The Apex Book of World SF 3

This collection of stories was a mixed bag. Some stories were hits for me, some were misses, and some fell into the middle ground. Like most short story collections it was a great way to discover new writers.

Finally, A Guide to Convention Etiquette

I’ve attended my fair share of conventions, and have sometimes wondered in bewilderment if certain manners and mannerisms are left at the door once you’re assigned your color bracelet or hand stamp.
I wasn’t the only one pondering this conundrum, as so was Jessica Brawner who this fantastic guidebook: Charisma +1: The Guide to Convention Etiquette for Gamers, Geeks & the Socially Awkward (Life Stats)

Books: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back

I actually think William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back would be a fantastic tool to use with students who are about to embark on their first Shakespeare play. Have them read selections from The Empire Stiketh Back and match them to scenes from the movie in order to get the students used to the language in the context of a story they already understand.

Kill Shakespeare

I went to a reading of Kill Shakespeare on Saturday night, and had a great time. It was a live reading of the graphic novel of the same name and was greatly amused. Full of sound effects and a great cast of actors, I was glad I was able to squeeze it into a packed weekend.

Books: Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage

Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage is a fun, fun book that’s perfect for the curious little tinkerer in your life. I’m considering giving it to my 8 year old cousin. He’s already on the Mad Scientist Super-villain career track and could use some good science role models.

Almost Girl – Almost There (Book Review)

My problem with Almost Girl is that the story had a strong premise that seems to fall to tropes and standard operating procedure… There are no such things as plot twists and the first time a character is mentioned you figure they are secretly alive, and likely a rebellion is brewing. Every secondary character is more important than they seem.

Can’t Fix What’s Broken – “In a Fix” Book Review

We are nearing page 100 and every guy is treating our lead Ciel like she doesn’t have any brain cells to rub together. Her cousin, her brother, her long term crush…. Seriously the patronizing attitudes of everyone are annoying me. You have not shown me anything to indicate she’s bad at her job….. Why wouldn’t the most likely reason to hire Ciel be because you think your life is in danger and she is better equipped to handle it?