The Protagonist Podcast #139: Stanley Yelnats in Holes (Novel 1998) “It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig stealing-great-great-grandfather!”

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Joe and Todd discuss Stanley Yelnats and Hector Zeroni from the novel Holes. They talk about the structural perfection of the plot and the character arcs.

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The Protagonist Podcast #135: Ged/Sparrowhawk in A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Novel 1968) “Infinite are the arguments of mages.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by returning guest Kjerste Christensen to discuss Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea. They talk about the novel’s place as a foundational text in the fantasy genre, what Le Guin did to make her text unique, and the internal threat Ged faces.

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#123: The Doctor’s Wife in Blindness (Novel 1995) “Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.”

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Joe and Todd discuss the doctor’s wife from the novel Blindness. They talk about Jose Saramago’s writing, the depths to which humans can sink (and the heights to which they can rise), and the believability of a societal collapse.

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#119: Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Novel 1960) “Oh, hey Boo.”

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Todd and Joe tackle an American classic and discuss Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. They talk about her transformation, the vivid side characters, and also acknowledge how great Atticus Finch is.

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#114: Vin in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Novel 2008) “What is it that you believe?”

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Todd and Joe are joined by All-Star guest Kjerste Christensen to discuss Vin from the novel Mistborn: The Final Empire. They talk about her characteristics, her best moments, and what makes a good fantasy novel.

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#109: Jonas in The Giver by Lois Lowry (Novel 1993) “Memories need to be shared.”

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Todd and Joe talk about Jonas from the Lois Lowry novel The Giver. They talk about what doesn’t work for them plot-wise, but what resonates thematically.

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#106: Pi Patel in Life of Pi (Novel 2001) “Only fear can defeat life.”

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Joe and Todd are joined by special guest Alana Howlett to discuss the novel Life of Pi. They talk about belief and contradictions, display how much and how little they know about the number pi, and debate what makes the best story.

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#104: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Novel 1998) “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by special guest Zach Glassett to discuss the novel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. They talk about character evolution, a bad red herring for a mystery, and the awesomeness of Riddle’s diary.

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#096: Elinor and Marianne in Sense and Sensibility (Novel 1811) “Know your own happiness.”

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As a special bonus episode, Todd and Joe talk about Elinor and Marianne from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. They talk about the romantic mindset, whether or not the ending works, and debate the existence of an engagement.

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#089: Orual in Till We Have Faces (Novel 1956) “Are the gods not just?”

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This week, Todd and Joe talk about Orual from the C.S. Lewis novel Till We Have Faces. We discuss mythology, love, and a rather ambiguous ending.

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