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Literature

We read books, then talk about them in chunks - 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 is ALL GOING OFF this week in our read-through of Michael Crichton’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park. After the calm, the storm: and we’ve got it all. Over-confident scientists with circus-sized boomboxes, inevitable death, and at least one genius engineering career cut off far too soon. And this week, a special bonus: Matt and Dave have a heart to heart about cows and how they’re scarier than they look. Real talk here on Shark Liver Oil. Next week it’s our final installment of our read-through, and IT’S TIME FOR THE REVIEWS! We’ve got a great batch so far but if you’ve got some that you’d like us to read out, send them through to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or @sharkliveroil.

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Part 3 of our readthrough of The Lost World is here. I'm not going to lie to you, not a lot happens in this part of the book. Lots of talk about dinosaurs becoming extinct, there's another possible sighting of Tobias Carnotaurus and Bisoyn's best boy dabbled with a bit of casual attempted murder. Oh and some Parasaurs defecate together. It's fair to say it slows down a bit this week, but stick with us, because things are about to get crazy.

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We’re back with part 2 of our readthrough with dumb commentary on Michael Crichton’s sequel to Jurassic Park, The Lost World! And we’ve got, as ever, everything on the pitch: a burgeoning bromance between Dave and a fictional character, questionable risk-management decisions, and above all, DINOSAURS (finally). As always, hit us up with your reviews, opinions and rants, in time for our review episode at the end of the series in a few weeks. @sharkliveroil on Twitter, and sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com.

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Welcome to the edge of chaos. Welcome to the island where dinosaurs roam free. Welcome.. to The Lost World! We're finally returning to Matt's favourite subject - dinosaurs - with Michael Crichton's follow up to Jurassic Park. In this episode we meet the world's most annoying dinosaur fanatic, the worlds most lazy private detective and the worlds most dreadful magazine idea. We also just about reach the island full of dinosaurs. If you're reading along with us go as far as page 80(ish) - Costa Rrrrica!

If you've any feedback on the book or the podcast sent it to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil

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This time we’re looking at the different adaptations of The War of the Worlds - from 70s prog-rock operas to surprisingly groundbreaking 50s special effects (which still look crap), all the way through Tom Cruise being horrible to Andy Dufresne and some…weirdly appropriate public sculpture decisions, from the town council of (where else) Woking. As always, hit us up on Twitter @sharkliveroil and via email, sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com with your thoughts, and suggestions for the next book we should do!

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It's the fifth and final part of our read through of The War of The Worlds by HG Wells! If you haven't read to the end of the book then you better watch out as we are now entering heat ray grade spoiler territory. In which the martians finally get what's coming to them, the Earth (well, London) rejoices and the brave old narrator finally gets back with his wife. The martians then appear to be off to try their luck on gale force wind and sulphuric acid infested Venus. Good luck with that you slippery leathery bastards. Also, your reviews of the book. We'll be back with a special bonus podcast next week when we look at the other media (music, films etc) that the book has spawned.

sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com @sharlkiveroil are the ways to get in touch.

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Reading through H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic, with extra tomfoolery. This week we’re reading from Chapter 1 of Part 2, Under Foot, to the start of Chapter 7, The Man on Putney Hill, and we’ve got tension! Tension! Tension! And a Roomba from outer space!

Who could ask for more? Next week we’re going to the end of the book, and Dave will be getting a first listen to Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, so hit us up with your reviews of the book and your thoughts on the movies, music and other interpretations of the story that you’ve seen. We’re on Twitter @sharkliveroil, and via email at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com.

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Join us for part three of our readthrough of The War Of The Worlds. There's plenty of amazing experiences to be had this week; from a comedy 19th century Benny Hll chase through war torn southern England to one of the great naval fights in literature as the Thunder Child makes her death or glory cavalry charge of one towards the waiting martians. We also meet a character that is so Little England, she completely and sincerely states that, if it's  a choice between the French or the martians, she'll take her chances with the martians. Obviously not a fan of frogs legs. 

The end is near(ish)! So send your reviews of the book to us at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or on twitter @sharkliveroil and we'll read them out in Part 5 in a couple of weeks time. 

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It’s part 2 of our read through with extra silliness of H.G. Wells’ classic, The War of the Worlds - this week we’ve got profound peril, profounder philosophy, and profoundly questionable French accents; all this, and weaponised doorbells too. We spoil you, we really do.

This week we're reading from the start of the chapter 'The Fighting Begins' to the start of the chapter 'What Had Happened in Surrey'.

We’ll be doing The War of the World in 5 parts, which means now is the perfect time to email us and let us know what you think about The War of the Worlds in time for the last episode; masterpiece? Over-rated? Better as a musical? Email us at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us @sharkliveroil.

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It's time for a new book and this time, it's WAR! And not just any war. THE WAR! OF THE WORLDS! We're reading through HG Wells's classic and let me tell you we're both loving every page. In part one we meet the chronically exhausted invaders who are possibly high on oxygen, the comically broad locals who can't form full English words and one brave but foolhardy astronomer, may he rest in peace. The shocks come early as Dave reveals he's never listened to the Jeff Wayne album - and it just gets more and more dramatic from there. 

We'd love to hear what you make of the book. Get in touch at sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil 

If you're reading along with us, go from the start of the book to chapter 9: The Fighting Begins. 

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! And to celebrate we're taking on a classic of world cinema. It's a festive treat featuring a world renowned international star. It's a combination of balls to the wall action (a reindeer gets punched in the face) and good old family fun (bad people get punched in the face). It's one man's quest to buy his son's affection for Christmas. It's Jingle All The Way! Merry Christmas!!

Feedback: sharlkiveroilpodcast@gmail.com @sharkliveroil

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It’s the final part of our read-through of the classic Treasure Island, and we’ve got it all: steampunk pistols, unexpected cameos from mediocre English football managers, and character with a level of sangfroid so collossal as to amount to genius. And because it’s the last episode for this book, we’ve got one of our favourite bits: reviews. Next week it’s Crap Christmas Film Club - tune in on Christmas Eve for our fair and balanced assessment of 90’s classic Jingle All The Way.

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It's Part 5 of our read-through and comment-along on pirate classic Treasure Island! This week we're reading Part 5, My Sea Adventure; and, astonishingly, we're reading about an adventure, on the sea!

Also some gentlemanly smack-downs, some realy stupid ideas, and some more really really seriously unbelievably stupid ideas. From the characters, mind you; our ideas are still squarely in our sweet-spot of locquacious mediocrity.

NEXT WEEK it's the last episode so get us your reviews, your thoughts, your sicks jibes, your iller swipes, and send them to sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, or @sharkliveroil on Twitter.

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Woooo! Wooooo! Wooooooo! It's that time of year again! So get ready for another Halloween Spooky Special! This year we're going back to Edgar Allen Poe with a readthrough of his short story, Hop Frog. When a vertically challenged disabled court jester gets sick and tired of being pushed around by the king, he hatches a darkly genius plan that is best summed up as "the mic drop to end all mic drops." Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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In part 4 of Shark Liver Oil's read through of Treasure Island, it all goes off in a big way. The officers break cover and go on the offensive. The pirates retaliate and all hell breaks loose. There are canon shots, musket fire, cutlass fights and an all out assault on the stockade. Pirates vs Officers: The Bloodbath. Get ready for the body count to soar!

Love Treasure Island? Hate it? Send us your review and we'll put it on the podcast. sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil

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We read the classics, and this week it's Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. This week we've got an ill-advised adventure ashore, some seriously short-term thinking, and the world's first intercontinental ballistic crutch - as well as our continuing obsession with the greatest line in the history of children's cinema.

AH, BILLY BONES!

As always, hit us up on Twitter - @sharkliveroil - or via email, sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com, with your thoughts, theories and views on this one. A classic? An over-rated genre piece? Responsible for some of the worst films ever made? Let us know!

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You're in for a rollocking good time as Shark Liver Oil takes on part 2 of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic take of swashbuckling bastardy. We spend some more time with four times Hispaniola Employee Of The Month Winner, Long "wink and the guns" John Silver, we delve further into Trelawney's extremely uncomfortable on-board crush and we are simply amazed at what you hear if you sit at the bottom of an apple barrel for long enough. Promises to be a good one.

Thoughts on the book or the podcast? We'd love to hear them. Email sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com or get us on twitter @sharkliveroil

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Shiver me clichés! Keel-haul the classic adventure literary tropes! Above all, don't underestimate blind pirates! It's TREASURE ISLAND!

We're doing Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of derring-do, derring-theft and derring-idiot aristocrats, and it's a treat. Swords! Scars! Mysterious black spots! Blood-letting as the height of medical technology!

As always, get involved on Twitter @sharkliveroil or email us sharkliveroilpodcast@gmail.com. Nothing but love to you all. Love and piracy.

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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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