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On Books and Nachos you will find people just like yourself letting you know what to buy and what to skip on your next visit to the bookstore. From science fiction to horror to nonfiction, Books and Nachos covers it all with a modern pop-culture asthetic other book reviewers lack.

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On Books and Nachos you will find people just like yourself letting you know what to buy and what to skip on your next visit to the bookstore. From science fiction to horror to nonfiction, Books and Nachos covers it all with a modern pop-culture asthetic other book reviewers lack.

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You will not be disappointed!

By Alex From Connecticut - Oct 28 2018
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Short and sweet -- I love this podcast! The six-part Stand episodes are EPIC.

Great Podcast

By Msquared0217 - Apr 19 2018
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Like the reviews and the book selections. Awesome job.

iTunes Ratings

144 Ratings
Average Ratings
125
6
5
3
5

You will not be disappointed!

By Alex From Connecticut - Oct 28 2018
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Short and sweet -- I love this podcast! The six-part Stand episodes are EPIC.

Great Podcast

By Msquared0217 - Apr 19 2018
Read more
Like the reviews and the book selections. Awesome job.
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Books and Nachos

Latest release on Aug 30, 2018

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On Books and Nachos you will find people just like yourself letting you know what to buy and what to skip on your next visit to the bookstore. From science fiction to horror to nonfiction, Books and Nachos covers it all with a modern pop-culture asthetic other book reviewers lack.

Rank #1: Watchmen by Alan Moore

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Watchmen. It was the only comic listed on Time Magazine's List of the 100 Best Novels list. It also was in The Comic's Journal's list of the Top 100 Comics of the 20th Century. It has been revered by comic lovers and neophytes alike. Now Arnie and Jakob come together to review all 12 issues of this series, and also give a brief look at the recent Before Watchmen prequel series!
Then head to Now Playing Podcast to hear Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review crew's thoughts on Zack Snyder's film adaptation!

Mar 21 2016

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Rank #2: The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

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In 1987 Clive Barker took the world by storm with his film Hellraiser, but his first draft of that movie wasn't in screenplay form--it was a short story. Written with the express intent of being a low-budget movie, Barker explores the concepts of love, deceit, murder, and damnation. It became his defining work, but how good is it? And how does the prose differ from the film? Open the box, unchain this podcast, join Arnie in Hell, and find out!

Oct 30 2017

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Rank #3: On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming

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James Bond is back, as is our book reviewer Brock, continuing his reviews of Ian Fleming's works. As part of James Bond's 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming's original Bond novels and short stories. In this episode, join Brock as he reads the second novel in Fleming's Blofeld trilogy - On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Nov 02 2012

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Rank #4: Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano

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Jakob and Arnie have returned to Books & Nachos to review more DC comics graphic novels. On Tuesday they reviewed the Keanu Reeves film Constantine, based on DC's Hellblazer comics. Now they turn to the source material, reading and reviewing Original Sins, a graphic novel compiling Hellblazer issues 1 through 9.

Mar 06 2013

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Rank #5: You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

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Brock is back to complete Books & Nachos' reviews of Ian Fleming's original James Bond prose stories, this time looking at the final book in the so-called Blofeld trilogy of novels. As part of James Bond's 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming's original Bond novels and short stories. In this podcast, join Brock as he reviews You Only Live Twice.

Nov 16 2012

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Rank #6: Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

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Die Hard is based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. The novel was a sequel to The Detective, and starred an old police detective named Joe Leland. The movie made the hero younger and changed his name to John McClane. What other changes are there between the book and the film, and is the book worth a read? Listen to find out!

Jan 24 2013

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Rank #7: Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Garth Ennis

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After reviewing the Keanu Reeves film Constantine, based on DC's Hellblazer comics, hosts Arnie and Jakob turn to the source material on which the movie was based. In their second podcast looking at John Constantine in comics, they discuss Original Sins, Garth Ennis' first American comic book writing and one of the most acclaimed Hellblazer storylines.

Mar 08 2013

21mins

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Rank #8: The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

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James Bond was presumed dead after the Blofeld trilogy ends, and before Fleming could revive the spy that brought him fame the author himself died. Published posthumously, The Man With the Golden is Fleming's final Bond novel, and Stuart is back to review it, continuing Books & Nachos' reviews of Ian Fleming's original James Bond prose stories. As part of James Bond's 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming's original Bond novels and short stories. In this podcast, join Stuart as he reviews The Man With the Golden Gun.

Nov 23 2012

18mins

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Rank #9: The Detective by Roderick Thorp

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Die Hard is based on the novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. But Nothing Lasts Forever was itself a sequel to The Detective, a story of a police detective in the 1960s. That detective is Joe Leland, who would take his place in cinema history once renamed John McClane. Now our own reviewer Stuart investigates the literary history of the action movie character. Does he detect a good novel? Listen to find out!

Jan 17 2013

13mins

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Rank #10: Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

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20 years have passed between the 1996 sci-fi hit Independence Day and this summer's new Independence Day: Resurgence. That time passed in our real world--but it also went by for the fictional characters who survived that alien assault. Fans have long wondered--what happened on July 5, 1996? Were all the aliens killed when the ships went down? Some of this will be revealed in the new movie, but those wanting a fuller explanation can find it in the new novel Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes. It spans all 20 years and follows old characters, like David Levinson and Steve Hiller, as well as new players like Jake Morrison and Dikembe Umbutu.
Did anything happen in that 20-year span to warrant a novel? Join Arnie in this Books & Nachos episode as he summarizes and reviews this new story -- and the comic series Independence Day: Dark Fathom!
And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Jun 27 2016

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Rank #11: Gray Matter (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

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There are some who think no beer is a bad beer, but they haven't read Stephen King's short story "Gray Matter." From the Night Shift collection this tale tells of a man who's bacteria-laden brewski changes him from a a repulsive human being into a repulsive, slime monster. The premise may be crazy, but is the story fun? Arnie lets you know as he continues reading and reviewing all of Stephen King's fiction!

Apr 04 2014

11mins

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Rank #12: The Mangler (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

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Have you ever worked on your computer, your lawnmower, or your car and felt that the damned machine is out to get you? That perhaps a demonic spirit has taken hold of the device, giving it an evil intent? Put that feeling towards a 30-foot industrial laundry press and the result is "The Mangler", Stephen King's short story about such a machine that "tasted blood and found it liked it." In this Books & Nachos podcast Arnie reviews this short story from King's Night Shift collection. Then hear his, Stuart's, and Jakob's review of "The Mangler" movie adaptation at NowPlayingPodcast.com!

Mar 13 2014

19mins

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Rank #13: Graveyard Shift (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

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Hall is a drifter who has taken a night job at the Gates Falls mill for the summer. It seems like an easy gig, but with the numerous rats and the annoying foreman it may push Hall too far. Monsters, both human and not, await in Stephen King's 1970 short story "Graveyard Shift", collected in King's Night Shift anthology. Arnie reviews the original short story on this episode of Books & Nachos. Then hear his, Stuart's, and Jakob's review of the "Graveyard Shift" movie adaptation at NowPlayingPodcast.com!

Mar 06 2014

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Rank #14: I Am the Doorway (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

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An astronaut returned from Venus believes he has been inhabited by homicidal aliens. These aliens have sprouted eyes on the man's hands, and forced him to kill a local boy. Is the man insane, or is he the doorway for an alien invasion? Find out in "I Am the Doorway", a short story King originally published in 1971 that was collected and reprinted in the Night Shift anthology. Join Arnie now as he reads and reviews this story, continuing his look at all the Night Shift works!

Mar 27 2014

19mins

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Rank #15: Night Surf (from the Night Shift collection) by Stephen King

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A superflu nicknamed "Captain Tripps" kills most of the people on Earth. This story tells the tale of a small group of survivors. No, this is not Stephen King's The Stand, but rather "Night Surf", a short story King first wrote a decade before that seminal novel. Listen now to find out how the two stories connect, what other Stephen King connections are found, and if "Night Surf" is a story worth reading as Arnie continues his reviews of all the tales from King's Night Shift anthology.

Mar 20 2014

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Rank #16: Octopussy by Ian Fleming

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Brock is back to review the final Ian Fleming James Bond short story from the Octopussy and The Living Daylights collection. As part of James Bond's 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming's original Bond novels and short stories. So join us as we complete this look with our final review, discussing the short story Octopussy.

Nov 30 2012

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Rank #17: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

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The Dead Zone was Stephen King's follow-up to The Stand. This new novel, about a man who gained psychic powers after a head injury, became the author's first number 1 best seller. It has gone on to be adapted to film by David Cronenberg, and a long-running cable TV series.

In this episode of Books & Nachos, Arnie looks back at the book that started it all. He analyzes King's influences that led to the creation of the novel, and deconstructs the characters and plot. So now join him for a review of Stephen King's novel over a year in the making!

And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

May 01 2016

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Rank #18: Property of a Lady and 007 in New York by Ian Fleming

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Brock goes back to the last Ian Fleming James Bond book ever released to review two more short stories from the Octopussy and The Living Daylights collection. As part of James Bond's 50th Anniversary, the podcast Now Playing is reviewing all of the James Bond films and we at Books & Nachos are looking at all of Fleming's original Bond novels and short stories. So make a plate of scrambled eggs and take a listen to Brock as he reviews Property of a Lady and 007 in New York

Nov 09 2012

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Rank #19: The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film by Daniel Wallace

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Gunslinger Roland Deschain had a long quest in his search for The Dark Tower. So too did filmmakers toil long to transform Stephen King's eight-novel series to the big screen. This journey is chronicled in pictures and prose in the book The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film.
Join Arnie on this episode of Books & Nachos as he reviews this work. Then he is joined by Daniel Wallace, author of The Art of the Film, to discuss the process of producing this type of book!

Aug 17 2017

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Rank #20: Twin Peaks: The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost

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Before the new season of Twin Peaks started on Showtime, series co-creator Mark Frost wrote a book to tide over anxious fans. That book was The Secret History of Twin Peaks. An in-universe history of this fictional town finds its citizens have ties to Lewis & Clarke, the Masons, the Illuminati, and events at Rosewell and Area 51. Wait...isn't this a book about Twin Peaks? Maybe. Arnie and Stuart are here with a review to try and make sense of it all!
Listen to this book review, then hear reviews of EVERY Twin Peaks episode, including the new Showtime episodes, at NowPeakingPodcast.com

May 20 2017

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo

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Before it became one of the most beloved movies of all time, The Godfather was a blockbuster novel with characters and plot points that never made it to the screen. Join long lost podcaster Stuart as he comes home to his Books & Nachos family and parses out all the changes made to Mario Puzo’s classic.

Aug 30 2018

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Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach

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Ben's three-year-old brother Eric disappeared five years ago, but Ben continues to search. When Ben takes a job at the store where Eric vanished things are not all that they seem. Join Brock for his spoiler-free review of Bad Man to see if this is the perfect thriller to cap off your summer reading list!

Aug 23 2018

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Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost

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SPOILER ALERT: This podcast contains detailed information about the 2017 Showtime Twin Peaks series as well as all previous Twin Peaks books, movies, and episodes.
This year's Twin Peaks: The Return revival polarized audiences and seemed to ask as many questions as it answered. With that series complete, series writer Mark Frost is free to discuss it all in Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier -- the intended final book based on Twin Peaks. Join Stuart and Arnie now to find out if Peaks goes out on a high note!

Listen to this book review, then hear reviews of EVERY Twin Peaks episode, including the new Showtime episodes, at NowPeakingPodcast.com

Dec 31 2017

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The Hellraiser Chronicles Edited by Stephen Jones

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Continuing his look at nonfiction Hellraiser books, Arnie is back with a review of The Hellraiser Chronicles--a 1992 behind-the-scenes look at the first three Hellraiser films. But seeking even more pleasures Arnie continues on to look at Damnation Games which also gets under the skin of those first three films. Are either or both of these worth a read? Join Arnie to find out!

Nov 15 2017

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Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II by Christian Sellers and Gary Smart

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Clive Barker's Hellraiser and it's immediate follow-up Hellbound: Hellraiser II were low-budget productions, shot in the UK. Despite their small beginnings their impact was global, skyrocketing Clive Barker to fame and fortune and terrifying a generation. How did that happen? The book Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II details the making of these first two Hellraiser films. What insights does it provide, and is it worth a read? Join Arnie on this review to find out!

Nov 06 2017

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The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

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In 1987 Clive Barker took the world by storm with his film Hellraiser, but his first draft of that movie wasn't in screenplay form--it was a short story. Written with the express intent of being a low-budget movie, Barker explores the concepts of love, deceit, murder, and damnation. It became his defining work, but how good is it? And how does the prose differ from the film? Open the box, unchain this podcast, join Arnie in Hell, and find out!

Oct 30 2017

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The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film by Daniel Wallace

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Gunslinger Roland Deschain had a long quest in his search for The Dark Tower. So too did filmmakers toil long to transform Stephen King's eight-novel series to the big screen. This journey is chronicled in pictures and prose in the book The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film.
Join Arnie on this episode of Books & Nachos as he reviews this work. Then he is joined by Daniel Wallace, author of The Art of the Film, to discuss the process of producing this type of book!

Aug 17 2017

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Twin Peaks: The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost

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Before the new season of Twin Peaks started on Showtime, series co-creator Mark Frost wrote a book to tide over anxious fans. That book was The Secret History of Twin Peaks. An in-universe history of this fictional town finds its citizens have ties to Lewis & Clarke, the Masons, the Illuminati, and events at Rosewell and Area 51. Wait...isn't this a book about Twin Peaks? Maybe. Arnie and Stuart are here with a review to try and make sense of it all!
Listen to this book review, then hear reviews of EVERY Twin Peaks episode, including the new Showtime episodes, at NowPeakingPodcast.com

May 20 2017

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Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch

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As Inland Empire hit theaters Lynch was also prepping a big release...for the bookstores. Catching the Big Fish is Lynch's combination of autobiography and advertisement for his Transcendental Medication. Join Arnie and Stuart to find out what insights Lynch's writing may provide into the man, his works, and his meditations.

Listen to this book review, then hear reviews of EVERY Twin Peaks episode at NowPeakingPodcast.com

May 18 2017

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Welcome to Twin Peaks: Access Guide to the Town by Mark Frost

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By the time Welcome to Twin Peaks was released ABC was already telling that town "Goodbye." The series' cancellation had been announced but the tie-in merchandising continued with this pamphlet that is a guidebook to the sights, places, flora, and fauna of Twin Peaks. What does this book add to the mythology of the series? And does its fictitious maps and places match up with any of the real filming locations? Join Arnie and Stuart for this review for those answers!
Listen to this book review, then hear reviews of EVERY Twin Peaks episode at NowPeakingPodcast.com

May 03 2017

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Twin Peaks: The Autobiography of FBI Agent Dale Cooper -- My Life, My Tapes by Scott Frost

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Twin Peaks' cancellation was all but certain in May, 1991. Yet that is also when series writer Scott Frost's Agent Cooper book My Life, My Tapes was released. Unlike The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, Cooper's backstory was mostly unready by a waning fan base. Now the book commands top dollar on the secondary market. Is it worth the price?
Listen to this book review, then hear reviews of EVERY Twin Peaks episode at NowPeakingPodcast.com

Mar 29 2017

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Twin Peaks: Diane - Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper by Scott Frost

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As Twin Peaks' second season began the merchandise machine was gaining speed. First came Jennifer Lynch's Secret Diary of Laura Palmer. Hot on its heels came "Diane..." - The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper. Combining TV-show audio with newly recorded bits this audiobook catches you up on the mystery, but are there new clues revealed in the tapes not seen on TV?

Listen to this book review, then hear reviews of EVERY Twin Peaks episode at NowPeakingPodcast.com

Mar 14 2017

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Twin Peaks: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer by Jennifer Lynch

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In the summer of 1990 everybody was discussing Twin Peaks - the television phenomenon that kept people in suspense during their season break. Tidbits were teased to fans, including that in Season 2 the secret diary of Laura Palmer would be found. What secrets would it hold? Would it reveal her killer? Viewers would find out, but fans didn't have to wait! Before Season 2 started The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer was released in full to bookstores! Not only officially sanctioned, it was written by Jennifer Lynch, daughter of Peaks co-creator David Lynch. Now Stuart and Arnie discuss all that was found, and how it was made so quickly!

Listen to this book review, then hear reviews of EVERY Twin Peaks episode at NowPeakingPodcast.com

Mar 13 2017

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Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

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No, Stuart was not eaten by a sand worm, he's back to discuss Children of Dune -- Frank Herbert's third novel in the Duneverse. Focusing on the children of Paul, this book has incest, political intrigue, and a twist ending. Join Stuart for his thoughts on this novel!

Feb 02 2017

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Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

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Everybody wants to rule the galaxy...but is it all it's cracked up to be? Now Emperor, Paul Atreides must balance his leadership with numerous plots to undermine him. After the great success of Dune, can Frank Herbert match with the sequel: Dune Messiah? Join Stuart in this review to find out!

Dec 21 2016

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Dune by Frank Herbert

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Frank Herbert's 1965 landmark novel DUNE is one of the most celebrated works of the science fiction genre, but does today's reader have to be a Mentat in order to wrap their mind around its dense mythology? Host Stuart In LA promises, "there's nothing to fear.... fear is the mind killer." Join him as he dives headfirst into this first chapter of his six podcast exploration of the Duneverse.

Dec 08 2016

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The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

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In 1990 Robert Ludlum returned to Jason Bourne one last time for The Bourne Ultimatum. This story finds Bourne once again in the crosshairs of Carlos the Jackal. It was a book intended to set a legacy for many Bourne novels to follow in the hands of other writers. So why is this the worst book ever reviewed at Books & Nachos? Join Stuart in L.A. as he tears into The Bourne Ultimatum and tells you why this is a novel you should avoid at all costs!
And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Jul 18 2016

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The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum

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Bourne is back! Robert Ludlum had never written a sequel to any of his novels before. That streak ended in 1986 when Jason Bourne (or really David Webb) has to travel to China in search of the men who kidnapped his woman. This novel bears virtually no resemblance to the Matt Damon film, but is it worth a read? Join Stuart in LA in this review to find out!
And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Jul 11 2016

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The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

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This summer is a great time to be re-Bourne! Matt Damon is returning to play Jason Bourne for the fourth time. For many Bourne fans, however, it may be surprising to find out how different these Damon films are from Robert Ludlum's original novels.

On this episode of Books & Nachos, join Stuart in L.A. as he gives a spoiler free review of this book, outlining the creator's original vision for this spy who can't remember his past.
And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Jul 05 2016

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Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

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20 years have passed between the 1996 sci-fi hit Independence Day and this summer's new Independence Day: Resurgence. That time passed in our real world--but it also went by for the fictional characters who survived that alien assault. Fans have long wondered--what happened on July 5, 1996? Were all the aliens killed when the ships went down? Some of this will be revealed in the new movie, but those wanting a fuller explanation can find it in the new novel Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes. It spans all 20 years and follows old characters, like David Levinson and Steve Hiller, as well as new players like Jake Morrison and Dikembe Umbutu.
Did anything happen in that 20-year span to warrant a novel? Join Arnie in this Books & Nachos episode as he summarizes and reviews this new story -- and the comic series Independence Day: Dark Fathom!
And if you enjoy Books & Nachos, support the show through our PodBean Crowdfunding Page!

Jun 27 2016

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iTunes Ratings

144 Ratings
Average Ratings
125
6
5
3
5

You will not be disappointed!

By Alex From Connecticut - Oct 28 2018
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Short and sweet -- I love this podcast! The six-part Stand episodes are EPIC.

Great Podcast

By Msquared0217 - Apr 19 2018
Read more
Like the reviews and the book selections. Awesome job.