Episode 42 – Favorite Books

Let’s face it.  If it wasn’t for books, we could hardly classify ourselves as geeks.  From the stacks of tomes in our tabletop roleplaying libraries to the shelves lined with everything from history to science fiction, if a geek is anything, they are well read.  Join us this week as we discuss our favorite books and authors, as well as the works that have been most influential on our creative minds.  Be sure to grab your custom bookmark, set aside those reading glasses, and put that awesome book back on the shelf (just for a bit!) as you settle into that comfy reading chair and listen to a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 29 – Gaming Ruts

Do you ever find yourself rolling up the same character archetype time after time?  Are dungeon crawls that end with fighting a dragon the crux of your Saturday night?  Do you play the same game so much that you could get a perfect score blindfolded and asleep?  Don’t worry, you are not alone!  Join us this week as we discuss our personal gaming ruts and attempt to sort out the reasons behind them.  Whether it’s lack of focus, obsessive desire to win, or simply being too timid to step out of the comfort zone, we do some soul searching that is inspiring, informative, and a little disturbing.  Switch sides of the table, swap that sword for a wand, and attempt diplomacy rather than thievery as you listen to this weeks brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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Episode 24 – The Hunger Games

Spring is here, and what better way to start than watching teenagers savagely murder each other on national television?  Better yet, there is The Hunger Games!  If you’ve been living in a cave you might as well stay there because it’s all about Katniss, Peeta, and The Capitol’s greatest spectacle.  Join the Monkey in the Cage crew this week as they discuss their thoughts on both the book and the film while also being thankful for not starving and fighting to death.  Impress those Gamemakers, get plenty of Sponsors, and be sure to watch out for those Tracker Jackers if you plan on surviving this week’s episode on The Hunger Games.  May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Best game ever? Hunger Games!

Last week a trailer was released for a new movie I had no idea was in existence and it was based on a fairly popular book in the hard core underground geek world. Well me being the pop culture geek I am said screw it and decided I didn’t care and decided not to watch it. Not until every one of my normal websites had posts about the trailer did I decide to venture in to the world of Hunger Games. Once I read io9’s picture take on the trailer I checked Amazon and snatched up the trilogy for $30.

Battle Royale, you will immediately see similarities between the two stories, but the actual world of Panem from Hunger Games feels much more fleshed out than the world of Battle Royale ever did.

Hunger  Games is very well written, but it also really dry. The story and characters are engaging, but it feels like you are reading a journal recounting a past event. There is a lack of emotion from the main character that seems slightly off while reading. That being said there were actually a couple times while reading that I felt a little verklempt.

If you have any interest in the movie after seeing the trailer, I suggest you pick these books up. They are a really quick read and just a good story. You can easily read them in a couple days of good reading.

 

I give Hunger Games 10 Abe Lincolns out of 8 MockingJays

Pick up Hunger Games on Amazon today!

 

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Episode 5 – NERD RAGE!!! – The Downside of Geekdom

Okay, admit it.  You’re just as guilty as the rest of us.  When it comes to the geeky things you know and love, there isn’t anyone out there that is going to change your mind on why it influences you or why it’s important.  Even if that means a little “nerd rage” from time to time, or a lot if you happen to be Matt.  This week we’re talking about the proverbial Dark Side of geekdom, that evil place where your passion for something geeky almost destroys it’s awesomeness because you’re too hung up on your own fanaticism.  So, sit back and enjoy as the battle lines are drawn in this epic nerd rage debate!

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