#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

#155. Thor: Ragnarok & Stranger Things 2

Craig, Ryan, and Kyle are joined by Adam Palcher of A Damn Movie Podcast to discuss Thor: Ragnarok and Stranger Things 2. Where does Cate Blanchett rank vis-a-vis Thanos? (According to Craig, of course, she ranks above anyone.) Who has the lamest cameo of all time? Who’s the better secondary character, Steve or Bob? With names as exciting as those, how could you not pick both?

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#154. Rankapalooza

This is a different kind of episode, so be prepared! Craig, Todd, Kyle, and Kenn basically just hang out for an hour and rank stuff. What kind of stuff? Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, non-combat Zelda items, fast food restaurants … pretty much anything. Enjoy!

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#153. The Gathering Storm, part 2

Call it the Egwene episode. Craig, Kyle, Ryan, and Kenn discuss The Gathering Storm again, getting to what we didn’t get to in the last episode. Egwene is the CEO of Randland. Verin has quite the secret. And was Hinderstap a necessary stop in the story? It was a good trip into the first of the Sandersion WoT trio.

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#152. The Gathering Storm, part 1

The Wonder Boys get together and discuss The Gathering Storm, Brandon Sanderson’s first of three Wheel of Time books. This discussion mostly revolves around Rand and those around him. We cover why Cadsuane is worthless, why Tam Al’Thor is a great father figure, and why “love conquers all” isn’t necessarily a worn-out theme in fiction.

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#151. The Three Levels of Story

Craig, Kyle, and Todd welcome guest panelist Daniel Swenson to discuss the Legendarium’s “three levels” theory. This is a topic that has come up a lot on the podcast, and we haven’t always done a great job of explaining what each level entails, or how they interact. Our hope is that (among other things) this will help you make some sense of our bizarre, tangential discussions, both past and future.

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#150. A Robert Jordan Retrospective

After 11 Wheel of Time novels, and 23 podcasts about them, we’ve come to the end of our Robert Jordan road. (Sort of. There’s still plenty of WoT to get through.) We take a pause from talking about the books individually to talk about them as a whole, and especially about the guy who brought them to us. Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Kyle go through their laundry list of favorite and least favorite aspects of Jordan as an author, rank him among fantasy writers, and indulge in a bit of RJ trivia time.

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#149. Knife of Dreams, part 2

It’s the wrap-up of the Robert Jordan portion of our Wheel of Time series with part two of our Knife of Dreams discussion. Okay, it’s not really the end. (We’re planning an RJ retrospective episode before diving into the Sanderson-aided books.) Come along for one more RJ-book episode, and get really uncomfortable as we kick it off with a hypothetical discussion of taking the red rod ter’angreal with us into a Seattle hotel room. Yikes.

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#148. Sixth of the Dusk

This episode was different, and a lot of fun. This was a simulcast livestream and podcast. The episode originally aired on the YouTube channel TheBlueShifting, home of Letters from the Cosmere. This was a charity event, benefiting Open Books, a nonprofit that puts books into the hands of underprivileged kids. It’s worth a donation, which you can give here. Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Megan all discuss Sanderson’s least-loved work, Sixth of the Dusk. Enjoy!

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