Tag Archives: Fantasy

(Sorta) Book Review: Dangerous Games edited by Jonathan Oliver

14 Jan Dangerous Games edited by Jonathan Oliver

(This is a partial review, as I did not read the entire anthology for Reasons*.)

Dangerous Games, edited by Jonathan Oliver, is a 2014 horror and dark fantasy anthology whose stories are united by gaming. The games featured are pretty diverse; I initially thought (for some weird reason) it’d be all western gambling, which I find pretty boring, but not so much. There are games from all over the world, as well as several stories revolving around RPG’s (of course, silly me). Continue reading

My Superpower: Nicholas Kaufmann (Die and Stay Dead)

12 Jan Die And Stay Dead by Nicholas Kaufman

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 Nicholas Kaufmann to talk about how the power of patience relates to Die and Stay Dead.

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It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly which of my innate mutant abilities is my true superpower. Is it my unerring talent for arriving on the subway platform at the exact moment the train I need is pulling away? Is it my almost creepy aptitude in recalling all manner of trivia related to Doctor Who, the classic series? (Go on, ask me who knit the Fourth Doctor’s scarf, or why the Fifth Doctor keeps a stalk of celery on his lapel, or how Davros lost his only remaining functioning hand. I dare you. How many hours do you have?) Or perhaps my superpower is actually a curse in the form of a last name that is almost constantly misspelled, sometimes even in print by professional publications. Continue reading

248. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) — A Holiday Special Torture Cinema “Adventure”

24 Dec

Bad driving, failed children’s television, and Varney, oh my!  Shaun, Julia, Mike, Rachael, Paul, and David join forces for this very special holiday edition of Torture Cinema, featuring the listener-selected flick, Ernest Saves Christmas (1988).  We watched it so you don’t have to suffer through it for Christmas (because you were totally going to do that, right?).  What more could you ask for?

We hope you enjoy the episode, and have a great holiday, whatever you may celebrate!

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

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Ernest Saves Christmas

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

247. On the Blogs — Bloggers Discuss Their Roles at LonCon3 w/ Foz Meadows, Patricia Ash, Liz de Jager, Shaun Duke, and Erin Underwood

23 Dec

Books, blogs, and weird emails, oh my! This recording from LonCon3 features Foz Meadows, Patricia Ash, Liz de Jager, Shaun Duke, and Erin Underwood talking about book blogs, YA, book promotion, and much more.  Though the panel was originally meant to focus entirely on YA book blogging, we took things in a more general direction.

Here’s the panel description:

Bloggers have become an integral part of YA book promotion. How do authors find these bloggers? Why should readers trust their opinions? What are the best book blogs out there right now and what makes them so useful?

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

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Show Notes:.

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

246. Canadian SF at LonCon3 — #WorldSFTour

22 Dec

Space hockey, Martian curling, and Quebec, oh my!  Recorded at LonCon3 / Worldcon, this panel on Canadian SF features the voices of Eric ChoiKate HeartfieldIra NaymanHayden TrenholmCaitlin Sweet, and Marjolaine Lafreniere.  They tackle Canadian publishing, the history of Canadian SF, thematic differences, and more.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

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Canada

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244. Martha Wells (a.k.a. The Raksura Amanuensis) — The Books of the Raksura (An Interview at CONvergence)

20 Dec

Flying critters, fancy worlds, and super fan Paul, oh my!  In one of our last remaining recordings from CONvergence, Paul lets Shaun tag along for an interview with Martha Wells.  We discuss the Raksura series, her upcoming work, writing fan and tie-in fiction, Harrison Ford’s leg issues, and much more.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

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 Stories of the Raksura Vol 1 by Martha Wells

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

243. The Marvel Cinematic Universe Panel at CONvergence

19 Dec

Kickass heroines, Marvel-ous universes, and ants, oh my!  Recorded at CONvergence, this panel on the Marvel Cinematic Universe is akin to a blast from the past.  Featuring the voice talents of Lyda Morehouse (a.k.a. Tate Hallaway), Allyson Cygan, Shaun Duke, John Seavey, and Neil Anderson, the panel discusses the current Marvel film canon, upcoming projects, and our hopes for the future (some of which Marvel has kindly answered).

Here is the panel description:

Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been out, and Agents of SHIELD, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Defenders, and Ant Man are on the horizon. How do they all compare? What do you want to see next?

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

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

Episode 243 — Download (MP3)

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

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