Gravlander Episode 1, a New Serial Story by Erik Wecks

Erik Wecks Novels

I love cliffhangers. You know… those stories that end with chapters where the hero and heroine are up to their necks in danger. When I was little, one of my relatives let me listen to some tapes of old radio shows that used to use this format. They would end with “Will our hero escape the clutches of the villain? Stay tuned for the next episode of….” and I can imagine lots of young fans back in the 40s and 50s shaking their heads and wanting to know what comes next? Continue reading

Thank You, Macworld.

Macworld - first and last

True story — in 1984 my dad made what I believe to be one of the most important purchases in my 14-year-old life. He bought our family one of the very first Macintosh computers. Correction — while my younger brother and sister used it, I am under no illusions that this purchase was primarily for my dad and myself. I can’t remember my mom ever using it, and years later I would realize what a sacrifice my parents made to purchase that quite expensive computer (for the time) and give their oldest son access to what was most likely the hottest growing sector at the time. Continue reading

My Summer 2014 Eclectic Reading List – Part 2

LEGO Steampunk

Summer is over and school is well under way, and my book stack is slowly dwindling again. But it’s not quite back to a reasonable 3-4 titles that I can typically handle in a week. And new books continue to come in! I had considered declaring Book Bankruptcy and starting from zero again, but I just can’t do that… there are just too many good books to share.
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Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance

Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy

I enjoy reading and I’m especially fond of a long read. At the risk of sounding shallow, in the olden time bookstore days, I used to browse the Sci-Fi section in search of wide spines, followed by a quick glance inside covers to verify a potential target book’s font hadn’t been boosted in size to make it look more impressive. Of course being a good book is even more important; if it’s a series, even better. Classics like Dune, Lord of the Rings and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are examples of series that satisfy all three of my preferred criteria and are on my regular rotation for re-reading every few years. I’ve just made a new addition to that collection, Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #8: Elissa Brent Weissman Takes Us Back to Nerd Camp

Nerd Camp, Elissa Brent Weissman

In today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm, I interview Elissa Brent Weissman, author of several middle-grade books about smart kids. Her latest is Nerd Camp 2.0, a sequel to her 2011 book Nerd Camp. Listen in as we talk about her inspiration for the books and parenting little nerds-in-training. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Concept Art

Star Wars Boba Fett

I love concept art books. Pulling back the curtain on how a film was made—whether that’s the costumes or props or animation techniques—always fascinates me, even in cases where I didn’t think the film itself was great. For movies I enjoyed, though, these glimpses behind the scenes are even better. Here’s a list of several concept art books that I’ve enjoyed poring over lately. Continue reading

Happy Star Wars Reads Day!

YodaReads

Tomorrow (Saturday, October 11) is the third annual Star Wars Reads Day, with events going on all over the world. Pick up a Star Wars book and read it with your kids, or look for an event near you. Every Barnes & Nobles and Books-a-Million store nationwide will have an event, and many other libraries and independent bookstores are also hosting events. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #7: Tony DiTerlizzi, Ralph McQuarrie, & Star Wars

Tony DiTerlizzi, Star Wars cover

Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is an interview with Tony DiTerlizzi. He’s an author and illustrator of many books for kids, including one of my family’s favorites, the WondLa series, and I’ve actually interviewed him a couple of times before. Today we’re talking about his new book, a picture book about Star Wars featuring paintings by the late great Ralph McQuarrie. Continue reading