Stack Overflow: Picturesque Books

Stack Overflow

Today’s Stack Overflow is all about fantastic artwork: these are ones that my kids and I picked because they’re not just picture books—they’re picturesque books. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Pictures in Pictures

Stack Overflow

My middle daughter really loves hidden pictures, so Where’s Waldo? is a big hit, and so are other books that involved very detailed pictures. Her favorite part of Highlights magazine has always been the hidden pictures section. Here are several picture books that let her get lost in the images. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: ABCs and 123s

A Is For Awesome

Today I’ve got a few books about ABCs and 123s. Now, my two older daughters are past the stage where they need alphabet books, but some books are just fun enough that you want to keep them around. Plus, my one-year-old needs to start working on reading soon, right? Continue reading

I Love Computer History — Fiction and Non-Fiction

Commodore Pet

I think it was fourth or fifth grade when I got my first real look at a computer. It was a Commodore Pet, complete with cassette tape loading of programs, the tiniest Chicklet-style keyboard around, and a small monochrome screen. Five minutes after seeing it in action and getting to play a game of Snake, I was hooked. Continue reading

Book Reviews: Four for the Fourth!

Four for Fourth

With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, I wanted to give GeekDad readers a few book possibilities to entertain them before the fireworks and afterwards. These four are in no particular order — I enjoyed each and every one of them. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July to those celebrating this coming weekend! Continue reading

Thursday’s Children by Curtis C. Chen: Bite-Sized Stories

Thursday's Children

Short story collections are fun because you can read about several worlds in one book; you get to see an author take on a bunch of different topics. Flash fiction is like that, but taken even farther. The stories in Thursday’s Children, a collection of flash fiction by Curtis C. Chen, are all 512 words or fewer. Nearly all of them fit on a double-page spread. Continue reading

Feed Your Fandom With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History

tmnt history

Insight Editions’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, a gorgeously detailed coffee table book written by San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago, is exactly what the title promises. It explores, across some 192 pages, everything a fan could possibly want to know about Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael, not to mention the duo behind their unlikely creation. Continue reading

Watch Astronauts Read Kids’ Books From Space

Max.Space

In 2010, astronomer and author Jeffrey Bennett answered a call from a number he didn’t recognize. The voice on the other end told him that astronaut Alvin Drew wanted to read one of Bennett’s books from space — Drew needed a pdf. Continue reading

Fun Weekend Project — Superhero (or Supervillain) PowerUp Juice Bottle

Finished Bottle

For Father’s Day, I wanted to do a special project with my boys. We started but didn’t finish it on Sunday (paint sure dries slow in the Atlanta humidity), but the wait was worth it. For both my boys (and two nephews), we followed the instructions provided by author Scott Bedford in his new book, Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff, and this dad and two boys are quite happy with the final results. Continue reading

The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2

After watching How to Train Your Dragon 2, I really wanted to know more about Hiccup’s contraptions, explore the transformed village of Berk, and—most of all—get a better look at all those dragons. The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the perfect way to do that. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #3: Daniel H. Wilson Thinks Like a Machine

Robogenesis, Daniel H. Wilson

Today’s episode of the Bounded Enthusiasm podcast is an interview with Daniel H. Wilson, author of several books including Robopocalypse and its sequel, Robogenesis (published this week). We only had time for a short conversation, but I asked him about what it means to have a Ph.D. in robotics, the plausibility of various robot scenarios like Terminator and Short Circuit, and the awesome spaceship simulator he built for his kids. Continue reading

The Robot Uprising Continues in Daniel H. Wilson’s Robogenesis

Robogenesis

Robogenesis, while a sequel, is both a retelling of the events in Robopocalypse as well as the fallout. The entire novel is broken into three parts, with each part focusing primarily on one of the major characters from the first book. I have to be careful here, because there’s a huge spoiler opportunity that looms… just know that the New War may be over, but there’s a True War that has also been raging in the background, with two parties vying for control of planet Earth. Continue reading

The Expanse Series Moves Further Outward — Cibola Burn

Cibola Burn

Cibola Burn, the fourth book (of six) in The Expanse series from James S.A. Corey (pen name for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) is out.

It’s outstanding.

Scale of 1 to 10? That dial needs to be upgraded to 11.
(Haven’t read the first trilogy? Congrats — you’ve now got four books, averaging about 600 pages each, to add to your reading list.)

Superb plotting.
One-more-chapter, nail biting tension.
Scoundrel heroes versus law-abiding villains.
Political intrigue that’s not annoying.
Space-travel discussions that don’t bog you down.
Technology that you’ll believe will be available (and needed) in a few hundred years. Continue reading