Appendix N Book Club

Jeff Goad, Ngo Vinh-Hoi, and special guests

Jeff Goad, Ngo Vinh-Hoi, and a rotating roster of…

  • 1 hour 10 minutes
    Episode 146 – Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s "A Canticle for Leibowitz” with our Patron Book Club
    This episode is dedicated to Rick Byrne. Please consider sending a gift to support Leukemia research at UCSF: UCSF Foundation, PO Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145 or make a gift online at Please be sure to note that the gift is in memory of Rick Byrne to support the Leukemia research of Dr. Neil Dunivan.
    29 January 2024, 1:08 pm
  • 59 minutes 36 seconds
    Episode 145 – Michael Moorcock's "The Mad God's Amulet” with our Patron Book Club
    Our Patron Book Club joins us to discuss Michael Moorcock's "The Mad God's Amulet, Michael Moorcock's love of arcane texts, action scenes, hyperviolence and gore, following expectations, whimsical supporting characters, battles over land and sea, reskinning monsters for science-fantasy, a device that can unlock any lock, the Devil's Rejects, our friend Rick Byrne, and much more!
    14 January 2024, 12:00 am
  • 58 minutes 38 seconds
    Episode 144 – Gustave Flaubert's "Salammbô” with special guest Robert Poyton
    Robert Poyton joins us to discuss Gustave Flaubert's "Salammbô”, October horror films, the etymology of Hygaxian words, Howardian prose, varied treasures, the French "oh là là", the literary influences of Clark Ashton Smith, the diversity of intersecting cultures in North Africa, African nations, horse nomads, cult generators, unearthly treasure hoards, and much more!
    1 January 2024, 12:00 am
  • 58 minutes 1 second
    Episode 143 – Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” with special guest Tim Mendees
    Tim Mendees joins us to discuss Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”, the dangers of massive hardbacks, literary rabbit holes, the Dorset dialect, cursing those who have wronged us, classist hypocrits, the couragousness that comes with conviction, interdimensional travel through reflective surfaces, interesting and flavorful spells, failing sanity rolls, faerie rewards, and much more!
    18 December 2023, 12:00 am
  • 59 minutes 38 seconds
    Episode 142 – Robert Asprin's "Thieves' World" with special guest Brian Yaksha
    Brian Yaksha joins us to discuss Robert Asprin's "Thieves' World", the give and take of what you're going to give to the audience, fantasy shared worlds, Dungeon Crawl Classics Lankhmar, Aragorn's tax plan, Machiavelli, passing off as older for added credibility, rotating GMs, bespoke stat blocks, power levels, player character points of entry, random tables, and much more!
    4 September 2023, 12:00 am
  • 58 minutes 32 seconds
    Episode 141 – Edgar Rice Burroughs's "A Princess of Mars" with special guest Goran Gligovic
    Goran Gligovic joins us to discuss Edgar Rice Burroughs's "A Princess of Mars", Asterix and Obelix, the Library of Wonder, Tarzan, being 30 for as long as you can remember, main characters as blank canvases, Robert E. Howard, the Fighting Man class in OD&D, when to embrace realism and when to eschew it, Frank Frazetta's action scenes, gargoyles taking a piss, a brightly dressed Elric, and much more!
    7 August 2023, 12:00 am
  • 59 minutes 8 seconds
    Episode 140 – Lloyd Alexander's "The Book of Three" with special guest Becky Annison
    Becky Annison joins us to discuss Lloyd Alexander's "The Book of Three", the Dungeons and Dragons movie, dwarven guides, Welsh myth, characters with firm personality hooks, spaghetti westerns, the Black Cauldron, clear linear mission paths, giving each character their moment, changing the stakes of successes, horror mechanics, destroying books or cards for art, and much more!
    10 July 2023, 12:00 am
  • 58 minutes 53 seconds
    Episode 138 – Jack Vance's "Cugel's Saga" with special guest Brad Kerr
    Brad Kerr joins us to discuss Jack Vance's "Cugel's Saga", virtual tabletops, Brom, pompous vocabulary, whimsical characters, world-class worldbuilding, being nickel-and-dimed by the boss, moving from one grift to the next, interesting mounts, making monsters more mysterious, D&D 4E, being your own boss, and much more!
    12 June 2023, 12:00 am
  • 59 minutes 52 seconds
    Episode 138 – George MacDonald's "Phantastes" with special guest Conner Habib
    Conner Habib joins us to discuss George MacDonald's "Phantastes", D&D's influence on a young person's imagination, Irish mythology, the art of Gervasio Gallardo, a focus on environment over character, main characters as blank slates, living in a perpetual state of wonder, how people are changed by their history of trauma, readers seeking the consequences of character actions, the woods as both a singular living entity and a collection of entities, the making of meaning after a story is finished, loss of innocence, and much more!
    14 May 2023, 12:00 am
  • 59 minutes 4 seconds
    Patron Book Club 137 – William Gibson's "Neuromancer" with our Patron Book Club
    Our Patron Book Club joins us to discuss William Gibson's "Neuromancer", hypnogogic images, heists with scifi crap on top, retrofuturism, slow-moving death, the Velvet Underground, Dan Brown novels, splitting the party, simstims, genetic engineering in RPGs, cyperpunk RPGs, sentient AIs, and much more!
    17 April 2023, 12:00 am
  • 59 minutes 13 seconds
    Episode 137 – William Gibson's "Neuromancer" with special guest Nathaniel Webb
    Nathaniel Webb joins us to discuss William Gibson's "Neuromancer", D&D Next playtests, self-contained cities in a building, people writing fiction written by Chat-GPT, action/heist stories, ninjas and Rastafarians, getting the heist team together, the hacker's role in a cyberpunk game, Tom Clancy novels, quick dramatic actions, player-facing tools, cozy fantasy, and much more!
    3 April 2023, 12:00 am
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