UMBC Podcast: Art of Fielding Preview

  UMBC_ The Art of Fielding Click here to download or listen to on a mobile device. We’ve taken the leap!  The first Ultra Manly Podcast has been recorded, edited, and published! Each month we’ll produce a podcast reviewing our last book and previewing our next book.  It’s a very serious, tangent-free recording.  I swear. […]

Front Cover Fridays #10

H.G. Wells wrote The Time Machine in 1895 in London. The 32,000 word book is readable in an afternoon sitting. It is the origin of the term “time machine”, and has inspired hundreds of other science fiction works. Check out what the first edition cover looked like back then… This first edition sells for thousands […]

GQ Interview with Art of Fielding author: Chad Harbach

Below is an excerpt from a September GQ interview with Chad Harbach. He has an interesting story. For the full interview click here. In Chad Harbach’s debut novel, The Art of Fielding, the tribulations of a star shortstop at a small liberal arts college take on a Herculean feel. A victim of a sudden and […]

Review: SUPER MARIO: How Nintendo Conquered America

[xrrgroup][xrr rating=3.75/5] [xrr rating=4.25/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup]       Are video games manly? I’m sure there are conflicting opinions, but the opinion of iUMBC is a resounding YES. I know everyone has been losing sleep over when the review to last week’s FCF, Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America is going to drop. Well, wait […]

Book Club Pictures

The Kansas City Chapter of the Ultra Manly Book Club was kind enough to send in pictures of their last book club going over Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. They even had an Ultra Manly Secret Santa (before you make fun of it, take a gander at some of the gifts) to get into the spirit […]

Review: Tinkers – Paul Harding

[xrrgroup][xrr rating=2/5] [xrr rating=2/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup] Tinkers by Paul Harding is a short book that says a lot. What exactly it is saying though, is something of a mystery to me. And I’m supposed to be the literary one of the group. I came across it wandering through a bookstore (yes they still exist) with […]

Front Cover Fridays #9

iUMBC has very few rules. In fact, the only rule that comes to mind is this one: “Avoid the Tw*light Saga at all costs.” Oh, and another one: “Always utilize the asterisk when typing the word “Tw*light” as it is forbidden to do otherwise.” That being said, we fully support Tw*light Saga parodies. Thus, we […]

What Would You Like to See From iUMBC in 2012?

We’ve had quite a run these last few months as we build up our quaint little blog.  We’ve done reviews, previews, jokes, and obsessed about ebooks.  As we look towards 2012, what are some things that you’d like to see? Are there resources you’d like us to add? Do you want polls on the site? […]

Jimmy Fallon’s Do Not Read List #3

Love me some Jimmy Fallon.

Saddleback Leather

Here at iUMBC, we love all things manly, not just books. So when my brother-in-law told me about Saddleback, I knew that we had to share its story. It’s a pretty amazing story, and you can read the whole thing here. The short of it is that a guy living in Mexico went to a […]