Episode 167 – With Wesley Chu

On October 29, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

TheDeathsofTaoIn episode 167 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Wesley Chu, author of the Angry Robot books The Lives of Tao and its sequel, The Deaths of Tao.

About Wesley:

Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast. With a degree in Information Systems, he made the logical career choice of becoming a stuntman, a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, and a contributing writer to the Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.

Wesley currently lives in Chicago with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale terrier, Eva.

His debut novel, The Lives of Tao, is out now.  The sequel, The Deaths of Tao, will be released Oct 29th, 2013.

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2 Responses to Episode 167 – With Wesley Chu

  1. Jim says:


    If only your assumption that everyone liked Heath Ledger as the Joker were true, but then if it was what would genre fans be able to gripe about, surely not bat niples anymore. I am not one of the 100% that liked Heath Ledgers Joker. I should preface this by saying it has been a while since I have seen the movie, but, as an actor Ledger was good as a Joker he was the worst. The reason I say this is that he did not have fun. I grew up a batman fan and have read a lot of the comics over the years, watched almost all the movies, and tv shows as well, and in all of them the Joker had something to laugh about, even if he was the only one who saw the joke. There was always some sort of humor to what he did no matter how dark. Ledger had no humor. He portrayed the Joker as a sociopath wearing face paint that looked like a clown face. There never seemed to be any point where he laughed about what he was doing. I mean look at the “Killing Joke” Joker laughed as he taunted Gordon after nearly killing his daughter and taking pictures of what he had done. That is some messed up stuf, but the Joker still laughed about it. While Ledger’s Joker jsut said “why so serious?” Where was the laughter, the sick disturbing laughter? Oh well enough of that rant.
    I also just want to thank you guys for making these podcasts. I love listening to them and they honestly are something I look forward too every week. Please keep it up. I will kepp listening even if I’m not part of John’s 100%.

    P.S. have you guys read any of Larry Corriea’s Monster Hunter books?

  2. I live in Minneapolis–and I can’t root for the Vikings. No, I just…can’t.

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