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Review: 2018’s Spider-Man for PS4

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 10 Sep by Bookmans


With the recent release of Spider-Man by Insomniac Games, the Spider-Man hype is at an all-time high. There are so many great Spider-Man games, but let’s be honest – everyone has their personal favorite. Here’s the scoop on why Insomniac’s Spider-Man is my new fave. Believe the hype!

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Join Bookmans for Fight Censorship Month

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 31 Aug by Bookmans


Bookmans fights censorship every month, but in September we intensify our focus. We believe in the freedom to read, watch, play and listen to whatever media we want. In conjunction with Banned Books Week, we highlight ways to speak up and speak out. The right to discovery, knowledge, and enlightenment is never a crime — and we want to keep it that way.

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Let’s Get Crazy: 10 Bob Ross Facts

Posted in Reel Chat on 22 Aug by Bookmans


When it comes to painting, it’s hard not to think of one iconic name: Bob Ross. Ross is known for his calm demeanor, soothing voice, and of course, that amazing hair. His love of animals and nature shined as much as his skills with a brush. Every one of his paintings seemed so effortless, and watching him work is mesmerizing. It truly is a joy to watch the Joy of Painting. Here are some happy little facts about Bob Ross!

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The Art of Adaptation

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 15 Aug by Bookmans


What does it take for a movie to be considered a good adaptation?  Is it how faithfully it follows its source material? Is how close it can keep the initial vision of its creator intact while keeping the story both new and exciting? Or can it be something completely different? Can it in a way be a bridge for a new generation of artists to have the room and freedom to express themselves and update the story for a new audience? Let’s examine the art of adaptation through the lens of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Jeff Goldblum: A Love Story

Posted in Reel Chat on 28 Jul by Bookmans


The man, the myth, the legend, beloved the world over. Just like King Midas, everything he touches turns to gold. Trying to explain why the world loves him is harder than trying to explain the vast and complex concept of the universe itself. He is so odd and fascinating. No matter what he does, it somehow seems to be so effortless and tranquil. Maybe being a jazz pianist and an accomplished actor has something to do with Jeff Goldblum’s endless likability.

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Summer Getaways in Arizona and Beyond

Posted in Uncategorized on 24 Jul by Bookmans


Since our school days, we are kind of trained to think of summer as vacation time. Though, when you live in Arizona, summer seems never-ending. It’s true, that most people find it easiest to get time off as far away from the holidays as possible. That makes for lots of people spending the summer traveling to fun places for vacations, weddings, and road trips. It’s also just a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the weather. However, not everyone can afford that plane ticket to Europe or the cruise to the Bahamas. Let’s investigate some closer-to-home destinations that can give you the exact break you need.

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How to Rock a Road Trip Playlist

Posted in Musical Notes on 17 Jul by Bookmans


Summer is reaching its end and the thought of school lingering over like a big, gross cloud of adulthood is just… too much to think about right now. We all need a last minute impromptu escape from the mundane. What better way to get away than a road trip! Nothing beats having the windows down feeling the fresh air and bearing witness to all of Arizona’s grand beauty. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading North, South, East, or West. I’m sure no matter where you go in this beautiful state of ours, you are sure to have an adventure. Nothing beats taking a day trip. Every grand adventure needs the right soundtrack to accompany it.

Route 66 painted on street

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The Superstitions Surrounding Friday the 13th

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 16 Jul by Bookmans


Everyone knows that Friday the 13th is an especially unlucky day in Western culture, but how did it come to be this way? There are tons of superstitious myths about what causes bad luck, and Friday the 13th is some kind of special magnet to that bad luck energy, and many people take precautions to avoid it. An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S are affected by a fear of this day, called paraskevidekatriaphobia. Some people so fear the bad luck caused on this day that they avoid their normal routines.

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Three Identical Strangers

Posted in Reel Chat on 03 Jul by Bookmans


What makes a movie a must see? Is it the genre, the actors, or the talent behind the screen? For me, it all comes down to a fascinating story. Right from the get-go, a superb movie can make you see and feel things from so many different points of view. Movies have the power to share life experiences, dreams and aspirations and so much more. Pair that with an exceptional trailer that will pique anyone’s curiosity and you have the ability to showcase something truly special.  The new documentary Three Identical Strangers is definitely something special.

The Case for Physical Music

Posted in Musical Notes on 28 Jun by Bookmans


There are so many ways to tune in to your favorite music! A lot of people stream music via web services, some channel into their favorite radio station, other sare even bring it back with the wax. Some still keep their case full of CDs in great condition. While convenience makes a good argument for buying an album online, I also loved being able to a have my own physical copy! Physical copy gives ownership. There’s never a chance that a purchased album will mysteriously disappear from your music library on your phone after an update. Which happens way more often than it should. It also allows fans to display their music. And have you ever tried to get a digital download autographed? Here are more reasons to love physical music. 

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VR: Taking Gaming to the Next Level

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog on 27 Jun by Bookmans


Is it finally time to take the plunge and invest in a virtual reality gear? If you’re interested in technology, are a serious gamer who needs the latest and greatest, or are just looking for a new and exciting experience, it’s time to take a virtual reality video game offerings. Follow me down the rabbit hole of video game VR and discover some pretty awesome game recommendations that were literally made to be experienced in virtual reality.

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Movie Review: Incredibles 2

Posted in Reel Chat on 18 Jun by Bookmans


The wait is finally over. After 14 years of anticipation, Incredibles 2 has a lot to live up to. Incredibles 2 finds itself in a tough position. On one hand, in the era of superhero movies, things have become somewhat formulaic. On the other, with such a large time gap between movies, living up to audiences hype is a daunting task. Incredibles 2 handles both of these issues with utmost ease. Let’s dive in (***spoilers ahead***)!

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Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame Is Worth Revisiting

Posted in Reel Chat on 14 Jun by Bookmans


Since Snow White premiered in 1937, Disney movies have influenced generations with their magical stories and impressive animation. As the days of classic 2D animation are replaced with the new doe-eyed CGI characters, some of us are feeling a little nostalgic for the days when each detail was painstakingly drawn, animated and colored for our unique viewing pleasure. One of the most beautiful and underrated Disney films, in my opinion, comes from the Disney renaissance era. It’s time to talk about The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

U.S. stage debut of 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' will be in La Jolla

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Facing the Music

Posted in Musical Notes on 04 Jun by Bookmans


Music all starts with a single vibration. These vibrations can be such a significant part of who we are, what we believe, how we feel, and the way we communicate it all. Music is essential, music is entertainment, music is culture, music is composure, music is pertinent, music is passion, music is relatable. And now more than ever, music is relevance. It’s 2018 and artist are seizing the industry, with music that is flying in the mug of deep-rooted social issues. Just look at the recent revival of Childish Gambino with “This is America” and Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize win. In an era of social chaos, these are the artists forcing you to face the music.

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Exploring Mythical Creatures

Posted in Bookie Blog on 30 May by Bookmans


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is only a drop in the bucket of mythological and magical creatures. Just like Newt Scamander, I am fascinated by the wide variety and cultures and stories of these creatures. But mermaids, unicorns, and dragons are everywhere in pop culture. I want to expand my horizons and look into some lesser-known mythological creatures. Luckily, I work in a bookstore. I get to explore my wildest daydreams every single day (and you’re welcome to join me)! Here are some of the interesting creatures I discovered lurking in the lesser-known areas of mythology.

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Sci-Fi Shows You Need to Binge Watch

Posted in Reel Chat, Uncategorized on 27 May by Bookmans


Nothing beats that feeling you get when you finally find a good show to watch. What’s even better is finding a show so good you can’t stop watching. I’m talking about the stay-up-til-3:00-AM-again-even-though-you-promised-yourself-you-wouldn’t kind of shows. Once you’re hooked, it’s hard to stop! Trust me, I know. Shows have come a long way in terms of depth and storytelling, and if you’re like me you have an affinity for sci-fi shows, here is a list of some of the best “on-air” sci-fi shows you can (and should) binge!

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Michael Franti and Spearhead: Stay Human Tour 2018

Posted in Musical Notes, Reel Chat on 15 May by Bookmans


Music with a message…  Music with substance is making a comeback with recent works like Childish Gambino’s music video “This is America”, Imagine Dragons’ strong lyrical compositions and even Hamilton taking the world by storm. The craving is real, and Tucson is getting a dose of some soul-groove with Michael Franti & Spear Head’s “Stay Human Tour” on  Friday, June 8, 2018.

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Comics to Read Before Deadpool 2

Posted in Bookie Blog on 08 May by Bookmans


If you haven’t seen someone cosplay as him or a trailer or, hell, pretty much anything else you can put a character on, you may want to check your surroundings. You either live under a rock or lead a miserable, cold, dark shell of an existence that is Deadpool-less. Seriously, he deserves your attention, maybe now more than ever. Deadpool 2 is already on its way to a theater near you, but before you grab your refillable popcorn bucket and head off, you should consider reading these comics to prepare yourself for all the awesome to come.

Deadpool 2 Movie PosterDeadpool 2, Marvel/20th Century Fox

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Weird Facts About Superman for His 80th Anniversary

Posted in Bookie Blog on 23 Apr by Bookmans


The man of steel just turned 80 on April 18th and he still looks like a spring chicken. I don’t know what his secret is but clearly, he is doing something right. The man looks like he’s still in his 30’s! With 80 years under his belt, he’s had some pretty amazing adventures and story arcs. I know everyone likes to focus on the awesome moments. But with 80 years also comes some questionable moments and powers. Oh, the strange powers that have come up over the years… My point is that Superman is super weird. Here are some weird facts about everyone’s favorite last son of Krypton.

Superman panel in a DC Comics comic book

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Welcome to the World of Dungeons and Dragons!

Posted in Games, In Our Stores on 20 Apr by Bookmans


Dungeons and Dragons, anyone?

Hello Adventurer! While I hope this note finds you well, let’s get straight to the point. I have a job for you! I’ve found something big… BIG I tell you! I need my supplies delivered to Barthen’s Provisions in Phandalin, while I ride ahead to take care of business. You get my wares safely to Barthen’s and there’s ten gold in it for you.

Cheers- Gundren Rockseeker

A set of polyhedral dice used for role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, the dice are used to determine how successful a player is in their actions within the game. The twenty sided dice is the most common used die in these tabletop games

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