Skill beats Will: Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops: Control Point

On April 30, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  The magic returns (or comes into being) to our technological modern day world is not a new idea in fantasy.  Rachel Pollack’s Unquestionable Fire. The novels of Alyx Dellamonica. The roleplaying games Shadowrun and GURPS: Technomancer hypothesize what would happen if magic erupted into the modern world. Other novels and stories ponder a return […]

ATFMB – eBooks

On April 26, 2012, in ATFMB, by Patrick Hester

Welcome to All Things From My Brain. eBooks. Ugh. Recently paid $13 for an eBook. I know, I know – you’re thinking, “What the Hell?”  Me too. I did it because I was curious about the author, Elmore Leonard, whose stories about a U.S. Marshall named Raylan Givens, served as inspiration for the FX TV […]

Tagged with:  

Episode 100 – JC Hutchins and Chuck Wendig

On April 24, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 100 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome J.C. Hutchins and Chuck Wendig on to talk about Transmedia. About J.C:  J.C. Hutchins is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction storyteller, with 15 years of professional writing experience. His two novels – 7th Son: Descent and Personal Effects: Dark Art — […]

Tagged with:  

Image of a Halfbreed Puca:And Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leicht

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

  When last we left Liam Kelly, the slow revelation of who and what he was had left him if not in a happy place, at least a relatively stable place. True, he had lost much in discovering his true heritage, lost his wife, lost friends, lost (or should we say, walked away) from his […]

Tagged with:  

Book Received: Lies and Omens

On April 18, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Publication date: 4/24/2012 ISBN-10: 1937007502 Official Description: Sylvie Lightner is a P.I. specializing in the unusual—in a world where magic is real, and Hell is just around the corner. After escaping secret government cells and destroying a Miami landmark, Sylvie’s trying to lay low—something that […]

Episode 099 – Brad Torgersen, Jean Johnson and Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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

In episode 99 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Brad Torgersen, Jean Johnson and Bryan Thomas Schmidt to discuss the Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 anthology. About Brad: Brad R. Torgersen is a healthcare computer geek by day, a United States Army Reserve Warrant Officer on the weekends, […]

Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper

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

  Book Review: Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper. Gair has been keeping a secret. Although he a good warrior for the Church, he has a talent for magic that the Church decries as witchcraft. It comes as a terrible song that he cannot stop hearing, and when it manifests too strongly, the magic […]

Tagged with:  

Book Received: Magic Without Mercy

On April 13, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Roc; Original edition (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464486 Official Description: Allison Beckstrom’s talent for tracking spells has put her up against some of the darkest elements in the world of magic. But she’s never faced anything like this. Magic itself has been poisoned, and Allie’s undead father […]

Book Review: MM9

On April 12, 2012, in Book Review, Carrie Cuinn, by CarrieCuinn

“The work is challenging, the public is hostile, and the monsters are hungry, but the MMD crew has science, teamwork … and a secret weapon on their side. Together, they can save Japan, and the universe!” – from the back cover Hiroshi Yamamoto’s novel, about an alternate history where all of those rubber suit monster […]

Tagged with:  

Book Received: Devil’s Punch

On April 11, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Roc; Original edition (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464494 Official Description: The power swelled inside me, burning, hurting, but I let it center me. Pain means I’m still here, fighting. I envisioned it swelling in my hand in a seething rush, gathering, gathering, and then I sent it […]

Tagged with:  

Episode 098 – John Joseph Adams and Karin Lowachee

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

In episode 98 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome John Joseph Adams and Karin Lowachee to discuss the new Armored anthology from Baen. About John: John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, […]

Tagged with:  

Book Received: Shadow’s Fall

On April 6, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Ace; Original edition (March 27, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007383 Official Description: For three years, Miranda Grey-Solomon has kept her role as Vampire Queen of the South separate from her Grammy-winning music career. But now, her dual lives are starting to collide, threatening everything Miranda and David, her Prime, […]

Tagged with:  

Book Received: Doubletake

On April 4, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages Publisher: Roc; Original edition (March 6, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464443 Official Description: Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko’s shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held […]

Tagged with:  

Episode 097 – Paul Weimer and Justin Landon

On April 3, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 97 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome book bloggers Paul Weimer and Justin Landon. About Paul: Paul Weimer is a blogger, commenter, and writer who writes book reviews, columns and Mind Melds for SF Signal, and does posts and book reviews for the Functional Nerds as well. About […]

Tagged with:  

Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

On April 2, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

When I picked up American Gods by Neil Gaiman, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew only two things: 1.) It was cited as a genre classic and 2.) the podcast, Writing Excuses, mentioned a scene from the book where a god burned his fingers on a hot apple pie. And while I admit […]

Tagged with:  

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!

Visit our friends!

A few highly recommended friends...