My judgemental bitch review of “Phasma”, a new Star Wars novel

•December 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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I’ll admit right now that I’m one of those fans that freaked out when it was announced that the Star Wars novels I’d loved over the years were no longer going to be canon. I practically threw a temper tantrum.

It was rather impressive.

After all, these were the stories before, during, and after the saga that expanded the universe and gave me hope. I cosplay Mara Jade and still ship her and Luke (and will to my dying day). Grand Admiral Thrawn made me fear a genius intellect in an Imperial uniform. Chewie’s death affected me so profoundly that I actually halted reading the expanded universe novels for a couple of years. But those became my world. To have this world suddenly relegated to “non-canon” felt like a piece of my soul had been ripped away. But after watching “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” I was willing to give this new world of Star Wars novels a chance.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Star Trek!!

•September 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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It’s the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.

I remember the first time I watched an episode. It was in the 6th grade and I wanted to stay up later on a school night. My mom told me that I could but only if I watched the TNG episode that was on. I was a kid, of course I’d do whatever I could to stay up late.

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“All we need is just a little patience…” – my Guns N’ Roses Experience

•July 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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It was the summer of 1991 and I was 10 years old, attending a 4-H camp between the 6th and 7th grade years. I was nervous as I didn’t know ANYONE and was younger than many of the other campers in the same grade level. Still, I went.

One of the older girls in our cabin had a tape player. She had a variety of music that she liked to play loudly, but one song caught my attention. The sound of it. The guitar playing. It was something I hadn’t heard before and I was hooked on it. They played it several times over the course of that camp and finally I asked her what it was.

“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses was what she told me.

I asked her if she had any more by them and she played “November Rain”. The length of it didn’t matter to me. Only the music.

And such was my introduction to Guns N’ Roses, a band that I’ve loved since that summer day when I was 10 years old.

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Goodbye, Mistah J

•August 10, 2015 • 2 Comments

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It’s been a couple of weeks now and though I’m not positive, I think I can write about it.

Jacob died on July 19th.

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Terminator Genisys – My Judgmental Bitch Review

•July 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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I saw Terminator Genisys last night. Before I start into my review, let me give you a little background on my love of the Terminator series.

I very clearly remember watching Terminator 2 for the first time when I was young. I remember being fascinated and terrified by the idea of a computer taking over and trying to kill humanity. I remember loving the strength of Sarah Connor. And I remember crying for the Terminator as he was lowered into the steel. Sarah Connor immediately became one of my role models. I watched and loved the first Terminator movie not long after, though it still didn’t replace T2 as my favorite. The music was immediately added into my small collection of cds at the time. And I’m fairly certain I wore out 2 copies of the first movie’s score by the time that I hit college. My love of the franchise extended to the point where, during my first year of college, I made a horrible movie called “Terminator: The Musical?” with some friends. This movie still exists in various personal collections around the world.

When Terminator 3 came out, I was excited and hopeful. Only to have that hope shattered. The movie was TERRIBLE. Then came the Sarah Connor chronicles. I gave them a hopeful try and stopped partway through when it really felt like they lost the overall meaning of the series. The fourth movie, Salvation, was better but the horrible score (it’s the only thing by Danny Elfman that I’ve ever said that about) and the plot that I really just didn’t care about left me thinking that the series might be better if left alone. After all, no one would ever make movies of the T2 book trilogy that I so love (by S.M. Stirling. Give them a read!!).

All of that to say, I love the Terminator franchise. I do. And I’m weirdly protective of it. I don’t hold back discarding movies and scores made in the franchise that are awful and don’t keep to the high standards set by the first two movies. I’m very picky about my Terminators.

And now, Genisys. The initial reviews from my friends were primarily negative. I was told that as such a big fan, I would likely be okay with it but it wasn’t great. I was already hesitant as I knew the movie was going to be messing with timelines. Which can lead to horrible things if the story isn’t told well. But I went to watch it, still harboring some tiny flame of hope.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!

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A hole in the Discworld….

•March 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Rest in Peace, Terry Pratchett

Rest in Peace, Terry Pratchett

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for geeks. The passing of Leonard Nimoy a couple of weeks ago was sudden and threw most of us into a very sudden stop. After all, Spock was supposed to live forever. Right?

Still reeling from that one, but slowly recovering….

Then I saw the news just a few moments ago.

Terry Pratchett has passed away.

And suddenly I can’t brain.

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An apparently sensitive topic: Tauriel

•January 2, 2015 • 1 Comment

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I’m about to state an opinion that may get me unfriended by several folks on FB.

I liked the character of Tauriel from the Hobbit movies. And I liked the addition of the romantic story line.

Before you freak out on me, let me explain why I have the opinion that I do. Please note that spoilers for all three movies will follow.

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