On this episode of Storybeater, Anthony and Andrew talk about Agatha Christie's classic novel Murder On The Orient Express -- suspects, detectives, and the fate of the whodunnit. In the second half they discuss establishing a routine -- and not establishing a routine.

In 'What I'm Writing', Anthony has finished his novel -- and Andrew is still working on his. And in 'What I'm Reading', Anthony talks about Muppets Most Wanted and Andrew compares Lois Lowry's The Giver to the movie adaptation.

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On this episode of Storybeater, Anthony and Andrew dedicate the full show to discussing the Marvel Studios movie Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn and written by Gunn and Nicole Perlman. 

The conversation covers the Five Man Band - what it is and why it exists - heroic morality, thin villains, "post-plot" action movies, and the true meaning of "macguffin" - plus a whole lot more.

In 'What I'm Writing', Anthony and Andrew both talk about writing endings - for the first time, and for the umpteenth time.


In 'What I'm Reading', Andrew talks about the graphic novel 'Seconds', by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and Anthony talks about Sergio Leone's 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly'.

You can read Andrew's review of Guardians of the Galaxy at ComicsAlliance, as well as his article about the risky successes of Marvel Studios.


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