I or AI? (Halloween Spooktacular)

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In a terrifying divergence from form, the Big Bad Books Boys are taking a break from Old Uncle Cline’s Almanac of References to explore the lengths, breadths, and depths of horror fiction. Not real fiction (??), mind you. No, more a collection of random snippets written either by a robot, or by an AI. Declan is left – as are you, dear listener, – to determine which is which. Important Links

GOBLETS (Spooky Cups)

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In which Declan channels his inner George Romero, Isaac has an obsession with the aged, and both return to your ears for the first of this year’s Spooktober Specials. Important Links!

Prevarication: Chapter 17 (Ready Player Two)

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It’s been a minute since we checked-up on Wade and the Gunter Gang, but fortunately they’re still on the very-interesting-and-not-remotely-laborious-to-read-about planet of Shermer! In this chapter, we explore all the ways Cline doesn’t want to share the answer to his good puzzles, witness a needle-drop for the ages, and PAUSE (in a gamer way) to discover what manner of horrors have befallen Gulag Caledonia. Important Links

John Hughes: Chapter 16 (Ready Player Two)

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Reeling from the shard-related revelations of last time, we were all ready for an action-packed chapter. But Cline is a master of subverting expectations, and instead provided us with the most boring collection of pages ever! Join us as we traverse the medium-sized planet of Shermer dedicated to all things John Hughes. PLUS we take another visit to the ever-prophetic Gulag Caledonia for some Very Good Philosophy! Important Links

Shifting

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In which Declan explores his cynical side, Isaac elucidates the seven levels of metaphor, and both wonder just how big one can ask Malfoy’s dick to be. Important Links!

Pacing: Chapter 15 (Ready Player Two)

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Another episode, another chapter, and after the white-knuckle excitement of the Ninja-Sega/Sega-Ninja rundown last time out, we’re in for even more excitement, as we finally see Wade in some death-defying combat, and uncover more of the mysterious past Halliday has been hiding. Plus, we enter the realm of Gulag Caledonia, an all-too-divorced prediction of a future ravaged by God-forgetters. Not to be missed! Important Links

Bog Standard

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In which Declan has been plumbing the depths of bathroom acclaim, Isaac describes pure and condensed trad, and both set their sights on an awards ceremony. Important Links!

Ekphrasis: Chapter 14 (Ready Player Two)

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After an Easter Gunting hiatus, we’re back with another chapter. This one’s heavy on the games and light on the story. Just the way we like it! Ernest puts us in the shoes of Wade in the cyber-shoes of Parzival who is, in turn, in the simulated-kicks of Kira Underwood: the coolest teen in Middletown (Ohio). Important Links

Grief: Chapter 13 (Ready Player Two)

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As a famous, jewel-headed robot once said, what is grief if not love persevering? In this chapter, Cline ponders the very same question in the aftermath of the tragic circumstances which led to Mark Rylance crashing a plane into Art3mis. And his answer is not what you’d expect! Important Links

The Darwin Award

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In which Declan has been making some scholarship, Isaac is unimpressed by some policework, and both dive deeply into a British Classic. Important Links!

Liability: Chapter 12 (Ready Player Two)

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After a brief, reading-based hiatus, we’re BACK to continue our quest through Ready Player Two! In this chapter, things are getting pretty real for dear old Wade. There’s a lot on the line, but fortunately he is legally protected from any and all consequences by some ironclad End User License Agreements. Important Links