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Waterstone Media Podcast

Waterstone Media Podcast

By Waterstone Media
The official podcast of Waterstone Media, an independent fantasy and sci-fi publisher. Here, we discuss fantasy and science fiction, host book clubs, and interview authors. Come on in and have some fun with us!
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Is Dune Optimistic?
This week on the podcast, Ryan and Taylor discuss Dune and whether or not it is optimistic. Ryan is impressed with the scope of individual achievement, and Taylor focuses on the fact that society doesn't seem like it has evolved as far as we would like.
17:04
June 06, 2022
Our favorite written fights
This week on the podcast, we're finishing up our discussion on fights with a talk about our favorite fight scenes ever put to the page. Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
22:20
May 16, 2022
Writing Fights
This week on the podcast, we're continuing our series on fights with a discussion of writing fight scenes. We had a lot of fun with this one, and we hope you do, too! Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
28:23
May 09, 2022
Fights!
This week on the podcast, we're starting what promises to be the first in a three part series on fights. Today we take an overview of fights and discuss what we like to see.   Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
30:60
May 02, 2022
Our Favorite Characters
This week on the podcast, Taylor and Ryan talk about some of their favorite characters in sci-fi and fantasy.   Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
35:54
April 25, 2022
Why we write
This week on the podcast, we talk about why we write our stories in a world already bursting at the scenes with entertainment.   Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
21:56
April 18, 2022
SPOILERS - Collaboration Results Part II
This week on the podcast, Ryan and Taylor finish up their exploration of the collaborative process with their readings of two separate epilogues to their first novel - Path of the Eternal Sun. We really had a fun time reading our stories to each other! But be warned - the events we discuss here do contain spoilers for the book.   Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
18:18
April 11, 2022
How we read
This week on the podcast, Ryan and Taylor talk about how we read, and how it's changed over the years. From devices to content to fast food joints, this episode has it all!   Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
35:50
April 04, 2022
Fantasy Weapons - (kinda)
This week on the podcast, Ryan and Taylor meant to talk about fantasy weapons, but it didn't go quite how they expected. Instead they ended up talking about the intersection of magic and technology, and debated whether or not the two can coexist. Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
32:27
March 28, 2022
Results of our Collaboration
This week on the podcast, Ryan and Taylor finish up their exploration of the collaborative process with their readings of two separate prologues. We really had a fun time reading our stories to each other! Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Shop: https://www.ryankirkauthor.com   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
27:19
March 22, 2022
Collaboration
This week on the podcast, Ryan and Taylor discuss their collaboration. We talk about our favorite part, challenges we had, and finish the episode with some live collaboration.  Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Shop: https://www.ryankirkauthor.com   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
22:08
March 14, 2022
Magic Systems
This week on the podcast Taylor and Ryan start to talk about magic systems. We get into some of our favorites, what we like to read and write, and why magic is important in fantasy stories. Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
31:36
March 07, 2022
5 - Launch of Fall of Forgotten Gods
This week on the podcast, we're celebrating the launch of Ryan Kirk's new book, Fall of Forgotten Gods. Finally, Taylor has an opportunity for revenge after the first episode shenanigans.   Fall of Forgotten Gods can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/fallofforgottengods   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:   https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
33:56
February 28, 2022
Dune and Adaptations
Ryan and Taylor have fun discussing what makes a good adaptation, specifically looking at the new version of Dune (2021).    Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:  https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun   The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:   Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net   Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks   Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk   Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk   Taylor Crook:   Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca   Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites   Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
41:16
February 21, 2022
Our Favorite Sci-Fi
After last week's discussion about our top fantasy reads, it was time to dive into sci-fi! Our audio and video worked a lot better this time, so I hope you enjoy! 0:00 - 6:39 Welcome/Taylor's editing 6:39 - 10:46  About the lists 10:46 - 12:59 Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy 12:59 -  16:13  Expanse 16:13 -  18:29 Hyperion Cantos 18:29 -  21:49 Dune 21:49 -  24:38 Frontline 24:38 - 27:31 Gap Cycle 27:31 - 29:12 Snow Crash 29:12 - 40:40 Ender's Game 40:40- Conclusion Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here: https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun The authors can be found here: Ryan Kirk: Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk Taylor Crook: Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
41:56
February 14, 2022
2 - Our Favorite Fantasy
Today, Taylor and Ryan get together to discuss a handful of fantasy works that have had strong emotional impacts on their lives. We also get a brief update on their current works in progress! Apologies for the technical difficulties! Ryan dropped out twice near the middle of the podcast. We've got a good idea what happened, though, so we shouldn't have to deal with that again. Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here: https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun The authors can be found here: Ryan Kirk: Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk Taylor Crook: Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
31:20
February 07, 2022
1 - Path of the Eternal Sun Launch Party
Taylor and Ryan get together for the first episode of the new Waterstone Media Podcast. Today we're celebrating the launch of Path of the Eternal Sun (not Shadow, despite Ryan's confusion). We get to meet Taylor for the first time, and the show ends with Ryan quizzing Taylor on just how well he knows his fantasy worlds!   Path of the Eternal Sun can be found on all retailers here:  https://books2read.com/pathoftheeternalsun  The authors can be found here:   Ryan Kirk:  Website: https://www.waterstonemedia.net Facebook: https://facebook.com/waterstonemedia Twitter: https://twitter.com/waterstonebooks Instagram: https://instagram.com/waterstonebooks Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14702278.Ryan_Kirk Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ryan-kirk  Taylor Crook:  Website: https://www.taylorcrook.ca Instagram: https://instagram.com/taylorcrookwrites Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylorC68001927
29:21
January 31, 2022