Steve & Colm tackle the penultimate book in the Discworld canon, finding a lot to talk about and a lot more to disagree about. They discuss modernity, tradition, identity, fundamentalism, and, of course, trains. Colm sets off groans across the north east of England and Steve makes an enemy of the gnome community.
Colm and Steve take a look at Pratchett taking a look at the beautiful game. Colm pedantically grumbles about some of the football stuff Terry got wrong (a forward wearing the number 4 is a crime against nature) but there’s some actual critical analysis as well! Fashion, class and dramatic stakes (or lack thereof) are all discussed herein.
Colm and Steve cast an eye over Moist von Lipwig’s second outing. Their discussion takes in how the novel’s strengths and weaknesses are interlinked (namely: loadsa ideas and a very well established world to draw from), whether Moist is worthy of the role of recurring protagonist and the worst joke in the entire Discworld canon.
Rose returns to join Colm and Steve in discussing the introduction of Pratchett’s final recurring protagonist, Moist Von Lipwig. They talk about community, finance, conman-archetypes, and Colm rambles about a Metal Gear Solid-style Discworld-set game replete with themed sub-bosses.
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!
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.
Radio Morpork returns from its post-Hogswatch slumbers and wakes up to war! Colm and Steve discuss how this book feels like a bit of an oddity within the Watch continuity, how Pratchett handles intra-human culture clash in a world previously known for inter-species conflict, and what their alternate selves are doing after they pick up a zoom recorder from an alternate dimension.
Steve and Colm join the City Watch for their third outing, wherein there’s a conspiracy to oust the Patrician in favour of a puppet king… again. Is Pratchett re-visiting this plot a good thing? Listen and find out! You’ll also get a rambling discussion on trans-gender, trans-humanism and trans-legal justice (and Colm ranting about Oliver Cromwell a bit).
Colm and Rose return from a long hiatus to discuss the first of the wildly popular City Watch series. Their rambling discussion takes in how ‘million to one’ odds are calculated, the possibility of Vetinari being a villian and what the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night has in common with modern Men’s Rights groups.