Episode 113 – Madeline Ashby

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

In episode 113 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Madeline Ashby, author of the new novel, vN. About Madeline Ashby: Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer, futurist, anime fan, and immigrant. Her debut novel, vN, is available for pre-order now. Her non-fiction has appeared at BoingBoing, io9, WorldChanging, and […]

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Book Received: Slow Apocalypse

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

Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Ace Hardcover (September 4, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0441017576 Official Description: In this highly anticipated thriller, a scientist has developed a cure for America’s addiction – a slow-acting virus that feeds on petroleum, turning it solid, and therefore unusable.  What he didn’t consider was that the contagion of an Iraqi oil […]

Book Review: vN by Madeline Ashby

On July 30, 2012, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

In vN, Madeline Ashby tells the story of Amy Peterson – an android little girl from a mixed synthetic/organic home. Her mother and herself are Von Neuman androids – self-replicating robots, while her father is human. Despite the differences between her and other children, Amy grows up loved and well cared for – until the […]

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Book Received: The Dirty Streets of Heaven

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

Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: DAW Hardcover (September 4, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0756407680 Official Description: Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, […]

Book Received: Tin Swift-The Age of Steam

On July 26, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Roc Trade; 1 edition (July 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464532 Official Description: In steam age America, men, monsters, machines and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, one man fights to hold on to his humanity–and his honor. . . Life on the […]

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Book Received: Grave Memory

On July 25, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Roc (July 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451464591 Official Description: When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen… As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is […]

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Episode 112 – Scott Roche

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

In episode 112 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome author Scott Roche to the program. New format includes: In the News, Our Picks of the Weeks and 5 Questions! About Scott: Bio – Scott is a husband, father of three and by day is a computer support technician. By night […]

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Book Received: Nightglass

On July 23, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (July 17, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1601254407 Official Description: In the grim nation of Nidal, carefully chosen children are trained to practice dark magic, summoning forth creatures of horror and shadow for the greater glory of the Midnight Lord. Isiem is one such student, a promising young shadowcaster […]

Book Review: Chrysanthe by Yves Meynard

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

Living in a world very much like our own, a seemingly ordinary person is wrapped up in a whirlwind journey that takes her across the multiverse, far from the world of her home. On the way, the protagonist discovers there are an infinity of worlds at which there is one true realm at the center, […]

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Book Received: Darkness Devours

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

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Signet Select (June 26, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451237110 Official Description: Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones can enter the realm between life and death, and she can see the Reapers who collect the souls of the dead. Now, she is using her gifts – and the investigative know-how of a […]

Book Received: Blackhearted Betrayal

On July 19, 2012, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace (June 26, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1937007650 Official Description: As a Fury, Riss Holloway belongs to an arcane race that has meted out justice since time immemorial. As Boston’s Chief Magical Investigator, she’s responsible for solving any crimes committed by or against supernaturals. But now that she’s going […]

Book Received: City of the Fallen Sky

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

Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (June 19, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1601254180 Official Description: Once a student of alchemy with the dark scholars of the Technic League, Alaeron fled their arcane order when his conscience got the better of him, taking with him a few strange devices of unknown function. Now in hiding […]

Episode 111 – J.M. Mcdermott

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

In episode 111 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio launch a new show format and welcome author J.M. Mcdermott to chat about his writing. About J.M. Mcdermott: J M McDermott is a robot fueled by literature, vegetables, and caffeine. He lives in Decatur, GA, where he stands on street corners and […]

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Episode 110 – Andre LaFosse

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

In episode 110 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome singer / songwriter Andre LaFosse. About Andre: Andre LaFosse (pronounced “ON-draye laugh-OSS”) is a guitarist, producer, and chronic deconstructionist tortured (solo) artist. His eclectic, obsessive experiments with gene-splicing his own musical DNA have won him acclaim, controversy, and more than a […]

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Lamentations of a Dipsomaniac’s Ghost: James Maxey’s Greatshadow

On July 2, 2012, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  On a tropical island inhabited by castoffs, treasure hunters and malcontents, a dipsomaniac treasure hunter, Stagger, and his supremely capable partner Infidel get into a deadly spot. While Infidel may be mostly invulnerable and superhumanly strong, Stagger unfortunately, is not. When the treasure hunter dies, his ghost does not move onto the next realm, […]

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