3.0 – Good Riddance 2015

December 31, 2015 0

un3Another year bites the dust! We reveal the New Years resolutions we plan to keep (and those we probably won’t). Then we share the stories we’re most looking forward to in 2016. (Spoiler alert: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal, the new Black Panther series by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie)
From there we move on to the year in writing, and finally what we’re reading right now. (More spoilers: Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin (see George’s review here), Grace of Kings by Ken LiuVermilion: The Adventures of Lou Merriwether, Psychopomp by Molly Tanzer, and Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal)
Also, R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister.
As an added bonus, we also discuss Dark Age, Lego Dimensions Wonder Woman, and My Amityville Horror. So many links, so little time.
Happy New Year! Unless you’re listening after the fact, in which case we hope 2016 is treating (or has treated) you with favor.

Book Review: Hostage to the Devil!

December 27, 2015 0

Say-tan take my hand

One of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. According to the author, Say-tan (one of this book’s many gems is learning the correct way to say the Devil’s name in case you’re ever at a Black Mass) has been a busy boy. Among other things, the author believes that the Satanic Ritual Panic of the early 80’s really happened; one of the many signs that far from writing a serious religious treatise, he has penned a crackpot New Age book. There is quite a bit of material about the Satanic Scare of the 80’s written by psychologists and law enforcement agents. The author either didn’t bother doing his research or just chose to ignore it. This is not surprising. I get the impression that he will pretty much believe anything, as long as it’s couched in religious jargon.

Most of this book is spent railing against the fact that the Earth has entered the 21st century. Goddamn kids these days are such easy prey for Say-tan. The stories of the exorcisms are pretty much pure fantasy. I’m not belittling what these people (if they even exist) went through, because mental illness isn’t a funny thing. I seriously doubt they were possessed by anything, although the author himself harbors no such doubts.

Mr. Martin would have been a great horror writer; and I mean that as a compliment, not an insult. He pulls off the neat trick of linking the exorcists with the possessed; in these ‘case studies,’ the victims aren’t even important. They are set pieces to test the exorcists’ faith. For example: one of the exorcists blasphemously believes in evolution. The demon uses this crack in his holy armor to hammer at his faith. Luckily, the exorcist discards this belief for something more suitably Middle Ages, and all is well again!

My only quibble with this book is that the author’s prose sometimes flies off into flights of crapulastic verbal ecstasy, making one worry that he himself has been possessed by a bloviating devil.

Say-tan would be so proud!

2.2 – ‘Tis the Season

December 25, 2015 0

un_02Back already? It’s the second half of our Christmas Week session. We discuss our plans, or lack thereof, and wax enthusiastic over this week’s picks: Paul Cornell‘s This Damned Band (check out the Spotify playlist, too!), the SyFy renaissance, Silver Age Flash and Karen S. Weisner‘s Writing the Fiction Series.

Plus check out Chris and Cath reading on Adventures in SciFi Publishing. And marvel at the “hellish nightmare” that has resulted from a decade of Civ II. Don’t forget to cheer for our pal, Miranda Suri. Then stick around, of course, for Chia’s reading of A Golden Treasure. Merry Solstice!

1.0 – Origin Story!

December 17, 2015 1
New York City, 2015
New York City, 2015

We have liftoff! An introduction to all things Unreliable. Meet the Narrators. Hear our origin story. Find out what we thought was cool this week in the world of genre fiction. Thrill to our picks for the best reads of 2015. And come back next week for more!

May contain trace amounts of: Barrier, Panel Syndicate, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Krampus, Joe Golem: Occult Detective, A Head Full of Ghosts, The King Must Die, Fingersmith, Seveneves, The Fifth Season, The Buried Giant, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The Golem and the Jinni, The Quick, Karen Memory, Fangirl, Hark! A Vagrant, Midnight Riot, and/or Viable Paradise.

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