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Old 02-10-2017, 09:00 AM
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Hi everyone!

Today marks a momentous occasion: Loki and I have talked about a book for so long that we can't talk about it anymore!

We released our final episode on The Sorcerer's House today, and we're now moving on to a series of short stories by the same author (Gene Wolfe): Underhill, The Hero as Werwolf, and Forlesen. The first one is a Free online short story. The last two can be found in The Best of Gene Wolfe, which is easily available.

If you're interested at all in the podcast, but didn't want to have to read a whole book, these next few weeks are a great opportunity; you can read a short story in one sitting and find out whether or not you like our style in one episode.

Thanks, and let us know if you have questions.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:34 AM
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Oh man, I completely missed that (late Sorcerer's House spoiler) Old Nick is Mr. Black. I somehow just didn't make the connection and thought that Black showed up because Bax used a spell. In my defense, I sped through the last 1/4 of the book and was up really late the night I finished it. I thought I was really on top of stuff, but that's a big one.

I'm on the lookout for a copy of The Best of Gene Wolfe.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:48 AM
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I'm on the lookout for a copy of The Best of Gene Wolfe.


Don't forget your local library!
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Don't forget your local library!
I did it!

I read the three short stories, and I also picked up the two volumes of The Book of the New Sun, which I started this morning.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:49 AM
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Surprise! You needed to read FOUR short stories.

The guestcast we did with British Pop-culture show "You Know What I Like" went up yesterday. We cover Wolfe in general, some SH stuff, and go through "The Toy Theater."

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Old 03-02-2017, 09:02 AM
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Just when I think I'm done, you guys pull me back in!

I guess I could fit in one more short story.
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Old 03-02-2017, 04:01 PM
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Make sure you try out Arcadia when we move on to that one, too. It's not Wolfe, but it's still amazing!
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:36 PM
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^Yeah, it's on my list.

A while ago you guys mentioned an artist who was posting Book of the New Sun art on Twitter. At the time I checked it out, but had no idea what it was about. Now I'm halfway through the Claw of the Conciliator and I wanted to look him up again, but I have no idea what his name was or what episode you mentioned him in. Do you remember who it was?
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:57 PM
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:15 PM
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Thanks very much!
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:06 PM
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Hi Everyone!

Just giving the thread a quick bump to remind folks that starting next Friday (4/28) we'll be diving into Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus. This trio of novellas (particularly the first, which won a Nebula) is among Wolfe's most recognizable and celebrated work. It also happens to be a great entry point if you've been intimidated by him before now!

Please join us and give a listen!
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I'm still making my way through The Book of the New Sun, but I'm close to the end.
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I'm still making my way through The Book of the New Sun, but I'm close to the end.
I finished it.

Turns out he was banging his grandma, so that's fun?
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I finished it.

Turns out he was banging his grandma, so that's fun?
There's a couple other details in there...just a couple.
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I finished it.

Turns out he was banging his grandma, so that's fun?
Severian is a Christ figure.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:58 PM
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If you're following along with the podcast (or think you might be interested) we're announcing our next lineup of books on tomorrow's episode. Here's the sneak peak of where we're headed.

After we finish Fifth Head, we've decided it will be a good time to explore some of Wolfe (and Sci-Fi/Fantasy's) literary influences. Wolfe often mentions specific authors time and again as major influences or inspirations for his work, so we expect you'll recognize most of these names. In addition, we're including a few authors who may not have been directly or extensively mentioned by Wolfe, but who have had a big enough impact on speculative fiction (or Wolfe's stated influences) as a whole that they're unavoidable.
These episodes will be a less in-depth and more of a survey approach about the author and their work. We plan to make this a five-episode series divided as follows:
  • The Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men, Chu-Bu and Sheemish, and The Three Sailors' Gambit by Lord Dunsany. These stories are all public domain.
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton. Also public domain.
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells and With the Night Mail by Rudyard Kipling. Again, both of these novellas are public domain.
  • Liane the Wayfarer, Guyal of Sfere, and The Sorcerer Pharesm by Jack Vance (the first two stories are in The Dying Earth, while the third is a selection from The Eyes of the Overworld).
  • The Martian, The Long Years, There Will Come Soft Rains, and The Million Year Picnic by Ray Bradbury (These stories can be found separately, but are all collected in The Martian Chronicles).

In addition to the "Wolfe Influences" theme, you can see we're also doing an exploration of various takes on the Dying Earth (or Mars, if you want to stretch it) sub-genre. We're hoping that will help us as we attempt to tackle our next exploration Wolfe himself. After this 5-episode series we'll begin our discussion of The Shadow of the Torturer which will probably see us through the conclusion of 2017.
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Nice, I recently read the Bradbury stories and the first two Vance ones, and I just finished the Book of the New Sun. The rest sound interesting.

I haven't started fifth head of cerberus yet because I wanted to wait until all of the episodes were ready. I feel like it might be better to listen to a whole book's worth of episodes right after finishing the book. I'll let you know how it goes.
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I'll let you know how it goes.
You'd better. Mostly because I want to see if anyone can stand binge listening to 20 hours of Loki and me.
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:02 AM
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Hah, I probably won't marathon them. Spreading them out over a few days is probably the best way to approach it. I got the book from the library yesterday, starting it soon.
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