Tough Shit Review

If you are a fan of Kev Smith, you’ve probably read this book already, maybe even multiple times.
Or maybe you were like me, a huge fan of Kev but somehow this book just kept slipping through your grasp for one reason or another.
Either way, that’s okay.
As with much of Kev’s work, it’s always there, like a warm hug ready to engulf you in its loving embrace.

We try not to talk too much about Kev because in podcasting it gets a bit tiresome and redundant because EVERYBODY does it, but the gloves are off, it’s all gonna hang out here, gang.
If you haven’t guessed…yeah, this is gonna be one of THOSE reviews, just a slobbering suck off of Kwigleeuh proportions.

Now, I’ll be honest with you, about 85-90% of this book is shit you’ve heard Kev say on a stage or in a podcast 3 or 4 times.
But, much like your favorite band that tries to sling new songs at you or a comedian that wants to work new material, you’re not gonna be pissed if they just stick to the hits.
Think about it, were most people ever like “fuck me, here comes Carlin with this 7 Dirty Words shit again.”?
No, folks wanted him to continue using that bit, but he took it as far as he could and left it behind.
Kev did the same here, he collects the hits and, though he still told some of these stories after, he didn’t bang the drum on them all forever.
And not for nothing, but presenting it in a new medium actually makes these stories feel fresh again.
That’s a great thing about him too!

With podcasts we have hundreds (if not thousands) of hours of his voice, he’s done 6 Stand-Up esque specials, countless interviews, so while reading this book you hear him more clearly in your head than most writers.
It feels more like he’s creepily whispering the stories of Cop Out, Red State, and SouthWest in your ear, hot breath on your neck, caressing your moob, and squeezing it ever so slig…maybe that’s just me…um, anywho!
It feels like he’s telling the tales directly to you, is my point!

Part of that 10-15% that you’ve not heard is painstaking detail about an incident with an unruly mega star on the Cop Out set (3 guesses who!), the inner workings of pulling off Sundance and the road show details of Red State, and then the general inspirational shit that he sorta says all the time but is presented in a fresh way.
The blow by blow account of the SouthWest incident and media bias against tubby fucks (like myself) is painful to read, but true.
Mocking fat people is still one of the only socially accepted, and in some cases encouraged, form of prejudice.
The theater and denial involved are just disgusting and, though he has lost a lot of weight since his heart attck, this particular albatross is forever around his neck as some folks still see him as that fat guy that tried flying.

He devotes a lot of time to SModcast and the creation of the SModcast Podcast Network, specifically TESD and how that turned into the Comic Book Men (RIP), his family and friends, love and relationships of all sorts, and passion, but the chapter that really, truly, brings the house down is the chapter on Carlin and Carnegie.
The story of his Dad bringing him the albums, meeting with George for Dogma, rocking one of the grandest stages of them all, and turning that into creative fuel is gold.

The bottom line is this: Kev knows how to spin a yarn.
Most chapters easily flow into the next with an ease that makes it hard to not read 50 to 100 pages at a clip.
This is the 1st book he’s truly written (the others were just collected material never intended to go together) and it’s a great 1st outing.
The thing this makes me most excited for though is the day Smitty decides he wants to write a novel.
Because this proves, without a shadow of a doubt, that he could do it better than most.
And I’m happier than a pig in shit that he’s still around to potentially do it.
If you are a fan, don’t wait as long as I have to check this out.
It is more than worth it.

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Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: Unnatural Hairy Zomnibus On Sale Now

While I haven’t posted reviews of these 2 Dan Shamble novels (yet!), trust me when I say they rock.
Amazon says the paperback is currently out of stock, but it is available in Ebook (ewwwww) and physical formats.

Book 2, Unnatural Acts, has some frightening parallels to, and Nostradamus like predicting of, our current political situations while expanding and coloring the universe in a nice way.
Book 3, Hair Raising (my 1st exposure to this universe), has Dan & Co trying to bust up a illegal fighting ring.

This and the 1st volume are great ways to get on board and get all caught up with this series that I like to describe as The Rockford Files meets The Munsters.

Get it on Amazon or where ever you order books.

TNB Book Club 3.02: Scooby-Doo And The Howling Wolfman

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Welcome Back To The Nerd Blitz Book Club!

In Episode 2 of this 2 part series, we discuss the 2nd half of the 5th book in James Gelsey’s Scooby-Doo Mysteries series, Scooby-Doo And The Howling Wolfman.

Hear reminiscences of the 1st time Doom read this and got hooked on the franchise, and Fitz talk about sharing it with his kids.

Grab a copy and climb in the van, as we finish this fun ride with Scoob and the Mystery Inc gang and announce our next story.

 

 

URL: TNB Book Club 3.02: Scooby-Doo And The Howling Wolfman
Direct Download: tnbbc003002.mp3

Episode 055: Ralphie The Riveter

Cobra-Kai-Daniel-auto-featuredIn this Episode, the fellas kick it old school again and pimp some stuffs that they done liked and what they done made, capisce?

Now settle in cause these 2 yay-whoos are talkin’ about one of them there Star War pictures that they be likin’, as well as some sequel to some movie Fitzy loved as a yout.

In Frig This Stuff, the boys start a conversation about fandom that they plan to continue in the next episode, out in 2ish weeks.

So be prepared and enjoy, gang!

URL: Episode 055: Ralphie The Riveter
Direct Download: tnb055.mp3

TNB Book Club 3.01: Scooby-Doo And The Howling Wolfman

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Welcome Back To The Nerd Blitz Book Club!

In Episode 1 of this 2 part series, we discuss the 1st half of the 5th book in James Gelsey’s Scooby-Doo Mysteries series, Scooby-Doo And The Howling Wolfman.

Hear reminiscences of the 1st time Doom read this and got hooked on the franchise, and Fitz talk about sharing it with his kids.

Grab a copy and climb in the van, as we go for a ride with Scoob and the Mystery Inc gang.

URL: TNB Book Club 3.01: Scooby-Doo And The Howling Wolfman
Direct Download: tnbbc003001.mp3

Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: High Midnight Review

Originally published in the Straight Outta Tombstone supernatural western short story collection from Baen Books, The Chambeaux & Deyer Investigations crew are back and heading for a shootout in the Unnatural Quarter at High Midnight.
Does this story deserve to hang its hat next to the rest of the Shamble canon?
Let’s find out!

Consider this your official ***SPOILER ALERT***, gang.

Knowing how much I love this series, this character, and this world, it would take a lot for me to say it doesn’t deserve its place in the overall tapestry.
At this point, Shamble is like Scooby for me, KJA would have to really go off the rails and go in a ridiculous Get A Clue-esque direction to lose my interest.

As the story goes Robin (Deyer, Dan’s business partner) has helped work out the contracts to bring an old west show to the UQ, the main attraction being the ghost of a gunslinger named Deadeye One-Eye.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that one of the things that makes this series so much fun is figuring out the rules and just how this world works and, once again, he adds another spoke or two to the wheel.
In Book 2, Unnatural Acts, we find out that there are ways to destroy ghosts.
In this story we find out a whole new way that they can get hurt and die…again!

After a display of his gunslinging abilities, Deadeye One-Eye gives Dan a vague threat about his Great-Great-Umpty-Ump Grandpappy, Dirk Chambeaux.
Says he’ll see Dan at High Midnight and pimps away…only to have gunfire ring out!
The promoter of the event, Mild Bill (the alleged ghost of Wild Bill), gets caught in the crossfire and is fatally shot with ghost bullets, which I know sounds hokey as shit but trust me, it works.
As he dies and fades away, he clues Dan & Co in on ol Dirk in a pretty cool way.
There is another cool world rule for ghosts that I don’t want to spoil, but it was so unexpected and I loved it.

KJA’s style is still colorful, but not overly detailed which makes it easy to devour.
You can tell he loves these characters, the warmth between the mains makes that obvious.
My way to sell this series for quite a while now has been to say that it’s like The Rockford Files meets the Universal Monsters, but the more accurate description would be The Rockford Files meets The Munsters with a pinch of The Addams Family.
It also helps scratch a long lasting itch I’ve had for some solid supernatural Western action.
It’s full of so much wacky fun, it’s punny, it’s clever, and there’s just not enough Dan Shamble in the world to satisfy my insatiable hunger.

I’m damn skippy this will be in the new Dan Shamble short story collection KJA has said is coming this fall.
If this is any indication of the quality of the other DSZPI shorts he’s written lately, we are in for some great shit when it drops.

TNB Commentaries 020: The Incredible Hulk

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Please turn off your cellphones and join the fellas as they…kinda, break Harlem…

For our 20th commentary, we smash our way back 2008 for this often forgotten gem starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

Listen in as the fellas discuss how underrated this movie is, debate Norton Banner Vs Ruffalo Banner, whether or not Lou Ferrigno eats pizza, and just where Luke Cage was at this point in the MCU.

Lots of fun and comic bookery in this ep, gang, so enjoy!

URL: TNB Commentaries 020: The Incredible Hulk
Direct Download:tnbc-020-the-incredible-hulk.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2017