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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Friday
Aug222014

Trailer Park Friday: Star Wars Rebel, Doctor Who & Creepy Music Videos

If I were to really fill this post up with all the videos I watched this week, it would be one ALS ice bucket challenge after enough as my favorite geek icons keep challenging each other until I end up in a giggly ball of crazy. Instead I will just use one and I will put it at the end for those of you who are a little tired of the ice bucket challenge.

We're kind of in that inbetween phase of trailers. The fall television trailers have been out for awhile and none of the movie trailers being released right now are of anything very exciting or geeky, so I had to hunt down some alternative sources. But first, if you're a Whovian, you've probably seen this trailer considering the season starts tomorrow. For those of you who haven't, here's the trailer for the first epidoes of season 8 of Doctor Who. It has dinosaurs.

Now how about a disturbing music video that will probably be giving me nightmares for a few nights? It's from Mikki Blanco and it's called "The Initiation".

We saw a bit of the new Star Wars cartoon, Star Wars Rebels, at Comic Con and it looks like it could be good. The people behind it have been releasing shorts introducing characters, including the one below introducing Sabine. Star Wars Rebels starts on Disney XD on October 3. You can see additional videos on Star Wars' Youtube channel.

And now that ice bucket challenge video I mentioned at the beginning. You won't be surprised to know it's the one Benedict Cumberbatch released earlier today. It's turned me into a giggly idiot all afternoon. You can donate to ALS research here.

Be careful if you click through to Youtube through that video though because, if you're anything like me, you'll quickly fall down the deep dark hole that is Cumberbatch videos.

 

Have you seen any fun, silly or awesome videos on the internet this week? What fall movie are you looking forward to most?

Thursday
Aug212014

Review: The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey

The Girl with all the Gifts
MR Carey

Orbit
Released June 19, 2014
I received an eARC from the publisher.
460 pages
Science Fiction (anything more would be kind of spoilerish)

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NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl.

Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

It’s not often that I give Fernando a play-by-play of a book I’m reading. Normally I don’t think he would have any interest in my YA female-led fantasy and dystopian books, so I only tell him what my books are about if he asks. But this book… this book! I couldn’t not tell him about it, giving him a near blow-by-blow play of the plot (he’s not a spoilerphobe like me and didn’t intend to read it) as I made my way through The Girl with All the Gifts. This book is fascinating.

I didn’t know much about the book before I started reading it. I honestly thought the gifts in question would be more along the X-Men sort, so as I picked up the hints of Melanie’s true nature and the world she inhabits, I started getting this stupid giddy smile on my face. Carey surprised me from beginning to end, never going the route I thought he would. Plus Melanie is a fascinating character, fully formed and three dimensional despite being a small child. Her mother-figure in the form of one of her teachers is equally as complex and complicated though in a totally different way.

SPOILERS ON THE BASIC NATURE OF THE BOOK AHEAD

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