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Nerd!Verse: Verse by a nerd, for fellow nerds!
Nerd!Verse: Verse by a nerd, for fellow nerds!
by Ms. Ariel Factor Birdoff
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect gift for the nerd in your life!, December 22, 2014
Nerdfighter, rocker in Madam Pince and the Librarians, and colorful writer, Ariel Birdoff has now hit the book world with her first volume, Nerd!verse. This poetry volume is written for geeks by a devoted geek herself. She winks at the audience in her lively footnotes and lines of poetry alike, noting, "you and me? We’re kindred souls!/ We’re happy down our hobbit holes." As she glorfies being "a geek, a dork, a nerd," and all the rest of society's labels she creates a place of warmth and comfort for the geeky among us.

There's a Hunger Games poem, one from a Hobbit's point of view, and an Ode to Vogon Poetry that feels like a cross between Douglas Adams and Lewis Carroll. Ariel Birdoff satirizes Twilight, nods to Doctor Who and Harry Potter, and offers more obscure references to challenge her readers' fannish creds. One poem relives meeting J.K. Rowling, every fan's dream, while another daringly spoils all of Battlestar Galactica. As she confesses her fantasies of flying off in the TARDIS or struts her Hufflepuff pride, she speaks to the fan within us all.

The book ends with an explanation of all the types of poems included and how they work--an excellent gift for a teen fan who could also use a little prod in English class. From first to last, she speaks to her readers' pop culture loves, creating poems that, like Wizard Rock or Time Lord Rock, celebrate the shared community. Her initial poem linking moving trains and books has a delightful rhythm, lulling readers into a vision of magical journeys. As she ends it:

I think perhaps it might be smart
To stop my reading on the trains,
But once I open books to start,
I cannot stop else break my heart.

We hear ya.


How to Write Dialogue
How to Write Dialogue
Price: $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and Engaging, November 18, 2014
Dialogue must propel the plot and characters forward as well as entertain. This book teaches how do this and master the skills necessary for all types of writers. The Bullpen, a group of working, publishing writers, have contributed many samples for the author to include in his book. These include multiple genres: fantasy and science fiction, mysteries, thrillers, parodies, history, family sagas, romances, literature from across the world in translation, and more--examples from all types of writing. The book also brings in classics like Wuthering Heights and Huckleberry Finn. In all cases, it shows examples of good and bad to make its points. Very helpful for new writers and ones perfecting their craft.


Healer
Healer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting..., November 18, 2014
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Rich and emotionally laden, The Knower will amaze you. A burst of emotion grabs you from the first sentence and won't let go. Every word shimmers on the page. Though it's short, this is a fascinating love story across time from prehistory through modern times offers drama, action and adventure -- something for everyone. And more volumes are coming!


Echoes, Neo-Victorian Poetry
Echoes, Neo-Victorian Poetry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, March 19, 2014
Beautiful, lyrical poetry in a Coleridge-like style, filled with the trains and tearooms of London long ago. Poems range with an epic about a fox's adventures to short peaces mourning shipwrecks. Several pieces mourn the end of the nature and old fashioned pace of a world long past. While only a few pieces feature trains, clockwork, and other specifically Steampunk articles, fans of the genre will find this fits their sensibilities perfectly.
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Links
Links

5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Creative, March 19, 2014
This review is from: Links (Kindle Edition)
Links is a delightful collection of short stories, each exploring the bonds between individuals as they battle to find connections in the modern world of the San Francisco Bay Area. The setting is brought to life with mundanities: cars, grocery shopping, office jobs. In the midst of this, a mother struggles with her long-lost daughter's painful life choice, a man struggles to save a woman he doesn't know, A restless older woman and a college age man both seek something more than sex in their monotonous lives. A dystopian adventure finishes the collection as a woman contracted to be a Wife longs only for a glimpse of the stars. The author shows real insight into people's day to day struggles as they attempt to change themselves and find a glimmer of happiness.


Medieval Misfits: Renaissance Rejects
Medieval Misfits: Renaissance Rejects
by Tracy S. Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is medieval fun!, March 4, 2014
“Imagine the possibilities if we could only find a way to drop pitch-filled dragons on our enemies? No army could stand in our
way!” With accident-prone Lula the barbarian who doesn't know how to quaff and her new partner, the blind herald Zook (who was eager to "see the world," literally speaking) the medieval world is in for a terribly funny adventure. These traveling misfits set off to save the world and get rich, while getting into sillier and sillier predicaments. There's a dragon harassing a village, tabloid balladeers, and a miffed "Queen" of the Fey Folk. They meet up with the Mystical Zartana, a wizardess (otherwise known as Mary) whose mathematical transformation spells go awry and an amphibiously challenged prince with a twist on the usual curse. There's Lula's brother James the Blond with a licence to drill, who suggests infiltrating the castle with a giant rabbit. The Wizard of Em tries to send them to Hail. It's sword and sorcery at its funniest, a delightfully literal jaunt through the fairy tale and fantasy classics.


Sunderwynde Revisited
Sunderwynde Revisited
by Joel Bresler
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and quirky, June 13, 2013
This review is from: Sunderwynde Revisited (Paperback)
The house is moving, walls are talking, and wind is blowing indoors! But that's only the beginning of the craziness for one family. A boy is expelled under zero tolerance for bringing an arrowhead to school. A girl builds a fake social media profile to get attention, and makes a penpal much closer to her than she guesses. Behind these everyday family hi-jinks, a deeper plot is brewing. In fact, their house in the Cleveland suburbs is under an ancient curse, thanks to a medicine man who graduated Hopkins university despite a name consisting of whistles, clicks and gurgles. Only the mom's anthropology professor knows, and he's assembled a crack team of students, fans, and ghost hunters to discover what's really going on. The Native American culture gets shorthanded--it's not clear which tribe is involved, and the animal spirits are common across many cultures, Nonetheless, it carries readers along through this contemporary adventure. With lots of quirky moments and Jane-Austen-style pointed commentary on society, it's a fun, light read.


Moon Over Donamorgh
Moon Over Donamorgh
Price: $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Goddess in Ancient Times, May 28, 2013
Witchcraft, goddess worship, and fairies struggle against a background of Old Ireland.
Several characters and points of view struggle between the worlds of ancient myth and modern religion. A damaged young woman learns to love and trains her body to fight just as she trains the mental powers that would condemn her as a witch. In order to succeed, she'll need all her gifts and allies to work as one.


The Eyes Of The Stars
The Eyes Of The Stars
Price: $5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Bible, Intrigue, and More, May 28, 2013
From the far corners of Yemen to the streets of Chicago, an ancient horror-mystery unfolds...
The tale begins with a gruesome murder and the action keeps going from there. An intriguing, gripping adventure from start to finish. Nephilim are popular now, and this one takes its place among the greats of the genre. These nephilim have passed on their secret teachings from ancient times through today.With references to Lilith and ancient demons, the author has really done his Biblical research. With art, ancient history, and the mysterious Council of Six, this book carries a few vibes over from the Da Vinci Code as well.


The Time Travel Journals: Bridgebuilders
The Time Travel Journals: Bridgebuilders
by Marlene Dotterer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Clever, May 28, 2013
The Tine Travel Journals carry romance and rebellion into an adventure through space and time. Solid, well-defined science lies behind the wormhole technology of this time travel adventure.
I was touched by the character of Moira, a student at Strickert Girls Academy. Her sweet emotional conflicts really drive the tale. This book, like much of science fiction, addresses major issues of our day--one is the effects of overpopulation in a grim look at the future, much like Dan Brown's latest book, Inferno. Fans of the latter should definitely give this one a try.


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