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17 Aug

Bookmans Recommends | Dunkirk at The Loft Cinema

August is Movie Madness month at all six Bookmans stores! And while we are enjoying awesome free events and activities highlighting cinema, we also wanted to take a moment and talk about one of our favorite places to hang and enjoy a film or three! The Loft Cinema in Tucson has been around for generations and just so happens to be a Bookmans bestie. We have a long standing relationship with this Tucson cultural hot spot. When the opportunity presented itself to see this theater after their recent remodel and enjoy Christopher Nolan’s latest feat Dunkirk in 70 MM, of course we hopped to it. Check out my thoughts on Nolan’s latest film and why you should definitely see it at The Loft.

Dunkirk in theaters Summer 2017.

03 Jul

Bookmans Recommends | Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

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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First Edition Cover

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!

28 Jun

Bookmans Recommends | Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter is a simulation game that is set in the post-apocalyptic universe of the Fallout series. Created by Bethesda Game Studios, the same developers responsible for the award-winning Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter allows players to do something that they have never been able to in the Fallout games: manage their own vault.

 Fallout Shelter

27 Jun

Unpacking Kendrick Lamar’s Album “DAMN”

Kendrick Lamar has without a doubt been one of the best storytellers in the rap industry. His newly released album “DAMN.”, tells emotional stories about character, honor, society, politics, culture and religion. With fourteen tracks and a 55 minute run-time, this is one to listen to a few times to wrap your mind around Lamar’s lyrics. The majority of the album is simple but gets real heavy at times. Let’s be honest, we can’t really expect anything less from Kendrick. With that being said, here are some of my favorites as I continue to unpack this album. Trust me this wasn’t easy!

Kendrick Lamar

6. LOYALTY.
This track features the one and only Rihanna, I’m sure this one will be a part of the summer hype soundtrack of 2017. It’s definitely a lot more relaxed than his other tracks and it’s dope to hear Rihanna and Lamar work together from bar to bar.

11. XXX.
Kendrick goes in speaking his mind on politics and social issues. This might be the most important track on the album. I was a little unsure of what to expect with a collaboration with U2. I have to say it was far from disappointing! Kendrick easily coasts through many different sounds.

12. FEAR.
This is the longest track on the album and probably one I would say I personally relate to the most. This track deals with anxiety. insecurities, and how it all ties in with life. He talks about how his struggles and most of all his fears that changed from childhood to teen years and up through his 20’s. He says that some kind of fear always continues to follow us, sharing his struggle of getting rid of  fear or whatever it was that was causing it. Getting towards the end of the track he says, “I wonder if I’m living through fear or living through rap.” Strong statement Kendrick.

For Kendricks’s older albums, we suggest coming by Bookmans today. His older work is just as monumental and is the basis for the love that we have for new releases. For more on his current work and a sneak peak into his new musical release visit his website here.

19 Jun

5 Forever Favorite 90’s TV Shows

Where are all my 90’s kids at? It was a decade that gave us some of the raddest video games in history(in my opinion). It was a decade that brought us the struggle of renting a VHS tape that the person before you didn’t rewind. If you remember that then chances are there are probably pictures of you in a bright neon wardrobe inside an old photo album, hopefully buried away at your parent’s house. Don’t worry, we don’t have to get into all that. Let’s focus on the good and dig into some of the great 90’s TV shows that you still remember watching today. There was the pop culture Bel-Air family, the daily adventures of being a rugrat, and the yellow cartoon family who is perhaps the most popular family in the world. The best way to re-cap these great shows is to watch them again. So with a little help, here are a few of my favorites from our 90’s childhood!

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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12 Jun

Now Hiring | Musical Electronic Repair in Tucson

***THE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED*** Bookmans is hiring for our Musical Instrument Repair Shop based in Tucson! We are in need of an experienced Musical Electronics Repair Technician and we think it may be you! Join our amazing team at the Bookmans Instrument Repair Shop based out of the Bookmans Resource Center. You can get a full description of the job below then apply online today!

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08 Jun

Listen Up | Bryson Tiller’s New Album ‘True to Self’

Surprise! If you haven’t heard, Bryson Tiller had an early release of his new album True to Self. Time to drop in with a review. I’ve been exploring this album since its unexpected release last week, and there is still a lot to drive in to with 19 tracks and a 58 minute runtime.

Bryson Tiller

30 May

Geeking Out | Freddy Krueger Films

Many people know and love Freddy Krueger. It’s true! No, you’re not dreaming. How many horror villains seem to have as much fun as Freddy? Most slash kingpins show so much hatred or a sense of other worldly compulsion. Yes, Freddy is as evil as Jason, but Freddy has FUN! He uses his imagination to dream up some very twisted, yet original ways to kill helpless sleepers. Who can forget the poor girl who was turned into a bug and squashed in a bug trap? Or the teen who wanted to be a star on TV so Freddy welcomed her to primetime by shoving her head in a TV? Classic.

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24 May

Geeking Out At Bookmans Mesa

Have you wondered what it is like to be as close to paradise as humanly possible? If you haven’t been in our stores lately, now is the time to come back. Whether you are a collector, birthday shopping or doing some early holiday shopping, we have you covered. Let us tell you about what you can find in our Geeking Out corner at Bookmans Mesa!

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19 May

Geeking Out | Logic “Everybody”

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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18 May

Geeking Out | Summer Vacation Horror Flicks

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.

16 May

Geeking Out | Mass Effect: Andromeda

Five years after the release of the final climatic installment of the original Mass Effect trilogy, Bioware is back with the much anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda. The story of Andromeda begins around the same time as the first Mass Effect game, as tens of thousands of the diverse Milky Way races (human, asari, turians, salarians, and krogan) depart their home galaxy for a 600 year journey to the Andromeda galaxy.

 

12 May

Geeking Out | Throwback to Childhood Video Games

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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08 May

Mesa’s Great Geek Giveaway

According to Urban Dictionary  “geeking out” is when one likes to  “spend an amount of time discussing geekish things with other geeks, or to participate in geeky undertakings and pastimes with one or more other geeks.” Let’s face it, we all have those things that make us geek out. You’re a member of the club if you enjoy fumbling through a new book, powering up with the latest video game, debating whether or not to open that new toy, or even collecting unusual tchotchkes. You like what you like. We understand that. We truly believe that geeking out is half the fun and we’d like to help you take it to the next boss level with a Great Geek Giveaway at Bookmans Mesa.

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06 May

Sony PlayStation Does Virtual Reality

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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03 May

Geeking Out | Con Man The Game

Mobile gaming is the hottest thing right now, with thousands of games offered on Google Play and iTunes. As a long time gamer, it took me a while to get into the idea of casual mobile gaming, especially since my phone does little to rival the graphics and power of my PS4 or gaming PC. However, there is one genre of games that will always hook me no matter what platform it is on – simulation games. I adore any game that takes what should be the boring monotony of life and turns it into a fun time-management simulation game. Two games in particular have caught my interest recently: Con Man the Game and Fallout Shelter. Let’s take a look at Con  Man.

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27 Apr

Bookmans Recommends | Art Academy (Nintendo 3DS)

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.  

Academy

25 Apr

Spring Cleaning With Bookmans

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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17 Apr

Bookmans Recommends: American Beauty

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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13 Apr

Children’s Storytime Tips

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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