Sever, Third Book in the Chemical Garden Series

Laura : 27 February, 2013 7:40 pm : Books

severSever, the third book in the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano  is due soonAfter modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, teenaged Rhine finds hope for a brighter future from a surprising source.

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Sequel to Cinder Due Out Soon

Laura : 20 February, 2013 7:30 pm : Books

scarletScarlet by Marissa Meyer, sequel to Cinder. Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.

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New House of Night Novella

Laura : 13 February, 2013 7:20 pm : Books

neferetNeferet’s Curse is the latest story in PC and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series. Reveals the secret history of the Tulsa House of Night’s darkly seductive High Priestess, Neferet, tracing her past as a motherless girl in turn-of-the-century Chicago whose beauty renders her an object of unwanted attention and abuse, and who gains vengeful, magical strength after being Marked.

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Homeland by Cory Doctorow

Laura : 6 February, 2013 7:12 pm : Books

homelandIf you like the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, you might enjoy Cory Doctorow’s latest book, Homeland. When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer’s election campaign, are all endangered.

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Beautiful Creatures

Laura : 6 February, 2013 5:08 pm : Books, Graphic Novels

creaturesThe movie debuts on Feb. 14 (how perfect). If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?? If you’re a fan of paranormal romances/urban fantasy, I think you’ll enjoy Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia. In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

The story’s also been adapted as manga. And there’s the soundtrack from the movie available now.


CD soundtrack


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Mind Games by Kiersten White

Laura : 31 January, 2013 7:57 pm : Books

mindgamesKiersten White, author of the Paranormalcy series, has a new book/series debut, Mind Games.

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.



Emily D : 31 January, 2013 1:40 pm : Books, Crafts, DVD, Fun stuff, Gaming, Graphic Novels

cosplayAs an anime fan and cosplayer, my year revolves around one major event: Ohayocon.  I have attended this convention six times now, and each year I come back home afterwards with my geekiness in full force (and my suitcase loaded with merchandise).  This year was no exception.  Back in January 2012, right on the heels of the last con, I decided on a new cosplay–Asellus from the video game SaGa Frontier–and got started.

I had an entire year to prepare for the con, but I still found myself working on my costume every spare minute I had until the night before I left for Columbus.  As I patterned and sewed my outfit, I found myself delving into other forms of arts and crafts to finish the job:  polymer clay-working and jewelry-making techniques for my accessories, and embroidery for the decorative blue stitching on my sleeves.  I even considered learning how to knit in order to make my black and white stockings!  (I ran out of time, but hey, there’s always next year!) I borrowed piles of library books as I worked to try and figure out the best way to make each piece, and I am still looking through each one for hints on future projects.

Through my experiences and talking with other fans, I learned that for many of us, loving something doesn’t stop at just watching the series, reading the books or playing the video games.  We create fanfiction or fanart to complement our favorite stories and characters, and cosplayers like me have picked up more than just a needle and thread to complete our costumes.  Thanks to the Internet, I have stumbled across other ways to show your love for a series, where people have used their skills in music, cooking, even mixing drinks, to make tie-ins for them.  My favorite of these is Final Fantasy Recipes, a blog dedicated to dishes inspired by the Final Fantasy video games.  Even if you’re unfamiliar with the series, I highly recommend giving some of the recipes a try!  Each one I’ve tried has been fun to make and turned out great.  As for me, I’ve most enjoyed looking through the Final Fantasy 9 recipes and imagining what it would be like to stop by the pub in Lindblum for lunch, or to dine with the nobles in Treno.

So, no matter what you like or how you’d like to show it, the sky’s the limit!  Try googling your favorite series and see what other people have been inspired to do with it, and maybe you’ll want to create something all your own.

Here’s some other titles with geeky themes, and check out our lists of anime and manga.  For more themed recipes, try looking through some of our literary cookbooks.





Madness Underneath

Laura : 28 January, 2013 7:45 pm : Books

 Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson. When madness stalks the streets of London, no madnessone is safe…
There’s a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London. Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose…
But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions.

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Laura : 23 January, 2013 5:57 pm : Books

gravityGravity is a science fiction novel about Ari Alexander, a daughter of the military elite, begins falling for arrogant Jackson Locke, an alien spy, and she must decide whether to keep her father’s military secrets or divulge them to Jackson to prevent a war.

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Etiquette and Espionage

Laura : 21 January, 2013 5:52 pm : Books

etiquetteIf you’re a fan of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, rejoice! She’s starting a new series set in the same world, a few decades before Alexa’s adventures.

Etiquette & Espionage is set in an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

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