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Two lifelong friends bantering about the best in fantasy books, movies, shows, and more!

Friends Talking Fantasy Podcast Friends Talking Fantasy

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    • 4.8 • 65 Ratings

Two lifelong friends bantering about the best in fantasy books, movies, shows, and more!

    Our Next Reads Revealed! Friends Pitching Fantasy Part 3

    Our Next Reads Revealed! Friends Pitching Fantasy Part 3

    Join the Friends Talking Fantasy for the thrilling conclusion of "Friends Pitching Fantasy" in Part 3, where Charles and Dylan review all six book pitches, reveal the social media poll results, and make their selections for the upcoming episodes!
    In this exciting episode, revisit the captivating book pitches from Parts 1 and 2:
    "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers
    "Yumi and the Nightmare Painter" by Brandon Sanderson
    "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman
    "The Three Body Problem" by Liu Cixin
    "Fairy Tale" by Stephen King
    "The Liveship Traders Trilogy" by Robin Hobb
    Listen as the Friends discuss the merits of each book and share their thoughts on the social media poll outcomes. Which books resonated most with the audience? Which ones will Charles and Dylan choose for their upcoming featured episodes?
    Visit our website at https://www.theftfpodcast.com/ for more Friends Talking Fantasy content and to find out which books made the final cut in this exciting conclusion of "Friends Pitching Fantasy"! Get ready to dive into new literary adventures with the Friends Talking Fantasy!

    • 41 min
    Friends Pitching Fantasy Pt. 2: What Fantasy Books Will We Read Next?

    Friends Pitching Fantasy Pt. 2: What Fantasy Books Will We Read Next?

    Join the Friends Talking Fantasy for Part 2 of "Friends Pitching Fantasy" as Charles steps up to pitch three captivating book choices to Dylan. In this episode, Charles presents a diverse array of fantasy and science fiction titles, each promising an exciting adventure.
    First up is "The Three Body Problem" by Liu Cixin, a mind-bending science fiction masterpiece that explores humanity's encounter with an alien civilization. Next, Charles introduces "Fairy Tale," Stephen King's latest fantasy release that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats. Finally, he presents "The Liveship Traders Trilogy" by Robin Hobb, an epic fantasy saga filled with rich characters and intricate world-building.
    Tune in to hear Dylan consider each intriguing pitch and anticipate which book will be featured in the upcoming episode. Visit our website at https://www.theftfpodcast.com/ for more Friends Talking Fantasy content and to stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of the "Friends Pitching Fantasy" series in Part 3!
    Prepare to embark on a new literary adventure as the Friends Talking Fantasy explore Charles's book selections in Part 2 of "Friends Pitching Fantasy"!

    • 44 min
    Friends Pitching Fantasy Pt. 1: Choosing Our Next Adventure

    Friends Pitching Fantasy Pt. 1: Choosing Our Next Adventure

    Join the Friends Talking Fantasy for another exciting round of "Friends Pitching Fantasy" in this three-part series! In Part 1, Dylan presents three intriguing book choices to Charles, who must decide which one will be featured on the show in Part 3.
    In this episode, Dylan pitches "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet" by Becky Chambers, a delightful space opera filled with diverse characters and interstellar adventures. Next, he introduces "Yumi and the Nightmare Painter" by Brandon Sanderson, a captivating tale blending fantasy and suspense. Finally, Dylan presents "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman, a modern fantasy novel exploring magic and the complexities of adulthood.
    Tune in to hear Charles weigh the merits of each book and make his decision for the upcoming episode. Which adventure will the Friends embark on next? Visit our website at https://www.theftfpodcast.com/ for more Friends Talking Fantasy content and to stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of the "Friends Pitching Fantasy" series!
    Get ready to join the discussion and choose the next fantasy adventure with the Friends Talking Fantasy!

    • 48 min
    Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell - Book 1 of The Greatcoats - Fantasy Book Recommendation

    Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell - Book 1 of The Greatcoats - Fantasy Book Recommendation

    SPOILER FREE! Join the Friends Talking Fantasy for an exciting exploration of "Traitor's Blade" by Sebastien de Castell in this engaging and spoiler-free episode. Charles and Dylan delve into the world of Falcio val Mond, the protagonist of this swashbuckling fantasy adventure, as they discuss the captivating story, characters, and themes that define this gripping novel.
    In this episode, the Friends share their enthusiastic recommendation for "Traitor's Blade," highlighting its rich world-building, compelling characters, and thrilling swordplay. From the camaraderie of the Greatcoats to the daring escapades across a treacherous kingdom, discover why this book is a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts.
    Whether you're drawn to tales of honor, betrayal, and redemption or simply looking for your next captivating read, "Traitor's Blade" promises to deliver an unforgettable journey. Visit our website at https://www.theftfpodcast.com/ for more Friends Talking Fantasy content and to join the discussion on Sebastien de Castell's compelling fantasy series.
    Prepare to be swept away by the adventures of Falcio val Mond and the Greatcoats in "Traitor's Blade," recommended by the Friends Talking Fantasy!

    • 48 min
    Discovering Camelot: The Once and Future King by T.H. White - Fantasy Book Recommendation

    Discovering Camelot: The Once and Future King by T.H. White - Fantasy Book Recommendation

    SPOILER FREE! Embark on a journey to Camelot with the Friends as they explore "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White. Join Charles and Dylan as they delve into the timeless classic that reimagines the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
    In this episode, the Friends share their insights and recommendations for T.H. White's masterful work, discussing the enchanting world of medieval England, the iconic characters of Arthur, Merlin, and Lancelot, and the themes of chivalry, honor, and destiny that permeate the narrative.
    Whether you're a longtime fan of Arthurian legends or discovering Camelot for the first time, this episode offers a compelling introduction to "The Once and Future King." Visit our website at https://www.theftfpodcast.com/ for more Friends Talking Fantasy content and to join the discussion on this beloved fantasy classic.
    Prepare to be transported to a world of knights, quests, and mythical adventures with "The Once and Future King" and the Friends Talking Fantasy!

    • 49 min
    Inside 'The Last Phi Hunter': A Special Interview with Author Salinee Goldenberg

    Inside 'The Last Phi Hunter': A Special Interview with Author Salinee Goldenberg

    Embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of "The Last Phi Hunter" as the Friends Talking Fantasy sit down for an exclusive interview with author Salinee Goldenberg. In this special pre-release episode, Charles and Dylan are joined by Salinee herself as they delve deep into the enchanting world of her Thai-inspired fantasy adventure.
    Support Salinee Goldenberg: https://salgowrites.wordpress.com/
    The Last Phi Hunter: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/747427/the-last-phi-hunter-by-salinee-goldenberg/ 
    Together, they unravel the mysteries of "The Last Phi Hunter," exploring its plot, characters, and major themes in a candid and insightful discussion. From the resilient protagonist Ex to the headstrong Arinya and the enigmatic necromancer Minister Iyun, Salinee offers unique perspectives on the motivations and complexities of her beloved characters.
    Listen in as the Friends and Salinee delve into the major themes of "The Last Phi Hunter," from identity and forbidden love to the destruction of the natural world and the struggle against societal expectations. With Salinee's firsthand insights and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, this episode offers an intimate glimpse into the creative process behind the novel.
    Visit our website at https://www.theftfpodcast.com/ for more Friends Talking Fantasy content and to stay updated on the release of "The Last Phi Hunter." Whether you're a fan of dark fantasy, Thai-inspired folklore, or immersive world-building, this episode promises to be a captivating exploration of Salinee Goldenberg's debut novel. Get ready to uncover the secrets of "The Last Phi Hunter" with the Friends and Salinee Goldenberg!

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

HeroesofScienceFictionandFanta ,

Book reviews and recommendations

This is Doc from the podcast: Heroes of Science Fiction and Fantasy. I have listened to at least 12 episodes and follow the show now. I listen to each new one and cherry pick from the back catalog of more then 250 episodes. I try to pick now at least 2 per week from the back catalog. Really enjoy Charles and Dylan’s reviews and suggestions. Keep them going!

dylanroche ,

Love the fantasy discourse

I’ve been disenchanted with a lot of BookTok discourse and have been listening to more podcasts to get recommendations and hear thoughts on good books. This is exactly what I was looking for!

Shaylla.la ,

Thank you, Friends!

I was looking for commentary on The First Law trilogy, found Charles and Dylan and I’m so happy I did. I haven’t been able to convince any of my friends to jump on the fantasy train with me, so being able to listen to these discussions about the books/series I love is so valuable to me. Thank you so much for all your hard work - I appreciate you both!

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