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Who's Who in Westeros: A Guide to Game of Thrones Season 2

Posted April 24th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

Maybe you're one of the four people who live under a rock and don't understand the epic amazingness that is Game of Thrones. Relax, it's fine, really. Nobody* is judging you! Westeros is a big place, though, and filled with backstabbing, thieving, money-grubbing and whore-mongering bastards. Which of these bastards can you trust? Well we're here to help you pick a side or five in the battle for the Iron Throne. Read our handy-dandy, totally awesome guide to the Five Kings vying for control of the Seven Kingdoms and pledge your loyalty! A word of warning, though: Season 1 spoilers will be below, so if you have not finished, you'd better hurry up... Winter is coming.

*Everybody is judging you.

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Tags: books, game of thrones, season, Westeros, swords, fantasy, tv

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BOOK REVIEW — The Pun Also Rises

Posted April 18th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

Book Review — The Pun Also Rises

Selling itself as How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More than Some Antics, author John Pollack's labor of love for English's least-favorite form of humor comes out swinging. Pollack makes the case that puns are appreciated by the well-adjusted, that they were largely revered throughout the greater part of human civilization, and that an incidental side-effect of changing fashions in philosophy could be the only reason they are currently in such a low state. But more than anything, his goal is to show readers that puns are necessary.

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Tags: books, the pun also rises, john pollack

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PODCAST — Episode 40: The Pun Also Rises with John Pollack

Posted March 28th 2012 by Daisy Garcia.

Podcast 40

Like all good nerds, the boys enjoy a good pun—and a bad one even more. So they jumped at the chance to speak with a World Pun Championship winner, and writer of a book about the oft-scorned wordplay. Hit the jump for the podcast stream.

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Review - Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith (Enhanced Edition)

Posted March 27th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

Tough Sh*t, the latest book by nerd legend Kevin Smith has been on book shelves for about a week now. As you saw in my review of the aforementioned novel, I found the book hilarious in its vulgarity and very enjoyable. I was lucky enough to have had the privilege of reading this tome in print, a seemingly dying art form, but since we live in the digital age we now have the ability to read books in a digital format; a medium that Kevin Smith and crew sought to utilize with their enhanced digital reader edition of Tough Sh*t.

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Tags: movies, kevin smith, books, Comics, hit somebody

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REVIEW — Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith

Posted March 14th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

Book Review - Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith

For anyone unfamiliar with Kevin Smith, hearing him speak or reading anything written by him for the first time can be a jarring experience. Mr. Smith is a curt and unfiltered gentleman, prone to penis metaphors and graphic, if not romantic, depictions of his wife's nether regions. At the end of the day, above all else, the dude is honest. There may not be a more transparent "celebrity" in the realm of public awareness. And that transparency, along with foul-mouthed philosophy, is on display in his latest book, the quasi-advice tome: Tough Sh*t. Equal parts salient memoir, stream of consciousness and nerd success blueprint, the book is quintessential Kevin Smith. Filled to the bindings with anecdotal evidence of his rise from New Jersey–bred obscurity through the ranks of the indie movie zeitgeist, Smith is here to let you know that it wasn't easy: it was tough shit.

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Tags: books, kevin smith, movies, Comics, hit somebody

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A Storm of (s)Words

Posted February 29th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

A Storm of (s)Words — Why George RR Martin is the King of Fantasy

From the earliest of times when Beowulf was but a tale sung by bards to the premiere of the latest Harry Potter film that packed local malls with screaming teenagers, fantasy literature has always been popular—and for good reason. No other genre allows audiences to live in a time and place where magic and adventure are as common as popcorn in a movie theater. Whether it is because high fantasy transports us to a world outside of our own or whether it is because Edward Cullen is just so damn dreamy, everyone has their own special reason for appreciating the genre. Recently, a whole new audience was caught in the exciting world of A Song of Ice & Fire, or as fans of the TV show will recognize it, Game of Thrones. As someone who has spent countless hours in Narnia, Middle-Earth, Hogwarts, and Skyrim, I can safely say that George R.R. Martin, creator of the A Song of Ice & Fire series, is the absolute best at his craft. While J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are considered the fathers of modern fantasy literature, George R.R. Martin is redefining the genre and making it better.

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Tags: game of thrones, a song of fire and ice, tolkien, harry potter, lord of the rings, books, tv, fantasy, george rr martin

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BOOK REVIEW — Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside

Posted October 12th 2011 by J. Edison Thomas.

Sad Monsters

My attitude towards humor follows what I think of as the "Weird Al Yankovic Principle."  I'm sure someone smarter has come up with a better name, but it stems from how often Weird Al's song titles are all there really is to laugh about in a Weird Al song.  This concept comes up a lot during Saturday Night Live skits—often the emergence of the idea behind the skit has you laughing, and then four minutes later you wonder why they didn't cut it off four minutes ago.  The Onion fake news website has a solid understanding of this principle.  Often, rather than introducing a funny idea and then beating it into the ground over several paragraphs, they have the sense to limit it to one "news in brief" paragraph, or simply leave it at the headline alone.  Speaking of fake news, an Emmy Award–winning writer for The Colbert Report wrote a humor book called Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside.  Clever readers will already have guessed where this 171-page book falls on the Weird Al Principle metric.

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