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Literature

We take a book, split it into a few pieces, then podcast about it. Listen to us get to grips with some of your favourite old classics or pick up something new and read along with us!

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It's the third in Shark Liver Oil's "Three Game Of Thrones Podcasts In A Week" Trilogy. And it's the Season 7 grand finale! It's got it all: an all-star political royal rumble, a switcheroo to end all switcheroos that does for Littlefinger, graphic incest on a boat and a wight in a box. Oh, and the wall comes crashing down. Don't forget that. Never forget that.

Get in touch: sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil

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Apparently THAT REALLY IS THE PLAN, and we're here in the second part of our three-part run to the end of the series to witness it, in all its icy, firey, PROFOUNDLY QUESTIONABLE glory! Romp with us through Winterfell, as a sibling rivalry threatens to give Dave a stress headache! Zip with us the length of an entire continent in the twinkling of an eye on (apparently) Westeros' own version of the hyperloop! And of course, wander with us through the frozen north in the hope that capturing a wight turns out to be a good idea for some reason! It's Shark Liver Oil! It's Game of Thrones! HERE ARE YOUR DRAGONS!

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Hold onto your butts as the first of our TRIPLE THREAT podcast makes it's way into your feed. After the crazy shenanigans of the Loot Train battle, we were all ready for a barn burner of a battle at Eastwatch this week. Sadly that wasn't to be, but we still had the burning of Tarly and Son, the return of the Rower That Was Promised and the start of probably the most ridiculous plan in the history of Game of Thrones as our heroes decide to take a jaunt north of the wall to bag themselves a zombie. Will it be All Wight On The Night?

Keep a look out for episodes 6 and 7, dropping into your feed later this week.

Usual place for feedback: sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or @sharkliveroil on twitter.

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What's this? A second podcast in as many hours? You bet your ass it is! Shark Liver Oil comes roaring back up to date with The Spoils Of War! The last ten minutes of this weeks eposide was so balls to the wall oustanding that we just had to get this podcast out. So buckle up for our take on the biggest battle yet! Hardhome? Don't make me laugh, most of those guys were already dead. Blackwater? That's just a starter. Battle of the Bastards? Go eat at the kids table. All aboard the Loot Train!

Some other things happen in this episode too - and we talk about them also.

Feedback etc? Get it to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com @sharkliveroil or Shark Liver Oil Podcast on facebook.

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Better late than never, here's our take on Game of Thrones S7E3, the Queen's Juuuuuustice! An Ironborn captain delivers some hypocritical sass, the Queen of Thorns goes out on a high, we see the probable end of Ellaria Sand (extramarital sex) and Euron Greyjoy just continues to love life. Oh, and the unsullied hit Casterly Rock with a one punch takedown- KO!!

As ever we'd love to hear your feedback on the show or the podcast: sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or @sharkliveroil on twitter. You can also find us on Facebook so why not give us a like. We'd like that.

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It’s episode two: it’s Stormborn: it’s SHARK LIVER OIL!
 
This week we’ve got some extremely questionable medical decisions, we’ve got - of all things - actual romance, and we’ve got a moment in which we finally hit the limit of character names we can remember in this story universe. It had to happen; we’ve been doing this so long we’ve gone senile.
 
And if you’ve been listening along with us, or if this is your first week, let us know what you think! We’re on Twitter @sharkliveroil and email at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com.
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Guess who's back? Back again? Game of Thrones. Still no book. But never fear, Shark Liver Oil is back for season 7 of the TV series. In this episode we wonder about the real reason behind Dolorous Edd welcoming Bran to Castle Black, what is Randyll Tarly's real name and what's really being kept under wraps in the forbidden section of the citidel library? Send your feedback to sharkliveroilpodcastgmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil and facebook! Yes Facebook! I can't believe it either.

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It's the final chapter in Shark Liver Oil's harrowing read through of The Da Vinci Code. It's taken a while (and it's certainly felt like it) but we're nearly at the end so join us for the final lap. It certainly goes out with a bang (in a fashion). The British polcie break with more than a century of tradition and start carrying guns everwhere, a few people die and The Teacher ends up phoning it in from the boot of a car. We also enjoy reading out some of your reviews which give the book the absolute mauling it deserves. Get involved sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil

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Part 3 of our read through of the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown! This week we've got all sorts of good things; from art history to the Hitler Diaries to the possibility the Jesus may not in fact have been conversant in modern social media. As always, get in your thoughts, arguments, theories and alternative facts to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, or on Twitter @sharkliveroil.

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In episode two of our balls to the wall guide to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code we flick from lonely Silas (he just needs the love of a good woman), to the fleeing and inner monologue riddled brain of Robert and, of course, we drop in on the collapsing clown car that is the (fictional) Parisian police authorities. We also continue to ponder the true mystery that matters - just what on earth was Sophie's grandad getting up to in that basement? It's more thrilling than a midnight drive through Paris in a Smart Car.

Send your reviews to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil

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It's time for us to pull back the curtain, go through the looking-glass and break the silence around a conspiracy that has so far lain dormant, known only to the select few (80 million copies and counting) who dare to ask what the truth really is. WHAT ON EARTH is the position in which an elderly French art historian has been found in a locked gallery that is so shocking? IS THERE really only one emergency exit in the Louvre? WHAT PRECISELY was the Caravaggio painting torn from the wall in the first chapter? COULD IT BE that we might be having a bit too much fun with this book? The only way to find the truth is to listen on! As ever, hit us up with your thoughts, theories, rants and narrative poems to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or @sharkliveroil on Twitter.

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Happy New Year! It's the second part of our read-through of Charles Dickens' The Chimes, and this narrative has not gone where we've expected. For a start, someone had a fairly solid supply of hallucinogens, and it wasn't either of us; Charlie, we're looking at you. Is Inception only a pale imitation of this, the first postmodernist book? Is it possible that Dallas was just making an epic literary callback with the famous it-was-all-a-dream reveal? (Spoilers)? And finally: when is someone literally going to write 'saxophones fade in' over the happy last scene of any novel? These questions and more, we need your help answering. Email us sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @sharkliveroil.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! And Meeeeeeerry Christmas!!! It's that time of year again and Shark Liver Oil is getting into the festive spirit with a readthrough of the second of Charles Dickens's Christmas stories - this one's called The Chimes! The Chimes!! Join us as we meet Toby as he tries valiantly to enjoy a cheery Christmas in the face of crushing English Upper Middle Class scorn. And there are goblins too. You've got to love the goblins. Get your feedback to us at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @sharkliveroil and have a great Christmas! 

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It's the final part of our rollicking, fun-packed romp through that rollicking, fun-packed romp: Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory! This week, featuring the great questions of life: where do we draw our most fundamental identity from? How much influence do parents have over what we do with our lives? And what exactly is Chekhov's sheep? As always, get in touch with us - sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, @sharkliveroil - to let us know whether this is a masterpiece, a disasterpiece, or a meh-sterpiece.

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Join us if you dare as we continue our journey through the hellish nightmare that is our latest book. There’s a drunken night out, two more kids get offed, Eric burns a dog and Frank considers doing unspeakable things to an old lady by way of a fridge freezer. It can only be the knockabout fun fest that is the Wasp Factory! We’ll be reviewing it next week, send your own reviews into us at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil

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It's time for a trademark Shark Liver Oil screeching direction-change - this week we've gone for the impressive, compelling and (let's be honest) stomach-turning debut from Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory. That title, if you hadn't guessed, is ironic; there's less innocence here than in Hercule Poirot's drawing-room. This week, we're introduced to Frank (weird), Frank's Dad (very very precisely weird), and Frank's brother Eric (eating candles and smashing up phoneboxes; possibly the weirdest although that's a fierce contest). They live on top of a bomb, one of them technically doesn't exist, and they seem to agree that no-one could eat a family-size bag of crisps to themselves - we're through the looking-glass here, and we haven't even approached the top ten oddest things in this book yet. As always, get your thoughts, opinions and angry rants in to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, or on Twitter @sharkliveroil.

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We're sorry we've been away so long! To make it up to you we're doing a super scary (and, let's be honest, super late) halloween spooky special! We're delving into the Goosebumps series to have a read through One Day At Horrorland. It's got plucky two dimensional protagonists, hilariously underused depressed green monsters and a collection of chapter ending cliffhangers to rival any American soap opera. And if all that wasn't enough the chilling tale brought back a painful memory for Dave which involves flo rida, a dark room and a man in a bear costume. Even if you haven't read the story (and I'm betting there are more than a few of you who haven't) it's still well worth a listen!

As ever send you love/ hate mail to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or get us on twitter @sharkliveroil

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September 21, 2016

The BFG 2: Sweden Sour Humans

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Gobsnatching gobblewomps! And other words we're not clever enough to make up on the fly. It's the BFG! And this week we're reading about a master plan, which could certainly never have been done in real life; an innovative approach to the central London commute, involving jumping; and the curious absence of at least one branch of the military, in a possible east-side/west-side style grudge match amongst the British elite. Also some fairly breathtaking candour on the part of the ruler of Baghdad, which was, at the time of publication, probably pretty accurate. Thoughts? Comments? Exasperation expressed solely through haiku? As always, get in touch through sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com and @sharkliveroil.

Big Friendly Giant -
Vegetarianism
Not for you it seems.
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We're back after a long hot summer and we've got a new book! It's the children's classic, The BFG by Roald Dahl! Did you love reading this as a child? Then prepare to get your innocence blown to smithereens as Dave and Matt try (and fail) to talk about giants blowing their dream trumpets without making it sound like the wrongest thing you've ever heard. It's the only book we've read that combines a questionable approach to vegetarianism with a plan for casual interspecies mass murder and free cut out and keep big ears. 

Get your feedback to us on twitter @sharkliveroil or by email sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com
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It's the final wrap cast of a long series on Game of Thrones Season 6. We reflect on what was almost certainly the best opening 20 mins of the entire series and probably the best overall episode of the whole series. Big talk? Of course. But when you've got a body count this big, anything less than big talk just isn't big enough. Or something.

We also respectfully pick through the rubble of all that remains of Matt's Bunker Full of Spoilers. How fleetingly we knew ye..

We'll be breaking for the summer after this but we'll be back in September. GEt in touch at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @sharkliveroil if you've any ideas of books you'd like us to feature on the podcast.
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