All You Need for Christmas Are the GeekDad Books

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One of the most important things we can do with our kids is spend time with them, playing games and building projects together. Sharing experiences, especially ones where everyone discovers and learns, is the most rewarding thing we can do as parents. 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

Amazon Presents 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

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It’s no secret that children’s books aren’t just for kids, and it’s with this fact in mind that our friends at Amazon compiled a list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Children’s Book Edition.” 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

Unique Books for Kids and Adults — Pull Out Paper Props!

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I have a small collection of books on the shelf, of mixed topics, that a visiting friend recently discovered. After spending about 20-30 minutes going through them, he wrote down each and every title and author and explained that he’d be ordering all of them, a few at a time, over the next few months. I was surprised that he’d never seen these kinds of books — ones filled with ephemera… removable content such as postcards, notes, photographs, and other inserts. I love these kinds of books. Love. Them. And there’s simply not enough of them. Continue reading

Out With the Old: The Detainee by Peter Liney

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I always enjoy finding a good surprise read, especially debut novels. I just finished The Detainee by Peter Liney, and I’m already anxious to read the next book in the series. If I had to place its theme and concept, it’d be a mix of Logan’s Run with Lord of the Flies… with a hint of Battle Royale’s oppressiveness. Continue reading

Q&A with 101 Things I Learned Author Matt Frederick

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Matt Frederick’s 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School went on to become a bestseller. The book was such a success, Frederick decided to turn the 101 Things I Learned idea into a franchise, and it now has over 500,000 books in print. To date, he has coauthored, edited, and illustrated six additional books with Grand Central Publishing. The latest is 101 Things I Learned in Engineering School. We sit down with the author to ask him how he did it. And learn some stuff about engineers. Continue reading

Find a Classic Book From Taschen for Everyone on Your Shopping List

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Taschen prints books worth owning. Books that you want to hold and turn the pages. Pull out and read, share them with your friends, or read to your children. Let me share a few that you may want to consider as we enter the 2013 gift giving season. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #2 — Page After Page of Wonderful Books!

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This week, the GeekDad holiday gift guide turns the page to an area of interest, many of us are fanatical about — books. Check out our list and see some of our favorite choices we found on our bookshelves this year. Continue reading

3 Books for a Better, Badder You

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I like to think of Halloween as not only a celebration of monsters, but as a holiday that truly gives the bad guys their due. Sure, not all bad guys are monsters, and certainly not all monsters are bad guys. Still, there’s just enough dark, delightful commonality to make villains the veritable toast of the season! Continue reading

Congratulations Hobbit Giveaway Winners

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Some days ago, we announced a contest to give away three copies of a new, fancy, illustrated version of Tolkien’s beloved classic The Hobbit. Now we can announce who won. Get out your goblins bongos of war and let the drum roll begin…

And the winners are: Continue reading

Review: The Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 Overhead Scanner

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The SV600 is an overhead scanner that allows for scanning of books, magazines, individual sheets, business cards, photos, and much more. It has some very special software under the hood that allows it to not only identify multiple items placed in front of it, but it can also handle the curve of the pages from an open book or magazine scan, flattening the scan and performing clean up to create a clear image. Continue reading

Giveaway of New Illustrated Edition of The Hobbit

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Last week marked the release of a new, fancy, illustrated version of Tolkien’s beloved classic The Hobbit. And we’re giving away three free copies, thanks to the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Continue reading

Revisiting the Hugo Award-Winning Redshirts

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Earlier this month at LoneStarCon 3, John Scalzi won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for his 2012 book Redshirts, which has more than a little bit of fun with one of science fiction’s longstanding tropes. Seems a good time, then, to revisit Scalzi’s interview with GeekDad covering metafiction, parody, humor’s place in sci-fi history, and Poor Ensign Jones. Continue reading

Blockbuster Stew of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight: A Review of The Bone Season

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Into the cauldron that is her debut urban fantasy novel, The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon has wisely sprinkled every element for potential success. Continue reading

Have Geeklets, Will Travel: Storybook Vacations

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Actively going to where a story is set opens a fantastic starting point for discussing a book: Why here? Location can become an integral part of a story, as important as the characters themselves. Harry Potter simply wouldn’t be Harry Potter without Hogwarts. (And yes, you can go to Scotland and ride the Hogwarts Express right now!) Eloise couldn’t be Eloise anywhere other than New York. And yes, you can even sort of visit Middle Earth if your goal is to get inside Tolkien’s head and see how environment can influence the plot line (even if… uh… Mr. Tolkien wrote those books in Oxford, England and not New Zealand). Continue reading