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What I Read: March 2017

Well friends, this is an incomplete What I Read written in the penultimate week of March.  I’ve got 14 books to tell you about at this point, and you can bet the 13 hour plane ride I took last week added at least another to the list.  Since 14 is a lot to get through, I’ll (try to) be brief!

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In attempts to stay brief, I’ll only give full reviews for a few, and share general thoughts/ratings for others!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The writing style definitely takes a bit to get used to.  Browsing some Goodreads reviews, you’ll see some hilarious yet accurate examples of how people struggled with this.  For me, the beginning took quite a while.  There were several scenes of pure description repeated and juxtaposed with different connotative language which I liked the first time, but was annoyed at by the third.  By the time we learn the main character’s name (and yes, this takes a while) the story starts to get going.  We follow Mia on her quest to become an assassin.  Mia is a darken who controls shadow.  She has a cat made of shadow as a companion.  The world is fairly reminiscent of Assassin’s Heart, but the story quite different.  I find Mia quite likable and gave this one 4 stars.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I had heard a lot about this and knew it wouldn’t be a real serious read for me.  I went into it expecting a fluffy book, so to be disappointed even with those expectations is saying something.  It’s about a high school student named Harper who suddenly has supernatural powers thrust upon her.  This is NOT Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I think it’s the southern belle things that really bothered me… perhaps it’s just not something someone who grew up in suburban Boston can understand.  Beyond that, everything was too easy without any real world implications.  Everything felt frivolous.  The death of her sister was casually thrown in there for what reason?  1 star.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Again, I kept hearing so much about this book!  It’s a compelling adventure with a healthy dose of mystery and a dark, dangerous feeling.  It’s about a girl named Scarlett and her sister, Tella.  Their life hasn’t been the best with their abusive father.  They’ve always dreamed of going to Caraval– an immersive festival/show/game.  Now, there are some things that don’t work for me, mainly the lack of character development, but it’s a fun and quick read.  4 stars.

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Links For A New World [08]

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Well, it’s been a solid 2 months since I’ve gathered links for you.  February and March were tough here in Boston, alright?

But anyway, links!

  • Majora’s Mask | This is my favorite Legend of Zelda game and one of my favorite games ever.  I didn’t put up enough fanfare about the 3DS release on this blog and I’ve literally been saving this fantastic article since it came out.  Play this game, you guys.  Especially since you’ll be waiting a while for a new one…
  • The Office | It’s been 10 years since the American version of The Office premiered.  Angela Kinsey did an awesome instagram takeover in celebration and I had so many emotions.  I love this show and this history of the Diversity Day episode really highlights what made it special.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer | You must know by now that BtVS is my number one.  My cousin Nick sent me this article entitled Every Argument about Buffy on the Internet from 1998 until Now and I just loved it.  Had to share!
  • Narragansett | I have a lot to say about Rhode Island neighbor of mine– mostly, that I miss it horribly through all this Boston snow!  I voted for Narragansett in Coastal Living’s Happiest Seaside Town contest and you can too!
  • ‘Gansett | Narragansett beer is also on my mind lately.  Summer brews and the delicious Del’s Lemonade Shandy are hitting shelves soon to help us remember that spring is here and summer is around the corner!
  • Game of Thrones | I’m getting so pumped for April TV.  We’ve waited so long for Mad Men, Orphan Black, and Game of Thrones!  Watch the lovely Maisie Williams talk about watching the show with her family and Arya’s sword skills.
  • Grace Helbig | Ah, my spirit animal!  She’ll always be dailygrace to me, but as of next Friday night she’s on all of your TV screens on E!  Here’s Grace on Fallon being perfect.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

7 Reasons to Love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

image: NBC/Netflix

image: NBC/Netflix

I confess, I had the first season of the newest Netflix release, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt completely finished by Saturday morning.  I just couldn’t stop watching this completely wonderful show!  I’ve actually rewatched about half of it by the time I’m writing this.

The basic plot is that Kimmy is one of four women who was rescued from a Doomsday cult; she’s lived in an underground bunker for the last 15 years.

I’ve not been able to stop telling people to watch this show.

Here are some reasons why:

[7. Tina Fey]

If you’re watching this show solely to see Tina Fey, you are in luck! Tina does indeed make an appearance in a few episodes.

[6. The Comedy]

It goes without saying that this show is funny.  Though much of the humor is in line with that of 30 Rock, if that wasn’t your cup of tea you will likely still be laughing at Kimmy Schmidt.  The outdated pop culture references are a special treat to me!  Quirky humor reigns supreme here.  Some favorite lines are Kimmy’s, “Dancing is about butts now!” and when Mrs. Voorhees calls a piñata a Mexican candy animal.

[5. The Characters]

The supporting cast of characters are wonderfully weird.  There is one completely incompetent character that even got on my nerves a bit, but for the most part they are super interesting.  Titus serves as Kimmy’s roommate and the perfect sassy best friend to ease her into her new life.  My favorite character is Jane Krakowski’s Jacqueline Voorhees: a hilarious rich housewife with a surprising backstory.

[4. The Future is Now]

At one point, Titus tells Kimmy to stop calling the present the future.  Kimmy’s been underground for 15 years, so things that are commonplace to us are novel to her.  It puts a funny lens on the smartphone life, for sure.

[3. The Theme Song]

It’s so catchy!  You can hear the full version here.  They set it up as part of the plot as well.  It’s a mock auto-tuned news report, which reminds me so much of this one.  You’ll be singing Unbreakable! too.

[2. Kimmy Schmidt herself]

Ellie Kemper does a fabulous job embodying this funny, eternally resilient character.  The situation has resulted in Kimmy being somewhat alien in a world 15 years away from the one she left.  This creates fantastic opportunities for comedy.  It reminds me a lot of my favorite character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya– removed from the world of humans for so long she questions every concept both comically and in a heart-felt manner.

[1. Females are Strong As Hell]

If you’ve heard the theme song by the time you got here, I’m betting this is stuck in your head as well.  This is the most important message from this show.  We are resilient and we can overcome all kinds of crazy things.  You go, Kimmy!  And you go, Tina Fey!

Have you watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt yet?  What did you think?

I can’t wait for another season!

Happy T-Gives!

Happy Thanksgiving!  This year, I am especially thankful for all of you who read this silly blog.  Seriously, thank you all!

Please enjoy a couple Thanksgiving-themed clips from my favorite movie, Addams Family Values, featuring a bb Mercedes McNab who grew up to be mean girl turned vampire Harmony in Buffy/Angel and bb Christina Ricci, who does pale better than anyone else.

 

Now get off your smart phones, tablets, and laptops and enjoy your family, friends, and food!

 

With love,

N☾

Links for a New World [02]

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  • Padma on Ellen – I love Ellen, but I love Padma Lakshmi even more.  Top Chef Boston kicked off this week (did you read my recap?!) and in prep for that, Ellen had Padma on to cook, laugh, and be absolutely wonderful.  Plus, I think I could make tortilla chips now, which is great news.
  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce – I’ve been so excited for Bravo’s first scripted show for so long for the simple reason that it combines two of my favorite shows.  We’ve got Marti Noxon of my dearest Buffy the Vampire SlayerHouse alum and another lady crush of mine, Lisa Edelstein!  The first official trailer promises raunch, so what’s not to like?
  • The Moon – The Moon (pictured above!) by design firm Nosigner is a topographically-accurate LED light created based on data retrieved from the Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya.
  • Friends is coming to Netflix! – January 1, 2015!  I’m sorry to be controversial, but this is even better news than the arrival of Gilmore Girls.
  • Pictionary with Gillian Anderson – The gorgeous Gillian Anderson (aka Scully from the X-Files, Stella of The Fall) wrote a book!  In celebration, she’s all over the internet doing fun things like this.
  • T Map of Boston Eats – This handle map of Boston’s public transportation is marked with restaurants instead of stop names.  I’m thinking about riding my way through this one.  My friend Julia sent me this one along with the best burger per neighborhood, which is also very important.

 

Have a brilliant weekend, everybody!

Links for a New World [01]

Links for a New World is a feature in which I share a bunch of links to things around the web that are relevant to my interests.  It’s your weekend reading list!  The name comes from a musical… for no particular reason.

 

My pumpkin friend from last weekend's adventure!  Stay tuned for this post next week.

My pumpkin friend from last weekend’s adventure! Stay tuned for this post next week.

  • Who Said it: Chandler or Xander? – This Buzzfeed quiz is surprisingly difficult!  I don’t think there are two shows I’ve seen more times than Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Friends, and yet, I only got 11/15 of these correct on my first try.  How did you do?
  • The Carleton – I actually saw this clip on the news at work and nearly lost it.  I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars, but I do love The Fresh Prince of Bel Air!  I watched this whole dance and literally screeched when Alfonso busted out that move.
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Everything and the Kitchen Sink! – Grant Kirkhope made the excellent music for some of my favorite Nintendo 64 games including Goldeneye, Donkey Kong 64, and Banjo-Kazooie!  Here, he’s offering every song from the latter two basically for free.  You can name your price, download, and enjoy!
  • Daily Dachshund – We will likely not get away with any lists of links that do not include something dachshund-related.  My friend Julia sent me this link and I nearly lost it.  This pup knows how to relax!
  • 8-Bit Cinema’s Frozen – This is the first 8 Bit Cinema video I’ve seen, but I absolutely love the idea and will definitely be watching more.  Basically, this is what Frozen would look like if it were an old school video game.  The best part for me is the remixed music that pulls at the strings of my nostalgia!
  • Taylor Swift’s “Riptide” cover – Oh, T Swift, I can’t help but love you!  This cover of Vance Joy’s Riptide for BBC Radio 1 near brings tears to my eyes.  I would love to hear Taylor sing in the genre more often.
  • And finally, pumpkin! – Halloween is nearing, and if I had any outdoor space, I’d have a pumpkin bigger than that little baby in the bowl pictured.  If you want to be super creative when carving a big, orange, jack-o-lantern, try one of these pokémon silhouette patterns!  Seriously, someone try one.  I want to see!

Reasons to Love Time Heist

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Part Entrapment (the Catherine Zeta-Jones movie) and part Tabula Rasa (the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode), last weekend’s Doctor Who, Time Heist, is my favorite episode of the season so far!

It starts with Clara getting ready for a date with Mr. Pink.  She tries to brush off the Doctor beckoning her for another adventure when the TARDIS phone rings.  Clara begs him not to answer, but the Doctor asks what the harm is in picking up a phone.  When he does, he and Clara suddenly find themselves holding big worms in a room with two others.  The are told, by their own voices, that they’ve come her and wiped their minds of how of their own free will.  The mission: to rob the impenetrable Bank of Kalabraxos.

Not only the is the episode about the heist itself, but it’s a giant puzzle hiding the identity of the mysterious Architect and the reason behind the heist.  Minimal spoilers this time, but here are a few of my favorite things about this episode!

 

Why is your face all colored in?

Clara is still so pretty all the time, and I continue to love Twelve’s banter with her completely missing the fact that she’s gorgeous!  I’m not a big fan of Pink, but I do like that date-Clara gives the Doctor the ammunition he needs for lines like the above.

 

Ms. Delphox, head of bank security

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I had to.

 

“Basically, it’s the eyebrows.”

“Robbing banks is easy from the TARDIS,” says the Doctor, as if he’s done so before.  My other favorite exchange is the above, when the Doctor is asked yet again why he’s in charge of the mission.  Basically, it’s the eyebrows, to which Clara readily agrees.  Can this be a thing yet?  Let’s talk about Twelve’s eyebrows more because I’m totally on board with this.  I also loved his recall of his outfits– the scarf, the bow tie, and the way his wonderful minimalist attire looks sort of like a magician.

 

The punishment for thinking about robbing the bank of Kalabraxos.

What will your guilty thoughts cost you?  Your bank account will be deleted, and your brain liquidated.  If that’s not enough, your next of kin is notified and then incarcerated… to ensure honest financial transactions.  Hilarious.

 

Ontological Paradox!

I love them; I’m obsessed with them.  This episode is one.  That’s as much as I can say without spoiling it for you.  Please go watch this episode.

 

What did all you Whovians think of Time Heist?!