Friday
Aug292014

Trailer Park Friday: MORE ROBOTS, Book Adaptations, Star Wars & More

Alrighty, no preamble this week. I got videos!

Now that Guardians of the Galaxy has been released, I thought I didn't really have a new movie to be excited about. Then I saw the first trailer for Big Hero 6 and now I want a big inflatable robot of my very own. Big Hero 6 comes out November 7.

And because one robot is never enough, here's a trailer for Automata. I don't know when it comes out, but I WANT IT NOW!

One of the new shows I'm most looking forward to this fall is The Flash. Here is the latest trailer for the companion show for Arrow. It will be on the CW starting on October 7.

Last week I posted a making of view of Star Wars: Rebels, the new cartoon that starts on October 13 on Disney XD. This looks like it will be a lot of fun, especially for anyone that enjoyed The Clone Wars.

At Comic Con last month, we got to see a sneak peek of Horns and hear Daniel Radcliffe talk about it. It looks hilarious and kind of creepy. I don't think I've see Radcliffe in anything other than Harry Potter, so I'm looking forward to seeing this on October 31. This is the UK trailer for this film based off of Joe Hill's book.

Christopher Nolan has never made a movie I didn't enjoy, so I'm eager to see his next film, Interstellar, even though the trailer hasn't really intrigued me. Here is the latest international trailer. Interstellar comes out November 7.

And finally the trailer for Gone Girl. I literally just picked up a copy of the book this afternoon, so no spoilers about plot. This doesn't look like my usual sort of read or movie, but I've heard amazing things about the book and the trailer is very intriguing. It comes out October 3.

Which one are you most excited about seeing? Do you love all the robots showing up in movies these days? Link up any videos that have caught your interest this week in the comments.

Thursday
Aug282014

Review: Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Love in the Time of Global Warming
Francesca Lia Block

Henry Holt & Co.
Released August 27, 2013
240 pages
YA / Dystopian / Fantasy

Find it on Goodreads

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

Her life by the sea in ruins, Pen has lost everything in the Earth Shaker that all but destroyed the city of Los Angeles. She sets out into the wasteland to search for her family, her journey guided by a tattered copy of Homer’s Odyssey. Soon she begins to realize her own abilities and strength as she faces false promises of safety, the cloned giants who feast on humans, and a madman who wishes her dead. On her voyage, Pen learns to tell stories that reflect her strange visions, while she and her fellow survivors navigate the dangers that lie in wait. In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.

Francesca Lia Block and I have a history. She wouldn’t know me if I walked up to her and poked her in the arm, but I have an irrational feeling like I know her. I clung to her Weetzie Bat books as a teenager, going back to them over and over again. They were unlike anything I had ever experienced and none of my friends knew who she was. It was like she was my secret friend, who understood my misfit-ness and could wrap me up in techno-color dreams on the darkest of days.

It’s been a decade since I last picked up one of Block’s books, and I’m no longer in that bleak state of teenagerdom, so I wasn’t sure how Block’s latest series would work for me. I’m a little ashamed that I doubted my secret friend because reading Love in the Time of Global Warming was like coming home after being gone for far too long. It is the same trippy gorgeous weirdness of her previous books wrapped around a solid plot and a leading lady that finds all this hidden strength deep inside of her when the world literally falls apart around her.

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Aug272014

What We’re Watching: Endings and Beginnings - True Blood & Doctor Who

During my blogging hiatus, I realized I had already started skipping Wednesday posts. At first I thought it was because Wednesdays are the middle of the week and work is crazy and computers are stupid. Then I thought about it a little more and realized it was more likely due to not having a go-to post for the day. Yeah, I could do the Waiting on Wednesday meme, but it seems a little like a copout (and it was making my TBR list even longer).

I pondered what I could write about on Wednesdays instead. And usually this pondering happened while watching television or Netflix, so it’s a little embarrassing that it took as long as it did to figure out a good Wednesday theme.

Welcome to What We’re Watching Wednesday, where I will babble on about this or that thing we’ve been watching. Maybe it’ll be a review of a show or a rant about stupid characters or a glowing recommendation for a new movie. Whatever it is, there will be gifs. Like this one.

You don’t have to be a fan of True Blood to appreciate that gif. The Skarsgard can be appreciated by everyone, especially when he’s jamming out to techno music in a stolen car with a bunch of dead bodies in the backseat. He’s a universal source of blond goodness. Enjoy the gif. I’ll wait for you to return.

Now that you’re in a happy mood, let’s move on. In this inaugural What We’re Watching post, I’m going to focus on an ending of a series and the beginning of a new chapter in a different series. First up, let’s talk about True Blood. Be warned. There are spoilers for the finale (like, big ones) and all other episodes.

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Aug262014

Random Tuesday: Audiobook Deals, Science Fiction of the Future, Lois Lane & More

Everyone has seen Guardians of the Galaxy by now, haven't they? I mean, if I posted the piece of news that I found that has been the highlight for the last couple of days, it wouldn't really be a spoiler, would it? Hmm... perhaps I will save it for last.

io9 pulled together a list of 100 comics coming out this fall and my bank account cried.

I've been spending a bit more time on Pinterest lately. That's how I know there are book vending machines at the Stockholm airport. Very cool.

Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians series, wrote a little thing about how fantasy has taken over the mainstream for Time magazine.

Books best read if you know nothing about them, according to Bookish.com.

This article is a few months old, but it's a good one. Smithsonian magazine put together an article about how modern science fiction authors are inspiring inventors and possibly affecting the future.

Donald Glover will be voicing Miles Morales on The Amazing Spider-Man cartoon on Disney XD. The internet is very excited.

Jeremy Renner said that Hawkeye might play a bigger role in Captain America 3. This makes me very excited.

Gwenda Bond is writing a YA novel about Lois Lane that will come out next May, which is just AWESOME! It sounds like a good vehicle to introduce YA fans to a comic character that has always deserved more attention.

Amazon and Audible have 100 audio books for sale right now. Get them at a discount while it lasts!

And that spoilerish GotG thing I mentioned at the top? Funko announced they were going to be releasing this late in the year.

Click to read more ...

Monday
Aug252014

Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Mortal Danger
Ann Aguirre

Feiwel & Friends
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher
Released August 5, 2014
YA / Fantasy / Supernatural

Find it on Goodreads

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...

I really wanted to like this book. It’s every outcast’s dream to return from a summer looking beautiful and with the skills to get back at your tormentors. For that alone Edie is a relatable character, though probably a little shortsighted considering how it’s hammered in how smart she is. It’s more the execution where Mortal Danger fails.

First of all the title is so generic that, when friends asked me what I was currently reading, I honestly couldn’t remember the title even though I’d been looking at the cover of the book just a few hours before. I suppose it makes sense considering all the mortals are always in danger, but it’s not that memorable.

Click to read more ...