Episode 188 – With Elizabeth Bear

On April 22, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 188 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with author Elizabeth Bear. About Elizabeth: Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year.When coupled with a childhood tendency to read the dictionary for fun, this led her inevitably to penury, […]

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Episode 187 – With Michael R. Underwood

On April 15, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 186 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk with author Michael R. Underwood, author of Attack of the Geek. About Michael: Michael R. Underwood is the author of GEEKOMANCY, CELEBROMANCY, ATTACK THE GEEK, as well as the forthcoming SHIELD AND CROCUS and THE YOUNGER GODS. By day, he’s the […]

 

Episode 186 – Patrick and John talk Patreon

On April 8, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 186 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio talk about Patreon. About Patreon: Patreon enables fans to give ongoing support to their favorite creators. Founded in May 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they […]

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Episode 185 – With Brian Staveley

On April 1, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 185 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome author Brian Staveley.  About Brian: Brian Staveley is the author of The Emperor’s Blades, first book of the epic fantasy trilogy, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, forthcoming in January 2014 from Tor Books. Brian has taught literature, religion, history, and philosophy, […]

Episode 184 – With Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

On March 25, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 184 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. About Pip: New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris […]

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Episode 183 – With Engadget’s Sarah Silbert

On March 18, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 183 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Senior Editor for Engadget, Sara Silbert. About Sarah: Long before the winding road of journalism led her to Engadget, Sarah spotted a deconstructed PC in elementary-school computer lab and thought it just looked so cool. Since then, she’s had the goal […]

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Book Review: Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman

On March 17, 2014, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

In Emma Newman’s Between Two Thorns, the first novel in her Split Worlds series, all Cathy wants is to go to college and be with the man she loves. However, her family in the Nether, the sky-less land between Mundanus, the normal world, and Exillium, the magical land of the Fae Lords, want her back […]

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Book Received: The Dagger of Trust

On March 13, 2014, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Series: Pathfinder Tales Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (February 11, 2014) ISBN-10: 1601256140 Official Description: Gideon Gull leads a double life: one as a talented young bard at the Rhapsodic College, the other as a student of the Shadow School, where Taldor’s infamous Lion Blades are trained to be master spies and assassins. […]

Book Received: The Emperor’s Blades

On March 12, 2014, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Series: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (Book 1) Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Tor Books (January 14, 2014) ISBN-10: 0765336405 Official Description: In The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and […]

Episode 182 – With Mur Lafferty (and Ghost Train to New Orleans)

On March 11, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 182 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guide to New York City and its sequel, Ghost Train to New Orleans. About Mur: Mur Lafferty is a podcaster and writer from Durham, NC. She made her name with podcasting (I Should Be Writing, […]

Book Review: Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga

On March 10, 2014, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga explores the backstory of the most notorious villain of the Walking Dead world, known as Philip Blake or “The Governor.” The novel, the first in a series, begins shortly after the dead begin to rise, with Philip Blake, his daughter Penny, his brother […]

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Book Received: Robot Uprisings

On March 6, 2014, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Series: Vintage Original Paperback: 496 pages Publisher: Vintage (April 8, 2014) ISBN-10: 0345803639 Official Description: Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines […]

Book Received: Rex Regis

On March 5, 2014, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Series: The Imager Portfolio (Book 8) Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Tor Books (January 7, 2014) ISBN-10: 0765336340 Official Description: The saga of the Imager Quaeryt, Commander in the forces of Lord Bhayar, reaches a new climax as the great struggle to unify the continent of Lydar enters its final phase in L.E. Modesitt’s Rex Regis, […]

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Episode 181 – With Wendy Wagner

On March 4, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 181 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Wendy Wagner, author of Skinwalkers. About Wendy: Wendy N. Wagner loves monsters, mayhem, and magic. Her first novel, Skinwalkers, is a Pathfinder Tales adventure due out this March, and her short fiction has appeared in magazines like Beneath Ceaseless Skies and […]

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Graphic Novel Review: The Walking Dead, Volume One: Days Gone Bye

On March 3, 2014, in Cathy Russell, Comic Books, by Catherine Russell

As someone relatively new to comics and graphic novels, as well as a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead television series, I was anxious to read the original comics that inspired the show. I readily admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of comics. I loved the illustrations, I loved the stories, but the […]

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Book Received: Lockstep

On February 27, 2014, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Tor Books (March 25, 2014) ISBN-10: 0765337266 Official Description: When seventeen-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he’s orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when […]

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Book Received: Elementari Rising

On February 26, 2014, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 374 pages Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press (September 17, 2013) ISBN-10: 1939056039 Official Description: Winter is a predator, taking villages one at a time, leaving the people either dead or half mad. For thousands of years, the Elementarí-spirits of the elements- have slept peacefully under the watchful eye of the Terakhein, a guardian tribe that […]

Episode 180 – With John Hornor Jacobs

On February 25, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 180 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome John Hornor Jacobs – author of The Twelve-Fingered Boy. About John: John Hornor Jacobs has worked in advertising for the last fifteen years, played in bands, and pursued art in various forms. He is also, in his copious spare time, a […]

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Book Review: The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin

On February 24, 2014, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin is a simple, fun introduction to the basic tenets of Buddhism. By using examples from the Star Wars saga, Bortolin illustrates how Buddhism addresses the cause of suffering, and how to transcend that suffering by cultivating mindfulness and recognizing our part in the greater whole of reality. […]

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Episode 179 – With Matt Wallace

On February 18, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 179 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Matt Wallace – author of The Failed Cities. About Matt: A screenwriter, novelist, and the award-winning author of over one hundred short stories, Matt spent a decade traveling the western hemisphere as a professional wrestler and combat instructor before retiring to […]

 

Episode 178 – With Michael J. Martinez

On February 11, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 178 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Michael J. Martinez – author of The Daedalus Incident, The Gravity of the Affair and The Enceladus Crisis. About Michael: “I’m a husband, father and writer living the dream in the Garden State. I’ve spent nearly 20 years as a professional writer […]

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Episode 177 – With Adam Christopher

On February 4, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 177 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Adam Christopher, author of: Empire State, Seven Wonders, The Age Atomic and the new Hang Wire . About Adam: ADAM CHRISTOPHER is a novelist and comic writer. In 2010, as an editor, Christopher won a Sir Julius Vogel award, New Zealand’s […]

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