Tag Archives: Fantasy

275. Krull (1983) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Mike Martinez

29 Jun Krull

Glaives, cosmic monsters, and flaming Clydesdales, oh my!  The Childhood Destruction editions of Torture Cinema continue with Krull.  Mike Martinez is the “victim” this week, but you may be surprised to know who really gets it good in this monstrous episode of epic fantasy glory!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 275 — Download (MP3)

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Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Argylle Series of Elizabeth Willey

25 Jun willey-covers

The Kingdom has a problem. A set of problems, really. An untested young prince from a family of long-lived warriors and sorcerers has to deal with magical beasts mucking about in the great Forest near the city. A rather large Dragon has appeared, threatening to cut off a road to a nearby world. A hitherto unknown sister has appeared on the scene. A cousin from an old and still grudge-holding realm has popped up, too, seeking to establish relations, personal and diplomatic. It’s a lot on the plate of the young prince, and his siblings, who are trying to manage the kingdom as best they can. No one has any idea where their father, the ruler, or their uncle, the sorcerer, is. Oh, and the secret to the family power is a magical primal node of power in the Castle basement.

Roger Zelazny’s Amber you say?  You’d be forgiven for thinking so, but the prince is Gwydion, the power source is a Spring, the Kingdom is Argylle, and the author is Elizabeth Willey. Continue reading

#36. The Middleman (Eps. 5-8) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

22 Jun The Middleman

Zombie fish, alien boy bands, and titanic tubas, oh my!  Mike, Julia, and Shaun join forces again to discuss the next four episodes of the short-lived geektastic squeefest that is The Middleman.  And joining us for this festival?  Paul!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Spoiler Alert:  the following podcast contains spoilers for the film being reviewed; if you wish to see the film without having it ruined for you, download this podcast and save it for later. Continue reading

274. Cat Rambo (a.k.a. Ms. Furry) — Beasts of Tabat (An Interview)

19 Jun Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo

Gladiator groundhogs, pulp heroes, and shapeshifters, oh my! Cat Rambo returns to the show to discuss her newest novel, Beasts of Tabat, her fiction writing courses, and short fiction.  We discuss Cat’s treatment of slavery and sexuality, and we explore the magic and creatures of Tabat!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 274 — Download (MP3)

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My Superpower: Michael R. Fletcher (Beyond Redemption) — DROP JUNE 16th

16 Jun Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Michael R. Fletcher to talk about how the power of manifesting delusions as reality relates to Beyond Redemption.

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My new novel, Beyond Redemption, takes place in a world where belief defines reality and the deranged—those capable of believing the impossible—can twist the world with their delusions.

My superpower, fittingly enough, is that my delusions manifest as reality. It is less handy than you might think. I’m not delusional about everything. I’m no god; I can’t bend the world to my mad whims. My delusions are rather narrow in focus.

First, a short non sequitur:

I wish my superpower was swearing like Chuck Wendig. Continue reading

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