Archives for category: Nerdery

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone By by Robert Kirkman, et al

I’m new to The Walking Dead, having heard about it from my brother, then watching and enjoying the series on AMC. I finally got around to reading the source material over this weekend.

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Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid by Simon Pegg

I don’t normally read celebrity memoirs, but I’m a fan of Pegg’s and had been hearing good things about this one. It was an engaging read and made me laugh a few times. The problem is, these sorts of memoirs are a rather thin sauce when it comes to substance. Seemingly the biggest hurdle Pegg had to overcome was being from a rural area, so there’s not a lot of drama. My favorite bits were his critical analyses of Star Wars and other genre films. I think that if he published a book like that I could unreservedly recommend it, but for this one I can only recommend it if you are a Pegg-mad super fan.

Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey

This is the second volume in Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series. I reviewed the first back in January and I hear the third is due out later this year. I picked it up, and started reading it, shortly after I finished the first one. I sort of got distracted part way through, which often happens to me when I try and read through a series in a straight run. I’m glad I picked it back up, because my distraction was no fault of Kadrey’s.

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Weird Tales #357

As soon as I learned that Weird Tales was offering e-book subscriptions, I signed up. This was my first issue. I wasn’t sure if I should include it in my reviews, because it felt like a cheat considering the shorter length of an issue as compared to a full-length book. Then I got over myself and decided you folks are as busy as I am, why the hell not? I won’t be reviewing most of the non-fiction portions of the issue, and I expect that to be my practice in all similar reviews in future.

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Courtesy of the inimitable Kenneth Hite I present you the Chrysler TV-8, a 1950s concept tank that not only looked really weird thanks to everything being in it’s turret, but it had a CCTV system to allow it to operate in nuclear fallout. The best part? It was amphibious! The better part? That sucker was straight up nuclear powered, yo.

If you’re in northern California during Memorial Day weekend, you should really consider coming to SkeptiCal 2011. SkeptiCal is an annual conference on science and skepticism I’ve been helping organize for the last two years. It’s taking place on Sunday, May 29, 2011 in Berkeley, CA.

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How about some Jen Reem or a cocktail with Snotlikaya vodka or Watley’s English gin? For a laugh, you might enjoy checkoung out this collection of fake liquor labels for use in film and TV productions.