Tangental Diatribe
Terry Pratchett, and Hyperinflation

Terry Pratchett, and Hyperinflation

September 17, 2021

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about The City, by Stella Gemmell; and all the books by Terry Pratchett.  We also had a chat about Hyperinflation; Legend of the Seeker, the TV show; the Hugo Awards; Steam Punk; and the absurdity of the Goodreads rating system.

 

Time Stamp:

00:02:50, Hyperinflation

00:13:45, Legend of the Seeker

00:25:10, Hugo Awards

00:27:52, Stella Gemmell, The City

00:35:20, Terry Pratchett

 

 

 

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Addendum, The Comic Book Edition

Addendum, The Comic Book Edition

September 4, 2021

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar and realised there was no time for jokes, so they settled down and had a quick chat about comic books.

 

Contents:

Preacher, Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon

DMZ, Brain Wood & Ricardo Burchielli

Y The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra

Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons & John Higgins

 

 

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Old Man‘s War, and the Death of Western Civilisation

Old Man‘s War, and the Death of Western Civilisation

September 1, 2021

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about Seal of the Worm, by Adrian Tchaikovsky; Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovitch; and Old Man's War, by John Scalzi.  We also had a chat about Terry Pratchett; Stephen King; Why Leif can no longer be trusted; and the collapse of Western civilisation.

 

Time Stamp:

00:02:30, The Collapse of Western Society

00:21:20, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Seal of the Worm

00:30:16, Wikipedia

00:32:25, Terry Pratchett

00:35:45, Ben Aaronovitch, Rivers of London

00:36:50, Leif gets Brave

00:45:10, What about Bob

00:46:46, John Scalzi, Old Man's War

00:98:00, Would we survive a zombie appocolypse

01:02:10, Why Stephen King is a good bloke

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Moon, and is it good to be the King

Elizabeth Moon, and is it good to be the King

April 7, 2021

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro; and the Deeds of Paksenarrion, by Elizabeth Moon.  We also had a chat about how what authors owe us; The Watch; Snow Piercer; and whether or not it is good to be the king.

 

Time Stamp:

00:02:35, The Watch

00:06:50, Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun

00:10:15, What do Authors owe us?

00:24:50, Elizabeth Moon, The Deeds of Paksenarrion

00:35:45, Snow Piercer

00:57:00, Is it good to be the King?

 

 

 

 

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When Reading is not Reading, and why Bill Gates has Failed us all

When Reading is not Reading, and why Bill Gates has Failed us all

March 24, 2021

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about King of Assassins, by RJ Barker; How to Avoid Climate Change, by Bill Gates; and Warhammer 40k.  We also had a chat about how Leif injured his shoulder; where has all the good Fantasy gone; and how to tell a joke.

 

Time Stamp:

00:03:10, Talking Rubbish

00:07:30, Where has all the good fantasy gone?

00:12:39, RJ Barker, King of Assassins

00:13:50, When is reading not reading

00:28:10, Warhammer 40K

00:34:20, Bill Gates, How to Avoid Climate Change

00:41:10, KJ Parker, Sharps

00:43:20, Adaptations of Pratchett

00:52:24, RJ Barker, The Bone Ships & King of Assassins

 

 

 

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The Best Fantasy of all Time, and Too many Moons

The Best Fantasy of all Time, and Too many Moons

January 20, 2021

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about Rhythm of War, by Brandon Sanderson; Market Forces, by Richard K Morgan; and Zone 1, by Colson Whitehead.  We also had a chat about killer fungus; the chance of finding a slug in space; and jokes about turnips.

 

Time Stamp:

00:03:50, What is a turnip

00:15:10, Colson Whitehead, Zone 1

00:20:33, Brandon Sanderson, Rhythm of War

00:26:20, Richard K Morgan, Market Forces

00:27:40, How many moons is too many moons

00:36:13, 100 Best Fantasy of all time

 

 

 

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Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Animal Cruelty

Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Animal Cruelty

January 12, 2021

An Irishman and a Swedishman(?) walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about Adrian Tchaikovsky, crowd control, and why meat-eaters are hypocrites.  We also had a chat about The Original, by Brandon Sanderson; Riot Baby, by Tochi Onybuchi; Use of Weapons, by Iain M Banks; and Warhammer/Warcraft.

 

Time Stamp:

00:03:50, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Dogs of War

00:15:10, Romantic Fantasy and Crowd Control

00:20:33, Animal Cruelty

00:26:20, Goodreads Rant

00:27:40, Short Stories: Iain M Banks, Use of Weapons; Tochi Onybuchi, Riot Baby; Brandon Sanderson, The Original

00:36:13, Warhammer/Warcraft

00:42:40, People in the Walls

00:47:05, Tyler Whitesides, The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn

 

 

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Evan Winter, and Spiders with a Personality

Evan Winter, and Spiders with a Personality

December 17, 2020

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about Evan Winter, nuclear war, and if spiders have a personality.  We also had a chat about End of Watch, by Stephen King; Velocity Weapon, by Meghan O'Keefe; Rhythm of War, by Brandon Sanderson; and Salt.

 

Time Stamp:

00:04:45, Racism, or Lack Thereof

00:10:25, Evan Winter, Fire of Vengeance

00:14:31, More Rants about Time Best Fantasy of all Time

00:21:30, Stephen King, End of Watch

00:24:40, Meghan O'Keefe, Velocity Weapon

00:29:05, Salt

00:31:49, Brandon Sanderson, Rhythm of War

00:45:20, Nuclear War

 

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Time Magazine 100 Greatest Fantasy of all time, and Audio Listening

Time Magazine 100 Greatest Fantasy of all time, and Audio Listening

December 10, 2020

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about The Time Magazine's 100 greatest fantasy of all time, Audio Books and Real World Quotes in Fantasy.  We also had a chat about Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy; and Traitor of Rome, by Simon Scarrow.

 

Time Stamp:

00:02:03, Audio Books

00:09:20, Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

00:18:37, Simon Scarrow, Traitors of Rome

00:31:17, Real World Quotes in Fantasy

00:33:58, Time Magazine, 100 Greatest Fantasy of all Time

 

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Dresden is Dead, and the Internet of Things

Dresden is Dead, and the Internet of Things

October 16, 2020

An Irishman and a Swede walk into a bar, what resulted was a conversation about The Internet of Things, how to spell Olaf, and the death of Harry Dresden.  We also had a chat about Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson; Cyber Punk; Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir; The Trouble with Peace, by Joe Abercrombie; and Raised by Wolves.

 

Time Stamp:

00:01:49, Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash & Cyber Punk

00:17:59, The Internet of Things

00:24:48, Tamsyn Muir, Gideon the Ninth

00:26:45, Joe Abercrombie, The Trouble with Peace

00:33:25, Jim Butcher, Battleground  *****Spoilers*****

00:47:39, Raised by Wolves

 

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