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Binary System Podcast #111 – Twin Peaks: The Return and Hannibal

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Binary System Podcast #111 – Twin Peaks: The Return and Hannibal

Welcome to Night Vale is still being good at a hiatus this January (bless ’em, we think they deserve a break), so we decided it was a good time for another “EEEEEEE!” fangirl-type episode. (Although in the case of Twin Peaks it’s less “EEEEEE!” and more “WHAT THE HELL, LYNCH?!”)

Spoiler warnings aplenty as the twins review everything they loved and hated about the first four episodes of Twin Peaks: The Return and the first season of Hannibal. (We’ll give you this one spoiler about Hannibal for free: nothing bad happens to Will’s dogs. Everyone else on the show is fair game, but the dogs are fine. You’re welcome.) Read On

The Best Books of 2017

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The Best Books of 2017

Once again I’m running into the problem that readers love to have: too many fantastic books from last year to fit into a short top-three list. Click the jump for a list of the ten best (and by “best” I mean “favorite”) from 2017.

 

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Binary System Podcast #110 – The One Where We Actually Plan Something

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Binary System Podcast #110 – The One Where We Actually Plan Something

It’s the first episode of 2018 and we have a plan! And that plan is to fill up 10 minutes talking about our plans for the next few episodes before Elizabeth’s voice dies on account of the plague. It’s still a plan! Totally counts!

Listen in as we carefully plot out (i.e. randomly mention as soon as it occurs to us) the plan for the next few episodes, which includes (but is not limited to) Star Wars, Twin Peaks, fan fiction, and TV Tropes. Happy New Year!

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Review: Twin Peaks – The Final Dossier

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Review: Twin Peaks – The Final Dossier

We still have time for one more book review before the end of the year. And what a strange year 2017 has been. Careers in DC and Hollywood have been wiped out (by bad behavior that, let’s face it, really should have been dealt with a long time ago), the political world has been a straight up circus, there’s an object in space that scientists thought might possibly be a sign of extra-terrestrial life, and did you see how the last Oscars ceremony ended?

So what the heck, let’s embrace the weirdness and pick for our last book review of the year something from the strangest show of the year: Twin Peaks. The Final Dossier by Mark Frost may not resolve all my feelings of “WHAT THE ABSOLUTE HELL, LYNCH?” that the ending of Season 3 left me with, but it gives the reader a lot more info. It also answers quite a few questions about how the characters ended up where they were when the season started, with a tiny taste of what happened next.

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Christmas Gifts From Our Favorite Fandoms

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Christmas Gifts From Our Favorite Fandoms

If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, don’t panic! There’s still an entire weekend left to find those perfect gifts, and the Binary System Podcast is here to help. Click the jump for a random list of randomness, otherwise known as the coolest gifts we could find from the TV shows, movies, and comic books that are closest to our hearts.

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Review: The Princess Diarist (audio book)

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Review: The Princess Diarist (audio book)

“If anyone reads this when I have passed to the big bad beyond I shall be posthumorously embarrassed. I shall spend my entire afterlife blushing.”

It’s almost Christmas, so do you need to find a last-minute gift for that hard-to-shop-for friend? It’s also been almost a year since we lost Carrie Fisher; don’t you think now seems like a good time for more stories of life in- and adjacent-to-Hollywood by the galaxy’s most famous princess? And best of all there’s a brand-new Star Wars movie out right now, and wouldn’t you like to hear more about the filming of the movie that started it all?

If the answer to these questions is yes then you really need to pick up a copy of Carrie Fisher’s final book, The Princess Diarist. Inspired by (and including) newly-found journal entries that Fisher made while filming Star Wars: A New Hope, the book is a close look at the mindset of a 19-year-old who’s in the middle of her first successful acting gig, while having an affair with a handsome older actor who just happened to be her character’s love-interest for the next four decades.

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Review: Star Wars Aftermath – Empire’s End

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Review: Star Wars Aftermath – Empire’s End

“The Rebellion was easy, Lando. Governing’s harder.”

The Empire takes its last stand on the planet of Jakku in the final book of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy. And while this trilogy has been less “journey to The Force Awakens” and more “what happened right after Return of the Jedi,” we get a tiny glimpse of the start of the First Order in a tale of old favorites, new favorites that I hope we’ll see more of, the birth of the New Republic and the last gasp of a foe that’s dangerous even when it’s dying.

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Binary System Podcast #106 – WTNV #119 “eGemony Part 3: “A Story of Love and Horror”

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Binary System Podcast #106 – WTNV #119 “eGemony Part 3: “A Story of Love and Horror”

Yep, it’s definitely not our imagination: these titles are getting longer.

Balancing out that extra-long title is a short podcast this week as the twins recap an episode of Welcome To Night Vale where…nothing happens. Well okay, things happen, but we get the idea that the things that happen aren’t quite the earth-shattering story-resolving things that Cecil thinks they are.

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Review: Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War Book 1)

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Review: Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War Book 1)

Convicted criminal Slate knows she’s not the first choice to lead an expedition into enemy territory. Heck, she’s not even the second. No one else has managed to find any useful information on the rampaging Clockwork Boys though, so she and a smart-aleck assassin, a failed paladin, and a misogynistic scholar have been press-ganged into infiltrating a neighboring city to find something, anything, that will save the Dowager’s City from the invading army.

It’s an act of pure desperation on the Dowager’s part, but Slate is hopeful for her little band….she’s actually hoping they’ll all manage to kill each other and save everyone else the trouble.

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