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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Spring Dawning: Homecoming

Bad news, good news. Bad news: a super-short week, with a denouement and another (steel yourself) poem. Good news: it’s all Raistlin!

Join us for the last dying moments of the Dragonlance Chronicles. And, fair warning—next week, we’ll be doing our big rambling overview, so get ready to share your own favourite moments and monsters!

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Series: Dragonlance Reread

Midnight in Karachi Episode 60: Malka Older

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

Malka Older joins the podcast this week to talk about her novel Infomacracy, experiencing new cultures, and the state of politics. Infomocracy is available now from Tor.com Publishing—get started with the first five chapters here on Tor.com.

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Series: Midnight in Karachi Podcast

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Spring Dawning Part 3, Chapters 13 and 14

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Last week, Raistlin showed up draped in black velvet and used the dragon orb to save everyone (but not before toying with Caramon, of course) while Laurana turned her back on Tanis. But now we’ve reached the big, epic, Michael Bay-sized conclusion, so let’s get on with it!

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Series: Dragonlance Reread

Midnight in Karachi Episode 59: Sami Shah

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week comedian, novelist and memoirist Sami Shah is on the podcast, talking about his latest book Fire Boy. The pair also discuss publishing multiple books without an agent, Pakistani urban myths, diverse stories, worldbuilding when your story is set in a city you know well but is almost fantasy to the rest of the world, and exoticisation as the biggest crime.

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Series: Midnight in Karachi Podcast

Midnight in Karachi Episode 58: Laura Lam

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week, writer Laura Lam joins the podcast to talk about her latest thriller False Hearts—available from Tor Books, you can read an excerpt here. The pair also talk about reading fantasy, research as procrastination, and the stories that made Lam a writer.

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Series: Midnight in Karachi Podcast

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Spring Dawning Part 3, Chapters 9 and 10

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Last time, Berem was revealed as the Green Gemstone Man as he and the rest of our imprisoned party were busy trying to escape the dungeons. We also met the Queen of Darkness not-quite in the flesh, and—at Kitiara’s urging—Tannis knelt before her to pledge himself to her service. This week, the pell-mell continues as Kit schemes, trumpets blare, and everyone’s conflicted wizard makes his return…

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Series: Dragonlance Reread

Midnight in Karachi Episode 57: Margaret Atwood

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

The podcast returns this week with an interview with Margaret Atwood, in which she talks with Mahvesh about monsters, myths, wise old women, wicked witches, why everyone isn’t collectively freaking out about climate change and the potentials of eating cloned celebrity flesh.

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Series: Midnight in Karachi Podcast

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Spring Dawning Part 3, Chapters 7 and 8

We’re back!

Well, Flint isn’t. (Too soon?)

And Fizban is off doing Fizban things (SPOILER: GOD-STUFF). And Raistlin is off doing Raistlin things (SPOILER: They’re probably really cool things.) And Laurana’s in a fridge. And Goldmoon and Riverwind are pretty much forgotten. Oh, and Silvara and Gilthanas are off fighting a war in the background.

But the rest of us? We’re back!

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Series: Dragonlance Reread

Midnight in Karachi Returns with an Exclusive Interview with Margaret Atwood!

It’s been a couple of months of radio silence from my end, with some major life changes and relocations included but I’m pleased to report that Midnight in Karachi will officially return on August 4th with a very special interview of a writer who has been a personal hero of mine for years. I first read her seminal novel when I was 17, and it’s been a love affair since then. I never thought I’d ever have the chance to speak with her, but when she wont a Kitschies award earlier this year, director Glen Mehn put in a request with her people for my podcast and amazingly, she agreed.

This left me wondering, how does one address Margaret Atwood? I asked her over Twitter, and she said Aunty Peggy would be just fine, but you’ll notice I avoid addressing her by name anyway. Maybe we can get to Aunty Peggy levels of familiarity a few interviews down the line. In case you’re wondering, Margaret Atwood is just as sharp, funny and charming as you’d want your literary hero to be. I may have gushed off air a bit, but that remains mercifully off the record.

Other guests who’ll be appearing on Midnight in Karachi for August are Malka Older, Laura Lam, Sami Shah and Victoria Schwab! In the meantime, please enjoy this “Where to Begin” piece from October 2015, which offers some suggestions for places to dive into the amazing worlds of Margaret Atwood. Jump right in, and then please join us Thursday August 4th on the Midnight in Karachi podcast to hear from Atwood herself!

[Here are some suggestions for where to start with Margaret Atwood…]

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Spring Dawning Part 3, Chapters 5 and 6

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Last week, the party reached Godshome—which turned out to be a barren, empty, rock bowl, surrounded by boulders. Berem revealed that he had inadvertently opened a portal that unleashed the Dark Queen, and the party agrees to help him break into Neraka on his quest to see the portal shut for good. This time, the gang runs into trouble almost immediately, and Tanis catches up with an old flame…

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Series: Dragonlance Reread

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Spring Dawning Part 3, Chapters 3 and 4

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Draconians behind them, the Dark Queen ahead. The party presses on with their final march into darkness, the enigmatic ‘Everman’ a part of their company. This week, they visit a forgotten ruin called Godshome… and you know that’s not going to be uneventful.

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Series: Dragonlance Reread

Intimacy as Magic: The Devourers by Indra Das

Indra Das’ first novel, The Devourers, is one told in layers. It is a stranger’s story as told to Alok, a lonely college professor whom he meets one night, outside a performance by Bengali minstrels in Kolkata. The stranger is a hypnotic storyteller, who says he is half-werewolf and captivates Alok. “I am going to tell you a story, and it is true’, says the stranger, hypnotising Alok with his words and manner, ‘…his voice, soothing, guiding [him] as the dark becomes deeper.’ But is also the story Alok transcribes for the stranger, who becomes a friend of sorts, drifting in and out of Alok’s life until the words on the scrolls he gives him are typed up and preserved for the modern age. And it is also the story of an older, much more frightening and hypnotic shapeshifter called Fenrir and a woman called Cyrah.

The narrative switches between Mughal India and modern day Kolkata, with the shape shifter’s life extending much beyond those of human ones, though we encounter him during the time he encounters Cyrah, a young woman entirely alone, trying to get by whatever way she can during the reign of Shah Jahan.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Spring Dawning Part 3, Chapters 1 and 2

Last week we closed off Part 2. Well, re-closed. We tidied things up two weeks ago and last week was more of a denouement, as we shed our friendly barbarian party members, lit candles, and headed out into the great unknown. But now—we’ve got a party, we’ve got a quest, we’ve got a half-elf on a mission, and a grumpy McGuffin with a gem in his chest… What else could we need? Oh, how about a pocket-sized deus ex machina?

Welcome to the third and final part of Dragons of Spring Dawning!

[I guess I must be dumb / ‘Cause you had a pocket full of horses]

Series: Dragonlance Reread