Thursday, May 24, 2018

Episode 27: Conan: The Scarlet Citadel and Queen of the Black Coast

As promised many shows ago we return to the Robert E. Howard's Conan Tales. We slice into The Scarlet Citadel, a tale of high adventure, (oh, that's a cliche). It's the story of Conan's capture on the battlefield, imprisonment in a Citadel (Scarlet of course) his subsequent escape and return to his kingdom. Yes, there is a whole lot packed into this short story. The second story Queen of the Black Coast follows Conan on his pirating and jungle adventures with the fascinating pirate Queen Belit. Sit back and join Dave, Jeff and Mike as we discuss said stories. Readings by Aaron and David Kleinschmidt
Music provided with kind permission from Erdenstern.

Next up will be the film Conan the Destroyer followed by the promised Tower of the Elephant (book and comic versions)

 
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Episode 26: Ready Player One (Book and Film)

In an attempt to be more current and contemporary we review another recent film and book.  READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline.  The book was published in 2011 it takes place in a dystopian society where people spend a lot of time in virtual reality, in order to avoid the real run-down world.  The book is Cline's first published novel.  Steven Spielberg takes the material in a slightly different direction as he brings it to the big screen.  We compare the two on the show today.

Up next Robt. E Howard THE TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT, QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST, and/or THE SCARLET CITADEL......and the film CONAN THE DESTROYER.

Music provided courtesy of Erdenstern
Readings by Aaron Kleinschmidt

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Episode 25:Murder on the Orient Express (Book and Film)

Agatha Christie is the top selling author of all time. Her work was inspired  by Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and she invented the Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot, who went on to become her most popular character. She had served in WWI as a nurse and had a famous disappearance that is still a mystery to this day.  The film was released in late 2017 and caused us to try our first mystery story for this podcast, in an effort to be timely.  Obviously that did not work out so well as you can see with this late posting.  Life gets in the way sometime.  Isn't strange how wherever Poirot goes, someone suffers a tragic death......hmmmm.  Join Dave, Mike and Jeff for the discussion.

UP NEXT....READY PLAYER ONE!  Book and film.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Episode 24: The Wolfman a novel by Nicholas Pekearo

Some folk say when you've read one werewolf story, you've read them all. So, we decided to check around and we found a list of five werewolf books that contain an unusual twist, and after reading the The Wolfman by Nicholas Pekearo we found that we were not disappointed.  Publishers Weekly said  "Spare, evocative prose lifts this impressive debut from Pekearo, who was killed in the line of duty as an auxiliary police officer in New York City in 2007. Marlowe Higgins, who’s both a werewolf and a detective, lives in the small town of Evelyn..."   We agree that the writing is solid with few flaws, and you will find some twists in this horror tale full of angst and aggression.  With Pekearo's background and interest in police work he does a nice job of combining elements of a detective novel with those of a horror story.  

Special thanks to Erdenstern for the music, and Aaron Kleinschmidt for his readings. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Episode 23: An American Werewolf in London


Welcome back! This is the first of our werewolf shows. We take a look at the cult classic film that along with The Howling raised the bar for werewolf transformations. This one's quite painful. While Roger Ebert gave An American Werewolf in London a poor review, saying it " ...seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character development, or an ending."
took the werewolf transformations to the next level, with mechanical make-up effects that pre-date the wonderful computer graphics that we enjoy today. So does the film

We however found it highly entertaining in spite of it's flaws.  Although we do have some questions about the ending. 


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Episode 22: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Book and Film)

In this episode we investigate The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre, and by director Martin Ritt.   That is because we are trying something a little different in this episode.  We are combining the reviews of both the book and it's film in ONE episode.  The novel received critical acclaim at the time of its publication and became an international best-seller.  It was printed in 1963 and is full of Cold War fun.   The film was released in 1965 and won several awards and had 2 Academy nominations for Best Actor (Richard Burton) and Best Art Direction (in spite of the overuse of the Jackalope antlers).



The music used in the reading was provided by Erdenstern, while Rick Hollander was our reader. The original piano music for the audio logo for Spine and Sprocket was written and performed by Megan Kleinschmidt.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Episode 21: We Were Soldiers (the film)

The war in Vietnam was unique in many ways.  Films that attempt to illustrate the conflict have some tricky ground to cover.  One of the classic Vietnam War films was, of course, We Were Soldiers Once. If you'd like to watch the film before we cover it here, go ahead and do so now.  Or, listen to our views first, as pathetic as they are, then watch the film for yourself and see what you think.  Both ways work for us. 

We do have 10 minutes of digression at the beginning of the show and we hope, as always, you will find it entertaining enough.  



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