WFTM Podcast 20.1: You're Gonna Need a Lot of Red Crayon

Fernando and Leslie discuss the increase sales of red crayons now that Game of Thrones and Outlander are coloring books, along with some news about Google Books, when it’s weird for a new author to take on another author’s series posthumously, and the next Shadowhunters book cover. The they finish up talking about the robot anthology Robot Uprisings, edited by Daniel H Wilson.

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So what’s in Episode 20.1?

Where we just talk about books and comics!

News:

Federal appeals court deems Google Books project as fair use

Two More Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Books

Lady Midnight cover revealed - next book in the Shadowhunter universe

Game of Thrones and Outlander coloring books coming out next week

What We’re Reading:

Robot Uprising edited by Daniel H Wilson

·       Nanonauts! In Battle with Tiny Death Subs! By Ian McDonald

·       Of Dying Heroes and Deathless Deeds by Robin Wasserman

·       The Robot and the Baby by John McCarthy

·       We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War by Seanan McGuire

·       Spider the Artist by Nnedi Okorafor

·       Small Things by Daniel H Wilson

What We’re Reading This Week:

Leslie: I will eventually finish Uprooted by Naomi Novak and move on to Alias by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos

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

 

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?

News:

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)!

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

 

Trailer Park Friday: The Returned, Penny Dreadful, Robots Playing Soccer & More

It's been awhile since I shared some fun trailers with you guys. By now you've probably already seen the Antman trailer, which I'm completely meh indifferent to, and the Age of Ultron trailer, which freaked me out in the best ways. I've decided to avoid any future Age of Ultron trailers as best I can so that I can be surprised and amazed when the movie comes out.

So what trailers or videos might I have stumbled across in the last few weeks that would be new to you?

Well, there's the first trailer for The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is a Netflix series created by Tina Fey. It's not the usual Mandroid fare, but we're fond of 30 Rock and Tina around here, so I'll be interested in checking out this series when it debuts its entire first season on March 6 on Netflix.

I didn't realize there was a Telltale Games version of Game of Thrones, and I'm really surprised that Fernando hasn't played it. Apparently it's a 6 part story type game with the second "episode" coming out on February 3 on downloadable platforms.

Here, have some robots playing soccer. They are still better at sports than I am.

A&E is remaking the French television show The Returned (or Les Revenants if you want to get technical). I can't imagine it will be as understatedly creepy as the original, but we'll give it a try. It starts on March 9 and will feature quite a few familiar fans to anyone who watches a lot of genre television.

And finally here's the trailer for season 2 of Penny Dreadful. I really enjoyed the first season and look forward to seeing what other twisted version of Victorian characters they manage to add in the second season. Plus Eva Green is just perfect in this show. It returns to Showtime on April 26.

 

And that's what I have this week. Hopefully I will return next week with more fun videos. What's caught your eye on the internet this week?

Random Tuesday: Funko Exclusives, Game of Thrones Meets Soccer, History fo Sci Fi & More

It's less than a month until San Diego Comic Con, and I'm having a difficult time thinking of much else. Conversations in my house are either about soccer or SDCC, and I don't expect it to change until the end of July. So due to my SDCC craziness, the first random thing for this Random Tuesday is a picture of some random things that I want more than any rational person should:

Look at that adorable Stay Puft Man! Do you collect Funko pops? I've collected a few over the years, but it seems since I got my hands on shiny Ninja Turtles at last year's SDCC, I've been obsessed. Funko is a hard booth to get into at the Con, but I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to get some of the 86 exclusives they have this year. These are just the first ones they've announced so far.

I haven't been able to look at too many random things this week, so I'm going to do this on the fly. How this for random?

In your latest bit of robot news, the Japenese have create more robots and these want to report the news. They're kind of creepy looking and considering I'm reading Robogenesis, I don't know if this is a good idea. (from The Mary Sue)

Entertainment Weekly had a book designer redo the covers of some classic literary so they look like the YA stories that they truely are. I don't think the fall-out from that Slate article will ever end.

Some people have a little too much free time on their hands, so they decided to make Game of Thrones costumes for their pugs and then film scenic portraits to show the world. It's pretty ridiculous. (from The Frisky)

Speaking of GOT, here is one for soccer-obsessed Fernando. Personally I think The Mary Sue's headline says it all: Game of Thrones Soccer Outfits So You Can Pretend You Care About the World Cup

If you didn't see the Orphan Black season finale on Saturday, what are you doing?! Stop reading this Random Tuesday post and go watch it! There is no link or story for this one. Just the adamant advice that you go watch Orphan Black now.

io9 dug up the history behind 31 science fiction terms and where they originated.

For all you authors out there, Charlie Jane Anders has a strange trick to cut down your manscript. (Also from the great io9)

Amazon put together their top 20 books of 2014 so far. I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of YA (and science fiction at that!) titles included.

 

And that's all the random I have in me today. I've been hanging out on Twitter a lot more lately, so if you want to chat, join me at @WorkforMandroid. You can get random things all week!

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 TheMarySue.com)

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 EW.com)

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

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.

Review: A Feast for Crows & A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

I have been missing for several weeks now. I’m blaming these two books for my absence. I quickly burned through my backlog of books to review and then found myself at a loss for material to post. It also didn’t help that work has been burning my brain out, but that’s a totally different subject. Anyway here is my joint review for A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, the fourth and fifth books in the A Song of Ice & Fire series by George RR Martin.

 

A Feast for Crows & A Dance with Dragons
George RR Martin

Bantam
Fantasy / Epic Fantasy / Dragons

AFFC on Goodreads | ADWD on Goodreads

AFFC on Amazon | ADWD on Goodreads

A Feast for Crows

With A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth volume of the landmark series that has redefined imaginative fiction and stands as a modern masterpiece in the making.

After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it's not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes...and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.

A Dance with Dragons

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance — beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys's claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone — a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

My one review of both these books: Ugh.

I am not a fan of George RR Martin’s pointless ramblings. The only reasons I’ve pushed myself through these thousands and thousands of pages is because A) I can’t stop things in the middle, B) I need to read things before I see them on screen and the most important one, C) Fernando really loves this series. He sits through so much of my stuff that probably bores him to tears, so it’s only reasonable that I share his favorite series with him. I grumble, he defends. We bond over geek stuff.

In total these two books are over 2,000 pages and that’s counting the large hardback pages as an equivalent to the small trade paperback pages. If these were both paperbacks, it would most definitely push the 3,000 mark. You’d think with so many pages, TONS of things would happen.

You would be wrong.

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