The last time we saw the crew of After the End Times, they were a dominate, albeit new, online news site. Uncovering conspiracy, shouting truth at the world and poking dead things with sicks. (Gotta have some fun, right?) Things started going bad. Don’t worry, no spoilers, but in a world where the dead stand up and chow down on the living… saying things went bad means they went very bad indeed.
I got a copy of The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook for my birthday a few months back (should an FTC disclaimer be required, consider this it), and it’s taken me a while to get around to writing this review. I had to put some thought into this one. Something about the book bothered me, and it’s taken me a long time to dig around inside that vague discomfort and shape my thoughts into something I could articulate.
I wouldn’t say the book was bad, I enjoyed parts of The Iron Duke quite a bit. Some elements are awkwardly pieced together. The discrepancy almost made it seem like 2 different stories were stitched together.
I’ve been on the internet for a long, long time (as long as you refer to the 1990’s as old, I guess)… and as a writer, especially a genre author, one of the first real “homes” I found on the web was the Forward Motion boards, and there I was not only introduced to the Great and Powerful Holly Lisle, but also the fantastic Lazette Gifford (Twitter – @LazetteG). Not only does she run the boards, Vision for Writers and is active on her blog and twitter, but she is a prolific and really fabulous author. I’ve become dependent on her to be a driving force to help my wordcount during Nanowrimo, as she usually works on multiple projects during that crazy month, while I usually squeak out just enough to win some years.
Pat can’t make it for this episode, her family is going through a difficult time right now. If you believe in prayer, positive vizualization or anything like that, please keep them in your thoughts.
You might notice that we have art for the podcast now (the image in this post). If I’ve done things correctly, it should also be the album art for the podcast on iTunes.
On this Episode…
It first came to me on SyFy Blaster: That Jerk who raged at you on the road today was probably a gamer. Fox News trumpeted, “Study Says Video Gamers Make Dangerous Drivers.” MSNBC came up with, “No, Driving Games do not Make you Better Drivers.” I was intrigued, and so I ferreted out the original press release at Continental Tires. Here are just a few highlights:
Last week the most overused word was wonderful, this week it’s absolutely.
We recorded this episode on 1/28/11, but some technical difficulties delayed the release. Pat is sick and couldn’t make it. I convinced Linda to fill in for her.