Episode 040: Off The Rails 4 – I Cradle Those Crusty Nuts

tom-petty-heartbreakers-you-got-lucky-official-music-videoIn this episode, slap on your seat belts cause the fellers are taking the circuitous route this time.

They open with some Futurama jibber-jabbering that somehow morphs into Star Trek, then they get their 1st listener submitted Joke Corner, before settling into the shows most popular topic, DEATH!!!

Playboys, Musicians, & Comedians, the bodies be droppin’ all around us while we explore the seedy side of con art, streaming services, and some Scooby news!

Get your asses in your seats, this train is leaving the station, gang!

URL: Episode 040: Off The Rails 4 – I Cradle Those Crusty Nuts
Direct Download: tnb040.mp3

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TNB Commentaries 009: Mask Of The Phantasm

MCDBAMA EC041Please turn off your cellphones and join Doom & Fitz as they make their very 1st visit to the city of the Bat.

For our 9th commentary, we glide back to 1993 for the 1st theatrical animated Batman movie starring Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Mark Hamill, & Stacy Keach.

The fellers talk about the comparisons to Year One, how one of them may not be 100% in love with this movie, and some of the behind the scenes creative goings on that brought this movie to the world…if they remember them right.

Oh, and Doom whips out his Joker…A LOT! Enjoy!

 

URL: TNB Commentaries 009: Mask Of The Phantasm
Direct Download: tnbc-009-mask-of-the-phantasm.mp3
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TNB Commentaries Episode 008.5: A Scooby-Doo Halloween

Cf3MN1OTPlease turn off your cellphones and join Doom & Fitz as they climb into the mystery machine to uphold a long standing tradition!

For our 8.5th commentary, we head to the year 2003 to watch the What’s New Scooby-Doo? Halloween special starring Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Casey Kasem, & Grey Griffin.

The fellas talk about Gene Simmons opening his vault, candy bars, how bizarre it is that this premiered over 14 years ago, and so much more in this Scoobtacular talk over show!

So grab some Scooby Snacks and join in this yearly ritual.

URL: TNB Commentaries Episode 008.5: A Scooby-Doo Halloween
Direct Download: tnbc008-5-a-scooby-doo-halloween.mp3
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Episode 039: Like a Make-A-Wish Kid

NBIn this episode, NO JOKE CORNER, NO PIMP SPOT, this time Doom has tales to tell!

Much like those furry footed midgets in those movies, Doom went on a journey!

He tells Fitz all about how he came to procure those special intros you’ve heard in these last 2 eps, and then he spends the ep regaling you all with tales of drunken elves, idiotic book sellers, and parties out the whazoo before he comes to an unexpected realization.

Sit back and enjoy the ride in this very special episode of The Nerd Blitz!

And pick up a shirt featuring the badass “Knights Of NerdBlitz-Dom” design by @LookingForEight! Knights Of Nerdblitz-Dom Shirt

URL: Episode 039: Like a Make-A-Wish Kid
Direct Download: tnb039.mp3

Spider-Man: Carnage In New York Review

After stopping what he thought was a scientist being mugged down an alley, Spider-Man is forced to stop one of his most deadly foes from destroying his city and unleashing a new danger on the world.

Before I get too far, consider this your ***Official Spoiler Warning***

1st and foremost, look at that damn cover, man.
That’s a thing of beauty!

But getting into it, I gotta say, on paper this novel has all of the ingredients of a perfect Spider-Man story.
You have your villain storyline, you have your personal dilemma story, and you have a storyline of Jonah being a bombastic skin flint and looking for publicity and attention.
What could go wrong?
Well, to be honest, not much.

Early on I had an issue with how much they beat the drum about Cletus Kasady/Carnage being such a crazy and dangerous killer.
Over and over to the point that I literally said out loud “for fuck sake, I get it! He’s an evil asshole!”, and that sort of continues through the rest of book.
It’s annoying for sure, but I guess it’s there to remind you why he keeps doing the purely evil and chaotic crap he does.

Moving onto the good stuff, Pete mistaking 2 Federal Agents trying to stop a Scientist who broke out of a research lab with a fluid that causes homicidal rage in people with just a drop for muggers is perfectly Spider-Man.
That Scientist, while trying to destroy that same liquid, breaks into an abandoned school where the government is trying to separate Kasady from the Carnage symbiote and unwittingly helps Carnage escape from custody and is tortured until he gives up the serum and the secret behind it.
Which gives Pete/Spidey his mission, and the main reason why he isn’t able to help Aunt May keep her house, our personal story thread.

The blend of storylines is damn good here, woven so well.
JJJ is holding an event in Central Park for the homeless that is little more than a publicity stunt for the rich folks of NYC to get some good press.
And Spider-Man and Carnage’s final battle takes place there, after Carnage murders a pre-event party.

The battle scenes are wonderfully written and easy to visualize.
I always wonder when reading a novel with two authors who wrote what, but in this case I really don’t care because it was all just fun.
Some of the 20 illustrations are a bit wonky, but I think that may be the fault of the inker and not the artist because it’s mostly to do with awkward shading.

The final little bit I want to mention is the ending.
Without spoiling it, it is pretty damn uplifting and heartwarming.
While Spidey is fighting Carnage, getting his ass kicked for the most part, MJ ends up helping out in a big bad way.
Pete, having defeated Carnage, but still beaten and dejected, gets home to a surprise and she tells him that on some level she understands what he does when he’s suited up.
It’s a great way to end after the craziness of everything else.

This is among the 1st of these Marvel novels from the 90’s that I’ve actually read, and now I’m excited to read the other 11 I have and track down and read all of the rest.
I highly recommend you all check this out.
Hopefully I’ll be getting to the sequel, Spider-Man: Goblin’s Revenge, sooner rather than later.

Indiana Jones And The Dinosaur Eggs Book Review

Indy and a couple friends go on a trek into Mongolia to find Dinosaur Eggs after a Nun brings him the horn of what appears to be a living Triceratops on Halloween 1933.
Before going any further, here is your ***OFFICIAL SPOILER WARNING***

If you’ve listened to the Main Show or Book Club, you know my love for this series of novels well.
This entry into the series is par for the course in that I love it as well.

This is the 10th (of the 12 published in the 90’s) I’ve read and, while overall I still vastly prefer the 6 Rob MacGregor novels to any of the 4 that have come after, I have to say this is the one I’ve probably been able to zip through the easiest.
The writing is so strong and engaging that I couldn’t help but read 30-40 pages at a time…which leads me to something worth mentioning that is normally a HUGE complaint for me that I barely noticed in this book.

Including the prologue & epilogue, this 281 page novel has just 12 chapters.
Meaning the average chapter is 23ish pages.
Normally chapters that long are a major turn-off for me and make reading the book an uphill climb, again not the case here.
So Max McCoy gets huge points for that.

The Nun mentioned above turns out to be a Reporter for the Kansas City Star that duped Indy with a Halloween costume into finding her Professor father that went missing looking for further evidence of Dinosaurs.
They find the Prof, after a long journey that included battles with Shanghai gangster and Mongolian tribal warriors, in a monastery that guards/protects a hidden valley untouched by time and evolution, basically a not so literal portal back in time, that recently lost its final living Dino and the 3 eggs it laid.

The whole story is Intricately woven and characters come and go in mostly logical ways.
The mythical references are great as well.
Case in point, Indy saves a 1 eared dog that is chained to a wall (made of rock) from abuse and names him Loki.
Fans of Norse Mythology will remember that Loki was also chained (well, actually tied with his son’s innards, but why quibble) to a rock.

The ending could have come a bit quicker, at one point Indy and his good buddy Granger leave behind the Prof, the Reporter, and the valley where the last of the eggs surviving has just hatched into a Triceratops.
That felt like the end to me…but the book went on for another 30 pages.
The Lieutenant of the vilest of the Tribal crews comes back as Indy and Granger are heading home through the harsh desert giving Loki yet another chance to save them.
It’s not criticism so much as a head scratching cherry on top in that it tied up a sort of dangling thread, but if cut wouldn’t have left you wondering what happened.

The last 2 things I want to mention are Granger and the Pro and Epi louges.
1st comes Granger.
This is a character that, as far as I know, has never shown up or been mentioned in anything Indiana Jones, I even checked the 2 wikis I could find, but he and Indy are such good friends.
Now that stuck out as weird to me as between the Young Indy series, these novels, the comics, and the movies we have seen the vast majority of Indy’s life yet this dude is such a good friend.
Strange.
I’m sure there are many other characters that could have fit the bill for this one.

Moving onto the Prologue and Epilogue.
Both involve the Nazi scum we all love watching Indy cold cock, but the more interesting thing is that both involve Indy chasing down something mentioned in McCoy’s previous Indiana Jones novel, “The Philosopher’s Stone”, and the Mcguffin of the 4th movie!
McCoy has this great little thread of Indy chasing down a Crystal Skull, man!
It’s slipped through his fingers twice before (as I recall), but the novel ends with him in an old diving suit down in the wreckage of a recently sunken German U-Boat.
The 2nd time the Skull got away from him was because Belloq snatched it away for the Nazis who eventually screw him over.
So when the ship sinks, Belloq gives Jones the coordinates in what Indy believes is a little stab of revenge.
Fun stuff, gang.

So, all in all, I loved it!
There is so much more in here that I barely scratched the surface on, so it is well worth checking out on your own.
I highly recommend everybody that loves this franchise pick up all of these novels and enjoy the great pulpy adventures within.
And if more folks get them it could encourage Del Rey or whomever has the license these days to do more, which is something I desperately want!

TNB Commentaries Episode 008: The Evil Dead

the-evil-dead-one-sheetPlease turn off your cellphones and join Doom & Fitz as they take a trip into the woods.

For our 8th commentary, we play a mysterious recording from 1981 we found in a dirt basement called Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell and directed by Sam Raimi.

We debate whether the sequel is a sequel or a remake or a requel, we talk about careers being launched, cheese ball effects, and the vast ocean of differences in the tonal shifts of this still vibrant franchise.

So kill all your friends and pray the sun comes up, it’s goovy…I mean, movie time!

 

URL: TNB Commentaries Episode 008: The Evil Dead
Direct Download: tnbc008-the-evil-dead.mp3
Youtube: https://youtu.be/n4yccv3HpTs

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