Posts in category "Books"

Verily, a Book Review: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Book reviews aren’t normally in my wheelhouse.  The folks at Quirk Books, however, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse- a free copy of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher.  Um, YES.  It came out in July, but it’s new to me!  The book’s title says it all; this is a beat-for-beat re-imagining of A... Read more »

Help the Northlake Public Library Get a 9-foot Hulk Statue!!

When I think of the library I went to as a child, I remember beige walls and a quiet atmosphere.  I borrowed all the Curious George, Dr. Seuss, and Winnie the Pooh they had.  I did not, however, have access to comic books… or huge statues of the characters therein.  Seriously, get this:  The Northlake... Read more »

Ghosts in the Yew FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

With the excitement of the Super Bowl behind us, we citizens of Chicago woke up to snow covering our sidewalks and cars.  Brrr…!  In my opinion, nothing is better on a snow day than a blanket, cocoa, and a nice book.  In honor of Winter (and Capricon coming up this weekend), I’m happy to present... Read more »
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5 Geeky Ways to Spend Halloween in Chicago

Halloween 2012 is mid-week.  This means parties the weekend before, the weekend after, and day-of, as well.  It’s about time you finalized your plans!  Me, I’ll be judging costumes and pumpkins at the Chicago Nerd Social Club‘s Nerd-o-ween.  Didn’t snag a ticket before they sold out?  Here are four MORE ways you can let your... Read more »

This GEEKEND: One Convention, Two Concerts, and MANY Wolves.

First and foremost, if you haven’t yet, please enter my latest ticket giveaway.  It’s for an amazing evening of geeky singer-songwriters and comedians that I’m SURE you’ve heard of.  Enter now!! Right-o.  Before that concert even happens, you have this GEEKend to get through.  Here are a few recommendations for fun in Chicago, starting tonight:... Read more »

This GEEKend: Books, Zombies, Art, and Doing the Timewarp with Siri

I have a very awesome, much-anticipated press event to get to, so I am going to type this GEEKend’s local events AS FAST AS I CAN!! 1.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Presented by the World of Weird Monster Show, a live cast is doing the Timewarp in Wilmette.  Costumes and participation are encouraged.... Read more »
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Ghosts in the Yew: An Interview with Local Fantasy Author Blake Hausladen

Game of Thrones Season 2 has ended.  The Winds of Winter won’t be out ’til who knows when.  Seven hells, I hate waiting!  That said, A Song of Ice and Fire is reaching a popularity threshold I’m not entirely comfortable with.  Ask me some other time about the Daenerys “fans” I met at my last Cubs... Read more »

The Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny, Little Free Library Movement

Nothing chills me out after a stressful day like a book.  Happily, I’ve been making time to read.  I finished Lavondyss, and am following it up with Ghosts in the Yew.  …Call it a fantasy kick.  I’d love to share these titles with other geeks, and pick up some new-to-me books.  Sadly, the Science Fiction... Read more »

Meetup.com: Discover Your New Dungeon Mates and Drinking Buddies

It might be a sign that I’m getting older, but I’ve been avoiding the trendy social networking/news/imagery sites.  Pinterest, Tumblr, Plurk, Reddit…  I asked my geek guy to explain the differences to me.  It didn’t work. …BUT THEN, in a shocking twist, I discovered Meetup.com.  The site totally gets my stamp of approval.  Meetup users... Read more »
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My Favorite C2E2 Discovery: Free Books!

C2E2- What a weekend!   I spent Saturday dressed as Rogue from the X-Men*, and Sunday shopping around.  The con delivered all of the vendors, artists, celebs, and costumes I expected.  One booth, though, stood out above the rest: The Science Fiction Outreach Project. You couldn’t miss these folks.  Their space was literally a wall... Read more »