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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Episode 176 – With Max Gladstone

On January 28, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 176 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome 2013 Campbell Award Nominee Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise. About Max: Max’s novel Three Parts Dead was published by Tor Books in October 2012. Two Serpents Rise, the next book in the Craft Sequence, was […]

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Episode 175 – With Ann Leckie

On January 21, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 175 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice, to the show. About Ann: Ann Leckie has published short stories inSubterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 […]

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Book Review: Raygun Chronicles – Space Opera for a New Age (anthology) edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

On January 20, 2014, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

The anthology, Raygun Chronicles, from Every Day Publishing showcases many of the genre stories that were featured in the “short lived zine” called Raygun Revival. In the words of editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt, “the kinds of stories that made us fall in love with science fiction and space opera.” With an engaging introduction from the […]

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Book Review: A Guile of Dragons by James Enge

On January 15, 2014, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

A Guile of Dragons starts at the very beginning of Morlock Ambrosius’s life, in King Arthur’s Court. A betrayal and capture winds up dragging the parents of Morlock, Merlin (*that* Merlin) and his pregnant mistress Nimue across the Sea of Worlds to the Wardlands, Merlin’s home plane. (A nice touch to Amber and Moorcock).  Our […]

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Episode 174 – with Freya Robertson

On January 14, 2014, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 174 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Freya Robertson, author of Heartwood and the forthcoming Sunstone. About Freya: Freya Robertson is a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, as well as a dedicated gamer. She has a deep and abiding fascination for the history and archaeology of the middle […]

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Episode 173 – Ian Tregillis

On December 17, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 173 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Ian Tregillis, author of Something More Than Night. About Ian: Ian Tregillis attended the University of Minnesota for both college and graduate school. Eventually the university decided it had seen quite enough of him, so it politely but firmly asked him […]

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