‘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

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

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

‘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

Holiday Gift Guide #2: Books

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Books are something that I believe all geeks have in common. Some geeks love the books themselves, the smell of the paper, the feel of the spine, and the sound of a turning page. Others are beholden to the story, characters, and imaginary worlds that lay beyond the pages, regardless if they be ink on paper or pixels on a screen. Continue reading

Video Games, D&D, and Farting on the Bus: Bad for You Is Good for You

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Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun is an illustrated tour through cultural freak-outs. The book is a historical look at the hysterical horror adults have felt about kids activities, from comics, games, technology, play, and thought. It’s a fun, surprising and biting survey. GeekDad has an interview with authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham. Continue reading

The Art of John Harris — Beyond the Horizon

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If you’ve read any science fiction over the past 40 years or so, odds are pretty good you’re familiar with Harris’s work, too. Since the mid-1970s, when he began taking on science fiction themes in his work — which he describes as “imaginative realism” — Harris has created art for books by a stunning list of writers, including Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Frederik Pohl, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, and Joe Haldeman. Continue reading