“Paradox Bound” by Peter Clines (Crown, 2017)

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Much like with his previous book The Fold, Peter Clines’s new book, Paradox Bound, sucks you right in from the very beginning as we are introduced to our main character, Eli Teague, who meets a woman three times during his life – as a kid, teen, and adult – while she never seems to age at all. But that’s because she’s a time traveler.

While Eli only saw her for short moments in time over his young life, the woman has become an obsession for him in her steampunked Model-A Ford, as he wonders when she might show up in his life again. He lives in Sanders, a dead-end town that feels like it hasn’t changed a bit in fifty years. When he meets her as an adult, in her now familiar revolutionary garb and tricorne hat, he won’t let her go and finally gets taken under her wing and made her time traveling apprentice.

In this world there are old, forgotten roads that if you ride them just right and skid through at just the right point, you can fall through time. There are a number of these time travelers all with the same goal in mind. They are looking for the American Dream. Because it was stolen during the 1960s. And whoever finds it can fix their life and make this world a better place. The problem is there are also the guardians of the American Dream who are looking to get it back, and will attack anyone traveling through time, because they’re a threat and a risk.

In many ways Paradox Bound might be considered the quintessential American novel, as its characters are all literally searching for the American Dream in a riveting, exciting chase across the country and its history. Clines keeps the pace going and the reader hooked, wanting to know how it’s going to end. For Neil Gaiman fans, Paradox Bound could easily be considered the American Neverwhere, as it is in many ways an equally good novel.

Originally written on November 20, 2017 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Books Read in 2017

When I come to put together my “books read” list at the beginning of a new year, I always spend way to much time organizing and structuring and finagling so it looks right in a post, when I should’ve been doing something else all along.

This year I’m electing to just provide a link to my Goodreads account that shows you all the glorious covers the books I read last year in one great layout, with minimal work involved.

And here you have it . . .

Ostium Mini Episode: “Stocking Up (Monica’s Version)”

Jake and Monica decide the need a little break from Ostium town proper, and decide to go on a bit of joyride. Get a bite to eat in the nearest town and get some supplies.

This is Monica’s take on the trip.

Music by Axletree, courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

Ostium now has a merchandise store, check it out.

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Thanks for listening and see you in two weeks for Monica’s take on this interesting trip!

 

Ostium Mini Episode: “Stocking Up (Jake’s Version)

Jake and Monica decide the need a little break from Ostium town proper, and decide to go on a bit of joyride. Get a bite to eat in the nearest town and get some supplies.
This is Jake’s take on the trip.

Music by Axletree, courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

Ostium now has a merchandise store, check it out.

If you want more Ostium, why not become a patron on our Patreon page, where for just $2 a month you’ll get access to an exclusive brand new mini episode every two weeks (and this includes all through the offseason); and during the regular season of the show you’ll get access to new episodes a full week before everyone else. Alternatively, you could also make a one-time donation and help support Ostium on our website, www.ostiumpodcast.com.

And if you wouldn’t mind leaving Ostium a review on whatever app or program you use to listen to podcasts and that way people can see what you’re saying to convince them to listen to Ostium.

Thanks for listening and see you in two weeks for Monica’s take on this interesting trip!

 

Ostium Mini Episode: Season One Outtakes

You don’t always get it right on the first take. And sometimes you don’t get it right on the second, third, or fourth. Sometimes you say completely the wrong line, or something else that just makes no sense . . . but it’s funny. And sometimes you start having conversations about what you’re saying, which is also funny.

Fortunately, things are digital now and we don’t have to worry about how many reels of tape we’re using. So lots more gets recorded. Most of it doesn’t end up in the final cut. A lot of it is funny.

Here are the choicest outtakes for Ostium Season One.

Ostium now has a merchandise store, for all your holiday gift giving needs, check it out.

If you want more Ostium, why not become a patron on our Patreon page, where for just $2 a month you’ll get access to an exclusive brand new mini episode every two weeks (and this includes all through the offseason); and during the regular season of the show you’ll get access to new episodes a full week before everyone else. Alternatively, you could also make a one-time donation and help support Ostium on our website, www.ostiumpodcast.com.

And if you wouldn’t mind leaving Ostium a review on whatever app or program you use to listen to podcasts and that way people can see what you’re saying to convince them to listen to Ostium.

Thanks for listening and see you next week for a brand new mini episode!

 

OSTIUM MINI EPISODE: THE MUSIC OF OSTIUM SEASON ONE

Here’s your complete soundtrack to Ostium Season One, featuring all the music played during the first season, plus a bunch of extra tracks, all written and performed by our talented composer, Chris Fletcher (who is also the voice of Jake).

And here’s the detailed tracklist for your records:

SIDE A:

1. Season One Theme Song
2. Ostium 1-1
3. Ostium 1-2
4. Ostium 1-3
5. Ostium 1-4
6. Ostium 1-5
7. Ostium 2-1
8. Ostium 2-2
9. Ostium 3-1
10. Ostium 3-2
11. Ostium 4-1
12. Ostium 4-2
13. Ostium 4 (Unused Track)
14. Season One Alternate Theme Song (Unused Track)
15. Population Zero 4 (Demo)
16. Population Zero 2 (Demo)
17. Popilation Zero 13 (Demo)
18. Outtake 1 (Demo)

SIDE B:

19. The Late Late Show Theme
20. Scary
21. D Thing
22. I’ve Gotta Close My Eyes
23. Another Chance to Fly
24. Sandy (The Sands of Time)
25. Irish Pop Song

Be sure to listen for info about Ostium at Podcon.

Ostium now has a merchandise store, check it out.

If you want more Ostium, why not become a patron on our Patreon page, where for just $2 a month you’ll get access to an exclusive brand new mini episode every two weeks (and this includes all through the offseason); and during the regular season of the show you’ll get access to new episodes a full week before everyone else. Alternatively, you could also make a one-time donation and help support Ostium on our website, www.ostiumpodcast.com.

And if you wouldn’t mind leaving Ostium a review on whatever app or program you use to listen to podcasts and that way people can see what you’re saying to convince them to listen to Ostium.

Thanks for listening and see you next week for the Season One Outtakes!

 

“Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death” by Brenna Hassett (Bloomsbury, 2017)


No two anthropological books are alike: they may discuss the various species of hominid and how Homo sapiens has adapted and evolved over time, but each anthropologist has her or his own point of view and angle, with prevailing theories and their own evidence to back it up. Built on Bones is the fascinating story of the history of humanity from nomadic hunters, to sedentary farmers, to village dwellers, and eventually city inhabitants as told through the bones of the dead.

Bones tell a story: from the marks and scorings on them, to what shape the entire bone in, to what the skeleton is like, what position and shape it is in, to whether it’s alone or part of a group. Teeth are little gems of wisdom, as unlike other bones, they remain relatively unchanged throughout our lives, once the adult teeth come in. Each angle of wear and tear, the cuts and grooves, the degradation in certain areas all come together to tell the type of life the tooth owner had.

Bioarcheologist Brenna Hassett, drawing on her own fieldwork in Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean, constantly citing first-hand evidence and experience, reveals some incredible findings about humanity over time as it made the change to farmer and the move into hamlets, towns and eventually cities, and what a toll this has had on the human skeleton. Fascinating insights are offered, like hunters and gathers having larger periods of time between offspring because it was harder to carry more than one child of a young age and be nomadic. What effect starting to live close to animals had, as well as being in close proximity to large groups of people, covering the subjects of plague and disease.

Built on Bones ends on an interesting question: was it worth it? How much has humanity sacrificed in coming together to form these towns and cities? There are many points for and against, but only the reader, by the end of the book, will be able to make a truly informed opinion.

Originally written on July 23, 2017 ©Alex C. Telander.

To purchase a copy of Built on Bones from Amazon, and help support BookBanter, click HERE.