The Turtle Reads

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The Turtle Reads
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Presentation
Hosted byMelissa Diaz, Clay Foreman
Production
Opening themeN/A
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (so far)
Publication
Original release29 December 2022 – present
Related showsMelissaTime!
Websitethe-turtle-reads.captivate.fm

Publisher Description

Melissa Diaz and Clay Foreman boldly go where no nerds have gone before in this deep dive into Terry Pratchett's Discworld Universe and beyond

Further Information

Format

  • A casual discussion in the “chumcast” style - i.e. it's a largely unedited recording of a conversation between friends with no particular structure or attempt to stick to topic. (For this reason we’ve put them in the “other appearances” listings on the book pages.)
  • The hosts often stray into “edgy” territory. One version of episode three's description notes that it discusses suicide.
  • Since episode 18, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Skankfest”, has been covering other books and comics instead of Discworld novels.

Trivia

  • Some episodes spend a lot of time on general chat before they get to the book, while some get there a lot quicker.
  • Episodes five through seven were, according to the numbering in the media filenames, released in reverse order. This might make sense of the reading order.

Hosts

  • Melissa Diaz - a stand-up comedian based in the Bronx, New York; not clear if she's read Discworld before
  • Clay Foreman - a French Canadian from Nova Scotia; an existing Discworld fan, who is choosing which books they read

Episodes

The table below indexes episodes of this podcast. They are listed by default in release order, and we've used the numbering from the podcast feed (though see trivia entry above).

# Episode Title Date Book/Subject Guest(s) External link DW#[1]
1 “Soul Music and the Hogfather” 2022-12-09 Soul Music and Hogfather captivate.fm 16
2 “Christmas Movies: Hogfather > Die Hard?” 2023-01-20 Terry Pratchett's Hogfather and Hogfather captivate.fm 20
3 “Small Gods and Dolphins with Down Syndrome”[2] 2023-01-20 Small Gods captivate.fm 13
4 “Thief of Time versus ADHD” 2023-02-27 Thief of Time captivate.fm 26
5 “Ballerina Fish and Sourcery“ 2023-03-22 Sourcery captivate.fm 5
6 “Chood 'um Light Fantastic“ 2023-03-23 The Light Fantastic captivate.fm 2
7 "Color of Magic Fart Lights” 2023-04-05 The Colour of Magic captivate.fm 1
8 “Holy Wood: Back to Africa” 2023-05-11 Moving Pictures Craig Fergola captivate.fm 10
9 “Raising Steam on 9/11” 2023-06-20 Raising Steam captivate.fm 40
10 “Equal Rites for Witches and Whores” 2023-07-04 Equal Rites captivate.fm 3
11 “HR Ladies Abroad” 2023-07-17 Witches Abroad captivate.fm 12
12 “Lords and Ladies, I just crapped my pants (hold for applause)” 2023-07-31 Lords and Ladies captivate.fm 14
13 “Maskerade of Stupid” 2023-08-14 Maskerade captivate.fm 18
14 “Carpe HR Lady’s Jugulum” 2023-08-28 Carpe Jugulum captivate.fm 23
15 “Wee Wee Men” 2023-09-12 The Wee Free Men captivate.fm 30
16 “The Neverending Podcast Story” 2023-09-25 The Neverending Story captivate.fm
17 “American Cringe” 2023-10-10 American Gods by Neil Gaiman captivate.fm
18 “The Ones Who Walk Away From Skankfest” 2023-10-15 The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K Leguin captivate.fm
19 “Good Omens Guardian Angels and Clay’s New Nickname” 2023-11-08 Good Omens captivate.fm
20 “Sandy Man Volume 1” 2023-11-29 Sandman volume 1 by Neil Gaiman captivate.fm
21 “Sandman: Lucid Dream Nouns” 2024-01-08 Sandman volumes 4 and 5 by Neil Gaiman Jimmy Clifford captivate.fm
22 “The Dark Tower of Comics” 2024-02-01 The Dark Tower by Steven King Craig Fergola captivate.fm

Footnotes

  1. Sort by this column to see episodes in Discworld publication order.
  2. This episode seems to have been re-posted, at least to some podcast directories, on 27 January 2023 with the title “Small Gods Smack a B%tch”. This version adds the new theme song and updates the episode description. Also, a content warning - the revised episode’s description says it contains discussion of suicide.