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Warcraft Well Read - The World of Warcraft Book Club Podcast

World of Warcraft book club and podcast : A fun, friendly discussion of the WoW novels. Warcraft novels are chosen for entertaining round-table discussions hosted by Apsana and Skolnick.
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Jun 6, 2016

Episode #10 : War Crimes, the newest novel by the award-winning author Christie Golden, gives readers an insightful look at the important events that transpired following the Siege of Orgrimmar. What is the fate of Garrosh Hellscream? Can the leaders of Azeroth agree to proper justice, or strike him down with revenge? Familiar names – Jaina, Anduin, Baine, and Go’el – again take center stage in this intriguing novel. Yet, in War Crimes, scenes from the often lesser-voiced characters get their time in the spotlight. We witness a reunion of the Windrunner sisters. Baine and Jaina wrestle with their inner demons – striving to change their perspectives of the past. The mysterious black dragon prince Wrathion reveals his true intentions. The novel builds to a mighty crescendo as the transition into Warlords of Draenor becomes clear for the readers… and for the future of Garrosh Hellscream.

In this episode’s book club roundtable, podcast hosts Apsana, Skolnick, Hota, and Kevin gather together to discuss their impressions reading War Crimes.

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 10 originally published September 29, 2014

May 15, 2014

Episode #9 : The Warcraft book club welcomes Christie Golden and Micky Neilson on the podcast to discuss War Crimes!

Listen to fascinating details from Christie about the creation of her War Crimes novel, gain insight from Micky involving short stories that will help lead into Warlords of Draenor, and learn some personal details about each author. Pull up a seat to the cozy fire, my friends…

Campfire story topics include: Author collaboration with the Blizzard creative development team Story accessibility for readers w/ varied lore knowledge Evolution of the “trial” as the storytelling vehicle Point-of-view character choices Favorite moments in writing the dynamic sub-plots Upcoming Warcraft short story plans Early influences motivating each author to pursue a career in writing Treasured novels that inspired their writing style Fun reveal of each author’s favorite music & personal hobbies.

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 9 originally published May 15, 2014

Apr 7, 2014

Episode #8 : The Shattering, the 2010 Warcraft novel by Christie Golden, lays the foundation for the world altering Cataclysm that players experienced first hand in the game’s expansion. This character-driven story details the events of major upheaval – occurring not only within the various zones around Azeroth – but also to the leadership of both Horde & Alliance. The Shattering allows readers to experience the intriguing tale of elemental mystery, political tension, the aftermath of sorrowful loss, and questions the true meaning of honor & responsibility.

In this episode’s Warcraft book club roundtable, podcast hosts Apsana, Skolnick, and Hota gather together to discuss The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm.

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 8 originally published April 7, 2014

Feb 26, 2014

Episode #7 : Vol’jin Shadows of the Horde, the newest Warcraft novel by Michael A. Stackpole, is the thoughtful telling of the Shadow Hunter’s story of growth. Set against the backdrop of the Thunder King’s awakening and the Zandalari troll invasion of Pandaria, the novel brings the powerful troll leader, Vol’jin, front and center. Published in July 2013, this novel is Stackpole’s first narrative of the World of Warcraft universe. Readers gain an insightful look into the balanced Pandarian culture, the danger lurking from the Zandalari trolls on the Isle of Thunder, and experience the transformation of Vol’jin from a broken “skull-crab” – into a forward-thinking leader.

In this episode’s Warcraft book club roundtable, podcast hosts Apsana, Skolnick, Kevin, Joshua and Sayomara gather together to discuss Vol’Jin: Shadows of the Horde.

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 7 originally published February 26, 2014

Aug 9, 2013

Episode #6 : Dawn of the Aspects, the five-part serial novel by Richard A. Knaak, explores the current activity of the former Dragon Aspects since the discovery of Pandaria. This thrilling story balances a historical look back to the time when Alexstrasza, Malygos & the others were mere protodragons – as well as the present-day struggle Kalecgos faces to understand the meaning behind a strange relic. Mystery & action are the cornerstone to this novel. Readers get to experience why the dragons were chosen by the Titans as guardians of Azeroth, why Galakrond became known as ‘Father of Dragons’, and ultimately, ascertain what Kalec & the dragonflights learned from the past to help all races in the future.

In the episode’s Warcraft book club roundtable, podcast hosts Apsana, Skolnick, Lignar, and Medros meet at the top of Wyrmrest Temple to discuss The Dawn of the Aspects. Lastly, the book club’s reading selection for next month is revealed: Vol’Jin: Shadows of the Horde, by Michael Stackpole!

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 6 originally published August 9, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

Episode #5 : The Sundering, the final installment in the War of the Ancients trilogy, brings the epic first battle between Azeroth and the Burning Legion to its apocalyptic conclusion. The night elves battle back the demons toward Zin-Ashari, the dragon aspects must determine how to recover from their betrayal by Neltharion, the time-traveling trio must rescue the Demon Soul, readers learn how Illidan’s need for power causes his imprisonment, and beautiful Queen Azshara is forced to impatiently prepare for the arrival of her self-proclaimed prince charming of fel energy, Dark Lord Sargeras. As the destruction of the Well of Eternity draws near, Warcraft’s epic characters face grand heroism, tragedy, and for some – madness.

Podcast hosts Apsana, Skolnick, and Joshua brace themselves against the surge of the newly-formed Maelstrom to discuss The Sundering in this fun Warcraft book club roundtable. The group examine the immense lore and pivotal scenes that are echoed throughout most of the Warcraft lore we’ve grown to know. Finally, the book club’s reading selection for next month is revealed: Dawn of the Aspects (Parts 4 and 5) by Richard A. Knaak!

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 5 originally published July 5, 2013

Apr 19, 2013

Episode #4 : The Demon Soul!

The second novel in the War of the Ancients trilogy ramps up the danger across the ancient land of Azeroth. The the March reading selection for the World of Warcraft book club podcast, Richard A. Knaak’s 2004 novel gives readers a first-person account of the legendary events that unfold around the Well of Eternity. The Highborne Elves advance the Burning Legion’s attacks under the directive of Mannoroth & Archimonde. While the unexpected hero – Krasus – turns to his beloved dragonkind for help to save Kalimdor from the epic threat of the Dragon Soul.

Podcast hosts Apsana, Skolnick, and Deacon pause beside the glow of the Demonic Portal for an interesting Warcraft book club roundtable discussion of The Demon Soul. These proud members of ‘Team-Illidan’ share their thoughts on the novel’s pacing, the strength of Tyrande, the fascinating story arc of Illidan, the descent of Neltharion into delicious madness, and a fun dialogue of Skolnick’s favorite – Queen Azshara.
In conclusion, the Warcraft book club’s reading selection for April is revealed: Dawn of the Aspects, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Richard A. Knaak!

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 4 originally published April 19, 2013

Mar 11, 2013

Episode #3 : The legendary War of the Ancients begins with the Well of Eternity!

The World of Warcraft book club podcast discusses Richard A. Knaak’s 2004 novel, published months before the launch of Blizzard’s highly-anticipated World of Warcraft MMO. The story gives readers a first-hand look into the events that caused the Sundering of Kalimdor. The novel recounts the early relationship between night elves Tyrande, Malfurion & Illidan; illustrates how Queen Azshara initiated the Burning Legion’s entry into Azeroth; and tracks the unique struggles of unlikely heroes in the face an unexpected danger.

Podcast hosts Apsana, Skolnick, Avrenym, and Hota put on their finest time-traveling cloaks for an enjoyable Warcraft book club roundtable discussion of Well of Eternity. The group share their impressions of the narrative’s use of time travel, consider the varied themes presented, and express their thoughts of how the characters are portrayed in this early Warcraft novel. To conclude the episode, the book club’s reading selection for March is revealed: Demon Soul by Richard A. Knaak.

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 3 originally published March 11, 2013

Feb 7, 2013

Episode #2 : The Rise of the Horde!

The World of Warcraft book club podcast discusses Christie Golden’s 2006 novel, published one month before the The Burning Crusade was released. This highly anticipated book set the tone for what players could expect before the launch of Burning Crusade, presents the evolution of orc shaman into shadow-magic wielding warlocks, and proved to be the perfect backstory for what danger lay ahead for all of Azeroth.

Apsana, Skolnick, Kevin, and Emma gather by the cozy fire for a thoughtful conversation regarding many of the themes expressed in Rise of the Horde. Later, the next Warcraft book club reading selection is unveiled for February: Well of Eternity by Richard A. Knaak.

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 2 originally published February 7, 2013

Jan 8, 2013

Episode #1 : The World of Warcraft book club begins!

Hosts Apsana and Skolnick discuss their experience with the growing catalog of WoW novels and identify their plans for this new reading adventure. The January 2013 Warcraft book club selection is announced: Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden. Considering the publication was originally released as a transitional novel into the Burning Crusade expansion, the hosts reflect on the book’s themes with historical perspective.

Join the discussion forum: Official Warcraft Well Read Goodreads Group

Interact with the hosts via Twitter: @WowWellRead@Apsana@SkolnickWho

Warcraft Well Read Podcast - The Warcraft Book Club Podcast, Episode 1 originally published January 8, 2013

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