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FridayFix • Empty Set 2014 Year In Review

It’s the holidays, suckas! And with it comes year’s end, and with that comes our annual rambling-ass Year In Review.

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The two gasbag partners in Empty Set Entertainment combined to bring you an hour and twenty minutes of blabby-blab about the books we published, the tours we toured and the anthologies we anthologized — and also the new addition to the fam, our lovely little Dog of Døøm. Did we mention how long this episode is? Listen at your own risk.

And, we did our top-four stories of 2014 as a fancy video. Wanna watch? Just click here.

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Book review: GOLDEN SON

Book II of Pierce Brown's RED RISING trilogy

GOLDEN SON by Pierce BrownLet’s just get this out of the way: My name is Scott, and I am a fanboy. I love this series.

As a novelist, I realize I’m supposed to keep some level of analytical distance in order to critique to structure, form, plot, pacing, character development, etc., but for the RED RISING series, my button-pushing brain simply shuts off about five pages in — much as it does with the GAME OF THRONES series. Like an amoeba surrounding a hapless paramecium, Pierce Brown’s debut series simply engulfs me.

The single best thing I can say about GOLDEN SON and the series is this: I wish I could live in this world. Which is weird, considering …

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Poll: The Most-Ridiculous Bowl Game Name

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THE CHAMPION Episode #15

The off-season distractions are over, and it’s finally time for the pre-season. The defending GFL-champion Ionath Krakens get ready as a team, but one individual element remains: Becca’s rookie contract. Earlier in the story, Quentin promised Becca he would help her with this — by introducing her to his agent.

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After the episode, Scott blabs about his first-ever trip to a Disney property. Think he’s a grown-ass man? Maybe not after you hear this. Blame it on our Petco Coupons page!

PROMO IN THIS EPISODE: The new Paul E. Cooley podcast novel THE BLACK.

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FridayFix • Shiz Happens

Plus: Throat wounds; chasing the horse and/or pony and/or dragon; teetering masses of crockery; death by Jenga and laces out, Dan!

Rob-and-ScottIt’s the holidays, and that means family and what-not. It also means things popping up out of nowhere like schedule-destroying demons, hell-bend on ruining all yer carefully crafted plans. Yep, happens to us like it happens to everyone else, so how do we handle that?

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At right is my lifelong buddy Rob Otto. We were born on the same day, same year, so — obviously — we’re twins! He was part of the very schedule-scuttling distractions of which we speak.

How about you? What kind of things popped up during your holiday season to scuttle your schedules?

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THE CHAMPION Episode #14

Quentin finally gets some time to enjoy his status as the Galaxy Bowl MVP. He’s off to Earth, then it’s time to scout for new players at the Tier Three Tournament. Then, a return to Ionath and a stressful visit with Ma Tweedy.

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THE CHAMPION, Book V in the YA/scifi Galactic Football League series.

THE CHAMPION Episode #12

To save his sister Jeanine and his friend Fred, Quentin challenged the Portath known as The Gouger to a duel. When Quentin was preparing for this ultimate showdown, he was sucker-punched by John Tweedy — who is going to step into pit to fight in Quentin’s place. With a broken jaw and pain meds in his system, Quentin is helpless to do anything but watch John fight to the death.

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Note: Scott recorded this early, and forgot he was recording early, so he told everyone how to behave on Thanksgiving. Which is already over. Such is life.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #11

To win his sister’s freedom, Quentin challenged the Portath known as “The Gouger” to a duel to the death. He’ll have to fight with the awkward “double crescent” knives, the traditional weapon of that race. If Quentin steps into the stone pit for this fight, will he make it out alive?

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THE CHAMPION, Book V in the YA/scifi Galactic Football League series.

THE CHAMPION Episode #10

The quest is almost over. Quentin finally gets to see his sister. In the massive Portath ship, quentin and his friends learn that the “Bermuda Triangle” of the galaxy is not all it seems. But to get his sister out, will Quentin have to face … the Gouger?

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THE CHAMPION Episode #9

Quentin and his friends have met the mostly unknown Portath. In that meeting, he came to learn that the kidnapping of his sister wasn’t set up by a rival team or a revenge-minded gangster, but none other than the living god herself: Petra Prawatt, so she could deliver a message to the Prawatt about a pending galactic-scale invasion from a race known as the Abernessia. Petra’s tool for this manipulation? Cormerant Bumberpuff, Quentin’s Ionath Krakens teammate. Quentin needs to find out Bumberpuff’s involvement, and find a way to free his sister, his friends and himself from the Portath.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #8

Quentin and his friends have made first contact with Hulsey, a Human representative of the as-yet-unseen Portath. Hulsey gave the grim news that while she could help Quentin find his lost sister, Jeanine, and his friend Fred, that wouldn’t do Quentin much good, because he and his friends would never be allowed to leave the […]

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FridayFix • Pick our new T-shirts!

It’s time for new T-shirts! Who gets to choose what we make? You get to choose! Listen in to this awesome cast (there is slurping), click through to the post, then vote!

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