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All the Books Show: Episode 101 – The 2000s 101

In which we actually discuss the early aughts. Not too much to add to this episode. We’ve reached the point where we won’t be looking at past decades anymore.

512btmuq2mdl-_sx329_bo1204203200_2000-2010 is where I stopped reading for a long time and then got back into it as an older teen. It’s when I got into the X-Men, Marvel and comic books. It’s when I bought my PS2, one of my favorite video game consoles ever. It’s when I dropped out of high school and enrolled in college. It’s when I started listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and got into classic rock. It’s when the family photo albums stops having pictures of me.

Important years, but we probably don’t won’t to dwell of go back there.

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All the Books Show: Episode 87 – You Got Your Hugo Awards in My Pulitzer Prize!

What could we possibly be talking about this episode? And how blatant is our need to kill two birds with one very big, craggy rock?

6045ea67-7229-4460-be3b-40669435f09c_640x960But in all seriousness, we talk about the Hugo Award nominations and the Pulitzer Prize winners. History hasn’t proven the Pulitzer Prize very good at picking books that stick. Looking back, it’s not just that I haven’t read those winners, I’ve never heard of them. And sure, I’m not a great yardstick for success, but how many have you heard of? Come on. How MANY?!

However, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead has been everywhere this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if if continues to stay in the public consciousness for a long time. Plus, whenever HBO turns it into miniseries.

The Hugos, on the other hand, has plenty of books I’ve heard of and read, but I’m also into science fiction. But I have to image some of you have heard the phrase Starship Troopers before, even if you haven’t read it. You should. It’s excellent.

Though, I never recognize the nominations for the Hugo Awards of that year. And is all that controversy over yet?

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All the Books Show: Episode 80 – 80s and Heartbreaks

The latest episode of the podcast is up. It’s fan-frickin’-tastic. We talk about the most popular and award winning books of the 1980s. It’s a fun romp through time.

What I learned is that Stephen King could do no wrong in the public’s eye back then, that I’ve read a decent amount of Hugo Winners and that, once again, the Newbery award picked a lot of kids books no one reads today.

Also, if you’ve read Lincoln in the Bardo, let us know what you think!

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Real Life Update

Sometimes I forget that this is my blog and I can do more than write about other things like comics and movies. Even though, when writing about my own life, comics and movies come in to play.

10250956_10154030461855427_2018690464_nFirst off, the wife and I adopted a dog. His name is Scooter, he’s a Corgi/Terrier mix and five years old. We’ve had him for about a month and he’s great. Or at least, I think so. He doesn’t like when strangers charge at him, even if they want to share affection, but you know what? I don’t like when strangers do that to me, so I understand the pup. I’ve got him leash trained, thanks to the Dog Whisperer and he’s the reason I walk two hours a day. On an unrelated note, my foot feels broken.

We also bought a second guinea pig. Her name is Mango and she’s just a tiny ball of fluff compared to our first pig, Penelope. At first, it didn’t sound like the two were getting along, with Penelope hogging the pigloo and evil-cavy purring whenever Mango came near. But now, they’re fine and Mango seems to be coming out of her shell. I think I’ve learned a lot from these guinea pigs and its that owning guinea pigs is a lot of give and not a lot of take. Go figure.1907621_10152371636467139_5098657279207213475_n

We’re making our way through the best picture nominations three months too late. So far, I haven’t seen anything to beat 12 Years a Slave and I can’t figure out how American Hustle made the billing but not All is Lost. Good job, Oscars. actually, maybe I shouldn’t say that even in sarcasm because you might think I’m being serious. Because you’re dumb. Like, ‘don’t know the order of the planets’ dumb.

Speaking of awards, I signed up to vote for this year’s Hugo Awards. I’ll talk more about this in a separate post, but the short point is that I get the packet with all the nominated works (ALL THE WHEEL OF TIME) and get to play an active part in Science Fiction’s future. I’m excited.

10318586_10154110724810427_841227274_nNow, transitioning to books, I finished writing mine. This is also something that needs its own post. After MY ENTIRE LIFE of wanting to write a full book, I finished my first novel. The last story I ever wrote to completion was fifty-two notebook pages back in eighth grade. Today, the last thing I wrote is a seventy-plus thousand word novel. It may have taken me way too long, but I’ve done it and it feels pretty good.

Speaking of…well, I just want to talk about my new laptop. My old one, the machine I was given my first year of Houghton College, finally said, “No more”. Luckily, like a wild animal, I had feelings of it’s coming death and backed it all up. From there, I went out and got myself a new laptop. It’s an HP, touch screen and more powerful than the custom job I build in ’05. What I couldn’t wrap my head around was why the lesser machines were more expensive at the store. It turns out people will pay more for a thinner computer with less power and space than they will for a slightly bigger one. I got the bigger one and save big bucks on a laptop that can actually do things well.

I think that’s it, for now. I need to write up a summer movie preview and talk about the X-Men soon. I’ll try to do that tomorrow.