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Fantology

We love fantasy books, possibly too much. We hope you enjoy our top-notch reviews of your favorite fantasy books and series - Sanderson, Jordan, Abercrombie, Butcher and more! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

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#6 The Way of Kings

Hot takes abound in our review of Book 1 of Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive. Apparently it isn't that hard to be a critic of THE landmark series of the past decade!  Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music from https://filmmusic.io - "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

43mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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#10 The Three-Body Problem Trilogy

The Remembrance of Earth's Past series by Cixin Liu is a breakthrough sci-fi series that took our collective breath away. Translated from its original Chinese, the prose is sharp and perfectly displays Liu's imaginative yet haunting vision of a future after contact with an alien race. We discuss cultural differences, ethical dilemmas, and questions of what it means to be human. Also, a callback to some of our favorite childhood series. Finally, we cannot NOT recommend experimenting while reading the series!  Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

1hr 31mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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#3 The Shadow Of What Was Lost Re-Read

Need to remember the details of Licanius Book 1? We have you covered with a full book recap, hitting on all the big moments. Plus play along at home with trivia! Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music from https://filmmusic.io - "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

51mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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#8 The Light of All That Falls

The conclusion to the Licanius Trilogy was a mixed bag for us. Worth reading, but somewhat disappointing after the success of the first two books. Also, Stephen is a prose snob!  Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music from https://filmmusic.io - "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

46mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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#4 An Echo of Things to Come

We recap the many, many plot threads of Book 2 of The Licanius Trilogy by James Islington. Give us a listen to catch up before reading Book 3 - The Light of All That Falls - which was just released! Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music from https://filmmusic.io - "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

53mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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#28 The Great Hunt

Book Two of The Wheel of Time has an interesting structure. It's somewhat of a retelling of the first book, but it does so brilliantly, slowly fleshing out the world and larger plot of the series. Jake & Stephen break down the book without any series spoilers and first-time reader Kaden offers a unique perspective. The guys point out the important plot points and do a Power Ranking for their favorite characters. Which characters performed the best in this book alone? Plus, could the Dragon Reborn save the world from Covid-19 and a quick statistics lecture. Next up: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher Followed by: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

1hr 8mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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#5 The Witcher Season 1

I took a break from the books to watch Netflix's The Witcher. This review is from a book reader's perspective - and I'm happy to report it's a solid show that should have us all excited for the future of fantasy books coming to the small screen. Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music from https://filmmusic.io - "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

21mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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#27 March Fantasy News

March was a great month for bad news, but there were a few nuggets of good news in the fantasy community! Josh, Ryan & Stephen recap and discuss recent tv, movie & book news in this episode. Beware, moderate spoilers if you aren't already current! Plus, Covid-19 bets that have aged poorly and moments one Fantology member doesn't want his wife to hear!Topic tags: Stranger things 2:22, The Witcher 8:37, Wheel of Time 14:55, Poppy War 27:26, Dresden Files 29:51  Next up: The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan Followed by: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

42mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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#29 Grave Peril

Jim Butcher is starting to find his stride in the third entry of the Dresden files. Ben, Josh & Stephen talk through the ghosts, vampires & fae and hype up the rest of the series! Important characters are entering and the seeds of huge conflicts have been planted. While this entry still has a ways to go in terms of quality of the later books, we are officially headed there. At least Fantology thinks we are. Plus, thoughts on vampires, nails from the Cross and attempts to pronounce the Latin name of a magical sword. Next up: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling Followed by: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

38mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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#11 Words of Radiance

What is it exactly about The Stormlight Archive that so thoroughly captures our imaginations? We try to answer this question as we tackle the IT series of the fantasy book world. Our favorite moments & characters receive full coverage, but no series is perfect! Our new "worst of the best segment" at the end of the episode talks about a few not-so-favorite moments. Plus, what would it be like to dorm with Sanderson & Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings?  Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

1hr 20mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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#7 The Poppy War

No spoilers in our breakdown of the first book in a new and unique critically-acclaimed speculative fiction series from R.F. Kuang. We're excited to read more of this one!  Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music from https://filmmusic.io - "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

32mins

11 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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#9 Starsight

The machine that is Brandon Sanderson can write pretty high quality YA books as well. How does this series compare to his more prolific epic fantasy series? The guys have some positive comparisons, and deep cosmere lore. We liked the humor (mostly), but across the board struggled with the cheesy romance. Also, a deep dive into the psychology of 11 year-old Stephen's terror of basilisks.  Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music from https://filmmusic.io - "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

50mins

18 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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#38 Best Served Cold

Joe Abercrombie continues to impress Ryan, Ben & Stephen with his first stand-alone novel, Best Served Cold. This is a brutal and bloody tale of vengeance crafted by a master storyteller. Not only does this book contain many memorable moments, but it also has us reflecting on the nature of good and evil and how we as humans deal with the tragedies of life. Our characters here don't necessarily deal with them well, as they're all tragically flawed although no less compelling for it. Plus, Cosca: lovable mercenary or mask-requiring wholesale conglomerate? Next Up: Death Masks by Jim Butcher Followed By: Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

1hr 6mins

14 May 2020

Rank #13

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#37 Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Dan & Nathan are back to chat with Stephen and break down the minutiae of the Harry Potter-verse. Apologies for the significant audio issues, some hexes are so strong that not even post-production editing can fix them! However, persevere and listen to our takes on Lockhart, Quidditch broom imbalance, Ron's broken wand and the state of house elf affairs. Plus, Stephen's strange connection to de-gnoming. Next Up: Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie Followed By: Death Masks by Jim Butcher Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

1hr 16mins

11 May 2020

Rank #14

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#36 Top 5 Series + April Fantasy News

In this special edition Stephen, Ben and Josh supplement the low amount of news in Covid-19 April with their All-Time Top Five Fantasy Series Rankings. NO SPOILERS! Any book that makes a list like this is exemplary and deserves to be read, but with three different opinions on all time top five we couldn't help but drag each other's favorites through the mud. Just kidding... Kinda. Let us know what your favorite series are and where our opinions are completely off base! Skip to 9:00 for the Top 5 Series Rankings. Stephen: 1.Stormlight 2.Wheel of Time 3.Lightbringer 4.First Law 5.Kingkiller Ben: 1.Cosmere 2.Wheel of Time 3.Harry Potter 4.First Law 5.Red Rising Josh: 1.Mistborn 2.Harry Potter 3.Lord of the Rings 4.Dark Tower 5.Dresden Files HM: Gentleman Bastards, Farseer, Licanius, Stardust, Emperor's Soul Next Up: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling Followed By: Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

40mins

4 May 2020

Rank #15

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#35 Summer Knight

The Dresden Files train continues to pick up speed for Ben, Stephen & Josh in the fourth book of the series. Summer Knight introduces the fae courts in force, as Harry once again is the only wizard for hire that can prevent the annihilation of Chicago. Faeries, vampires & wizards...oh my! Plus, Harry Dresden or Harry Potter, which series handles muggles better? Next Up: Top 5 Series + April Fantasy News Followed By: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

38mins

1 May 2020

Rank #16

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#34 The Dragon Reborn

Book 3 of The Wheel of Time takes the series to new heights according to our host Stephen, expert Jake & first-time reader Kaden. The guys provide their unique perspectives on the characters and plot as they break down the action from The Dragon Reborn. No series spoilers, but be prepared to hear all the details of this book! Plus, comparisons to The Ocarina of Time & Animorphs and too bad Rand Al'Thor never watched National Treasure! Next Up: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher Followed By: Top 5 Series + April Fantasy News Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

1hr 13mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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#33 The Dark Tower

Rather than cover the entirety of Stephen King's magnum opus, Stephen extracts a broad strokes overview of these books from Josh. Our expert just finished the series and obviously wants to say a lot, but holds back enough to give this episode a yellow spoiler rating. No specific plot points will be harmed by listening to this episode! Plus, comparisons to The Series of Unfortunate Events and how does it feel to be Stephen King? Next Up: The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan Followed By: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

41mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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#32 Morning Star

The Red Rising trilogy concludes in epic fashion with this exciting and harrowing adventure. Ben and Stephen are on hand to provide a blow by blow of the fate of Darrow and the rest of the Rising. We discuss our favorite moments, including rocket launchers and razor fights. Plus, which Wheel of Time character is Darrow's plot eerily similar to?  (Spoilers for the WoT series from 38:10 to 39:43)  Next up: The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King  Followed By: The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan  Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

48mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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#31 The Amber Spyglass

Some differing opinions on the conclusion of His Dark Materials make up Josh and Stephen's review of book 3. We tackle some controversial subjects, ingrained in the subject matter of the book. How does this series compare to other contemporaries, and what were some of our favorite moments from the book? Plus, what mythology features the River Styx? Next up: Morning Star by Pierce Brown Followed By: The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King Chat with us more! Tell us why we're wrong! Discord: https://discord.gg/9AMJqj2 Support the show on Patreon and access additional perks: https://www.patreon.com/fantology_books Check out our exclusive Merch in our Spreadshirt shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/fantology/ Music: "New Dawn" by Terry Devine-King--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fantology/support

51mins

17 Apr 2020

Rank #20