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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?

1 thought on “What’s On My Radar – Week of July 8th”

  1. My favorite of the original three Star Wars movies is Empire Strikes Back as well, though A New Hope is nearly even with it. Favorite scene is when Han Solo goes gets frozen in carbonite. From Leia’s profession of love all the way until it’s clear that Solo survived is just outstanding. John Williams’ score is perfect in that scene, really adding to the sense of sorrow and dread.

    I read “Redshirts” a few months back, it certainly a different book, and it’s filled with trademark Scalzi whit. If you are a fan of his work, then you will enjoy it. It’s not my favorite of his, but I enjoyed it.

    I’ve been re-watching Doctor Who episodes, just picking one at random off netflix. They have some of the classic serials, quite a few from the 4th Doctor, which is the one I grew up on. “City of Death” and “Pyramids of Mars” are both awesome. Tonight I watched a more recent one, “Let’s Kill Hitler”

    And, currently reading “Consider Phlebas” by Iain M. Banks. I had always heard that his writing was awesome, both his literary and sci-fi stuff, and being the sci-fi nerd that I am I figured I would start with his first sci-fi novel. He does not disappoint.

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