Category Archives: Books

Click Swiftly to the Swivet (But Don’t Panic!)

I have recently discovered The Swivet. It is the blog of one Colleen Lindsay, a self-styled “unrepentant nerd” and a literary agent with FinePrint Literary Management.

I am posting the link to her blog since it’s a lot easier than re-posting every link she posts to Global Spin.

In fact, I would like to submit a motion to include Colleen as an honorary member of the Global Spin geek freak squad. She’s lived in San Francisco, has a link to XKCD on her blog and posts things like this and this. So, just a humble suggestion to read her blog, folks.

Enigma: Crypto-Cryptography For Kids

[from my GeekDad post]

No, that’s not a typo. Graeme Base’s newest book Enigma can teach kids about cryptography, but it deserves an extra “crypto” for the clever way the subject is hidden in a story about magic, friendship, and family. Bertie Badger visits his grandfather, the retired magician Gadzooks the Great, and learns that he and the other residents have all lost their magical items. Bertie offers to search for them, meeting each of the quirky ex-tricksters in turn. The search itself is fruitless, even after the perpetrator (Grandfather’s rabbit Enigma) is found, but Bertie saves the day by showing where true magic comes from.

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Legacy available for pre-order

Legacy: A Novel by Kerrigan ValentineIt’s almost here! Kerrigan’s new novel Legacy is now available for pre-order, or immediate purchase if you’re lucky enough to live in Madison:

Due to a problem with the distributor (Book World), the Amazon release date has been pushed back to June 1, 2007. However, if you want the book NOW and would also like to support an independent book store, check out A Room of One’s Own in Madison, Wisconsin.

You can either pre-order it from from, order it directly from the distributor, or bug your friendly local to carry it or order it for you. (Tip: the ISBN is 0976060469.) I can’t wait to get mine!

Legacy has arrived!

As you all know, Kerrigan is having her book Legacy published on May 18, 2007. Yesterday, our ten copies arrived and I thought y’all might want to get a first look:

Legacy front
This would be the front cover in the vineyard outside my office at about 6:00 am this morning (isn’t it beautiful?!?).

Binding of Legacy Back cover of Legacy

Here are the side and back views.

Legacy open
Look, you can even open it! It’s so strange to see it on a printed page rather than a computer screen.

Anyway, Legacy will be available soon! If you’d like to see Kerrigan at a book store near you, jump over here and demand it!