Jack McDevitt Delivers Worthy Sequel With ‘Thunderbird’

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… if you’re a science fiction fan and you’re not reading Jack McDevitt, you’re missing out. It’s been over twenty years (20!) since I first discovered his 1994 novel, ‘The Engines of God,’ and I’ve kept McDevitt on my radar ever since. With two series (three if you consider the book I’ll be reviewing shortly) and a number of stand-alone tales, McDevitt consistently provides fans with some of the best storytelling and characters you’ll ever find. Continue reading

Sunday Evening With Captain Owen Episode 021: ‘Star Wars Pop-up’


In today’s episode we read through Captain Owen’s newest favorite book–Star Wars:A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy. Captain Owen does several of his Star Wars impressions, and we learn who his current favorite character is. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #5 Geek Culture


Geek Culture is a many faceted thing with the term meaning different things to most geeks. This category highlights some of the things we feel define us as geeks. Music, movies, books, and games are all a part of the culture and here we try to celebrate that diversity. No matter the type of geek you are shopping for, there should be some great suggestions here. When shopping I always look for things that they would never buy themselves and this category if flush with them.
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Stack Overflow: I Like Big Books

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While I will grudgingly admit that digital books are improving and that they can be very advantageous in some situations, one thing that’s still best with physical books is the large format. Oversized books are great for showing off artwork or just getting the big picture without having to zoom and pan on a little screen. Here are some of my recent discoveries. Continue reading

150 Years of Alice


November 25th, 1865 was the date when ‘Alice′s Adventures in Wonderland’ was presented to the world. An instant success, it changed Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson′s life, and became one of the most beloved children′s classics to date. Here are some of the books, features, and articles that spoke about this little girl′s journey into the unknown. Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes Book Reviews and News Q4 (Part 2) 2015

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With just over a month until the premiere of the BBC’s ‘Sherlock Christmas Special,’ I’m sure that fans of the show are getting anxious to see how Cumberbatch and Freeman handle being tossed back to Doyle’s original setting for the pair. If you’ve not yet seen the trailer, I’m including it below so you can see what all the fuss is about. I’ve also got some news about the new season of ‘Elementary’ that’s just kicked off on CBS, and a few books below that Holmes fans might be interested in checking out. Continue reading

Ryan Britt Will Open Your Eyes to a Galaxy of Illiteracy with ‘Luke Skywalker Can’t Read’


Ryan Britt is a guy with a wealth of geeky knowledge, yes, but he also comes with a wealth of love for most of the franchises, books, shows, and films he discusses in his new book: ‘Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths.’ Each of the essays in this book takes on various geeky properties from a unique perspective: a slightly twisted, slightly tongue-in-cheek, but wholly sincere angle. Continue reading

Counter-Culture History, 1969-1972: ‘The Smith Tapes’

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The 1960s were such a time of obvious change in the United States. Portions of society lost their innocence, while others were empowered. Music often made a statement, and drugs influenced lives. What was life like at the end of that decade, and at the turn of the 1970s? The boundless optimism of earlier in the ’60s had disappeared, and times, they were a’changin’. The best way to learn about a certain time is to go straight to the source. Continue reading

Naturalists in Paradise


Thames & Hudson has released new books on history for this holiday season, including ‘Naturalists in Paradise,’ which chronicles the adventures and discoveries of three young English scientists–Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Walter Bates, and Richard Spruce–in mid-19th-century South America. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Hey Kids, Wanna Learn Something?


This week, we round up a few recent titles that are exceptionally good at injecting some beauty and imagination into nonfiction topics – and should be page-turners for even reluctant readers. Continue reading

‘The Lazarus Gate’ – London vs London in Trippy Alternate World Tale

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First things first… this is NOT steampunk. Yes, it’s 1890 London, but this is the London we know from history books. Queen Victoria, horse-drawn carriages, and the London Tower… but no goggles or steam-powered ray guns. But whether you’re a fan of steampunk or not, ‘The Lazarus Gate’ is one really cool novel that involves a brewing war between two parallel worlds. Continue reading

Review: Field Notes Quintessential Memo Books


I purchased my first Field Notes memo books six years ago at the recommendation of Warren Ellis. I now have an extensive collection of various books from Field Notes, but, like most geeks, I can’t stop collecting them, and they are worth every penny. Continue reading

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: #2 Books

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As GeekDads we have spent countless hours reading for ourselves and our kids, and sometimes we like a book well enough to recommend it to our readers. Read on as we feature some of our favorite books that we’ve discovered this year. Many of these have been, or soon will be, reviewed on GeekDad or GeekMom.
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Stack Overflow: Graphic Novels for Grown-Ups

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Graphic novels are a wonderful medium for creators to explore more serious themes. This is hardly a new development, and there have been “adult-oriented” graphic novels for almost as long as there have been comics. This week, we’ve rounded up some recent releases that graphically deal with some mature themes. Continue reading