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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So what’s in Episode 21.1?

Where we just talk about books and comics!


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

New novella collection of Newsflesh stories by Mira Grant


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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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via through a Creative Commons License


Trailer Park Friday: Game of Thrones, Zombies, Robots... The Usual Suspects

Welcome to Trailer Park Friday, where we have some fun with trailers and online videos I've stumbled upon over the last few days. This week we have animated dragons, zombies, and more.

Let's start off with the most obvious trailer - season 4 of Game of Thrones starts April 6 and Fernando is very excited about it. Craziness is going to go down.

The How It Should Have Ended Youtube channel is always good for a laugh. Here's how The Desolation of Smaug really should have ended:

The next episode of Almost Human is going to have Gina Carano playing a badass robot. Yay, lady ninja robots!

The Walking Dead comes back on February 9 at which point Michonne will kill lots and lots of zombies. Here is a trailer for the second half of the season.

I hadn't heard of Penny Dreadful until a few days ago and now I'm seeing it everywhere. Here is the trailer for the upcoming Showtime series. It's full of classic story characters like Frankenstein and his monster and Dorian Grey all in the same universe. It starts on May 11.

The upcoming DVD release of Thor: The Dark World will continue the Marvel tradition of adding a short film related to the previously released film (in this case Iron Man 3). Here is the first minute of the short.

Jack Gleeson, the boy everyone hates on Game of Thrones, spoke at the Oxford Union the other day about how much he hates celebrity culture and why he's quitting acting once GOT is done with him. Just as a warning: this sucker is 30 minutes long. The kid has stuff to say.

And that's what I have for this week. What videos have caught your eyes this week? Share them in the comments.

Random Tuesday: Contests, Bookish Lists, Batwoman and Lord of the Rings

Welcome to Random Tuesday! Last week I failed at Random Tuesday because of a lot of different factors, but this week nothing will keep me away. Not even a barrage of ants attempting to take over my house! But first, just a note to point out, we’re currently have two contests up and running. One is for Just My Type, a book perfect for design nerds (I say that lovingly) and cultural history aficionados alike. You can enter to win a paperback copy or a The Periodic Table of Fonts poster here.

Our other contest is in partnership with the wonderful Anderson O’Connell, author of Kingdom, who is preparing for the birth of his second child. Guess the sex of the baby to possibly win a signed paperback copy of Kingdom here or download the e-book for Kindle here for a limited time.

Now on to some randomosity.

If you’ve been on Facebook at all over the last few days, you’ve probably seen this list of 10 Artifacts from Literature That We Wish Were Real from Flavorwire. It’s a pretty neat list, though I’m not sure how useful an alethiometer would be in the real world. Then again I really didn’t like His Dark Materials, so that might be me projecting. On the other hand, I would pay good money for a fully functional Babel Fish.

Now that I have a job that actually requires me to work during the day, I haven’t had much blog surfing time and my Pinterest account has suffered in result. And yet somehow, I managed to still come across a Darma nursery. That kid is going to fear planes and polar bears.

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