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What a fun episode, with special guest co-host CD Tavenor. He has written a seriously cool novel, First of Their Kind. Here’s the setup for his book:

CD Tavenor, author of First of Their Kind

CD Tavenor, author of First of Their Kind

Thought impossible, but Dr. Wallace Theren has pushed the boundaries of computational science, creating an artificial mind capable of conscious thought. Naturally, his creation faces a harsh world bent on using it, exploiting it, or destroying it. If the first synthetic intelligence is to survive its early years, it'll need friends, but more importantly, it'll need a family. 

And together, they'll need to show their enemies they're worth saving . . . or fearing.  

If you love books like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Bladerunner), Neuromancer or other stories about AI (Artificial Intelligence), you should definitely check out Tavenor’s new book.

You can learn more about CD Tavenor on Twitter and Instagram.

S1, Ep 1: Huzzah! Winter is Coming

FEATURING A GAME OF THRONES, by GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Released April 11, 2019

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Night’s Watch Mulled Wine. Photo ©Tipsy Nerds Book Club, 2019.

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Summary:

A Game of Thrones (the Song of Ice and Fire Series) by George R.R. Martin and the Game of Thrones HBO television series are the center of discussion for your hosts Natalie Wright and Robyn Dabney. Hear about the differences and similarities between the book and the show and in-depth discussion about the characters.

Show Notes:

  • What’s in Robyn’s glass today - a mulled wine in honor of the men of the Night’s Watch.

  • What’s in Natalie’s glass today - a “Blood of my Blood” Bloody Mary with tequila instead of vodka.

  • Robyn was taken in by the story of A Game of Thrones via the HBO show, then read the books.

  • Natalie read the first GoT book in 2009 and was instantly hooked on the series.

  • The hosts note the first person to drink in both the books and the HBO show.

  • When is the first appearance of Tyrion having a beverage in the book and show?

  • What hooked Natalie from the beginning in GoT.

  • Even if you’ve seen the show you should still read the book.

  • Fermented mare’s milk? What is that? And what does it have to do with the Mother of Dragons?

  • How the author used beverages for character development.

  • What leads to Ned getting his head cut off.

  • Who Robyn wants to see on the Iron Throne.

  • Tell the tipsy nerds who’s worse, and why: Ramsey or Joffrey?

Key Points:

  1. George R.R. Martin broke down the walls of what could happen in storytelling.

  2. The action in GoT is moving all the time, while at the same time creating characters we love—and love to hate.

  3. We don’t have characters that are good or evil, many of them are pretty gray.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “There’s always so much to learn about telling a story from a great storyteller.” -Natalie

  • “Every character in GoT has a purpose and a journey.” -Robyn

  • “Even the ‘good guys’ have a lot of flaws in GoT.” -Robyn

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S1, Ep 2: Androids May Not Dream, But they Do Drink Bourbon

FEATURING DO ANDROIDS DREAM of ELECTRIC SHEEP, by PHILIP K. DICK

Released April 18, 2019

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Chablis wine in honor of John Isidore, a character from Philip K. Dick’s seminal work, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Photo ©Tipsy Nerds Book Club, 2019.

Summary:

In this episode, the Tipsy Nerds (Robyn Dabney and Natalie Wright) chat about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K. Dick, and the two movies based on the book, Bladerunner (1982), and Bladerunner 2049 (2017).

Show Notes:

  • What’s in Robyn’s glass today - Chablis wine in honor of character John Isidore.

  • Natalie’s drinking bourbon like Deckard drinks with Rachel in the book and movie.

  • Robyn had not seen the movie before reading the book.

  • Natalie saw the original movie in the theater when it first came out and loved it. But did it stand the test of time?

  • Issues the Tipsy Nerds had with the original book.

  • In the end, did the book overcome its own issues enough to be recommended by the Tipsy Nerds?

  • What Robyn enjoy so much about the book?

  • A discussion of ‘80’s fashion and Rachel’s shoulder pads in the movie.

  • Differences between the original movie and book and which do the Tipsy Nerds prefer.

  • What do Natalie and Robyn think about the movie Bladerunner 2049

Key Points:

  1. Upon reading the whole book, both Tipsy Nerds are fans of Philip K. Dick and recommend his work to any fans of Sci-Fi

  2. While the Tipsy Nerds liked both movies, they recommend Bladerunner 2049 more and think it more closely follows the philosophy of the book

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S1, Ep 3: Don’t Panic! Tipsy Nerds Guide to the Galaxy

FEATURING THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, by DOUGLAS ADAMS

Released April 25, 2019

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The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the most amazing drink in the galaxy, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. Photo ©Tipsy Nerds Book Club, 2019.

Summary:

Tipsy Nerds Natalie Wright and Robyn Dabney drink the most amazing drink in the galaxy, the famous Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster while talking about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and the movie and mini-series of the same name.

Show Notes:

  • The Tipsy Nerds are drinking Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters, a drink from the book

  • The Tipsy Nerds are definitely feeling like their “brains are being smashed by a slice of lemon wrapped in a large gold brick”!

  • Neither Robyn nor Natalie had read the book before

  • Robyn enjoyed the philosophy of the book

  • Natalie enjoyed the British humor

  • Vogon poetry and yodeling

  • Robyn still wonders what 42 means!

  • Robyn’s question for listeners

  • Natalie thinks the deeper meaning of the book is that there is no deeper meaning! Just the ride

  • Robyn ponders the towel and philosophers

  • The Tipsy Nerds discuss the movie, and Zooey Deschanel in the shower

  • Zaphod as a Pez dispenser?!

  • Alan Rickman as Marvin the depressed robot is worth seeing the movie for

  • Robyn thought the mini-series more closely aligned with the humor and philosophy of the book and recommends it to fans that want more Hitchhiker’s Guide

Key Points:

  1. The Tipsy Nerds recommend Hitchhiker’s to fans of Terry Pratchett, or anyone who would like a light, fun read

  2. While the book is certainly funny, there’s also some cool philosophy and deep thinking for readers that want that

  3. While the Tipsy Nerds enjoyed a few parts of the 2002 movie by the same name, in general it was not recommended

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S1, Ep. 4: Grab Your Steel Wool, We’re Going to Cleaning (Author Guest- Hugh Howey)

FEATURING WOOL, by HUGH HOWEY

Released May 2, 2019

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Silo 17 Shooter, inspired by  Wool  by Hugh Howey

Silo 17 Shooter, inspired by Wool by Hugh Howey

Show Notes:

  • Hugh Howey, author of the international bestseller Wool, is a guest on this episode of Tipsy Nerds

  • The drinks this week are tequila, a new take on an Old Fashioned, and Robyn’s creation in honor of the book, a flaming Silo 17 Shooter!

  • Hugh’s inspiration for Wool

  • How Hugh’s real life jobs as a roofer and working on a yacht for the rich and famous inspired the story

  • Hugh and the Tipsy Nerds discuss comic books and the change in how heroes and villains are written

  • Hugh’s take on the “strong female character” trope

  • The inspiration from Hugh’s life for his character Jules

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S1, Ep. 7: Who Will Watch the Watchmen?

FEATURING WATCHMEN, by ALAN MOORE

Released May 30, 2019

Show Notes:

  • The Tipsy Nerds discuss the groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen, by Alan Moore

  • The drink for the episode is something we like to call Vigilante Justice. Just make sure you use all the ingredients listed! Natalie tells you why in the episode.

  • Natalie was a graphic novel virgin! Hear what she thought of this first dip into graphic novels.

  • The Tipsy Nerds had to turn off their “PC Police-o-meter” for this one. Are the racist, misogynistic and homophobic tone intentional and a reflection of the culture? Or we are giving an author a pass when we shouldn’t?

  • The influence of Watchmen on media that came after it.

  • 80’s Nostalgia, including the fear of dying in nuclear Armageddon!

  • Analyzing the character Rorschack

  • More Alan Moore in future episodes of Tipsy Nerds

Vigilante Justice, inspired by Watchmen by Alan Moore

Vigilante Justice, inspired by Watchmen by Alan Moore

S1, EP. 10 [TITLE TBD]

FEATURING ENDER’S GAME, by ORSON SCOTT CARD

Releases June 27, 2019

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S1, Ep. 5: Get on Your Dragons and Ride!

FEATURING DRAGONFLIGHT, by ANNE McCAFFREY

Released May 9, 2019

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The Golden Scale, inspired by  Dragonflight  by Anne McCaffrey

The Golden Scale, inspired by Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

Show Notes:

  • The Tipsy Nerds are still geeking out about their chat with author Hugh Howey last week

  • The drink of the week is a Dragon Scale, inspired by the queen of the dragons and her golden scales

  • Neither of the Tipsy Nerds particularly enjoyed this book, but they did find some good things to say about it

  • Did this book stand up to the test of time?

  • The Tipsy Nerds want to hear from lovers of this series and are curious about when they first read it

  • Natalie did like the lore created in this book about dragons, and wants to ride a dragon!

  • Robyn thought the time-traveling dragon idea was bad ass, but wished the character development had been better

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S1, Ep. 8 Our Watch Has Ended!

GAME OF THRONES SERIES WRAPUP

Released June 6, 2019

Show Notes:

  • The Tipsy Nerds record this episode together in person for the first time!

  • Now that the Nerds have had time to calm down, they’re ready to speak (semi) rationally about their thoughts on the final season of the HBO series, Game of Thrones

  • The nerds sip wine for this Tipsy Nerds extra, and reflect of what went wrong—and what they liked—about the final episode of their beloved show

  • The Tipsy Nerds look forward to new geeky shows coming out from HBO and Amazon Video that they look forward to bingeing on

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S1, EP.11: INDEPENDENCE DAY

FEATURING “INDEPENDENCE DAY” MOVIE

Releases July 4, 2019

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S1, EP. 13 [TITLE TBD]

FEATURING NAME OF THE WIND, by PATRICK ROTHFUSS

Releases July 25, 2019

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S1, Ep. 6: The Turtle Moves!

FEATURING SMALL GODS, by TERRY PRATCHETT

Releases May 16, 2019

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In this episode, we reference an interview of author Terry Pratchett in which he answers a question posed by a reader about his book Small Gods, and his views on God. Here is that video:

Om’s Nectar, inspired by Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

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S1, EP. 9 Neuromancer, with Guest Co-Host, CD Tavenor

FEATURING NEUROMANCER, by WILLIAM GIBSON

Released June 13, 2019

Show Notes:

  • The Tipsy Nerds are joined by guest co-host CD Tavenor, author of the new Sci-Fi novel, First of Their Kind

  • The Nerds are sipping a refreshing cocktail perfect for summer with a sake base. We’re calling it “Molly Million’s Eye,” inspired by our favorite character in the book, Molly Millions

  • Neuromancer, by William Gibson, is considered the first of its kind, starting a whole genre, cyberpunk

  • Gibson coined terms like cyberspace and the matrix

  • CD Tavenor has a love/hate relationship with the book, and in this episode you learn why

  • Is the book a victim of its own success?

  • The Tipsy Nerds discuss Gibson’s use of language and his exquisite world-building.

  • If you love books about Artificial Intelligence (AI), then you must check out CD Tavenor’s new book, First of Their Kind

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S1, EP. 12: GOOD OMENS

FEATURING GOOD OMENS, by TERRY PRATCHETT & NEIL GAIMAN (With Additional Discussion of the Amazon Show, “Good Omens”)

Releases July 11, 2019

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S1, EP. 14

FEATURING *********, by ************

Releases August 8, 2019

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