The Legendarium Podcast

The Legendarium

The Legendarium

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The Legendarium exists primarily as a book club for fantasy and sci-fi, both the classics and the new classics.Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and more.

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Painting the Darkness - With Artist Miranda Meeks

Sep 13, 2019 28:14

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This episode will be best heard if you can see those works of Miranda's that we reference, over at MirandaMeeks.com. Miranda is an artist whose work frequently graces the covers -- and sometimes pages -- of Brandon Sanderson's books, as well as other novels. (Several prints adorn the walls of our studio, in fact.) Her style is at once dark, accessible, and unique, and on top of that she is a wonderful conversational partner. Listen in, I think you'll enjoy this interview.

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#243. The Black Prism, chs. 51-95

Sep 9, 2019 01:11:53

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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie discuss the second half of Brent Weeks's The Black Prism, book 1 in the Lightbringer series. After a long setup in the first half, we get a lot of interesting questions and moments to chew on. Why is this book titled The Black Prism? Is it actually awful that the Chromeria expects a high price from their ranks of drafters? What exactly is a turtle-bear? And Craig makes at least one bold prediction for the rest of the series.

 

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#242. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Sep 6, 2019 50:44

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This episode is truly a first: the first time we've ever read a historical action comedy horror parody of a 19th century classic. Oh, and it's also our first-ever ladies-only show! Stephanie and Megan welcome newcomer Kate to the Legendarium and together the three of them dissect (eww) this fun, hilarious, sometimes gory, sometimes touching book.

 

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#241. The Hobbit, chs. 8-11

Sep 3, 2019 46:01

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Craig, Ryan, and Kyle continue through The Hobbit, discussing (we're using that term as broadly as possible here) chapters eight through eleven. Without Stephanie to keep the guys on track, things get ... well let's just say it's not as polished a conversation as she might have helped provide. Together they discuss Mirkwood, giant spiders, elves, barrels, Lake Town, and opening Erebor's back door.

 

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TBR Piles and Deep Reading

Aug 30, 2019 31:59

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TBR = "to be read." Most of us have a TBR pile, but some of us can get a bit overwhelmed by it. For this topic, Craig, Ryan, and Kyle are joined by a special guest: YouTube sensation Daniel Greene. (And now we expect him to put "'YouTube sensation' -The Legendarium" in all of his promotional materials.) Together they discuss not only their TBR piles and how they manage them, but also what it means to read deeply and whether that can be done if one is multitasking while working through that giant stack of books to be read.

 

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#240. Dresden Files Recap & Reaction, Books 1-5

Aug 26, 2019 49:45

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The Blue Team is taking a deep breath before a giant Dresden plunge! In preparation for another spate of Dresden Files episodes coming up, Megan, Kenn, and Todd take stock of where they're at in the series, how they're enjoying, what they're enjoying most, and what they're looking forward to in coming books. Look forward to at least another 4-5 Dresden episodes in the coming weeks!

 

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Dealing With Burnout & How To Recommend Fantasy

Aug 24, 2019 32:36

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Craig and Kyle discuss the thing that has kept Kyle off the show for too long now: burnout. It can sneak up on anyone, even the biggest of fans, and they talk about how to combat it. They also address a listener question about how to introduce fantasy to the uninitiated. (Spoiler alert: the answer is "slowly and carefully."

Please let us know what you think of us doing more small episodes like this between out main book-centric episodes.

 

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239. The Black Prism, chs. 1-50

Aug 20, 2019 58:15

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(Skip to 5:20 to get to actual Lightbringer content.) Our inaugural Lightbringer discussion! If you haven't read this series, now's a good time to start, as it is highly recommended among fiction readers. With good reason, as it turns out.

 

It's just Craig and Ryan for this one! And maybe for a lot of Lightbringer episodes coming up. Hopefully they still like each other when it's done. Anyway, in this episode Craig gives his first impressions on the first half of the book (Ryan's read the series already); they talk about what makes Kip (and Liv) a good protagonist; and Craig makes some predictions about what's to come. Oh! And Ryan wants everyone to watch the aftermath of Fabio getting hit in the face by a goose whilst riding a roller coaster. Which you can do, here.

 

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#238. God Emperor of Dune, ep.2

Aug 13, 2019 01:03:40

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Todd, Megan, Kenn, and Jack are all back for a wrap-up of their discussion of God Emperor of Dune, the fourth book in Frank Herbert's Dune series. And it's time for a brand new drinking game! If you are inclined to imbibe, then toss one back every time you hear the phrase "gross protuberance." Now what was already going to be a good episode just became a lot of fun, because you're living on the edge due to the very real danger of liver failure before the hour is up.

 

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#237. Summer Movie Roundup - Tolkien, John Wick, Spider-Man, & More

Aug 5, 2019 01:16:06

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Finally, with the release of Hobbs & Shaw, the 2019 summer movie season can be officially declared over. Craig, Todd, and Ryan simulcast this recording on a YouTube livestream as well, and they talk about a ton of summer media, including Tolkien, John Wick 3, Brightburn, Disney live action remakes, Dark Phoenix, Spider-Man, Toy Story 4, and more. And more. And more. No need to strap in, this is a "chill out, just relax" kind of episode.

 

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#236. Ender's Game - Author's Shelf feat. David Farland

Jul 29, 2019 57:11

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On this Author's Shelf episode, David Farland joins Craig, Kenn, and Ryan to discuss Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. We discuss a lot of characters and themes, just like normal, but we also get a healthy dose of amazing stories from Dave. You don't want to miss this one.

 

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#235. The Hobbit, chs.4-7

Jul 23, 2019 01:04:59

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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie tackle chapters 4-7 of The Hobbit, covering the company's capture by the goblins of the Misty Mountains, Bilbo's solo adventure in Gollum's cave, his rejoining of the company and their eventual escape from the goblins via giant eagle, and the final bit of relaxation before plunging into the most difficult parts of the adventure. This episode was simulcast on YouTube live (subscribe!), so Craig was a bit distracted making all the tech work. But enjoy it anyway!

 

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#234. God Emperor of Dune, ep.1

Jul 15, 2019 01:04:04

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For our first discussion on God Emperor of Dune, Todd and Kenn welcome Jack Butler back to the Legendarium. Jack was previously on episode 220 (a Silmarillion episode) but now he returns to establish his sci-fi bona fides as well his fantasy ones. This is our first of two discussions on the fourth book in Frank Herbert's Dune series, and we hope you enjoy it.

 

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#233. The Hobbit, chs 1-3

Jul 8, 2019 55:01

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Back to Middle-earth! Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie step from the comforts of 19th-century England into the wild world of Faerie. In the first few chapters of The Hobbit, we go from the landed gentry of Bag End to the cockney dockworkers of the Ettenmoors, to the timeless elves of Rivendell. What was initially intended to be the first of three episodes has suddenly become the first of ... five? Six? We'll see! Thanks for joining us.

 

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#232. Doomsday Book - Author's Shelf, feat. Andrew Klavan

Jun 24, 2019 52:03

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For today's Author's Shelf episode, Andrew Klavan asked Craig and Kenn to read Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis. The three of them discuss the incredibly well drawn characters, the devastating emotional climax, and the relief of having a time travel story that -- wouldn't you know it -- actually works! Our thanks to Andrew Klavan for coming on the show, and we hope you'll check out his recent effort, Another Kingdom.

 

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#231. Death Masks (Dresden Files #5)

Jun 17, 2019 01:15:23

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The Freaking Shroud of Turin (TM) has gone missing! The Blue Team is thrilled be back in the Dresden Files, following Harry et al through Death Masks, the fifth book in the series. Todd is finally feeling better after being a bit sick through the last few episodes, but Dresden is exactly what he needed as a good pick-me-up. Kenn hits some high notes in his recap, Megan is not looking for a paladin in her life, and the crew answers some Reddit questions.

 

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#230. Beyond the Shadows, ep.2 (Night Angel #3)

Jun 10, 2019 56:53

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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie are back for one more Night Angel episode, this being the second of two discussions on Brent Weeks's Beyond the Shadows. They talk about the price of Kylar's immortality; the grand finale; and whether Lantano Garuwashi, however great, is even necessary. They also finally answer some reddit questions.

 

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#229. Children of Dune, ep.2

Jun 3, 2019 01:02:54

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The Blue Team is back! Todd, Megan, and Kenn reunite for a second discussion of Children of Dune. As is becoming clearer and clearer, Kenn and Megan don't exactly share Todd's enthusiasm for the Dune series. But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to discuss! They'll be back for more Dune in the coming months, but watch for more Dresden coming up between now and then.

 

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#228. Good Omens

May 28, 2019 46:17

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It's a Purple Team episode! Ryan joins Todd and Megan (and Kenn pops in for a subpar recap) to discuss Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The Amazon-exclusive adaptation is set to hit Prime Video on May 31st, so we figured now was a good time to give this one a try.

 

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#227. Beyond the Shadows, ep.1 (Night Angel #3)

May 21, 2019 01:01:05

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Craig, Ryan, Stephanie, and author Andy Peloquin discuss Beyond the Shadows, book 3 of Brent Weeks's Night Angel trilogy. They talk about whether fantasy violence is any worse than the real stuff, what Dorian's story teaches us about the corrupting influence of power, and the growth arc of Vi, the former assassin with a heart of gold.

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#226. Children of Dune, ep.1

May 13, 2019 01:04:34

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Blue Team assemble! Todd, Kenn, and Megan are back with their take on Children of Dune, book 3 in Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi epic. They'll discuss the latest hijinks of that ol' rascal, Emperor Paul Muad'Dib, and Todd will even almost not get emotional. Kenn takes a break from recapping, and Megan isn't even sure she wants in for this episode. SO GOOD.

 

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#225. Avengers: Endgame

May 7, 2019 01:03:08

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Five mics, seven panelists, and more bad jokes and worse opinions than you can shake a gauntlet at: we brought every regular panelist in for our mega discussion of Avengers: Endgame. We wade through everyone's takes, some surprising, some not, then at the end of the episode they all find out how well (or poorly!) Craig knows them.

 

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#224. Live at JordanCon 2019

Apr 30, 2019 37:17

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Craig and Kenn, along with a few new friends of the show, recap and review their time at JordanCon 2019. The short of it is: it's a great time, you should go! (To be fair, though, we do offer a few minor pieces of critical feedback along the way.) The long of it is ... well, the episode. So listen in and enjoy, especially if you enjoy a bit of vicarious living.

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#223. Summer Knight (Dresden Files #4)

Apr 15, 2019 01:19:51

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Todd, Kenn, and Megan discuss Summer Knight, book 4 of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, complete with a classic Kenn recap. It might be somewhat polarizing among fans, but all three panelists had quite a lot of fun with this book, which easily spills over into their discussion.

 

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#222. Dune Messiah, ep.2

Apr 8, 2019 01:07:31

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Todd, Megan, and Kenn are joined by newcomer Alex to finish their discussion of Dune Messiah, book 2 of Frank Herbert's Dune series. They discuss Paul's legacy, a disappointing lack of worm races, and respond to Reddit questions and comments, like whether saving humanity is even a worthy goal.

 

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#221. Shadow's Edge, ep.2 (Night Angel #2)

Apr 2, 2019 57:58

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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie are back for the second installment of their discussion of Shadow's Edge, the second book in Brent Weeks's Night Angel trilogy. As promised, much of the talk revolves around the sexuality in the book. Also on the docket: Craig hates "the moral of the story," Ryan likes the hero here more than the one in the Farseer trilogy, and Stephanie understands all the hair issues.

 

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#220. Of Turin Turambar (Silmarillion)

Mar 25, 2019 56:17

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Ryan and Craig welcome two guests to discuss "Of Turin Turambar," the most relentlessly gloomy story in Tolkien's entire oeuvre. And they even have some fun while they're at it! Kip Rasmussen, the Tolkien illustrator who joined us on our first Silmarillion episode, returns after a four-year absence. Jack Butler, a first-time guest, is a podcaster and writer in Washington, D.C.

 

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#219. Shadow's Edge, ep.1 (Night Angel #2)

Mar 19, 2019 01:00:20

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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie take an entire hour to synopsize Shadow's Edge, book two of Brent Weeks's Night Angel Trilogy. Over the course of their synopsis, they discuss whether it's a good idea for an author to peek through the fourth wall; how enjoyable they found the love story; and what Logan's time in the hole teaches us about the Enlightenment.

#218. Dune Messiah, ep.1

Mar 13, 2019 01:12:17

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Megan, Todd, and Kenn are back for their first discussion of Dune Messiah, the second of Frank Herbert's original Dune books. Kenn comes armed with his traditional Kennified recap, and Todd lays the smackdown on Megan's opinion. You'll find out why, over and over again, but this episode might as well be sponsored by Spartan races.

 

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#215. The Way of Shadows, ep.2 (Night Angel #1)

Mar 5, 2019 01:04:25

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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie welcome author Griffin Stark to continue their discussion of The Way of Shadows, book 1 of the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks. After mostly talking about the characters in the last episode, this time we get into the meat of the story itself. They also have a whole segment on a word that doesn't get thrown around much on this podcast.

 

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#216. Dune, part 3

Feb 25, 2019 01:19:43

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Wrapping up our discussion of Frank Herbert's Dune, James Jakins returns and joins Todd, Megan, and Kenn to talk about Part 3. (Book 3? Tome 3?) In this episode, we get to more Reddit questions, and chat about the adaptations, both previous and forthcoming.

 

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#215. The Way of Shadows, ep.1 (Night Angel #1)

Feb 18, 2019 50:27

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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie discuss The Way of Shadows, the first of the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks. This is the first of two episodes on the book, and this one is mostly spent discussing the primary and secondary characters. Is Momma K a role model? Are we meant to like Durzo Blint? Is Elene a satisfying match for Kylar? We'll get to even more in part 2 of our discussion, set for release in a couple weeks. Thanks for listening.

 

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#214. Dune, parts 1 & 2

Feb 13, 2019 01:04:19

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The time is finally here! Dune is among the titles most requested by our listeners, so it's our pleasure to finally read and discuss it. Todd, Megan, and guest-editor Kenn are joined by author James Jakins to talk about Frank Herbert's classic, including whether the world's best-selling sci-fi novel is ... actually a fantasy novel. As per usual, some of the panelists are brand-new to Dune, while others are old acquaintances with it. Luckily, all of them have opinions.

 

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#213. New Spring (WoT Prequel)

Feb 5, 2019 59:24

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Don't say you weren't warned we'd be back: after all, there are no endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. Nor, it seems, are there any endings to our Wheel of Time podcast series. Kyle, Kenn, Ryan, and Craig are back with a discussion of New Spring, the prequel novel that Robert Jordan published in 2004. We talk about the characters and events, of course, but much of the conversation is about the place of New Spring in the WoT series, reading order, and thoughts about what might have been with other prequels and supplemental novels.

 

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#212. The Truth (Discworld) feat. Brandon Sanderson

Jan 28, 2019 59:40

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Craig and Ryan welcome a new panelist, Brandon Sanderson (maybe you've heard of him?). The three of them discuss The Truth, the 25th book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Spoiler alert, technically, because we range all over the story, as usual. But as we mention during the show, this isn't the type of book with which you should be overly concerned about spoilers; it's delightful and hilarious regardless of what you know about it. Enjoy the episode, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

GIVEAWAY RULES

To be entered for the drawing to win a signed hardback of either Edgedancer or Legion: Lies of the Beholder, simply tweet or post publicly on facebook, including the link to this episode (http://www.thelegendariumpodcast.com/212-the-truth/) and the hashtag #pratchettstruth. And maybe say something nice or clever while you're at it? Winners will be contacted via the method they used to enter within 2 weeks of air date.

To win the signed hardback copy of Oathbringer, simply comment on the post-discussion Reddit thread, at thelegendarium.reddit.com. Our favorite comment, as determined solely and completely subjectively by Ryan and Craig, will win. You have 2 weeks from air date, and the winner will be contacted via DM.

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If you don't already, be sure to keep up with Brandon at https://brandonsanderson.com/

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#211. Assassin's Quest (Farseer #3)

Jan 22, 2019 01:37:31

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We disliked book 1, and we liked book 2 pretty well. So question will finally be decided: How did we feel about the Farseer trilogy as a whole? Ryan, Craig, and Kyle record the second-longest episode we've ever done, teasing out what they think of this Assassin's Quest, the trilogy as a whole, and some of the wider reactions to it. Why has this series proven to be the most polarizing in Legendarium history? Let's dive in and find out.

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#210. Grave Peril (Dresden Files #3)

Jan 15, 2019 01:02:25

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Our apologies for the audio issues. If it's unlistenable...well, that's not much different from any of our other shows, I guess. In this episode, Megan, Kenn, and Todd tackle Grave Peril, the third installment of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. And if you know anything about the Three Levels theory, then you know that Todd can pretend just about anything belongs in level 3. In this case, that thing is all the leering and innuendos scattered throughout the book. Go figure.

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#209. Farmer Giles of Ham (Tolkien Short Story)

Jan 7, 2019 46:33

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Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Todd talk about Tolkien's mock fairy tale, Farmer Giles of Ham. It's a delightful little short story, without too much meat on its bones, so it makes for a perfect read on a slow afternoon. Don't worry about spoilers, since there's not much to spoil with this one, but if you enjoy the episode, go find a copy (PDFs abound online) to read in less than an hour.

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#208. Hogfather

Dec 24, 2018 01:02:02

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Happy Hogswatch, everyone! For our surprise holiday episode, the Blue Team jumps into Discworld in our first Terry Pratchett novel, Hogfather. It's everything you've come to expect from the Blue Team ... but with more Death. Enjoy!

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#207. Aquaman

Dec 17, 2018 59:22

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Spoilers start at about 12:30. Craig, Kyle, and returning guest Vilja dive into Aquaman. If you're looking for a measured, coherent discussion, well ... this isn't really it. We recorded this about 10 minutes after leaving the theater, so enjoy our completely raw, rambling, unorganized reaction.

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#206. Royal Assassin (Farseer #2)

Dec 11, 2018 01:14:16

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We're back! This episode covers Royal Assassin, book two in the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb. After being savaged for our discontented take on book 1, will we have a better reception this time around? There's only one way to find out.

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#205A - Skyward (fixed audio)

Dec 3, 2018 01:12:56

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We return to the works of what some have called our patron saint, Brandon Sanderson.  We take to the stars-is with our review of Skyward.  Todd, Megan, and "visiting panelist" Ryan, tackle the this YA novel about a girl and her fungus loving starship.

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#204. Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer #1)

Nov 19, 2018 57:14

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It's our first episode discussing Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy, starting with Assassin's Apprentice. This is one of the few times when the panel was somewhat baffled by the accolades a book received. We all had a somewhat rough time, but we tease out what our complaints are, what we think the book's strong points are, and whether our perception of the story will change with books two and three.

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#203. Fool Moon (Dresden Files #2)

Nov 12, 2018 01:08:34

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Todd, Megan, and Kenn discuss Fool Moon, book 2 of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Todd gets creepy about Megan's skin. Megan sings the Captain Planet theme song. Kenn is back with his patented recap. And through it all, Craig plays video games in the background while the others do all the hard work.

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#202. Goosebumps

Nov 5, 2018 55:09

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Wait...are they really doing Goosebumps? Those books we all used to read in the 6th grade? Yes, thanks for asking! Tood, Kenn, and Megan discuss two early Goosebumps books, giving them the full Legendarium treatment. On deck for this episode are Welcome to Dead House and Don't Go In the Basement. 

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#201. Frankenstein

Oct 30, 2018 46:48

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It's a surprise Halloween episode, with the 200th anniversary of the book that arguably launched the modern science fiction genre. Craig, Ryan, and Kyle take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, discussing its author, its historical and contemporary significance, and the ever-applicable themes found therein. Pro tip: If you're in high school, this book is a no-brainer as a source to answer almost any AP English Lit essay question.

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#200. Craig's EVERYTHING Trivia

Oct 22, 2018 57:41

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It's us at our most self-indulgent, as we spend an hour playing trivia games and telling awful jokes. So...it's pretty much like every other episode, we just didn't have to read a book for it. So it's a win for us. Anyway, enjoy the intense competition, the joy of victory, the agony of Kenn winning, etc. Thanks, everyone, for 200 episodes of the Legendarium.

 

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#199. Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards #3)

Oct 11, 2018 01:01:58

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Craig and Ryan swap out Kyle for Kenn (you can decide if that's an upgrade or a downgrade) for this final installment in our Gentleman Bastards podcast series. The general internet consensus is that the GB books declined from the first to this one, but does the panel agree? We discuss the arrival (finally) of Sabetha onto the scene, the A/B structure, some strengths of Lynch as a writer, and of course ... our favorite swears from the book.

 

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#198. Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)

Oct 2, 2018 01:02:09

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It's our long-awaited dive into Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, starting with book 1, Storm Front. Todd, Kenn, Megan get into the story, the characters, and the adaptation. Includes a classic Kenn synopsis. Also includes Todd trying--and failing--to do Craig-style insults.

 

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197. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentlemen Bastards #2)

Sep 24, 2018 01:04:24

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Buckle up for the sweariest episode to date. We bleeped most of it, but still...maybe best not to play this one with your kids in the car. Craig, Ryan, and Kyle take on book two of Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards sequence: Red Seas Under Red Skies. The pirate-themed Locke Lamora adventure did some things better and some things worse than it predecessor, but if nothing else, it provided an hour of amusing conversation. Enjoy.

 

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#196. Morning Star (Red Rising #3)

Sep 17, 2018 55:56

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Wrapping up our Red Rising podcast series, Todd, Megan, and Kenn discuss Morning Star, the final book in the trilogy. They tackle the ending, Todd's new preferred sci-fi weapon, and several questions and comments from Reddit as well. Thanks for joining the Blue team for this series, now get set for the Dresden Files!

 

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#195. 2018 Summer Movie Roundup

Sep 11, 2018 01:02:04

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The band gets back together to talk about the summer movie season that’s finally, mercifully, wrapping up. It wasn’t much of a movie season, so Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn end up talking a lot about ’80s action stars, a 10-year-old TV show, and Burt Reynolds’ chest hair. Back to regular book episodes next week!

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#194. Getting Hyped for NaNoWriMo

Sep 4, 2018 00:49:55

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Craig and Ryan write a story! Well, not quite. But in this episode, they choose a random writing prompt, set the timer for thirty minutes, and construct a (probably really bad) story from scratch. The idea is for this to serve as inspiration. We’ve all–panelists and listeners alike–been reading a lot of fantasy and sci-fi, and now it’s time, if you have the itch, to start writing. November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and we encourage anyone who would like to, to participate, and to use the Legendarium community as a sounding board and an inspiration.

 

We also announced a giveaway, to get everyone in the writing mood. Listen to the episode for rules, or visit the post that will soon appear on Reddit.

 

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#193. Golden Son (Red Rising #2)

Aug 23, 2018 01:12:36

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(AN OATHBRINGER PLOT IS SPOILED IN THIS EPISODE.) Todd, Kenn, and Megan discuss Golden Son, the second book in the Red Rising trilogy. They talk about some characters, some events, and presumably some ideas as well. But since the person writing this episode blurb didn’t participate and hasn’t yet listened (I’ll listen along with the rest of you), you won’t get any more specifics than that. Please send all complaints to todd@thelegendariumpodcast.com.

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#192. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1)

Aug 14, 2018 01:10:17

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In our inaugural Gentleman Bastards podcast, Craig, Ryan, and Kyle discuss The Lies of Locke Lamora. They get into the heavy strengths, the light weaknesses, and the … colorful language employed by Scott Lynch in this masterful debut novel. Speaking of colorful language, we finally deployed the ‘explicit’ tag on iTunes for this episode, because, well, because we just couldn’t help ourselves. We had to join in the fun. Enjoy.

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#191. Red Rising #1 [glitchy audio]

Aug 6, 2018 01:14:10

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Todd, Megan, and Kenn discuss book one of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy, conveniently titled…Red Rising. Topics include: its similarities to other works (cough cough Hunger Games), its prose quality, it kickass setting, and its Level-one Punchfest qualities. Megan has her first real tender moment as a panelist. Also: Yes, we know that the audio quality is … lacking. But we didn’t have time to re-record, so we’ll all have to deal with it together.

 

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#190. How To Wait For Book Three

Jul 31, 2018 01:10:06

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Wrapping up our Kingkiller Chronicle podcast series, we wrap up any last Book 3 theories that we wanted to float, and then we get into the community reaction to the wait for book 3. It’s entirely possible that we go too easy on Rothfuss, but in looking into and thinking about the issue, we found some real reasons to cut the guy a little slack. That being said … we’d love to read Doors of Stone, please. Now, if you want to skip around, here are some time stamps, for your convenience:

0:00 - Witless banter
4:00 - KKC fan theories
18:25 - KKC panel theories
25:00 - Rothfuss and waiting for book 3

 

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#189. The Forever War

Jul 23, 2018 01:04:47

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For our discussion of Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War, we’re bringing you an all-new panel configuration. Todd leads Kenn, Megan, and Ryan in talking about the classic sci-fi novel, including its historical relevance, both within and without the genre itself. Enjoy the continuation of our Heroes of Sci-Fi series!

 

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#188. The Wise Man’s Fear, part 3

Jul 18, 2018 01:08:09

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The guys discuss the last third or so of The Wise Man’s Fear, including Kvothe’s trip to Ademre, the rescue of two kidnapped girls, Kvothe’s expulsion from Vintas, and his return to the University. They also talk more about the ramifications of the Cthaeh, before the rest of the panel gangs up on Craig for being (angels and ministers of grace defend us) opinionated. It’s not our final Kingkiller Chronicle episode, but it rounds out the latest book, so enjoy this final-feeling installment.

 

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#187. The Wise Man’s Fear, part 2

Jul 9, 2018 01:12:20

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Leaving the University. Wooing someone else’s crush. A month-long jaunt in the woods. Sweet, sweet, fairy sex. Finally, some plot happens in this section, and the guys are eager to discuss it. Or is it really plot, per se? We’ll dig into some of the fun stuff from this section, including Felurian and the Cthaeh.

 

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#186. Ex Machina & Annihilation

Jun 27, 2018 01:06:53

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“This is a classic film.” So says Matt Zoller Seitz in his review of Ex Machina. In this episode, Craig, Kyle, and Kenn dig into both Ex Machina and Annihilation, Alex Garland’s two directorial efforts. Both films deal with the nature of humanity, but from two very different angles, and unpacking them will take a herculean effort. Are our intrepid panelists up to the task? Nope!

 

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#185. The Wise Man’s Fear, part 1

Jun 18, 2018 00:59:02

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“A younger Kvothe pursues his education at the University. There, he carries on a feud with fellow student Ambrose.” And…that’s pretty much it! The band is finally back together for this first episode of our Wise Man’s Fear podcast series. Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Kyle discuss the plot (such as it is), the characters, and the lessons to be gleaned from the first third of Patrick Rothfuss’s book.

 

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#184. Craig vs. Ryan vs. The World

Jun 11, 2018 01:08:23

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Due to scheduling restraints, Craig and Ryan went panel-less today, which meant putting off the stuff you actually WANT to listen to, and replacing it with stuff you do NOT WANT to listen to. This episode was a live Q&A simulcast on both Facebook and YouTube. The guys fielded both pre-submitted questions and some on-the-spot ones as well. Thanks to all who participated (in the middle of a Sunday afternoon, so all 3 of you), and for the rest: enjoy it now.

 

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#183. Solo & Deadpool 2

Jun 5, 2018 01:15:27

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Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Megan discuss the two latest blockbusters, and one of those people even bothered to see both of them. Craig and Ryan have a “review-off” over Solo, and not to sound too click-baity, but the results may surprise you.

 

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#182. The Name of the Wind, part 3

May 24, 2018 01:00:57

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Welcome to the final installment of our Name of the Wind podcast series! Kyle is once again absent for this episode, so Craig, Ryan, and Kenn deal with the incredibly annoying technical issues themselves while they talk about Kvothe’s adventures with Denna and the Draccus, the ending (or lack thereof) of the story, and the correct but archaic definition of corruption. Next up: The Wise Man’s Fear!

 

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#181. Leaf by Niggle

May 14, 2018 01:11:39

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In 1944, Professor Tolkien published a short story about a strange little man who was obsessed with a single piece of art that consumed his entire life. Sound familiar? It should. And if it doesn’t, then listen on, and we’ll lift the extraordinarily thin veil from this little wishful allegory. Ryan’s taking a sick day for this one, so Craig, Todd, and Megan hash this one out without him.

 

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#180. The Name of the Wind, part 2

May 8, 2018 01:09:20

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Is Kvothe a Mary Sue? Or maybe a Harry Potter? Why does Denna seem so hot? If Ambrose were a dessert, would it have marshmallows? It’s chs. 36-66 of The Name of the Wind, so strap in for … not much, since very little actually happens in this section. We’re Kyle-less today, so Craig, Ryan, and Kenn sit down for an hour of NotW talk.

 

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#179. Avengers: Infinity War (fixed audio)

May 1, 2018 01:04:45

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Spoilers ahoy! Craig, Kenn, Megan, and Todd discuss the biggest, baddest, latest offering of Marvel cinematic fare. We go for our normal hour, then we kept the mics running and did an extra 15 minutes for Patreon subscribers.

 

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#179. Avengers: Infinity War

May 1, 2018 01:04:37

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Spoilers ahoy! Craig, Kenn, Megan, and Todd discuss the biggest, baddest, latest offering of Marvel cinematic fare. We go for our normal hour, then we kept the mics running and did an extra 15 minutes for Patreon subscribers.

 

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#178. The Name of the Wind #1 (chs. 1-35)

Apr 23, 2018 01:16:52

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Welcome to the first(ish) of three episodes on The Name of the Wind, the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss. Craig, Ryan, Kyle, and Kenn get right into the heart of why people love Rothfuss: the prose. Even in just the first third of the book, there are plenty of writing samples to choose from as they discuss whether “proetry” is the good, right, or best approach in genre fiction.

 

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#177. The Name of the Wind “Bonus” Episode

Apr 17, 2018 01:16:56

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Honestly, we debated even releasing this one. But it’s probably just interesting enough to be worth listening to. The audio is terrible, and for a panel that enjoys digging into deeper themes and philosophy, we tended in this one to stay pretty surface-level. Craig (2nd readthrough), Ryan (2nd), Kyle, (2nd), and Kenn (1st time!) make their way through the first 35 chapters of The Name of the Wind, the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle. Enjoy, if you dare. We’re going to try this again next week!

 

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#176. Ready Player One (and other seriously random stuff)

Apr 9, 2018 01:05:05

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Two things right up front: We’re sorry this isn’t a Name of the Wind episode; we got our dates mixed up. Also, this is a pretty random episode. Please use the following time stamps to skip to where you want.

 

3:40 - Week in Review, Craig’s drunken adventures, Disneyland
16:06 - Ready Player One discussion
47:35 - A Quiet Place
52:23 - Jessica Jones season 2

 

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#175. Oathbringer #4 (full cosmere spoilers)

Apr 2, 2018 01:27:12

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Spoilers, ahoy! The four of us, plus some guy named Kenn, dive into the weeds on Oathbringer, saying some of the things that were left unsaid after the last 3 episodes. There are far fewer tears, but to make up for it, there’s … well, no, apart from that, we’ve got nothing. But maybe you’ll enjoy this episode anyway!

 

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#174. The Last Battle (Narnia #7)

Mar 26, 2018 01:02:40

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We toyed with using the “explicit” tag on this one, just because of all the ass jokes around Puzzle the donkey. But we didn’t. Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn wrap up the Narnia series with The Last Battle, in which Lewis sends Narnia out with a bang. Hope you’ve enjoyed our, uh … special treatment of Narnia, in a style only the Legendarium could ever hope to descend to.

 

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#173. The Silver Chair (Narnia #6)

Mar 19, 2018 00:52:08

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Todd’s out sick for this one, so Craig, Ryan, and Kenn tackle The Silver Chair, the sixth book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Actually, Todd is rather missed in this one, because the rest of us didn’t really have that much to say. So if you’re one of those fans who loves all the tangents and barely-relevant jokes, then this episode is for you.

 

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#172. Oathbringer #3 (part 5)

Mar 12, 2018 01:25:20

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It’s our third of thr— wait, this just in: It looks like we’re going to need a fourth episode to get through everything we want to cover in Oathbringer. Strap in for a doozy on this one, because while Oathbringer has been a fun ride up to now, part 5 is really where we start getting kicked repeatedly right in the feels, and Ryan and Todd both struggle to contain their emotions in this one.

 

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#171. Black Panther, Star Trek: Discovery, and much more

Mar 6, 2018 01:02:46

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Craig, Todd, and Kyle sit down for a roundup of everything they’ve been watching for the last few months. Topics include Black Panther, Star Trek: Discovery, Annihilation, Altered Carbon, Shannara season 2, and many more.

 

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#170. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Narnia #5)

Feb 26, 2018 01:00:28

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Let’s try something new, shall we? In the book with the least storyish story we’ve ever read, we base our conversation around the progression of said story. The results were … well, they weren’t much different from what we’re all used to: tangents, bad jokes, and juvenile asides, with a tad bit of actual conversation thrown in. Enjoy.

 

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#169. Prince Caspian (Narnia #4)

Feb 19, 2018 01:00:35

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Craig, Todd, and Kenn discuss the fourth, or maybe second, book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Actually, they end up discussing a lot more than that, since these Narnia episodes have become even more tangential than normal Legendarium fare. Anyway, if that’s your thing, then enjoy.

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#168. Oathbringer #2 (parts 3 & 4)

Feb 12, 2018 01:23:44

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Craig, Ryan, Megan, and Todd dive into parts 3 & 4 of Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer. We get into the lessons learned, the characters enjoyed, and the parts that made Ryan and Todd cry. We also announce a giveaway of one of the Legendarium’s Advance Review Copies of Oathbringer.

 

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#167. The Horse and His Boy (Narnia #3)

Feb 6, 2018 00:52:11

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The guys take on The Horse and His Boy, the third book in our Narnia podcast series. Was Lewis super racist, or should we cut him some slack? What did he think about justice, mercy, and compassion? Was he trying to make a point about seeing beyond the boundaries of your narrow viewpoint, or are we just really stretching to fill an hour of audio on a very short children’s book?

 

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#166. The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (Narnia #2)

Jan 29, 2018 01:04:34

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Watch out for lightning strikes, becuase Craig, Todd, Ryan, and Kenn are going to try to talk Christian allegory in this second episode of the Narnia series. We talk a little about differences between book and movie, the wisdom of giving liquor to young children, and why everyone needs to settle down about how distasteful they find Turkish Delight. Todd, Kenn, and Ryan compete in the end to see who can fit the most Sunday School lesson points into a single episode.

 

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

Jan 22, 2018 01:14:20

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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, 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)

Jan 8, 2018 01:06:41

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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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#163. A WoT Ending

Jan 2, 2018 01:06:11

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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

Dec 25, 2017 01:10:43

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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!

#161. The Last Jedi

Dec 18, 2017 01:03:50

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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

Dec 12, 2017 01:07:25

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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.

#159. Towers of Midnight, part 2

Dec 4, 2017 01:02:14

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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

Nov 27, 2017 01:01:52

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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

Nov 20, 2017 01:01:06

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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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#156. Oathbringer Review (Spoiler Free)

Nov 14, 2017 00:57:44

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In today’s Oathbringer podcast we attempt the improbable: We review the latest Sanderson book without getting into spoilers. Craig and Ryan get back to their mano-a-mano roots and do this episode with no one but themselves. They discuss the good and bad of Oathbringer, and also give some tips on how best to read it, including the best music to accompany your readthrough.

 

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#155. Thor: Ragnarok & Stranger Things 2

Nov 6, 2017 01:06:02

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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, 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

Oct 31, 2017 01:04:06

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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

Oct 23, 2017 00:57:43

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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

Oct 17, 2017 00:54:32

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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

Oct 9, 2017 01:11:38

Description:

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.

Check out Daniel’s podcast, Dungeon Crawlers Radio

… and his book, The Shadow above the Flames

… and his facebook and twitter handle, @DanielSwenson77

 

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#150. A Robert Jordan Retrospective

Oct 1, 2017 01:05:18

Description:

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

Sep 25, 2017 01:05:24

Description:

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

Sep 18, 2017 00:52:49

Description:

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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#147. Knife of Dreams, part 1

Sep 11, 2017 01:00:53

Description:

The guys tackle the <sniff> final Robert Jordan-penned book in the Wheel of Time series. The book is a fine return to form for RJ, and that of course means that the podcast is … as pointless as ever. The winner of the Crossroads of Twilight contest is announced.

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#146. Game of Thrones season 7 finale

Aug 30, 2017 01:01:14

Description:

Because you don’t have enough Game of Thrones commentary in your life, and because we haven’t finished the next Wheel of Time book yet … here you go! Craig, Ryan, Kyle, and new panelist Dan discuss the seventh season of the HBO phenomenon. What do they talk about? Meh, nothing terribly important. But they have fun doing it, and you might just have fun listening, too.

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#145. Crossroads of Twilight, part 2

Aug 21, 2017 01:04:11

Description:

It was always a gamble, and many of you wondered whether it was one we would take: making a full two episodes out of Crossroads of Twilight. Frankly, it was a lot easier than we thought, and we didn’t want for things to say. Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Kyle are able to fill more than an hour with the good and bad of book 10.

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#144. Crossroads of Twilight, part 1

Aug 15, 2017 00:56:25

Description:

We’re finally here, at the crest of the hill. It’s no secret that Crossroads of Twilight is considered the worst book in the Wheel of Time series, but we found that it wasn’t quite as bad as the hype led us to believe. Craig, Ryan, Kyle, and Kenn are still able to have a good discussion about the book, and to kick off the latest giveaway.

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#143. The Dark Tower

Aug 7, 2017 00:59:18

Description:

Craig, Ryan, and Todd sit down and discuss The Dark Tower (the movie, not the book) with Skyped-in guest Jon Negroni, host of the Cinemaholics podcast. It helped to bring in the big guns, because there was a lot to go over. Long story short: The Dark Tower wasn’t a disaster, but it was nowhere near where it should have been. We spend an hour trying to figure out why.

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#142. Harry Potter and the Birthday Podcast

Jul 31, 2017 01:02:11

Description:

It’s a packed house as all five regular panelists pack in to pay homage to Harry Potter on his birthday weekend. Spoilers may abound, but honestly, it’s Harry Potter: if you don’t know this story inside and out, then you probably aren’t listening to the Legendarium anyway. 

#141. Winter’s Heart, part 2

Jul 24, 2017 01:04:08

Description:

The guys continue their discussion of Winter’s Heart, book 9 of the Wheel of Time series. This episode leans heavily on listener questions from Reddit, some of which even make sense.

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#140. Winter’s Heart, part 1

Jul 17, 2017 00:59:50

Description:

The crew discusses Winter’s Heart, book 9 of the Wheel of Time. Topics include polyamory, yonic imagery, and whether Rand is a “good guy” or just a protagonist. Ryan gifts Craig with his new favorite analogy for what it’s like to read the Wheel of Time.

#139. Spider-man: Homecoming [poor audio]

Jul 10, 2017 00:57:07

Description:

Sorry about the ramshackle state of our audio quality! The guys didn’t have their regular setup, but they still had to get together and discuss the new Spiderman movie, which they all saw the night before taping this episode. If you can stand the poor sound quality…then enjoy!

#138. Treason, by Orson Scott Card

Jun 28, 2017 00:59:18

Description:

Alright all you Todd fanatics out there … Todd’s back! He and Craig discuss Treason, by Orson Scott Card. It was OSC’s second novel, originally published in 1979 and later updated to its current form. Although it’s wildly different from most of the stuff we read, and although we had a lot of fun tearing it to pieces, we both enjoyed it quite a bit and recommend it as a quick, interesting read.

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#137. The Path of Daggers, part 2

Jun 21, 2017 01:09:49

Description:

Ryan is back, and we’re ready to finish our discussion of The Path of Daggers, book 8 of the Wheel of Time. We do some of our usual complaining about a few things, but mostly we defend “the slump” and give Robert Jordan some props for how much level-three stuff he fit into one conversation between two side characters.

#136. The Path of Daggers, part 1

Jun 13, 2017 00:59:37

Description:

We’re without Ryan on this one, and unfortunately it’s noticeably less intelligent. Just don’t tell him I typed that. But Craig, Kyle, and Kenn take on the first discussion of The Path of Daggers, book 8 in the Wheel of Time.

#135. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Jun 5, 2017 01:07:01

Description:

Craig and Ryan welcome new panelist Kayla to help them discuss the newest entry in the Legend of Zelda series: Breath of the Wild. The panel has a wide range of experience with both the game and the series as a whole, so we hope that makes for a good discussion of each. Enjoy!

#134. A Crown of Swords, part 2

May 29, 2017 01:05:38

Description:

In part two of our Crown of Swords podcast discussions, the guys answer another voicemail, discuss the intricacies of balefire, and consider the mark that Cadsuane left on Brandon Sanderson.

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#133. Redshirts: A Discussion With Three Tangents

May 22, 2017 00:44:12

Description:

First of all, our apologies. The audio quality on this episode is terrible. But when you can’t get the mics to work right, what do you do? You record anyway! Enjoy our rambunctious, bizarre, tangential conversation about Redshirts.

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#132. A Crown of Swords, part 1

May 15, 2017 01:00:56

Description:

Forgive us, listeners, for we have sinned. It has been far too long since our last episode. Hopefully things pick up well, though, as we hit the halfway point in our epic journey through Randland. Although some say that this is where WoT starts to slow down, but we were all well-entertained. Except for the Morgase chapters, of course. Enjoy!

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#131. Lord of Chaos, part 2

Apr 27, 2017 00:59:47

Description:

Part two of our epic two-hour discussion of Lord of Chaos, book 6 in the Wheel of Time series. Rand and Elayne might be kissin’ cousins. More about Rand and Alanna’s bond. Dumai’s Wells, no need to say more.

#130. Lord of Chaos, part 1

Apr 17, 2017 01:03:34

Description:

We begin our Lord of Chaos discussion by featuring a couple of voicemails we received through the website. (You should send us one, too!) We also get to a few written questions from Redditors, as well as our own thoughts on the book. 

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#129. WoT Question Catch-up

Apr 3, 2017 00:59:49

Description:

We take an hour to play catch-up on some of our points and your questions that we never got around to in the first 10 Wheel of Time episodes. So, do we actually catch up? Ha ha ha! No, of course not! But we get to a few more things and clarify a few others. Enjoy this bonus WoT discussion.

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#128. Random Roundup

Mar 27, 2017 01:14:57

Description:

This week we take a little breather from all the reading and relax with a discussion of all the other media we’ve been consuming for the last few months. Topics include Kong: Skull Island, Iron Fist, Logan, Power Rangers, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the new Stormlight cover reveal, and more. Craig lost a Reddit bet and actually compliments the other guys. The world remains nevertheless intact.

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#127. The Fires of Heaven, part 2

Mar 20, 2017 01:09:52

Description:

We wrap our discussion of The Fires of Heaven, book 5 of The Wheel of Time. This episode takes on the rampage of the Shaido Aiel, the possible real-world origin of Rand’s aversion to harming women, and Kyle’s tendency to just let the rest of the guys say idiotic things about the series.

#126. Dauntless, by Jack Campbell

Mar 14, 2017 01:02:40

Description:

Haven’t read this one yet? Don’t worry about it! Dauntless isn’t the type of book that relies on a surprise ending, so feel free to listen along and let us whet your appetite for this modern scifi classic. Craig and Todd welcome new panelist Scott for this one.

#125. The Fires of Heaven, part 1

Mar 6, 2017 00:57:08

Description:

First, we announce the winner of the WoT-themed giveaway. Then we get into The Fires of Heaven, book 5 of The Wheel of Time. We talk about a lot of stuff, but the most important may be the question, “What’s up with the menagerie, RJ?”

#124. The Shadow Rising, part 2

Feb 28, 2017 01:10:58

Description:

We mop up our discussion of The Shadow Rising, book 4 of the Wheel of Time. Craig, Ryan, Kyle, and Kenn dive into the Perrin chapters, where he and Faile have moved from “utterly rage inducing” to just “pretty annoying most of the time.” The final Word of the Day is revealed.

#123. The Shadow Rising, part 1

Feb 20, 2017 01:14:23

Description:

Spoilers for all of The Shadow Rising. It’s a frantic rush to cover as much as we can as we work our way through a discussion of this mammoth, 386K-word novel. This discussion turns out to be almost exlusively about the adventures of the crew in the Aiel Waste. Special attention is paid, per Reddit request, to the vision in Rhuidean. Word of the Day number 2 of 3 is revealed.

#122. Edgedancer

Feb 13, 2017 01:06:04

Description:

MEGA SPOILER ALERT for the Cosmere. Seriously, we spoil most of it, so make sure you’re caught up. The good news is that this story really doesn’t work unless you’re pretty well caught up anyway.

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#121. The Dragon Reborn, part 2

Feb 6, 2017 01:06:08

Description:

More discussion of The Dragon Reborn, including an excellent “farmer with a quarterstaff” reference. (Thanks to Reddit listener jffdougan!) Also includes WORD OF THE DAY #1 of 3! Stay tuned through the next two WoT podcasts to hear the others and qualify for entry in the giveaway.

 

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#120. Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

Jan 30, 2017 00:53:32

Description:

GENERAL COSMERE SPOILER ALERT. The crew discusses Brandon Sanderson’s short story, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, in this podcast. Is it fantasy? Horror? Something in between? It’s a quick read, so if you haven’t got to this one yet, take an hour to read before listening in.

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#119. The Dragon Reborn, part 1

Jan 23, 2017 01:14:20

Description:

The guys discuss book 3 of the Wheel of Time. Craig forgets Kyle’s name. Mat finally gets some pagecount. Everybody hates Faile. Rand is the new King of the Britons. Oh, and SPOILER ALERT, between approximately 42:00 and 45:00, Kyle apparently gave away a plot point that occurs in a later book, but none of us even realized it. I doubt it’s that big a deal.

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#118. Who Goes There? (”The Thing”)

Jan 16, 2017 00:59:02

Description:

Craig and Todd discuss the 1938 novelette, Who Goes There? by J.W. Campbell. This is the story that John Carpenter’s movie The Thing was based on. It’s a fun one, and a good way to talk about old sci-fi in general.

PDF of the story itself

PDF scan of the original magazine it was published in

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#117. The Great Hunt, part 2

Dec 26, 2016 01:18:29

Description:

We finish up our discussion of The Great Hunt. A lot of talk of foreshadowing, with Lan teaching Rand about “sheathing the sword.” Or was it “heron in the rushes?” Or “pigs in a blanket?” We close out with a clip from the song The Wisdom of Emond’s Field, by the Swedish metal band Katana.

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#116. The Emperor’s Soul

Dec 19, 2016 00:58:27

Description:

GENERAL SPOILER ALERT FOR THE COSMERE. The crew discusses Brandon Sanderson’s novella, The Emperor’s Soul. Most of the discussion is about the philosophical importance of the story, but we do stray into some discussion of the Cosmere and how it works, with a few references to other stories that you may not want spoiled.

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#115. Fahrenheit 451

Dec 12, 2016 00:55:20

Description:

Craig, Todd, and Kenn resurrect our Heroes of Sci-fi series by diving into Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopia, Fahrenheit 451. So get back in the high-school-english-class mindset. Or, if you’re still in high school, just use this to pretend like you read the book.

#114. The Great Hunt, part 1

Dec 5, 2016 01:01:25

Description:

The guys discuss Robert Jordan’s The Great Hunt, in the first of two episodes on the book.

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#113. Fantastic Beasts & Doctor Strange

Nov 28, 2016 00:58:42

Description:

We tackle the November movies that most of you saw. First, we discuss Doctor Strange and rank the MCU movies so far. Then, at 39:45, we talk Fantastic Beasts. Unshockingly, Craig has some opinions that prove none-too-popular. At least not with Ryan.

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#112. The Eye of the World, part 2

Nov 21, 2016 01:22:23

Description:

Part 2 of our discussion of The Eye of the World. Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Kyle finally discuss more than just the prologue. This time we get around to talking about the setting, characters, and plot, plus a few frustrations. Like Part 1, this episode is missing a recap. Our apologies, we’ll bring that back for the next Wheel of Time episode.

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#111. White Sand Review

Nov 14, 2016 00:51:55

Description:

NO SPOILERS, so listen away. Craig, Ryan, and Todd review White Sand, the only thing they’ve ever read with as many credited authors as Legendarium reviewers. White Sand is the first piece of Cosmere lore that isn’t written by Sanderson himself, but rather a graphic novel adaptation of an unpublished manuscript. This is only part 1 of 3 of the story, so there’s nothing to spoil yet.

#110. The Eye of the World, part 1

Nov 7, 2016 01:03:14

Description:

Spoiler alert for The Eye of the World. Read first, then listen. Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and newcomer Kyle are ready to take on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, and they start … well, at the beginning. This was meant to be a discussion about the entire first book, but they didn’t even make it past the first chapter. So there will be more EotW discussion later this month.

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#109. Cosmere 101

Oct 31, 2016 01:04:16

Description:

Two things you need to know before you listen: (1) there is a general spoiler alert that comes into effect after about the 30-minute mark; and (2) Ryan, Craig, and Todd are about to try to distill a dozen concepts from the Cosmere into 60 minutes of discussion. They fail. But it’s fun to hear them try!

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#108. The Magnificent Seven - Review(s)

Oct 17, 2016 00:50:04

Description:

Who reviewed it best? Craig, Todd, and Kenn each review the new cowboy fantasy movie, The Magnificent Seven. You can vote for your favorite on our website or on twitter (@LegendariumPod). No spoilers. Well, spoilers, but this isn’t really a spoiler kind of movie, so don’t worry about it.

Craig - 4:15 Todd - 8:20 Kenn - 12:30

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#107. Words of Radiance, part 5

Oct 3, 2016 01:37:49

Description:

It’s our final Stormlight Archive podcast! It’s been an amazing ride, and we’re all super excited for the third book. Listen for the third WORD OF THE DAY to enter the drawing for the poster, t-shirt, or signed book. Donate at Patreon.com/legendarium to be entered for the limited edition Lightweaver pin.

**Spoiler Alerts** A blanket heads-up for Warbreaker and Mistborn: Secret History. Also, we mention a chapter from book 3 that Brandon has posted online.

#106. Words of Radiance, parts 3 & 4

Sep 26, 2016 01:27:24

Description:

The crew is all back for episode 2 of 3 in our Words of Radiance podcast series. There’s a ton to discuss, and unfortunately we only get to a small part of it. Luckily there’s one more episode to go after this.

There is a MINOR SPOILER to Warbreaker in there somewhere. Listen at your own risk if you haven’t read that one yet. But you should read it before this book anyway. HINT: The word of the day comes between the 50:00 and 60:00 marks. ***Please support the show at Patreon.com/Legendarium***

#105. Words of Radiance, parts 1 & 2

Sep 19, 2016 01:28:11

Description:

We take on just the first two parts of Words of Radiance in the first of three episodes on the book.

SPOILERS for Mistborn: Secret History… Starts 25:05, ends 31:00; starts 1:19:14, ends 1:19:23

***Important: We’re kicking off a new giveaway on this episode. One thing we forgot to mention is that this giveaway is restricted to US listeners only. We know it sucks, and we’re sorry. We’ll make it up to all of our overseas listeners in the future.***

(HINT: The word of the day comes between 30:00 and 40:00.)

#104. The Way of Kings, part 5

Sep 5, 2016 01:26:37

Description:

You asked, we answered: It’s our longest episode to date. Craig, Ryan, Todd, Kenn, and newcomer Megan talk about The Way of Kings, part 5, and the book in its entirety. A few questions get answered, but mostly, we get a lot more questions to take us into Words of Radiance.

Craig reveals the final word of the day. Tweet the completed phrase at us, @LegendariumPod.

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#103. The Way of Kings, parts 3 & 4

Aug 29, 2016 01:16:36

Description:

The 2nd portion of our Way of Kings podcast discussion is made up of parts 3 & 4 of the book. Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Todd, discuss their favorite scenes, characters, and quotes; what they’ll take from the book so far; how many times they think they’ll need to re-read; and give a huge thank-you to the listeners and supporters on Facebook, Reddit, and Patreon.

This episode contains the second word of the day needed to enter the giveaway for the Sanderson-signed copy of The Way of Kings.

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#102. The Way of Kings, parts 1 & 2

Aug 22, 2016 01:09:57

Description:

Number 1 in a 3-part series. Discussing parts 1 & 2 of Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. We’re giving away a Sanderson-signed hardcover copy of the book. Rules are at the 3-minute mark. The recording of this episode was broadcast live on facebook. Like our page and subscribe to live videos to get alerts the next time we’re live.

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#101. Stranger Things

Aug 15, 2016 00:53:36

Description:

Well, we’d better hop on this bandwagon before everyone’s done with it. Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn discuss Netflix’s mega-hit show, Stranger Things.

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#100. Number 100

Aug 8, 2016 01:00:00

Description:

Holy crap, we made it to a hundred episodes? Time to party! Which is pretty much what we did on this episode. There was no topic for the day, other than to chat about our history and how we’ve changed in our attitudes toward fantasy literature. Oh, and we recorded this episode while simultaneously streaming a video feed live on facebook! So forgive the unpolished delivery. The good news, though, is that we got to interact with a few of you while we recorded. We also played audio from a couple of fans from wildly different parts of the world. Thank you to EVERYONE for listening, and here’s to another 100!

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#99. Warbreaker

Jul 31, 2016 00:58:28

Description:

The whole crew (Craig, Ryan, Kenn, and Todd) is back together for this discussion of Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker. We discuss the magic, the characters, the pacing, the humor, and the story’s place in the greater Cosmere. Do Vasher and Vivenna show up in Mistborn: Secret History? What other book does Nightblood make an appearance in?

Also, we finally announce our post-Sanderson podcast series, toward the end of the episode.

#98. The Silmarillion - Fëanor and the Silmarils

Jul 18, 2016 00:53:34

Description:

In which is discussed the Silmarillion, chapters 5-9. This is the section all about Fëanor, Melkor, the Silmarils, and the flight of the Noldor. We go back to our roots for this episode. This time it’s just Ryan and Craig in the studio, talking about Tolkien, playing trivia games, and trying to get something out of fantasy literature that’s above their heads.

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#97. Warcraft: Who Reviewed It Best?

Jul 5, 2016 00:14:01

Description:

The rules are simple: Four of us separately recorded reviews for Warcraft. The review had to be 2-4 minutes. Your job is to decide who reviewed it best.

Vote on our website for your favorite:

Craig - 1:05 Ryan - 3:40 Kenn - 7:20 Jake - 9:40

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#96. Elantris (again)

Jun 27, 2016 01:07:09

Description:

Show Notes

Panel: Craig, Ryan, Geoff


***Spoilers*** for Elantris, but no spoilers for the rest of the Cosmere


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#95. The Silmarillion - Akallabêth

Jun 12, 2016 01:03:36

Description:

Craig, Ryan, and Nic discuss Akallabêth, the story of the downfall of Númenor. Bit by bit, Craig is forcing Ryan to read the entire book. They dispense with the regular opening insults, and instead opt for bringing back the long-lost “Craig’s LotR [Silmarillion] Trivia.”

0:00 - Intro, Brandon Sanderson Reading Challenge, Support us on Imzy 4:30 - Craig’s LotR Trivia 15:10 - So… What did everyone think of Akallabêth? 21:16 - Arthurian influence on Tolkien 31:44 - Being loyal to fundamental principles 40:45 - Art and holistic progress in Númenor 45:35 - Making the Silmarillion movie 51:33 - Getting to know Sauron the Deceiver

#94. Calamity (Reckoners #3)

May 29, 2016 00:51:25

Description:

Today’s panel: Craig, Ryan, Geoff, Tommy, Kenn. SPOILER-heavy episode, as always. We discuss Calamity, book 3 of the Reckoners series. We have a few things to say about the setting and the characters, but we save most of our conversation for the ending of the trilogy.

0:00 - Intro, insults, and housekeeping 6:45 - Craig’s quick review 8:50 - Reaction and discussion 47:00 - Final thoughts

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#93. Zelda Discussion, Twilight Princess HD Review

May 23, 2016 00:59:05

Description:

Today’s panel: Craig, Kenn, Jake J, and Jake H. This Zelda podcast started as a review of Twilight Princess HD, but quickly turned into a general discussion of the Zelda franchise, past and future.

Support the Legendarium Podcast by tipping us at imzy.com/legendarium. SHOW NOTES: Twilight Princess review - 8:05 NX speculation - 21:03 What makes a game a Zelda game? - 23:50 Favorite items - 27:40 The music of Zelda - 30:13 Favorite game in the franchise? - 35:13 Which is the darker game, MM or TP? - 39:35 Digging into the franchise timeline - 46:55

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#92. Captain America: Civil War Reviews

May 18, 2016 00:12:05

Description:

This week we each give a separately recorded review of Captain America: Civil War. The reviewers in order:


Ryan: 1:00 Craig: 4:00 Kenn: 6:40 Todd: 9:20
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#91. Firefight (Reckoners #2)

May 9, 2016 00:49:59

Description:

Craig, Nic, and Geoff discuss the second book in the Reckoners series in this Firefight podcast. Everyone loved the book and thought it had a much stronger antagonist than Steelheart. Nic tries to spoil Mistborn (Craig won’t let him), and Geoff teases just a bit of Calamity, making us all pretty excited to get to it.

#90. Mitosis (Reckoners #1.5)

Apr 25, 2016 00:37:30

Description:

Bonus! Since Brandon Sanderson was kind enough to write a tiny little short story before releasing Firefight a couple years ago, we decided to do a smaller episode of our own. In our Mitosis podcast, we deal with some of the good and bad, and some of the popular reactions to the story.

Links we mention during the cast: Writing Excuses - Brandon’s podcast Imzy.com/legendarium - Home base for interacting with the Legendarium’s hosts and listeners

#89. Steelheart (Reckoners #1)

Apr 18, 2016

Description:

Ryan, Craig, Geoff, and Tommy discuss Steelheart, the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s unconventional superhero trilogy. The novel is written for teenagers, so it’s no surprise that the four guys who are getting too old for that sort of thing like it a lot.

Congrats to the winner of the signed copy of The Bands of Mourning: Ryan A., from New Brighton, MN!

#88. Mistborn: Secret History

Apr 4, 2016 00:31:56

Description:

Bonus episode for a bonus book! Brandon dropped Secret History on the world without any warning, so we didn’t include it officially in our 2016 reading challenge. But it had to go in, of course. So Craig, Ryan, and Nic chat for a few minutes about seeing some of the old Mistborn cast again, plus implications for the Cosmere at large.

Don’t forget to go to Imzy.com/legendarium and sign up for the beta test. Do it before midnight on April 10th and you’ll be entered for a signed and personalized copy of The Bands of Mourning!

#87. The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn)

Mar 28, 2016 00:55:03

Description:

Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn wrap up the Mistborn series (so far) with a discussion of The Bands of Mourning, book 3 in the Wax and Wayne era. This will be the last Mistborn episode for a while … Or will it?

Sign up for the new Legendarium community at Imzy.com/legendarium before midnight on April 10th to be entered to win a signed and personalized copy of The Bands of Mourning.

#86. Deadpool, Divergent, and Daredevil, Oh My!

Mar 20, 2016 00:59:12

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The “let’s sit around and chat about geeky stuff!” version of The Legendarium Podcast. Topics include:

0:00 - Intro and insults

1:39 - Pitching the Brandon Sanderson reading challenge and Imzy.com/legendarium

5:24 - Zelda: Twilight Princess HD review so far; plus, the s [...]

#85. Shadows of Self (Mistborn)

Mar 7, 2016 01:01:33

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It’s a packed house, as Craig, Ryan, Kenn, Nic, and newcomer Geoff discuss Shadows of Self. The streak continues, as we have yet to read a Sanderson book we didn’t enjoy. Mistborn fans who haven’t read Sanderson’s other work will be excited after this to dive deep into his Cosmere. Listener notes from two listeners, and Kenn says “duality of perspective,” blowing Craig’s mind with his excellent new vocabulary.Join the 2016 Brandon Sanderson Reading Challenge.

#84. The Alloy of Law (Mistborn)

Feb 16, 2016 00:58:45

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We continue our Mistborn podcast series with a discussion of The Alloy of Law. Listener notes at the top of the show.

#83. The Wishsong of Shannara

Jan 29, 2016 00:56:56

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Craig, Ryan, Rilee, and Andrew tackle The Wishsong of Shannara, in this wrap-up of their own trilogy of Shannara podcasts. Everyone seems to like Brin more than Amberle. Thank goodness Allanon died. Is Wishsong filmable?

#82. Jessica Jones - Damsel in Stress

Jan 23, 2016 01:00:21

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Craig, Ryan, and newcomer Meg (from tvjelly.com) discuss Marvel’s Netflix series, Jessica Jones. The consensus: it’s an amazing, complicated, important show, that overcomes some problems with its main character, largely thanks to the other characters around her. Also, we make fun of The Bachelor and hot tubs a lot. So there’s that, too.

#81. 2015 Year-end Review

Jan 4, 2016 00:41:04

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The guys let their hair down for this one. Well, Craig does, since he’s the only one with hair long enough to let down. They quiz each other on some of the big geek news items from 2015, and look forward to a couple events in 2016. Be sure to check out the 2016 reading challenge they’ve set up at WorldsWithoutEnd.com. Signing up is free and easy, and it makes for an easy way to interact with the guys during their Year of Sanderson.

#80. The Elfstones of Shannara

Dec 31, 2015 00:57:14

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The group talks about the Elfstones of Shannara, both the book (mostly) and the upcoming MTV series (at 48:00). Topics include the possibly-ill-fitting title; Wil’s crisis of confidence; strong women don’t have to be warriors; and how Brooks fixes Tolkien’s shortcomings when he sends in the eagles.

#79. The Force Awakens - Review

Dec 21, 2015 01:00:35

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SPOILERS. Seen the new Star Wars yet? If not, do so before listening in. Things may have never been this heated on the podcast before. Yes, they all loved the movie and have plenty to say on that, but Craig and Ryan get into it over the definition and effect of bad CGI.

#78. The Sword of Shannara

Dec 1, 2015 00:47:15

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Craig and Ryan welcome Rilee and Andrew to the podcast to discuss The Sword of Shannara. We’re prepping for the MTV series early next year, and getting a jump on this classic trilogy from one of fantasy’s most celebrated authors.

#77. In Absence of Fear, with author Celeste Chaney

Nov 23, 2015 00:38:30

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Craig and Todd interview Celeste Chaney about her debut novel, In Absence of Fear. Wrist-embedded microchips, mass-surveillance, predictive policing … It may be where we’re headed, and this book helps us explore just how good are the good ideas we’re coming up with to rid us of inconvenience and fear. Pick it up on Amazon, you won’t be sorry.

#76. Star Wars Episode 7 Fan Theories

Nov 12, 2015 00:52:00

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Jar Jar is a dark side force user… The Empire is good… Han and Leia had a litter of tribbles… We thought we’d take some time to hash out a few of the more popular fan theories, and some of the crazy ones too.

#75. Scary Stories: Why We Like Them

Oct 30, 2015 01:02:11

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We’re joined again by Dr Matt Woolley, who helps Craig, Ryan, and Kenn work through the benefits, pitfalls, and psychology of scary stories and people who love (or hate) them. (And no, you’re not hallucinating, we swapped out our normal theme music; it was way too peppy for this episode.)

#74. The Legendarium of Zelda

Oct 25, 2015 00:58:43

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0:00 - Intro; 1:57 - Star Wars trailer; 13:00 - Zelda Symphony and discussion of the music; 30:10 - Excerpted interview clips; 31:45 - the virtues of Zelda; 40:15 - the games; 43:30 - Zelda movie adaptation?; 47:10 - the future of Zelda games; 50:30 - wrap-up & brief movie reviews.

#73. The Belgariad 5 - Enchanter’s End Game

Sep 28, 2015 01:00:31

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The guys have one last chat in their Belgariad podcast series, wrapping up with book five, Enchanter’s End Game. Joining them through the miracle of Skype recording is Andrew Bayles, a Linguistics grad student from the University of Utah, who comes to teach them all what a true nerd sounds like.

#72. Mythica - Local Movie Review

Sep 16, 2015 00:43:22

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The guys all watched Mythica: A Quest for Heroes, a film by local fantasy studio Arrowstorm Entertainment. Craig really liked it, so he made the others help him review it. The consensus: it’s got its shortcomings (which the guys dwell on too much!) but overall very fun, and any one of them would be proud to have their name in the credits. Go to ArrowstormEntertainment.com to purchase and download the movie, and support the third film on kickstarter.
7:10 – The story and some problems
16:00 – We whine because we care
17:00 – Melanie Stone’s eyebrows
18:00 – The acting
31:00 – Crowdsourcing for Mythica
33:10 – Did we like it?
39:10 – Final thoughts

#71. The Belgariad 4 - Castle of Wizardry

Sep 7, 2015 01:01:49

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The guys discuss Garion’s coming of age–and coming into his inheritance–in the fourth installment of the Belgariad podcast series. We find out who the voice in his head is. Ce’Nedra’s innate ability to manipulate comes in real handy. Do any of these characters have free will in this story?

#70. 2015 Summer Movie Review

Aug 24, 2015 00:56:07

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The four guys deliver four movie reviews for Avengers 2 (4:45), Fantastic Four (14:15), Ant Man (29:40), and Inside Out (40:25).

#69. The Belgariad 3 - Magician’s Gambit

Aug 17, 2015 00:49:35

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Ryan, Craig, and Kenn discuss the journey to Rak Cthol and the epic showdown between Ctuchik and Belgarath. New members of the company. Garion’s magic grows. Ce’Nedra is beyond the fathoming of her creator. Encasing someone in rock is a good way to kill them.

#68. The Silmarillion - Beren & Luthien

Aug 10, 2015 00:50:34

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We continue our Silmarillion Podcast series. I drag Ryan back in Middle-earth for a discussion about the tale of Beren and Luthien. Todd joins us in studio, and I also cut from time to time to a chat I had with friend podcast Nick Jeter.

#67. The Belgariad 2 - Queen of Sorcery

Aug 5, 2015 00:55:07

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Ryan, Craig, and Todd discuss book 2 of the Belgariad, with a quick appearance from Kenn. The story is starting to heat up, and so is the action. This one is much more violent than the first, and thus much more up Kenn’s alley.

#66. The Belgariad - Pawn of Prophecy

Jul 19, 2015 00:51:07

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Ryan assigns the Legendarium panel to read David Eddings’ Belgariad series. This is one of the early(ish) fantasy series that helped set the tone for many of the so-called tropes that have been seen since. But this beautifully written tale does them so well, you’ll hardly notice as you start with Garion on his adventure with Belgarath and Polgara.

#65. REVIEW - Jurassic World

Jun 14, 2015 00:27:27

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After some pointless nostalgia about the podcast in general, Ryan and Craig (at about the 9:45 mark) get down to reviewing Jurassic World. The final consensus: THREE-AND-A-HALF OF FOUR SWORDS. And we do all this without many, if any, spoilers. So enjoy, enjoyers.

#64. The Silmarillion - Ainulindale, with Kip Rasmussen

May 31, 2015 01:06:34

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The Silmarillion is not a novel. It’s barely even a story, at least as you’re used to. This may be one reason that many struggle with Tolkien’s lifelong passion project. Craig, with the help of guest Kip Rasmussen, tries once again to throw Ryan headlong into Middle-earth. Mellon, goheno nin!
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#63. Heroes of Scifi - Ready Player One

May 20, 2015 01:00:47

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Finishing our sci-fi series by bringing it into the 21st Century, the guys discuss Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

#62. Heroes of Scifi - Starship Troopers

May 5, 2015 01:01:51

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We’ve solved the Case of the Missing Episode! We read and discussed Starship Troopers in February, and we got in way over our heads in that discussion. But we give it a good shot anyway.

#61. Rapid Fire Review - Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 2, 2015 00:05:30

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Todd, Ryan and Kenn give their impressions of the new Avengers movie right after seeing it!

#60. Viva la Revolución !

Apr 29, 2015 00:57:20

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The Legendarium Brain Trust squees in delight at some of the Star Wars Celebration announcements, we review the trailer for The Force Awakens, and preview Avengers: Age of Ultron.

#59. Daredevil and stuff.

Apr 19, 2015 00:40:08

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A midweek featuring the full crew (we’ll count Ryan even though he just up and leaves halfway through) talking mostly about Daredevil. Todd also reviews the Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game.

#58. Heroes of Scifi - Sphere

Apr 14, 2015 41:32

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Craig and Ryan, along with Todd and Kenn, discuss the ‘80 classic novel Sphere, by Michael Crichton. They try to figure out just what genre it belongs in, and try to convince Ryan that it was a good book. He seems … underwhelmed.

#57. Nerd News. Mostly Star Wars News.

Mar 21, 2015 00:36:28

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The guys are back on the Star Wars trail, talking Episode 7 rumors, spin-off casting, and the Rebels season 1 finale.

#56. The Horror! The Horror!

Mar 1, 2015 00:58:48

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After an extended absence, Craig returns with several new panelists for a discussion on the horror genre. The panelists do their best (which, it turns out, is pretty darn good) to convince us that horror has more to offer than just guts and ghosts.

#55. Oscars, film reviews, and books

Feb 21, 2015 00:40:08

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In this episode we talk about what we expect out of good films, make some Oscar predictions, (which Craig couldn’t possibly care less about) and we briefly make book suggestions.

#54. 3-minute Review - Kingsman

Feb 16, 2015 00:02:56

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Craig reviews “Kingsman” in 3 minutes. The verdict: it was good…until it was bad. Very very bad.

#53. How Netflix will conquer all!

Feb 12, 2015 00:31:08

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A bit of Geek news and some Television to get excited for!

#52. Heroes of Scifi - I, Robot

Feb 9, 2015 00:34:51

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In this episode the Legendarium Brain Trust discusses the nine short stories that comprise Isaac Asimov’s book I, Robot.  Included are discussions on the three laws of robotics and an in-episode wager that leaves one of the crew a shade more grey than before.

#51. 3 Minute Review - Jupiter Ascending

Feb 8, 2015 00:03:00

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Craig reviews Jupiter Ascending in 3 minutes. He is not very kind.

#50. A Mid-week Surprise!

Feb 4, 2015 00:35:26

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Surprise one and all it’s a special new episode of the Legendarium Podcast.  This episode we cover our weekly dose of geek news and speculation and talk about some interesting casting options after we review Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX.

#49. Heroes of Scifi - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Feb 2, 2015 00:47:04

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We continue our Heroes of Sci-Fi series by tackling 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.  We talk undersea politics and the value of a name.

#48. Author Spotlight - H.G. Wells

Feb 2, 2015 00:04:52

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A brief biography and incredibly “accurate” discussion of the life of H.G. Wells.

Music: “Hyperfun” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

#47. SHORT - Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson

Jan 26, 2015 00:25:40

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There are too many of you Brandon Sanderson fans out there for us to just let this one go. Craig sits down with Rilee, a reader new to Sanderson, who actually prefers his debut, Elantris, to the revered Mistborn titles. She and Craig run through some themes, characters, and (of course) the magic system in trying to explain why.

#46. Heroes of Scifi - The Time Machine

Jan 19, 2015 00:45:48

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The Legendarium crew talks a bit of nerd news and then begins the “Heroes of Science Fiction” series by reviewing H.G. Wells classic Novel (or novella by Craig’s definition) The Time Machine.

#45. Enter the Dungeons & Dragons

Jan 12, 2015 00:34:22

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Craig and Ryan tackle their first game of Dungeons and Dragons and they are natural….ly poor at figuring it out at the start. Join the Legendarium crew at HaJoMaJe games for the abbreviated adventure into never winter and the quest for the best 401k option available to adventurers.

#44. We’re Back!

Jan 7, 2015 00:50:43

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Returning from holiday hiatus.  The Legendarium crew talks about what made 2014 a great year for us fantasy fans and what we have to look forward to in the coming year.

#43. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review

Dec 20, 2014 00:58:29

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The Legendarium brain trust is divided on the new hobbit film and they campaign to bring you to their side of the fight.  Whose army do you join? 

#42. The Origin Story

Dec 15, 2014 01:04:22

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Before we were the Legendarium we had another name, another story, and now it’s time to let the world know the origin story of our podcast.  This special edition episode is the release of our first podcast recording, which was a review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Just in time to prepare yourselves for the release of The Hobbit:The Battle of The Five Armies.

#41. Hobbit Preview

Dec 8, 2014 00:44:31

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Join Craig, Ryan and Todd as they talk the Hobbit and prepare for the final chapter cinematic release.

#40. Various & Sundry: Star Wars Trailer, Nerd Gift Ideas

Nov 30, 2014 00:46:16

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Topics include a future series of podcasts (3:45), new trailers (7:10), and nerdy gift ideas (32:40). We also thank and alienate our surprising Swedish listener base in one foul breath.

#39. Hero of Ages pt. 2

Nov 26, 2014 00:59:11

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We reach the end of the Hero of Ages and come to see the completion of prophecy.  Happy endings abound……or do they? (Cue dramatic music)  Plenty of punchin’ for those who love it and plenty of everything else brings us to the end of our mistborn trilogy series.

#38. Hero of Ages pt. 1

Nov 16, 2014 00:58:01

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All that “Wait until book 3″ talk starts to pay off.

#37. Craig’s Review of “Interstellar”

Nov 15, 2014 00:03:26

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Craig reviews Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” in 3 minutes. Ryan coughs up a hairball.

#36. Women of the Lord of the Rings

Nov 10, 2014 00:59:29

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Our special guests, Sara and Christa, walk us back through middle earth to talk about the women of the Lord of the Rings. 

#35. STAR WARS Rebels

Nov 2, 2014 00:56:52

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Craig and Ryan, along with Todd and Kenn, discuss the recently premiered Star Wars Rebels cartoon. Todd thinks WAY too much about blaster rifles. Kenn made significant sacrifices just to be involved in this cast. Ryan challenges the panel to some Star Wars trivia.

#34. Well of Ascension Pt II Sections 4-6

Oct 27, 2014 01:01:28

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A discussion of the conclusion of Well of Ascension.  The 4 members of the Legendarium Brain Trust start by answering for Kenn’s attack on squishy literature, followed by a discussion of fantastic battle sequences, relationships gone amok, and give the future movie version it’s rating.  

#33. The Well of Ascension - Sections 1-3

Oct 19, 2014 00:54:49

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Ryan, Craig, Kenn, and Todd discuss The Well of Ascension, sections 1-3. Kenn is super squishy, and loves all the romance stuff, despite his super masculine mutton chops. Todd about puts Ryan to sleep with a discussion of the politics in Luthadel.

#32. Comic Books and Kids’ Literacy

Oct 12, 2014 00:57:09

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Craig, Ryan, and Todd welcome back Dr Matt Woolley to talk about how comic books can affect literacy in children. Craig is revealed as a no-comic-reading snob; Ryan, who is half-asleep, is revealed to have partied much harder than we thought him capable of.

#31. LIVE from Salt Lake Comic Con

Oct 5, 2014 00:52:57

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We got the band back together! Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn are joined by a live audience at Salt Lake Comic Con, recorded in September 2014. Chosen topics were quickly discarded in favor of nerdy games and audience participation. Fun was had.

#30. Mistborn Episode 2 - Sections 4-5

Sep 28, 2014 00:53:36

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Craig, Ryan, Todd, and Kenn are all together again to discuss Mistborn: The Final Empire in its entirety. Todd and Kenn are thoroughly satisfied by a great book, while Craig and Ryan are just about wetting their pants trying not to give away the other two in the trilogy. Topics include magic systems, sleeveless thugs, mysterious mists, and casting the inevitable movie (Alfred Molina as Breeze, duh!).

#29. Mistborn Episode 1 - Sections 1-3

Sep 21, 2014 00:47:58

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Ryan, Craig, and Todd discuss the world, the magic, and the characters of Mistborn: The Final Empire. The general consensus is … it’s pretty darn cool so far.

#28. Salt Lake Comic Con Review

Sep 15, 2014 00:49:49

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Craig and Ryan talk about their experience at Salt Lake Comic Con. The short of it: it was pretty wild. And super crowded. The lines were long, the costumes were great, and the booths were many. At the end, there’s a FantasyCon vs ComicCon discussion, and they even philosophize for a few minutes on fan conventions in general. What a treat.

#27. Various & Sundry: Mistborn Preview and the Ramblings of Mad Men

Aug 31, 2014 00:48:42

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Craig, Ryan, and Todd discuss, among other things: Craig’s high levels of suaveness; a preview of Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson; Ryan’s quick review of the latest Dr Who iteration; and some brief Star Wars news. Two sore throats and too much sugar later … really nothing is accomplished.

#26. Fairy Tales, the Darker the Better

Aug 18, 2014 01:04:42

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We are joined by clinical psychologist and Professor Matt Woolley to discuss original fairy tales and their darker pieces. We cover the importance of these stories for children and adults and we walk through Hansel and Gretel’s story. All while Ryan gets a chance at a small therapy session.

#25. Various & Sundry: “Craig’s Back Sweat”

Aug 11, 2014 01:00:13

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Hobbit News. Guardians of the Galaxy review. A bit of Star Wars news. And we make announcements about some future episodes. Unfortunately, we talk about Craig’s sweaty back at the same time.

#24. Ep.17 - The Looooong Road Home

Jul 30, 2014 00:55:42

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Book 6, Chapters 4-9. This is it! Our final episode in the LotR series is a doozy, with Larry D Curtis from theonering.net joining us as we discuss the good, the great, and the tear-jerking in the last few chapters. Ryan loves the Scouring of the Shire, Craig thinks that rock he just passed might be an old elf-lord, and Larry thinks the Ring looks decidedly cross-shaped toward the end of the story.

#23. FantasyCon Review

Jul 20, 2014 00:32:20

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Craig and Ryan wax nostalgic (a whole 2 weeks later) about the inaugural FantasyCon in Salt Lake City. If you were there, come relive it. If you weren’t, consider this the first step to getting psyched about next year! A huge thanks to FantasyCon for an awesome weekend.

#22. LotR Ep.16 - Ding Dong, the Ring is Gone

Jul 12, 2014 00:59:59

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Book 6, Chapters 1-3

Ryan and Craig explore the…excellent?…disappointing?…something…death of the Ring of Power. This episode features Ryan at his most referential and bizarre. And maybe his most awesome.

#21. LotR Ep.15 - Numenorean History 101, with Professor Hanks

Jun 29, 2014 01:03:21

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Book 5, Chapters 6-10: Special guest: Nick Jeter. Ryan and Nick have to endure Craig’s lessons on the history and family trees of the Numenoreans, their ancestors, and their descendents. Denethor’s despair is deemed decidedly damaging. How does Witch-king die? Well, we’re not quite sure, but then Ryan gets it with the help of the All-Powerful Internets.

#20. LotR Ep.14 - Four Ways to Call a Hobbit to Dinner

Jun 21, 2014 00:50:01

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Book 5, Ch 1-5: Lots of lots of lots of details provided by Tolkien. Any writing is better when you say “ye” instead of “you”. The Witch King doesn’t know any multi-syllabic words.

#19. STAR WARS News

Jun 7, 2014 00:54:45

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Ryan and Craig discuss a few recent Star Wars developments–and nerd out excessively–with returning guest Todd Wente, and newcomer Kenn Johnson.

#18. LotR Ep.13 - Someone has to write a Shelob spinoff

May 24, 2014 00:45:52

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#17. FantasyCon Preview

May 17, 2014 00:45:04

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FantasyCon is on! 4th of July weekend, SLC will play host to what we think sounds like the coolest convention ever. Our guests are Larry D. Curtis and Ashley Turner, both organizers for FantasyCon. They’ll tell us all about the panels, celebrities, sword fighting, and world’s-largest-dragons that we can expect.

#16. LotR Ep.12 - Faramir you big stud muffin you

May 13, 2014 00:57:24

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#15. A Star Wars Day Special - Part 2

May 5, 2014 00:34:47

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The discussion continues into the realm of the films and we get a few moments of pro prequel arguments.

#14. A Star Wars Day Special - Part 1

May 5, 2014 00:58:12

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Enjoy this special edition episode as it was meant to be heard! In celebration of Star Wars Day (May 4th) Craig, Ryan, and guest Todd Wente discuss the Star Wars Universe and why it continues to enthrall generation after generation.

#13. LotR Ep.11 - The Return of the Hobbits

Apr 13, 2014 56:23

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Book 4, Chapters 1-3

Special guest: Jeff Hewitt, a fantasy author from Georgia. Craig and Ryan celebrate their birthdays hobbit-style. Ryan finally identifies with a Middle-earth activity: rock climbing. Craig thinks Sam is getting a bit orcish in his behavior. Ryan identifies Tolkien’s greatest life lesson so far: get out and serve someone else, you selfish jackass.

#12. LotR Ep.10 - Does your Palantir get HD?

Apr 12, 2014 59:23

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Book 3, Chapters 8-11 With special guest Rebecca (aka Geeklady)

Maps! Craig encourages their liberal use as we make our way through the Two Towers. Ryan wonders if the LotR would be popular if it had been published today. The special guest rolls up “Craig’s LotR Trivia” and smokes it.

#11. LotR Ep.9 - Wormtongue: Finally, a Name Worse than Fatty Bolger

Apr 11, 2014 54:34

Description:

Two Towers, Chapters 5-7

Ryan apparently has some serious problems with the names Tolkien is choosing. Craig can’t really blame him. Peter Jackson may have taken some liberties at Helm’s Deep, but that’s not so bad, considering how amazeballs it turned out. Craig basically reads a Middle- and Old-English dictionary on the air. Good times are had by all.

#10. LotR Ep.8 - Frightfully Treeish

Mar 30, 2014 1:08:00

Description:

The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapters 1-4

An insanely difficult edition of Craig’s LotR Trivia, much to the chagrin of Ryan and special(ish) guest Brian. Discussion includes the origin of the Ents (they were created because of some cosmic marital strife) and the unfailing cheerfulness of Hobbits. Ryan can’t figure out why people like Treebeard and don’t like Tom Bombadil.

#9. LotR - Pre-Two Towers Interlude

Mar 9, 2014 30:00

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Craig and Ryan discuss what they liked about the Fellowship of the Ring, and what they expect from The Two Towers. Ryan turns the tables on Craig for this round of Craig’s Lord of the Rings Trivia. Craig speaks Elvish. Not kidding.

#8. LotR Ep.7 - Craig. Loves. Cate Blanchett.

Feb 24, 2014 67:00

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Book 2, Chapter 6-10
Wrapping up the Fellowship, we delve into a timid discussion on religion, and Craig makes a controversial claim: Tolkien saw the future and imagined Cate.

#7. LotR Ep.6 - Hello Balrog, Goodbye Gandalf

Feb 24, 2014 44:18

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Book 2, Chapters 3-5
Finally, we get resolution on the biggest cliffhanger from The Hobbit: What in the world happened to Balin, son of Fundin? We’ll also say a tearful farewell to our trusty guide, Gandalf the Grey.

#6. LotR Ep.5 - The Council of Elrond and other Elvish Nonsense

Feb 24, 2014 40:00

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Book 2, Chapters 1-2
Welcome to Rivendell! We don’t go anywhere, but we hear a lot about many far away places, from many new and old characters. Elves count by twelves, and anyone who has been to Salt Lake City in the winter has seen Isengard in the flesh.

#5. LotR Ep.4 - Striders and Riders

Feb 24, 2014 46:00

Description:

Book 1 Chapters 9-12
Picking up the pace, we go from Bree to the Ford of Bruinen, meet Strider, and run away from Black Riders–a lot.

#4. LotR Ep.3 - The Happiest Weirdo in all of Middle-earth

Feb 24, 2014 38:00

Description:

Book 1 Chapters 6-8
O Tom, Jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo! Discussion includes the singing weirdo, barrow wights, and “mastery” vs. “domination”. We’ve left the Shire, and we’re now in the wide world, just like leaving real life and entering wild world of Fairy Tales. This is not Ryan’s best week as a contestant in CRAIG’S LORD OF THE RINGS TRIVIA.

#3. LotR Ep.2 - The Shire Goes Ever On…and On…and On…

Feb 24, 2014 39:00

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Book 1, Chapters 3-5
Hitting the road, getting our first glimpse of Black Riders, and lots of first glimpses of what’s to come: poetry, themes, and elves. A salute to the worst accidental innuendo in all of fantasy literature. We also try to answer the question: Why on Eru’s green Middle-earth do we care about the origins of Brandy Hall?

#2. LotR Ep.1 - Birthday Parties and Birthday Presents

Feb 24, 2014 39:00

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Book 1, Chapters 1-2
We discuss the ways of hobbits, Bilbo Baggins as one of the 1% (doggone rich people!), and the setting of the massive story to follow.

#1. Welcome to the Legendarium

Feb 24, 2014 13:00

Description:

A welcome into The Legendarium.  We give you a brief overview of what the Legendarium is and does along with a bit about your hosts as they prepare to embark into the realm of fantasy.