Kendall’s #GeekySummerReads: Ready Player One

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Over the course of the summer months, I’ll be going through a reading list that I’ve created for myself. The books I’ve chosen have some sort of a supernatural, sci-fi, general geeky feel to them. Follow the hashtag #GeekySummerReads to hear me talk about the book I’m reading, and join in on the conversation yourself. I’ve just finished the third book in my list, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I have to say it: this has been my favorite book of my summer reading list so far. I absolutely adored this book. When I read the last page, I wanted to flip right back to page one and start reading it all over again.

Here is a basic synopsis of the book:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

This book was completely amazing. I was fully pulled in right from page one. OASIS was truly a virtual utopia that had something for everyone, be it school, church, shopping, or gaming. Honestly, I kind of wish OASIS was a real thing, because it sounds AMAZING…

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Kendall’s #GeekySummerReads: Asylum

Over the course of the summer months, I’ll be going through a reading list that I’ve created for myself. The books I’ve chosen have some sort of a supernatural, sci-fi, general geeky feel to them. Follow the hashtag #GeekySummerReads to hear me talk about the book I’m reading, and join in on the conversation yourself. I’ve just finished the second book in my list, Asylum by Madeleine Roux. Let’s talk about it!

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Asylum is the story of three teenagers, Dan, Abby, and Jordan, who are taking a summer courses at the New Hampshire College Prep program. The only problem is, the college’s usual summer housing isn’t available, and the students are forced to stay in the Brookline Dorm—which just so happens to be a former psychiatric hospital. As the trio begins to explore the dark halls and hidden areas of Brookline, they slowly begin to uncover the hospital’s dark secrets, as some terrifying things that simply refuse to remain hidden…

Finishing reading at the Girls of Geek 12 site!

Denver Comic Con 2014

I am attending Denver Comic Con for the very first time this year, and I could not be more excited.

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They have a pretty fantastic guest lineup this year: Chandler Riggs, Stephen Amell, Adam West, Levar Burton, and Michael Rooker, just to name a few. The con is also going to focus heavily on gaming this year which has got me SO excited! In addition to having several interactive games for available to play in their Vector Loung–games that will appeal to every style of gamer–they’ll also have educational panels with industry professionals for those interested in breaking into the gaming industry. John at Girls of Geek 12 talks about it here.

I’m pretty excited for the experience. My original plan was to just go, no cosplay or anything. However, now that I actually have a ticket in my hand, there’s that little voice in the back of my head that’s whispering, “You should totally dress up.” Here’s the thing though. I am not great with costumes. I can hardly sew (it took me almost an hour to sew the elastics and ribbons onto my pointe shoes), and I don’t have a lot of discretionary cash that I can pump into my costume. So… that makes this sudden urge to cosplay at the con a bit frustrating.

I’ve still not decided, but I’ve told myself that I either have to go in a costume I’m proud of, or no costume at all. I say this because I frequently half-ass costumes when I’m invited to costume parties. A great example being my “Khaleesi” costume from the Game of Thrones party I attended a few days ago–though the whole point was for everyone to half-ass a costume, so I wasn’t alone. Still, I could totally see myself going to a costume party dressed like that.

So, to keep myself from embarrassing myself, I’ve started a Pinterest board of non-sewing (or very light sewing), easy, and cheap cosplay ideas. This way I can really make a plan if I do decide to attend the con in cosplay. If you want to see some of the things I’ve pinned (they tend to be Doctor Who-leaning), you can check out the board here. Also, if you have any suggestions for cheap and easy cosplay ideas, I’d love to hear about them in the comments! I’d also love to hear about your comic con/cosplay adventures.

Kendall’s #GeekySummerReads: Robopocalypse

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Over the course of the summer months, I’ll be going through a reading list that I’ve created for myself. The books I’ve chosen have some sort of a supernatural, sci-fi, general geeky feel to them. You can check out the list here. Follow the hashtag #GeekySummerReads to hear me talk about the book I’m reading, and join in on the conversation yourself. The first book on the list was Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson.

To offer a short synopsis, Robopocalypse is the story of our world in the not-too-distant future. The world has become largely robotic, and after the creation of a super robot, Archos, the robots begin rising up and eliminating humanity. The author formats the book as a retrospective look on the robotic uprising, called Zero Hour, and the aftermath, the New War.

I adored this book. It was suspenseful, engaging, and provided a bit of a break from the constant chatter of a zombie apocalypse. Daniel H. Wilson did an amazing job creating a world that felt eerily similar to our own, which upped the stakes as you read. When you’re talking about zombies or aliens taking over the world, you can always have that anchor of “zombies and aliens aren’t real”. But robots? Those are kind of a thing. Sure, we don’t all have a robotic butler puttering around our home, but a lot of us have a robotic personal assistant, Siri. Reading the book going, “Oh my word, we have that technology now!” really made the book a lot more thrilling, eerie, and exciting. If you haven’t read it yet, you should definitely pick it up–what’s more, the sequel, Robogenesis, comes out in June, so this is the perfect time to jump in….

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Kendall’s Geeky Summer Reading List!

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Hooray for reading!!!

Winter is finally beginning to leave us, which with the warmer weather means that most of my favorite shows are beginning to enter into that awful season: the summer hiatus. Though a nice Netflix binge is a relaxing way to pass a crazy-hot summer day, you can only marathon so many shows until you start to enter into a bleak period of self-examination. Do I do anything other than watch Netflix? What am I doing with my life? Where did this stain on my shirt come from? When was the last time I even ate? When was the last time I showered?


Maybe that’s just me…

Either way, since I am no longer a student with the awesome luxury of a completely free summer, I only have a limited numbers of hours that I can spend ingesting unhealthy amounts of television. I suppose this is a good thing. Since I work full-time, but I still need to fill the void left by my favorite horror, sci-fi, and supernatural shows, I’m making this my summer of supernatural, scary, sci-fi reading. I’m a bit of a book geek, so I can see this list will only grow over time until it mushrooms to a completely unmanageable size. Still, here’s where my Geeky Summer Reading List is starting out:

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Supernatural Recap Part II: #THINMAN

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THIS IS THE EMERGENCY SPOILER ALERT SYSTEM…YOU ARE ADVISED TO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK…

Tuesday’s episode of Supernatural, “#THINMAN”, brought back the return of the infamous Ghostfacers. To say I was a little excited to see the return of one of my favorite “hunter” duos, second only to Sam and Dean, would be an enormous understatement. I absolutely love the Ghostfacers, though I’m not sure why I love them so much. Maybe it’s because actors A.J. Buckley and Travis Wester are hilarious as the ghost-hunting duo and have awesome chemistry, maybe it’s because of that super catchy Ghostfacers theme, or maybe it is because I have come to accept that it is more likely any dabbling in supernatural hunting would result in me being more like a goofy Ghostfacer than a badass Winchester. The Ghostfacers bring some much-needed comic relief to Supernatural, and with Sam and Dean in the midst of the biggest fight they’ve had since…well, ever, we in the Supernatural family could use some comic relief. 

Sam and Dean are investigating the suspicious murder of a teenage girl who died while taking an almost obscene amount of selfies on her phone…

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Tips to Get You Started Playing Magic: The Gathering

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I was never really one to get into trading card games, nor were any of my friends growing up. So when I recently decided I wanted try out Magic: The Gathering, I had absolutely no idea where to start. I was overwhelmed by the stuff I found online, and because it seemed I was the last person on the planet to start playing this game, I felt like all of my questions were stupid. Of course they weren’t, but I felt stupid asking them. Because of this, I’ve compiled a list of answers I found of my top 5 “stupid” questions about Magic: The Gathering in order to help other newcomers to the game feel a bit less overwhelmed and under-informed…

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The Walking Dead Part II Recap: After

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THIS IS THE EMERGENCY SPOILER ALERT SYSTEM…YOU ARE ADVISED TO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK…

The mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead brought us back to the prison after the Governor’s attack caused the group to spread out in several different directions. Because everyone is so spread out, we didn’t reunite with all of the characters. So unfortunately, we still don’t know the fate of everyone on Team Prison, but we did catch up with a few of them. This episode focused on Rick, Carl and Michonne, and it was pretty intense. 

If there was one central theme to the episode, it would have to be about what it means to truly live and survive after the zombie apocalypse. Michonne, Carl, and even Rick start to work through what life has to look like in a world infested with walkers. Before meeting Andrea, Michonne’s survival technique was to go it alone, to not feel, and not get attached to anyone or any place. For her, she was winning as long as she was breathing. Rick, on the other hand, had a completely different philosophy. He desperately tried to cling to any sort of normalcy in his life. He would raise Carl in the way any regular parent would, walkers or not, and he still tried to cling to rules and social norms that were becoming more and more irrelevant. His insistence on clinging to any sort of life that looked like “the way things used to be” is especially important to him as Carl seems to be growing up hardened and cold in response to the chaos around him. This episode forced Carl, Rick, and Michonne to take a closer look at the life they are building and ultimately restructure their priorities…

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Questions I Can’t Wait for The Walking Dead to Answer

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1. Rick and the group have officially lost the prison, and the group is completely separated. 
The Governor couldn’t get the prison and Rick out of his mind, so when the Governor re-assembled a group of followers, he marched them straight to the prison to take it over. Of course, stuff and thangs in this world are never as easy as they are in the planning stages, so what ended up happening was a bloodbath between team Rick and team Governor, causing the prison to become officially restocked on its supply of walkers, and Rick’s group ran for safety in about ten thousand different directions. We haven’t seen the group this split up since Hershel’s farm was overrun, and I’m not sure how the group plans to reunite, if there is any sort of a plan at all. n to become officially restocked on its supply of walkers, and Rick’s group ran for safety in about ten thousand different directions. We haven’t seen the group this split up since Hershel’s farm was overrun, and I’m not sure how the group plans to reunite, if there is any sort of a plan at all. 

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