Superheroes vs. Zombies… On the Ocean!

Ex-Isle Feature

Fans of Peter Clines’ ‘Superheroes vs. Zombies’ series of novels are undoubtedly walking around with grins on their faces right now. The fifth book in the series, ‘Ex-Isle,’ was released on February 2nd and it delivers exactly what fans of the series have come to expect: zombies galore, survivors pushed to the brink, superheroes striving to protect the remaining human population as best they can, and tension… pure tension… in every chapter. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #16: Happy 10th Anniversary, First Second Books!

First Second-10th Anniversary

Today’s episode of Bounded Enthusiasm is a celebration of the tenth anniversary of First Second Books, one of my favorite publishers. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews ‘Magic Tree House’ Author Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne Books

GeekDad interviews Mary Pope Osborne, author of “The Magic Tree House” about her latest book in the series, “Balto of the Blue Dawn”, the harrowing tale of the 1925 diptheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska, and the brave trip by dog sled to deliver life-saving medicine to the town. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Grab Bag

Stack Overflow

Well, usually I try to give my Stack Overflow columns a nice theme, something to wrap everything in a tidy package. Not today—my deadline is here and I don’t have a good collection assembled. So, here are a couple of books from my review piles, and the only thing they have in common is that I’ve read them recently. Continue reading

Spruce up Your Writing With ‘Style: an Anti-Textbook’

Image: Paul Dry Press

Reading through ‘Style: an Anti-Textbook’, I felt that Lanham was taking us on a tour of writing and style, on a Disney dark ride-type adventure. “And in this room, you will find Shakespeare…” Each chapter and portion of a chapter shows us example after example of getting to know writing styles. Continue reading

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest Thrives Despite a Winter Storm

Arrow panel at HVFF NY 2016.

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest is a great, family-friendly event, and well worth attending. The team obviously put a lot of heart into planning and running the show, and they did a great job despite the weather adversity. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Stories About Stories

Stack Overflow - books about books

I love books. What’s more, I love books about books. Today’s Stack Overflow is a collection of picture books that are themselves about books and stories. Continue reading

XCOM Fans, Prepare Yourself With ‘The Art of XCOM2’

XCOM2 Feature Image

I’m usually one who doesn’t like spoilers, but when Insight Editions offered up an advance look at their new The Art of XCOM2, I couldn’t say no. I’ve already watched enough teaser videos from Firaxis Games and read enough of the backstory to know about a handful of the aliens and some of the tech involved… so I figured I wouldn’t be ruining too much for myself. That said, I’m going to share some samples of the artwork from the book below, so if you’re wanting to avoid any close looks at the game’s content… stop now. Continue reading

‘Secret Coders’ — A Comic With a Mystery and Programming

Secret Coders Feature

If you’ve got a young student who is showing an interest in programming, the key is to encourage but not overwhelm. Sometimes you need to sneak something educational in under the radar, right? Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Good Grief

Stack Overflow

Whew. It was a rough week for a lot of us, losing both David Bowie and Alan Rickman to cancer. It made me think about how we deal with grief and discomfort, and how we model that for our kids. Looking through my stack of picture books, I actually found quite a few books that touch on difficult topics. Continue reading

‘Medusa’s Web’ — Time Travel With a Twist

MWeb Feature

At least once or twice a year, I manage to luck into discovering a book or two that offers up a truly new twist on a traditional science fiction element. Well, 2016 is off to a great start because I’ve just had a new novel drop onto my doorstep that has shown me that good authors aren’t running out of new ideas any time soon, especially when it comes to time travel tales. Continue reading

Bounded Enthusiasm #15: Gene Luen Yang, Reading Ambassador

Gene Yang

For today’s Bounded Enthusiasm episode, I interviewed Gene Luen Yang, one of my favorite graphic novelists, who was just appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Reading Resolutions

Stack Overflow resolutions

We’re a week and a half into 2016–are you still keeping up with your resolutions? Here are some reading resolutions from a couple of GeekDads. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: The Best Books of 2015

Best Books of 2015

This week’s Stack Overflow: a look back at our favorite books from 2015. Continue reading

Take a Visual Journey Through the Genius of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men

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‘The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney’s Great Animators’ is not simply an art book or a biographical compilation. It’s a fully illustrated walk through nine fascinating, compelling, and remarkably unique careers. Continue reading