Blue Team is back for a quick dip back into Dresden before taking a more extended break from it for a while. But what an interesting time the Blue Team has had with it! From a “yeah I guess we’ll read this because the listeners seem to want us to” series to a “oh my word this is really really good” series, it’s been a pretty wild ride through Dresden so far. Thanks for hanging in there with us. And yes, we will finish the whole series!

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Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie finally get back on the horse and continue their discussions of Brent Weeks’s Lightbringer series. This time they cap off book 3, The Broken Eye. Where do Andross’s loyalties lie? What will Teia do with/for the Order of the Broken Eye? Will Kip and Teia ever get together? Does Stephanie hate hot girls in books? Only one way to find out!

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Craig, Stephanie, and Kyle are back for the final installment of our podcast series on The Hobbit. In this episode, we talk about chapters 15 through 19, including Bilbo’s theft of the Arkenstone, the Battle of the Five Armies, and the return journey home.

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Craig, Ryan, Megan, Kenn, and Todd crowd around the mics to give you what you all need: another podcast of people chatting about the new Star Wars movie. It is our inevitable destiny that we’ll do a minimum of one Star Wars episode every year until the end of time, so here we are again. We’re finally (maybe?) putting the Skywalker saga to bed, and we give it quite the send-off, with nearly 90 minutes of argument, conjecture, and horrible, forced Star Wars puns. (ha.)

 

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Pretty much what the title says! During our latest YouTube livestream Craig, Kenn, and Megan sat down and spun the Wheel of Tangents. Megan updates the group on her progress in The Wheel of Time; Craig gives his first impressions of both N.K. Jemisin and Joe Abercrombie; and Kenn holds forth on The Mandalorian. They talked about a wide variety of subjects, obviously, but the real takeaway here, as you’ll see, is that Kenn and Megan don’t see nearly enough movies.

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Craig dons his elbow patches so that he and Kyle can continue their Hobbit adventure, this time talking about the Smaug chapters: that is, chapters 12 through 14. They talk about Smaug, of course, but also about the Arkenstone, the relationship of these scenes to others in The Hobbit and in The Lord of the Rings, and Tolkien’s meditations on greed. Ever wondered why Smaug was so ticked off that the villagers of Lake Town had destroyed their bridges? Listen and find out!

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Of all the authors we’ve covered on the show, whose works would we remove from existence? What takes you out of a book the quickest? How important are maps to fantasy stories? Kyle and Craig tackle these and many other burning questions on today’s Wheel of Tangents.

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Blue Team has finally given in to the true crime podcast craze: a serial killer is on the loose in the Dresdenverse, and Harry is on the case. Megan, Todd, and Kenn take on White Night, the ninth book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. And between the White Court, debates of free will, and Lasciel’s coin, there’s plenty of discussion to be had.

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The Wheel of Time is back! Craig and Kyle (and eventually Ryan) are joined by Drew and Lauren McCaffrey, Wheel of Time experts both, to spin the Wheel of Tangents–all WoT related. Together they discuss the upcoming show, tugged braids and smoothed skirts, and in-world swearing. A relaxed, wildly self-indulgent 40 minutes, but one that we hope you enjoy.

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It’s been long enough, time to get back on that oar! Craig, Ryan, and Stephanie discuss chapters 1-55 of The Broken Eye, book 3 in Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. Lots of questions this time around: Are we spending enough time with our villains? Is “fake it ’til you make it” a real thing? What is the most touching of human gestures? Is Ryan a monster for not laughing at Craig’s best jokes? Listen and find out!

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Turns out that Utah, the home of the Legendarium, is the nerdiest place in America. To us, that just feels correct — nerdery is the water in which we fish swim here. But the real question today is why? So Craig and Kenn brought in the big guns: Krissie Holifield, from the I Am Salt Lake podcast. Together they talk religion, drugs, geography, and grasp at any other straw they can to explain why Utah is the ultimate home for nerds.

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It’s a Dresdendum! Fear not, your pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. Todd and Kenn return to talk more Proven Guilty. After the previous episode, they (and the listeners shouting politely on Reddit) knew there was simply too much left unsaid. So they’re here to un-unsay it.

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Blue Team is back with another Dresden Files episode! Seems like they’re kicking them out faster than you can say “xenomorphic phobophage.” This time around, it’s book 8: Proven Guilty. In this installment, Harry’s dealing with happenings at SplatterCon!!!,Todd’s dealing with the weight of his own emotions (again), and the Blue Team’s dealing with the question of whether the Dresden Files has taken up too much real estate in their hearts.

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Do video game movies always suck? Maybe not. But they’re never actually good, either. Why is that? Craig and Kyle are joined by Adam Sherlock from Deep Dive Film School to spend, oh…maybe 5 minutes teasing out the answer to the question at hand, and 45 minutes just laughing about terrible video game movies.

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The Ladies of the Legendarium are back! And this time, Stephanie, Megan, and Kate are joined by Sara Hanks to discuss Michael Ende’s classic book, The Neverending Story. There’s laughing and crying, and a whole lot of love — old and new — for this particular book.

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Brent Weeks, bestselling author of the Lightbringer and Night Angel series, joins Craig and Ryan for another installment of the Author’s Shelf series. Brent chose The Odyssey, and actually apologizes for making the podcast look pretentious, as though Craig didn’t relish a bit of pretension. If you’re looking to learn something new about The Odyssey, you’re in luck! Because there are lots of other podcasts where you can do that. But if you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted discussion about it, then you’re in the right place.

Check out Brent’s website and purchase Brent’s latest book, The Burning White (and the other Lightbringer books too, if you haven’t)

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Two things to note about this episode: First, talking about a book like this without any spoilers has challenges, but those can be overcome. And second, turns out we’re not necessarily capable of overcoming said challenges. Oh well, it’s still fun to celebrate Weeks Week and the release of The Burning White. It’s the culmination of the Lightbringer series, which we’re in the middle of reviewing with full spoilers, but we thought we’d break in during release week of this one to give you a few thoughts and help you GET HYYYPE. Craig and Ryan discuss the book’s length, how much the author can come to the forefront before it gets distracting, and whether this was where the series should have ended.

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Weeks Week begins on Monday with the release of The Burning White, but we thought we’d get a jump on it by airing a few minutes of Brent Weeks spinning The Wheel of Tangents. Brent answers eight questions scientifically designed in a lab to help us get to know one of our favorite authors a little bit better. (Narrator: “There was, in fact, no lab.”) Enjoy!

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The book so nice, they discussed it twice! The Blue Team is back for a second conversation about Dead Beat, the seventh book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. Megan, Todd, and Kenn talk about what it means for Harry to have true friends; how characters have reminded each other of their value; and Craig pops in to tell the panel why he’s so thoroughly enjoying their Dresden episodes.

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Time travel, multiverse, cryosleep, wormholes, insect aliens, utopian and dystopian futures, and many more: Craig, Kenn, and Kyle shoot the breeze for a half hour about their favorite sci-fi tropes. Honestly, not much more to it than that, but it’s laying the foundation for the Blue Team to move back toward sci-fi very soon, with a series quasi-announcement that should have many listeners feeling excited.

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