This Week in Geek

  • Posted by CPerny on Feb 24 2017

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Hello. Lots of geek things happened! Are you ready? I’m excited. Let’s do this thing.

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SPACE GEEKING

Listen, the discovery of seven (SEVEN!!!) earth-like planets is likely the coolest thing that will happen in any of our lifetimes, barring the robot apocalypse (which is also scary, but whatever). These planets, now known as the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, could *potentially* support life, and despite the fact that they are about 40 light-years away, I am ready to take an interplanetary field trip. Get all of the amazing space-deets here.

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Me, going to space
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MORE COMIC BOOK TV GEEKING

  • Marvel’s Inhumans TV show just announced that Iwan Rheon, aka Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones, will be playing Maximus. I have precisely zero idea what Inhumans is, or who Maximus is, but heck, I’m about this comic-books-on-TV lifestyle, and Rheon is a solid actor, so I am here for this! Get the low-down here.
    • Also, for anyone curious, according to Wikipedia, “The Inhumans are a fictional race of superhumans appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.” High fives for googling to increase nerd-knowledge!
  • In more comic-books-on-TV news, it has been announced that Jamie Chung will play Blink on Matt Nix’s as yet untitled X-Men show. I abso-damn-loutely love the X-Men, so I am mad stoked for this, as the kids say. More info here.
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Me, rejoicing over the amount of comic book adaptations coming out.
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STAR WARS GEEKING

The first cast photo of the new Star Wars Han Solo film was released this week, and I am PUMPED UP. The cast includes my queen Emilia Clarke, aka Daenerys Targaryen, my king, Donald Glover (as friggin’ young Lando, it’s PERFECT!), and  young actor Alden Ehrenreich, who I’ve never heard of, but makes an excellent young Han Solo nonetheless. GAZE UPON IT’S MAGNIFICENCE (and if you want, slightly more details here).

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Alright gang, that’s it for now. Keep geeking!

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This Week in Geek

  • Posted by CPerny on Feb 17 2017

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Oh hai there! This week in geek: pocket monsters, taco weddings, cannibals, and Asgardian roommate woes. Intrigued? Let’s get to it.

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Be the sloth princess you always knew you could be.
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POKÉMON GO GEEKING:

I’m going to lead in a bit strongly here, but just go with it. If you do not like Pokémon, I’m cordially inviting you to go eat a whole big bowl of butts. I love Pokémon. It is a major pass time of mine, and also my unofficial form of therapy (as I once wrote about here on The Mary Sue). Anyhow, my point here is that I have been playing Pokémon Go with a fiery fervor since it came out the day before my birthday, and unlike some of you quitters out there, I have not stopped. AND NOW, GEN 2 HAS BEEN RELEASED, SO PLEASE GET OUT OF MY WAY, I HAVE A CHIKORITA TO CATCH! There were also a lot of other changes made my favorite pocket monster app, including more candy bonuses, gendered Pokémon (which means breeding is gonna happen soon, guys!), and more berry types. See all the details over here on this fabulous article from Forbes.

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Me RN, tbh
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JASON MOMOA GEEKING:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I love Jason Momoa. Therefore, I was very excited to see that he an Keanu will be starring in a Mad Max type movie about cannibals and feminism and dystopia. I am not so big on cannibals, but everything else about this, I love. Check the trailer out here, and make up your own mind. The movie will be called The Bad Batch, which I think is a fantastic title, and I’m cautiously optimistic. Also, that was pretty much all the excuse I needed to share some of my excessive amounts of Momoa-GIFS.

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Wrong movie, but whatever, it’s still a great GIF
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So dreamy wow I am slain
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ASGARDIAN ROOMMATE GEEKING:

Like the rest of the MCU-loving world, I am extremely stoked for the next Thor movie. So stoked, in fact, that I joyously spent my Valentine’s Day gorging on sushi and watch Thor 2: The Dark World, but that’s really just some bragging on my part, and mostly unrelated to this. What is related, though, is that a new short video of Thor and his human roommate, Darryl, was released, and it’s comedic gold. Watch it here, and be prepared to suffer from a case of the LOLs.

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I like this video. Another!
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TACO GEEKING, I GUESS?

I admit to being somewhat flabbergasted by this, but I guess you can get married in a Taco Bell now? I’m sharing this, because like many good geeks, I enjoy stuffing myself full of super-cheap Taco Bell fare, and then wallowing in shame as I absorb the calories into my sedentary, video-game playing body. Anyhow, should this be of interest to you, it looks like the true fans of Fourthmeal can now tie the knot in the Vegas location of Taco Bell, and even get a hot sauce packet bouquet (that part sounds pretty neat, if I’m honest). Get all the deets here.

 

 

That’s it for now. Later, skaters–keep it geeky!

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Love & Fantasy: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

  • Posted by Nova on Feb 15 2017
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Every now and then, we get to take a mini-vacay from Nova’s incessant fiction addiction, and read outside the Voyager pantheon. (gasp!)  So this starts one of a few new readings series on the blog, with bookish musings, pulled from our own personal bookshelves. Because reading = escapism = important!

Long before binge watching was a thing (thanks, Netflix), I’ve been a serial binge-reader.  Series at a time, over and over.  More often than not, I’ll return to fantasy with romantic elements (the “Kate Daniels” and “Mercy Thompson” series are chronic re-reads; Sarah J. Maas’ novels are newer, but no less tattered for multiple re-readings at this point); strong female protagonists are a must.

My latest indulgence is Amanda Bouchet’s “The Kingmaker Chronicles” (a Rothfussian reference?).  I loved the first book, A Promise of Fire, so much, that I ran into an editor’s office and basically forced her to buy a copy, just so I’d have someone to gush with.  Then came the second book, Breath of Fire, and I had…issues…so I immediately re-read the first, and maybe we’ll just start there.

What’s not to love about A Promise of Fire? It incorporates (albeit loosely) elements of Greek mythology.  There’s a fantastic cirque.  Our heroine has a dark, tortured past.  And a wicked sense of humor.  (Which comes out more frequently when she’s not jammed into a pair of ill-fitting leather pants. C’mon. Haven’t we all been there?)  Hero is a warlord, with, er, barbarian tendencies.  Yassssssss.  Big, burly, gruff.  Oddly into personal hygiene and has a thing for the heroine’s citrus soap, which is decidedly un-barbaric.  But…he can be a bit of a Neanderthal.  Like abduct woman first, ask questions later, Neanderthal.  I definitely have some issues with consent, and the extent of his alpha male-ness; he’s intent upon binding Cat to him, in varied fashions, but Cat seems to have him well in-hand.

Heh.

Now, we spoke about Cat’s dark and mysterious past, briefly. She is actually Catalia Fisa, second in line for the Fisan throne.  Her mother, a.k.a. Alpha Fisa, is “mommy dearest” in the scariest sense of the reference.  This queen is bloodhungry as hell, and so determined to keep her throne that she continually throws her eight children at each other in battles-to-the-death.  (About half of them remain, at least midway through A Promise of Fire.)  Cat got the heck out of Fisa, travelled across the kingdom of Tarva, to finally find sanctuary and anonymity in a circus in Sinta, the southernmost country on this continent plagued by power-hungry magical despots.  Sinta is the only one of the three countries ruled by Hoi Polloi. (Look it up; it means just what you always thought it might.)

The definition. In case you were curious... (Thank you, Google.)

They won the throne by might, not magic.  So, the new ruling family are basically….Muggles in a land filled with Slytherins.  (Sorry for the cross-series lexicon pollination.  It just worked.) Presents problems….especially since Cat is a magical vacuum, who can absorb power from any “Magoi” she comes in contact with.  Our Hulky hero is her opposite: his secret is that magic bounces right off of him.

(Unofficial) Footage of the new ruling family:

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So, the warlord.  He is, of course, Beta Sinta.  I love that she calls him that, instead of by his first name, Griffin (mythological beast, half lion, half eagle, totally top of the food chain), just to piss him off.  Griffin conquered the heck out of Sinta, sent the magic-users packing, and popped his lovely older sister on the throne.  He is thus free to go about his business, which one might think is plundering and pillaging, given his propensity towards kidnapping innocent circus folk.  But he’s a noble sort, and immediately bonds with Cat, who is certainly NOT going to tell him she’s just as Beta as he is.  In a totally Alpha way.  (These two are the original power couple.)

So, they adventure. There are dragons and drownings and fireworks (metaphorical) and, for the most part, it’s just amazingly romantic and wonderful and epic.  The gods make appearances.  Cerberus shows up, and is a pretty cool guard dog.

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The book is definitely filled with difficult consent issues, and it’s something that numerous GoodReads users have groped with in their reviews.  He’s a soap-stealing barbarian, all tough on the outside with a melting softspot in his heart for Cat (which doesn’t excuse the “magic rope” incident).  She’s intent on saving/redeeming him, a validation of her Alpha nature.

By the final turn of the page, we are well aware that Cat is the original empowered heroine…but one who is riddled with angsty self-esteem issues.  Those issues of worth come into play in the opening salvo of Breath of Fire, but that is a story for another day…

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This Week in Geek

  • Posted by CPerny on Feb 10 2017

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Hello, from the frozen wilderness of New York? Okay, so it’s not exactly a “wilderness,” and it is somewhat more “slushified” than frozen at this point, but I’m going with it. Is your body ready for what happened this week in geek? (Fair warning: this was a good week for comic book adaptation situations)

Chang My Body Is Ready

COMIC BOOK ADAPTATION SITUATIONS GEEKING:

I love comic book adaptations more than Damian Wayne secretly loves kittens. They’ve done a lot to bring nerd culture into the pop culture spotlight in the past few years, and I like that. From Iron Fist to “Strange” dance moves, some good stuff happened:

  • THE FIRST COMPLETE TRAILER FOR IRON FIST WAS RELEASED AND I AM SO EXCITED!!! First, go and watch it HERE. Okay, now we can talk. Did you see Colleen Wing? She fights martial arts like a champ and totally DGAF what anyone thinks! And The Hand–the evil group of ninja villains, for those who need a refresher–is back! Also, I think Ser Loras Tyrell makes a pretty great Danny Rand. Of course, Claire is a constant gem. Basically, I’m stoked for this show, and I can’t wait to see all the different things that will be punched into explosions, but am waiting to see Finn Jones sport that amazing green spandex body suit of a costume.
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  • In other exciting trailers” news, the trailer for the new Teen Titans: The Judas Contract flick dropped this week (see it here), and it also looks excellent. Deathstroke is there being a meanie, Raven does some super-powered sorcery (she’s my fav, tbh), Nightwing is there (another fav), and Robin admits to rarely bathing (I relate to that small murderous child more than I should admit). In short, it’s gonna be good.
  • News I did not expect to hear this week: Coolio has confirmed that he would have played Scarecrow in the next Joel Schumacher Batman movie, if only the studio hadn’t scrapped it. I have a soft spot for those 90’s-tacular films, so I would not have minded seeing another one just to get a few scenes of Coolio as a villain based around a farmhouse prop to scare birds away…
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  • Lastly, some of the Doctor Strange gag reel was revealed on Nerdist.com, and while Benedict Cumberbatch does bust out some fantastic dance moves, I still have a tough time getting used to hearing him speak in an American accent. That said, this seems like a good time to remind everyone that Harper Voyager author C. Robert Cargill (The Queen of the Dark Things) was one of the script writers of Doctor Strange.
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NETFLIX GEEKING:

Henceforth, Netflix shall be known as The Home of the Geeks

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AWARD GEEKING:

  • Congratulations to Richard Kadrey’s THE EVERYTHING BOX! It was nominated for a 2017 Audie Award, and we are so proud!

SWEEPSTAKES GEEKING:

  • In case you hadn’t heard, we’ve partnered up with several extremely cool organizations to launch this equally extremely cool sweepstakes, to give one lucky winner a chance to go to a fan convention in Orlando Florida, and have a one-on-one meeting with Becky Chambers. More details here.

Thus concludes the latest This Week in Geek. Not with a bang, but with a bunch of Storm Troopers dancing for some reason.

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Feeling lucky? Chances to win this month from Harper Voyager!

  • Posted by Angela Craft on Feb 08 2017

As book people, there’s nothing we here at Harper Voyager love more than sharing the books we love with other book people. This month we have several opportunities for you to win exciting new books, or even a space nerd’s dream vacation!

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The Ultimate “Out of this World” Prize Package – There’s still time to enter the Out of this World sweepstakes, featuring a trip for 2 to Orlando to attend Star Wars Celebration Orlando, visit the Kennedy Space Center, and meet Becky Chambers (as well as a library of Harper Voyager books!).

Bound Gods Sweeps Link

Bound Gods sweepstakes  – Is Dark Fantasy more your speed? You can win the first two books in Rachel Dunne’s epic dark fantasy series, including an advanced reader’s copy of the upcoming The Bones of the Earth.

The Kill Society – Sandman Slim fans, get ready for a new high octane thriller from Richard Kadrey. Enter now on Goodreads for a chance to win the next Sandman Slim adventure!

UPCOMING

The Prey of Gods – Launching 2/21. Add The Prey of Gods to your Goodreads to-read shelves to get a notification when the giveaway begins! Nicky Drayden is an exciting new addition to the Harper Voyager list, and The Prey of Gods is a fantastic new tale blending science fiction and fantasy in a South African locale both familiar and yet utterly new.

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