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Don't call it a book club.

197 episodes - English - Latest episode: 14 days ago - ★★★★ - 31 ratings

Luke and Dan discuss books and other media in the sci-fi/fantasy genre with unexpected theories and controversial opinions. Looking for a podcast that makes you smarter? Maybe keep looking.

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The Dragonbone Chair: Part Three

August 04, 2022 23:23 - 1 hour - 159 MB

You know we are getting Eragon TV series warmed up (12:13 to skip). Simon's evil twin is revealed! Dr. Dan introduces a theory that is basically a cognitohazard at 42:10 so if you don't want any spoilers for the rest of the series, skip to 44:10. Finally, Luke and Dan spill the beans about their comfortable levels of physical intimacy with friends. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

The Dragonbone Chair: Part Two

July 28, 2022 19:35 - 54 minutes - 56.4 MB

Dan gets us started with a very hot take on everyone's favorite unforgivable curse (10:00 to skip). Simon proves that he's down for anything. We need some tips on training our wolves, and is it possible to have too much Jade? Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

The Dragonbone Chair: Part One

July 21, 2022 22:22 - 1 hour - 144 MB

Dan has officially committed to the bit (11:28 to skip). This episode is all about 2 things: dragging Simon and venerating a dude for eating small birds. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Dreadgod

July 14, 2022 22:42 - 1 hour - 168 MB

Luke gets us warmed up with reports from Olive Garden (9:15 to skip). Several new segments are introduced in this episode, you know we've got to have Hype Time and get excited for our inaugural "consider this" segment. Once again we have to consider if we're on Team Vroshir or Team Abidan (or maybe Team Ozriel??). Finally, are we getting out of control with the scale in Cradle? Next week we're continuing the Summer of Swords and reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. In a few weeks w...

Redwall: Part Two

July 08, 2022 03:20 - 1 hour - 60.7 MB

I know this is the Summer of Swords, but the boys have a few questions about this particular sword. Plenty of characters earned a critical eye this episode. Also, Luke and Dan dive deep into the political structures of Redwall, and the Machiavellian tactics of the abbot. Dan is looking forward to returning to the children's section of the library to learn more about Brian Jacques' political philosophy. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Redwall: Part One

June 23, 2022 22:59 - 1 hour - 156 MB

It's a big throwback day as we get reacquainted with our local library and everyone's favorite childhood series. Lots of mouse talk in this one, any mouse biology experts let us know what we missed by emailing us at [email protected] Plus you know we've gotta talk Redwall food which did not disappoint. Also, what exactly is cordial? No episode next week, but don't stop reading because we're still finishing the book the following week! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro a...

The Sword of Shannara: Part Three

June 16, 2022 20:41 - 1 hour - 59 MB

Luke and Dan hit us with a very topical rant about TV these days (11:58 to skip). Of course Dan has to start with a summary of this chapter, how would anyone know what story we are reading without one? Also what is this, a continent for ants? Once again, Dan and Luke investigate the cuisine only this time they look north. Finally, Luke and Dan have some notes for the Warlock King. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Sword of Shannara: Part Two

June 09, 2022 23:16 - 58 minutes - 135 MB

Dan gets us warmed up with a riveting furniture story (7:35 to skip). Shea proves that he has very poor deduction skills, the journey through the cave has some storytelling flaws, and Menion continues to be the clear MVP. P.S. Here is the couch Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

The Sword of Shannara: Part Two

June 09, 2022 23:16 - 58 minutes - 135 MB

Dan gets us warmed up with a riveting furniture story (7:35 to skip). Shea proves that he has very poor deduction skills, the journey through the cave has some storytelling flaws, and Menion continues to be the clear MVP. P.S. Here is the couch Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

The Sword of Shannara: Part One

May 27, 2022 01:12 - 1 hour - 56.5 MB

Luke got heated at a chemical conference so if you work for ExxonMobile, you have some explaining to do! (7:35 to skip). Dan starts us off with a summary that sounds somewhat familiar, and Luke needs some ice breakers. There is a gold nugget of a story nestled in this episode, so make the royalty checks out to Luke and Dan. Which of these characters would make the best wingman? Finally, what is real? Is magic real? Prove it. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

The Library at Mount Char: Part Three

May 20, 2022 03:32 - 55 minutes - 127 MB

We've got some well earned awards to give out, find out who is the worst person and who had the worst time in this book (Tip: the answers are obvious). Beware Father fans, we're ranting about your boi a whole lot this episode. Also seek help. Get ready for the Summer of Swords and start reading Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks for next week! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

The Library at Mount Char: Part Two

May 13, 2022 02:06 - 56 minutes - 50.4 MB

ALERT! GROCERY. STORE. WARM. UP. (7:22 skip). What is going on with the President of Mount Char? Father needs to trim the fat a bit and Dan is excited for Carolyn to hit 'em with a SLICE. Pop quiz: The Sun goes out. How much do you tip your waitress at dinner that evening? Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

The Library at Mount Char: Part One

May 05, 2022 20:45 - 55 minutes - 128 MB

Dan wants us to get warmed up with a surprise Pokemon and Disney reference (6:35 to skip). Big disagreements on this one about who has the best catalogue, whats your vote? My guy Nobununga might be kindof a dummy, but a big tiger can turn the tide in any fight. And of course we've got to break down the ethics of lion attacks. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Orconomics: Part Two

April 29, 2022 02:48 - 1 hour - 63.4 MB

Yeehaw, Luke gets us warmed up with a rant about Western movies (7:35 to skip). Dan pops off about a comment from our subreddit and Luke finds an incredible (or terrible) opportunity for an investigative journalist. Necromancy finally getting some love and the boys are holding out for a hero. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Orconomics: Part One

April 21, 2022 22:17 - 53 minutes - 122 MB

Huge mood shift between last week and this one, we're getting back to the funnies! Hey villains, if you're forcing someone into marriage at least have the decency to get a good venue. Dan's working on a counter-guild and Luke wants a sliding scale for bar tabs. Eat the dang elf food, Gorm! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Parable of the Sower: Part Two

April 15, 2022 04:59 - 55 minutes - 49.5 MB

Dan has learned a key aspect of Elden Ring since the Patreon episode (7:05 to skip). Luke and Dan address a controversy right off the bat and that is how you know they are professionals. We get a peek behind the podcasting curtain and Luke shares his expert water treatment takes. Finally, based on our subreddit poll apparently everybody knows about the second law of thermodynamics so Dan is a big dumb idiot. Orconomics by Zachary Pike next week! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outr...

Parable of the Sower: Part One

April 07, 2022 19:38 - 50 minutes - 116 MB

We are happy to be back with some good podcast news and a long warmup. Small dog owners beware, you're getting called out (13:45 to skip). Speaking of dogs, we may have found the right messaging for climate change deniers and dogs are key. We're sensing some west coast bias here and Dan is calling BS on this fire drug. Also this book so far is very dark, if you're not up for that right now feel free to skip! Join the discord with this link: https://discord.gg/TXcgHJtpqy Special thanks to V...

Rhythm of War: Part Four

March 17, 2022 17:59 - 1 hour - 158 MB

Good news, we finally get to have some dragon discourse in Stormlight, did we get the dragon checklist right? In a surprise move Dan is finally willing to give Shallan some slack on something. Hey, who is gonna be Odiums champion? It feels like there's an obvious choice... Next week we're taking a break followed by a patreon only mailbag episode in two weeks. Join the patreon (https://www.patreon.com/dcitabc) and send us questions if you don't want to wait 3 weeks for the next episode! Spe...

Rhythm of War: Part Three

March 10, 2022 22:14 - 1 hour - 54.5 MB

Luke gets us warmed up with an essential bathroom innovation (9:30 to skip). Brandon had a very big week last week, and we are all hyped. Can we also appreciate how insane the last decade has been on Roshar? Luke announces it is finally time to start expressing ourselves through dance instead of sword. Dan announces he is completely done with the Stormfather. Also please ignore the highstorm going on outside at one point in the recording. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Rhythm of War: Part Two

March 04, 2022 03:13 - 59 minutes - 137 MB

We're coming back to our favorite punching bag (cause he won't punch back), Lirin how are ya! Make sure to be concise in your letters folks or Dan is coming after you, every sentence counts. We're sewing out pockets shut from here on out and cheering on our new horse radiants. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music!

Rhythm of War: Part One

February 24, 2022 20:47 - 1 hour - 58 MB

The Patreon is up (https://www.patreon.com/dcitabc) be sure to check out those subscriber benefits! Dan also gives his report on the Big Bang Theory (13:15 to skip). You have GOT to read the novellas, folks. Dan is back on his theory game and Luke can finally get on board. This episode also introduces Crass Dan which we are all excited about. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Dawnshard

February 18, 2022 02:48 - 53 minutes - 124 MB

We announce some podcast news and then warmup with a hot debate about everyone's favorite show The Big Bang Theory (16:15 to skip). Luke wants the sailors to unionize and Dan wants the Sleepless in charge. It wouldn't be an episode of Don't call it a book club without us theorizing about new sports and the sleepless have a banger. Reading the first quarter of Rhythm of War next week! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Academ's Fury: Part Three

February 11, 2022 01:26 - 56 minutes - 50 MB

The Marat officially have pants on fire, and Jim needs to leave Doroga alone. Also, First Lord rhymes with vord, y'all know the rest. Dan and Luke continue to be unimpressed with this government and decide what they really need is a parade. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Academ's Fury: Part Two

February 03, 2022 23:46 - 1 hour - 141 MB

It's everyone's favorite segment, we're warming up with some grocery store talk (8:50 to skip). The boys point out all of the flaws in Aleran society. Repeatedly. Luke comes out as team Aquitaine and Dan's not afraid of our rich overlords. Also, is the grey tower a myth? Time to throw some bribes around. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Academ's Fury: Part One

January 27, 2022 20:44 - 54 minutes - 49.2 MB

Luke brags about how popular he is (6:10 to skip). The boy stand up to bullying and for once in his life, Dan doesn't propose an absurd theory. Luke gives a lesson in diplomacy and Dan gives a lesson in keeping your mouth shut when you have no idea what you are talking about. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Oathbringer: Part Four

January 21, 2022 03:35 - 1 hour - 157 MB

No warmup on this one since in classic Sanderson fashion the ending of Oathbringer has a lot of ground to cover. After the big revelation, we of course discuss some human-Parshendi relations. Dan comes out swinging with some really well thought out theories, and Luke has some constructive criticism for Dalinar. Next week we are starting Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher, book 2 of the Codex Alera series! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Oathbringer: Part Three

January 13, 2022 21:07 - 1 hour - 57.9 MB

Dan wants to learn a little "real life lore" while reading (10:55 to skip). Luke no longer stans Shallan and Dan wants to hear some details about damage and hit points. Some important discussion about who lives in Shadesmar and Dan introduces another powerful theory about Dalinar. Finishing up the book next week! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Oathbringer: Part Two

January 07, 2022 03:56 - 1 hour - 149 MB

Nothing personal but I don't want to share food with you and I have something to say about it (8:05 to skip). Now that Jasnah is back she takes a spot in the hot seat. She's a little too ready to attack our parshmen friends! Dan has some words for the heralds, and we come up with some good alternative strategies. Plus don't sleep on the new theories we bring out in this one! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Oathbringer: Part One

December 30, 2021 20:42 - 58 minutes - 52.5 MB

Apologies, but we have to talk about Lebron (8:15 to skip). Luke decides to start us off by pissing off thousands of readers everywhere and Dan goes after a world religion so a contentious start. Luke also proposes a revision to our understanding of toughness that is so needed right now. Finally, everybody get ready for the giant spaceship portion of Stormlight because it is for sure coming. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Edgedancer

December 23, 2021 23:18 - 54 minutes - 126 MB

We're starting with a warm-up that really gets Dan upset (7:20 to skip). So many details that we've got to figure out about our new settings. How do these communal ovens work? Are we really letting people watch the Prime all the time? While we've got you here make sure to weigh in on what makes the best ShardFork! Start Oathbringer for next week! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Words of Radiance: Part Four

December 16, 2021 19:59 - 1 hour - 58.5 MB

Dan comes out swinging at these so called "geniuses". Luke is hesitant to give Dan props for called shots but we all know Dan is basically the book Nostradamus. We also should take a minute and just imagine the hype that has built up on this battlefield. Luke needs to know who has the coolest backstory, quick! Finally, what kinds of weapons are we requesting for our new magic weapons? We are continuing within the Stormlight Archive and reading Edgedancer next week! Special thanks to VOLO fo...

Words of Radiance: Part Three

December 10, 2021 04:32 - 53 minutes - 123 MB

We're getting warmed up with our first e-bike news segment, many more to come (7:30 to skip). Everybody share their experiences of the first time they read the arena fight scene, we've got some fun ones. Dan's got a big new theory about why the spren are bad and we try to remember why the desolations kept coming. Please remind us! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Words of Radiance: Part Two

December 02, 2021 19:59 - 1 hour - 59.6 MB

Dan gets warmed up with a crisis and Luke talks him down (10:57 to skip). The boys talk theories of justice and we get a good analysis of the parallels between Kaladin and Shallan. Hold up, is this actually an insightful book discussion? Nah, now they are talking about spit balls so don't worry about it. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Words of Radiance: Part One

November 25, 2021 21:58 - 54 minutes - 124 MB

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We're getting warmed up with some holiday talk (8:40 to skip) and then talking the first quarter of Words of Radiance. Some good Bridge 4 tattoo discussion in this one, let us know if you agree with us or not! Plus who are you taking, Pattern or Syl? There's no wrong answer! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Reaper: Part Two

November 11, 2021 23:50 - 55 minutes - 49.9 MB

Turns out Reaper and The Fast And Furious movies have a lot in common: both are all about fam. Dan takes a victory lap and Luke wants to know how much Eithan really matters to the team. Also, is Cradle on easy mode? Taking a week off but back for a special Thanksgiving episode starting Words of Radiance. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Reaper: Part One

November 05, 2021 04:14 - 52 minutes - 120 MB

As is tradition we've got to do some Ozriel theories before really getting started. Another tradition we're sticking closely to is requesting some non-combat-related paths! Where are they guys?! Luke is embracing the problematic Sacred Valley mindset and Dan's got some notes on the Soul Forge. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Trick or Treat!

October 28, 2021 16:18 - 43 minutes - 39.9 MB

The boys present a very special Halloween episode. Enjoy the local neighborhood! Special thanks to crickets and owls for the intro and outro music.

The Hollow Places: Part Two

October 21, 2021 23:45 - 54 minutes - 126 MB

We're getting warmed up by reminiscing about what brought us back into fantasy (6:00 to skip), let us know what books rejuvenated your fantasy career! Luke wants to take over financial management duties for the museum and Dan breaks down the themes for us. Lastly, we've got some words for our museum benefactor. Next week we're doing a special trick or treat episode, and then the new Cradle book after that! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

The Hollow Places: Part One

October 14, 2021 21:10 - 51 minutes - 45.2 MB

Dan has a nightmare and is sort of hyped. This episode celebrates great innovations in prank history and cursed item storage. Dan appreciates Simon's style and Luke spots an opportunity for the museum. Also, Luke has the most absurd idea for scary dimension graffiti. At the halfway mark Dan is seriously wondering, what is even going to happen in the second half of this story? Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Foundation: Part Two

September 30, 2021 21:14 - 1 hour - 139 MB

Is the Foundation TV show living up to our expectations? It's complicated and we have a lot of thoughts (skip to 19:40 if you haven't watched the show). The book may repetitive but we are not! Although we're talking themes a LOT in this episode. Finally, how are we keeping the Foundation citizens from being terrible?? It doesn't seem like we are! No episode next week, but give us suggestions for spooky books to read in October! Special thanks for VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Foundation: Part One

September 23, 2021 18:47 - 52 minutes - 48.9 MB

Luke is making fantastic latte art on the Twitter (@DCitaBC) and Dan has some hot hands he apparently needs to talk about (6:09 to skip). The boys will be watching the Foundation show tomorrow and talking about it next episode so if you can steal someone's Apple TV password, give it a watch. This episode starts off a little backwards but don't worry things quickly move to talking about this big crazy galaxy. The podcast takes a brief sojourn into a propaganda how-to guide and Dan shows his i...

Nice Dragons Finish Last: Part Two

September 16, 2021 22:57 - 57 minutes - 132 MB

Very long intro today, we're learning all about RenFest and why Dan can't wait to go back (13:10 to skip). As we finish the book we're covering some big topics like Dragon Capitalism and beauty standards for beings with multiple forms. I know, very relatable and topical. We're also learning the benefits of a modern messenger pigeon. For next week, start reading Foundation by Isaac Asimov! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Nice Dragons Finish Last: Part One

September 09, 2021 16:04 - 53 minutes - 49.6 MB

The boys give a sci-fi/fantasy news update and they are hyped. Skip to 9:05 if you have already heard of the new Foundation TV series. Big tone shift from Malazan Book of the Summer here and Luke and Dan love it. Luke gives simultaneously great and terrible advice about dragon snacks and Dan is team Bethesda (the dragon obviously). Send us your meanest dragon tweets and finish the book for next week! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Malazan Books 1-3 (ft. Ten Very Big Books Podcast)

August 26, 2021 22:31 - 1 hour - 158 MB

Malazan Book of the Summer ends on a high note as Pete and AJ from the Ten Very Big Books Podcast join to talk about the series. Some fun games, hot takes, and even a few deep comments; we do it all in this one! Check out the Ten Very Big Books Podcast if you want more Malazan content and if you're continuing on without us! Stay tuned for our next book that we'll announce on Twitter and our subreddit. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Memories of Ice: Part Four

August 19, 2021 18:49 - 1 hour - 76 MB

In the penultimate episode of Malazan Book of the Summer, Luke gives a much needed perspective shift. Dan finds his limit for quitting army, and the boys throw a little shade on some of our main characters. Next week Pete and AJ from the Ten Very Big Books podcast will be on the pod, so send anything you want us to talk about! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Memories of Ice: Part Three

August 12, 2021 17:17 - 1 hour - 151 MB

We cover a lot of ground in this one, from Jamba Juice employees to archaeologists, there's something for everyone. The boys continue the critique of the Tlan Imass mission statement and throw out some hot takes about Itkovian and Caladan Brood. Finally, what would you do at this second gathering? It feels like a lot of options are being ignored. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Memories of Ice: Part Two

August 05, 2021 19:47 - 1 hour - 57.3 MB

Dan and Luke warm up by doing movie/tv/game executives' jobs for them (7:33 to skip). The boys talk etiquette for turning down human flesh at a BBQ and ask important questions about the effectiveness of the Malazan army. We also need innovation among morticians and magical trading caravans, we are open to suggestions. Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Memories of Ice: Part One

July 29, 2021 19:10 - 59 minutes - 136 MB

Opening with our conflicting thoughts on Bo Burnham's new special today (10:50 to skip to the book). Elder gods are back baby and we've got that deep analysis on their downfalls. The olympics are here and you know we gotta talk sports. How much better would this world be if we had some sports to fall back on? Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Deadhouse Gates: Part Three

July 22, 2021 23:13 - 1 hour - 68.5 MB

The boys start with some obligatory Space Jam II predictions (9:28 to skip). Wuff, wuff this Chain of Dogs is barking and it has a pretty emo vibe if we are being honest. Dan gives credit to a great insult which leads into an actually somewhat serious discussion about authority. Also, what even is death anymore? Next week we are reading up to Part 2 in Memories of Ice, stay tuned for Malazan book of the Summer! Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

Deadhouse Gates: Part Two

July 15, 2021 17:51 - 1 hour - 138 MB

We're getting all of our foodie takes out for the warmup this time (6:00 to skip). Shouts out to Coltaine and the Wickans, great vibes and flexes all around (minus the whole sharpened teeth thing). Big debate in this episode about shapeshifting, is the spicy cologne good or bad? Also we may have jumped the gun on Apsalar in this one... Special thanks to VOLO for the intro and outro music.

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