Seven friends read and discuss their way through Tamora Pierce's Tortall books so you don't have to--but like, you can, we're not going to stop you.
Sandry Outtake: Chaos Descends
Instead of releasing this outtake on Patreon, it’s here! For you! On the main feed! The music used in this episode is Crunk Knight by Kevin MacLeod.
Episode 39: Sandry’s Book, Part 1
Kelley, Amy, Shelby, and Grace are back with Tortall Recall’s first installment of the Circle of Magic series. The first part of our discussion of Sandry’s book features: Mild chaotic energy! Good friends! And more puns than ever before! Our music is Greensleeves by Zetta. Additional sounds used in this episode include Charm.
Episode 38: Tortall Superlatives
Abby, Amy, Aurora, and Kelley bring you a special episode with a high school yearbook superlatives theme. We discuss our favorite Tortall characters and creatures, along with the awards we think they would win. Tune in to find out our nominations for best animal friend, stubbornest chin, most-likely-to-get-stuck-in-bird-form-forever, and more! Our music is Greensleeves by Zetta. Additional […]
Episode 37: Not Terrier
Gus, Amy, Grace, and Shelby discuss why we’re not discussing Terrier and the other Beka Cooper books. In this episode: Different mindscapes! Exhaustive diaries! The binary of cat to no-cat! And a spontaneous sing-along. Our music is Greensleeves by Zetta. Additional sounds used in this episode include Charm.
Episode 36: Trickster’s Queen, Part 2
Shelby, Grace, Aurora, and Abby are back with the second part of our discussion of Trickster’s Queen. In this episode: Bird corner, Birds will be men, Tortall = the CIA?, and we weren’t going to go there again, but ‘If only they’d solved monarchy…..’ Our music is Greensleeves by Zetta. Additional sounds used in this episode include Charm.
Episode 35: Trickster’s Queen, Part 1
Abby, Aurora, Grace, and Shelby begin their discussion of Trickster’s Queen. In this episode: Our first ever feature on crow fashion, queers for revolution, and all the answers to ‘how does a darking do language?’ Our music is Greensleeves by Zetta. Additional sounds used in this episode include Charm.
Renewed my love for Tortall
I read the many Tortall books a ridiculous amount as a kid and teen, and ever since I went to college I kinda drifted away from the books. Now after having binged the whole series I’ve placed basically the entire Kel quartet on hold at the library and also borrowed the audio book of page to listen to at work. Thanks for helping me explore my love for this series and read it with both a critical eye and a new passion!
Sometimes Frustrating to Listen to
I just got to the episodes on the Protector of the Small series, and I feel like the interest in social justice which the hosts have can prevent them from understanding the book as a whole. For example, they say the series tries to depict Wyldon's character as ultimately forgivable, but never condemns him, but this is blantely untrue (as Wyldon condemns his own actions at the end of the series, retiring from his position and telling Kel he doesn't deserve her respect.) They also speak of this character as if Pierce should have written him as someone who is nicer to Kel and not mysoginistic, when the entire purpose of the series is about the intense upward struggle that "women in mens' fields" have faced when dealing with mysoginy. Basically, the series would not work without Wyldon--just because you don't like a character doesn't mean that character doesn't belong in the book. You're not supposed to like him. I'm also pretty sure that some of the complaints they make about the lack of inclusion of queer culture are due to Pierce's publishers, not her decisions as an author, which I wish they would take into account. These hangups can make the podcast painful and frustrating to listen to. On the other hand, they also offer criticisms which are accurate and valuable, especially for anyone who is interested in writing fantasy, but does not want to fall into the same problems of the past (though I disagree with them about their comments of censoring the series when presenting them to young people. If they can talk about the problems amongst themselves, they should be able to have those conversations with younger readers also.) Overall, I enjoy it, and I think it's important to be able to appreciate a series for its personal and historical meaning while still recognizing that it's not perfect.
Worth the effort
So, I’m 42 and really struggle with tortall recall. But I realized it was a good spiritual practice. Like meditation, where the point is getting in the habit of pulling your thoughts back to focus from distraction, I listen to the podcast to practice getting upset because my experience isn’t being considered then calming down to hear theirs. I’m trying to get in the habit of turning over leadership to the younger generation before I am old enough that it’s wrested from me by force.