Mysterious Technology Found in ‘The Forgotten Room’ by Lincoln Child

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I’m a huge fan of Lincoln Child, and have been since I first read ‘The Relic,’ which was co-authored with his long-term writing partner Douglas Preston back in 1995. ‘The Relic’ began a series of co-authored books by Preston and Child that introduced one of the most intriguing characters in fiction, FBI Special Agent Pendergast. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Skip to the End

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Sometimes you just gotta skip to the end—the end of the world, that is. All of the books in today’s Stack Overflow are about The End. We’ve got religious end-times, magical end-times, and some skills you might need once you get there. Continue reading

Passing the Test of Time: ‘Jurassic Park’ Books

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With ‘Jurassic World’ ready for the big screen, I’m wondering whether the film will hold up to the agonizing fun the first movies represent to all of us, and, also, whether they will honor the books. Continue reading

‘Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family’

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Cartoonist Dan Boris has published the first of a series of children’s books starring a little alligator named Dozi (“Izod” spelled backward) who adopts a vacationing family and sneaks into their luggage. Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family goes on sale this week with the author hosting a book launch and signing party at One More Page Books & More in Arlington, Virginia on May 30. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews Foamsmithing Master Bill Doran

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As cosplay becomes more popular and prevalent around the world, more and more people are looking for help on making great costumes. Bill Doran, one of the preeminent foamsmiths out there, is here to help with a new print book, ‘Foamsmith: How to Create Foam Armor Costumes.’ Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen – 2015 Edition

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‘Getting Things Done’ (also known as the GTD system) is a task management methodology. Before you dismiss this book (and this article) as boring hear this: GTD changed my life about seven years ago when I read David Allen’s book and implemented his system. If you are a geeky parent like me and want to have more time to do the things you enjoy–and be able to enjoy them even more because you know you aren’t dropping the ball somewhere else–then this book is for you. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Superheroes in Print

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If you just can’t get enough of superheroes from movies, television, and board games, here’s one more place to get your fix: books. Of course, there are plenty of comic books to choose from, but I also have a soft spot for superhero prose. Here are a few of my recent reads featuring superpowers. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Bedtime Bedding Makes Bedtime Fun and Creative

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Do you have a hard time getting your little one to go to bed at night? Or are you hard pressed for time for a story before bed? Bedtime Bedding recently launched on Kickstarter and brings a brand new way to make bedtime and story time fun, creative, and interactive. Continue reading

First Contact Comes Via ‘The Hercules Text’ by Jack McDevitt

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I’ve written plenty about my fondness for Jack McDevitt and his science fiction. I think I’ve read just about everything he’s ever done (including his blog journal entries), and there’s one thing that I can always rely on when finishing one of his short stories or novels — they always make me sit back and ponder. From the fun-yet-tricky time twists in Time Travelers Never Die to the meditations on the age of bygone civilizations in The Engines of God to the ethics of antiquities in Polaris, McDevitt’s stories are real thinkers… but still absolutely enjoyable as fun science fiction tales that manage to be character driven with amazingly complex plots. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Hol(e)y Picture Books, Batman!

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There are different benefits to physical books and digital books, allowing for different types of interaction. I’m delighted with paper books that play up their physicality—with flaps, pop-ups, and holes that you can see through. Today’s Stack Overflow is all about picture books with fun, interactive elements. Continue reading

Review: ‘Dragon in the Doghouse’ by Brandon Draga

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Kobolds and gnolls and owlbears! Oh my! ‘Dragon in the Doghouse,’ written by Brandon Draga and illustrated by Deanna Laver, is a beautiful and funny introduction for kids to everything we love about fantasy RPGs. Continue reading

New Book Tuesday – ‘Teach Your Kids to Code’

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Sometimes the timing of a new book release just seems magical. I’ve got a collection of tech camps that I’ll be teaching this summer, including a Beginning Game Programming camp for ages 8 to 13. I’ve got a lot of the curriculum already selected, but I’ve been specifically looking for a kid-friendly book on Python that doesn’t talk down to kids AND provides a logical and well-organized attack on programming theory that follows the handful of programming courses I took years ago. For some time now, my search hasn’t been going so well… there are some great Python books out there, but for one reason or another I just haven’t found a solid match.
When a press release for ‘Teach Your Kids To Code’ by Bryson Payne landed in my Inbox, I pounced. Continue reading

‘The Machine Awakes’ – A Sci-Fi Military Thriller Whodunit

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I’ve been a big fan of Adam Christopher since I first discovered his novel ‘Empire State’ and its world-twisting take on superheroes. Two additional superhero novels followed (sequel ‘The Age Atomic’ and the stand-alone ‘Seven Wonders’) that are also solid recommendations, but I’m really quite taken with Christopher’s science fiction/supernatural/horror universe that he created with the eerie ‘The Burning Dark’ and now continues with sci-fi military thriller ‘The Machine Awakes.’ Continue reading

‘The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar’ — Who Said Evil Can’t Be Cute?

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Sometimes, people just don’t know when to leave things well enough alone. Take Signal Fire Studios in Georgia. They just about caused the end of the world when they released ‘The Lovecraftian ABCs,’ exposing children around the globe to a number of ancient secrets and creating thousands of new acolytes bent on waking untold evils. Thankfully these plans were interrupted by a few well-timed naps and On-Demand episodes of ‘Caillou.’ (Of course, we parents are beginning to suspect that even ‘Caillou’ is a minion of some of the most foul creatures ever to swim the dark ether of outer space.) Continue reading

Warner Bros. and DC Announce ‘DC Super Hero Girls’

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Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are listening to us folks and they are launching a complete line–toys, books, LEGO, apparel, etc.–all based around female super heroes and super villains from the DC universe. Continue reading