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Peder’s 2019 Nerd Year Resolutions

Peder’s 2019 Nerd Year Resolutions

So I talked yesterday about the resolutions for Nerdologists and the changes that are going to be coming. Now, those are also my nerd years resolutions, but I have some more resolutions as well. I resolve to play the games that I got in 2018 […]

Not Your Normal Fantasy – Concept Article

Not Your Normal Fantasy – Concept Article

We all know fantasy pretty well, at least I’m assuming that we do. We’ve seen and/or read Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. We might have read the Shanara Chronicles, Wheel of Time, Mistborn, or so many other epic fantasy series or watched shows […]

This Is Halloween: Books

This Is Halloween: Books

We’ve done most of the Halloween topics that I wanted to cover already in October, and we still have two weeks to go. This seems like the right time to do good books for Halloween.

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The Dresden Files

These are also good Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and 4th of July books. Okay, maybe not, but I just really like this series, and the supernatural aspect with the fae creatures, demons, vampires, zombies, werewolves, and more showing up throughout the series, every book in the series is a good Halloween book. I’m currently reading through the series again, and it’s one that I suspect I’ll do that quite often. Harry Dresden is a Wizard PI in Chicago, and Chicago is a hot bed of trouble for the supernatural. How will he almost fail at and then eventually solve the problem that he’s being faced with? The Dresden Files aren’t a scary series, but they do have that monster feel that you generally associate with Halloween.

IT

Definitely my favorite Stephen King book, and I like most of his books, in fact another will be showing up on the list. One of my knocks from just putting Stephen King completely down as the list as any of his books is that some of them suffer at the end, they just don’t wrap up as well as you would hope that they would. It, however, wraps up the best, in my opinion and makes a very well told story. The interlacing of the two timelines also works so well in the book. Most people probably have some idea of what this story is, but in Maine there is a town, Derry, that has a monster in it, and while people don’t really think about it between when it strikes, it’s always there ready to come back. They were kids when It happened to them the first time, and now as adults they are going to put an end to it.

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Firestarter

Probably not the Stephen King book people would expect to see on the list, but it’s one that I enjoy a lot. It’s an interesting balance where it isn’t just normal Stephen King horror, but has a good amount of suspense and craziness. Anything by Stephen King, at least that I’ve read, has some horror feel to it. A girl who is born with powers, because of some crazy experiments done on her parents is on the run with her dad as the government tries to chase them down. It’s an interesting concept and I feel like Stephen King was channeling Robert Ludlum for some of the writing as it has some more of the intrigue feel that you get from Ludlum. Probably not a story for everyone just because it isn’t as much horror, but I’ve enjoyed it.

Under the Dome

Last Stephen King work on the list, and I know there could be a ton of other options as well for Stephen King, like I said, it could be a whole list. In Under the Dome, a city is completely surrounded by a dome, and no one knows why, where it came from, or how to get rid of it. The horror shines through in this one a whole lot more then Firestarter because it really looks at the horror of what people might do in that situation. One thing that I really like about this book is how King manages to make his bad characters really bad, but the good characters definitely are more shades of grey than they are the knight in shining armor. That makes the characters much more compelling to me, and definitely has my most hated bad guys in King’s writing.

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Coraline

So a major departure from the things I’ve written about before as Coraline is definitely leaning towards a children’s or young adult book, but Neil Gaiman’s story, definitely has that Halloween feel to it. From the talking cat which feels very Halloween like, to the other mother in the story, there are great nods to horror in the book without being too scary and without having the feel of blood and gore. I would say that this is a book that a parent should probably skim or read (it’s a short book) before giving it to a child because it might be much for some children while others might be able to handle it. If it is too much, you can always start with Gaiman’s Wolves in the Walls.

Neverwhere

Another Neil Gaiman book, and you can probably now tell some authors I like quite well, Neverwhere was originally a mini-series (which is okay), but was then turned into a book. This is definitely less horror and closer to the Dresden Files where it is more urban fantasy than anything too scary. However, the story, like The Dresden Files, does have some of that feel where there’s enough unsettling or fantastical things going on that it just matches the Halloween spirit. It’s been a while since I’ve read or watched this one, I should probably do that again sometime.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Again, an urban fantasy series, but there is so much going on in this story, it has more of a gothic feel than it does horror, but that still fits well in Halloween for me. What makes this series really interesting is the fact the fantasy isn’t the standard, New  York, Chicago, London story, it’s set in Prague, and the monsters aren’t the standard Vampire, Zombie, and Werewolf. While this does run into the issue of information dumping and going a little off the rails at the end of the series, it’s still really well written and does something that is very unique. Both Kristen and I like this series a lot.

What are some books that I could have mentioned? I know that there are classics out there, which I’ll mention right now such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Portrait of Dorian Gray that also all deserve to be on the list. I don’t want to completely gloss over them, but at least Frankenstein and Dracula should be two of the books that people first think of when it comes to Halloween books and that people might generally know more about.

I’m not sure that there will be any more Halloween lists like this, but I will continue next week doing more Halloween posts, just not sure what they’ll be yet, they might be more in depth reviews of things, like I did with iZombie, or it might be ranking various Halloween things for the fun of it, or maybe even a battle between Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies? If you have any ideas, let me know!


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The Mystery – An Article on a Concept

The Mystery – An Article on a Concept

I’ve been writing a lot of articles focused on products, games, shows, and things like that, and this one will mention a number of them, but I wanted to write an article more about a concept that popped into my head last night. It has […]

The Benefits of Being Late to the Party

The Benefits of Being Late to the Party

If you’ve been around the site recently, you may have seen my posts about fandom bandwagons I’ve jumped on way after everyone else (and if you’ve read any of my other stuff, you’ve almost certainly seen me allude to my tendency to do this). For […]

Happy Nerdy New Year!

Happy Nerdy New Year!

2016 was a big year for Nerdologists — specifically, our first full year online! We’re planning a lot for year two (which Peder has talked about recently on Facebook and Twitter), and we can’t wait to get started. But first, a little retrospective review!

In 2016, we:

  • Made it to episode 50 on Dungeons & Flagons
  • Started doing book and TV show reviews
  • Started the “Have You Heard Of…” series
  • Went to CONvergence together for the second year in a row and did our most epic cosplay to date
  • Had our first AcadeCon experience
  • Tried NaNoWriMo again (and didn’t win…maybe next time!)
  • Tried out TONS of new board games
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And even more! I’ll let Peder talk more about some of the things he started up this year, but as you can see, we’ve been a busy couple of nerds. And we have even more in the pipeline for this year! Beyond the new movies and games coming out this year that we’re already stoked to write about (Star Wars and Marvel and Netflix, oh my!), we’ve both started some new things recently that we’re looking forward to diving into even more in 2017.

And along with these new things comes a bunch of nerdy new years’ resolutions (the best kind, obvs, and probably the easiest to stick with). Here are a few of mine

  • Hone my newly acquired amigurumi (crocheted plushie) skills
  • Try my hand at selling my crafts and artwork at a convention, at a craft show, and/or online
  • Make more stuff!
  • Finally finish Skyward Sword and start playing Dragon Age
  • Try out more low-key (Loki? Nah, not this time) cosplay this year
  • Read through more of the books I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time
  • Go to more movies
  • Step outside my comfort zone and GM a Cold Steel Wardens session (even if it’s just a one-shot)
  • Have a couple of movie and/or TV show marathons
  • Play another legacy board game after we’re through with Pandemic (and more new board games in general!)
  • Continue our biweekly game nights at Insight Brewery
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So there you have it! Like I said, we’ve got a busy year ahead of us, but I can’t wait to get going. These are just a few of the things I hope to do in the new year (and now that they’re documented, I guess I’m going to have to stick to them!) — what are you hoping to accomplish in 2017? Do you have your own list of nerdy resolutions? We hope you’ll tell us about them in the comments!

And we especially hope you’ll stick around and join us for our nerdy shenanigans this year. Best wishes to you all for a fantastic and geeky 2017!

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Book ‘Em, Nerd-o: As You Wish

Book ‘Em, Nerd-o: As You Wish

So today’s book review is a little different than my usual — that’s right, folks, we’re venturing into non-fiction land! I’m notoriously bad about reading non-fiction. Give me a couple of YA books and I’ll happily read them within the space of a week, but […]

Summer Nerdery: Take It Outside!

Summer Nerdery: Take It Outside!

As I get ready to head out for a fun weekend of camping with some friends, I’m finding myself inspired to write about the great outdoors! We nerds are not exactly known for our love of outdoor adventuring, but with so much gorgeous, sunny weather (especially […]

Nerdy Holidays: Picking a Gift

Nerdy Holidays: Picking a Gift

If you ask most people I know, they’ll tell you that I often like to give gifts that are fairly nerdy, even to people who aren’t super nerdy themselves, or who like different areas of the nerd-realms. So how do I know what to choose? How does one go about picking out a good gift?

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Image Source: What Culture

Just Ask: This is the simplest and most obvious solution. If the person you are buying the gift for is a close friend, significant other, or family member, it is okay to just ask what they might like for the holidays. Even if you get them something directly off their list, you know they are going to appreciate it, because they asked for it.

Pay Attention: Believe it or not, people talk about what they like or find cute or fun. With Kristen, I try to pay attention to what she is interested in, so that when I’m looking for a gift, I have some good ideas to choose from, or when my parents come asking what they can get her, I can give them a list, even without asking Kristen. Kristen is into books, knitting, crocheting, writing, drawing, and baking, and if I’m paying any attention, I notice that she has dropped dozens of hints throughout the year (and when I say hints I mean that she’s said she likes something, not that she’s indicated I should store this information away and remember it).

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Image Source: Sun Post

Be Willing to Ask the Experts: When I was getting into comic books and wanted to start reading them, I was very overwhelmed at first. I knew that I wanted to read them, and I knew the stories and characters interested me, but I didn’t know where to jump in. So I asked people what comics they thought were interesting, I researched online to see what the experts were saying were the best ones, and I talked with the people in my favorite comic shop. Many of them were a wealth of information and would recommend new stuff that was coming out that I hadn’t heard of before. The same goes for when I go into a board game store; many of the employees know much more than I do, and are more than willing to offer suggestions and help explain a game I don’t know.

Ask Friends: This is the non-threatening version of asking an expert. Your friends, whom you already know quite well, can be a fount of information when it comes to nerdy ideas. For example, a couple of former co-workers of mine are still the people I go to when I’m bouncing an idea for a Magic: The Gathering deck around in my head. And they have helped me find out about games, movies, and books that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Mainly, it is about being willing to learn. When you want to find someone a nerdy gift, reach out to the people around you and research on the internet (just be careful not to get lost down a rabbit hole) for a lot of amazing ideas. And be willing to take risks — for example, if someone you know likes Lord of the Rings, be willing to give them another fantasy series that they haven’t read before. Or if you like a certain movie and you have a friend who likes most movies that you like, be willing to go out on a limb and give it to them to try. Really, in the season of giving, it is often the thought that counts as much as a gift. And, on the opposite side, if they don’t end up liking the gift, don’t take it personally. Maybe they don’t get as much enjoyment out of a television series as you do, but they still like you, and that is the important part.

So, happy gifting, and have a great nerdy holiday!

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Image Source: Wikipedia

I leave you with a quick-pick list of nerdy comics to get your gifting creativity flowing:

  • Hawkeye (Matt Fraction)*
  • Saga (Bryan K. Vaughn)*
  • Civil War (Marvel)
  • Blackest Night/Brightest Day series arc (DC)
  • Powers (Brian Michael Bendis)*
  • Daredevil (Brian Michael Bendis)
  • Marvel Secret Invasion
  • American Vampire

*Not for young readers.

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Talk Amongst Yourselves: The Book or the Movie First?

Talk Amongst Yourselves: The Book or the Movie First?

Hi, all! We’re going to take a break from overview-style posts today (though never fear, we’ll be back to school ya again soon) and do something a little different. That’s right, friends, it’s debate time! Today’s topic is that age-old dilemma — when it comes to a new story, […]