S&L Podcast – #113 – Almost amazing

This week we get a review of the Cloud Atlas movie, a sneak peek at the Dirty Streets of Heaven and a debate about Denny’s.

Tom: 2010 Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Incredible Red 
Veronica: Unicorn tears
JRR Tolkien letter reveals poor sales of The Hobbit
The Hobbit’s Second Breakfast being served at Denny’s is something that is happening
Neal Stephenson talks REAMDE with lawyers, security experts
Cloud Atlas movie
Tom also finishing Isles of the Forsaken by Carolyn Ives Gilman 
Veronica finished Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1) by Jim Butcher.

Hey guys,
I love your show.  Can’t wait for the Robin Hobb interview.  Will that be on the youtube webcast and the audio podcast?  I read Liveship, Tawny Man, Farseer, and the new Rain Wilds series.  I had to Lem the Soldier Son….it was way too slow and a little boring….I didn’t like the protagonist at all.  

Anyway, I am really writing today about the email below.  You guys are going to be in the money for all of the books you have bought from Amazon.  I have had a Kindle for around 3 years and I am always disappointed about the pricing.  The electronic version of a book should ALWAYS be less then the hardback/paperback but that is not always so.  

It looks like some publishers are finally trying to put an end of the extreme pricing.
What do you think?

Is the Youtube podcast ever going to go to Itunes as a videocast?  I am not always in front of my computer / smart TV so it would be great if my IPod could play the video cast.  You guys look great on a 55″” HD TV by the way.

My author interview wishlist:  Scott Lynch, Gentlemen Bastards…Brent Weeks, Lightbringer…..Peter V. Brett, Demon War….
Craig from PA

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