Steve and Colm discuss this grim little outlier in the Discworld canon. Expect lots of talk about gender roles, internalised misogyny, propaganda and comparisons to post-Independence Ireland. Abominations unto Nuggan abound!
Colm and Steve look at the Discworld debut of Tiffany Aching. They discuss grief, responsibility, childhood and the godawful poetry of William McGonagle.
Colm and Steve tackle Night Watch, Terry Pratchett’s sprawling yet intimate time travel political thriller/character study. It’s Les Miz meets A Tale of Two Cities! It’s Demolition Man meets The Death of Stalin! It’s Vimes meets Vimes!
Colm and Steve examine the first YA Discworld book. They ponder on the difference between young adult and, eh, old adult literature. And they also discuss Pratchett’s love of cargo cults, his more cynical take on the role of stories and one of his scarier villains (no, not the rat catchers after a hefty dose of laxatives).
Steve and Colm turn their attentions to the illustrated homage to the last days of sword and sorcery and the first days of spacefaring that is The Last Hero. They discuss the nature of heroism, legacy, magic, science-v-religion, mortality and Diego Maradona.
Steve and Colm return to the Discworld just in time for the apocalypse… again. They discuss time, life, the apocalypse and chocolate while unpacking this truly singular book. In a desperate stab at relevance and/or a fumbling attempt to articulate their thoughts on the book, they reference Game of Thrones, the Avengers, Doctor Who and Final Fantasy VI along the way.
Radio Morpork returns! Colm and Steve dive into the Discworld’s 25th outing with enthusiasm, and, very occasionally, insight. They discuss journalistic ethics, the clever use of recurring characters and the theme of ‘respectability’ that runs throughout the book.
Colm and Steve watch Ridley Scott’s The Fifth Elephant with Harrison Ford as Vimes, Rutgar Hauer as Wolfgang and, eh, Imelda Staunton as Lady Margolotta. Well, not quite, but have a listen and you’ll see what we’re getting at here. We went to Uberwald expecting fat and uncovered a gem instead.
Supernatural foes are trying to take over the kingdom and Granny Weatherwax is starting to doubt herself! Sound familiar? Colm and Steve take in the last hurrah of the Lancre Witches, discussing its similarities and differences to the mighty Lords and Ladies, and how it follows on from Small Gods with the decidedly, deliberately un-mighty Mightily Oats.
Steve and Colm take a trip down under (not exactly possible on the Disc unless you want to end up on an elephant’s back, but bear with us) and discuss the last hurrah of the Discworld’s first protagonist. They wonder why Rincewind is so dense here, whether the Faculty could be the book’s protagonists, and how they can bend their minds around the distorted geography and history of XXXX.