Episode 090: It’s Even Worse In Person

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In this episode, she’s back so try not to get self-conscious as we welcome @gigiamk30
back to the table and we get so hardcore nerdy that it’s actually kind of embarrassing for everybody involved.

This time out the gate, we’re all over the map, galaxy, and universe as we go far far into the future with a Doom Star Trek update, Fitz lightly touches on some Warhammer, a story is told of belching at dinner, and even more weirdness than you can shake a stick at.

If you’re looking for dead kid updates, time travel, and other talk of similar levels of odd and inappropriateness, you’ve come to the right place cause The Nerd Blitz has all that and more, so strap in, gang!

URL: Episode 090: It’s Even Worse In Person
Direct Download: tnb090.mp3

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #72

Today is Tuesday, and that means IT’S…
The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week!

If you haven’t guessed from the opening, this week’s question is Monty Python themed.
Since Python is also celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, we’re asking: What Is Your Favorite Monty Python Skit?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: Unnatural Acts Review

Second books can be tough, they often make or break a series.
Obviously, Book One always has the tough task of setting up a world and its inhabitants.
But the second installment of a series should always expand and build on all the work that was put into that world during that first outing.
Yes, this is a review of a Dan Shamble book, so you know I like it.
But as I said last time, I’m trying to look at these with fresh eyes, and this is also my first chronological read through.
So does it do a good job expanding upon what the first book brought to the table?
Let’s find out!

As per usual, this is your requisite official ***SPOILER WARNING***
And I mean it this time!

Back in the Unnatural Quarter, things are moving along normally.
Businesses are thriving, including the local brothel.
Yes, you read that right, there are monster whores in this book.
Now if you read that particular sentence and it doesn’t cause you to buy this, pull the ripcord now, cause you clearly have no discernible sense of humor at all.
MONSTER WHORES, MAN!!!
Of all shapes, sizes, races, breeds, and levels of physical contact.
We have Zombies, and Ghosts, and Vampires (oh my!), Werewolves, Suscubuses (if you get that joke, 10 points to your house), and even a Mummy Cathouse wrangler.
Something so ridiculous and hilarious wouldn’t even cross my mind to think about, I’d figure werewolves would just rub their lipstick and move on.
But the fact that monster hookers are included in this would goes to show the depth of thought that KJA put into this.

The other new cases and concerns this go round include a clay golem fighting for emancipation, the ghost of a notorious bank robber that’s trying to figure out his after life, an unnatural hating senator with a deep secret, a long written off brother, a mixed monster couple fighting to move into the neighborhood they want, a mob like company taking over the Quarter bit by bit, and “Shakespeare’s” ghost’s acting troupe facing harassment.
To put it in more succinct terms, Dan & Co are swamped with way more problems and headaches than last time.

Probably the most interesting of these story lines for me would be the brother.
Sheyenne, Dan’s ghostly girlfriend, is confronted by her deadbeat brother, Travis, who comes to town and stirs up a shit storm and a half.
We all know somebody like this dillhole, the scumbag family member that gets mixed up in multiple shady schemes and somehow always comes out smelling like roses.
The dude that will sell out his sister just to get ahead, which is exactly what Travis does…twice!
Once when he sells the last family heirlooms that Sheyenne has to cover old debts and once when he goes to the Full Moon brothel and tries to get down with the resident succubus…then joins the crazy senator in his crusade against unnaturals.
It’s pretty heartbreaking for Spooky, and leaves her in an incredibly vulnerable spot, compounded by Dan having so many problems that cause him to head to Full Moon himself.

***HEADS UP, SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH TO AVOID SPOILING THE END OF THE BOOK***
And that breakdown in communication between Dan and Sheyenne leads to one of the most heart warming, yet disturbing and, some how, also hilarious things I have ever read in my entire life.
The closing pages of the book, after they mostly work things out and are back on more steady ground, sees Spooky trying to go the extra mile and do something special for Dan.
Being a ghost, they can’t do the horizontal hula because she can’t physically touch Dan.
But she can move inanimate objects.
So she gets Dan up to his (often unused or visited) apartment above the office, takes him to his bedroom, and, in an attempt to give him the entire experience of a fully functional romantic partnership, she dons a sex doll suit as a skin so they can re-engage the physical aspects of their relationship that were lost with her own death.
Gang, it is the most fucked up and romantic thing ever!
Also, it’s an utterly original concept!

In my introduction I asked a very specific question (again, we all know at this point if I’m talking about a Dan Shamble book I thoroughly enjoyed it), so does this expand on the first book?
Yes, it does.
The monster brothel isn’t the only critter run business we learn about, we hit up one of the most mundane types of businesses I can think of, a Pawn Shop.
But the twist here is this one is run by a goblin who tends to horde all of the stuff that comes in, especially if it’s shiny.
Something like this really goes to show how deep KJA gets this time, trying to expand and show that life really has gone back to normal and that monsters are fully integrated into society.
They own businesses, they engage in providing entertainment, they’ve made the Unnatural Quarter a tourist stop and lightning rod for controversy.

Without getting too deep on the controversy, I will say this: KJA is a prophet!
He totally called the era of politicians regularly vilifying people and trying to legislate against shit that they and their families have done or taken part in.
I remember when I first read this, I was stunned by the parallels to what was happening in the realm of politics at the time.
Here we see a senator who’s disgusted by the monsters who just want to live, work, and play without catching hell for, ya know, existing…kinda spooky, right?

To wrap up, one of my favorite things about this series is the continuity (and you can hear KJA bust my balls a bit about it in my interview with him from Book Club 5 Ep 2 HERE) and attention to detail that he painstakingly crafts.
Minor bit characters pass through, giving this world the depth we nerds CRAVE.
Reading in order makes this series feels like one of those fancy pants French meals you hear about that take hours to enjoy.
Book 1 was a great simple entree to get you warmed up, Book 2 feels like a 1st course with a few more complexities and flavors to keep you interested.
With that in mind, I can’t wait to revisit Book 3 and savory the experience.

Let us what you think in the comments or share this post on Twitter with the Hashtag #TNBBookReview.

Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

TNB Book Club 6.02: Shadows Over Baker Street pt 2

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Welcome back to The Nerd Blitz Book Club!

In this 2nd episode of a 9 episode series, we crack open a book we have been wanting to dive into for a long time, the Sherlock Holmes meets H.P. Lovecraft pastiche short story collection, Shadows Over Baker Street.

This week sees us discussing and dissecting the next 2 entries in this book, edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan, The Case Of The Wavy Black Dagger & A Case Of Royal Blood, which were written by Steve Perry & Steven-Elliot Altman respectively.

So find yourself a copy of this gathering of stories and read along with us as the game is afoot when a dark cloud settles over the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and things get spooky at 221B Baker Street, gang.

Also, a special thank you goes to @gigiamk30
for making this 6th series of The Nerd Blitz Book Club possible.

URL: TNB Book Club 6.02: Shadows Over Baker Street pt 2
Direct Download: tnbbc006002.mp3

Episode 089.5: Science Eats Babies

mandoIn this episode, BIG BAD MONDO MEGA MANDO ***SPOILER ALERT*** as we are diving in deep on the pilot episode of the Disney+ original series Star Wars The Mandalorian and all that comes with the gloriousness that it was.

Once again, ***SPOILERS*** abound as we give our reactions to the first episode of the first live action Star Wars series and give theories and speculation on what we just witnessed and where it can possibly go from here, and remember just what science does to mini human people!

Fitz get brain breaked as Doom is slinging shit like a caged monkey to try and figure out where this series can go, and the theories range from obviously logical to ridiculous and mind melting so strap in for a wild ride as we earn the title of nerd in this extra special .5 ep of your favorite podcast.

URL: Episode 089.5: Science Eats Babies
Direct Download: tnb089_5.mp3

Episode 089: Ghost Boner

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In this episode, things are gettin’ spooky as the fellas celebrate Halloween with a special guest in an allegedly haunted house filled with death cards, creepy family connections, and other spooky happenings.

We hear a tale of drunken ghost sightings as Doom gets ganged up on, neighbors be creepin’, possums are gross as shit, Fitz finds a treasure trove of old goodies in a dead man’s attic, they dissect the religious iconography that appears in porn, and somebody whips out a Ouija board and shit goes down.

Doom and our special guest @gigiamk30
talk about seeing IT: Chapter 2 while Fitz gives the perspective of the book, shit gets derailed by a slimy wad of snot and an argument, and then pop culture references fly like an eagle in that they are coming in both fast & furious in this latest episode of the most consistent podcast you’ve never heard of.

URL: Episode 089: Ghost Boner
Direct Download: tnb089.mp3

TNB Commentaries 042: Halloween

71idgPXq-jL._SY741_Please turn off your cellphones and call your significant other to come join us while you babysit and prepare for nostalgic boning and beers in a little place called Illinoise.

For our 42nd Commentary, we knife nail our way back to a cupboard wall in 1978 for this intense John Carpenter classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, & P.J. Soles.

This go round the fellas are dropping mad trivia and factoids as they dub a sick MC, ponder knife lengths, Doom gets annoying (shocker), Fitz gushes with love for the flick, a Pimp Spot happens, they point out continuity errors, and so much more in this curiously timed commentary you won’t want to miss!

URL: TNB Commentaries 042: Halloween
Direct Download:tnbc-042-halloween.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019