Posts tagged "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 »

Leaky Con 2012 Recap: Harry Potter and the Windy City

Snape, Snape, Severus Snape...
Some people choose the perfect characters for themselves to cosplay.
Many would say that the Harry Potter fandom is on its way out.  The books are finished.  The movies are complete.  There’s Pottermore, but the website doesn’t really expand the lore. LeakyCon considered calling it quits after 2011.  Thankfully, the powers that be had a change of heart.  The convention landed in Chicago for 2012, from August... 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 »

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 »

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 »
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This Week in Geek: Bust Some Myths, Boldly Go.

It’s a big week in the geek world. Gaming?  Mass Effect 3. Comics?  Fairest #1. Movies?  John Carter. Chicago?  Well, as usual, I’ve got a lot for you.  It’s another great week to be a Chi-town geek. MONDAY THE 12th: Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club – The Chicago Nerd Social Club is on its... Read more »
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