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Binary System Podcast #30 – Alice Isn’t Dead #2 “Alice”

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Binary System Podcast #30 – Alice Isn’t Dead #2 “Alice”

On the latest episode of “Alice Isn’t Dead”, things are getting creepier for our narrator (who’s name we still don’t know), and we learn a few more pieces of important information about her (other than minor details, like, y’know, her name).

We also do a very quick WonderCon review, geek out over the fight scenes in Daredevil and (spoilers) talk about the second-to-last episode of the season for The Walking Dead. And how we TOTALLY DO NOT CARE who they kill off. Nope. Not a bit. Scuse us, we’re going to go hide under the bed now….

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Review: The Brotherhood of the Wheel

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Review: The Brotherhood of the Wheel

The difference between a fairy tale and a truck driver’s story is that the fairy tale starts with “Once upon a time,” whereas the truck driver’s story starts, “You ain’t gonna believe this…” – An Old Trucker Saying

Jimmie Aussapile’s trucker handle is “Paladin”, but he certainly doesn’t look like a holy warrior. Balding, mostly unshaven, growing a bit of a gut and never without his chaw and a cup to spit in, no one would suspect him of being a knight of the realm. But that’s exactly what Jimmie is, a member of the Brotherhood of the Wheel, the fighting branch of a tiny offshoot of the Knights Templar. The group consists of truckers, bikers, construction workers, and many others who make a living working the highways and secretly defending the roads and the people who travel on them.

It’s a hard enough job on the best of days, what with murderers, road ragers, and other lunatics being strangely drawn to the interstates. But it gets harder when a ghostly hitchhiker (not an uncommon sight on the roads) pulls Jimmie into a deeper mystery of kids going missing all across the country. The disappearances also bring in a police investigator with her own reasons for obsessing over missing children cases, and a smart-mouth biker with PTSD and his own connection to the Knights Templar.

Set in the same world as Nightwise, R.S. Belcher’s latest book is an urban fantasy/horror story of dark magic, remorseless killers (supernatural or otherwise), a small band of determined fighters, and a forgotten town with a centuries-old maniac working to destroy the world.

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Binary System Podcast #29 – WTNV Episode #84 “Past Time”

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Binary System Podcast #29 – WTNV Episode #84 “Past Time”

Springtime! The days are getting longer, the weather’s getting warmer, and everyone’s flocking to the Little League tryouts. At the Haunted Baseball Field. With a youth coach who died at least a century ago and who talks like Dracula. Play ball!

Listen in as the twins recap Welcome To Night Vale episode 84: Past Time, and then give a (spoiler-free) look at the first couple episodes of the new season of Daredevil, speculate some more on The Walking Dead‘s upcoming bloodbath, and explain why iZombie is not as bad as you think.

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Review: The Queen’s Poisoner

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Review: The Queen’s Poisoner

Jeff Wheeler (author of almost two dozen fantasy books including the Mirrowen trilogy and the Muirwood series) is set to release his latest book on April 1, the start of a brand new trilogy: the Kingfountain Series. A different kingdom in a different world, and a different direction for the successful fantasy author; this will be the first time he’s told a story from an eight-year-old boy’s point of view.

The Duke of Kiskaddon has betrayed the king. Never mind that he was trying to help overthrow a usurper; there are consequences for treason. The Duke has already seen his eldest son executed in retaliation, and now to protect the rest of his family he has to send another one of his sons to the court of Kingfountain to act as hostage to the notoriously bad-tempered King Severn.

Small for his age, quiet, and almost paralyzingly shy with adults, Owen Kiskaddon has to learn to survive court intrigues in a place where it’s widely understood that he’ll be killed the moment his parents step out of line again. He’s helped by the few friends he makes in Kingfountain: the kindly cook and her husband, the princess Elyse (daughter of the king that Severn overthrew), and the taciturn Duke Horwith. But to stay alive and try to change his parents’ fate he’ll have to rely on a person that many think died years ago, someone who’s true identity is a mystery, but who has a terrifying reputation: The Queen’s Poisoner.

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Review: The Ballad of Black Tom

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Review: The Ballad of Black Tom

To H.P. Lovecraft, with all my conflicted feelings.

The setting is 1920’s New York, in the busy neighborhood of Harlem and the nearby port neighborhood of Red Hook. A good-hearted hustler is drawn into the schemes of the wealthy and eccentric Robert Suydam, who’s plotting to raise an ancient horror from the deeps.

The Ballad of Black Tom…is not by H.P. Lovecraft, but fans of Lovecraft will recognize elements from his novella The Horror at Red Hook. Author Victor LaValle uses Lovecraft’s story as a framework, showing the events from the viewpoint of Tommy Tester, a young black man trying to make a living and support his widowed father. This re-imagining was a way to take Lovecraft’s prejudices and turn them into the driving force behind the new tale, showing how someone might see the end of the world in a tidal wave of horror as a pretty good alternative to the way the world is now.

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Preview: Spider-Woman, Silk and Spider-Gwen in SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1!

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Preview: Spider-Woman, Silk and Spider-Gwen in SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1!

The Spider-Event of 2016 is here! This April, Silk, Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen unite for a story too big for any one of their titles to contain! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1 – kicking off the epic 8-part universe hopping crossover! Blockbuster writers Jason Latour, Dennis Hopeless and Robbie Thompson are joined by a dazzling array of artists, including Vanesa Del Rey, Bengal, Javier Rodriguez, Tana Ford and more to bring you a story you won’t want to miss!
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Binary System Podcast #27 – WTNV Episode #83 “One Normal Town”

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Binary System Podcast #27 – WTNV Episode #83 “One Normal Town”

Dude! Did you hear the news? Desert Bluffs is no more! I don’t even know how to process this information, I think I need to lie down…

When we’ve recovered, this week the twins recap the latest developments in Night Vale. We also talk about Kathryn’s trip to Hawk Manor Falconry (so fun!), the new podcast “Alice Isn’t Dead” by the Night Vale creative team (so intriguing!), and Elizabeth’s thoughts on finally finishing the entire first season of “Jessica Jones” (AAAAAAAAAA!)

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Review: Lucifer

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Review: Lucifer

I was going to rant for a bit about all the ways that the Lucifer TV series is different from the source material (originally from Neil Gaiman, and then spun off very capably by Mike Carey), but I’ve decided that’s not a very productive discussion. There’s no point to making a carbon copy of the original stories in a new format, and even if you could it wouldn’t guarantee that the results will be good. The TV show is going to have to succeed or fail on its own merits.

Besides, there are some positive things that have come out of the interest generated by the show. Like the fact that bookstores have started carrying the Lucifer graphic novels again, or Vertigo’s brand new comic book series written by Holly Black, continuing the story of the fallen angel and former ruler of Hell. So let’s talk about those, because Mike Carey’s series is one of my all-time favorites, and Holly Black’s continuation is growing on me with every issue.

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Binary System Podcast #26 – Ramble all the Ramblings

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Binary System Podcast #26 – Ramble all the Ramblings

Normally we’d be recording a Welcome To Night Vale recap tonight (that pesky three-hour time difference between East and West coast means Sundays and Mondays are the best days for recording), but Leap Year pushed March 1 back to a Tuesday, so we’ll have to put off our regular episode until next week. Damn you, February 29, you win this round!

FINE. We’ll just jump from one random thought to another, chasing the thread from the Oscars, to Lucifer, Labyrinth, falconry, Deadpool, and more. So THERE.

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