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In 2006, the Geek Syndicate was born. And who came roaring out but a pair of crazy-yet-loveable geeks by the names David “Monts” Monteith and Barry “Nuge” Nugent. Producing a weekly (well most of the time) podcast celebrating and commenting all aspects of geek life GS is one of the longest running geek related podcasts in the UK. It’s critically acclaimed, irreverent, touching, intellectual, nonsensical, fairly drunken, incredibly sexy, hilarious…er…and stuff.

Apr 9, 2013

It's been a long road from where we began, but Scrolls as we know it has come to an end.  On our final ramble through the genres the team reflect upon the ever-present motif of the Journey - What exactly do authors get from dragging us all over their worlds, why do we travel anyway and how does the experience inform our lives?  When we manage to stick to the topic we wander through The Thirteen and a Half Lives of Captain Bluebear, The Long Earth, The Hollowing, Neuromancer and Double Dead, among others.  When we stumble off the path you'll hear little vignettes about life at Waterstone's, love custard, curried chocolates, hairy arses and the inevitable destruction of life on Earth.  Don't panic.

Journey's End is dedicated to Mattie's dear friend Charlotte Lamb and Phil's beloved grandmother who both sadly passed away around the time The Journey (aka Journey's End) was recorded.

One notable absence from our discussions is the divine road-novel American Gods but don't worry, we'll be doing a Book Group podcast on that pretty darn soon.  Oh yeah, the Book Group will continue, never fear.  We'll still be doing Scrolls, for that matter but our format is changing considerably.  We are becoming more focused and more interactive, which means we need YOU!  Here are a few ways that you can help add content to our future episodes.

As well as talking about what we're currently reading we want to hear from YOU.  Tweet mini reviews of what you're reading right now [using the hashtag #RRNow ] and we will read them out on air.  Alternatively you can e-mail mini-reviews to us at and again, we'll read them out in the podcast.

We're always up for a debate, so toss some topics at us to chew over.  Do YOU think Dragons are rubbish?  That the short story is dead?  Do you have a problem with gender politics in horror?  Ask us a question or challenge our opinions and we will argue with each other for your entertainment.  E-mail

We want to tell people about the Best books out there, but we only have so much time to read.  If YOU have read a book that you would mark 5/5 then let us know.  The review can be as long or as short as you like.  You can submit it via e-mail at or send us an audio file.  Either way, we'll share your review with our listeners and help to spread the love.

Finally, there's the Flash Fiction Challenge.  Each episode we'll choose a winner from the last challenge, read out the top three and then set your challenge for the following month.  Your word limit is 100 but your imagination can be boundless.  Here are the words to get YOU started on the first challenge - Thrashing, Charged, Flag and Bone.  Use them all in whatever context you like, then e-mail your entries to us at  The deadline is 8:30 pm GMT on 14th April 2013.
(You will receive full credit and your stories will be published on the Geek Syndicate website as well after each episode goes live, unless you request otherwise.)

And that's about it, for now.  Thank you all for listening to our little show.  We hope you've enjoyed the first Volume, and we also hope that the sequel continues to tickle your fancy.

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