Episode 088 – Andrew Mayne and Justin Robert Young

On January 31, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 88 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Andrew Mayne and Justin Robert Young. About Andrew Mayne: Recognized as one of the most creative innovators in magic, Andrew has produced over 30 books and videos on the art of magic. His website can be found at ShockMagic.com About Justin […]

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Book Received: Strange Embrace – 69 Barrow Street

On January 30, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Strange Embrace/69 Barrow Street by Lawrence Block Dust jacket illustrations by Robert McGinnis Publisher: Subterranean Press A Hard Case Crime Hardcover Length:330 pages ISBN: 978-1-59606-489-8 This book has a double cover you flip to read the other story, which is cool. Will be available in May, 2012   From the Subterranean website: Strange Embrace They […]

Book Received: Shadow Ops: Control Point

On January 28, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Ace (January 31, 2012) ISBN-10: 1937007243 Official Description: Army Officer. Fugitive. Sorcerer. Across the country and in every nation, people are waking up with magical talents. Untrained and panicked, they summon storms, raise the dead, and set everything they touch ablaze. Army officer Oscar Britton sees the worst of […]

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ShadowBytes WebComic: Sacrificial Offerings

On January 27, 2012, in The Shadow Bytes Webcomic, by Patrick Hester

ShadowBytes is a new webcomic from Patrick Hester and Clifton Hill.  New episodes appear every Tuesday and Thursdays on the Webcomic website.

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Transcending Part of Speech: Kafkaesque, edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel

On January 23, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  Kafkaesque Adjective Marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity e.g. Kafkaesque bureaucracies. Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger. In the manner of something written by Franz Kafka. There are precious few writers whose names have transcended their status as a proper noun. Dickens has become an adjective to […]

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ShadowBytes WebComic: Perks that Rock

On January 20, 2012, in The Shadow Bytes Webcomic, by Patrick Hester

ShadowBytes is a new webcomic from Patrick Hester and Clifton Hill.  New episodes appear every Tuesday and Thursdays on the Webcomic website.

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Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

On January 19, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card may possibly be the best novel I’ve ever read. That’s not a statement I make lightly. While my other favorites – Stranger in a Strange Land, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Death World – have all effected me in different ways, none has moved me as much as this […]

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Review: Rule 34, by Charles Stross

On January 18, 2012, in Andrew Liptak, Book Review, by Andrew Liptak

Charles Stross’s latest novel, Rule 34, is one of the notable books of 2011, a cyberpunk novel for the social media age. Gone is the notion of revolutionary computers and technologies just out of reach: this futuristic Scotland is a recognizable world that’s just around the corner, one that shows just how scary a high-technology […]

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Episode 087 – Peter Brett & Myke Cole

On January 17, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 87 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome back Peter V. Brett and Myke Cole. Links: Myke Cole (author’s website) Peter V. Brett (author’s website) Myke on Twitter Peter on Twitter © 2012 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast features original music by John Anealio & an excerpt […]

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Flying Unfriendly Skies: The Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding

On January 16, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  Captain Darian Frey has had some more reversals of fortune. Despite the encounter at Retribution Falls, keeping his beloved aerium fueled airship The Ketty Jay is serious business. His navigator is still weird and possibly inhuman, his daemonologist is still haunted by something he won’t talk about, his outrider fighter pilots are still a […]

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ShadowBytes WebComic: Just Sign Here

On January 13, 2012, in The Shadow Bytes Webcomic, by Patrick Hester

ShadowBytes is a new webcomic from Patrick Hester and Clifton Hill.  New episodes appear every Tuesday and Thursdays on the Webcomic website.

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Review: The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

On January 12, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

      “The book does prominently feature three of the foundational touchstones of all things steampunk: giant airships, brass computers, and kinky feminine underwear.” ~ Bruce Sterling, Afterword, The Difference Engine   When I first delved into The Difference Engine, by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, I had no previous experience reading the work […]

Episode 086 – John Hlinko

On January 10, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 86 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome John Hlinko to talk about Share, Retweet and Repeat – a ‘guidebook’ to optimizing your social media and promoting your message. About John Hlinko: As a youngster, John Hlinko never dreamed he would one day record a Grammy-winning duet with country […]

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ShadowBytes WebComic: To Pron or Not To Pron

On January 6, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Patrick Hester

ShadowBytes is a new webcomic from Patrick Hester and Clifton Hill.  New episodes appear every Tuesday and Thursdays on the Webcomic website.

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