S&L Podcast - #313 - No Bones To Pick

Ready Player One may have a sequel, The Witcher TV show has a show runner, and we have no bones to pick with California Bones.

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Tom: Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec 2015

Veronica: The Yankee (Bourbon...) The Agricol (Rum, Lime, Ginger)


Trike: Disney purchased most of 20th Century Fox.

Disney announced its agreement to acquire most of 20th Century Fox including its movie studios, regional sports networks, cable channels and production arms. A new company called Fox will spin out on its own containing Fox broadcasting stations, national sports and Fox News. Disney will assume controlling ownership of Hulu with minority stakes owned by Comcast and Time Warner. Disney expects the acquisition to take 12-18 months to close.

Dara: Ernest Cline is writing a sequel to Ready Player One. Gotta milk that cash cow I suppose

Louie: Netflix's The Witcher series finds its showrunner and executive producer in Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who has previously written and executive produced for Netflix's Daredevil, and The Defenders, and Starz’s Power.

Nokomis.FL: Here are the most listened-to titles on Audible in 2017

Trike: Ian McKellen says he'd play Gandalf for Amazon's show if asked.

David: For the fans of S&L pick The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, they've revealed the cover for the sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman.

Mark: Coming to Netflix The Frankenstein Chronicles is a reimagining of Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein.


Killing Your Protagonists is Overrated


California Bones by Greg van Eekhout

Next Month: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


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S&L Podcast - #312 - Eating Bones for Fun and Magic

Some authors drop by and lend some insight on Goodread's book giveaway charging, we’re excited from some Old Man’s War movie action on Netflix, and why eatin’ bones is fun.

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Tom: Angry Orchard    
Veronica: SomeWine    
Rob: Goodreads is going to start charging publishers and author for giveaways. Boo.    
To which Clyde wrote "Sigh. That is yet another gatekeeper tax. I suppose some bean counter had a bright idea.
I reckon the result will be that most giveaway activity moves to FB, G+, etc. with links to the writer's/publisher's pages. "    
And then Robin Hobb casually sauntered in and wrote "Bingo. I think it's likely that individual writers will do their own giveaways via their own websites/facebooks, etc. It only makes sense to build your following that way. If I pay Goodreads to give away my books, then I'm paying Goodreads to drive more traffic to them. Publishers may pay the fee just to keep their lives simple.It's like the old tale of the Tar Baby. The deeper you get into these things, the harder it is to pry yourself out.

After which Mark Lawrence popped his head in and spake thus "Even publishers may fall back on their own websites using their social media and that of the authors to drive readers to giveaways. I would suggest that and say spend the money saved on a Facebook advert or something similar."

Which made Stephen say "Wow, two of my favorite authors read S&L's Quick Burns ! Okay I will spend a day liking all the Publishing Houses on Facebook, follow them on Twitter ( Most I do on Twitter already) , but is there anything else besides giving Goodreads some grief?"    
Louie: First trailer for Netflix adaptation of Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon
Iain: 2017 best of lists are starting up. The UK Guardian's list is out. Some good books in the list.   
Scott: Adding to the 2017 book lists, here's the one from npr

see comment history On the “best of 2017” topic, Is anyone else feeling deeply unimpressed that the Goodreads award for best fantasy book has gone to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay ie a screenplay not an actual fantasy novel?    
Lauren: This week, I discovered two neat digital projects involving old science fiction fanzines! 
First is a project from the University of Iowa where they have scanned the library's collection of old sci-fi fanzines. They are doing a crowdsourced project to transcribe the content of the fanzines, so if you feel like contributing, there's an opportunity! They have a tumblr where they report out some of the neat things that they find:  
The Speculative Wonderverse
This is a digitization project for the Bob Gibson sci-fi fanzine archive with content going back to the 1840s. They have a tagging system so you can find stories and other content based on various themes. There's also a weird symbols system that Bob Gibson used for labeling the stories but didn't leave a key for, so you can try to solve the mystery. 
Sandra: Netflix has acquired John Scalzi’s modern sci-fi classic Old Man’s War to develop as an original film.
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I thought the plan was to read Frankenstein in January, not March. The wiki says it was published January 1st, 1818.

So maybe Frankenstein in January and A Wrinkle in Time in March?

And then the last two years the April pick has been the March Madness winner. 

If you want to follow the ""normal"" alternating Sci-fi/fantasy you could do A Wrinkle in Time in January and Frankenstein in February.

Although last year a lot of people were hoping for a Sci-Fi March Madness tournament, which I'm still hoping we may do next year. "    


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