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Episode 163 :: Nerdy Show Book Club – Go BZRK With Michael Grant

Posted by NerdyShow on January 6, 2014


brandonmorphs 300It’s a new Nerdy Show Book Club!

If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you read some Animorphs. This shape-shifting sci-fi series was a seminal read for legions of nerdy teens; some of whom may have grown up to host podcasts.  Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate (the writing duo better known to Animorphs fans as K.A. Applegate) are back! In this episode we review their latest joint book, Eve and Adam, and interview author Michael Grant who’s recent solo work includes the mega-hit young adult series, Gone and the balls-to-the wall adult sci-fi trilogy: BZRK.  Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Jessica as we learn about he and Katherine’s crazy life in the world of young adult fiction, the origins of Animorphs, and Grant’s latest projects including the forthcoming conclusion to the BZRK trilogy and the upcoming Messenger of Fear.

As always, we discuss what other books we’ve been reading and review our findings. Plus- in this episode there’s not one, not two, but three dramatic readings! Hear us read from Eve and Adam, Star Wench, and the mid-90s parody abortion: Vegemorphs: The Fungus Among Us!  You can change your pants… but can you change into a plant?

Next Episode’s Read-Along Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman   | Discuss on the Forums


  1. J.A.R.V.I.S. :: Adam WarRock
  2. Neo-Tokyo Sunset :: Slime Girls
  3. Lose Control :: 9K1
  4. The Never Ending Legend :: halc
  5. Carrot Highway :: Mouth’s Cradle
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  • That was a great episode. It was so wonderful to hear from one of my favorite childhood authors, and to discover that he’s a pretty cool guy. Thanks for the tip about 8bitLA. Timely as well, I might just have to pay a visit.

  • This was such a good episode that I made fan art for it.

  • I just listened to this episode again, and wanted to share. Cap, after listening to this one the first time, a very long time ago, I checked out BZRK from our local library, and then tore through it and its sequels. It was amazing trilogy of books, some of my favorite reads in a long time. Pacing was excellent, subject matter was completey engaging, and the characters were fantastic. The last book was a hard to pill to swallow emotionally — Grant seems to embrace, quite literally, the concept of “kill your darlings.” Regardless, it did not let down, and I had to process just what an ending that third book had for some time after. Really great fiction, and well worth the time invested. Thank you for bringing these to my attention.

    • capblackard

      So glad you checked them out! I agree whole-heatedly! I only recently had the chance to finish BZRK Apocalypse. Man… so, so good. Gonna be talking about it a bit on the next episode.

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