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Stack Overflow: Aye Aye, Space Captain

Stack Overflow: Aye Aye, Space Captain

We’ve all got dreams. I grew up on Florida’s Space Coast and spent most of my young life watching rockets thunder off into space and cruising up and down the coast in small boats. I don’t suppose it would surprise anyone to learn that many of the dreams in my sun-baked mind involved plying the vast oceans of empty space in rocket powered sailing ships. I’ve since abandoned the coastal waters of my youth but to this day I still can’t get my head out of the stars. What I mean to say is, I’m a sucker for the kind of big space opera that takes the painful realities of Deep Space seriously. Read More

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NaNoWriMo Tips

NaNoWriMo Tips

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, you hopefully have an idea by now of what your novel is going to be about. If not, you may struggle a bit at the beginning getting going, but maybe the writers here at GeekMom and GeekDad can help! Read More

Hammer of Witches

Hammer of Witches

Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski is all about stories: fairy tales, religious texts, and history. She takes what we know of Columbus’ voyage to America and uses it as the backdrop about a boy learning the power of words, and the magic behind the meaning of stories. It’s a good book. Read More

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, are re-booting The Dark Crystal franchise — or so it would seem — with a contest called the Dark Crystal Author Quest. The deal? Fans are encouraged to send in ideas for the “first book in a new young adult series based on the world of the classic fantasy film.” The winner gets a $10,000 contract to write the book. Read More

Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

There are some books I read more than once. Mystery novels are not part of that group. I already know who “did” it, so that’s that. With Matt Kindt’s graphic novel Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes. I’ve read it a couple times and plan to read again. At its most basic, this is a detective noir story. But ethics and the boundaries of the law are the heart. Read More

Stormdancer: The Lotus War Book One

Stormdancer: The Lotus War Book One

Japanese steampunk. Yeah, I said Japanese steampunk. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff is a dystopian feudal Japan setting with Iron Samurai wielding chainsaw katanas. Chainsaw katanas. It is a well-done kung-fu movie as a book, but with a female heroine, and a detailed new fantasy setting. Read More