A “Short history of nearly everything,” will walk you from the birth of the universe, to today. It does this in a very unique way though. Readers are not to be confusing this book with “A brief history of time,” by Stephen Hawkins, which is more of a Scientific account than a walk in the park. Bill Bryson, on the other hand will take you for a walk in the park with the collection of trivia and facts about the days gone by, in this book.
“A short history of nearly everything,” makes you live the years that have gone by. You see the lives of many scientists that made today’s world possible. You also get to know about their personal traits, how they dealt with matters, and their odd peculiar nature at times. If you are curious, even a teeny-weeny bit, as to what was there, and how we got here, you must read this book. I am sure, it should be able to find a spot in your library.
Ernest Cline, the author of a science fiction novel Ready Player One, published originally in the year 2011 has gone in a very unique direction to promote his book.
To show the audience, his geeky side, he has actually commissioned an old retro-style Atari 2600 game – The Stacks. The game is a platform game programmed by Mike Mika & Kevin Wilson. Here is the YouTube excerpt describing this game,
The Stacks is platform game by Mike Mika & Kevin Wilson based on Novel by Ernest Cline – Ready Player One. RP1 Easter Egg Hunt – Contest Played by DJ on Atari 2600 emulator – Stella (6/2012) This was the first video game challenge in RP1 Easter Egg Hunt – Contest started in June 2012.
The novel Ready Player One is a part love story, part science fiction, part love story set in the year 2044. The book is inspired by Blade Runner and flying DeLorean from Back to the Future.
Ernie Cline’s novel Ready Player One, published in 2011.
The Stacks is the first part of a three stage online scavenger hunt to win a DMC Delorean that Cline purchased on eBay.
Author Ernest Cline is giving his readers a chance to play the game and unlock the next stage, the stage 2, and then the final Stage 3. Finishing the game will give the players (readers) the chance to win the car.
Cline says, the inspiration for designing this game for his book readers was the 1982 Atari 2600 game – Pitfall.
Pitfall Game released for the Atari 2600 in 1982 was the inspiration behind, The Stacks
Even though you won’t win the car by playing this game from here. Wouldn’t you really like to see how this game looks like? Play The Stacks online here.
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A book that lasts only two months once you open it
El Libro que No Puede Esperar or the Book that can not wait, is a concept designed by an Argentinian publishing house “Eterna Cadencia,” Buenos Aires. The book is printed using a special kind of ink that fades away within two months on coming in contact with light and air. So if you don’t get in the words quick, you are left with nothing but a bunch of blank pages.
Well, you must be wondering what could such a book be used for?
The publishing house has a very ingenious idea indeed. What they are hoping is that the disappearing ink is going to encourage the young readers to read faster or else the book will fade away! This will also create more writing opportunities for the budding Latin American writers. It hopes to be more like a supporting effort to encourage more writing.
The concept has been a huge success, and the first edition of the book made with the disappearing ink was sold out on the very first day.
There is a lot of literature out there that doesn’t deserve to wait on the shelves, and ours won’t wait at all.
Eterna Cadencia, Publishing Agency, Buenos Aires
Hey, but what about all the book collections, and a personal libraries at home?
Spider-Girl faces the Red Hulk!
Forget Peter Parker, he’s getting old!
Anya Corazon is here!
Anya Corazon, or Spider-Girl at night-time, faces one of her biggest challenges yet – The RED HULK!
Nope, that’s not the green Incredible Hulk. Red Hulk is the villain version of the Incredible Hulk!
But the question is, can this one little teenage girl stop the menace that has the Fantastic Four on their heels!
Can Spider-Girl save The City of New York, all by herself or will she need the help of the…
Who is this Spider-Girl?
Anya Corazon was raised to seek truth and justice in the world. But after a strange Spider Society searched for Anya herself, she soon found herself transformed in to a brave and daring frontline fighter for that cause, as the Spider-Girl!
The Spider-Girl’s on Twitter too!
The Spider-Girl (2010) #2 Cover Art
I bet, your Spider-Man wasn’t so cool!
Check out the free preview of the Spider-Girl comic at Marvel.com! Amazing! Isn’t it? Share your views in the comments!
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Learn all about Blizzard and its creations from the early days. The Art of Blizzard Hardcover, for the hardcore gaming fan who has played games such has Black Hawk and Diablo should definitely find this book interesting.
The book features a collection of over 800 pieces of art from Starcraft/World of Warcraft/ Diable and features interviews and commentary with the creative staff who made all these games a reality. The book had a suggested retail price of $ 75.00, but is available for $ 45.88 from Amazon.com. Gamers, do check this one out!
The official release for the book,
SAN RAFAEL, CA, June 26, 2012 – Immerse yourself in the creative history of one of the most influential game companies in the world. For more than two decades, Blizzard Entertainment has built a reputation as one of the leaders in creatively driven game development. The Art of Blizzard® offers an exclusive look at the ideas and imagery that define its game universes. Through insider commentary from some of the company’s top creative minds and an unprecedented collection of original artwork, readers will get an in-depth look at the creative philosophy and artistic style that have played key roles in Blizzard’s success over the years.
From its humble beginnings over twenty years ago as a three-person console-game development studio to international success with the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment has a rich history of crafting stunning worlds of science fiction and fantasy. The company’s distinctive gameplay and storytelling styles have captivated a passionate global audience numbering in the tens of millions.
This epic volume of art and behind-the-scenes insights celebrates the company’s genesis, granting readers access to the inception and development of Blizzard’s blockbusters and offering a never-before-seen look into some of Blizzard’s unpublished projects.
Through nearly 800 pieces of concept art, paintings, and sketches, The Art of Blizzard explores the creative forces behind the company’s games and showcases the artistry of the teams that make them. Commentary on the art is provided by Blizzard Entertainment’s own Nick Carpenter, Sam Didier, and Chris Metzen, who’ve each played important roles in shaping Blizzard’s game universes over the years.