Separating authors from their art, and series that have disappointed us.
I Assume Everyone is Awful
Awful people can make great art. Nice people can write bad books. Can you separate the creator from the art? We struggle with Orson Scott Card and his (rightfully) classic novel “Ender’s Game” and go on to list other writers and series who we’ve hand to break up with. To make things not entirely disappointing, we also talk about authors and series that have never let us down.
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‘Ender’s Game,’ its controversial author, and a very personal history
Sons of Anarchy at Television Without Pity
“Red Thunder” by John Varley
John Varley’s Gaea trilogy
John Varley’s Eight Worlds
Strange Wine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wheel of Time - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Charles Stross’s Merchant Princes series
Dragonriders of Pern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Malloreon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Bridge of Birds” by Barry Hughhart
The Incomparable #13: Harry Potter and the Picasso P.I.
In honor of the release of the seventh Harry Potter film, we convene a collection of panelists to discuss the books, the movies, the phenomenon that is J.K. Rowling’s young-wizard saga. (If you haven’t read the series, there are spoilers and also the entire podcast will make no sense. Except for the part about “Magnum P.I.” and Pablo Picasso. This episode sponsored by the word “exegesis” and the musical stylings of Tom Bombadil.)