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Classics Without All the Class Podcast!

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Classics Without All the Class Podcast!

#A MESSAGE INCOMING FROM PLEEK# <Begin Transmission>Greetings human vistors! WebDroid Pleek here with exciting news! Commencing today and every other Monday to follow PixelatedGeek.com we are proud to present a new podcast by the lovely and talented females Jeane and Karena called, “Classics Without All the Class.” If you have the emotion of affection for books and novels than this podcast has a 100% chance of being your new favorite.  Please listen and enjoy! <End Transmission>

On this episode, Jeane and Karena announce a new Gametator, discuss January’s selection, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, reveal the poll results for April’s book and the poll choices for May’s book to movie month.

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Review: And Another Thing

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Review: And Another Thing

Most craft give a nod, however brief and unfriendly, toward beauty. Vogon ships did not nod toward beauty. They pulled on ski masks and mugged beauty in a dark alley.

I really wanted to like And Another Thing, Eoin Colfer’s sequel to the late Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide series. In the end, however, I can only recommend it under very specific circumstances.

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The Essential Supernatural

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The Essential Supernatural

Tune in to the classic rock station, fill a flask with holy water and make sure your car is stocked head to toe with rock salt and guns. You’re about to drive head first into the darkness with Sam and Dean Winchester. They are the hunters of demons, ghouls, vampires, ghosts and all the things that go bump in the night.

Welcome to the world of Supernatural.

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part Two

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part Two

Welcome to part two of “Ten Books, a Thousand Pages,” where I read the first hundred pages of ten books released this year. (Part one is here.) My rules for the books I picked:

  1. They need to have been written in 2012.
  2. They need to be sci-fi or fantasy titles.
  3. They need to be sitting someplace front-and-center at the bookstore.

With any luck one of these will make a perfect Christmas present for your favorite book geek. Or a present for yourself, if someone put a bookstore gift card in your stocking.

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part One

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Ten Books, a Thousand Pages: Part One

Over at the pixelatedgeek.com offices, there’s been a lot of talk about Holiday Gift Guides and presenting a list for every category of entertainment. As one of the book reviewers, I couldn’t make up my mind: do I list a bunch of great books I’ve already read, or do I review the new books that have everybody excited? I figured the second would be more fun, except for the fact that there’s no way I can finish reading enough books between now and Christmas to make a worthwhile list.

I read pretty fast, but I can’t read that many books in time. But I can certainly read parts of many books.

On that note I bring you “Ten Books, a Thousand Pages.” I’ve picked ten books and read the first hundred pages of each title. Some might argue that a hundred pages isn’t a fair assessment of a book (what if it’s a terrible book with a great ending?) but I think that far into a book, you’ll either love it enough to continue or quietly put it down and go find something you like better.

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Review: Raiders!

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Review: Raiders!

Raiders!” is the story of a Raiders of the Lost Ark fan film made by several boys in their teens back in the 1980’s. What started as a summer project ended up becoming a spectacular cult classic that even got Steven Spielberg’s attention.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

I was honestly relieved when I ran across The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, because here is a book that has everything I was looking for.

Lately I feel like publishers are pushing so hard for books in the currently popular genre of vampires, magic, Game Of Thrones ripoffs, et cetera, that they’re not paying attention to the fact that half of it reads like bad fan fiction–full of predictable plot lines and really awful dialog. (Yes, I read fan fiction; we all have our guilty pleasures.) So I’m always happy when an author like Catherynne M. Valente, who knows how to write, gets published.

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Book Review – The Black Prism

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Book Review – The Black Prism

I myself had all but given up on reading. Not finding too many titles that interested me, I felt I needed to be a tween to enjoy any of the current medium. (Not to knock Potter or even the Twilight series; I understood the fan base and I was glad that someone was writing for them.)

In my last attempts to find a book before I just gave up, I came across a white book with an assassin on the cover. I won’t lie, coming off a Assassin’s Creed high, the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks seemed a perfect fit. Now a trilogy later, Mr.Weeks set off to write a new series, departing from the lands of the Night Angel for the new realm of Chromeria.

So what is the Black Prism?? Does he hold the same light as the fabled Durzo Blint?

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