Blue Labyrinth Review By Ron Fortier

Preston & Child review by Ron FortierBLUE LABYRINTH
An Agent Pendergast Novel
By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Grand Central Publishing
403 pages

“Blue Labyrinth” is the fourteenth novel in our favorite new pulp fiction series starring Special FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast. We first discovered the remarkable, acerbic millionaire detective when a close friend gifted us with a copy of his third adventure, “The Cabinet of Curiosities.” We were hooked immediately and compared many of the character’s talents and attributes to Walter Gibson’s classic pulp hero, The Shadow.
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Earth Station One Episode 267 – Mad Max: Fury Road Movie Reivew

Earth Station One Ep 267The ESO crew take a drive to arrive at the gates of Valhalla, shiny and chrome else die historic on Fury Road. Mike, Mike, Mark Holmes, and Ashley Bergner look at the long overdue new entry to the Mad Max saga and see if it has what it takes to survive the gridlock of summer blockbusters. We also see what’s cooking with Chris-Rachael Oseland as she attempts to satisfy the hunger of the Geek Seat! Plus, a chat with Christopher Stuckey, the co-chair of MomoCon “Atlanta’s answer to Comic-Con.” All this, along with the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report, and Shout Outs!
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Flopcast 158: Brush with Dave

The Flopcast

It’s the end of an era in late night TV, as David Letterman wraps up 33 years of stupid pets and guys under the seats. So this week, we’re looking back on how we discovered Dave in the 80s, how he influenced Kevin’s goofy band, and how he inspired Kornflake to hide inside a couch. And we share the silly tale of how Kevin actually ended up on Dave’s show way back in 1991. (We may even have a rare audio clip from that appearance. You have been warned.) Also: Kornflake reviews the nominees in this year’s Logan Awards for excellence in comedy music; Rowdy Roddy Piper takes a stand against bullies (yikes, the irony); and for National Whatever Day, we’re celebrating a birthday during which many fools shall be pitied.

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Earth Station MCU Episode 19: Agents of SHIELD “SOS”

Earth Station MCU Ep 19
Alright alright alright! Lots of news this week — casting rumors, news about Season 2 of Agent Carter, even more Spidey casting rumors, another possible Phase 3 director, and sightings of Civil War actors around Atlanta. Marcia Marcia Marcia! Does it always have to be about Skye? Well fortunately there’s a lot of other stuff going on in the action packed, two-hour season finale besides just Skye, including multiple characters dying, nearly dying, and almost dying, Ginger Ninjas, snappy dialogue and …what the heck happened in the last 5 seconds? Stay tuned at the end of this episode for inside information from the set of “Captain America: Civil War”!
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Cigar Nerds Podcast Episode 19: Fast, Not So Furious

The Cigar NerdsCigar Nerds Podcast Episode 19: Fast, Not So Furious. This week the nerd cave smells a little like gasoline and nitrous as we look back at the Fast and the Furious movies. In Science we talk about how glasses effect your drinking, super spiders, o-rings in space, and sunken treasure. In Nerd News to talk about Super Girl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Oculus Rift Specs. We also have a review of the My Fathers Cigar Lounge Exclusive and the ST. Bernardus Abt 12.
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Movie review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

635560680919636292-MAD-MAX-FURY-ROAD-MOV-jy-1019-Although “Mad Max: Fury Road” is, in essence, a two-hour extended car chase, it’s also a surprisingly well plotted, thought-provoking and tense action film. Taking place in the post-apocalyptic Australian desert, the film follows an emotionally unstable drifter Mad Max (Tom Hardy), who finds himself fleeing with a ragtag band of rebels from a psychotic warlord who controls his people by controlling their access to resources. It’s based on the classic 1980s franchise “Mad Max,” known for its “road warrior” mythos and violent action scenes. Reboots of well-loved classics like the “Mad Max” franchise don’t always pay off (remember 2012’s “Total Recall”?), but this time, it works—to the tune of a 98 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating.

First, a confession—I haven’t seen the original “Mad Max” films (I know, I know, it’s going on my movie bucket list). 😉 However, I’m happy to say the film works well on its own, even for those who aren’t familiar with the characters or the setting. It did take me just a bit to adjust to the world (which is a mix of futuristic sci-fi elements and old-fashioned technology, like the modified vehicles seen in the trailers), but once I did, the plot quickly pulled me in. Continue reading “Movie review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’” »

Earth Station MCU Episode 18: Agents of SHIELD “Scars”

Earth Station MCU Episode 18 - Agents of SHIELD
John and Jen are back to talk about the penultimate episode of Agents of SHIELD season two, “Scars”. The Koenigs return, Gonzalez gets stoned, and — shock! — Ward is still a very bad person. In addition to this week’s SHIELD episode, we talk about Bilbo (or Watson, depending on your fandom) joining the MCU, Twitter wars, Phase III movies, and the best news of all – Agent Carter and SHIELD are coming back next season!
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Metal Geeks 72: Monkees Geekery

Join your hosts Cary the Metal Geek and George on a very special episode as we dive into the world of the 60’s group the Monkees! Cary just happens to be a huge Monkees geek, and to join him in his geekery is Ken Mills, host of Zilch: A Monkees podcast, as well as previous guest and huge Monkees geek, Larry Roberts from Chicago Doom Metal band, Novembers Doom! Join our discussion as we discuss our love of the band, and play some tunes by the Monkees as well as some killer Metal cover versions! On this episode of the Metal Geeks podcast, it is time to definitely Rock Out With Your Geek Out!
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‘Nowhere To Run’ Review by Ron Fortier

Nowhere to RunNOWHERE TO RUN
(A Joe Picket Novel)
By C.J. Box
Berkeley Prime Crime
320 pages

One of the things readers often do is give books as presents. We’ve been doing that for years and recently our good friend, Gary Kato, send us “Nowhere To Run,” by C.J. Box. In the past, we’d sent Gary several Longmire mysteries by Craig Johnson and mentioned how much the setting of Wyoming was an integral part of the tales. Thus Gary’s opting to introduce us to Box’s work which, as it turns out, stars Wyoming Game Warden named Joe Picket.
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