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Geek Book Gift Guide

Although it is perilously close to way too late, but you do have time to rush down to an actual, honest-to-goodness bookstore (or perhaps get an ebook from an estore) and maybe pick up one of these titanic suggestions from Ethan Gilsdorf on Tor.com. All great stuff for the geek in your life. Hint, hint.…

Best Science Books 2010: BoingBoing

Another list for your reading, gift giving and collection development pleasure. The list is a compilation of selections from all the different BB editors. I’m also only selecting 2010 books from their lists. How to Teach Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky…

Canadian horror/dark fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong has a nice list of 10 favourite horror novels in a recent issue of the Globe and Mail. Here it is: The Shining by Stephen King The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris The Turn of The Screw by Henry James The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty The…

Friday Fun: Growing up a horror fan

A second Halloween-related post, with the happy day coming up this weekend. My “give a scary book” post came on Monday. Anyways, a recent post on Horrornews.net really resonated with me: Growing up as a horror fan. Mostly because I too grew up a huge horror fan, mostly watching cheesy old Hammer films on tv,…

I’m a life-long fan of science fiction, mostly as a reader but occasionally as a book reviewer. Way back, when dinosaurs walked the earth, I even took a couple of science fiction literature classes. And, as readers of this blog well know, I love nothing better than a good list of books. So combining all…

I’m just finishing four weeks of vacation, a nice break from the regular routine. No, I don’t get the whole summer off because I work at a university. I do get four weeks of vacation every year and when you work at a university it just makes sense to take it all in the summer.…

Ah, zombies. I found myself feeling a certain, ah, nostalgia for the good old days when I used to post non-stop about shambling dead, decaying wrecks. The good old days, way back at the beginning of July and even earlier. I seem to be obsessed. So, from Cracked: 7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would…

Review of: Makers by Cory Doctorow

I actually read the freely downloadable version of Cory Doctorow’s novel Makers on my Kobo ereader, even though I did buy the hardcover when it came out last year. Mostly, I wanted to check out the experience of reading a long text on my reader. Overall, the Kobo reading experience was terrific, not much different…

Ok, ok, this is the last zombie post, I promise. Here are some exmples of my favourite OTT, badass, crazy zombie fiction! The Book of the Dead is a classic collection of short stories that’s well worth reading. Monster Island: A Zombie Novel is the first in a trilogy. It’s one of those trilogies with…

Friday Fun: Why Zombies?

Noted zombie novelist Jonathan Maberry as a two part post on his blog, Why Zombies? and Why Zombies? – Part 2. The second post, btw, has one of the classic blog sentences of all time: “When I reached out to the zombie community to ask ‘WHY ZOMBIES?’ I got so many terrific responses that I…

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