Under a Pile of Books

Episode 5 - M.L. Wang Interview

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By Calvin Park
A podcast for lovers of science fiction and fantasy books. Join host and reviewer Calvin Park for his thoughts on recent reads and releases. You'll also find interviews with authors, reviewers, and others involved in the fantasy community.
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Episode 15 - September 14 Weekly Pod
Calvin dives right into what he's been reading. Over the last week he completely BLACK POWDER WAR by Naomi Novik and he's currently in the midst of THE BONE SHIPS by RJ Barker (thank you to Netgalley and Orbit for the ARC). After talking about those he outlines his reading plans for the upcoming week which include THE FIRE EYE CHOSEN by Samuel Gately. A quick detour to talk about self-published fantasy month ends with some time of A HERO BORN--not self-published--but releasing this week. Then it's on to a blog post by Mark Lawrence on paying writers and Calvin's excitement for The Fantasy Inn's new podcast! This episode wraps up with Calvin's recommendation of The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.
September 15, 2019
Episode 14 - Josh Erikson Interview
Calvin sits down with Josh Erikson, author of the Ethereal Earth series,  to talk about his books Hero Forged and Fate Lashed, the craft of  writing, and influences on fantasy literature. The two of them also geek  out about Tolkien and his influence on the fantasy genre.
September 11, 2019
Episode 13 - September 7 Weekly Pod
This week Calvin's recent reads include STARSHIP BLACKBEARD by Michael Wallace and THE GIRL WITH NO FACE by M.H. Boroson. After sharing plenty of praise for Boroson's work, he outlines his plans for the next week including BLACK POWDER WAR by Naomi Novik and THE BONE SHIPS by RJ Barker. He also slips in a reference to a book he's currently beta reading and loving: CURSEBREAKER by Carol A. Park. THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow is also mentioned--one that Calvin hasn't read yet but has heard nothing but rave reviews for. After that it's on to some news in the SFF world, particularly another casting announcement for Amazon's Wheel of Time series and a release date for UNCROWNED by Will Wight. 
September 8, 2019
Episode 12 - Jon Auerbach Interview
Jon Auerbach, author of GUILD OF TOKENS, joins Calvin to talk about what inspired him to become an author, how he came up with the concept for his novel, some of the cool real-world history that's weaved into, and some of the challenges of being a self-published author. If you enjoy Asimov references and wonder about fitting real history into fictional works, this is the podcast for you! 
September 4, 2019
Episode 11 - August 31 Weekly Pod
This week Calvin dives right into his reads from the past week, giving the thumbs up to THE GUNS ABOVE by Robyn Bennis and STEEL CROW SAGA by Paul Krueger. He then comments on his current read STARSHIP BLACKBEARD by Michael Wallace before outlining the other books he hopes to read in the upcoming week. After that, you'll hear about some of the soon-to-be-released novels on Calvin's radar before he encourages you to take part in the r/fantasy September Goodreads Book of the Month, which happens to be VITA NOSTRA by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (translated by Julia Meitov Hersey). There's still more excitement, though, as UNCROWNED by Will Wight, will open for preorders on September 5th. Before closing with some housekeeping items, Calvin also shares his first impressions for Carnival Row (Amazon Prime) and Age of Resistance (Netflix).
September 1, 2019
Episode 10 - Petrik from Novel Notions
In this episode, Calvin sits down with Petrik from Novel Notions and a top Goodreads reviewer. They talk about why they love the fantasy genre,  geek out a little about THE SWORD OF KAIGEN, discuss what got Petrik into reviewing, and conclude with a brief conversation about the profound things the Fantasy genre does for us as people. You don't want  to miss this one!
August 29, 2019
Episode 9 - Jason from Off the TBR
In this episode, Jason Aycock from Off the TBR joins the pod. He and Calvin talk about how Jason got into blogging and reviewing, the great book community on Twitter, and some reads Jason has enjoyed--he even makes a recommendation that Calvin ends up being quick to follow up on. The conclude by talking about Self-Published Fantasy Month, something Jason did last year on his blog and is doing again. Find out more here.
August 27, 2019
Episode 8 - August 24 Weekly Pod
This week there is a ton of news to discuss, but before he dives into that Calvin answers a question he received on Twitter regarding why he generally dislikes present tense narrative. After that, he talks about his reads for the week: A HERO BORN by Jin Yong, AGE OF WAR by Michael J. Sullivan, and KALANON'S RISING by Darian Smith. Then it's brief mentions for his upcoming reads, THE GUNS ABOVE by Robyn Bennis and STELL CROW SAGE by Paul Krueger. After that, it's time to dive into the news of the week in the SFF realm, with Worldcon coming to DC in 2021, and Disney dropping a ton of enticing tidbits about new Marvel and Star Wars series, there is plenty to talk about--including the AGE OF DEATH kickstarter funding in record time. 
August 25, 2019
Episode 7 - Angela Boord Interview
In this episode, Angela Boord, the author of FORTUNE'S FOOL, joins Calvin. They discuss the way she writes her characters and crafts her stories, how she came up with the idea for different tenses to indicate different time periods, the way magic feels like a force of a nature in her book, as well as a couple other topics. If you've enjoyed FORTUNE'S FOOL, you'll love this podcast, and if you haven't read FORTUNE'S FOOL yet--then let this discussion convince you!
August 21, 2019
Episode 6 - August 18 Weekly Pod
This week Calvin jumps right in to talk about ARM OF THE SPHINX, which he completed last week. While it's the only book he managed to read last week, he enjoyed it a good deal. He then mentions AGE OF WAR and A HERO BORN, both of which he hopes to read in the upcoming week. That's not the end though, because there has been plenty to talk about over the last week in the world of fantasy. Not only is WorldCon happening in Dublin, but Amazon released more info on the Wheel of Time cast and Calvin can't help but to offer his comments. This pod wraps up with a discussion of Tad Williams' epic Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy.
August 18, 2019
Episode 5 - M.L. Wang Interview
M.L. Wang, author of THE SWORD OF KAIGEN and the Theonite series,  joins the pod to talk with Calvin about some of the inspiration for her world and works, how she crafted her magic system, and the amazing reception KAIGEN has received. This is a great interview and an episode you definitely don't want to miss!
August 14, 2019
Episode 4 - August 10 Weekly Pod
A bit of an abnormal week, Calvin only completed one book and started one other. Nevertheless, he jumps back a week in his reading to talk about THE RESURRECTIONIST OF CALIGO which he never mentioned in last week's pod. Then he geeks out about the amazing magic in BEGGAR'S REBELLION before mentioning his current read: ARM OF THE SPHINX. Upcoming releases on his radar include THE GREATWOOD PORTAL. After that, Calvin spends a couple minutes talking about how fantasy is spilling into the mainstream more and more, particularly with competing Netflix and Amazon shows releasing later this month: AGE OF RESISTANCE (Netflix) and CARNIVAL ROW (Amazon).
August 10, 2019
Episode 3 - Deck Matthews Interview
Deck Matthews, author of THE FIRST OF SHADOWS and DUST OF THE DARKNESS, visits the pod to talk with Calvin about some of his favorite authors and influences on his work, how he writes books that are so intensely fast-paced, and some of the challenges of writing characters with disabilities. You don't want to miss this one!
August 5, 2019
Episode 2 - August 3 Weekly Pod
This week Calvin jumps right in with his thoughts on his reads this week: JADE WAR, DUST OF THE DARKNESS, and BEGGAR'S REBELLION. Later on, he mentions some upcoming releases such as THE GOSSAMER MAGE and encourages listeners to consider joining The Fantasy Inn for their August Readathon themed around travel. There's also plenty of talk about Brandon Sanderson confirming that he is working with J. Michael Straczynski on a pilot for an original contemporary fantasy television series!
August 4, 2019
Episode 1 - Introduction and Weekly Pod #1
After some brief introductory words and hopes for the podcast, Calvin jumps into what he's been reading. Hear his thoughts on AGE OF SWORDS, THE GOSSAMER MAGE, and JADE WAR. Later on, he mentions some upcoming reads he's excited about before geeking out about some news out of SDCC, notably the Star Trek: Picard Trailer and Marvel's Phase 4 announcements. 
July 29, 2019
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