1 (parts 1 & 2)

Recorded in the unfinished studio space, so the sound may be a bit off! Craig, Ryan, Megan, and Todd get rolling on what may be the most anticipated episode of the Legendarium ever. This episode covers parts 1 & 2 of Oathbringer, so spoilers only up to that point. What worked? What didn’t? What did we want more of? Anything we wanted less of? Enjoy the long-but-not-nearly-long-enough discussion!

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#164. The Magician’s Nephew (Narnia #1)

New series, new theme song … same idiots. Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Todd discuss The Magician’s Nephew, book one of the Chronicles of Narnia. Yes, book one. For today anyway. Don’t worry, we’ll get into the whole reading order controversy, and do absolutely nothing to solve it. We’ll also talk about the nature of children’s stories, and what this one has to offer kids and adults alike.

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MUSIC: “Adventure Time” and “The Seven Seas” courtesy of Philter.no

#163. A WoT Ending

It’s our 31st Wheel of Time episode, which brings us to … well, not the end of our Wheel of Time journey, but to an end. To anyone who has joined us during this readthrough, we’re thrilled you’ve enjoyed it enough to stick with us through it all. Now go listen to the episode, you light-blinded idiots.

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#162. A Memory of Light, part 2

IT IS FINISHED. With the exception of a wrap-up episode to come, this marks the end of our time with Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. What a ride it’s been, too. It’s not hard to tell from listening that we’re exhausted, as anyone should be after this many words, this many pages, this many characters, places, events, and emotions. Thanks for listening along with us!

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#161. The Last Jedi

Oh boy… For a podcast that already has a reputation for tangential discussions, we’ve really outdone ourselves this time. But how can you talk about The Last Jedi without discussing its implications for the entire Star Wars franchise, the Disney corporation, and all of Western civilization? It can’t be done. Certainly not by us. But enjoy as Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn do their best to talk about the movie that everyone is talking about.

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#160. A Memory of Light, part 1

There may be no beginnings or endings, but this is a beginning of an ending, so that will have to do. This is part 1 of 2 in our discussion of A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time. Craig, Kyle, Ryan, and Kenn discuss the ins and outs of the Last Battle, but reserve for part 2 any discussion of the Rand/Dark One finale.

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#159. Towers of Midnight, part 2

The Wheel of Time may have no beginnings or endings, but we’re coming awfully close to an ending. This is part two of our discussion on the second-to-last Wheel of Time book, and things are starting to get intense. Craig, Ryan, Kyle, and Kenn discuss Rand’s part in this book, and get to many more Reddit questions as well.

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#158. Justice League

Craig, Ryan, Todd, and special guest Vilja Johnson pick apart the new Justice League movie. (Of course, “new” is a relative term. It’s been out for about two weeks, so we’re way behind in the pop culture game. Oh well.) What worked, what didn’t? Craig is the unlikely, lone voice in defending Zack Snyder … at least a little bit. He’s also the only one to have seen The Punisher on Netflix, which is discussed for a few minutes at the end.

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#157. Towers of Midnight, part 1

The crew sits down for a discussion of the penultimate book in the Wheel of Time series, Towers of Midnight. Although there’s a lot of what feels like time-wasting with the trial, Perrin still manages to finally come into his own in this book, and even Craig reacts with approval. More connections to Scandinavian myths, and to Kenn that’s apparently a bad thing. Craig’s long-time love of Nynaeve fully pays off.

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Oathbringer Review (including podcast)

A note on spoilers. In this review, I’m not going to spoil any major reveals. But a few general plot points are fair game here. So if you’re hoping to go into your reading of Oathbringer 100% fresh (not a bad call, since impeccable story structure and Roshar-shattering reveals are Sanderson hallmarks), turn back now. If you’re just looking for a little pre-game commentary, though, then read on.

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“Your words are not that special, Brandon Sanderson.”

So said my wife after I congratulated myself on finishing one-third — 400 pages — of Oathbringer, the third of Sanderson’s mammoth Stormlight Archive series. Even for someone of my fantasy-oriented literary proclivities, this book is a monster. Ten-point type scrunched between barely-there margins, filling 1,250 pages? To the uninitiated, this appears as an act of extreme hubris. I assure you it is not. Read more