Sandman Slim Returns in ‘Killing Pretty’

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I am absolutely, positively, insanely jealous over anyone who has not yet discovered Richard Kadrey’s urban fantasy series that features James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. Kadrey’s seventh book in the series, ‘Killing Pretty,’ just hit the stands… and it is outstanding. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: ‘Evolutionary Tales': A Child’s First Book on Evolution


‘Evolutionary Tales’ is a new book by Matt Cubberly with beautiful illustrations from May Villani that just launched on Kickstarter. ‘Evolutionary Tales’ showcases ten very different animals and how they evolved and is a great introduction to evolution for young children. Continue reading

America’s Last Hope for WWIII? ‘Ghost Fleet’ by Singer and Cole

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I’ve read a lot of Tom Clancy over the years (his actual novels, not those books where his name was just added to the cover to encourage sales), and there are probably hundreds of reasons for his popularity — well researched military hardware, believable heroes and villains, and descriptive battles are just a few I believe led to Clancy’s success in military fiction. His novels are almost unique in their style, but I’ve recently finished a new novel that had me flashing back to Clancy and his style of writing. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Movie Magic

The Art of Inside Out

One of my favorite things about movies is exploring how they were made. Even a mediocre film can be fascinating when you find out what went into its production, and I love getting a peek behind the curtain. Here’s a collection of books about creating movie magic. Continue reading

Maps, Time, Geography: 2 Books to Delight the Mind

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to look at maps. Maps of all kinds. Road maps, house floor plans, diagrams, graphs, and more. I love to know how things work and how they are laid out. I adore any well-done visual representation. I often explain my feelings as graphs. So when I saw these two books, they caught my attention right away. Continue reading

‘Who Was…?’ Biography Series Excellent Reading for Your Kids

Covers of three books: Who Was Amelia Earhart, showing Amelia in flying gear in front of a plane, Who Is Stan Lee, with Stand Lee surrounded by comic-book style Bam! and Pow! callouts, and Who Was Marie Curie, showing Marie Curie in her lab holding a glowing green vial.

The ‘Who Was…?’ book series provides informative and engaging biographies for your 8- to 12-year-old child, including challenging information that you can use as a jumping-off-point for discussions throughout the summer. With over 100 books in the series, your child should readily find someone with a story that inspires them. Continue reading

It’s the End of World… And I Feel Fine

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There’s a good variety of apocalypse across the triptych. We’ve got widespread devastation due to illness, alien invasion, zombies, a comet, environmental degradation, genetically modified foods, A.I., and many more. The sheer variety in the way these authors ended the world was amazing, as was the diversity of setting and voice. Continue reading

Add a Little Mystery to Your Summer

Sherlock Holmes

The twins and I usually set a theme for our summer. This year, we’re having a summer of mystery. We’ve dusted off my dad’s old copies of Sherlock Holmes, downloaded a few podcasts, and found some games to play on the app store. Want to join along? Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Certain Doom

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“Game over, man! Game over!” There are a lot of moments in stories where doom seems all but certain, and the characters are sure that the end is imminent. In some cases, they’re right (see Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) but at other times it’s simply an opportunity for an against-all-odds survival story. So, on that note, here are a bunch of stories about certain doom. Just be glad it’s not you. Continue reading

Worlds Collide as Johnny Boo Meets Dragon Puncher!

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If you’ve got young kids and you’re not familiar with James Kochalka’s fantastic kids series, you should fix that right away. To date, there are six Johnny Boo books and two Dragon Puncher titles. All are quirky, cute, imaginative, and endlessly re-readable. Now, his two series collide in ‘Johnny Boo Meets Dragon Puncher!’ and sees the most fearsome robot-kitty-warrior teams up with the best little ghost in the world to take on a terrifying Ice Dragon! Continue reading

Unboxing the ’80s With Wil Wheaton and


As luck would have it, my Quarterly Co. Wil Wheaton box was delivered the day I went out of town last week, so, as soon as I got home yesterday, I tore into it to see what magical wonders of the ’80s awaited me. I was pretty happy with the first box and was very hopeful for this second, much larger box. Continue reading

Stack Overflow: Geeky Coffee Tables


This week’s Stack Overflow includes a few recent (and a couple not-so-recent) oversized, coffee table art books that cover a range of geeky interests. Lock up your wallet if you have as little self-control as I do. Continue reading