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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Bookcast | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Movie

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there are spoilers and foul language!

Our last bookcast! No, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hasn’t made us quit, but we are changing things up! We’re reformatting the bookcast so that every month there will be two episodes of the book club discussions (at 50% and 100% completion) which will liven discussions, and in between those two episodes, we’ll have a podcast chosen at random. Could be gaming, could be movies, could be social commentary, who knows what’ll be randomly selected!

So why did I say last bookcast? Because the Roadside Reads Bookcast will now be the Pages and Pause Screen Podcast! Since we’ll be including things other than books, it felt only fair to give it its own space and name. The podcast and everything related to all things geek will be up on our new sister site, PagesandPauseScreen.com, so be sure to bookmark the new website!

And now, onto the discussion on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Movie! It gets pretty harsh (the discussion), but one great thing came out of it, The Rock as Mr. Darcy!

Next book, on the new website, will be A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas! Podcast will be up on March 22nd and we’ll be discussing the first 50% (up to Chapter 23, not including 23).

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Bookcast | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies pt3

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there are spoilers and foul language!

Things really picked up during the last half of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Unfortunately, it’s still a mess. ((Sorry for the late upload! Things have been rough lately in the personal life.))

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Bookcast | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies pt1

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there are spoilers and foul language!

Ahh, February! Month of Love and Friendship…. and ZOMBIES! We eat our hearts out literally this month with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and boy, it’s not looking good! Ally takes charge, Helga flips out, I am disappointed, and Tasha is simply done.

Things were grim enough that we had to cheer ourselves up in the post-show via buzzfeed quizzes! Fun times, so check that out on our patreon!

Next week, we’re reading up until Chapter 36, not including 36! So we’re ending right at Darcy’s letter to Elizabeth, so hopefully it gets good!

Interview with Christian A Brown

Bookcast | Interview with Christian A Brown

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

It’s technically still Wednesday so the podcast isn’t late this week! Hurrah! This week we have an absolutely amazing podcast! We were lucky enough to sit down with the author of Feast of Fates, Christian A Brown! We talked about his series, life, and a few serious issues as well, so definitely a must listen to! Also, Helga’s views on the Nordic countries are purely her own, so don’t send anyone else any hate mail! INTERVIEW IS FULL SPOILERS!!

Sorry for some of the audio issues during the podcast. We didn’t record as we normally do, which apparently also gave my pupper Frodo the license to squeak at inopportune times. Yikes!

New intro music!
Bit Quest Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Next week we start Pride and Prejudice and Zombies so pick up your copy today and start reading! We’re reading up to but not including Chapter 19!

Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo

Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo

 Eye of the Storm
by Frank Cavallo

On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.

Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.

Rated: 
Publisher: Dark Serpent/Ravenswood Publishing
Publication: August 10, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo

I absolutely love the idea of Eye of the Storm. With space-time travel, ancient cultures, warrior queens and dark sorcerers, the synopsis alone was enough to draw me in. It seems like a mix of everything I love to read, so what could go wrong, right?

Unfortunately, while the idea is excellent the execution left a lot to be desired. I’m all for good world building, but a story cannot move forward on world building alone. You have to find some sort of balance between the world you’re showing the reader and the characters that drive your story. Most of the time it felt as though Cavallo was too busy trying to fit as of this world he created into the book and let his characters and the story itself definitely suffered for it. A lot of the time I was just plain confused, there was far too much going on and I never really got a good grasp on the universe itself. I thought I had, but then all of the sudden a random cyborg burst in and frankly at that point, my brain gave up on trying to understand seeing as nothing about the way the world worked up to that point had ever indicated that cyborgs were a thing, seeing as until then the world had been influenced on magic and magic alone.

And if the rules of the world were bad, the characters where definitely worse. Even after finishing the book, I could not possibly tell you what motivated any one of the characters, why they were the way they were or why they made the choices they did. The author spent far too much time on describing the environment in excruciating detail, from the smallest brick in a building to how the light falls in the area surrounding it and not nearly enough on developing the characters. The most significant character development even happened off page during a one year time lapse!!! I’ll be honest, when I read the one sentence that basically amounted to “it is now one year later” and realised just how much the characters were supposed to have developed during that time I nearly put the book down for good, especially when immediately after the author went into a three paragraph, excruciatingly detailed description of what the character was now wearing.

After finishing this book I was left terribly disappointed. It had so much potential and I was so ready to love it but unfortunately it just not live up to expectations.

Bookcast Feast of Fates pt3

Bookcast | Feast of Fates pt3

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

Oopsie doodle! Technical difficulties have led to this week’s podcast being a day late! Sadly, it’s also a dollar short as the podcast was one of our shorter ones, coming in at just over half an hour. Mostly due to the fact that we all agreed with one another and the story is busy preparing the stage for the climax of the novel. We touch upon WHY Sorren is my favourite rotten son, Helga goes in on the term Mary Sue, Ally gets her happy ending, and Tasha wants to see someone get gutted.

No post-show today 🙁 Expect some news about our patreon in the next podcast!

 

Bookcast Feast of Fates pt2

Bookcast | Feast of Fates pt2

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

We start getting to the meat of the book as characters go forth and mingle with one another and the world. Lulu has a frighteningly disturbing favorite character, Decon reads ahead, Helga hates a man, and Ally has a hopeful dream for her faves. Lots of fun talk this week!

Also, everyone a huge shout-out to author Christian A Brown for checking out the podcast last week and blogging about it. That was super cool and great to experience interaction with an author about a book the group is reading! Seriously, go check out his amazing response to last week’s show on his website!

Patreon sponsors! Enjoy this week’s mish-mash of a post-show as we respond to Christian A Brown’s blog, and talk a bit about what we hope will happen, as well as the sick ass dagger Morrigan and Caenith create! Next week for everyone following along, we’ll be reading up to section XVII The Long Nightmare NOT including that chapter.

Bookcast Feast of Fates

Bookcast | Feast of Fates pt1

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

Welcome to 2017! We start the new year off with a strong book, Feast of Fates by Christian A Brown! There is a trigger warning for r ^ p e so please keep that in mind. Things do get serious in the conversation, but we’re still silly for most of it, talking about the invention of umbrellas. Post show will go up later today for patreon sponsors!

For those reading along, the next section ends at the 53% mark, reading up to section 12 An Unforgotten Debt not including that section or chapter.