Kingkiller Chronicles Podcast

in books •  6 months ago

A Quick Update:

 It's been a while since I have posted much of anything on Steemit. I've found myself with a lot less free time now that I have an 8 month old baby. Between being a first time dad, work, and just life in general I had to cut back somewhere and for the last few months that has been Steemit. Things are finally starting to normalize again and I figured I would start with a post on what my favorite fantasy book podcast is up to. 

I have gone over it in a few other posts so instead of entirely rehashing what this podcast is about I will take a snippet from the hosts themselves-

 The Legendarium Podcast is a podcast for fantasy and sci-fi readers. We read stuff that is having or has had a significant impact on genre literature, and we give you our take on it.
What makes us different?  We almost always have at least one person on the panel who's reading the work for the first time, so you get a fresh perspective without falling too far down any rabbit holes 

This pretty accurately sums them up, besides reading fantasy/sci-fi they will also occasionally sprinkle in a podcast about current pop culture (Avengers, Star Wars, various other nerd related happenings). The last article I published about the group talked about a fundraiser they were holding to raise money to convert an old wood shed into a new recording studio. For every dollar donated they gave you one vote for the next book or series they would cover on the podcast. The fundraiser was a success, as you can tell from these now before and after pictures of the new studio-

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Despite my best efforts to get Helicopter Man Pounds Dinosaur Billionaire Ass chosen it fell just short in the voting process. Instead the gang decided they would read whichever books finished top 4 in the voting process. They started with the Chronicles of Narnia (No interest at all from me for that one..) and have now moved on to one of my favorite series, The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss.

The Kingkiller Chronicles

The first book in this trilogy is the Name of the Wind. I could give you a short summary in my own words but I feel like I will let amazon blurb speak for me-

 DAY ONE: THE NAME OF THE WIND 
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a  younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
 
You may have heard of me. 
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.   

If you enjoy fantasy literature at all then this book is definitely worth a read. There is some excellent world building along with a wide variety of interesting characters. My only knock on the series is the time it is taking the author to finally release the final book in the series (Come on Pat... you are getting into George RR Martin territory). The guys over at The Legendarium are breaking each book down into 3 podcasts, breaking the book into thirds by chapters. It is really nice to be able to listen along as they cover what happened in the story up to that point and then dive into some of the deeper meanings and themes in the book. There are first time readers and people who have already read through the story before so you get a good mix of opinions and insights. 

As of today they have released the first 2 episodes for The Name of the Wind and generally release a new episode every week or 2. You can find the podcast pretty much anywhere that podcasts are found, Google Play, Itunes, Soundcloud, etc and I'll leave some helpful links at the bottom of the page.

Why am I sharing this?

Well I was hoping to find a number of like minded fantasy book enthusiasts here and although I have connected with a few I still really haven't found that community yet. I know how much it can suck reading something that you really enjoy and then having absolutely nobody to share it with. This podcast gives you the opportunity to experience something with a group of like minded people and you can listen to them hit on all the things you liked or didn't like about the book. It makes the book that much more enjoyable for me when someone else out there (even a weird group of guys from Utah) is enjoying it with me. 

As promised before, you can find the podcast on their website, http://www.thelegendariumpodcast.com/ or check them on Reddit from some additional discussion. Hell, if this post does well enough perhaps I'll be able to convince them to open a Steemit or Dsound account. As always I appreciate any comments, questions, or suggestions you have. Thanks for reading :)


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These books were wonderful. Just like Game of Thrones, I'm waiting on the third installment. Sometimes I think it's better to just wait until they are all out together so you don't have to wait. I recently read Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series for the first time. Loved it. Subscribed to your podcast now!

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Well its not my podcast, just one that I came across and enjoy. Also, they did a big series on Wheel of Time as well so you can check that out :)

I agree, I stopped reading series that aren't done yet. I've wanted to read The gentleman bastard series but refuse to start it until the entire series is out.

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Ah I misread! Well regardless, any fantasy/sci-fi/historical-fiction posts you make will get an automatic upvote from me haha. I'm re-reading a sci fi series right now by Peter Hamilton called the "NIght's Dawn" trilogy. If you haven't read it, check it out! Even if you aren't into Sci Fi, it's incredibly imaginative.

Hmmm never heard of the gentleman bastard series. I'll have to look that up.

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If you like super long series (and you did make it through wheel of time) I would check out the Malazan book of the fallen series.

Outside of that you cant go wrong with anything by Brandon Sanderson, hes the guy who finished the last few books of Wheel of Time. His mistborn trilogy is really good(and finished). Theres also the First law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie or the farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb that I really enjoyed.

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LOVED Malazan!! Actually, I've read it three times. The first time, it was a little tough to get into and confusing but each re-read I enjoy it more and more. You really pick up on details you missed the first time around. I haven't read all of the ICE series (only the Return of Crimson Guard) but I might in the future. The writing was a little too different for me.

Yeah I've read Brandon Sanderson's "Stormlight Archive" and "Mistborn". I liked Stormlight Archive better but Mistborn was still a great read. I recall you recommending the First Law Trilogy. I read them all! It was darker than I expected!! Not much of a happy ending there. I still have yet to check out Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy though. Actually, I think I have read it. I just looked it up and recognize the names Chivalry, Regal, and Verity. I'll have to read it again because I forget the plot.

Seems like we have similar tastes. Another great series that I really enjoyed is called "Codex Alera" by Jim Butcher. Better yet, his "Dresden Files" series is incredible. If you have any other recommendations. Throw them my way!!

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I just picked up codex alera to read when I finish my current to read list. Did you read the Malazan prequels? Its the path to ascendancy trilogy though only 2 of the 3 are out. Interesting getting the background information on how Dancer and Kellenved came together.

Other series I liked- The farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb, its the first in like 4 connected series. The broken empire trilogy by Mark Lawrence was decent. If you want just a standalone novel Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay was really good.

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Wow I didn't even know those existed. Hell yeah!!! I'd love to delve more into the Malazan universe. Though it looks like it's not written by Steven Erickson. I suppose I can give Esselmont one more go. The one downfall of fantasy series is you get so drawn into the universe that you feel a withdrawal when you're finished.

Okay awesome I haven't read those so I'll check them out. One last recommendation for you: The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny.

Well the studio looks impressive but I figure what I need to congratulate you on being a first time dad.

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Well its not my studio, just that of the podcast I enjoy so no congrats needed there :) Thank you though, still figuring the whole dad thing out as I go, it has been a learning experience so far.

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But isn't that the best? I got a little boy. Quite a handful :)

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