Vorkosicast Reading Schedule

From Barrayar to Jackson’s Whole, to Cordelia to Miles, it’s the Vorkosicast! Each month join Nanci and Robin as they read through the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.

The series has a confusing publication order, so we’ll be reading in chronological order, with a few caveats. The titles in italics are novels, while the titles in quotes are short stories and novellas.

  • January: Shards of Honor + “Aftermaths” (1986)
  • February: Barrayar  (1991)
  • March: The Warrior’s Apprentice (1986) + “The Mountains of Morning” (1989) 
  • April: The Vor Game (1990)
  • May: Cetaganda (1995) + “Labyrinth” (1989)
  • June: “The Borders of Infinity” + Brothers in Arms (1989)
  • July: Mirror Dance (1994)
  • August: Memory (1996)
  • September: Komarr (1998)
  • October: A Civil Campaign (1999) 
  • November: “Winterfair Gifts” (2004) + Diplomatic Immunity (2002)
  • December: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (2012)
  • January 2018: Cryoburn (2010)
  • February 2019: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (2016)

We will not be reading Falling Free or Ethan of Athos, as those books are unrelated to Vorkosigan clan.

If you have any questions or comments you’d like us to mention on the show, you can contact us on Twitter with the handles @nancipants, @R_A_Smith, @tosche_station. You can also email us at nanci@tosche-station.net.

We hope you read along with us!

Holonet Blast #43

Star Wars, we got your Star Wars news here! Extra extra, read all about it!

The Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, and The Last Jedi received four well-deserved nominations. Most notably, John Williams received his 51st nomination, more than any other living person on the planet Earth. (Walt Disney still has him beat, with 59 nominations.) The ceremony will be held on March 4. 

Did you like The Last Jedi? Do you like books? Well, you’re in luck! The Last Jedi novelization by Jason Fry will be released on March 6, but if you’re attending Emerald City Comic Con, you’ll have the chance to enter a lottery to purchase an exclusive version of the novelization a few days early.

What about The Last Jedi and games? We’ve got you covered, too! Amilyn Holdo and Rose Tico have joined the playable characters in Galaxy of Heroes. Also, more updates are coming to Battlefront II and Season 2 of The Freemaker Adventures will be available on DVD on March 13th.

Finally, in a bit of bittersweet news, Carrie Fisher received a posthumous Grammy for Best Spoken Word album, The Princess Diarist. We miss you, Space Mom.

Vorkosicast Episode #0: Introductions

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Introducing the Vorkosicast! This month hosts Nanci and Robin introduce themselves and the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold.

This podcast has been brought to you in part by your support on Patreon!  If you like what you hear, you can subscribe to the Tosche Station Book Club on iTunes or you can subscribe to the Tosche Station Radio Megafeed for all of our great Star Wars and geek culture content. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Western Reaches #35

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Western reaches is back with an all new episode!
You can find Megan on Twitter with the handle @blogfullofwords and you can find Saf with @Wanderlustin. Be sure to subscribe to Western Reaches on iTunes/Google Play and subscribe to the Tosche Station Radio Mega Feed for more great shows, discussion, and commentary. This podcast has been brought to you by your support on Patreon!

Book Wars Pod, Episode 34: Stirring His Jedi Soup


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This week, we’re discussing chapters 10-21 of fan-favorite LOST STARS by Claudia Gray–starring surprise guest host @realbabybird! Join us as we talk about the strength and failure of propaganda in totalitarian governments, parallels between the characterizations of Thane Kyrell and Kanan Jarrus, and how Ciena’s morals bump up against the Empire’s goals.

This podcast is NOT spoiler-free, and mentions plot points from:

  • STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD by Christie Golden (which we discussed on our episodes 20-23)
  • FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW (specifically the stories we discussed on our episode 30)
  • BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray (which we discussed on our episodes 4-8)
  • A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller (which we discussed on our episodes 15-18)
  • Star Wars: Rebels (season 1)

Book Wars Pod explores the Star Wars universe through the franchise’s non-screen media: the canon novels, comics, and video games. Check out our guide to past episodes, and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you cast your pods. You can also subscribe to the Tosche Station Radio Mega Feed on iTunes or Google Play for more great shows from our podcast network.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for episode updates! Hosted by Kristen Sereci, Chris Sedor, and Kate Sedor. Art by Joe Butera. Music by Podington Bear.

This podcast has been brought to you in part by your support on Patreon!

Holonet Blast #42

The Last Jedi‘s been out for a month now so you know what that means… it’s time for new Star Wars news.

This week’s REALLY BIG THING was everything Star Wars Rebels! The show will be returning on February 19th for three weeks straight of back to back episodes. Everything’s totally going to be fine.

We also got a synopsis for Solo and it’s… uhhh… expected? Yeah, let’s go with that. #TrailerWatch2018

And finally, we end this week’s news blast with sad news. Allison Shearmur, producer for both Rogue One and Solo has passed away at age 53. She also worked on the Hunger Games and her passing is a great loss to the film community.

Book Wars Pod, Bonus Episode 4: Welcome To: “I Hate Myself; I’m Living on an Island”


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In our second not-so-mini-episode on The Last Jedi, we provide our analysis of the latest Star Wars film. What does it mean for the Force to be in balance? What are we looking forward to as we finally read Phasma, Canto Bight, and Leia: Princess of Alderaan this year? And of course, what books do we want for 2018?!

This podcast is NOT spoiler free, and includes plot points from Star Wars: Rebels and FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW, which we discussed in our episodes 28-32.

Book Wars Pod explores the Star Wars universe through the franchise’s non-screen media: the canon novels, comics, and video games. Check out our guide to past episodes, and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you cast your pods. You can also subscribe to the Tosche Station Radio Mega Feed on iTunes or Google Play for more great shows from our podcast network.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for episode updates! Hosted by Kristen Sereci, Chris Sedor, and Kate Sedor. Art by Joe Butera. Music by Podington Bear.

This podcast has been brought to you in part by your support on Patreon!

Review: Bomber Command

It’s hardly surprising that Studio Fun, the same company that published Sabine’s Sketchbook, is also behind last month’s Bomber Command by Jason Fry with illustrations by Cyril Nouvel. This was the Paige Tico Appreciation Book that I’d hoped for since I first saw The Last Jedi as Fry and Nouvel take us through Paige’s journal in the weeks leading up to the Battle of D’Qar. Good news: they absolutely deliver.

In a way, Bomber Command serves as a companion book to Cobalt Squadron but I think it stands nicely on its own. From the very first page, this book had me and it made me love Paige even more than I did before. Immediately, it gets to the heart of who she is as a person: smart, capable as heck, and with her own dreams and fears. Many of these dreams and fears are tied to her younger sister Rose. Paige knows how much her sister looks up to her and how smart she is in her own right even if Rose doesn’t recognize it. It’s almost heartbreaking when you realize that even Paige seems to know that Rose won’t reach her full potential until she steps out of her shadow.

What really makes these Studio Fun journals stand out is the mix of writing styles, illustrations, and supplemental materials. The book offers a really neat view into a bomber with illustrations and pullout inserts of the schematics and instruction manuals that offer a “real” feel to this journal along with an even better sense for how these ships function. Bombers might be slow and lumbering but they’re crucial parts of the fleet that require multiple people to keep them operating smoothly. It’s far from an easy job and definitely not as glamorous as that of a starfighter pilot. Paige includes more than just bomber facts though. She also puts in things like one of Leia’s speeches to the Senate and First Order recruitment material, which help flesh out the galaxy even more. Two years after The Force Awakens, we still don’t really know everything about how the galaxy is and books like this helps us learn more. All of this helps make this journal (and others that Studio Fun has released) under appreciated Star Wars gems.

Above all though, this is a book that does right by Paige Tico. Bomber Command is the perfect book for both younger and older readers who want to know more about her. If you’re going to pick up one book about the Tico sisters, definitely make it this one.

Book Wars Pod, Episode 33: A Group of Especial Assh*les


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At long last, we’re starting one of our most-anticipated books, LOST STARS by Claudia Gray! This week, we’re focusing on chapters 1-9 and discussing social structures on Jeleucan and in the Star Wars universe, personal relationships under a totalitarian government, and the morality of superweapons.

This podcast is NOT spoiler-free, and includes references to:

  • STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II: INFERNO SQUAD by Christie Golden (which we discussed in our episodes 20-23)
  • THRAWN by Timothy Zahn (which we discussed in our episodes 10-14)
  • REBEL RISING by Beth Revis (which we discussed in our episodes 1-3)
  • FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW (which we discussed in our episodes 28-32)
  • Saw Gerrera and his appearances in Star Wars: Rebels (which we discussed in our second mini-episode)

Book Wars Pod explores the Star Wars universe through the franchise’s non-screen media: the canon novels, comics, and video games. Check out our guide to past episodes, and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you cast your pods. You can also subscribe to the Tosche Station Radio Mega Feed on iTunes or Google Play for more great shows from our podcast network.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for episode updates! Hosted by Kristen Sereci, Chris Sedor, and Kate Sedor. Art by Joe Butera. Music by Podington Bear.

This podcast has been brought to you in part by your support on Patreon!

Holonet Blast #41

Hello again and welcome to our weekly round up of News from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Here are some tidbits from this past week:

Composer John Williams Could Make Even More Oscar History in 2018

Star Wars’ iconic composer, John Williams, currently has a total of 50 Academy Award nominations. Williams is the most nominated composer in the history of the Academy Awards and the most nominated living individual (coming second in overall nominations to Walt Disney’s 29). With two scored films under consideration for the 2018 Oscars (The Post, as well as Star Wars, The Last Jedi), Williams is posed to add to his own record with a possible 51st and 52nd nomination. If either of these scores comes out on top in 2018, it will be Williams first win since Schindler’s List (1993) although he has had 19 nominations in the interim. We’re definitely cheering for him from over here at Tosche Station.

Solo Trailer Incoming. Sometime.

Practically everything we know about Solo: A Star Wars Story we have learned from pinch-hitting director Ron Howard’s enthusiastic use of Twitter. His excitement for this project has heartened the fanbase—some of whom were initially lukewarm at the prospect of the film. Taking to Twitter in his signature fashion, Howard has let the fans know that with The Last Jedi now comfortable in theatres, a trailer for the Solo solo is in our future. But as with all of Howard’s 140-character communiques, this message was light on the details. There will be a trailer for Solo; Ron Howard says so. But we’re going to have to wait and see just when and where that trailer might be released.

New Mobile Game Celebrating Rivalries in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

This week, Disney and Lucasfilm announced a new real-time competitive-action shooter game designed for mobile devices. The game allows PvP action in the persona of some of the most iconic characters from the Star Wars franchise—and their equally iconic rivals (Han Solo vs Boba Fett, anyone?). Star Wars: Rivals is currently available for pre-registration on Google Play.

THRAWN: ALLIANCES Release Date Changes

Those of us waiting patiently for the release of Timothy Zahn’s upcoming release, Thrawn: Alliances are going to have to wait a little bit longer. Readers who had pre-ordered the book, set for release on June 26th of this year, received notification this week that the book’s launch has been pushed back to July 24th.  

That’s all from this week!