WFTM Podcast Episode 23: Star Wars - Braxton's New Hope

We have another special episode for you this week. Who hasn't seen Star Wars?! Braxton hasn't! In this special edition, listen to Braxton's reaction to watching the original trilogy (Episodes IV -VI). Do the films hold up? Has nostalgia clogged up fans feelings? Will Braxton join the dark side or will he join the side of the good?? Find out in this special episode of The Working for the Mandroid podcast!

We hope to get back to regularly scheduled episodes soon. Until then, we hope you enjoy this Leslie-less episode of the WFTM podcast (she was too stuck in Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel to participate).

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WFTM Podcast Episode 22.2: Three Perfect Minutes

When did Leslie and Fernando get a life? They aren’t sure either, but they’re here with another podcast a few days late. We talk about slave Leia Star Wars merchandise (and whether it’s disappearing), John Constantine popping up on Arrow, new adaptations of books for television, a live action fan film of Metroid and much more. Plus Leslie gushes about what she thinks is the most perfect three minutes of television she’s seen in a long time.

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Star Wars: Rebels

The Walking Dead

Heroes: Reborn

John Constantine on Arrow

Our Favorite Thing We Watched This Week:

Fernando: Either Arrow or Heroes: Reborn

Leslie: The perfect three minutes that was Ravi and Blaine fighting for the vial of zombie death on iZombie


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Author Blog Tour Guest Post & Contest: Viola Carr, The Devious Dr. Jekyll

Welcome to the Working for the Mandroid stop on Viola Carr's author blog tour for The Devious Dr. Jekyll, hosted by Pump Up Your Book tours. Viola has stopped by to discuss steampunk, anachronism and Victorian-era CSIs as well as give away a $25 gift card to one lucky reader of the tour. The Devious Dr. Jekyll is a fun take on the classic Jekyll and Hyde tail starring a female protagonist in a steampunk version of Victorian England. Take it away, Viola!

Steampunk, Anachronism and Victorian-era CSIs

A cool aspect of steampunk (and its many derivatives) is anachronism. It’s alternate history – you can mess with the timeline. Move historical figures and events around, kill someone off or pretend that an important event from 'real history' never happened. Take what you want, and discard the rest.

I love steampunk, and the Victorian era, but I'm only an amateur historian. For me, so long as the writer gets the sense of the period authentic, they can add in whatever they like – zombies, clockwork people, steam-powered airships – and I'll buy into it.

My Electric Empire series centers on Dr. Eliza Jekyll – yes, the daughter of that Jekyll – whom I've invented and transported to the mid-Victorian-era, as a physician and crime scene investigator. Cool, eh? She's a combination of detective, forensic specialist and mad scientist. CSI: Jekyll & Hyde.

Never mind that, in the real 1850s, there was no such thing as a CSI. I've had to alter history quite a bit, in subtle ways.

Firstly, the physicians of the day were notoriously standoffish about getting their hands dirty – as opposed to surgeons, whom physicians sneered at as mere artisans, little better than butchers. Physicians would be more likely to confine themselves to laboratory testing for poisons or illnesses, which more often than not, they got wrong. So the idea of my physician attending a dirty crime scene in person is ahead of its time.

Oh, and qualified female physicians? No such thing in England until 1865, when a formidable lady named Elizabeth Garrett Anderson bullied her way in through the back door, fighting a hostile College of Physicians every step of the way. But never mind. This is steampunk!

I also had to deal with the fact that in the 'real' 1850s, crime scene investigation as we know it today – searching for trace evidence at the scene – hadn't been invented yet. By modern standards, it was appallingly easy to get away with murder.

Locard's Exchange Principle – the now-common concept that 'every contact leaves a trace' – hadn't yet been formulated. And even if it had been, contemporary science was woefully inadequate to the task. There was as yet no test to prove that a stain was blood, or that it was human and not animal. Poisons such as strychnine were undetectable. Of course, no one had ever heard of DNA, or even blood typing.

Autopsies were done on the spot, in poor light and filth, by inexpert people. And much of the common medico-legal wisdom – such as the idea that a murder victim's retina preserved an image of the killer's face, or that if a dead infant's lungs floated in water, it indicated breathing and therefore infanticide rather than stillbirth – were just plain wrong.

On top of that, police procedure was dodgy, too. Crime scenes were routinely contaminated by curious passers-by, who were encouraged to view the gruesome scenes for entertainment. Crucial evidence was lost, misidentified or ignored because no one knew any better. And identifying suspects properly was impossible, without fingerprinting or a proper filing system for photographic records.

With all these limitations, a real Victorian CSI wasn't left with much to do! Luckily, steampunk and weird science have come to my rescue. Eliza Jekyll has all manner of improbable gadgets: portable electric lights, bottles of special solution, an array of fantastic lenses and sensors that perform feats of detection that are scientifically impossible without a little magic. She reaches conclusions about crime scene evidence that her real-world contemporaries could not.

But hey, it's steampunk! We can suspend a little disbelief here. And in a world where Dr. Jekyll's potion is real and actually works, sinister brass automatons stalk the streets, and the electric underground train has been invented forty years before its time… well, it'd be stranger if forensics didn't happen.

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The Devious Dr. Jekyll
Viola Carr

Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy/Steampunk
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Audible 

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Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.
Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.
It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness—or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.
As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.

About the Author:

Viola Carr was born in Australia, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat. She loves history, and pops down to London’s many historical sites whenever she gets the chance.  She likes steampunk, and thought it would be cool to investigate wacky crimes with crazy gadgets…just so long as her heroine was the creator of said wacky gadgets: a tinkerer, edgy, with a dash of mad scientist. Readers can follow her on twitter at @viola_carr  and online at http://www.violacarr.com.

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Visit Viola’s website.
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 October 26

Guest blogging at Tez Says

Book featured at 3 Partners in Sh0pping

 

October 27

Book featured at What is That Book About

Book featured at Teatime and Books

 

October 28

Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

Book featured at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

 

October 29

Interviewed at The Cosy Dragon

Book featured at Kristy Centeno

 

October 30

Book featured at Harmonious Publicity

Guest blogging at The Romantic World of Leigh Anderson

 

November 2

Book featured at Mikky’s World of Books

Book featured at Celticlady’s Reviews

 

November 3

Book featured at Kayl’s Crazy Obsession

Guest blogging at Working for the Mandroid

 

November 4

Book featured at Around the World in Books

Book featured at Lisa’s Louisiana Home

 

November 5

Book featured at Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions

Book featured at Curling Up by the Fire

 

November 6

Book featured at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

 

November 8

Book reviewed at Rhi Reading

 

November 9

Guest blogging at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Book reviewed at Doing Some Reading

 

November 10

Book reviewed at Here’s to Happy Endings

Book reviewed at Words I Write Crazy

 

November 11

Book reviewed at Book Him Danno

Book reviewed at Worth Getting in Bed For

 

November 12

Book featured at Chosen By you Book Club

Interviewed at Urban Fantasy Investigations

Book reviewed at Reader Girls

 

November 13

Book featured at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews

Book reviewed at Moonlight Rendezvous

Book featured at Dawn’s Reading Nook

WFTM Podcast Episode 22.1: Wizard World Austin Is Not Comic Con

Leslie and Fernando just returned from a quick trip to the local Wizard World Comic Con in Austin, so instead of yammering about books and comics, they decided to figure out what the heck they just experienced.

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So what’s in Episode 22.1?

40+ minutes of discussing everything that didn’t quite go right for Wizard World Austin Comic Con and why we might return next year despite it.


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Episode 21.2: The Impala Is Home

On this stormy day, Leslie and Fernando are playing hooky preping for Austin Wizard World by talking about the latest episode of The Walking Dead (spoilers starting at 27:23 through the end), the Supergirl pilot and the best episode of Supernatural in a very long time. We also talk about casting for Guardians of the Galaxy, more Muppets, Ron Weasley coming to television and more.

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So what’s in Episode 21.2?

Where we just talk about television and movies!

News:

More Muppets are coming!

Norman Reedus getting motorcycle show on AMC

Rupert Grint possibly doing a comic inspired drama for NBC

New casting announced for Guardians of the Galaxy 2

What We’re Watching:

Supergirl (and where you can now watch it with commentary!)

Supernatural, episode 11.04 “Baby”

The Walking Dead, episode 6.03 “Thank You” – and some of the controversy stemming from the episode (spoilers from 27.23 until the end)

Our Favorite Thing We Watched This Week:

No favorite thing this week because we talked about them in the What We’re Watching section (Supernatural for Leslie, The Walking Dead for Fernando)


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WFTM Episode 21.1: Terrible People Doing Terrible Things

This week Leslie and Fernando discuss Scott McCloud’s expansive graphic novel The Sculptor before Leslie goes into a rant about thrillers about terrible people doing terrible things so readers can get enjoyment from schadenfreude. For news, we have book cover reveals, open submission period over at Angry Robot (if you have a scifi, fantasy or WTF novel collecting dust), and new Tolkien papers.

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We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 21.1?

Where we just talk about books and comics!

News:

Angry Robot Preparing for Open Door submission period - Dec 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016

New novella collection of Newsflesh stories by Mira Grant

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Map of Middle Earth annotated by JRR Tolkien found

What We’re Reading:

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

What We’re Reading This Week:

Fernando: Looking forward to finishing Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Leslie: Finishing up The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and move on to Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and Alias by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos (for real this time!)

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WFTM Podcast Episode 20.2: Tom Hiddleston is Attractive in This Movie

Spoilers abound in this week’s television talk. Big things happened on The Walking Dead (spoilers 31:38 to 41:25) and Doctor Who finally explained one of the things that bothered Leslie about Peter Capauldi’s casting (spoilers 41:54 to 48:07). We also take some time to determine if Crimson Peak is a horror film or something else instead. Also there’s news of new shows in development (including a continuation of Gilmore Girls!), talk of Back to the Future Day and lots of Star Wars shenanigans this week.

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We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 20.2?

Where we just talk about television and movies!

News:

It’s Back to the Future Day! (or at least it was when we recorded this)

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters television show

Cruel Intentions sequel for television – but on NBC?!

Gilmore Girls getting a limited series on Netflix

A lot of Star Wars things happened this week – crashing Fandango, a (mock?) boycott brought all the racists out, and a new trailer that Leslie is ignoring

What We’re Watching:

We have things to say about the second episode of The Walking Dead, the most reason episode of Doctor Who (with Maisie Williams!) and the recently released film Crimson Peak

Our Favorite Thing We Watched This Week:

Fernando: The Walking Dead

Leslie: American Horror Story and as a guilty pleasure, The Grinder


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