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Matt and Dave bring you page by page guides to the books you love and the books you love to hate.


The crypt door creaks, the bat flaps against the uncaring moon, and strange, uncanny things happen, such as Shark Liver Oil releasing another podcast episode!

WE'RE BACK and as always it's our favourite tradition, the Halloween Spooky Special, that's made us revenant once more. This time it's Edgar Allen Poe's classic tale of a tale told by a heart, which is actually told by a person, who is so sane that you wouldn't catch him doing any murder except if you wait for him to just yell it out loud at you.

JOIN US as we discover how slowly you can open a door whilst remaining creepy, how horror and comedy are part of one another, and what exactly you need to do to get arrested in the Edgar Allen Poe cinematic universe.

As always we want to hear your thoughts - email us at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us @sharkliveroil.

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Dave has never seen it, Matt has loved it for years, and a surprisingly large number of people online think it's got problems - and it bloody has - but the good shines through, and it's a lovely old job. It's a Wonderful Life has elderly angels in questionable underclothes, remarkably clear explainers of banking and debt, and a feel-good crescendo to beat them all. But we all know the real game is Nick the barman, see? We watch it, enjoy it, talk it through, then read the reviews. Merry Christmas, you old Buildings and Loan!
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We've gone back to the Goosebumps well for our Halloween Spooky Special this year. It's the first one in the series, so probably the best one right? We encounter a spooky house, some spooky kids and a man in a cowboy hat who lures children into his car. Doesn't get more horrific than that.


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In the final part of our read-through of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, we continue to be blown away by the quality of what we’ve got to read. And it’s not just the writing - it’s the sheer chutzpah of McGonagall, kneecapping her own house in the cup competition. It’s the sheer insanity of Hogwarts’ detention policy, which somehow involves centaurs who can somehow click their hooves. And it’s the sheer, towering, sage, brilliant, father-figure punk trolling of Dumbledore, who will invest in decorations just to crush the dreams of a full quarter of the students in his care. What more could you ask for?
Well for a start you could ask for REVIEWS drawn from around the internet, and from our very own Sharklettes, on this light-footed masterpiece, which is good because WE’VE GOT ‘EM.  
AND you could ask for the next book! We’ve enjoyed this so much that we’re rolling onwards, clicking our hooves, into Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, starting next week! More Hogwarts! More Potter! MORE SHARK!
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In part 3 of our read-through of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone, we have our first encounter with Quidditch and it's one for the ages. In Harry's second game the entire hopes of Gryffindor House rest once again on the shoulders of a first year student, the referee is literally out to get him and the backup seeker has gone AWOL. But come on lads...it's Hufflepuff. Also in this episode, Harry discovers an interesting mirror, Hogwarts' central heating packs in again and we find out that dragons exist. Promises to be a busy hour!

If you'd like to get in touch email us at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil and on Facebook.

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It’s part 2 of our read-through of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorceror’s Stone if you’re in America), and the magic continues! We discover some key information this time: Snape’s pre-game ritual, the secret baller life of Hufflepuff House, and the questionable quality of the Hogwarts Megabus, to name but a few.
We’ve got two episodes of this one left after this, so send in your thoughts and reviews of Harry Potter Book 1 so we can enjoy them in Episode 4: sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, and @sharkliveroil on Twitter.
The amazing Mitchell and Webb on Hufflepuff here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9n9wswKMec
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Welcome to the first part of our read through of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/ Sorcerer's Stone (depending on where you live). In this episode we meet Harry for the first time, gasp in awe as a middle aged drill-makng executive has a complete nervous breakdown and wonder whether lovely Hagrid really was the best man for the job of protecting the wizarding world's most important child. It's good to be back!

Send us your reviews about Harry Potter Book 1 and we'll read them out on the podcast. You can reach us at:

sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or @sharkliveroil on twitter

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Happy New Year! It might be a little late but you bet your ass that we recorded this in full festive mode on Christmas Eve. So sit back, relax and re-live an absolute Christmas classic as we take you through all the thrills, spills and suspected broken bones of that Christmas classic Home Alone! Merry Christmas, happy new year and have a brilliant 2020! 

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It’s time for the Halloween spooky special! Every year we read one of literature’s great scary classics (except for when we do Goosebumps) and this year it’s a doozy - a readthrough and discussion of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. As always we’ll be digging into the huge and important questions - was this the first ever haunted house? Why not just play Wonderwall? Is that really the best way of storing gunpowder? And perhaps above all, where did the armour come from?
As always, let us know what you think on Twitter @sharkliveroil, and by email at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com.
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Did you hate it? Did you love it? Whatever you thought, it’s the END OF THE SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and we’re sprinting through the finish line with a degree of spriteliness that is WHOLLY INAPPROPRIATE to the ending of the story. But what can you do? Shark’s gonna Shark. This final episode of our coverage features the great unanswerable questions: is war ever justified? Are dragons all secretly anti-monarchy? And above all, what was wrong with the Dothraki B-Team’s satnav?
As always, let us know what you think at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, on Twitter @sharkliveroil, and let us know what you think we should cover next!
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We may as well nail our colours to the mast straight away with this one.. we liked it. Sure, there were a few issues with how we got to this point, which meant one or two of the character moments may have not quite been what they could have been, but take a step back and leave your predictions at the door and this is one pretty awesome episode of television. We explain why we liked it while re-living some of the most controversial moments of the series. We also round the cast off with your feedback and our new fan theory for how Bronze Yohn Royce is now destined for the Iron Throne.

sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com is where you can find us if you want to get in touch.

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We’re watching the last season of Game of Thrones so we can get some narrative closure on the series, and it’s all controversy, all the time this week. We’re going through Episode 4 of Game of Thrones’ eighth season, which is called The Last of The Starks, which does not contain anything you might be expecting: INCLUDING the setup for the comedy spinoffs we’re all begging for: Tormund and Brienne star in ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ with knives, AND/OR Tormund and Ghost star in Turner and Hooch: Beyond the Wall! Missed opportunities all.
As ever, get in touch through sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, facebook.com/sharkliveroil, or @sharkliveroil on Twitter, with your theories, irritations, furies and character crushes, and we’ll be reading them out next time!
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Matt and Dave talk you through the biggest battle yet on Game of Thrones, an episode that ended up somewhere between a thrilling rollercoaster ride and a loud, confusing trundle through a ghost train. We loved so much about this episode - the Dothraki charge, the Unsullied last stand, Beric and Jorah's ends and Arya's injury time winner. We had problems with how dark some of it was, how so many of our beloved characters improbably survived and.. most important of all.. where in the seven hells was zombie Bronze Yohn and his beautiful breastplate? Oh, and pour one out for fan favourite Qhono. We literally barely knew ye.

sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com is the place to send your feedback. 

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We’re getting our Song of Ice and Fire fix from the TV, and this week, it’s episode 2 of the final series of Game of Thrones: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s a tense one, and perhaps the most unsettling thing is that an awful lot of characters have suspiciously complete character arcs. Grey Worm is even talking about how he’s one last job from retirement. It’s all set-up, and it’s all rich stuff - let us know what you thought of it @sharkliveroil on Twitter and sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com. And remember: when you play the Game of Thrones, you win, or you get eaten by the malevolently resurrected wight of your former loved ones. See you next week!

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We're covering the final season of Game of Thrones. Yes, this is supposed to be a books podcast but we're sick of waiting for George to finish his writing so we're turning to television for closure. We'll bring you a week by week recap of every episode. But wait! There's more! This week we have a special bonus section at the end where we predict what's going to happen to each character. We'll keep track of their progress every week. Spoiler free - although we have read the books so we do go into a bit of extra background.

If you have your own predictions for your favourite characters or thoughts on the episode that you'd like to share, send your feedback to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com and find us on twitter @sharkliveroil


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In the fourth and final part of Lord of the Flies: Roger releases a boulder, Ralph runs for his life and Piggy takes a tumble. Will any of the boys get off the island alive? We've also got your reviews and thoughts on the book. 


sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com is the place to get in touch if you want to add your thoughts to the mix.

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We read the classics with a sideways view, and today we’re reading from ’Shadows and Tall Trees' to ‘A View to a Death’ in William Golding’s classic ‘Lord of the Flies’. We’ll level with you: it gets dark. And it’s a masterpiece. 
As always, get in touch with your thoughts: @sharkliveroil on Twitter or sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com.
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It's part 2 of our read through of The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding. Ralph discovers that being the only adult on an island of semi-feral children isn't much fun, Piggy loses a lens and Jack kills a pig. Oh, and we meet the breakout star of Lord of the Flies, littleun Phil. Who may or may not be bald. And may or may not be a tiny version of Phil Mitchell. And may or may not have seen a "bad slag" wandering about in the jungle. It's all getting a bit crazy.


If you're at such a loose end that you're reading the show notes, why not leave us a review on itunes? It'd really help. Or send your feedback to sharkliveroil@gmail.com and we'll read it out on the podcast.

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It’s a new book! We read the classics, and take them as seriously as we can, and we’re reading William Golding’s classic The Lord of the Flies! This week we’ve got some killer tropical heat, some seriously poorly-thought-through playground tactics, and, somehow, choirboy stormtroopers. Is Sylvester Stallone coming to save the day? No. But come along for the ride! As always, get in touch @sharkliveroil or sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com.

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It's been a long time coming but here it is, part two of our scene by scene review of The Lost World - the second film in the Jurassic Park series. Raptors go on the rampage on Isla Sorna and then a Tyrannosaur goes on the rampage in San Diego. The results of the latter are so horrific that the entire world slips into a state of mass amnesia so severe that nobody will even remember Isla Sorna exists by the time Jurassic World rolls around. But man... what a ride.

Feedback? Send it to sharkliveroilpocast@gmail.com Roooaaaar!!!!

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