Talk Nerdy to Me

I love this so much.

Christie

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Word Crimes: The Song We Didn’t Know We Needed

Weird Al turning “Blurred Lines” by Robin Th(ick)e into “Word Crimes” a song about grammar?  My little nerdy heart is singing along.  A gift from me to you. Need more? See Weird Al’s site for details on where to buy his new album, Mandatory Fun.

Love,

Christie

 

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Robopocalypse – The tech version of the zombie apocalypse?

 

 

Robots have been scary for a long time.  Would it surprise you to find out that I, Robot, by Isaac Aasimov, was published in 1950? But the idea of machines taking over people, or people secretly being machines, is to my mind a new version of the zombie trope.  Representing that theme very well are the two (so far) books by Daniel H. Wilson, Robopocalypse and Robogenesis.  People’s fears of military robots and drones are well founded in this story of a world where putting artificial intelligence in charge of war is a very, very bad idea.  A kind of cross between the future seen in Terminator, where humans and machines are at war, and the Matrix, where the machines are taking over humans – a small group of survivors is trying to eliminate the machine threat.  Creepy, all too imaginable, and very gripping, I highly recommend both books.   You’ll never look at Siri the same way.

C.

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Pirate Transmission from District 13

So excited!

C.

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Panem Propaganda

Here is the amazing first trailer for Mockingjay Part 1:

Chilling, n’est-ce pas?

 

Christie

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Guess who’s back…

After an extended period of being locked out of my WordPress account due to my authenticator malfunctioning, I am back!  I haven’t forgotten you, I promise, and more sarcastic book reviews cometh.

My current summer reading has been a weird mix, trying to catch up on the glut of titles released for pairing with a cold drink on the patio.  I am also trying to catch up on some of the titles others have been recommending.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

A tale that’s very relevant right now, with its themes of bullying, sexual assault, and suicide, anyone who went to high school (or was a teenager) will find something to identify with in this one.

The story begins with Clay, a fairly nice teenaged boy,  discovering a box of audio tapes left on his doorstep (anyone else remember those?), recorded by Hannah – a girl from his school who had recently committed suicide.  She tells him there are thirteen reasons she killed herself – and if you were listening to the tapes, you were one of those reasons.

There are audio files online for the tapes, so you can make the story a multimedia experience, hearing the tapes along with Clay.

This book is not only an excellent read, but could be a really important one for a teen – these experiences can be so isolating, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a book make you feel a little less alone – and a little more aware that you aren’t the only one out there who has gone through it.   It might not be a bad one for a parent and a teen to both read, and then discuss.

I will be catching up on postings as quickly as I can, so prepare for a deluge!

Christie

 

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I Love Rat Queens

So, so good.  It’s like you took a wine fueled D&D session with your girlfriends (note to self: have one of those) and turned it into a graphic novel.

A foul mouthed, hard drinking band of hilarious mercenaries causes ruckus, usually always involving bloodshed, sometimes for money, sometimes always for fun.  The character descriptions are “Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.”

This was presented to me by a colleague on the basis that someone had obviously written it for me.  Seeing his point, I purchased it.  Purchase of Volume 2 is imminent.

I’m sure you’re all already reading Saga… but if you’re not, start.  As a colleague described it, it’s Romeo in Juliet in space, with lots of hot space sex.  I love Lying Cat.  I need more people to read Saga so I can say “LYING” at every opportunity.

Oh, and while you’re at it, pick up the new reboot of the Huntress series.  I was weirdly excited about the fact that she isn’t leaping around in high heels, and actually has real boots with decent tread.  A small detail, but an important one.

Christie

 

 

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