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Geeking Out | Logic “Everybody”

Posted in Uncategorized on 19 May by Mariah Brule


Some might say this is debatable, but in my book, Logic has been one of the most under-rated rappers in the industry. Haven’t heard of him? Believe me when I say that he shouldn’t be ignored. I’ve continued to follow Logic as he progressively made his way into the hip-hop scene. He recently released his third official album, Everybody, which touches on current issues in the world from race to mental health, and everything in-between. If you have yet to unpack this album, let me offer some suggestions with a breakdown of my top songs.

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Geeking Out | Throwback to Childhood Video Games

Posted in Uncategorized on 12 May by Mariah Brule


When it comes to video games, my all-time favorites are still the ones that I grew up playing. Now don’t get me wrong, I can definitely get down on the newest ps4 games too. I’m totally a sucker for annihilating zombies in Black Ops and always down to hijack the baddest looking car in the latest GTA. I have to be honest though, I catch myself a lot of times throwing it back to the games I grew up on. Here are just a few of my favorite video games, all the way from childhood.

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Sony PlayStation Does Virtual Reality

Posted in Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 06 May by Mariah Brule


It was the year of 2016 and virtual reality was becoming the next big thing. Once Sony PlayStation stepped into the VR (Virtual Reality) world, I became a pushover for it. I mean let’s be real, if you have a PS4, then you are pretty much halfway there.  The PSVR operates off of the PS4 console itself, then all you need is the VR component/headset and a PlayStation 4 Camera. The PSVR easily plugs right into the back of the PS4, while you slip on the lightweight headset. Now that I’ve been explained a little bit on how it gear up let’s expand more on the actual VR experience. 

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Spring Cleaning With Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 25 Apr by Mariah Brule


Spring never fails to bring all the things we love to the forefront like pastel and earth tone colors, a fresh breeze, flowers growing and birds chirping. Life is good. Then you realize you have a accumulated a lot of new stuff in the recent season. It’s due time for some spring cleaning, and for some this task might be a major mood killer. Fear not for Bookmans is here to help!

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Children’s Storytime Tips

Posted in Uncategorized on 13 Apr by Mariah Brule


When looking back to my childhood, I have more memories of being read to than I can count, from snuggling up for bedtime stories to feeling the magic of my favorite books come alive during storytime. Now let’s be honest, sometimes it isn’t always the easiest to read aloud to a child. As the children’s storyteller at Bookmans Northwest, I have parents ask me, “how do you get them to sit and listen. At home, they wriggle and seem uninterested.” Whenever I get that question I always tell them to not feel discouraged, and offer them the my top tips for story telling.

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Syd Goes Solo | Bookmans Review

Posted in Uncategorized on 06 Apr by Mariah Brule


One of the many perks of working for such a company like Bookmans is the ability to digest music, movies, games and books effortlessly. As new material makes it’s way in our stores we eat it up and spit it out – in the form of reviews so that you, our avid reader and listener, can decide just what goes on your shopping list for your next trip to Bookmans. Here we review Sydney Bennett.

Sydney Bennett known as “Syd”, who you may know from going back to the days of being a Odd Future member or from being a huge leading part of a group named The Internet. Syd currently has been prepping to release her first solo album; “Fin.” Syd’s lead single “All About Me” was the first single released on the album, which is produced by member of the Internet; Steve Lacy.
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Why Art Is Important To Us | Bookmans

Posted in Core Values, Uncategorized on 28 Mar by Mariah Brule


Art in some way has existed just about as long as the world itself. It has become to be a huge part of our lives; appearing in cultures all across the world. It is such an important element because it delivers a wider perception of: self, each other, emotions, awareness, history and more. It is created and appreciated by many different people for countless reasons. Here is why art is important to us…

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Robert talks Thrash Metal: Liege Lords Review | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 15 Mar by Mariah Brule


What does one think of when asked about Stamford, Connecticut? Did you answer “Thrash Metal?” Of course you did! That was a hot bed of metal in the mid 80’s…oh, wait. That was Los Angeles. Well, regardless, out of this lovely, coast-side town, a metal band that has been forgotten in the annals of Metal history, was born. That band is none other than Liege Lords.

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Zombi Review

Posted in Uncategorized on 22 Feb by Mariah Brule


You know, I’ve talked about punk rock for most of my blog posts. I can’t help it. It’s my passion. It’s something that drives me to wake up in the morning. It’s strange to think a genre of music could completely engulf someone’s entire essence in a single drum fill or angular guitar chord. Sometimes I do get a little burnt out on my passion. I’ve had to switch it up occasionally just so I don’t become pigeon holed into one of those mindless drones that plague any sort of musical subculture. So I’m going to talk about one of my passions, my love for synth-driven music.

There are a few groups that come to mind when it comes to synth music. A few groups come to mind instantly, but I’m not going to talk about Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, or New Order. About a year ago, I was delving into the depths of the internet. Something I do from time to time, especially when it comes to finding something new and riveting in the musical realm. I stumbled onto this group, Zombi, which is promptly named after the Italian release of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

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R.L. Stine meets Marvel, with Man Thing | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 Jan by Mariah Brule


R.L. Stine is back again and as per usual, doing the thing just as good as he ever has. Bookmans is a die-hard R.L. Stine fan, and rightfully so. Goosebumps was too cool for school and his other works makes us fall into dreamy states of book obsession, and you’d be hard pressed to resist those feels with this new addition.

Do you remember the comic book character the Man Thing? The Man-Thing is/was a large, slow, swamp monster that arose in Marvel Comics in the early 70’s. With the help of the R.L. Stine, The Man-Thing will now be getting his own comic book mini series! R.L. Stine is the famous author of the 90’s children series Goosebumps and a few other horror series. Prior to then, Stine was already a fruitful creator of joke books, making me think he will do a trilling job at comic writing. Stine may have written stories that haunted us, but now they might be making our dreams come true.

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Long live XO, Welcome “Starboy” (The Weeknd) | Bookmans

Posted in Musical Notes, Uncategorized on 28 Dec by Mariah Brule


Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (known as The Weeknd) returns to deliver his third album. Prior to the release he knew that the legends of electronic dance and Daft Punk he would be featuring had minds spinning. Luckily The Weeknd didn’t disappoint and left us shook up and unable to get enough. Cue binge listening. This is The Weeknd that I have been anticipating and it’s more interesting that with each record his music keeps evolving. An album packed with drippy gooey disco-ish vibes and mysterious vocals made way to the ears of many and right straight into our reviews (obviously).

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Holiday Movie Marathon | Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 08 Dec by Mariah Brule


Are you in the holiday spirit? Holidays are a time full of for family, friends, parties, cookies and eggnog, while spending time watching your favorite holiday movie classics. Even though everyone has their everlasting favorites, I’ve put together a list of holiday classics that everyone can enjoy this season. So bring on the cookies and eggnog and let the holiday movie marathon start now.

Making our holiday movie marathon list is:

Home Alone (1990)
Doesn’t every kid dream of having the house to themselves? 8-year-old Kevin accidentally left behind at home when his family goes on a holiday vacation. It’s all fun and games at first. Until his excitement ends when reality hits that two men have been planning to rob them, and it’s up to him to protect the family home.

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Watchmen Comic Review – Bookmans

Posted in Uncategorized on 14 Nov by Mariah Brule


It’s interesting to see how comic book culture has become such a commodity in this day and age. If you look back into the past, it was merely “geek” culture. A medium of expression for individuals trying to find an escape in a world that continuously bombards them with monotony and banality. I remember when society deemed comic books to merely be a “childish” pleasure and that it had no literary merit.

I’ve read many comics that I would consider to have “literary merit” and should be considered classics. One comic book series comes to mind when it comes to a literary classic, it’s called Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons.

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You probably remember the film that came out circa 2009. It wasn’t bad, to say the least, but it doesn’t truly grasp the sheer philosophical intensity that the comic book series has within its pages. In my honest opinion, I believe that Watchmen is one of the greatest comic books ever to be written. Completely destroying the concept of the obligatory superhero story. Read More…

Harry Potter: Fight Censorship with my Favorite Youth Series!

Posted in Bookie Blog on 28 Sep by Mariah Brule


Bookmans fights censorship every day but especially in the month of September, we spends time promoting the right to read. In celebration of continuing our freedom to read, view, and listen to what we want, I was looking over a list of past banned books to help prepare an in-store display. Many of the titles jumped out at me as favorites from my grade school self; from scary stories to the entire Harry Potter series and even to Captain Underpants. These were all shockingly on a previous list of banned books.

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For me and a lot of others in my generation, these books produced a lot of emotion and laughter, taught valuable lessons all while triggering a mind of imagination. In a sense, so much that it helped discover an adventure for reading. Growing up the Harry Potter series was monumental to me! I remember the excitement of each book being released, and then begging my grandfather to go with me to be one of the Potter fans waiting in line at the nearby Barnes & Noble. (It wasn’t ever really that hard cause deep down I know he was a Potter fan too.) Read More…

Punk Rock Review: The Coneheads, by Flavio. Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in Musical Notes on 26 Sep by Mariah Brule


Hey, guys. Flavio’s back…and guess what? He’s written another album review! Want to take another guess? It’s about a punk rock band! So predictable!

Take it away Flav…
I was scouring through the depths of the internet and came across a band that I never thought would exist in this year (and this universe).

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They call themselves The Coneheads and their album LP 1 aka 14-Year-Old High School Hype Lords Rip Off Devo for the Sake of Extorting $$$ from Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L.P. Yeah, it’s quite a mouthful, but it’s probably one of the best punk rock albums I’ve heard of in quite some time. It’s strange to think this band exists in this modern era. Their sound is something irreplaceable. It’s almost hard to describe in many ways. Read More…

Finally, a Frank Ocean Review – Bookmans Entertainment

Posted in Musical Notes on 15 Sep by Mariah Brule


With brand new music from Frank Ocean flooding our radios and ears, it was only appropriate to delve into the newly released albums and give an honest review while he’s still hot. Frank Ocean has been making music and infecting the R&B world for years, before a four year hiatus when R&B artist Frank Ocean hadn’t released any of his own new music. With everyone creating enough rumble about his new releases I found myself diving myself into Endless, enjoying the ripe glory of it, when not even a day later; a second album was released.

Blonde or Blond, no matter the spelling, people will continue to wonder. The artwork of the album features a title different than the title seen on Apple Music, and people are curious – is it preference or an intentional artistic way to reference sexuality from Frank Ocean himself? In his song “Nikes” Ocean sings “there are two versions of me” which may allude to his semantic choice. As for me, it be clever or a preference but still doesn’t change the album.

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Flavz Top 10 Punk Rock Bands

Posted in Reel Chat on 26 Aug by Mariah Brule


A while back I noticed that Rolling Stone did an article on the Ramones sitting on the uldunter, which included their Top 40 Punk Rock albums of all time. I was intrigued and couldn’t help to flip through to find out which bands made the cut, and decided to create my own list from the inspiration (and admittedly, mild discontent).

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Q: “Flavio, you’re always making lists! What are you going to write about?”
A: I’m a 70 year-old curmudgeon trapped in a twenty-something year-olds body, so you know what? I’m going to make another list! I’ll give you a top 10 on the best Punk Rock albums of all time.

1. “Raw Power” by Iggy and the Stooges
Yes, this is my number one. Give it a listen and tell me you do not hear every conceivable Punk Rock riff ever made throughout the album. I mean, it’s not my personal favorite (it’s all about Funhouse), but it’s super influential. People tend to forget that bands like the Stooges and The Velvet Underground were formulating Punk Rock before it even became an idea.

2. “My War” by Black Flag
“So why did you not include Damaged?” Well, there is a reason behind that. Damaged is a great hardcore Punk Rock album, but it wasn’t really forward-thinking. When I think of Black Flag, I always look at their last five years as a band. My War was the beginning of a new era of Punk Rock and hardcore. The first half of My War is fantastic. Black Flag reached this point as a band where they wanted to break off from all of the other hardcore Punk bands and make something new and exciting. It ruined their reputation, but they influenced bands like Nirvana and the Melvins. That says a lot right there.

3. “Too Many Humans” by No Trend
Ah, one of my favorite bands of all time. In my honest opinion, they are one of the most brilliant bands I’ve ever listened to. This album is something that truly helped me become the person I am today. The entire album is one giant misanthropic/nihilistic view on society and the punk rock subculture. It’s absolutely amazing. Bob Strasser is probably one of the best bassists in punk besides Greg Norton and Chuck Dukowski.

4. “Zen Arcade” by Husker Du
Here is another classic for y’all! Zen Arcade is probably the Punk equivalent to The Who’s Quadrophenia. It’s a concept album about a young man running away from a broken home to venture on into the world. For a Punk Rock album, it jumps all over the place; from hardcore to psychedelia and folk rock. It might make you cry a lot (or at least it made me cry).

5. “Generic Flipper” by Flipper
This is a band that ticked off a lot of people in the hardcore community. Features slow songs about apathy, depression and alienation.

6. “Rock for Light” by Bad Brains
It’s basically their first album with a few tracks. If you haven’t listened to this band, go buy (at Bookmans obvi). Do whatever you can to get it.

7. “Q: Are We Not Me? A: We Are Devo!” by Devo
Geeky new wave Punk rock craziness for everyone that felt too weird to be alive. This is probably one of my favorite bands that have ever existed in this dimension.

8. “Plastic Surgery Disasters/In God We Trust Inc.” by Dead Kennedys
No, it’s not “Fresh Fruits…” but it’s probably amount their most creative albums they ever made. It’s like a LSD nightmare through the eyes of William S. Burroughs.

9. “Ever Feel Like Killing Your Boss?” By the Feederz
Politically incorrect art punk from the lovely city of Phoenix, Arizona! Frank Discussion, the brain behind the Feederz, was infamous for firing blanks from an AR-15 into an open crowd and gluing dead bugs all over his face. They were such an influential band that Kurt Cobain had one of their stickers on his guitar. #mindblown

10. “Pink Flag” by Wire
Ugh, I can never get enough of this album. Pink Flag made me see punk rock in a completely different light.

It’s hard to list albums that are so important to me, and to lower it down to just 10 of my favorite Punk bands. My disclaimer is that this is all based on my opinion. I’m not a music critic or anything of the like, but I just love Punk Rock and want you all to have a list to start with. I can’t help but be excited when I come across these gems on our orange shelves, and we are happy to look for any of these albums for you anytime. Stop by today and get (Punk) Rockin’ with some of Flavz favorites.

(Written by Flavio Collions, Bookmans Ina Customer Service Supervisor)

Art Can Create Change

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 Aug by Mariah Brule


If there is one thing that I’ve obtained from art, music, and literature it’s the gratitude of connection. Connection to yourself personally, to one another, to the world we live in, even to our passage of life. Art always has some way of making connections.

Bookmans wants to help you make those connections with art, music, and literature. Here at Bookmans we have built our reputation on freedom of expression while building connections, because we believe you have the right to read, view, and listen to whatever art you choose. Bookmans regularly hosts in-store events that range from art exhibits to musical performances, from festivals to workshops, because of our dedication to a philosophy of creativity, integrity, and community involvement is the most important thing to us.


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Art can make a difference in a plethora of ways. Creativity is a tool that can help expose and resolve issues, and even teach us more about the things we may be naive to. Art doesn’t tell us what to do or how things “should be”, yet it can provide a better understanding, engagement, and even inspiration from the world around us. Most of us have been affected by a work of art; regardless of the medium. Whether a song, poem, book, painting, or theatre production. Haven’t you?

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Lion King Experience

Posted in Uncategorized on 10 Aug by Mariah Brule


I can remember back to sitting on the floor in my living room in-front of our small (at that time seemed so big, and well now antique) tube TV, about 5 years old and full of wonder watching The Lion King. I’ll never forget what my little 5 year old self felt like while trying so hard to fight back all my tears every time the stampede scene started to come on, as if it was the first tragedy to take place in my young life. Yet it was still the one movie that my loving family put up with watching over, and over, and over again. Of course being that age I was too young to understand the different lessons and aspects the story entailed, but I still fell in love with it. I don’t know if was my love for seeing all the animated wild life animals, maybe the soft warm colors of red, orange and yellow or even just the soothing Elton John soundtrack. Whatever it was, The Lion King was the one movie I continued to religiously watch throughout my youth.

And obviously, that Rafiki song stuck with me, even if I have made up what I think he sung…

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Schoolboy Q’s most anticipated album yet

Posted in Musical Notes on 18 Jul by Mariah Brule


I can’t explain to you how stoked I was when the most anticipated album by Schoolboy Q was released on Thursday after I waited for just over 2½ years. I’m not sure when I became a “fan” of Q, but it could have been after listening to his Oxymoron album close to a hundred times. Oxymoron confesses Q’s history of trying to be a father while also being a part of a “hard” lifestyle, but after listening to his new album, Blank Face, I can’t help but appreciate the deeper reflection on his past encounters while making connections to serious issues we see happening in the world currently.

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