Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant Book CoverSkulduggery Pleasant is a Young Adult Fantasy series by Derek Landy that so far consists of the books, The Scepter of the Ancients, Playing with Fire, and The Faceless Ones.   The premise is that a twelve year old girl  named Stephanie Edgely is saved one day by a talking skeleton detective. That day she discovers that magic is in fact real.   However, unlike most people upon having their world view turned upside down her response isn’t ‘Waaaah I want my life to be normal again!’

No, her response is, ‘CAN YOU TEACH ME TO  THROW FIREBALLS WITH MY MIND?!’

Well, that’s her response after she passes out.   No one’s perfect.

Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the best book series I have ever read. I sincerely hope that it’s able to one day rise to Harry Potter level of fame.   It more than deserves it, and is a beacon of light to anyone who yearns to read about a heroine who kicks  butt and doesn’t appear to have an emo bone in her body.

This episode is meant for those who already know and love the series. We discuss and analyze the plot of the first three books and theorize on the plot of future books.   So please, come back to this episode after you have read the books.   Otherwise, you’ll be cheating yourself out of one amazing ride.

If you haven’t read the books already, you must check them out.


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The Secret of NIMH

Secret of NIMHMelanie made me watch a furry movie.

The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 movie directed by Don Bluth.   The premise is that a widowed mother must find a way to stop the plow from destroying her house in order to save her very ill son.   There are also several rodents with psychic powers.   It was the 80s, go figure.

We tried recording in the same room poor people style (with one microphone). It sounds like we’re recording from within the core of the earth. Oh well, we won’t try that again. I tried to enhance this episode in the post-editing process by inserting smartass comments throughout.   I’m not sure how that turned out.   Any comments pertaining to my success or epic fail  would be greatly appreciated.

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Hook

Hook! Hook! Where is the Hook?!

Hook Movie PosterArrrrgh mateys! Ye be listening to our review of the 1991 fantasy movie Hook!   In this movie there be the scallywags Robin Williams as Peter Panning and that scurvy dog Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook. Swab the poop deck and be ready to eat a parrot! Arrrrrgh!

Ok, enough of that.

Hook is the story of a grown up Peter Pan who has forgotten everything about Neverland.   One day Captain Hook shows up and kidnaps his kids and he must regain his former glory to save them.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielburg and seems to get ragged on a lot by the internet.   But you won’t see that from here!   We both have rather fond memories of the movie and Roofio’s mysteriously dyed hair. In fact, if I ever meet Dante Bosco in real life, I vow to say, “Roofio you’re alive!”  Then he’d be like, “What the %$#@&* is wrong with you?! That was decades ago!”  Yeah, it’d be so worth it.

Also, I have trouble counting whores in this episode for some reason.

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth Movie PosterOur first podcast ever! Today we’re going over the 1986 Fantasy movie directed by Jim Henson, The Labyrinth.   This is one of our favorite movies of all time, so it’s a good fit to be our first episode.   Listen to us discuss the movie’s themes, symbolism, and the effect of David Bowe’s bulge on our developing psyches.

This was our first podcast and the audio quality is not so great. Please, don’t give up on us quite yet. I did eventually figure out what all of these knobs and buttons actually do in subsequent podcasts; more or less.

 

Links:
The Official M.C Escher Website

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