Episode 079: Pecker Checkin Alien

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In this episode, the fellas are attempting to tell you about some fun they recently engaged in together when the show gets hijacked for another exciting edition of Aw, Son Of A Fitz!

Fitz, Doom, Diddy Bow, and Ang all collided for the 2019 Wizard World St. Louis Comic-Con and we are gonna tell you all about it in this old school lengthened episode of nerdery.

From the dramatic heartbreak of a childhood voice cancelling, to a salty seaman loving pirate pitchman whoring his wares, and an eavesdropping douche, we cover it all and more, gang, in this fun filled installment.

Video featured in Son Of Fitz:
Toy Chica The High School Years

URL: Episode 079: Pecker Checkin Alien
Direct Download: tnb079.mp3

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #44

In a world…where questions are asked and you answer them weekly, The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week has reached 44 straight weeks…and here we go!

This week we are asking: Now that it has ended, what do you think will be the next Game Of Thrones?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

TNB Commentaries 036: Revenge Of The Sith

61ZDSUH2iiL._SY679_Please turn off your cellphones and join us on Coruscant for some baby Jedi slaughtering fun and games in George Lucas’ swan song final film of the prequel era.

For our 36th Commentary, we make the jump to hyperspace…or, rather, 2005 for this fantastic flick starring Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, & Ian McDiarmid.

In this rollicking ep of war filled star talkin’, Fitz calls Doom a psycho and is, for once, TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED, then they also jibba jabba about the movie and the dark history one of them has with it, so…let’s have fun gang?

 

 

URL: TNB Commentaries 036: Revenge Of The Sith
Direct Download:tnbc-036-revenge-of-the-sith.mp3

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Spine Of The Dragon Review

We all know that fantasy novels can be crazy intimidating, but the 1st in a series?
Good lord, man!
In my experience, they often run well over 400 pages, with the onslaught of new worlds, characters, cultures, and histories being incredibly overwhelming and can all too often take the story from being a fun break from our world to the most boring history class you could ever possibly imagine.
So when I first laid eyes on Spine Of The Dragon and saw what a monster this book was I was nervous as hell, man.
Just the footprint of it alone had me quaking in my boots, flipping through it and seeing the density had me near flop sweats.
But I accepted the challenge and started reading it.
Now, the eternal question when talking about books rises up to greet us, how did that go?

This is an advanced review, so I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but even so This is your official ***SPOILER WARNING***

Here at the top, I want to provide a quick glossary of terms so I don’t have to explain them later.
The Commonwealth – 1 of 2 eternally warring continents
Ishara – The other of the 2 eternally warring continents
Konag – The King of Kings on the Commonwealth
Empra – Queen of Ishara
Utauk – An unaligned group that are basically traveling salesman and barterers, free to go between the 2 continents
Brava – Half Wreth/Half Humans that carry a bracelet that bites into their arms and unleashes magical flame
Wreth – Ancient race that created humans, split into 2 factions centuries ago, and had a war that destroyed almost all magic on the Commonwealth

It went pretty well, in fact I read the 1st 100 or so pages in about 24 hours because it was so damn engaging.
But I have to be honest, I read THIS excerpt before getting this and I had another worry that I didn’t mention above.
A big wall I have always run into with Fantasy novels/stories is that the character names often seem too hokey. They’re either way over-thought or, sometimes even worse, under-baked, and in both cases there is no in-world explanation of how that name came about, which makes cringy names even worse.

So, in that sample I read the name King Adan Starfall and cringed hard.
BUT!
When I got to the in-world explanation, all of that fell away.
Because the significance of it is that this King chose the name when he was a teenager.
This simple yet brilliant explanation that he chose it himself makes it work, because even if you don’t know the exact circumstances of what made him choose the name you can make the argument that it sounds like a name a young person would chose and stick with for many years…Scooby-Doom said with a wink to you, his lovely readers…

This is an impeccably well written story about a deeply thought out world full of easily likable & detestable characters that are equally interesting in the ways they need to be for it all to work and be satisfying.
And with no less than 14 storylines being juggled, that’s imperative.

The storylines we’re following throughout (and I know I’m definitely going to forget at least 1) include the 3 Kings of the Commonwealth continent, the Konag of the Commonwealth, the 2 leaders of the ancient and reemerging Wreth clans, a young Utauk girl, an Utauk merchant leader, a Brava captain that’s advisor to the Konag, a woman former Brava with a dark past, Empra of Ishara, an Isharan priest, and a traveling girl whose only mission is to learn as much as she possible can.
That is a hell of a lot of story to keep track of and he never once disappoints.

The only real issue I can point out with the writing would be that it’s difficult to gauge the passage of time.
At a few points in this story, through narration or dialogue somebody will say things like “it’s hard to believe how much has changed in the 2 week since the Wreths reemerged.” and I had a moment of “shit, it’s been that long since that happened!?” that I feel could be smoothed out a little more with dates at the start of chapters or slightly more dialogue to drill the point home.

One of the things that I love most about Kevin J. Anderson’s books will always be that he writes short chapters.
That makes it far easier to keep all of the many parts of the story moving forward, it keeps you from getting bored with a particular character or group of characters because you never spend 30+ pages with one POV wishing to learn more about the other corners of a world, and it also leads me to devour his work faster.
When reading his books, I never get stuck in the middle of a chapter and have to reread the last paragraph to remember where I was.
It’s a small style choice that I don’t know if he does intentionally or not, but it’s always appreciated nonetheless.

To wrap up, this is a hell of a kick-off to a new series by a masterful storyteller and world builder, gang.
It’s a tale of friendships and betrayals, old enemies and new allies, and a world on the brink of a war that the leaders do not want but may be forced in to by the machinations and posturing of others who have axes they can’t stop themselves from grinding.
Also, it has maps, and maps in books will never not be great!
And now the long wait begins for the next installment.

Kevin J. Anderson’s Spine Of The Dragon releases on June 4th, pre-order your copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever you get your books.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #43

Once more through the questions, old bean.

This week we are asking: What fictional location would you most like to visit?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

Episode 078: Butt Nekkid Wreckin A Barber Shop

hqdefaultIn this episode, the fellas have lottery fever, prove they are GOOD PEOPLE, and make wildly inappropriate jokes…there by negating the goodness, I guess…

Joke Corner returns again, the finer points of the making of a trash TV show from 2 decades or so ago, and Zombie Guys vs PCP Guys.

They get into the latest SCOOB! and Jay & Silent Bob Reboot! casting news, and speculate more on the upcoming Mandalorian series, so get ready for a damn fun ep and tell your friends, gang!

URL: Episode 078: Butt Nekkid Wreckin A Barber Shop
Direct Download: tnb078.mp3

The Slab Press Release

From Word Fire Press…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Written in powerful prose as dangerous as its desert setting, The Slab is a true epic of horror and dark suspense.

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of The Slab, by Jeffrey J. Mariotte!

A skull in a fire pit.

A man who can’t remember his murders.

A woman snatched off the street, then set free only to be hunted down like an animal—until she becomes the hunter.

When these threads wind together, the result is unstoppable suspense and unforgettable horror. In the grim days following 9/11, three veterans of different wars are drawn together in one of the most remote, forbidding areas of the California desert. As serial killers ply their deadly trade and an ancient evil grows beneath desert sands, these three must discover the terrifying bond they share and learn to harness its power—before the darkness spreads and the world they know is gone forever.

About the author:

Jeffrey J. Mariotte has written more than seventy novels, including original supernatural thrillers River Runs Red,Missing White Girl, and Cold Black Hearts, and the Stoker Award-nominated teen horror quartet Dark Vengeance. Other works include the acclaimed thrillers Empty Rooms andThe Devil’s Bait, and—with his wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell, the science fiction thriller 7 SYKOS and Mafia III: Plain of Jars, the authorized prequel to the hit video game, as well as numerous shorter works. He has also written novels set in the worlds of Star Trek, CSI, NCIS, Narcos, Deadlands, 30 Days of Night, Spider-Man, Conan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and more. Two of his novels have won Scribe Awards for Best Original Novel, presented by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

The Slab

Trade paperback $14.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-967-6

Ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-968-3

Hardcover $25.99. ISBN 978-1-68057-008-3

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Timesbestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us atwordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.