Category Archives: The Tome Talk Podcast

#19: Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Matt and Richard discuss a book that they’ve both read, Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, a fantasy crime and comedy book set in the Discworld and the first of Pratchett’s City Watch series. You can also this episode on our YouTube channel, links below. 

#18: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse book 1)

Richard and Matt discuss the book Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, which is the basis for the Netflix scifi show The Expanse.
This episode of Tome Talk is also available to watch on our YouTube channel, The Meddlesome Meeples: 

#17: Under The Eagle by Simon Scarrow

Matt talks about the Roman historical fiction novel Under The Eagle, the first book of the Eagle series by Simon Scarrow, starring Macro and Cato. You can also watch Tome Talk on YouTube, links below.

#15: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance vol 1)

Matt talks about a book that he first read as a kid, Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Weiss and Hickman, the first book of the Dragonlance Chronicles. Watch this on YouTube, check out the links at the bottom. We’ve also started a new series on YouTube, “The Quest Report Final Verdict”, a heavily edited version of The Quest Report in which we give our views on a game in 5 minutes or less! Check out the full description for links. 

#14: Gateway by Frederik Pohl

Richard talks about the scifi novel Gateway by Frederik Pohl, in which mankind finds a fleet of faster than light (FTL) ships with mysterious preprogrammed destinations in their computers, and brave adventurers have to find out where those coordinates lead. 

#13: Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, the classic book that inspired John Carpenter’s The Thing

In this episode of Tome Talk Reading Recommendations, Matt talks about the classic sci-fi horror novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, the award winning novel that inspired John Carpenter’s The Thing, the classic The Thing From Another World, and 2011’s The Thing (a prequel to John Carpenter’s Film). 

#12: Counter-Clock World by Philip K. Dick

Richard talks about why he enjoyed Counter-Clock World by Philip K. Dick, a scifi novel from the author of “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” (adapted for the film “Blade Runner”) in which the world is travelling backwards through time in episode 12 of Tome Talk (which is also available to watch on YouTube). 

EPISODE 11: The Shadow Over Innsmouth, a scifi horror novella by HP Lovecraft

Why are the inhabitants of nearby towns so distrustful of the inhabitants of Innsmouth? What causes outsiders to feel a wave of revulsion when encountering its people? Indeed, what is the mysterious shadow over Innsmouth? Matthew and Richard discuss the scifi horror novella by H.P. Lovecraft “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”, the only of his stories to be printed as a book in his lifetime, which has inspired and influenced a wide range of games, books, films, and dramatisations.

EPISODE 10: Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Richard talks about why he enjoyed Hyperion by Dan Simmons, a science fiction novel about a group of pilgrims who travel to a distant world to meet a terrifyingly powerful being called the Shrike who will grant 1 of those pilgrims a wish, and slaughter the rest.