Tipsy Nerds Book Club

Tipsy Nerds Book Club

The best in Science Fiction and Fantasy—with a twist. Whether you prefer horse-drawn carriages or spaceships, your drinks shaken or stirred, Tipsy Nerds Book Club delivers lively and fun nerdy conversation and tasty cocktails each week.Join the show hosts as they quest to read the NPR top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy stories. To enhance the nerdy adventure, the show hosts recreate fictional cocktails from that week's featured story (books, movies, shows and other media), then drink the libation during the podcast! The show also features author guests (upcoming guests will include authors such as Hugh Howey and D.A. Shaolin Spires), and the guest authors also imbibe that week's tasty beverage.Once you add cocktails, anything can happen! “Two tipsy nerds, one great story.”

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September 16, 2021 37 min

The Tipsy Nerds are back! Season 3 of the show begins with a knock-out of a book: The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin.  The Nerds are sipping red wine and getting back into the podcast groove. Pour a glass and join them in geeking out over this amazing, Hugo award-winning book.

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What do Tipsy Nerds do during a pandemic and social distancing? Binge-watch Netflix, drink cheap wine and vodka and grow increasingly concerned about how accurate dystopian fiction is to our present situation. Join us for a special episode about Corona.

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The Tipsy Nerds welcome guest PL Tavormina, author of the book Aeorvoyant, as we discuss another book from the NPR Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. For this episode, we're sipping a misty-looking drink that's a fresh take on an Aviator. If you love epic fantasy, this is a must-listen episode!

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February 20, 2020 51 min

In this episode, the Tipsy Nerds welcome guest L.L. McKinney, author of A Blade So Black and A Dream so Dark, part of the Nightmare-verse series. If you like love Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alice in Wonderland, you'll love McKinney's books. And our fruity rum cocktail meant a fun time with this author we'd love to hang out with in person. A must not miss episode!

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In this episode, the Tipsy Nerds welcome guest Terence Hawkins, author of American Neolithic, to the show to discuss the seminal dystopian book, 1984 by George Orwell. Robyn has found us an authentic take on Victory Gin. Will any listeners be brave enough to try it?

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The Tipsy Nerds welcome Heli Kennedy, one of the writers from Orphan Black: The Next Chapter to chat about the amazing show, Orphan Black, and the SerialBox continuation, a serialized audiobook. We're drinking the "Clone Club Martini", a black drink fitting for this grim-dark thriller audiobook. We had a fascinating conversation with Heli, both a writer and fan of the Orphan Black universe. If you're a fan of the sh...

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The Tipsy Nerds welcome guest J Todd Scott, author of The Far Empty and other books, to discuss the gritty fantasy novel The Black Company by Glen Cook. Listen to the episode to learn why Todd picked this dark fantasy novel that centers around a band of mercenaries. 

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The Tipsy Nerds welcome a new year with a look back at the year 2019, the year TNBC was born, and a look ahead at what 2020 has in store. New books, movies and more stories! And Robyn reveals her celebrity crush—a very special Tipsy Nerd moment not to be missed by fans of the show.

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Celebrating the holiday season Tipsy Nerds style, TNBC welcomes author D.A. Xiaolin Spires to the show to sip eggnog and discuss her short story, Marshmallows, a story that first appeared in Clarkesworld magazine in December 2018. The story features a dystopian world that people can conveniently "unsee" via augmented reality. We created two cocktails for this episode, a sweet and delicious Marshmallow-tini and a smooth, not...

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Join the Tipsy Nerds and their guest and Star Wars expert, CD Tavenor, as they let their fan flags fly over Star Wars and partake in wild speculation about the long-awaited final episode of the saga, the Rise of Skywalker. Each of the Nerds sips a different cocktail this week, from coffee drinks that will soothe the soul to the General, Natalie's ode to General Leia Organa. *No ewoks were harmed in this episode ;-)

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Celebrating the holidays Tipsy Nerds style, in this episode, the Nerds discuss Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. In the future, an Oxford history student time travels to merry old plague-infested England during the Christmas holidays. The Nerds are cooking up a seasonal drink with a rich history. Gather round the wassail bowl and get your medieval on with the Tipsy Nerds.

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This week the Nerds are back to the NPR Top 100 list with a seminal and controversial military Sci-Fi read: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Henlein (1959). The Nerds thought a manly cocktail was essential for this manly book about futuristic paratroopers that get jettisoned from a spaceship instead of a plane. Robyn has cooked up a “Citizen's Sazerac”, a lovely blend of cognac, rye whiskey, and bitters, and author guest KJ Kabza...

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November is National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo). In support of all the writers tapping the keys this month, the Nerds share their list of favorite books on writing—ones that teach as well as ones that inspire. Write on!

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The Tipsy Nerds are sipping wine and a deliciously Halloweeny drink for this episode as they discuss one of the best thrillers ever written, Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. 

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October 23, 2019 63 min

Welcome to Season 2 of the Tipsy Nerds Book Club podcast! The Nerds are starting it out with a fan favorite and Robyn's as well, The Fellowship of the Ring from the Lord of the Rings series. Tune in to hear about the special drink for this episode as well as what makes this Robyn's all-time favorite book.

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October 16, 2019 45 min

Tipsy Nerds have completed their season 1 so it's time to relive the fun! The Tipsy Nerds welcome back guest co-host CD Tavenor to chat about the best books, drinks and episodes of Season 1, as well as behind-the-scenes goofs listeners haven't heard about, and look forward to Season 2.

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The Tipsy Nerds welcome NYT Bestselling author Darynda Jones to the pod as they sip coffee martinis inspired by Darynda's book, First Grave on the Right, the first in a thirteen book series. The Nerds took a departure from the NPR Top 100 Sci-Fi & Fantasy list for this one, and happily devoured Jones' smart, funny and sexy story.

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The Tipsy Nerds happily veer off of the NPR Top 100 list for this episode as they welcome author guest, Alexander Yates, to discuss his new release, How We Became Wicked. The Nerds are drinking Tang Mimosas and chatting with the author about his fascinating life living abroad, and the inspiration for his new book with a twist even the jaded reader book nerds didn't see coming.

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The Tipsy Nerds chat about upcoming book to screen adaptations while drinking some wine and bourbon. Getting psyched for new shows such as HBO show based on the Watchmen, and new stories set in the Game of Thrones universe; other offerings from Amazon, Netflix and more such as The Witcher, Chronicles of Narnia and more. Nerd out over these upcoming shows and let us know what you're pumped to see.

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The Tipsy Nerds follow up their episode 12 in which they discussed the book, Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, with a very tipsy chat about the Amazon Prime series by the same name. The Nerds are cosplaying the angels in this one and having a very good time talking about one of their favorite shows to hit the small screen this year.

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