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Recommendation: Geekomancy

It’s time for me to write a book review on a story I read a few months ago. I saw an advertisement for Geekomancy by Michael R Underwood on Facebook where it described itself as “Clerks meets Buffy the Vampire the Slayer.” Of course, this had be intrigued. Geekomancy is an urban fantasy story about comic book shop barista, Ree Reyes, as she uncovers the world of Geekomancers – people that derive supernatural powers from pop culture. If you’ve seen the TV series, Warehouse 13, this is a geek version of it in way. To rehash the book’s description a bit, the story ramps up when a scruffy-looking guy, Eastwood, enters the comic shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it. Ree writes it off as just another day until she hears a gigantic “BOOM!” in the alley and ends up following Eastwood into the hidden magical world of Geekomancy.

The book is packed with so many pop culture references that seeing a movie version of Geekomancy is highly unlikely, especially since there are scenes where Ree gets superpowers from works as Harry Potter and the deductive powers of the new BBC Sherlock (complete with seeing texts in her mind). The story is visual treat too from the the comic book shop to the Dorkcave and all of the imaginative gadgets. The book is an adventurous ride with secrets revealed in every chapter, making Geekomancy a great read that was hard for me to put down and so it gets my recommendation.

A small footnote: When writing this review, I found out that a sequel, Celebromancy, will be released in July and I will be buying it.

Recommendation: Wildfire by Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun

I stumbled upon the band, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, like I how find most of my new music – through awesomeness that is Pandora. Specially, from a Common Reaction by Uh Huh Her playlist. (FYI, I have a Pandora One membership since I use it so much.) After making playlists on Pandora just to listen to the band some more, I bought Wildfire on iTunes. I can only describe the album as a mixture of fun and dark. I just love the lyrics and the unique dark themes they go to all with an indie pop/rock style. It’s definitely pretty cool.

The band describe themselves through Facebook being “…about the connections between sound and people. It’s about the heart and the head. It’s for mistakes and triumphs, and against arrogance and underconfidence.” They are fairly unknown (at the time of writing this, their Facebook fan page has around 3,300 likes), but popular or not, more people do need to listen to their first full length album.

Wildfire by Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun gets my recommendation.

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