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