Category: "Books"

Read Chapter Three of My Book!

It's a little rough but I feel like it's ready to go out to all 10 or so of you who have been reading it. I will definitely be revising after I finish the whole thing. There's still quite a few chapters to go. Feel free to comment or email with your thoughts. Thanks for reading!


Get all the chapters at the book page here.

posted by | 05/28/13| 05:48:00 pm| Books| 2 comments »

Download Chapter Two Of My Book!

Chapter Two of my Untitled Memoir Project is now available for download and to celebrate that I have created a dedicated page here for the book. You can get both chapters here. I am currently working on Chapter Three but I am not sure when it will be ready. As I've said before I have a lot of irons in the fire right now but I am taking time each day to write at least a paragraph, usually more. Feel free to hit me up with any feedback or suggestions and thank you very much for reading!

posted by | 04/13/13| 10:01:00 pm| Books, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

Download the First Chapter of My Book at

I am in the process of writing a book. It is something I have been wanting to do for basically half my life. It is basically the story of my youth and the death of my father and how that affected me. There's both humor and heartbreak. I want to thank my team of folks who read the treatment for the book and gave me a lot of great feedback. This is very much a work in progress but I feel pretty good about chapter one. You can download it at here. I am working on getting the PDF converted to other formats. If anyone wants to help me with that, feel free. The PDF is CC licensed, no commercial, share and share alike.

Update: My buddy Ish Plata made a Kindle version in Amazon format which can be uploaded directly to your Kindle. You can download that here. The link now has other formats available including mobi and epub.

posted by | 02/26/13| 07:47:00 am| Thoughts and Ideas, Books, Anything Else| Leave a comment »

The Brax Book Is Here!

Phil and I are pleased to announce that Brax The Alien Rocker Presents: Tales From Planet Earth Volume 1 is available for purchase. We got our first copy and it looks even more awesome than I thought it would. Thanks to Wil Wheaton for recommending Lulu for on-demand publishing. HUGE thanks to my cousin, Jeremy for the awesome cover art. It turned out really great. Thanks to everyone who supported us in this ordeal as well. Now that we figured out how to do it, the next book should hopefully get finished a lot faster. You can order the book here and it will also soon be available on Amazon. Please tell your friends or anyone else you know that likes comics, music, or cool things in general.

posted by | 10/12/11| 10:54:00 am| Site News, Books, Anything Else, Comics| 1 comment »

VOTD: My Interview at the Ready Player One Signing" style="color:#FF9B00;" target="_blank">Game Reviews - E3 2012

G4 was at the signing for Ernest Cline's amazing book, Ready Player One and they interviewed me. You can see for yourself at the 1:50 mark. They misspelled my name but that was probably my fault for not writing legibly on the release form. Thanks to Nerdist's Jonah Ray for deciding I was interesting enough to include in this segment.

posted by | 09/27/11| 11:15:00 am| Books, I'm a Big Geek, Video of the Day| 2 comments »


Pottermore: Register your interest

Pottermore is a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.

Come back on 31st July to find out how you can get the chance to enter Pottermore early.

I still am not quite sure what it is, but I don't really care. I want in.

posted by | 06/23/11| 09:33:00 am| Books, I'm a Big Geek| 2 comments »

Hogwarts is almost done!

John over at The Disney Blog has an awesome photo of the nearly completed Hogwart's castle at Universal Orlando. I'm planning my trip already. While the castle and rides and what not have me excited, it's the idea of visiting the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade that really has me geeking out.

posted by | 01/26/10| 09:36:10 am| Books, I'm a Big Geek| 1 comment »

Books of our Youth

I sent Danny's daughter Emma a set of Ramona books as a late birthday present the other day. While I was browsing around on Amazon I was flooded with a wave of good memories. My dad read to me at a young age but the first chapter books I read on my own were Beverly Clear books. The first was Henry and Ribsy, which had the Ramona character as a very young, annoying child. I quickly learned that there was more to meets the eye as far as her character went. After Beverly Cleary I discovered Judy Blume and her stories of Peter and his brother Fudge. I remember staying up way past my bedtime to finish Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Yes, later on there would be Lloyd Alexander, John Bellairs, Roald Dahl, and Shel Silverstein, but Beverly Cleary will always hold a special place in my heart. What are some of your fondest childhood book memories?

posted by | 03/24/09| 06:54:31 pm| Books| 8 comments »

Link of the Day: Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure - Children's Story Books - CYOA

Oh my gosh, the rumors are true and it appears that Choose Your Own Adventure books are back. The website isn't the greatest but there is some cool stuff on there for any CYOA fan. I'm tempted to buy some of these, but that would just be weird, right?

posted by | 03/11/09| 01:47:52 pm| Books, Linkworthy| 2 comments »

Neil Gaiman Responds to Kindle 2 Audio Controversy

Neil Gaiman's Journal: Quick argument summary

My point of view: When you buy a book, you're also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. This is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one's going to confuse it with an audiobook. And that any authors' societies or publishers who are thinking of spending money on fighting a fundamentally pointless legal case would be much better off taking that money and advertising and promoting what audio books are and what's good about them with it.


Neil Gaiman is pretty awesome.

posted by | 02/26/09| 12:22:16 pm| In the News, Books, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »

More Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs News

Mr. T and Bill Hader Join 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' - Cinematical

While speaking with Anna about her upcoming projects, she did tell us a little bit more about the voice work she's doing for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, based on the popular book by Judi and Rob Barrett. The film follows "a scientist who tries to solve world hunger only to see things go awry as food falls from the sky in abundance."

First off, I love Bill Hader and Anna Faris so I'm glad they are involved in this. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is probably my favorite children's book of all time. I read it like a billion times when I was a kid and it may or may not have contributed to my large girth. Or maybe that's why I liked it, I don't know. I just really, really loved the pictures. I haven't read the book in years but I can still see almost all of them in my mind, crystal clear.

That being said, I don't remember anything about "a scientist who tries to solve world hunger" being in the book. It's just a town where it rains food. Simple as that. I guess they had to come up with a reason for it for the movie, but for me that was what made the whole story so magical. We didn't need to know why it rained food in Chewandswallow, it just did and for some reason things took a turn for the worse.

Mind you, I don't think the film is going to suck now or anything like that. I'm happy I'll finally get to see the book come to life and I think the animation is going to be great. There's still a ways to go as the release date isn't until 2010. I seriously haven't been this excited for an animated movie in years.

posted by | 08/19/08| 03:01:16 pm| Movies, Books| Leave a comment »

Half Blood Prince Teaser!!


Looks pretty darn sweet.

posted by | 07/30/08| 09:20:25 am| Movies, Books| Leave a comment »

Marvel to Release The Stand Graphic Novel

Comic Book Resources - CBR News: Marvel to Adapt Stephen King's "The Stand"

This is pretty sweet news:

"I did go to Marvel and ask them if they would have any interest in adapting 'The Stand' as a graphic novel and they are going to do that," King told Talk of the Nation. "Marvel is going to do 'The Stand' as a graphic novel."

A Marvel spokesperson simply offered "no comment" Sunday afternoon when asked for further details including creative teams, format and when this may see release.

As some of you may know, I'm a Stephen King nut. The Stand is probably one of my favorite books. I've been very pleased so far with The Dark Tower comics Marvel has put out so I think this will be great too. I'll be happy if it's a straight up adaptation of the book but would be even more happy if it were a continuation or even a prequel to the original story or perhaps expanded further on the events that occur in the book. Maybe a series of vignettes on individual characters, seeing as there are so many captivating characters in the book and we, the readers, got to know some better than others. I really like how the comic book format offers limitless possibilities for this sort of thing and I'm glad King has embraced that.

posted by | 03/18/08| 11:22:32 am| Books, Comics| Leave a comment »

Final Harry Potter Film To Be Cut In Two

The Final HARRY POTTER Film Is Actually Two Films Now...And They Have A Director!! -- Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news.

I'm glad they're doing this but I actually wish they had done it for a couple of the previous movies as well. As far as the decision to stick with Yates as the director, I'm pleased. I thought he did a really great job with Order of the Phoenix. Alfonso Cuaron's Prisoner of Azkaban is probably still my favorite of the bunch from a stylistic standpoint but I also enjoyed Yates' style. I still wish that Guillermo Del Toro could somehow do The Hobbit and one of the Harry Potter films. That would have been cool. I was talking with a friend the other day and we were talking about dream collaborations and we agreed that Jim Henson would have been perfect for a Harry Potter film. I can only imagine. So summer 2011 is when Harry and friends will be put to rest for good and J.K. will buy the bulk of the world with her obscene wealth. The countdown begins...

posted by | 03/13/08| 02:48:13 pm| Movies, Books| 1 comment »

Prince Caspian Trailer Is Up

YouTube - Prince Caspian - Official Trailer


This one looks like it might be even more epic in scale than the first. It's been awhile since I read the books, but I recall this one being my favorite. It's definitely going to be a geektastic summer in 2008 with this, Indy 4, and all the comic book movies.

posted by | 12/05/07| 11:24:25 am| Movies, Books| Leave a comment »


I finished Harry Potter last night. It was fantastic. I put the book down a couple times to do some other stuff, but read the last 400 pages or so straight through. Great read. I'll definitely miss having a new book to look forward to, but it's also nice to have closure. Read more for a few spoilers.

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posted by | 07/23/07| 07:32:11 pm| Books| 1 comment »

One Week.....

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is only one week away. So that means it should be on my doorstep sometime Saturday afternoon. My plan is to turn off my computer the night before. It will not be turned on until I finish the book, which hopefully will be by Monday. I'm still a little mad about having Book 6 spoiled on the radio the day it came out. I had done a good job of avoiding the internets, but I wasn't expecting to hear major spoilers on the radio on the Disneyland cast member shuttle. So this time I'm going to avoid all human contact for a day or two. Thank goodness I'm a speed reader.

I meant to write about the new movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but I just kind of forgot. I really enjoyed it. I do think it could have actually been a bit longer since there was some major character development from the book, Ron in particular, that was left out. I am a tad concerned about some of the plot holes they are creating in the films because they have to plow through everything. I still love just looking at them though. The sets are fantastic, as always. The actors are top notch across the board. Imelda Staunton was simply amazing as Umbridge. The gal who played Luna Lovegood was fabulous too. It's just hard at times to see such amazing talents in such small roles. Folks like Brendan Gleason and Emma Thompson. I wouldn't say they're wasted though. I think it's one of the things that makes the movies what they are. The next two movies are going to be HUGE as far as story and character development go, so I'm really darn excited. Here's hoping they finish strong.

posted by | 07/14/07| 05:46:35 pm| Movies, Books| 7 comments »

7th Harry Potter Book Launches July 21st

Final 'Potter' launch on July 21 -

Thanks to Les for the heads up on this one. The final installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, will hit stores on July 21st. The pre-order deals are already flying:

Many fans will pay much less for "Deathly Hallows," with quickly announcing the book would be sold for $18.89, a 46 percent discount. Price competition has been so intense over the years that many retailers have acknowledged they don't make money on the fantasy series, depending instead on customers buying other books along with Potter.

And it looks like someone at CNN screwed up on the article:

The fifth film, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," is scheduled to come out July 21, just eight days before the final book's release.

The movie is being released July 13th.

posted by | 02/01/07| 01:59:23 pm| Books| 2 comments »

Angus Forever!

So I was searching randomly at work, something I do often, and I found this page on author Chris Crutcher's website. Who is Chris Crutcher? He wrote the short story that inspired my favorite movie, Angus. So on his Angus movie page, I was pretty happy to find a link to my Angus feature I wrote awhile back. Very cool. There are some other good links on Crutcher's page, including the DVD petition, which everyone should sign. One can only hope....

posted by | 12/31/06| 11:26:24 am| Movies, Books| 1 comment »

Free John Hodgman Audio Book

John Hodgman has reported that you can dowload the audio version of his book, The Areas of My Expertise for free from iTunes Music Store for a limited time. Get it here. I'm at work so I can't check it out yet, but I've heard it's pretty sweet.

posted by | 12/19/06| 05:13:25 pm| Books| 2 comments »

Interview With The Brendo

Edward Humes - The Online Home of Over Here

So this guy interviewed me today about my time at Biola. He's doing a piece about BU for Los Angeles Magazine. I can't say that I said only good things about the school. I did say some good things. We also spent a lot of time just talking about my post-Biola life, my faith journey, and my current lack of said faith. So I'm not really sure how I'm going to come off in the piece but I think we might be getting some interesting comments on the site once it's printed. At the very least, I'll be getting some colorful e-mails from fellow Biolans. We'll see what happens. Mr. Humes was a very cool guy. I'll have to check out some of his books.

posted by | 12/07/06| 02:39:33 am| In the News, Books| 1 comment »


Today was quite an excellent day. Chris and I decided to hit up a couple Tower Records stores since they are in the process of liquidating all their merchandise. The CD's and DVD's are still not quite a bargain, even at 40% off. The books, however, are a pretty great deal. I bought 7 books, 3 of which were normally expensive programming books, for about $70. Quite the deal, I say. For the geeks wondering, I bought Learn to Program, a DHTML/CSS guide, and a CSS reference guide.

After our trips to Tower, we decided to hit up a movie to kill time before going over to Jon & Graces to watch The Office. We opted for Night of the Living Dead 3D since we both love zombie flicks. This turned out to be a huge freaking mistake. First off, I was under the impression that this was the actual Night of the Living Dead movie in 3D. It's not. It's a horrible, horrible remake in okay 3D. As cool as zombie flicks are, we couldn't make it through the first 15 minutes. The acting is horrible. Not B movie awesome horrible, just plain horrible. The whole thing is just a mess. Chris said there were probably going to be some 3D boobs in it, and sure enough there were at about the 15 minute mark. Having seen some 3D boobs, we decided to leave and try another movie. We talked to the manager, got a voucher, and went to the other theater to watch Borat. Holy cow, I'm glad Night of the Living Dead 3D sucked so bad that we left and got to watch Borat. It was awesome. I was afraid it was too overhyped for me, but I laughed my ass off. I dont' want to spoil anything, but there was a few scenes where I almost fell out of my seat. I guess some folks have found this movie highly offensive and I can understand that. But I thought it was funny and had quite a few very poignant moments. Borat himself is a character. It was interesting to see how he brought out some of the real prejudices in the folks around him. This can especially be seen in the rodeo scene where he talks to an old man who tells him to shave his mustache so he won't look like a Muslim and to stop kissing people so he won't look like he's gay. If you're on the fence about this one, go see it. It's freaking funny. If you don't laugh, I guess we just have a very different sense of humor.

posted by | 11/17/06| 01:51:54 am| Movies, Books| Leave a comment »

More Harry Potter Predictions

brendoman's bits: Harry Potter Predictions

Okay, so this post over at my old TypePad Blog has generated 776 comments in three years. I thought I would update on what I wrote, which was shortly after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released. Hey, maybe we can get some of that traffic going over here. Read on for some serious spoilers

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posted by | 11/16/06| 02:39:53 am| Books| 1 comment »

Best Clueless Book Title Ever

hBoing Boing: OMFG manual not what it seems

This is pretty awesome. See also:

I would upload the pic, but Privoxy is not allowing the upload window to pop up.

posted by | 11/14/06| 02:02:09 pm| Books, Funny Stuff| Leave a comment »

Hi Res Order of the Phoenix Promo Pics


Here's some cool high-res promo pics for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Very cool. Everyone looks so grown up!

posted by | 09/25/06| 05:54:14 pm| Movies, Books| 1 comment »

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