It's the final chapter in Shark Liver Oil's harrowing read through of The Da Vinci Code. It's taken a while (and it's certainly felt like it) but we're nearly at the end so join us for the final lap. It certainly goes out with a bang (in a fashion). The British polcie break with more than a century of tradition and start carrying guns everwhere, a few people die and The Teacher ends up phoning it in from the boot of a car. We also enjoy reading out some of your reviews which give the book the absolute mauling it deserves. Get involved firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil
Part 3 of our read through of the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown! This week we've got all sorts of good things; from art history to the Hitler Diaries to the possibility the Jesus may not in fact have been conversant in modern social media. As always, get in your thoughts, arguments, theories and alternative facts to email@example.com, or on Twitter @sharkliveroil.
In episode two of our balls to the wall guide to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code we flick from lonely Silas (he just needs the love of a good woman), to the fleeing and inner monologue riddled brain of Robert and, of course, we drop in on the collapsing clown car that is the (fictional) Parisian police authorities. We also continue to ponder the true mystery that matters - just what on earth was Sophie's grandad getting up to in that basement? It's more thrilling than a midnight drive through Paris in a Smart Car.
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It's time for us to pull back the curtain, go through the looking-glass and break the silence around a conspiracy that has so far lain dormant, known only to the select few (80 million copies and counting) who dare to ask what the truth really is. WHAT ON EARTH is the position in which an elderly French art historian has been found in a locked gallery that is so shocking? IS THERE really only one emergency exit in the Louvre? WHAT PRECISELY was the Caravaggio painting torn from the wall in the first chapter? COULD IT BE that we might be having a bit too much fun with this book? The only way to find the truth is to listen on! As ever, hit us up with your thoughts, theories, rants and narrative poems to email@example.com or @sharkliveroil on Twitter.
Happy New Year! It's the second part of our read-through of Charles Dickens' The Chimes, and this narrative has not gone where we've expected. For a start, someone had a fairly solid supply of hallucinogens, and it wasn't either of us; Charlie, we're looking at you. Is Inception only a pale imitation of this, the first postmodernist book? Is it possible that Dallas was just making an epic literary callback with the famous it-was-all-a-dream reveal? (Spoilers)? And finally: when is someone literally going to write 'saxophones fade in' over the happy last scene of any novel? These questions and more, we need your help answering. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet us at @sharkliveroil.
Ho! Ho! Ho! And Meeeeeeerry Christmas!!! It's that time of year again and Shark Liver Oil is getting into the festive spirit with a readthrough of the second of Charles Dickens's Christmas stories - this one's called The Chimes! The Chimes!! Join us as we meet Toby as he tries valiantly to enjoy a cheery Christmas in the face of crushing English Upper Middle Class scorn. And there are goblins too. You've got to love the goblins. Get your feedback to us at email@example.com or on twitter @sharkliveroil and have a great Christmas!
It's the final part of our rollicking, fun-packed romp through that rollicking, fun-packed romp: Iain Banks' The Wasp Factory! This week, featuring the great questions of life: where do we draw our most fundamental identity from? How much influence do parents have over what we do with our lives? And what exactly is Chekhov's sheep? As always, get in touch with us - firstname.lastname@example.org, @sharkliveroil - to let us know whether this is a masterpiece, a disasterpiece, or a meh-sterpiece.
Join us if you dare as we continue our journey through the hellish nightmare that is our latest book. There’s a drunken night out, two more kids get offed, Eric burns a dog and Frank considers doing unspeakable things to an old lady by way of a fridge freezer. It can only be the knockabout fun fest that is the Wasp Factory! We’ll be reviewing it next week, send your own reviews into us at email@example.com or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil
It's time for a trademark Shark Liver Oil screeching direction-change - this week we've gone for the impressive, compelling and (let's be honest) stomach-turning debut from Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory. That title, if you hadn't guessed, is ironic; there's less innocence here than in Hercule Poirot's drawing-room. This week, we're introduced to Frank (weird), Frank's Dad (very very precisely weird), and Frank's brother Eric (eating candles and smashing up phoneboxes; possibly the weirdest although that's a fierce contest). They live on top of a bomb, one of them technically doesn't exist, and they seem to agree that no-one could eat a family-size bag of crisps to themselves - we're through the looking-glass here, and we haven't even approached the top ten oddest things in this book yet. As always, get your thoughts, opinions and angry rants in to firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @sharkliveroil.
We're sorry we've been away so long! To make it up to you we're doing a super scary (and, let's be honest, super late) halloween spooky special! We're delving into the Goosebumps series to have a read through One Day At Horrorland. It's got plucky two dimensional protagonists, hilariously underused depressed green monsters and a collection of chapter ending cliffhangers to rival any American soap opera. And if all that wasn't enough the chilling tale brought back a painful memory for Dave which involves flo rida, a dark room and a man in a bear costume. Even if you haven't read the story (and I'm betting there are more than a few of you who haven't) it's still well worth a listen!
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Gobsnatching gobblewomps! And other words we're not clever enough to make up on the fly. It's the BFG! And this week we're reading about a master plan, which could certainly never have been done in real life; an innovative approach to the central London commute, involving jumping; and the curious absence of at least one branch of the military, in a possible east-side/west-side style grudge match amongst the British elite. Also some fairly breathtaking candour on the part of the ruler of Baghdad, which was, at the time of publication, probably pretty accurate. Thoughts? Comments? Exasperation expressed solely through haiku? As always, get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org and @sharkliveroil.
We're back after a long hot summer and we've got a new book! It's the children's classic, The BFG by Roald Dahl! Did you love reading this as a child? Then prepare to get your innocence blown to smithereens as Dave and Matt try (and fail) to talk about giants blowing their dream trumpets without making it sound like the wrongest thing you've ever heard. It's the only book we've read that combines a questionable approach to vegetarianism with a plan for casual interspecies mass murder and free cut out and keep big ears.
It's the final wrap cast of a long series on Game of Thrones Season 6. We reflect on what was almost certainly the best opening 20 mins of the entire series and probably the best overall episode of the whole series. Big talk? Of course. But when you've got a body count this big, anything less than big talk just isn't big enough. Or something.
We recap the madcap chase through Braavos, the epic Mountain-Smash, the surrender of Riverrun, the Hound's Re-Education through violence and much much more! We've got more plot than a conveniently placed Lannister guardsman! As ever get your feedback into us at email@example.com and be sure to listen after the music if you want to hear a special preview of next week's Game Of Thrones episode..
It's our review of episode 7 of season 6 of Game of Thrones - featuring miraculous resurrections, and not at all surprising massacres, and possibly the truest description of Game of Thrones yet (coming, surprisingly enough, from a crime-solving antiques dealer with a twinkle in his eye). With an extra bonus: the continued shelling of Matt's Bunker Full of Spoilers, and the real possibility that Dave is one failed plot-twist away from going full-on Hulk Smash.
We shout a hearty "welcome back!" to some long lost characters in this episode with Benjen Stark, Edmure Tully and Walder Frey all making a return. We also discuss Arya's sudden attack of conscience and Mace Tyrell's horsemanship (which is even worse than his speech delivery). Cool Benjen and Who Aaaaariou are the topics of conversation in Matts Bunker Full Of Spoilers at the end of the show, and we also read out some of your feedback including a Gator Update and an offer to spend 7 million US dollars opening a new orphanage. Feedback to the usual place firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on twitter @sharkliveroil
WARNING. HERE BE SPOILERS. We're continuing our romp through Westeros, sating our plot-cravings by watching Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 - The Door. And here we are, meeting super-weapons, more of Sansa Stark's poor life choices, and the surprising ineffectiveness of a cup of Horlicks at preventing a zombie from eating your face and taking over your world. Featuring our special, long-awaited foray into Matt's Bunker Full of Spoilers, including your favourites so far and a theory rejoicing in the name of Horny Tywin, and, finally, the Dom Perignon of Questionable Fan Theories: Varys Is A Mermaid. Can Matt make a believer out of Dave? Probably not.
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Beware! Spoilers! We discuss episode 4 of Game Of Thrones Season 6 from the perspective of two guys who have read all the Game of Thrones Books. In this episode we talk about the high rollin rock star lifestyle of a luxury shoe maker an the possibility of Ramsay Bolton being crushed by a falling apple tree. At 1:01:15 we move on to talk about one of the big fan theories surrounding the show and books - the dreaded R Plus L Equals J.
This week, we stay in the Shark Cage for a discussion of Season 6 Episodes 1-3 of the TV show - so if you don't want spoilers, don't listen here!