Stack Overflow: It’s the End of the World as We Know It…

Stack Overflow for the end of the world

Some say the world will end in fire, some say with sentient robots turning against their human masters. I’ve always been fond of dystopian and apocalyptic fiction for some odd reason. Here are several titles I’ve been reading lately that play with world-ending, evil robots, and more. Continue reading

Gravlander Episode 5, a New Serial Story by Erik Wecks

Gravlander

And here we are… halfway through Erik Weck’s 10-part serial story, Gravlander. Jo is definitely in a tight situation, and if you read last week’s post then you know she is completely unwelcome in her new locale.

Are you just discovering this story? The good news is you’ve only got four episodes to read to catch up. Continue reading

Explore Your Inner Victorian With The Steampunk User’s Manual

User Guide

Back in 2011, The Steampunk Bible provided an “illustrated guide to the world of imaginary airships, corsets and goggles, mad scientists, and strange literature.” It was one of the more comprehensive books that tried to tackle the larger definition of the steampunk movement. Jump forward three years, and Jeff VanderMeer has returned along with Desirina Boskovich (a fellow Atlanta resident!) to offer up a sequel of sorts — The Steampunk User’s Manual. As with its predecessor, this full-color hardback reference provides dozens and dozens of essays, photos, interviews, and more… but this time around with a slightly different intention. Continue reading

A Super Writing Contest for Kids

Powerless, Super, and Villainous by Matthew Cody

I’m a fan of Matthew Cody’s Super trilogy, a series of middle-grade books about Noble’s Green, a small town in which all the kids have superpowers—except Daniel, who moved to town recently. To celebrate the release of the final volume, Cody and Random House are running a contest. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #2: Books

D&D

Books are something that I believe all geeks have in common. Some geeks love the books themselves, the smell of the paper, the feel of the spine, and the sound of a turning page. Others are beholden to the story, characters, and imaginary worlds that lay beyond the pages, regardless if they be ink on paper or pixels on a screen. Continue reading

Gravlander Episode 4, a New Serial Story by Erik Wecks

Gravlander

This is getting good! Welcome to Episode 4 of Erik Wecks’ Gravlander — a 10-episode (10 week) event that follows the old-school serial style of story telling. Erik’s not playing around with the cliffhanger endings and the shotgun openers as you’ll see next. And next week? Hard to believe Erik will be half done with his latest Pax Imperium story. His Kickstarter was a success, meaning Gravlander will have one really amazing cover when Erik collects the ten episodes, maybe does a rewrite here or there, and offers it up as a new novella. But I’m getting ahead of myself again. We’ve still got six more episodes after this one, and anyone familiar with Erik’s style of storytelling and plotting can tell you… anything can happen. Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes Book Collection Review

Thinking Engine

The surge in interest for Sherlock Holmes stories isn’t slowing down, and a peek at upcoming books has me a bit depressed as there simply isn’t enough time in my life to read everything that grabs my attention. But I do try… Continue reading

Two New Alien Books To Make Fans Scream

River of Pain

I’m a HUGE fan of the Alien movies — yes, the first movie will always be my favorite, but the other three all have their defining moments for the canon. And while I still believe there are plenty of places for the movie franchise to go (and I’m not counting the Prometheus franchise, although I’m excited to know it’s continuing), I’m happy passing the time with the occasional books/comics that continue to fill the void.

If you’re a fan as well, you’ll definitely want to check out two new books that have just been released by Titan Books… and a third that is due to hit shelves in a few more weeks. Continue reading

Gravlander Episode 3, a New Serial Story by Erik Wecks

Gravlander

Welcome back to Gravlander, a 10-part serial story set in Erik Wecks’ Pax Imperium universe. If you’ve been reading along, you’re probably as anxious as I am to learn what happens next to Little Jo. If you’re not at all certain of what’s going on here, you’ll want to read the two previous episodes . Then you’ll be ready to see what happens next… Continue reading