This Week in Geek

  • Posted by CPerny on Mar 17 2017

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, nerds! Let’s get down to Geek biz!

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TEPID MARVEL GEEKING:

For anyone who follows this blog, you may have noticed that I was extremely excited for the premier of Marvel’s new Iron Fist Netflix show…but alas, the past two weeks of early reviews have crushed my spirits, along with my anticipation. Almost all the reviews from outlets that received screener copies of the first six episodes were negative. However, none of that changes the fact that today is the day Danny Rand punches his way into our TV screens…and more importantly, the day Colleen Wing kick-fights her way into our hearts. If you’re like me, you’re just going to get lots of wine, buckle down, and watch this thing, hoping and praying for lots and lots of Colleen/ Claire Temple scenes, because at least those can’t be a disappointment, right? RIGHT?!

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Yes, Colleen. So badly. (Source: Giphy)

GODS GEEKING:

This week, the trailer for the American Gods TV show aired, and OH MY GODS! It looks amazing! The premiere date is April 30th, on Starz, and I have nothing more to say. Well, that’s a lie; I always have more to say, but in this case, it’s mostly incoherent excitement. Go watch the trailer and share my joy!

TABLETOP GEEKING:

It has recently come to my attention that the CIA uses board games for training. What’s more, these games actually sound pretty awesome! In an article from Popular Mechanics, it was reported that David Clopper, Senior Collection Analyst at the CIA, got bored with traditional training methods in 2008, and decided to incorporate his love of video- and tabletop gaming into the learning process. The result is a game called Collection, which is apparently something like the wildly popular game Pandemic. The point of Collection is to collect crtitical intelligence in order to solve three problems around the world. There can be up to seven people per team, although each team must contain at least a political, military, and economic analyst.

I really love that this just seems like putting together an excellent D&D party, except in a real-world super-serious CIA setting. I also love how nerdy this is. The full article (HERE) is a very interesting read, and I highly recommend it!

 

That’s about it for this week. Celebrate (or binge watch) wisely, if that is what you are doing tonight for Saint Patrick’s Day/ Iron Fist day. And of course, keep it geeky!

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Regeneration and A Closed and Common Orbit are on sale today!

  • Posted by Angela Craft on Mar 14 2017

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Regeneration by Stacey Berg is the second and final book in the Echo Hunter 367 duology

The world is ready to be reborn…

Protected by the Church for four hundred years, the people of the City are the last of humanity—or so they thought. Echo Hunter 367, made to be faithful to the Church and its Saint at all costs, embarks on what she’s sure is a suicide mission into the harsh desert beyond the City. Then, at the end of all hope, she stumbles on a miracle: another enclave of survivors, a lush, peaceful sanctuary completely opposite of anything Echo has ever known.

But the Preserve has dark secrets of its own, and uncovering them may cost Echo more than just her life. She fears her discoveries will trigger a final, disastrous war. But if Echo can stop the Church and Preservers from destroying each other, she might have a chance to achieve her most impossible dream—saving the woman she loves.

Download Regeneration today for just $3.99

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A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers’ acclaimed space opera adventure, is now available in paperback!

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera—the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for—and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to that beloved debut novel, and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect, and Star Wars.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers is now available in ebook and paperback.

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Regeneration in its Time – Stacey Berg

  • Posted by Nova on Mar 13 2017

Eonly_9780062466143_CoverStories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the most satisfying tales, we feel that we have witnessed the most important events in the character’s life so far. Depending on the genre, the external action might be as small as buying the flowers for a party, as great as destroying the ring that could bind the world. It doesn’t matter: we have seen the hero make the critical choice, take the fateful action on which her world depends.

Of course, the characters don’t know that they’re living in the arc of a story. In my new novel Regeneration, Echo Hunter 367 discovers a secret tech that could literally lead to the rebirth of her world—but revealing it might cost her everything she loves. If she knew how the story ended, she could choose quickly. She might have some worries or regrets, but she wouldn’t have much angst. She would know she was doing the right thing.

But what fun would that be in a book? I love angsty action heroes, and I wanted Echo’s problems to provoke big, deep emotions in her and therefore the reader. The best way I could do that was by forcing her to make harder and harder choices, and never giving her a hint about how they would come out. And those choices wouldn’t affect her alone, but would determine the lives of the innocent people under her protection. At the very end, she has to decide how to act not knowing if she will survive, if her lover will survive, if the world will survive.

Then I decided to make it even harder. So I also gave her the choice of not acting at all. Near the end, she has the chance simply to walk away. One of the key characters in the book has been telling her all along that this would be the right choice: leave things as they are. Don’t risk everything. This isn’t the right time.

Coincidentally or not, I was working on this part of the book during the presidential campaign. I have never had such an acute sense of the choices facing our country—facing us as citizens. On both sides, the narrative was explicitly about disrupting the order of our political world. Then, on election day, we stepped through a door, and it closed behind us. Now, irrevocably, we find ourselves in the middle of a story that, despite our modern self-consciousness, we didn’t quite realize we were in.

Some of us at this moment feel a sense of order restored. Some of us fear that our current nationalist revival will turn dark, as such movements have before. We want to know where this story is going. We look at how people like us, in times like these, influenced what happened next. We study their choices, how they acted or did not. We used to wonder what we would have done in their place. Now we wonder what we should do in our own place. We could go to town halls, rallies, protests; we could wait and see how things go. We turn to history to learn from parallels to this moment. We turn to story to learn from parables about this moment. It is not coincidental that social media has been abuzz with only part-joking remarks about how young adult dystopias have been preparing us for resistance. Speculative fiction has always been a place where we explore our hopes and fears, a genre where we can approach the emotional truth of our situation precisely because we are  not constrained by “reality.”

If we knew for certain we were in The Handmaid’s Tale, we would find our choices easy.

But we don’t. We can never know exactly where we’re standing in history. This uncertainty can be paralyzing, but it also is a source of hope. One of the dangers facing us now is that we think we’ve read this story before. We fear that the outcome is inevitable. I don’t believe that we’re characters in someone else’s story, though. Echo Hunter 367 is stuck with the plot I gave her, but we have it better than Echo. History isn’t a well-constructed narrative, with plot points and a predictable structure. Our world is difficult, but we aren’t stuck with the story. It’s not too much of a spoiler to tell you that in Regeneration, Echo doesn’t walk away. The one thing we can always choose to do is try. In the end, we are writing ourselves.

Stacey Berg is a medical researcher who writes speculative fiction. Her work as a physician-scientist provides the inspiration for many of her stories. She lives with her wife in Houston and is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas. When she’s not writing, she practices kung fu and runs half marathons. Her new novel Regeneration is on sale March 14th.

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This Week in Geek

  • Posted by CPerny on Mar 10 2017

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Happy Friday! This Week in Geek, lots of stuff happened, including the fact that my life has mostly been taken over by the release of the Nintendo Switch/ Zelda: Breath of the Wild (she said, surprising no one). Let’s get to it, shall we?

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MEDIEVAL ZOMBIE GEEKING:

Netflix has announced that it’s making an eight-part zombie series set in medieval Korea (get the skinny here). I love zombies, and I always will–and medieval zombies? Running amok in the midst of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty? SIGN ME UP I WILL WATCH THIS! This sounds to me like such an exciting spin on a genre that, while I love it, can sometimes be a little…tired. But help me out here, internet. I saw this on Monday afternoon, and I got really excited–and then I told my circle of pals and none of them freaked out! So please be excited about this show with me?

ASGARDIAN FOLLICLE GEEKING:

So, Entertainment Weekly granted us our first look at Thor: Ragnarok (here), and there are two extremely significant things to note here:

  • Thor has gotten a hair cut, which is exciting and working for me in a big way
  • Cate Blanchett, hallowed be her name, is playing Marvel’s first female villain, Hela, and she looks like my Goth Queen. Seriously, everything about the way she looks is my aesthetic #goals, and it doesn’t hurt that apparently she trained in capoeira for this role. Also of note, her stunt double is Zoe Bell, a favorite of mine ever since I saw her in Grindhouse.
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STAR TREK: DISCOVERY GEEKING:

Star Trek: Discovery has cast it’s captain, and he is every Slytherin’s dad! Jason Isaacs will play Captain Lorca, and I am stoked for this–but I am honestly just more stoked to see Sonequa Martin Green and Michelle Yeoh in the starring roles, because the only thing I love more than representation is representation is space! And also, I am a big fan of Michelle Yeoh for her time as a Bond girl who didn’t take no guff, and I continue to root for Sasha every week on TWD. I sincerely hope they insubordinate Captain Lorca on the regular! Get more info from Entertainment Weekly, here.

JUST MORE NINTENDO GEEKING:

Presented without comment: since the release of the Nintendo Switch, apparently porn traffic has gone way down. The only exception to this is that searches for Zelda-themed porn have gone up. If you want more information, Mashable is the place to go.

 

And on that note, fellow geeks, I think I’ll wish you all a good weekend. May you all have as good of a time as my videogame boyfriend Nathan Drake is having in this here GIF:

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Love & Fantasy: SILENCE FALLEN by Patricia Briggs

  • Posted by Nova on Mar 09 2017
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Silence Fallen, the newest Mercy Thompson novel by Patricia Briggs

We’ve already addressed my epic re-reading fixation. So when I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of SILENCE FALLEN by Patricia Briggs from a friend of mine, who’d received it for review, I fell right back into the Mercyverse.

And then felt slightly sheepish.

I’ve re-read each of those books at least two times. So why was I blanking on who the hell Aiden was? And there was definite spottiness on the details of Mercy and Adam’s treaty with the fae (and by extension the vampires)?? So, I admit, I evidently only read FIRE TOUCHED once, and I had to ask myself why???

So I started re-reading. And then I combed back through NIGHT BROKEN, because I remember that I had issues with that one, too (and I have the enviable habit of being able to block out completely WHY I had issues about a specific topic a year later) – I’d basically blocked a chunk of the Mercyverse out of my memory.

The reason I disliked NIGHT BROKEN was easy enough: Adam’s ex-wife is a piece of work. But I’ve still read that book multiple times. So, what about FIRE TOUCHED triggered my post-traumatic book disorder? It was Bran and (spoiler alert!!)…

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Bran deserting Mercy. Again. Her father figure, who accepted the baby coyote shifter into his arms and stoically handled her hijinks and legendary tricks. But, when a choice was to be made between loyalty to his own son or his coyote ward, blood won out (or so Mercy believed). It took her years, and the love of a VERY good man, to work through those desertion issues. When Bran showed up to walk Mercy down the aisle, in RIVER MARKED, I ugly cried a bit. I’ve read that scene so many times, because I am a ridiculous, hopeless romantic.

So, anyway. Bran. He who is the most alpha of alpha werewolves, looks utterly un-prepossessing, and has a marshmallow spot in his heart for Mercy (a secret currently definitively known by only three other people in the world, with a few others who merely suspect).

Bran broke my heart as much as he broke Mercy’s in FIRE TOUCHED. I have had a hard time forgiving him.

Until SILENCE FALLEN. And, as not to ruin a book that came out just this week for the rest of you, I am literally gagging myself, and really really really want someone to sit down with me, over a cup of cocoa and a cookie or two, and just gush about how Bran turns it all around in SILENCE FALLEN.

Because “Love and Fantasy” doesn’t always need to be about the romance between hero and heroine. Sometimes it can be about the family dynamics behind a book, and the ties that bind it … to the reader.

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