Kids Can Learn Geography and Culture and Train to Be International Spies

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Playing pretend as a kid was one of my happiest memories. I’m not so good at it as an adult, but I still fully appreciate the wonder and magic that I see on my own kids’ faces when they pretend to be made-up characters or plan trips and pretend to take them. (I long since learned to check bags and backpacks when they were missing a toy or other item.) Continue reading

‘The Silent End’ Pits Geek Friends Versus Deadly Monsters

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With Halloween approaching, I once again find myself hunting down spooky books and movies as entertainment as I prepare for one of my favorite holidays. Usually I have to go on the hunt for just the right book, but not this time. Back in 2013, I had the good fortune to discover author Samuel Sattin and his novel ‘League of Somebodies.’ Since then, I’ve been anxiously awaiting his next tale, and it’s now here… ‘The Silent End’ is a tale perfect for Halloween and geeks. 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

Passing the Test of Time: ‘Jurassic Park’ Books


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


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