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Movie Madness | Miyazaki Magic

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 04 Aug by Adam E


Hayao Miyazaki has often been referred to as the Walt Disney of Japan. A co-founder of the renowned Studio Ghibli, his imaginative and original animated fairytales are both visually and narratively captivating. We admire Miyazaki for weaving culturally significant themes into his complex story lines. His films often address issues such as environmental awareness and moral fortitude. We also love that Miyazaki tends to feature strong female leads. Empowering and inspiring, Hayao Miyazaki films are adored by millions around the world. Below you’ll find some of the highlights of his filmography.

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Bookmans Recommends | Mad Men

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 17 Jul by Adam E


Mad Men, a television drama that originally aired on AMC, had a life of seven seasons.  The first four seasons of the show each won that year’s Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. This is a feat that only three other shows (Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and West Wing) have been able to accomplish since the Emmys’ conception in 1949.  The show also holds the record for most Emmy nominations without a win, sitting at 17. Needless to say, this show is hype. A period drama beginning in 1960, the show follows protagonist (anti-hero?) Donald Draper as he wheels and deals in the world of Madison Avenue advertising in Manhattan. In episode one, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” we learn a lot about the character Don Draper. It’s made apparent that he’s got his back against the wall going into a meeting with his agency’s largest client, the non-fictional R. J. Reynolds Tobacco company, owner of the Lucky Strike brand of cigarettes.  The audience knows he’s got nothing to present, but when called on in the meeting, he stands up and somehow manages to give one of the greatest pitches in sales history on the fly.  You see, Don works best under pressure.

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Bookmans Recommends | Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

Posted in Uncategorized on 03 Jul by Adam E


Rant, the 8th novel by renowned author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) is an oral biography of the life of Buster “Rant” Casey.  As the book opens, we are informed that Buster Casey is now deceased. Friends and family recount the times they spent with Rant and their memories of him. The editor organizes these interviews chronologically, starting with his childhood in rural small town America leading up to his adult life in the big city.  

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Though I suppose most of Palahniuk’s novels contain “sci-fi elements,” I’d say that at it’s core, Rant is a true sci-fi novel.  Due to the nature of the book and it’s oral biography format, many details about the world are taken for granted by the interviewees and aren’t immediately divulged to the reader.  Because of this, Rant appears to be a relatively mundane tale at first, but as the novel progresses, a better picture of the world that the characters inhabit starts to come into focus.  It’s hard to go into detail about this without including spoilers, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Something made immediately obvious to the reader is that Rant Casey is a polarizing individual.  He was either loved or hated. Very few folks who crossed his path are apathetic. Casey is being accused of mass murder, being hailed as one of the most deadly serial killers of all time.  The book attempts to further investigate these claims by interviewing those who knew and were close to Buster Casey during the various stages of his life.  Many propose Casey’s innocence, while others swear on his guilt.  Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between?

Rant and Palahniuk’s other works can be found on the shelves of the general fiction section at any of our locations.  If you’ve previously read and enjoyed Palahniuk, then you’re sure to love this one as well.  If you’re new to his works then Rant is a great place to start!

Geeking Out | Summer Vacation Horror Flicks

Posted in In Our Stores, Uncategorized on 18 May by Adam E


School’s out for the summer and for the high school or college student that usually means parties, vacations and road trips – your general garden variety young-adult shenanigans.  But of course where the rowdy naiveté of youth can be found, evil is lurking close behind.  Here are some classic horror films to geek over this summer that pit young-adults against forces of evil, both supernatural and mundane.

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Geeking Out | Bat For Lashes

Posted in In Our Stores, Musical Notes on 14 May by Adam E


Can we please take a moment to geek over one of my all time favorite artists? Bat For Lashes is a pseudonym of British Singer/Songwriter Natasha Khan, who released her debut album Fur and Gold in 2006.  Since then she has produced three additional studio albums including The Bride, which was released earlier this year.  

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Geeking Out | Magic: The Gathering

Posted in In Our Stores on 05 May by Adam E


This week we’re taking a break from our typical book, movie, and music recommendations to expose our blog readers to something a little different –  the trading card game Magic: The Gathering.  

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Bookmans Recommends | Art Academy (Nintendo 3DS)

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 27 Apr by Adam E


If you were born in the past 40 years, you’ve probably played video games at some point in your life.  You know how easy it is to get sucked into a long story driven game on your console at home and how rewarding using your phone to slingshot little birds at green pigs can be.  These days, video games come in all shapes and sizes.  Titles have become so diverse in both content and method of interaction. Video games have even been used in schools to teach children since the 80’s, The Oregon Trail likely being the most notable example. Since then, a plethora of titles attempting to teach basic cognitive skills like math, grammar, and reading through play have found their way into homes and schools. But what about art? For those looking to master the brush,  Art Academy is a pleasant surprise.  

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Bookmans Recommends: American Beauty

Posted in Uncategorized on 17 Apr by Adam E


American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey, is easily one of my favorite films and I would recommend it to any film fanatic. Released in 1999, the film received 5 Academy Awards and was a box office success despite its initial limited run in theaters. What really sets American Beauty apart from other dramas of the time is the down to earth portrayal of its characters.  Every character in the film has clear flaws and every character is searching for more out of life.  The film does an excellent job of illustrating how easy it is to feel isolated and alone when in reality everyone is united in their search for acceptance and happiness.

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Bookmans Recommends: Dr. Strangelove

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 05 Apr by Adam E


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb is the 4th film in Stanley Kubrick’s directorial career.  Originally released in 1964, Dr. Strangelove is a story detailing the unfolding of a nuclear crisis during the heart of the cold war.  The film was a box office success initially, and has since received critical acclaim.  It is lauded as one of the best comedy films of all time, and is, to this day, Kubrick’s highest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes.  Let’s dive in to Dr. Strangelove!

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Bookmans Recommends: Okkervil River Band

Posted in Uncategorized on 29 Mar by Adam E


Okkervil River, formed in Austin, TX, was founded by frontman and songwriter Will Sheff in 1998.  The band has produced 8 Studio albums and has toured with other popular folk/indie artists like The Decemberists, The National, and The New Pornographers. Their sound, like any other band, has of course evolved over time, so I’ve laid out the highlights so that you can experience the full spectrum that is Okkervil River.

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Bookmans Recommends: Wes Anderson Films

Posted in In Our Stores on 20 Mar by Adam E


The imagination of now iconic director Wes Anderson has captured the attention of millions of fans around the world. His films, often featuring bright colors, beautiful symmetry, and idyllic set pieces, evoke the sort of wonder reminiscent of childhood. Though all of his films are brilliant, a few stand higher than the rest. Here are my recommendations for anyone just discovering Wes Anderson.

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The Wonderful World of Wrestling | Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in Merchandise on 16 Mar by Adam E


You know that feeling when you sit down in front of your TV and are faced with the insurmountable task of combing through Netflix, Hulu, or endless Cable channels, looking for that perfect something to watch? I used to struggle with that quite a bit, until I found my TV addiction. Professional Wrestling. Yep, you heard me. Men in tights, fake punching each other for a giant bedazzled belt. That’s my jam.

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Bookmans Reccommends – The Virgin Suicides

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 07 Mar by Adam E


Need a new book recommendation? We suggest The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – it perfectly captures the adolescent obsession and infatuation that so often comes hand-in-hand with pubescence and High School. Written from the perspective of a group of young boys in the quiet town of Grosse Pointe (a suburb of Detroit.) The Virgin Suicides details their attempts to understand the mysterious Lisbon sisters, the youngest of which, Cecilia, has committed suicide at the age of 13.

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The Lisbon girls (Mary, Therese, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecilia) come from a very conservative household. Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon hold the girls to strict guidelines, and as a result they are largely isolated from the rest of the kids from school. Since most of their time is spent behind closed doors at home, the neighborhood boys are left to imagine what might occupy the minds of the elusive sisters. Read More…

Bookmans Plays: Battlefield 1 | A Gamer’s Review

Posted in Merchandise on 03 Mar by Adam E


Bookmans Plays: Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1, released this past October, is a historical first-person shooter game based on various events that took place during World War 1. The action is tense and fast paced, with plenty of tactical strategy to be had, as is to be expected from a Battlefield game. The guns feel realistic and true to the era, and the UI is well designed. I have no real complaints with the multiplayer gameplay at all. That being said, where the game really shines is in its storytelling… Read More…

A Netflix Original Series (of Unfortunate Events) | Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog, Uncategorized on 16 Feb by Adam E


A Series of Unfortunate Events, the classic series of children’s books, written by Daniel Handler (under the pseudonym “Lemony Snicket), is finally making it’s way back onto our TV screens. After Jim Carrey’s box office outing with the series received mixed reviews it was regarded as unlikely that the protagonist Baudelaire children would be making a return to the silver screen. Now, thirteen years later, hopes are high once more as the Baudelaires have made their cinematic return. This time not on the silver screen, but as a Netflix original series.

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Valentine’s Day Protest with Break-up Movies | Bookmans

Posted in Merchandise on 14 Feb by Adam E


Mad Men’s Don Draper once uttered these words: “What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.”  This is Valentine’s Day in a nutshell.  Just another way for chocolate factories and card companies to line their wallets.  You know this, I know this, we all know this. So this year lets do something about it!

On February 14th, instead of playing along with the sham, l’ve decided to spend my Valentine’s Day in protest. What’s my master plan, you ask? A Break-Up Movie Marathon. Back-to-back films that feature dysfunctional relationships and “unhappily-ever-after” endings. That’ll show ‘em!

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Most of us have been through a pretty tough break up. Very few of us have decided to undergo a medical procedure with the intention of completely eradicating our ex from our memories. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in this Dramedy that deals with the inevitability of heartbreak. Perfect to kick-off our protest. Read More…

The 3 Things You Need for a Successful RPG | Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores on 03 Feb by Adam E


For someone unfamiliar with the world of pen-and-paper RPGs the multitude of books and supplemental materials available can be daunting. This overwhelming feeling is what I believe keeps many people from ever trying to play an RPG. The truth is that you really need just a few things to get started with a game, so I’ve put together this super quick guide on the essentials needed to get you started.

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Top 5 Hunkiest Romance Novel Covers | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 Jan by Adam E


The old adage to “never judge a book by it’s cover” is indeed a wise one. My only problem with the phrase is that it was coined before the advent of the modern romance novel. There are a lot of romance novels. A whole lot. And let’s be honest, if you’re not judging them by the strapping man on the cover then you’re just plain doing it wrong. But today is your lucky day! I’ve done the legwork for you! I’ve scoured our shelves to find the hottest stud-muffins to ever grace the cover of a literary work and compiled them here for your benefit. So, without further ado, here’s our Top 5 Hunkiest Romance Novel Covers. You’re welcome. 

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1. Light My Fire, G. A. Aiken

If beefcakes with swords is your thing, then look no further. Light My Fire is sure to light yours. It’s a story about some kind of hybrid dragon-man who must keep protect his queen by keeping her assassin alive… I’m not sure if that entirely makes sense, but none of that’s really important anyway. I mean look at this guy…he’s like Highlander if the Highlander was actually hot. Can he even take that armband off? Did I mention he’s also a dragon? Read More…

Skylanders, Infinity, and Dimensions, Oh My! | Bookmans

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 18 Jan by Adam E


It’s Christmas, 1964. The first “Action Figure”, G.I. Joe, is on every boy’s wish list, the popular doll “Barbie” on every girl’s.  Fast-forward 26 years to Christmas of 1990, where action figures and dolls have been replaced with the latest video game console, the “Super Nintendo”. This trend, the replacement of traditional toys for their digital counterparts is a trend that continues to this day.

So here’s a question: What if you could buy action figures that would come to life and offer the same interactive experience as a video game? Well, thanks to developments in RFID technology, now you can. Toy brands like Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Lego Dimensions, all offer similar features that promise to do just that.

Part action figure and part video game, all three of these brands share the same basic premise. Each brand has it’s own version of a “portal”, a set of figures, and a game-disc. The way it works is simple: Your figure is placed onto the portal and the game disc is inserted into your console of choice. Your selected figure is then loaded into the game, where you can control the character and take him/her on various adventures. Each character has it’s own set of abilities, meaning that each figure opens up new styles of play (and in some cases, new areas of the map).

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Go Retro Without Breaking The Bank

Posted in Merchandise on 12 Jan by Adam E


With the release of the “Nintendo Entertainment System – Classic Edition” earlier this year, Nintendo successfully propelled it’s classic retro video game console back into the headlines. This smaller modern “reboot” of the NES was wildly popular upon it’s release this November, due to limited supply, stores who were lucky enough to get any of the consoles were sold out within minutes.  

Now that the holidays are over, the systems are slowly becoming more readily available, but at a high markup. The NES Classic Edition is currently selling at upwards of $150 dollars on auction sites like Ebay, and around $190 on marketplaces like Amazon.

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