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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.


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 @sharkliveroil 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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