Category Archives: Books for Dudes

Books for Dudes – Superhero Science

Radiation. Genetic modification. Mutation. These words are often found in science textbooks. They are also frequently found in comic books and graphic novels! While the stories are often fantastical, the characters themselves owe much of their origins and adventures to … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”

What kind of book starts with a mysterious antiquated bookstore before transforming into Google employees creating code-cracking algorithms to uncover the secret of immortality? Welcome to “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan. Clay Jannon went from life as a web designer to … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – “Blackout”

Robison Wells, author of popular YA books “Variant” and “Feedback,” begins a new YA series with “Blackout.” This thriller starts with super-powered teens attacking Hoover Dam, and the action only gets bigger from there. These teen terrorist attacks are happening … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – “Spirit Animals”

“Spirit Animals” is book series in which one author guides the overall story, but each novel features a different popular children’s and/or YA author (much like “39 Clues”). Brandon Mull, author of “Fablehaven” and other popular fantasy books, oversees the … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Jeff Smith’s “Bone”

While I enjoy checking out new series, there’s something to be said about enjoying an existing series from start to finish. Jeff Smith’s “Bone” series  has a complete story in the form of nine graphic novels. While these graphic novels can … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – “Origami Yoda” Series

Fold or fold not. There is no try. Tom Angleberger’s “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” is as much about life at a typical middle school as it is about Star Wars and the wonderful art of origami. Dwight, a … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Eleanor & Park

So this book talks about love. It also talks about standing up to bullies and covers a good chunk of comic book lore. Oh yeah, and someone becomes the victim of a nice roundhouse kick that should bring applause. What … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Mouse Guard: Fall 1152

Fall is a time for the leaves to change color, for eating pumpkin pies and for taking walks in hoodies while enjoying cooler temps. Fall is also time for….mouse guard border patrols helping mice villagers keep safe from predators??? Welcome … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Ender’s Game

Ender is Earth’s only hope against an aggressive alien species referred to as “Buggers.” Ender is sent to Battle School, where the best and brightest are trained to take out these aggressive aliens once and for all. Ender is…only six … Continue reading

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Books for Dudes – Rithmatist

I never had to worry about nightmares involving flesh-eating chalk monsters…until now. Brandon Sanderson’s “The Rithmatist” is a fresh story completely different than many cookie-cutter fantasy books out there (although I enjoy the formulaic variety as well). This alternate reality world … Continue reading

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