For Indie Books, The Only Choice Is to Immerse or Die

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The literary world is on fire with the controversy surrounding this year’s Hugo awards. But on the indie book scene, writers struggle for recognition of their devotion to the craft. Writer and creativity hacker Jefferson Smith believes he’s found a way to help, and has challenged indie books to Immerse or Die. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews Children’s Author Ruby Roth

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Ruby Roth is the author of three children’s books–‘That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals,’ ‘Vegan Is Love,’ and, her latest, ‘V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind.’ All of Roth’s books are about raising kids who are compassionate and inquisitive about the status quo. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: ‘All the Colors of Magic’

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Remember when you were young and loved to draw and color? Artist and author James A. Owen is bringing back that magic with his ‘All the Colors of Magic – A Coloring Book for All Ages’ Kickstarter Campaign. Continue reading

Fun, Excitement, and Mystery Abound in ‘Alien Invasion in My Backyard’

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Stuart, his friend, and his sister have recently started a club to solve mysteries and explore. Or explore and solve mysteries. Depends on who you ask. But when their club stumbles on a plot to invade the Earth, it falls on them to save humanity! Continue reading

Stack Overflow: X Marks the Spot

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Maps. I love everything about them. I love looking at them, using them, and exploring them. This week’s Stack Overflow focuses on a few map-related books that landed on my doorstep in the last few weeks. Continue reading

‘The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters’ – A Call to Arms

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Geekdom has never been more popular. Mark Henderson thinks now is the time to challenge unscientific thinking in the political arena. ‘The Geek Manifesto’ is a call to arms. Continue reading

19th Time’s the Charm: ‘The Dark Tower’ Picked up by Sony and MRC

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Earlier today, I was tagged in a Facebook post by a friend who knows I’m such a huge fan of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower.’ Her post linked to The Hollywood Reporter’s story announcing the latest in an endless line of studio homes for the screen adaptation of King’s magnum opus. Sony Pictures and MRC have called dibs this time around, choosing to adapt ‘The Gunslinger,’ the first book of the series. They’re going with a revamped script from Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Careful, You Might Learn Something (Part 3)

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I know, it’s only the middle of the week, but our stacks are really overflowing, so it’s time for another stack of non-fiction(ish) books for kids! Not all of these are strictly non-fiction, but all of them include some educational elements. Continue reading

‘Star Wars: Epic Yarns’ Retells the Original Trilogy in Soft Detail

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This trilogy of board books for beginning word learners is filled with spreads of painstakingly-made photos on one side and single words on the other. Meant to teach some basic words to young children in a fun way, the books also retell each story of the original trilogy in a minimalist style. Continue reading

‘Darth Vader and Friends’ Is a Fresh Take on The Rebels vs. The Empire

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Not restricted to the original trilogy, this new book from Jeffrey Brown, ‘Darth Vader and Friends,’ takes a lighthearted look at the Star Wars universe. With Darth Vader looking out for his kids, Luke and Leia, everywhere from Mos Eisley to the Cloud City provides a fresh context. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Whittling Down the Collection

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I don’t think I’ve got it quite as bad as fellow GeekDad Jonathan Liu, but occasionally my book stack starts to get a bit high again and I feel the urge to whittle it down a bit. My reading interests are all over the map, and it’s sometimes difficult to grab enough books in a particular genre to review together… so please forgive me for the mishmash of books below, of which I hope at least one or more grabs your interest and proves a worthy purchase. Continue reading

‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’ Lands at EMP

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The ‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’ exhibit opened last weekend at the EMP Museum here in Seattle. I was lucky enough to attend the press preview, and it certainly does not disappoint. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews Zach Weinersmith

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Zach Weinersmith is a geek captain of industry. He’s the force behind the popular webcomic ‘Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal,’ author of numerous books, including his first children’s book ‘Augie and the Green Knight.’ Most importantly, he’s a new dad. We chatted about managing a myriad of projects, where he gets inspiration, and how his content is changing now that he’s a parent. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews Voice of Flint and Author of ‘Parenting for the Digital Age’ Bill Ratner

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I recently had the great fortune to meet Bill Ratner, the voice of Flint, before a screening of ‘Transformers: The Movie’ and ‘G.I. Joe: The Movie’ and sit down with him over a beer to discuss voice acting and his book, ‘Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth Behind Media’s Effect on Children and What to Do About It.’ Continue reading

Fight to the Last Man — Interview With the Creative Team Behind ‘The Stranger’

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Here’s an interview with the creative team behind ‘Last Man': Balak, Michaël Sanlaville, and Bastien Vivès. The first book in the series, ‘The Stranger,’ focuses on a gladiatorial contest–the Games–in what seems to be a medieval world in which magic is not only possible but also the very soul of the Games. Teams compete and wield elemental powers against one another in the ring (think ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ meets Ultimate Fighting). Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Spring Break

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This past week was spring break for my kids, so between that and GameStorm the weekend before, I’ve had not much reading time (and even less writing time). But, hey, doesn’t mean I can’t tell you about a few great reads. Continue reading

There’s a Vulcan in My Tolkien

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Last month I found myself spiraling down an internet hobbit hole. Leonard Nimoy had passed (LLAP), and I was surfing the web reminiscing about a man that was aptly described in a tweet as “every geek’s grandfather.” But what does this have to do with hobbits? Continue reading