Five Fandom Friday – 5 Fictional Characters I Most Identify With

Five Fandom FridaysIt’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over thanks to the genius of Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic: 5 Fictional Characters I Most Identify With. I actually learned a little more about myself by pulling these together. There’s definitely a particular type of character I identify with and I’m fairly certain people who know me would definitely agree with my choices. And they are: (more…)

Five Fandom Friday – Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend

IFive Fandom Fridayst’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over thanks to the genius of Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic: Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend. I am fortunate enough ohave attended several big conventions, but there are also several I’d still like to attend. So, I’ve split the Fandom 5 into two lists – those I’ve attended and those I want to attend.

Let’s start with those conventions that I have been to: (more…)

Five Fandom Friday – Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately

Five Fandom FridaysHappy Fandom Friday everyone! Today’s topic is geeky clothing. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you know I definitely have an affinity for geek-wear.  In fact, I recently added a Batman swimsuit (BlackMilk clothing) and a reversible Batman hoodie (from Hot Topic) to my wardrobe.

 

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Sporting the @blackmilk clothing #batman suit today at #tbdfest #bmbatmanswimsuit #ItsHotOutside

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But there are still a whole lot of pieces I don’t own and definitely need in my closet immediately. (more…)

What’s On My Radar – Week of July 8th

Film(s): Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi

On Wednesday, I participated in the Course of the Force, a relay benefiting the Make-a-Wish foundation (find out more about that here. And you can watch the Day 2 recap video which includes yours truly below).  After sporting my Princess Leia hair and R2D2 tank top while interacting with other Star Wards fans, in costume and out, I naturally had a huge urge to re-watch these seminal films. [And I refuse to call them Episodes 4, 5, and 6; though I will occasionally refer to the 1977 film as Star Wars: A New Hope]. A reporter asked me what my favorite movie and/or scene was? Movie has got to be Empire Strikes Back. But I’m a big fan of the scene with Leia and the Ewok making friends on the log.  What’s your favorite movie and/or scene?

Bonus Film: Pacific Rim

Why?  Because it is giant man-made and piloted robots fighting giant robots! Who doesn’t want to see that? ’m going to see it this weekend. Are you?

movie poster from Pacific Rim

Comic(s):  Pandora #1 and Justice League #22

first look image of JL 22

I bought Pandora last week, but because I was too busy relaxing in Lake Tahoe I didn’t actually read anything last week (despite the fact several comics I follow were released). Pandora is a new book and a precursor for the upcoming Trinity War between the various Justice Leagues. And of course Justice League #22 came out this week which kicks off the Trinity War.  I think it’s a fascinating concept to pit all these different super heroes with comparable powers against each other, but I feel like the lead up to the Trinity could have been developed a little more fully.  In any case, I’ll keep reading because I like the teams of sups.

PS I’ll be writing a monthly blog over at Geek Girl Pen Pals Club the first Friday of every month about DC Comics. Come say ‘Hi’ over there.

Television: Vikings and Bates Motel

I’m headed to Comic Con next week (more on that later) and while I haven’t completely worked out my schedule and priority must-sees (Comic Con is the best place to learn about the economic concepts of trade-offs and opportunity costs!), I know there will be panels for Vikings and Bates Motel.  These are exciting shows and could be worthwhile panels. The trouble is the will almost certainly be teasing there upcoming seasons and re-capping the previous ones.  I decided I better get watching if I want to avoid spoilers.

Book(s): Redshirts by John Scalzi

cover of RedshirtsThis one if actually a two-fer. It’s an offical alt pick for the Sword and Laser book club and it’s also nominated for a Hugo Award.  I’m desperately trying to get through the all the nominees in the main writing categories before the July 31st voting deadline. By becoming a supporting (i.e. non-attending) member of LoneStarCon (for only $60), you have the ability to nominate and vote for the Hugo Awards. Another benefit to this membership is the online voter packet, which includes electronic copies of a majority of the nominations.  I am officially a supporting member of LoneStarCon and am looking forward to voting. It means I have a lot of reading to get through still, but that’s definitely a nerd girl problem.

So, what’s on your radar this week?

Review: Star Wars: Scoundrels

Star Wars: Scoundrels
Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Though I’ve been a fan of the Star Wars movies as long as I can remember (admittedly more 4,5 and 6 then 1,2, and 3), I’ve never ventured into the expanded universe detailed via the written word. Until now. I was fortunate enough tor receive an advanced reader copy (ARC) of Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn through the Goodreads First Reads giveaways. Naturally, being an avid reader I took advantage.

Somehow, don’t ask how, I am actually familiar with Timothy Zahn (though I’ve never read any of his books before) and have heard that he is great at what he does. That and the cover (which sadly I don’t have on my ARC) would likely have been enough to make me pick up this book. Couple that with the fact that this book takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back – the part of the Star Wars universe I’m most familiar with – and I was excited to read my first Star Wars books.

It didn’t disappoint! Scoundrels is essentially an Ocean’s Eleven type heist/caper plot but with a cast of familiar (Han, Chewie, and Lando) and unfamiliar Star Wars characters (Bink, Tavia, Winter, Zerba, and more). The cast of characters is quite large and difficult to keep straight until about a quarter of the way through the book. But there is a handy ‘dramtis personae’ guide in the beginning of the book. And I’ll admit to flipping back to that a few times. You learn character background and details sparingly as the book moves forward, but I find that to be intriguing and just one of many factors that kept me interested and quickly reading through.

Another reason I kept reading, the plot pacing while quick was not frenetic. To me it seemed perfectly suited for the activities unfolding. Early on in the book, a scene unfolds in a cantina with Han that is clearly a nod to the ‘Han shot first’ debate that continues between fans and George Lucas. If I wasn’t sold on enjoying it before, that certainly helped. I can’t say much else about the plot and story without spoiling the book, but hopefully I’ve convinced you it is worth a read anyway.

I really enjoyed this book. I may even pick up another Timothy Zahn Star Wars book to explore. Any Star Wars fan (with limited or expanded knowledge) is likely to enjoy the book. I’d venture it’s possible even a non-Star Wars fan may enjoy it, but it is a lot of fun to read it picturing Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams. Go read Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars: Scoundrels and see if you agree!

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