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The Sword and Laser

Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont

Read along with the Sword and Laser book club! From classic science fiction to the latest gritty fantasy, we cover it. Subscribe for book discussions, author interviews, hot releases, and news from the genre fiction world!


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 555 ratings
  • Great show!

    Veronica and Tom, hosts of the Sword and Laser podcast, highlight great books through discussion and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States7 months ago
  • 8 year Break!

    So I haven’t listened to an episode in like 8 years...since before they had the intro music and sound effects. Love this show and feels just like catching up with an old friend. Like a fine wine just better with age!!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Great Books!

    Great book pics—some I would never have picked up on my own but I loved them! I love their analysis of the texts, banter, and info! This podcast has enhanced my reading life immensely!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Great Content

    Though I’m often late to discussions I enjoy the Goodreads group and the book picks.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Still a great podcast after all these years

    I first started listening to the Sword and Laser Podcast about 7-8 years ago. And in the time since then, other podcasts have come and gone, but Veronica and Tom have never left my regular rotation. If you’re looking for great books discussions and news about speculative fiction, then this is the podcast for you. I’m sorry it took me so long to write a review!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago

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