We’re literature nerds, sci-fi geeks and lovers of cocktails. Join us each month as we pick a different sci fi, fantasy, or speculative fiction book and pair it with a signature drink! Grab a class and a copy of our book recommendation and join our book club online.
Nerds Book Review: Cixin Liu’s Three Body Problem
Hey fellow Nerds! This month we're reading Chinese sensation Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem, the first book in a hard sci-fi trilogy. There are aliens, Chinese Communists and nanomaterials: Oh My! Listen in here before Netflix makes a terrible rendition of it by making this a thriller, somehow.
If you're new to our 'cast, we have a witty conversation about a text while enjoying a beverage or two; but don't worry! If you haven't yet picked up a copy of the book, we don't include too many spoilers. Also, we're big on trying new cocktails or beers. Today's beverage happens to be Buffalo New York's Resurgence Brewing Company and their Peanut Butter Porter. The gents of the cast definitely have some tasting notes for you, and it might not be what you think.
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Lastly, we're on a mission, dear Nerds. In an upcoming episode, we will be talking about JRR Tolkien's The Silmarillion, and we think friend of the 'cast Stephen Colbert would be a perfect addition to the group. We know he's an immense fan (of Tolkien) and we're immense fans of his, so it seems like a natural fit. So hit him up on the socials, and let's see if we can make that cast a party of four!
Nerds Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049
In a world where androids hunt androids...that's right, we're talking Blade Runner 2049, directed by friend of the cast, Denis Villeneuve and staring none else than Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Join us -- outside again, sorry about the lawnmower man (*gasp -- future cast, maybe?) as we drink the fantastic...beer as Shaun called it. No, seriously, its Labatt's Max Ice. If you can get it, you should try it at least once. It's a biere forte, which is to say cheap, and 8%. But an experience nonetheless.
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Lastly, next up for us is Cixin Liu's The Three Body Problem and Neil Gaiman's Sandman series on netflix. Check them out, and leave us a message on the socials so we can work your thoughts into the 'cast.
Nerds Book Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick
Quick Disclaimer: This episode was recorded outside, at a friend of the cast’s house, so there more background noise than usual.
Is that a real sheep you have there? No? Oh well. This month we're reading Phillip K. Dick's sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? If you haven't gotten a copy and read it yet, go back to some of our other casts while you catch up. And while you're away, go get some Johnny Walker Black, the drink of choice for this episode thanks to Deckard's enjoyment of it.
If the book isn't quite your thing, listen in to our next cast when we talk about the movie it inspired, Bladerunner. Be sure to find yourself a nice bowl of ramen when you do -- no not that $.25 stuff, but some homemade like we eat. If you don't enjoy it, you're probably an android.
Lastly, if you haven't had enough nerdy goodness yet, head over to our blog, More than Just Books where Mike catches some nerd-adjacent material that may have slipped by you.
Nerds TV Review: Obi-Wan
In true nerds fashion, we're looking at some Star Wars media -- Ewan McGregor's triumphant (?!) return to the old master! Since Obi-Wan is a staid, old man, we're drinking an older beverage. Nothing fancy, but it'll get ya job done: Pabst Blue Ribbon. Better known as PBR in the hipster circles. No recipe needed here.
Didn't finish The Star Wars Saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi? Finish it up and listen in.
Ready for more nerdy goodness? Pick up a copy of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep and get ready to talk about it's movie spin offs, Bladerunner and Bladerunner 2049.
And if that's not enough, check out our blog, More Than Just Books blog where Mike talks about The Mazalan Book of the Fallen and much more.
Nerds Book Review: Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson
It's been a while, but we're back and coming out swinging with Neal Stephenson's newest book Termination Shock. Will we like it as much as his other book, Snow Crash? Will Shaun continue being the cast's naysayer? Will Mike finally beat Shaun in the lightening round? All questions will be answered, if only you listen.
If you haven't yet, grab yourself some ingredients for this month's cocktail, a modified Tequila Sunrise, which I'm calling a PinA2bo Sunset (if you read the book, you know). You'll need:
Directions: Mix the tequila, OJ and orange liquor in a shaker. Pour into a Collins glass and then add the grenadine, but do not mix. The glass will be as pretty as a Sulphur infused sunset in the novel!
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Nerds Movie Review: Ex Machina
Hey everyone! We hope this episode finds you hanging out near a pool, with a Genesee Light in your hand -- yes, that's right, it's the drink for the cast, you got something against Rochester, New York -- and having watched Ex Machina.
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Who knew that drinking helps learning? Oh, you did! Funny and informative. Great job guys!
These guys are great. Like hanging out with my friends having a drink and talking movies. Recommend.
These guys are great
Love these guys - the cocktails and discussion are always on point. I love that they discuss the books AND the movies and shows!