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

Geek Events Around Town for November 22nd and Beyond

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Back again with some interesting outings, including an event by one of the geek dads that would make a nice date night. 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…

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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

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