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The Literary Lair is a book review show created in March 2012. It was created by Mike Gleason of BlackScarabFilmZ, (a brand for all the web videos he makes) and is the flagship show. This show revolves around Mike and his reviews of books, there are storylines scattered in, but they usually don't take away from the show's overall pacing. He also has a show called How to Fix It, where he talks about flawed media and how to fix it... He also has riffs, (BlackScarabRiffZ) rants, (BlackScarabRantZ) and vlogs about movies or tv shows, (My Thoughts). He also writes articles for RT Gomer Productions
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The Literary Lair contains examples of:
- Actually Pretty Funny: Spock's response to Worf's question of how to avoid a Vulcan Nerve Pinch being, "Don't let a Vulcan near your neck", from Before Dishonor, which Mike hated, but admitted it had some good humor.
- Michael originally hated "Anne of Green Gables" but admitted that the scene where Diana got drunk accidentally was comedy gold.
- American Accents: His New York accent creeps into some reviews.
- Bound and Gagged: In his "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" review he was tied up by his cybernetically enhanced Mirror Universe Counterpart. Mike then proceeded to insist that he had to be ripping of Mechakara, which caused his mirror self to literally throw the book at him. (And it was a blatant Linkara rip off)
- Lost Episode: The Death Wish review. Michael planned to review the Charles Bronson film after watching it and finding that it was loosely based on a book. But, he found that editing a movie review was harder than it looked, and gave up after a month of attempting it.
- Milestone Celebration: Michael reviews a Quantum Leap book in commemoration of the first video review he made, of the Quantum Leap television series (more of a vlog), and in March does a Doctor Who novelization because his first book review was of Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion.
- My Future Self and Me: In his review of HG Well's "The Time Machine" his future self showed up to ensure that he reviewed the book.
- He also reappeared in his review of HG Wells' "War of the Worlds"
- Running Gag: He has a running gag of saying "NOT THAT ONE" when two things with the same name show up. (For example, Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye and the Family Guy character named Holden Caulfield)
- Trekkie: He is a Star Trek fan and has reviewed 4 Star Trek books, although one of them was "Before Dishonor" He also did a Top 10 TNG episodes in early 2014.