Book Review: Space Magic by David Levine

On January 24, 2013, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

Space Magic by David Levine, a collection of fifteen short stories, combines a variety of award winning genre fiction. Tales of magic and science, ghost stories and fairies, exist side by side in delightful harmony. “Wind from a Dying Star” describes a unique vision of humanity evolving to live among the stars. In “Nucleon,” a […]

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Book Review: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole

On January 21, 2013, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

It’s been rough for Oscar Britton, Army officer turned Sorcerous Operations Corps portamancer turned outlaw selfer. After the chaos of his escape from the U.S. Army base in The Source, living life on the run while being true to his developing philosophy and ideals for what should be the future of magic users like himself […]

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 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, […]

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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 […]

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Episode 090 – Gabrielle Gantz and Brian Thompson

On February 14, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 090 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome back Gabrielle Gantz and welcome for the first time, Brian Thompson. About Gabrielle: Gabrielle Gantz is a Publicist with Viking and Penguin. She interviews author for The Nervous Breakdown, writes about arts & culture at The Contextual Life, and can be […]

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Steampunk, Zombies and Alternate History: Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest

On December 7, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Its late 19th Century Seattle.  The gold rush of the Klondike a couple of decades earlier  meant that the city was large and growing when inventor Leviticus Blue’s magnum opus due too greedily and too deep, releasing a gas that turns those who breathe it too deeply into the walking dead.  Those bitten or injured […]

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Review: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

On November 30, 2011, in Book Review, Cathy Russell, by Catherine Russell

  Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest, grabs the reader from page one and refuses to let go. The characters stand out, the setting is fantastic, and the situation dire. What better way to start a horror story? Set in the late 1800’s during the Civil War, the scientist Leviticus Blue invents an incredible drilling machine called […]

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The Problem of Free Will: Prospero Regained and the Prospero’s Daughter Trilogy by L. Jagi Lamplighter

On September 21, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

      “Ah!” Malagigi’s eyes flickered over the three staffs of power we carried—the staffs that were our Prospero Family legacy: Gregor’s Staff of Darkness, Erasmus’s Staff of Decay , and my flute, The Staff of Winds—before coming to rest upon Durandel riding in its sheath at Erasmus’s side.  Softly, he murmured. “Maybe, with […]

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ATFMB – Used Books

On August 25, 2011, in ATFMB, by Patrick Hester

I’ve been trying to come up with a format / column for me to contribute to Functional Nerds for quite some time, but nothing ever seems to feel right to me. Then I realized that I’ve already created it. So welcome to All Things From My Brain. Used books. Going to the library always bugged […]

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Episode 061 – Ken Denmead

On June 14, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 61 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Ken Denmead, author of the new Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun, and publisher of Wired’s Geek Dad blog and podcast. This week we chat about: Wired, Geek Dad, Borderlands, Star Trek, blogging, RP games, books, Geek Mom and the Geek […]

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Episode 041 Lavie Tidhar

On January 17, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

041 The Functional Nerds In the 41st episode of the Functional Nerds, John & Patrick travel to Tel Aviv (via the Internet, of course), to chat with Lavie Tidhar, author of The Bookman, An Occupation of Angels, Cloud Permutations, HebrewPunk and The Tel Aviv Dossier. With steaming cups of coffee, we chat with Lavie about: […]

Episode 038 Joe Schreiber

On December 20, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

038 The Functional Nerds In the 38th episode of the Functional Nerds, we welcome Joe Schreiber, author of Red Harvest, Death Troopers, No Doors, No Windows, Chasing the Dead & Eat the Dark to discuss all things Star Wars. Featuring Original Music by: John Anealio: Sundog John Anealio: The Millennium Falcon for Christmas (Excerpt) © […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 27, 2010

On April 27, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy AirlockAlpha: Gina Torres Out, Tia Carrere In At ‘Warehouse 13′ TV by the Numbers: Syfy’s “Haven” Begins Production; Set to Premiere July 9 at 10pm i09: Heroes getting renewed? (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!) SciFi Wire: Everything you need to know about this week’s sci-fi TV SciFi Wire: Legend of the Seeker Canceled […]

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Nerd News Round Up-April 22, 2010

On April 22, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

I’m back! Sorry for the absence – technical firewall issues!  All fixed now! Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy i09: Cameron’s Next Project May Not Be Avatar 2 Or Battle Angel SFSignal.com Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Ender’s Game’ vs. ‘Crossovers 2′ vs. ‘The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard’ SF Tidbits for 4/22/10 MIND MELD: What […]

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Episode 003

On April 2, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

003 The Functional Nerds In the third episode of The Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat about @SFSignal, sfsignal.com and the Mind Meld, the iPhone, the Jawbone Blue tooth headset, about: the iPad, Project Gutenberg, the iBookstore, public domain books, copyright, Smashwords, Rip: A Remix Manifesto, Creative Commons, Disney, Fables, Pinnochio, Snow White, […]

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