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Jim C. Hines: Libriomancer interview and book review

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

Image: DAW Books

I interviewed Hugo Award-nominated author and friendly guy Jim C. Hines about his new book, Libriomancer, over at GeekDad. I also posted my thoughts on the book there, too. You want bullet points? Fine.

 

 

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August 10, 2012 Posted by | Books, geek, writing | , , , | 2 Comments

Dungeons & Dragons: Into the Unknown

Over at GeekDad, I’ve published a review of Dungeons & Dragons – Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook.

Dungeons & Dragons Into the Unknown

Click the cover image to visit the post at GeekDad.

July 5, 2012 Posted by | Books, Games, geek | , , , , | Leave a comment

Collect All 21! Expanded Edition is back in the Kindle Store

Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek - Expanded Edition

Click to visit the book’s Kindle Store page, which includes a preview.

I got a lot of encouraging feedback in July of 2011 when I expanded Collect All 21! for a digital edition. Unfortunately, while the folks at my digital publishing company were great to work with and did a bang-up job converting the book and pushing it through various channels, they had to make the difficult decision to close their virtual doors earlier this year, ending the availability of the Expanded Edition.

After thinking things over for a bit and pestering some very patient and understanding friends for advice, I decided to go ahead and tweak a couple small glitches and make the Expanded Edition available again myself through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

It’s available for all Amazon Kindle devices and apps, and here’s the write-up from the Collect All 21! Kindle Store page:

Opening that first Darth Vader figure and putting him in a Landspeeder. Imagining a snowy elementary school playground as the wastes of Hoth. Seeing Return of the Jedi on opening night.

Moments like these – and a galaxy more – make up more than three decades of “Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek.” Author and first-generation saga fan John Booth takes the reader from a childhood packed with Star Wars guys (never “action figures”) and Christmas wishes both fulfilled and unrealized, through the years when the trilogy lay dormant to the mainstream public’s eye, and into an age of seeing George Lucas’ universe as an adult while exploring it again as a parent.

Collect All 21! revisits the late 1970s and early ’80s, in all their bad-haircuts-and-Atari glory, then moves beyond those decades and nostalgia to explore the evolution of the Star Wars saga and its fandom.

This expanded electronic edition also includes interviews with Star Wars cast and crew members reflecting on the saga’s impact from both first-generation-fan standpoints and a career spent bringing the universe to life on-screen.

Named by Topless Robot as one of The Ten Greatest Non-Fiction Star Wars Books, Collect All 21! is a love letter from a self-aware geek written under the sometimes harsh light of hindsight, softened with understanding. It captures the innocence and wonder and infinite possibilities of what it meant to an eight-year-old to Collect All 21!

“Like a nostalgic walk through your childhood and growing up geek.”
– WIRED magazine’s GeekDad

“The feeling of childhood magic that pours from its pages will have you reflecting on how much of an impact the Wars have had on you.”
– Topless Robot

“I never thought I’d actually get that Time-Travel Belt, but reading this book is almost better.”
– George Krstic, writer, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Motorcity, and Megas XLR

I’ve also decided to keep the Kindle edition at it’s three-dollar price – which means, yes: More book than the print edition, for less money.

Additionally, it’s available through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, so if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow it for FREE.

And hey – Star Wars Celebration VI is coming up fast, so why not start getting psyched up now?

July 1, 2012 Posted by | 1970s, 1980s, Books, eighties, geek, science fiction, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GeekDad’s got some Star Wars Celebration VI tickets to give away!

I’ll be going to Star Wars Celebration VI, and I have no doubt it will be a tremendously fun time.

You should go.

Specifically, you should go to GeekDad, where we’re giving away two four-day passes to this August’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Deadline to enter is next Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Click the image to go to GeekDad and register for some free tickets.

June 29, 2012 Posted by | 1970s, 1980s, geek, science fiction, Weblogs | , , , , | Leave a comment

Atari: 40 years old today

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I’ve mentioned the role Atari played in my childhood a couple times before –

8-bit time capsule

More games, more fun

– so I love this timeline that Atari created, and which we’ve shared at GeekDad, in honor of the company’s 40th birthday today. (Below is just a peek – click through to see the whole thing, and enjoy some flashback cake.)

Click to visit the full timeline at GeekDad.

 

June 27, 2012 Posted by | eighties, Games, geek, Uncategorized, video games | , , , | Leave a comment

Eureka Co-Creator Andrew Cosby: GeekDad Interview

In early 2011, not long after I got hooked on Eureka, I wrote a post about the show for GeekDad, which elicited a brief note from Andrew Cosby, one of the show’s co-creators. We exchanged a few emails over the course of the year, and this week, I published a full-on GeekDad interview with him. I really enjoyed working with him on this – please go enjoy it!

“Hack of All Trades” – An Interview with Eureka Co-Creator Andrew Cosby

February 14, 2012 Posted by | Film, geek, science fiction, Television | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Arthur to Young Sherlock Holmes – 2011’s miscellaneous GeekDad stuff

In addition to the reviews and interviews I did for GeekDad this year, I also wrote a half-dozen posts about things like discovering the TV show Eureka, spooky Ray Bradbury stories, and attending the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 with my daughter. I loved writing these.

Eureka – I Have (Finally) Found It!

Young Sherlock Holmes Revisited

Pick A Doctor, Any Doctor, on Netflix

Harry Potter and the Nostalgic GeekDad (Probably my favorite GeekDad contribution this year.)

Ten Tales by Ray Bradbury to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

The 15 Geekiest Episodes of PBS’s Arthur

The Fellowship of the Ring and a Decade of Family Geekdom

GeekDad also featured my Delving Into Dungeons & Dragons As A Family post – originally from summer 2010 – as a “wayback machine” post this July. Since this is one of my other favorites, I was glad to see it up there again.

December 31, 2011 Posted by | Film, geek, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2011 in (GeekDad) review

GeekDad reviewsI reviewed some awfully fun stuff this year for GeekDad – a dozen books and a couple TV shows, most of which are well worth checking out:

Gaming Fix: Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken

It’s A Craft Trap! The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton

Fuzzy Reboot: John Scalzi’s Fuzzy Nation

Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer

Simon Pegg’s Nerd Do Well

The Transformers Vault: Treasures from Cybertron

The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines

The Science Channel: Dark Matters

Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition

Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads by Kirk Demarais

Man in Black: Star Wars: The Complete Vader

Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C.

Doctor Who: The sixth series DVD set

The Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Books, Fiction, geek, science fiction, Television, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

My GeekDad interviews of 2011

Two facts: One, contributing to Wired‘s GeekDad is, no question, one of the most fun things I get to do as a writer; and two, I’ve always loved the inspiration and energy rush that comes from talking with creative people about their imaginations, work and passion.

So when I get to do both of those things at the same time, well, it’s like sticking the equivalent of a plant nutrient spike into the nerdiest corner of my brain.

I wrote up four interviews for GeekDad in 2011:

From Monty Python to Mad to Manga: An Interview with Mark CrilleyDon’t forget, Brody’s Ghost, Volume 3  is set for a May release.

Please Don’t Stab John Scalzi in the EyeballsWe talked about Fuzzy Nation and geek parenting, and he shared a father-daughter anecdote which he later turned into a Penny Arcade comic strip.

Air Cars to X-Ray Spex – My friend Kirk Demarais has a blast pulling back the curtain on the real stuff in old comic book ads in his book Mail-Order Mysteries.

What’s Behind James Gough’s Cloak? – Great premise for a book, fantastic guy to talk to. You’re ever in the market for an extra kiloton of energy, spending five minutes with James will replenish your stores and then some.

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Books, Fiction, geek, Ohio, science fiction, writing | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Boba flakes out.

Boba Fett paper snowflake

Click for a larger version.

 

My crafting skills are fair at best, and I haven’t folded a paper snowflake in years, but after seeing the link to Anthony Herrera’s Star Wars templates on GeekDad, I gave the Boba Fett a whirl. (Note: The Boba Fett design actually came from Matters of Grey, which inspired Anthony’s creations.)

December 15, 2011 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Film, geek, science fiction | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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