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Shardcast: The Original Reactions


The Original, an audio-only story cowritten by Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal came out on September 14th. It's science fiction about clones and lots of other things! In this episode, we blab all about it, and yes, The Original is over three hours long and we talked just below two hours twenty minutes on this. Yeah that's a sizable fraction of the audiobook! Over 50% of it in fact, and you know what, we could have talked more about it. There's so much to delve into!

We start with some spoiler-free thoughts if you hadn't read it yet, but then at 18:51 we go into spoilers.

This episode we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (Weiry), Evgeni (Argent), Shannon (Grey), and Ben (Overlord Jebus).
You can get The Original in a bunch of places: https://www.17thshard.com/news/brandon-news/the-original-is-out-r622/

Brandon's stream with Mary Robinette Kowal: https://youtu.be/A35A9DvJ0ME

The sculpture we discuss, The Kiss: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kiss_(Rodin_sculpture)

Episode timestamps:

00:00 Introductions and Nonsense
3:00 Spoiler-free thoughts
18:51 Spoilery discussion
1:41:46 Spoilers for Legion, Perfect State, and Snapshot
1:46:01 Quick Stormlight spoiler
1:47:17 Talking about collabs and writing
2:01:22 What would our themes be + Conclusion

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Finished The Original today and listening to the podcast right now. I personally think it's the PR that recorded the final audio message. The PR wouldn't go on and live if the real Holly was alive after 4 days.

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