The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 120 – Bag of Rocks

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

Download this episode (right click and save)

Big News

This week we chat about the new Bojack Horseman and The Predator trailers, the Captain Marvel EW photos, GOTG 3 being put on hold, Henry Cavill’s casting as Geralt in Netflix’s Witcher series, the Doctor Who air date and the end of Adventure Time.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time Book 1) by Robert Jordan/Steven Universe and Castlevania on Netflix, Silicon Valley on Sky/Dead Cells on PS4
Ian – Timeless by R.A.Salvatore/A Quiet Place on Amazon and Orange is the New Black Season 6 on Netflix/A Dark Room on iPad

Check out any of those through those Amazon links and we get a kick back! Or you can go through here.

You can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.Fancy supporting our site? Head on over to our Paypal donation page! It’s completely optional, set your own price! Even £1 helps us with hosting costs and we’d really appreciate it! Cheers!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 104 – Kylo Ron

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!

Download this episode (right click and save)

Big News

This week we chat about the Mortal EnginesJurassic World: Fallen KingdomAnnihilationAlita Battle Angel and Death Stranding trailers, talk more about Disney buying Fox, and Bungie rolling back on gating content away from people that don’t fork out for the Destiny 2 expansion.

Screentime – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

We review the new Star Wars film. We go fully in to spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet skip from 58:45-1:21:45.

Now Playing – Reading/Watching/Playing

Adam The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami/Twin Peaks: The Return on Sky Atlantic/Star Wars Battlefront II on PS4
Ian Homeland (Legend of Drizzt) by R.A. Salvatore/Arrested Development on Netflix/Overcooked on Nintendo Switch

Check out any of those through those Amazon links and we get a kick back! Or you can go through here.

You can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.Fancy supporting our site? Head on over to our Paypal donation page! It’s completely optional, set your own price! Even £1 helps us with hosting costs and we’d really appreciate it! Cheers!

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 75 – A Two-Week

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, our fortnightly pop culture news and reviews podcast!


Download this episode (right click and save)

Big News

This week we chatted about the Mass Effect Andromeda, Wonder Woman, The Flash losing its second director, and the return of Young Justice for Season 3.

Screentime – Doctor Strange

This week we chat about the new Marvel film Doctor Strange, as they enter into the more mystical realms of the Marvel Universe. We do venture into minor spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen it yet then skip 32:38-50:15.

Now Playing 

Adam – Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake/Humans on Channel 4/Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4
Ian – The Collected Stories: The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore/Planet Earth II on BBC1/Star Wars Risk from Hasbro

(Pick up some of the Now Playing through the links and we get a cut from Amazon, or start shopping from here)

You can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.Fancy supporting our site? Head on over to our Paypal donation page! It’s completely optional, set your own price! Even £1 helps us with hosting costs and we’d really appreciate it! Cheers!

Retrospective on R.A. Salvatore

Our pal (and Total Reroll DM) Ian likes books. Here is what he thinks of some of them.

Over 10,000,000 copies sold. Think about that. New York Time’s bestselling author R.A. Salvatore is one of the most successful writers of fantasy to have ever lived. On October 25th his latest novel Hero will be released, book three of the Homecoming trilogy following his iconic character Drizzt Do’Urden, the stoic dark elf with a heart of gold that has spawned countless imitations both in print and in game. He has written over 70 novels in a thirty year career, starting with The Crystal Shard in 1988, and in this time has also managed to write comics, graphic novels, computer games, movies, TV episodes…I don’t have time to list all of it. Luckily he has an astoundingly comprehensive website (http://www.rasalvatore.com/) detailing everything he has turned his talents to.

hero-coverThe publication of Hero, which will star the iconic Drizzt, seems a good point to have a look at what makes Salvatore so continually appealing. I’ve read dozens of his books- at least forty are set in the Forgotten Realms, the universe where the Dungeons & Dragons games are set. Salvatore famously received death threats after writing Vector Prime, a Star Wars novel in the old expanded universe (now non-canonical after Disney’s Star Wars acquisition) which killed off fan-favourite Chewbacca by smashing a moon on him. It’s a good book.

What am I trying to say here? There is a reason Salvatore is as enduringly successful as he is, and it’s a combination of character, pacing, action, and humour. Even with so many long-running series in his hands, his understanding of character motivation (even in the most fantastical settings) allows the reader to empathise with the most unlikely of individuals. Combined with this is a fantastic sense of pace and dense action (maybe after reading a few of these books in a row the fight scenes start to blur), Salvatore’s cinematic descriptions and endlessly varied and complex action scenes often combined with sincere moments of character development serve to drive narrative constantly forward.

Salvatore has described himself as a writer of ‘buddy fantasy’, with unlikely pairings and teams of characters facing adventure and threat with humour and wit. What is wonderful is that this humour, though ever present, knows when to take a backseat to plot or action or emotion, and is in itself varied in its delivery to perfectly suit the character in question- the sardonically dry wit of assassin Artemis Enteri compared to the bumbling physical comedy of dwarf druid Pikel Bouldershoulder, for example.

I love R. A. Salvatore’s work. It is consistently enthralling, escapist whilst full of relatable characters, fantastical but compellingly real in all the most compelling ways. If you haven’t read any Salvatore, it can be daunting. For a fantasy fan I’d recommend Homeland, but have a look on his website, read some excerpts, and see what strikes your fancy.

Ian (@IanTheGreen)