WFTM Podcast Episode 10: Robot Westerns & Fantastic Four Failures

Robot westerns, Fantastic Four fails, baby Ned Stark? It must be time for Episode 10 of the Working for the Mandroid podcast! Leslie and Fernando touch on the latest seasons of The Strain, Halt and Catch Fire and the new Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp before talking about A Fire Upon the Deep (yes, again) and Judy Blume’s latest. We also hit on some geek news and what’s making us happy this week. And it’s the final week to enter our Comic Con giveaway!

Download it from the iTunes store here!

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 10?


First Teaser Trailer for Westworld – HBO’s New Robot Sci-Fi Western

Fantastic Four Bombs – Will It Continue?

First Look at Jon Bernthal as the Punisher

Game of Thrones Casts a Young Ned Stark and We Try to Figure Out Why

What We’re Watching:

The Strain

Halt and Catch Fire finished season 2

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix

What We're Reading:

Leslie Finally Finished A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge But Fernando Hasn’t

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Last Week to Enter to Win SDCC Swag, Books & T-Shirts!

What’s Making Us Happy:

Fernando: Having new artwork to hang up

Leslie: Peppermint white chocolate drinks, adorable Lord Mesa art, and these awesome Winter gloves (despite it currently being 104 degrees outside)!

Follow us on Twitter @WorkforMandroid and @fernborrego

Email your questions, concerns, thoughts and comments to

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



There are a lot of robots in episode 9, including a battle between US and Japan mechs, Leslie losing all faith in humanity at the failed experiment of Hitchbot, and checking in on Mr. Robot in our summer television review. Fernando talks about how Jon Stewart changed news watching, Leslie squeals about Marissa Meyer and her Lunar Chronicles series, there is general love for Greg Rucka’s Lazarus comic series and much more. Don’t forget to enter to win boxes of Comic Con swag!!

Download it from the iTunes store here!

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 9?



I hate people. Hitchbot was destroyed in Philadelphia.

First look at the new Shadowhunters television show on ABC Family

What We’re Watching:

It’s Jon Stewart’s last week on The Daily Show and we are sad.

Checking in on Summer Television:

-        Killjoys

-        Dark Matter

-        Defiance

-        Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

-        Humans

-        Mr. Robot

What We're Reading:

An update on A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

Lazarus Volume 1: Family & Volume 2: Lift by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark & Santiago Arcas

Warm Up by VE Schwab (original short story)

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer (short story in the Lunar Chronicles series)

We’re Still Hosting a Contest to Win SDCC Swag, Books & T-Shirts!

What’s Making Us Happy:

Fernando: looking forward to reading Volume 3 of Lazarus

Leslie: using Google Docs as weird IM software that feels more like passing notes in class and binging Parks & Rec on Netflix

Follow us on Twitter @WorkforMandroid and @fernborrego

Email your questions, concerns, thoughts and comments to

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

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer

Feiwel & Friends
Released January 27, 2015
222 pages
YA / Sci Fi / Twisted Faerie Tales

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In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

I devoured Fairest as quickly as my over-exhausted body and work schedule would allow, meaning that over the course of two nights, I was once again engulfed in Marissa Meyer’s world of Lunar royalty and cunningly clever yet devastatingly lonely evil queens. It wasn’t long enough, but I suppose it will have to do until Winter comes out towards the end of the year.

Possible spoilers for Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress ahead.

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Teaser Tuesday: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

It has been a terrible, no good, very bad day. Then I came home and found this lovely in my mailbox.

Now it is a much better day. This hard cover of Fairest is really pretty, inside and out. Here are the end pages, which shows the palace on the Moon.

And of course, here is the first page.


So instead of putting together a Random Tuesday, I'm going to dive head first into Fairest and pretend today never happened. I leave you with the opening.

She was lying on a burning pyre, hot coals beneath her back. White sparks floated in her vision but the mercy of unconsciousness wouldn't come.

I'm so excited!

Random Tuesday Returns and Everything Is Awesome (Except for Mean Comic Book Workers)

Is it possible? Has Random Tuesday finally returned? Are you about to get a face full of random things? Why, yes, you are. But first, have an ear worm.

You're welcome.

Noelle Stevenson, aka Gingerhaze, is one of my favorite fan artists, except now she's not just a fan artist, but a real comic creator. She created a short comic yesterday about her time visiting a comic book store that didn't go so well. Luckily we're priviledged to have Austin Books & Comics within a short drive, a comic book store staffed with incredibly generous and knowledgable staff of men and women. I have, however, had less pleasant experiences at other shops in the area, occassionally feeling like I was an alien that had stumbled upon a hidden secret planet where I DID NOT BELONG.

Of course said comic then led to some priviledged asshats coming out of the dark cobwebbed areas of the internet to be even more priviledged and more asshatty (totally a word). The formatting on that Tumblr post is a little messed up, so it's difficult to find where the writer changes, but it doesn't really matter.

So yes, drama on the internet. That's new. If you're looking for a female-friendly comic book store in your area, this Tumblr called Hater Free Wednesdays has a list of shops to check out.

But this isn't random enough. We NEED MORE RANDOM!

io9 has a sneak peak of a Game of Thrones art show that's going to be in Seattle in March. You can several of the GOT inspired pieces here.

Speaking of GOT exhibits, there is a HBO sponsored exhibit of pieces from the show going to several places around the global, including our hometown of Austin. Fernando is excited, but I have no idea how this is going to work with South by Southwest happening at the same time. Bets on if Ned's head will be included?

Between his Facebook and Twitter, Stephen Amell is quickly becoming my new favorite celebrity. I mean, seriously, this guy...




Marissa Meyer released a short story based on The Little Mermaid to celebrate the release of Cress, her third book in the Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven't read these books yet, stop what you're doing and go get them.

Lots of people are getting cast for the Flash pilot. I can't even begin to explain how excited about this series and have all my fingers and toes crossed that it happens. (found via

Speaking of possible new television series, a lot of people are getting cast for Gotham as well. I have no idea how this is going to be a television show, but I'm game. (found via

And finally, have steampunk Batgirl by Mahmud Asrar. You can find more of his work at his Deviant Art profile.

Trailer Park Friday: Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, The Fault in Our Stars & Book Trailers Galore

I am so done with today. I just want to curl up somewhere with a book and some cookies and pretend like today never happened. But first I bring you trailers!

It's nearly the day where everyone crowds around their television to watch hours of commercials (or a football game, whatevs), but for whatever reason, people are putting out their Super Bowl ads out early or creating commercials for their commercials. That includes a teaser for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which comes out May 2.

This is a Wonder Woman short film that shows the potential for a WW movie if only Warner Brothers would stop being stupid and/or lazy to create one. It's very stylistic and doesn't have much of a story, but the visual are good. Except the ending - that part didn't make sense to me. It was directed by directed by Sam Balcomb of Rainfall Films, and you can see some of Rainfall Films other movies on their Youtube channel here.

This next confession is probably going to get me thrown out of the book blogger community, but I've never read The Fault in Our Stars (or any John Green for that matter). I know it's a book that will make me cry and I haven't yet had the courage to read it and be depressed for days on end. This trailer is reinforcing that fear of this book and there is not enough money that would make me see this film in a theatre. I only ugly cry at home, thank you very much. The film adaptation comes out June 6.

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Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer

Feiwel & Friends
I received an ARC at Comic Con from the author and publisher because they are awesome.
Releases February 4, 2014
560 pages
YA / SciFi / Robots / MOON PEOPLE!

Download the first 5 chapters here!

Find it on Goodreads

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

The short version of this review would just be me, squealing incomprehensibly while jumping around and flailing in the most fangirlish of fangirl excitement. That is what this book did to me.

The long version: It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. I’ve babbled about it since before Cinder ever even came out in 2012. It’s cyborgs and twisted faerie tales and spaceships with snarky criminal pilots and MOON PEOPLE. It’s that perfect combination of fantasy and science fiction with sprinkling of romantic moments that turn me a bit into a twelve-year-old girl. Despite all that, I was a little concerned how Meyer was going to stuff another faerie tale into a series that already had two main heroines and a cast of at least four regularly featured males and an android. Would it feel crowded? Would some characters get pushed aside to focus on the new characters?

I shouldn’t have worried. Meyer knows what’s she’s doing and this 560 page book felt too short in all the best possible ways. Even knowing the faerie tales the characters are based off of, there is no way you can predict what’s going to happen. Characters are featured as much or as little as the pilot requires, but everyone has a purpose and a place. It didn’t take many pages before I wanted to crawl inside this book, wrap its pages around me and live in this world forever.


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