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[media] Media Monday: I don’t believe in printers. I don’t.

Books

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Just started AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld. I reread his Uglies trilogy + sequel earlier this year, and I hope I enjoy AFTERWORLDS just as much. Finished and reviewed UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler: 4.5 stars.

Movies

Sarah’s been telling me to watch Unfriended for awhile now, because, in her words, it’s just like a Point Horror, only better. Sarah and I LOVE (and LOVE to HATE) Point Horror, so this was enough for me, but her hubby also watched it and really liked it, which is unusual for horror movies. That convinced J to watch it with me.

Verdict: Sarah was right, it was very much a Point Horror on screen with social networking and technology. I found it ridiculous and cheesy and predictable, and a lot of fun. J hated it. A lot. Cheesy teen horror + technology is far more my style than his.

That being said, I do not believe so many of those teens had working printers set up. DO NOT BELIEVE. No one prints things anymore.

Television

I’m in the middle of yet another Criminal Minds rewatch, because I can have it on while I do other things, and I’ve had a hard time focusing on new television lately. Still need to get back to Pretty Little Liars.

Music

Nothing stands out, musically, this week, except listening to the high school drumline practice. Marching band season is coming.

Gaming

Update from the Media Monday: FAIR WOLVES FOR EVERYONE post: a werewolf mother and a fairy father will have one werewolf kid and one fairy kid, at least in the Sims 3 game I’m currently playing. So not quite a hybrid, but not a plain human baby, either. Werewolf toddler just started scratching at the furniture one day. Fairy baby was born with sparkly black wings.

Also, fairy baby is EVIL, so clearly she will be the heir in this legacy. EVIL FAIRY. (Redundant.)

Otherwise, nothing new.

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[media] Media Monday: FAIR WOLVES FOR EVERYONE

Books

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Still reading WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley and TOUCHED by Michelle Sagara, but didn’t have access to them for a bit, so read FEARSCAPE by Simon Holt (The Devouring #3) and TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE by Janet Evanovich. I also finished FRENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Nora Olsen, and reviewed it: 2.5/5 stars, mostly due to unbelievable dialog and plot.

An awesome Tumblr post convinced me to order AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld, and I can’t wait for my copy to arrive.

Finally, devoured UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler in just a few hours (in the middle of the night). Review to come later this week, but, spoiler, I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Vanessa is a new character of my heart. So much love for her and her story.

Movies

J hates superhero movies, but loves James Spader, and finally admitted he wanted to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was my second time watching it, because I love superhero movies. I disliked it even more than the first time, but have some thoughts about what makes a monster and why Natasha calling herself a monster pissed me off so much. (It has to do with the act of creation making you a monster versus the inability to create, basically. I’m working through these thoughts.)

Television

J’s been watching a lot of House, so that’s been on in the background while I read, but otherwise, I’ve not see too much lately. Lost my momentum on Pretty Little Liars over the Fourth and haven’t picked it back up again.

Music

Not really listening to music over the past week. Did spend some time on podcasts, though, particularly Stuff You Missed In History Class and Ask Me Another.

Mostly, though, listening to drumline music. Minion (my oldest nephew) started marching band camp this week, and so there’s been drumming, drumming everywhere. I love it.

Gaming

Started a new Sims 3 game in which my werewolf character fell in love with a fairy NPC, and this exchange happened.

Carla: So if a fairy and a werewolf have a baby, what does the baby come out as?
Sarah: A Fair Wolf!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D
Sarah: (Or if sims: a regular human?)
Carla: … I WANT A FAIR WOLF.

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[media] Media Monday: BUT WHAT IF ZOMBIE BEARS

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Books

Still reading WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley and TOUCHED by Michelle Sagara, but someone on Twitter was talking about FRENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Nora Olsen, and something about the conversation struck me hard, so I grabbed it and bumped it to the top of my reading list. Review later this week.

Movies

Finally watched Hotel Transylvania, and though I was not a fan of the use of the dead mother trope, and I found the romantic lead incredibly annoying, it was a super cute movie that left me laughing and smiling and, for a tiny bit, tearing up. Absolutely adorable, loved the father-daughter relationship, and I hope the sequel is just as sweet.

Television

Pretty Little Liars: Finally caught up to the current season, season six, and man. It is something. The end of season five and the beginning of season six had some torture porn esque elements I hated, in part because it really felt, for the first time, that the girls’ agency was completely removed, and that sucked hard, because one of the things I’ve enjoyed most is that no matter what happens, no matter the bad choices they make, the PLLs get to make choices and see them through. Still love the characters SO HARD.

Z Nation: J and I started this awhile back, and about halfway through got distracted and quit watching. When we realized it, we marathoned the last few episodes, and good lord, this show is ridiculous and cheesy and delightful. Zombienado. Zombie tsunami. Zombie bear. Zombies on drugs. It’s basically one big BUT WHAT IF ZOMBIE {THIS}, and it is a lot of fun.

Music

My mental health has not been great, and I’ve been listening to this song on repeat: “Lost in Darkness” by Escape the Fate.

Games

Nothing new on my gaming, but I just learned about the UpUpDownDown YouTube channel hosted by Austin Creed (aka WWE superstar Xavier Woods), and I am utterly charmed. My geeky little heart grew three sizes watching Creed and WWE superstar Seth Rollins play Turtles in Time (one of my fave classic games) and talk. As I said to Sarah, NERRRRRRRRDS. ADORABLE NERRRRRDS.

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[media] Media Monday: Getting the Band Back Together

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Books

Still reading WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley and just started TOUCHED by Michelle Sagara, which is the sequel to SILENCE, which I loved. (Review here.)

Movies

Had a mini-reunion with some of my law school bffs over the Fourth, and we went to see Magic Mike XXL. I haven’t watched the first one, but XXL is ridiculous amounts of fun. Watching it brought more joy than any other movie I’ve watched this year, despite my love of the Marvel cinematic universe and Jurassic Park series. Surprised the hell out of me that it was one of the most body positive movies I’ve seen lately, too.

Television

Pretty Little Liars: I’m racing through season five. Each time I sit down, I plan to watch one episode during lunch, and then I end up watching two or three in a row. I don’t even care where this story is going (well, more or less), I love the ride. The second half of the season has me filled with chosen family feelings. I love how those girls love each other and the people important to them. (Except for Ezra. Ezra can disappear any time.)

Music

The road trip home from Chicago was basically All Covers All the Time because I found out J had never heard any of the “Radioactive” covers, so I played them, and then of course my second favorite song to be covered, “Bad Moon Rising.” (My favorite is “Carol of the Bells” but I didn’t have any on my device.)

Radioactive: Imagine Dragons, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling cover, and the Dirty Tees mix.

Bad Moon Rising: Mourning Ritual and Thea Gilmore.

Games

No time to play because of Chicago road trip + reunion, but we finally got the band back together for some Rock Band, so that was pretty epic.

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[media] Media Monday: Sleep all day, party all night…

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Books

Still reading SILENCE by Michelle Sagara and WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley, but set them both aside to read THE CROSSROADS OF SHOULD AND MUST by Elle Luna, which law school BFF brought down. It is a beautiful book; the layout and design is well done, and the artwork really nice. I’m not sure how helpful it is otherwise, and a lot of it was a little too touchy feely for me, but it was an interesting read.

Movies

The Lost Boys: The June 27 #80slivetweet movie was TLB, which has been one of my favorite movies (and, until Lilo & Stitch came out, my absolute favorite) since I first saw in the late 90s. I had a blast watching and tweeting along with everyone, and loved the movie as much as ever. Plus the people who participate in the hashtag always have such smart, hilarious, and fun things to say. #80slivetweet is hosted by BlackGirlNerds, and is a fantastic experience every time.

Television

The Flash: I finally finished the last two episodes of the season. I love this show SO MUCH. It’s been one of my favorites this season, in large part because the characters are so wonderful. I am not a fan of how long they kept Iris in the dark, but other than that, I love it. I love it a lot.

And how much do I love Captain Cold and Golden Glider? Rogue siblings that snark at each other hard core. Delightful.

That ending, though. WTF? Cliffhanger what?

Pretty Little Liars: Somewhere around the end of season four/beginning of season five, I just stopped watching. And I did this twice, because I started a rewatch in early 2014 that ended the same way. I’m trying yet again, because I love this show and these characters. I’ve made it up to mid season four. I’m trying to push through so I can watch season six in a timely manner. Still hate the Aria and Ezra relationship, love the girls, love all the mothers and Emily’s father, and love Emily’s girlfriends and Caleb and sometimes Toby.

I’m finally into episodes I haven’t yet seen (starting after the Halloween episode that spun off the Ravenswood short-lived show). I am so glad that my hate on for Ezra has been (at least temporarily) validated. I’ve always found him creepy, and now he’s just acting creepier and creepier every time he’s on the screen. Even after (some) more truth came out about him, he’s still creepy as hell.

I’m currently a few episodes into season five, and wow. This show. This show.

Music

Impromptu road trip over the weekend up to St. Louis for a surprise mini law school reunion. It was a lot of fun, but I ended up driving two hours back by myself right before sunrise. Thank god I have a great collection of music to keep me awake. Top three from the road trip.

Games

Not a lot of game time this week because one of my law school BFFs was in town, and then we had that surprise mini reunion, but the little time I have for gaming was spent playing Marvel Puzzle Quest and Nations.

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[media] Media Monday: Dinosaurs, Dudes, Dinosaurs

Books

I’ve not finished much of anything lately, but I’m in the middle of SILENCE by Michelle Sagara (and am enjoying it a lot), and I just received an arc of WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley from HarlequinTeen.

Movies

Jurassic World: I’ve loved Jurassic Park, movie and book, for most of my life. I even love the second and third movies. Of course I’ve been stupid excited for Jurassic World since the first glimmer of it appeared. The second concrete information dropped, I was as worried as I was excited, because it looked like it was White Dude Saves the World, No Need for Anyone Else.

I watched it opening weekend, despite my concern. I loved the dinosaurs. I loved the raptors, as I always do. (Ever since Clever Girl, raptors have been the dinosaurs of my heart.) I loved pieces of the rest of the story, but it was terrible, too, and with just a few casting tweaks, it could have been awesome. I think Seanan McGuire said it really well: The park is open; your ticket is not valid.

Brave: J and I saw this in theaters when it first came out back in 2012; we’d been watching my mother slowly dying for years. A couple months later, she was dead. I hadn’t seen it since. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to watch it again, but it was lovely and wonderful and full of joy and feelings. It hurt. But it hurt in a good way.

Television

House: J has started watching House. I mostly do other things while it’s on, because I have little interest in spending time with white asshole male characters like House, but I am entertained by how often I catch the beginning of an episode and am able to ask J if he’s sure he isn’t watching a horror movie.

iZombie: I’ve been delighted by this season to no end, right up until the episode in which Liv eats the brains of a murder victim who had a “psychotic break” according to the show, and then shitting all over mental illness and people who have mental illnesses abounded. It made me want to burn everything. I’m still furious, and not sure I’ll be able to keep watching. (Though I did finish the season with J.)

Music

Titus Jones: It has been all Titus Jones mashups all the time around here, especially during writing and cardio. My favorites include “Bad Things Will Roll With the Devil” and “Dance Alarm”.

Games

Sims 3: Haven’t played in awhile, so I created a new Sim and sent her out into the wide, wide world. She, her daughter, and her granddaughter have each promptly fallen in love with the cleaning person and wanted to become a vampire. This, even though the daughter passes out every time something startles her, from a fire alarm to meeting a werewolf for the first time. She then never learned to come in out of the sun and promptly burned. Oh, Sims.

Civilization V: I don’t care about fighting wars or killing barbarians, I just like building cities and creating a world of culture and science and wonder. So I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. It’s fun. I’m sure I’ll get back to world domination at a later date.

Nations: Oh, man, this game. It’s so simple, just building a nation, finding flora and fauna, researching technologies, building an army — but it is wonderful, too. Plus there’s a card collecting aspect to it that fulfills my desire to collect things without me spending actual money or filling the house with things.

Marvel Puzzle Quest: My writing group and I have an alliance, and it is so much fun. I play this every night before bed, because matching colors relaxes me, and the Marvel characters add a pleasant wonder to it. I’ve been a comic book fan most of my life. This, at least, doesn’t tend to break my heart.

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