In this recommendation-heavy podcast, we discuss book series’ ranging from Game of Thrones and The Dark Tower to much more obscure works of fiction with violent themes in an attempt to divine the true nature of violence in books.
We attempt to answer the question: what makes brutality in fiction good, bad, or neutral? In this one, you’re guaranteed to learn about at least several great books you’ve never heard of.
(02:24) Brutality and storytelling: our take
(07:27) Blade of Tyshalle and the best of brutality
(15:36) Red Rising and brutality in action
(24:43) Invincible & The Walking Dead (comics) and the meaning of violence
(29:45) Sword of Truth, The Gap Into, & Thomas Covenant: questionable violence?
(40:58) The Black Company: brutality as a stage setting
(44:28) Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, and Stephen King’s Dark Tower
(47:46) Ruminations on the necessity of brutality in fiction
(50:28) Science Fiction War Stories and the execution of violence
(1:02:32) Game of Thrones
Creators – Matthew Stover, Robert Kirkman, Terry Goodkind, Stephen R. Donaldson, Stephen King
Books – Blade of Tyshalle, Game of Thrones, Red Rising, The Real Story, The Gap Into series, Sword of Truth series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Lord Foul’s Bane, The Black Company, The Dark Tower, The Forever War, Starship Troopers, Armor, Dragonlance, The Legend of Huma
Comics – Invincible, The Walking Dead
Creators – Mark Millar, Garth Ennis, Brandon Sanderson, Ryan Ottley, Glen Cook, Piers Anthony, Quentin Tarantino
Movies – A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Braveheart, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction
Comics – Watchmen, Miracleman, The Punisher
Books – The Dark Elf Trilogy, The Acts of Caine, Heroes Die, The White Mountains, Mistborn, The Hunger Games, Wizards First Rule, Xanth, The Expanse
TV – Hannibal