The First 50 Pages: Up, Back, and Away

Margot Harrison of Seven Days has picked a time travel tale for her latest feature, First 50 Pages: Up, Back, and Away by K. Velk, an author out of Stowe. Here’s what she has to say about it:

Will I read the rest?
Already have. It took me a few tries to get into Up, Back, and Away. But once Miles woke up in 1928 with a huge bump on his head and encountered a fast-talking English lad whose pluck and self-sufficiency make modern kids look like sheltered wusses, I was hooked.

In short, the appeal of this book doesn’t lie in the time travel, the attendant mystery or really anything to do with the protagonist. It lies in Velk’s loving, convincing re-creation of England in the era when the gentility of “Downton Abbey” met the vitality of the Jazz Age.

Read the rest here.

Geek Things for May 28th, 2015

  • Vermont Environmental Consortium Water Quality Conference, 8 am-5 pm, Judd Gym, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center. $20-75. (Water)
  • Plant & Book Sale, 9 am-5 pm, Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield. (Books)
  • Magic: The Gathering, 6-8 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • Early-Bird Math, 11 am-12 pm, Richmond Free Library, Richmond. (Math)
  • ‘Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens’, 7:30 pm, West Rutland Town Hall Theater, West Rutland. $25. (Theater)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 8 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $18; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Public Star Gazing Parties, Sundown, UVM Horticulture Research Center, South Burlington
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00p, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • FNM: Tinker & Smithy, 6:30pm, Tinker & Smithy, Middlebury. (Gaming)
  • MTG:FNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Fun night at the Pinball Co-op, 7:00pm – 7:30pm, The Pinball Co-op, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Standard & Tiny Leaders, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

Geek Things for May 27th, 2015

  • Brush Bots, 3-4 p, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. (Kids)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Night, 8pm, Colchester Meeting House, Colchester. (Gaming)
  • Energy Co-op of Vermont Open House, 5:30-7 pm, Energy Co-op of Vermont, Colchester. (Energy)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Tech Help With Clif, 1-2 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Tech)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Game Night, 4pm – 7pm, Aldrich Library, Barre. (Gaming)
  • New England Pinball League (at Pinball Co-op this week), 7:00pm – 7:30pm, Pinball Co-op, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Dungeons & Dragons! 6-9pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

Geek Things for May 26th, 2015

  • ‘Blade Runner’, 7 pm, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free; first come, first served. (Movies)
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop, 10:30 am, 22 Church Street, Burlington. Free; preregister at meet up.com; limited space. (Writing)
  • Gaming for Teens & Adults, 5-7:45 pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Path of Devastation: Broken Roads (2015 Season 2 League), Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Repack Draft, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Magic the Gathering Commander, 2pm – 4pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Tech Tuesdays, 3:30PM – 04:30PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. (Tech)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for May 22nd, 2015

  • Axis and Allies: War at Sea, 3:30-5 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • From Bedrock to Birds, 5-8 pm, Sat., May 23, 8 am-6 pm and Sun., May 24, 8 am-6 pm, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $300-430; preregister. (Outdoors)
  • Dungeons & Dragons, 6-8:30 pm, Brownell Library Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • ‘Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens’, 7:30 pm, West Rutland Town Hall Theater, West Rutland. $25. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 8 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $18; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • ‘The Tempest’, 7-9:30 pm, Essex Memorial Hall, Essex. $12-16. (Theater)
  • Public Star Gazing Party, Sundown, UVM Horticulture Research Center, South Burlington. (Astronomy)
  • Path of Devastation: Broken Roads (2015 Season 2 League), Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • FNM: Tinker & Smithy, 6:30pm, Tinker & Smithy, Middlebury. (Gaming)
  • MTG:FNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Panteria XX – Shire of Panther Vale, Friday 22nd – Monday 25th, Thetford Center. (SCA)
  • Fun night at Pinball Co-op, 7pm – 10pm, Pinball Co-op, South Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic: Draft, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

Poltergeist Early Screenings

The Poltergeist is being rebooted, and a number of theaters around Vermont are screening it early. Here’s where you can catch it tonight:

  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 10:00pm (2D)
  • Majestic 10, Williston. 8:00pm.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 8:00pm.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 8:00pm.

Here’s where it’ll be opening tomorrow, May 22nd:

  • Capitol Theater, Montpelier.
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington.
  • Bujou Cineplex 4, Morrisville.