Review: Death’s Heretic, by James Sutter

On February 1, 2012, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

So, I have to start this out with a moment of honesty: I’ve been biased against novels published by gaming companies for…as long as I’ve been buying books. There’s no particular reason for it, and I really should have known better, but I just didn’t see myself as the target market. I don’t know the […]

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Flying Unfriendly Skies: The Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding

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

  Captain Darian Frey has had some more reversals of fortune. Despite the encounter at Retribution Falls, keeping his beloved aerium fueled airship The Ketty Jay is serious business. His navigator is still weird and possibly inhuman, his daemonologist is still haunted by something he won’t talk about, his outrider fighter pilots are still a […]

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Episode 081 – Ed Lazellari

On November 29, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 81 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome TOR author Ed Lazellari to talk about his new book, Awakenings. From TOR’s website: EDWARD LAZELLARI has worked as an illustrator and graphic artist, doing projects for Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, and Jim Henson Productions. His short story, “The Date,” won […]

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Episode 079 – KV Johansen

On November 15, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 79 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester & John Anealio welcome PYR author KV Johansen.  KV’s new book, Blackdog, is one of the subjects discussed in this episode. Links: KV Johansen (author’s website) Blackdog © 2011 Patrick Hester and John Anealio This episode features original music by John Anealio http://www.box.net/shared/static/tppb7p1kb1cyib2u27dx.mp3Podcast: Play in […]

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Sing, Muse! Moses Siregar III’s The Black God’s War

On November 14, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

Sing, Muse!: Moses Siregar III‘s The Black God’s War Two very different realms have struggled against each other for years. The Rezzians, worshipers of ten deities, have engaged in a holy war against their godless neighbors, the Pawleons. With the birth of a royal son who is also a prophesied holy leader with divine powers, […]

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Fae and Fallen in the Time of Troubles: Stina Leicht’s Of Blood and Honey

On October 10, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

  A savage pant—almost a laugh—puffed foul breath that blew hair from Sanders’s forehead. Sanders raised a fist, but the beast caught his arm with ease and slammed it on the concrete floor. Liam felt bones give way with a sickening snap and was pinned between satisfaction and revulsion. Sanders howled. A talon plunged into […]

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Review: Mark Charan Newton’s Nights of Villjamur

On September 7, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Publisher: Spectra ISBN-10: 0345520858 ISBN-13: 978-0345520852 Nights of Villjamur Mark Charan Newton Shrouded in snow and ice, and facing the threat of an endless winter, the city of Villjamur is–understandably–under a great deal of stress. Refugees stream from all over the Empire, the Emperor is mad and paranoid, councilors are being murdered, cultist tensions are […]

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Episode 067 – Patrick D’Orazio

On August 2, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 67th episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio chat with author Patrick D’Orazio. Links: Author’s Website Author’s Twitter © 2011 Patrick Hester & John Anealio Featuring original music by John Anealio. http://www.box.net/shared/static/ifzbbrd4nmrhu8fi4hnq.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

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Desdaemona: Ben Macallan

On July 25, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

Desdaemona by Ben Macallan Desdaemona is a stand-alone Urban Fantasy set in London. The protagonist, Jordan, hears a banshee’s scream late at night. He finds a teenage girl cowering in a bus station, under attack by a pack of werewolves. The girl has no one else to help her, so seventeen-year old Jordan stands between […]

The Alternate Steampunk Albertian Age: A review of The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

On June 29, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

    The creature stalked forward, bent, its talon like hands flexing, and Burton saw that his first impression was accurate: the thing walked on two-foot-high stilts. Its lanky body was clad in a skintight white scaly suit that glittered in the dim light of the single guttering gas lamp. Something circular glowed on its […]

Episode 063 – Sandra Wickham

On June 28, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 63 of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester and John Anealio sit down to chat with Author and Fitness Nerd Sandra Wickham. With Sandra, we discuss: fitness, water, carbs, discipline, working out, writing, word count, staying fit, exercise, calories, tracking your goals with apps, the InkPunks, being the Fitness Nerd, competition and transitioning into […]

Episode 062 – Jon Sprunk

On June 21, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 62 of the Functional Nerds, John Anealio chats with PYR Author Jon Sprunk about his new book, Shadow’s Lure. Links: Jon Sprunk (Author Site) Shadow’s Lure Jon Sprunk (Twitter) Pyr Books Patrick and John also chat about other stuff.  Promise. Welcome our new sponsor – MapHook.com.  Click the link, download the app – […]

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Vodka, Spirits and Secondary World Fantasy: The Winds of Khalakovo

On May 19, 2011, in Book Review, Paul Weimer, by Paul Weimer

The Winds of Khalakovo A novel by Bradley P Beaulieu Review by Paul Weimer “You look thin” Rehada said, perhaps growing tired of the silence. She held two snifters of infused vodka, one of which she handed to Nikandr as she settled gracefully upon the nearby pillows. “The work on the Gorovna…” Thankfully the wasting […]

Review: Hidden Cities, by Daniel Fox

On May 9, 2011, in Book Review, Jaym Gates, by Jaym Gates

HIDDEN CITIES Daniel Fox Del Rey ISBN: 978-0-345-50303-9 432 Pages Warning: Spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the previous 2 books! She was written on his skin, in some spell-crafted liquor more potent than mere ink. The third book in Fox’s Moshui series, Hidden Cities is the conclusion of a strong, quiet epic. There’s war […]

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Episode 053 – Paul S. Kemp

On April 12, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 53rd episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & Lisa Paitz Spindler sit down to chat with Paul S. Kemp, author of the new Star Wars novel: Deceived. We also chat about: Star Wars, Forgotten Realms, Scrivener, outlining, the writing process, the heroes journey, law school, Erevis Cale, Wizards of the Coast, role […]

Episode 051 – Ari Marmell

On March 29, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

051 The Functional Nerds – Ari Marmell In the 51st episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & Special Guest CoHost Jaym Gates sit down to chat with Ari Marmell, author of The Goblin Corps & The Conqueror’s Shadow, available from PYR and Spectra respectively. We also chat about: Role playing games, creative writing, short […]

Musketeers and Dragons: A Review of the Alchemist in the Shadows

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

Musketeers and Dragons A review of The Alchemist in the Shadows, by Pierre Pevel. Review by Paul Weimer “This is a Black Seal. Each of them contains a drop of dragon’s blood, used by the Black Claw to seal its most precious documents…” He returned the case and Rochefort pocketed it immediately. “So the Black […]

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Functional Nerds 048 Jason Sanford

On March 8, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 48th episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & John Anealio sit down to chat with Jason Sanford, author of Memoria, available in Interzone Magazine. We also chat about: short story writing, novels, “Millisent Ka Plays In Real Time”, Interzone Magazine, inspiration, music, Lawrence Welk, Hank Williams, Ghosts, Philip Jose Farmer and Andy […]

Books Received

On February 12, 2011, in Books Received, by Patrick Hester

Hi there! I fully admit that I have struggled to bring proper recognition to this site of the books that we, as The Functional Nerds, receive.  Part of the problem lies in the fact that I can’t have an Amazon Associates ID due to Amazon banning such things in Colorado after a tax was passed […]

Episode 043 Tim Akers

On January 31, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

043 The Functional Nerds – Tim Akers In the 43rd episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & John Anealio sit down to chat with Tim Akers, author of ‘The Horns of Ruin‘.  We also discuss: World Fantasy, World Cons, PYR books, Solaris, 1st person narrative, gender roles, Paladins, pally specs, video games, role playing […]

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Episode 042 Jody Lynn Nye

On January 24, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

042 The Functional Nerds In the 42nd episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & John Anealio welcome Jody Lynn Nye, author of Dragons Deal (W/Robert Asprin), The Magic Touch, Strong-Arm Tactics, An Unexpected Apprentice & A Forthcoming Wizard. This week we discuss: Robert Asprin, Skype, Bill Fawcett, the Myth adventures, the Dragon series, collaboration, […]

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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: […]

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