Between the Bookends: February 2015

Bookends © Sophie Brown

This month’s Between the Bookends sees the GeekMoms reading about talking cows, dystopian future entertainment, a steampunked wild west, a wall of Trudd, and some big changes for Harry Dresden.

Wrapped in Plastic: A Revealing Look at Twin Peaks

Wrapped in Plastic © ECW Press

If it’s been a long time since your last visit to Twin Peaks, or you’d just like to explore the town in a little more depth, then Andy Burns’ new book Wrapped in Plastic might be perfect for you.

We Are All The Bad Mother

Recipe Rifle © Esther Walker

“I am a bad mother.” It’s a thought that has gone through all of our heads at least once, possibly daily. In the era of picture-perfect Pinterest parenting, the feelings of inadequacy come easily.

Storytime Magazine

Storytime Magazine © Sophie Brown

Storytime is a new magazine for children and parents to share that aims to encourage reading and interaction with stories, but without any advertising or free plastic clutter.

DIY Mickey Mouse Wreath

Mickey Mouse Wreath © Sophie Brown

This tutorial shows you how to cheaply make a Mickey Mouse wreath like the ones I saw on vacation at Walt Disney World.

GeekMom TableTop Games Quiz

TableTop Games Quiz © Sophie Brown

To inspire you to think about giving games this holiday season, I’ve put together a quiz featuring some of the most popular games on the geek circuit.How many of them can you identify?

Between the Bookends: November 2014

Bookends © Sophie Brown

As we leave behind Halloween and head inextricably forwards towards turkey, trimmings, and tinsel, the GeekMoms are still finding time to read. If you dare to join them this month you will find astronauts, dragonslayers, mysterious children, Plato, a platypus, and a rather curious dead dog.

Baking Bad: Let’s Cook, B*tch!

Baking Bad © Sophie Brown

It’s pretty easy to come up with a funny concept for a novelty recipe book, especially when a show as iconic as Breaking Bad is your inspiration, but do the recipes actually work? I’ve spent the last week finding out.

DIY Star-Lord Infinity Orb

DIY Infinity Orb © Sophie Brown

I needed Star-Lord’s Orb for a cosplay and put together this tutorial for anyone who wants to have a go at making one themselves.

Between the Bookends: October 2014

Bookends © Sophie Brown

It’s Halloween season and the GeekMoms have been reading some surreal and spooky books to prepare, as well as our usual varied choices. Check out this month’s Bookends for Floridian sci-fi, WWII France, a C. S. Lewis retelling of an ancient Roman myth, and a selection of classic children’s stories.

16 Ways for Twin Peaks Fans to Fill Their Time Until 2016

Twin Peaks © ABC

“Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen.” Yesterday Twin Peaks fans got a long-awaited present in the announcement of nine new episodes scheduled for 2016. But 2016 is a long way away, so how can we while away the days until we finally get to revisit the place where the owls are not what they seem?

Between the Bookends: September 2014

Bookends © Sophie Brown

Wondering what the GeekMoms have been reading this month? As the new school year begins, our choices include time travel romance, astronaut biographies, kings’ messengers, Irish immigrants, killer cakes, and The Doctor.

Con Recap: Buck 2014

Buck 2014 © Sophie Brown

GeekMom Sophie describes this con as two days and three nights of fun, which included some of the most interesting panels she’s ever seen.

Screening Twilight

Screening Twilight © I.B.Tauris

Screening Twilight takes a critical look at the saga and its place in the wider cultural landscape through a collection of academic essays.

MCM Expo Manchester Recap & Cosplay Gallery

MCM Expo Manchester © Sophie Brown

I last attended Manchester MCM Expo two years ago and the changes since then are so broad and staggering that it’s hard to recognize the event for what it was.

Summer Science Fun: Nephology

Cirrus clouds over stratocumulus © Sophie Brown

Learning about clouds is something we can all get involved in no matter where we live and requires no expensive equipment to get started.

Fangasm: The Curious Case of The Supernatural Fangirl

Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls © University of Iowa Press

Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls is the story of two university professors, Lynn S. Zubernis and Katherine Larsen who also happen to be devoted Supernatural fans. The book follows them as they attend multiple conventions across the US and Canada, indulging in their passion whilst researching the subject with the intention of writing a book on fandom.

Between the Bookends at GeekMom

Tolkein Beowolf © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

This month the GeekMoms have run the gamut from new interpretations of Beowulf to a murder mystery in post-Revolutionary War New England. There are graphic novels filled with aliens and wizards, shadowy government organizations, teenage boys painting models in their bedrooms, and girls being discovered floating in cello cases. If something there doesn’t pique your interest then I don’t know what will!