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  1. Nerdy Show Book Club :: Episode 15 :: Read-Along: The Handmaid’s Tale

    From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share what we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community.

    This episode is dedicated entirely to Margaret Atwood’s landmark dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s a horrifying story that gets closer to reality with each passing day – in which America has been overthrown by religious fundamentalists and anyone not male, white, and heterosexual is killed or subjugated. We experience this awful reality through the eyes of a woman trapped in sexual servitude; her existence reduced to being a walking womb to compensate for the future’s low birth rate.

    Join Cap, Denika, Jess, and Brandon for an overview of the novel, a dramatic reading, and then spoiler-intensive discussions on both the book and the recent television adaptation. We discuss the challenges of the world, and the narrative itself, as well as the novel’s massive cultural impact, parallels in our own reality, and even manage to make some jokes to soften the blow of how hard this book hits. (more…)

  2. Nerdy Show Book Club :: Episode 14 :: A Handmade Tail

    From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share what we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community.

    As we brace ourselves for our forthcoming dissection of the disturbingly relevant Handmaid’s Tale, we first divert into greener and more peculiar pastures by talking about the other things we’ve read. Join Cap, Denika, Brandon, and Jess as they unload on a wide expanse of literary explorations. Discover a genre specifically about faeries being dicks, explore the world of video game translation and The Legend of Zelda to a point of fascinating minutia, learn what’s the opposite of Death Note, and gird your loins for the Funky Pickle. (more…)

  3. Nerdy Show Book Club :: Episode 13 :: Into the Pop Culture Garbage Hole

    bookclub13From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community.

    When you consume a ton of media, it’s inevitable that you’ll come face-to-face with some tentacle-waving garbage monster of obscure pop culture. The question is: is it bad bad or good bad? Will you find surprising brilliance to unnecessary direct-to-video sequels of classic films? Can a blatant sampling of the best-known sci-fi media of the past 30 years provide a fresh perspective? Real monkey/ typewriter/ Shakespeare kinda stuff.

    Join Cap, Colin, Denika, and Brandon as they plummet into the recesses of the pop culture garbage hole: an inevitably frequent stopover for any nerd with a media addiction. Our Read-Along Book for this episode is Ready Player One author, Ernest Cline‘s Armada. Can this modern day retelling of The Last Starfighter (and many other nerd staples) stand aside his dazzling debut? We also dabble in dystopian fiction, discuss the metaphysics of simulation theory as told by a thought-form entity, and read from a young reader adaptation of Mortal Kombat: the movie. (more…)

  4. Nerdy Show Book Club :: Episode 12 :: Journey Into Mythic Fiction

    bookclub12From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community.

    It’s been an obscene amount of time since we cracked open Book Club, but neither hell, nor high water, nor the waning attention spans of modern man can hold us back from our quest for enthralling brain-pictures. Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Denika as they share what they read during our long absence and we discuss our community read-along: Neil Gaiman’s grim fairytale, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

    Explore the dark truths of Denika’s late night reading, Colin’s frustrations with Earthsea, and a true story of a sexual awakening from The Shaggy Dog while growing up raised by early 20th century pseudoscience. Then, indulge in an exhilarating reading from read the Gooflumps classic, Stay Out of The Bathroom. And finally wander into the haunting and beautiful world of our featured book with a spoiler-free discussion (and a safely quarantined spoilerific one at the end) as well as a dramatic reading. What’s the difference between mythic fiction, magical realism, and other arbitrary literary genres? Discover the answers (or not) within! (more…)

  5. Nerdy Show Book Club :: Episode 11 :: Read ‘Til You Puke!

    bookclub11From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community.

    It’s been an eon since Nerdy Show Book Club last convened and we’re backed up with awesome books to talk about! We’re rekindling the Book Club flame – not just as a returning segment of Nerdy Show, but as its own standalone program. Join Cap and Colin for this catch-up episode where they share their favorite reads from this unexpected hiatus.

    We’ve got follow-up discussions from our interviews with Michael Grant (Animorphs, BZRK) and Greg Weisman (GargoylesRain of the Ghosts), heavy reading, hard-boiled pulp stories, and a dramatic reading of 90s literary masterpiece: Gooflumps: Eat Cheese and Barf! So click on the reading lamp, catch up on our belated community read-along, and crack open this new episode of Book Club! (more…)

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

    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? (more…)

  7. Episode 158 :: Nerdy Show Book Club – Sick Puppies

    ep 158 book club sick puppy 300Nerdy Show Book Club returns! We share the books we’re currently reading, discuss the book we read along with you guys, and do some of our famous dramatic readings.  It’s a sexy party in the library, and you’re the guest of honor.

    This episode our Community Read-Along is a black comedy set in the Sunshine State, Carl Hiaasen’s Sick Puppy!  Our home state is notorious for all the crazy that goes on here, and Hiaasen’s fictional Florida distills that crazy into a fine drinking liquor suitable for sipping at both South Beach poolsides and in seedy panhandle barrooms – either way, you wake up naked somewhere unexpected.  Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Tony as we hit the road with an insane cast of characters including a lovable environmental terrorist, a barbie-fondling ex-drug dealer, a Governor turned avenging-nomad, a hit man with some very special mix tapes… and that only scratches the surface! (more…)

  8. Episode 140 :: Nerdy Show Book Club – De Niromancer

    ep 140 300In this episode of Nerdy Show Book Club we take on a nerdy novel classic William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Thirty years ago this novel redefined science fiction, and to this day it continues to indelibly influence… just about everything.  Including your day-to-day life!  This is the kernel from which all of cyberpunk exploded and infected the world’s psyche with digital consciousness.  It’s a must read.  …And none of us had read it. So we’ve fixed that and hopefully you’ve joined us as we plunged headfirst into the Sprawl.

    We share our thoughts on this landmark novel and its complex worldbuilding, discuss what you thought about the book, share what else we’ve been reading, and, of course, do a dramatic reading from Neuromancer as well as a reading from a film novelization.  Join Cap, Hex, Brandon, Jon, and Colin as we crack the ICE on this new book club adventure. (more…)

  9. Episode 127 :: Nerdy Show Book Club – Ready Player One

    ep 127 book club 300Grab your oscillation overthruster and shove some garbage in your Mr. Fusion, ’cause we’re blasting off into 1980s obscurity! This month’s community read-along is Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One a book tailor-made for any geek nurtured in the neon womb of 80s excess and schooled on some of the greatest nerd-centric pop culture ever made. But is a book written by a nerd for nerds a good thing? Can carefully catered niche references go too far? And how does its sci-fi story stack up against its contemporaries?

    Join Cap, Hex, Colin, Brandon, and Tony for another adventure into the dog-eared pages of Nerdy Show Book Club.  Find out what other books we’re reading and what we think about ’em. Get in on the fun and read along with us! (more…)

  10. Season 4 Episode 69 :: Nerdy Show Book Club – Children From the Stars

    Nerdy Show Book Club returns! Join Cap, Brandon, Colin, and newcomer Germaine as we discuss what books we’ve read, and the community read-long book: Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Shadow – a book that runs parallel to his classic, Ender’s Game. It’s the story of a genius street urchin who gets sent to Battleschool to defend humanity.  And since we’re already up there, we pay a visit with another child from space, he’s a real star you might say.

    Tune in for the dramatic reading weirdness you love, as well as a world-premiere: the first chapter of the Nerdy Show-penned Weekend at Bernie’s 3: Night of the Living Bernie read aloud for your pleasure! (more…)

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