Book Received: Blue Remembered Earth

On June 27, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 512 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover (June 5, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0441020712 Official Description: With his critically acclaimed Revelation Space novels, Alastair Reynolds confirmed “his place among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance.” (Publishers Weekly) With Blue Remembered Earth, the award-winning author begins a new epic, tracing generations of one family across […]

Episode 109 – Paul S. Kemp and Paul Weimer

On June 26, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In Episode 109 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome back Paul S. Kemp and Paul Weimer to talk about The Hammer and The Blade, the new sword and sorcery novel from Mr. Kemp. Links: Paul S. Kemp (website) Paul S. Kemp on Twitter Paul Weimer on Twitter John on Twitter […]

The Golden Prince and the Thorn King: Mark Lawrence’s King of Thorns

On June 25, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

When we last left Jorg Ancrath, Prince of a small feudal realm in a post-apocalypse Europe, he had unleashed the power of the Builders to complete an impossible task in humbling one of his father’s rivals.  The author seemingly accomplished the impossible task of getting readers to care about and respect a character who is […]

Book Received: The Last Four Things

On June 22, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 384 pages Publisher: Dutton Adult (August 4, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0525952187 Official Description: The epic story of Thomas Cale-introduced so memorably in The Left Hand of God–continues as the Redeemers use his prodigious gifts to further their sacred goal: the extinction of humankind and the end of the world. To the warrior-monks known […]

Whiskey, You’re the Devil!

On June 21, 2012, in Andy Romine, The Booze Nerd, by Andy Romine

Whiskey you’re the Devil, you’re leadin’ me astray, Over hills and mountains and to Americay! You’re sweeter, stronger, decenter, You’re spunkier than tea! Oh Whiskey, you’re my darlin’, drunk or sober… —Celtic Traditional I have to admit, of all the wonderful spirits out there, for this Booze Nerd, nothing quite satisfies like a wee dram […]

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Book Received: Live and Let Drood

On June 20, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Roc Hardcover (June 5, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464524 Official Description: Live and Let Drool is the sixth book in the Secret Histories series by Simon R. Green, and continues the story of Eddie Drood – a member of an ancient family tasked with protecting the world from threats both supernatural […]

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Episode 108 – Nathan Lowell

On June 19, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 108 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Nathan Lowell, science fiction and fantasy author and podcaster. Links: Nathan Lowell (website) Nathan on Twitter Patrick on Twitter John on Twitter © 2012 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This podcast features original music by John Anealio Podcast: Play in new […]

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Review: Redshirts by John Scalzi

On June 18, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

Redshirts by John Scalzi takes one of the most beloved science fiction series of all time and mercilessly tears it apart. But in a good way. Andrew Dahl has just been stationed aboard the Intrepid, but as soon as he arrives he notices things are amiss. Crew members mysteriously disappear before certain officers appear in […]

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Book Received: The Lost Fleet: Invincible

On June 15, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (May 1, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007456 Official Description: New York Times bestselling author Jack Cambell’s space saga hits lightspeed with an action-packed story of interstellar war. Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory […]

Win the NaNoWriMo Marathon: Writing for Miles Instead of Meters

On June 14, 2012, in Guest Post, by James Holder

Would you believe that I won NaNoWriMo 2011 with five days to spare? I mention this in hopes of inspiring you to not just cross the 50,000 word finish line but to have the words “The End” typed out as your last two.  The accomplishment continues to surprise me, too, since I never went far […]

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Book Received: Cursed

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

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace (May 29, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007596 Official Description: Benedict Jacka’s acclaimed Alex Verus series continues with Cursed. Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he’s discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone […]

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Episode 107 – Balticon Podcast Editing Panel

On June 12, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 107 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio present a panel discussion of podcasts and podcast editing from the 2012 Balticon in May. Moderated by John Anealio, the panel featured fellow podcasters John Mierau, Paul Elard Cooley, Tim Dodge, and Mike Stokes. © 2012 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This […]

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Review: The Returning by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

On June 11, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

If Bryan Thomas Schmidt‘s ‘The Worker Prince’ was Moses in space, than ‘The Returning’ contains the seeds of a new Exodus – blending the background of the original story seamlessly into the sequel. Readers may pick up the thread of the story quickly – whether or not they have read the first book. For decades, […]

Book Received: All Spell Breaks Loose

On June 8, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace (May 29, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007715 Official Description: From national bestselling author Lisa Shearin comes a new chapter in “one of the best fantasy series currently on the market.” (Night Owl Reviews) My name is Raine Benares—and it sucks to be me right now. I’m a seeker […]

Updating Your Tech Education Online (for Free!)

On June 7, 2012, in Carrie Cuinn, Tech Nerd, by CarrieCuinn

At some point or another, many of us find ourselves facing a new kind of technology, a new type of operating system, or a new look to the way we normally interface with our tech-driven world. As software is revised and updated and made old-fashioned, something new takes it place, and we have to learn […]

Book Recevied: Pathfinder Tales Song of the Serpent

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

Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (May 15, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1601253885 Official Description: To an experienced thief like Krunzle the Quick, the merchant nation of Druma is full of treasures just waiting to be liberated. Yet when the fast-talking scoundrel gets caught stealing from one of the most powerful prophets of Kalistrade, […]

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Episode 106 – T.C. McCarthy and Justin Landon (Balticon)

On June 5, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 106 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome T.C. McCarthy and Justin Landon in an interview from Balticon. About T.C. McCarthy T.C. McCarthy is a critically acclaimed southern author whose short fiction has appeared in Per Contra: The International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas, in Story Quarterly […]

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The Chronicler’s Tale: Jeff Salyards’ Scourge of the Betrayer

On June 4, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

A military unit outside of the boundaries of its Empire, messing around in client kingdoms and bordering polities. A motley group of soldiers and gritty veterans,  more than a bit war-weary. Some of those soldiers are burdened with dark secrets, and a mission and purpose unclear to anyone around them. Standard Sword and sorcery stuff, […]

Book Received: Triggers

On June 1, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover; 1 edition (April 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007162 Official Description: On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin’s bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting […]

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