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Binary System Podcast #62 – WTNV #99 “Michigan”

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Binary System Podcast #62 – WTNV #99 “Michigan”

This week, intern Kareem is dealing with some family issues in his hometown Mitchigan. Mmmitcchigan. Mmisshtigan. Mishhigan. Mishhtigan. Okay we can’t quite get the pronunciation right, but it’s that state right between OhHEEoh and Canada. Kareem’s worried that his Mom sounds a little different in her latest letters. Nothing big, she just seems to think her son Kareem is still at home, so she doesn’t know who this total stranger is who keeps sending her letters. You know, the usual family stuff.

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Review: Dark Force Rising

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Review: Dark Force Rising

Timothy Zahn’s  Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy books may not be canon anymore, but they still hold a special place in the hearts of folks like me who remember what it was like to wait for almost a decade to find out what happened after Return of the Jedi. I reviewed the first book of the trilogy last year (link!), so it only makes sense to review the second one while we wait for Star Wars: Rogue One to be released.

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Binary System Podcast #61 – Doctor Strange

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Binary System Podcast #61 – Doctor Strange

Not much going on over here in BSP land. Except for the fact that Kathryn has FINALLY seen the Doctor Strange movie!!

Listen in as the twins fangirl about Benedict Cumberbatch and his adorable cape. Then they discuss the box office figures of the best Marvel movies, and then talk about the effects and choreography in Doctor Strange. They mention the Night Vale touring show, and then a graphic novel Kathryn found. About Doctor Strange. It’s one of THOSE kinds of episodes.

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Review: Gilded Cage

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Review: Gilded Cage

                   “Have a quick ten years.”

The debut novel by author Vic James is set in modern day England, where magic is real. Forget about any kind of Harry Potter comparisons though, because in this England the magic users are the nobility, and everyone else is required by law to spend ten years as a slave. Ten years serving those society calls the Equals, with no rights and no control over your own life. It’s up to you to choose when to complete those ten years, but just remember: Do your slavedays too old, you’ll never get through them. Do your slavedays too young, you’ll never get over them.

Luke Hadley’s older sister Abi has a plan for the entire family to serve their ten years fairly comfortably on the luxurious Kyneston estate. Something goes wrong on the first day though, and Luke is instead sent to the dreary factory town Millmoor. The rest of his family will still work for the Jardines, and they’ll have to try to survive the political intrigues, ancient secrets, and magical abuses that surround the most powerful (and power-hungry) family in the country.

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Review: Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle

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Review: Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle

With the nights getting longer and the weather getting colder, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a little comfort reading. Another helping of Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius? Thanks, don’t mind if I do!

In this latest novelization, Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle, Agatha has arrived at the town of Mechanicsburg, and she has a lot to deal with. She has to avoid capture by Baron Wulfenbach, stop the evil disembodied spirit of her mother from taking over her mind, protect her loyal companions (including her possible love-interest Gil, the son of the aforementioned Baron Wulfenbach), claim her inheritance as the long-lost daughter of Bill Heterodyne, and thwart the schemes of an imposter, all while retaking and repairing her family’s ancestral home, Castle Heterodyne.

Also? The castle itself is alive. And insane. Read On

Binary System Podcast #59, WTNV #98 “Flight”

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Binary System Podcast #59, WTNV #98 “Flight”

We just listened to the latest Welcome To Night Vale episode and holy cow. Holy COW. Okay everybody, let’s put spoiler warning on right up front. This is the episode when Hiram McDaniels is scheduled for execution, and things happen in this one. There’s an awful lot that won’t ever be the same, and there’s going to be consequences, that’s for damn sure.

Short episode this week as the twins reel from the latest developments in Night Vale. And just in case everyone hasn’t had enough negativity over the last month, we’re also gearing up for our inaugural Crap Fest episode next week. Read On

Review: Six Scary Stories

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Review: Six Scary Stories

Stephen King’s last short-story collection came out a year ago. If past behavior predicts future performance then it could be as long as eight years before we get another one.

Before anyone (like me) starts to despair, we’ve got a little something to tide us over while we wait. Part of the promotion for Stephen King’s book The Bazaar of Bad Dreams was a competition where UK authors would submit short horror stories, with King himself choosing the best one. King ended up being so impressed with the finalists that he recommended having all of them published together in one collection. Six Scary Stories is the result.
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Review – Death’s End

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Review – Death’s End

No banquet was eternal. Everything had an end. Everything.

The final book in Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past picks up where the second book left off. The Trisolaran army has been stopped, and humanity is now safe. Of course “safe” translates here to “holding off an attack from a technologically superior alien race by keeping one finger on the button of a doomsday device, forever.” I wonder how long humanity can keep that up.

This is it, the culmination of everything that Cixin Liu has been leading up to in the first two books. The Three Body Problem featured an alien civilization and theoretical physics. The Dark Forest involved political machinations and high-tech space battles. Death’s End goes beyond both of them and still manages to be like a fairytale. With physics. And politics. And space battles. And a shockingly high number of casualties. Read On

Binary System Podcast #57 – The Orbiting Human Circus (Of The Air) #1

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Binary System Podcast #57 – The Orbiting Human Circus (Of The Air) #1

Yes, we’re a little behind schedule; the second episode of “The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) has already dropped, and we’ve only just now gotten around to watching the first one.

So how was it? It’s…interesting. There are things we liked about it, and things we definitely didn’t. After a quick recap, we talked a little bit about the current Transformers: Revolution storyline (which we did not like, and we’re definitely not happy about it.)

To round it out we talked about Sense8, Hannibal, The Descent, and Skottie Young’s delightfully disturbing I Hate Fairyland.

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