Monday, August 4, 2014

What I'm Reading: The Lunar Chronicles

When I was in library school, one of my professors announced that we would have a guest speaker come in and talk to us about...well honestly I don't even remember what he was supposed to talk to us about, but that didn't matter because he bought a bag full of books with him--and nearly all of them were YA, which was strange because it wasn't a YA course. Well my eye gravitated toward this book with a shining red high heel, still in the ARC form. And when he told me it was a cyborg Cinderella story, I knew I had to bring it home. I snatched it up before any of my other classmates got interested and that night I made my boyfriend read it to me. Cinder, just as the guest speaker told me, is a cyborg Cinderella story, but more than that it is a thrilling adventure with a hint of romance and some of the best sci-fi I have encountered in YA fiction.
Lunar Chronicles Heroines: Source
My boyfriend eventually stopped reading it to me and I kind of fell off too, but then my older sister got wind of it and would not stop talking about it. After finally paying attention to her ravings, I decided to pick it up again and give it another shot. I mean it was good-but not as compelling as I hoped it would be--at first. But once Cinder started to pick up, the momentum of the story is unstoppable and carries you effortlessly through and into the following two books; Scarlet and Cress where their world grows vaster, their problems get deeper, and the intrigue goes through the roof. There are a lot of fairy tale revamps out there in the realm of fiction and even television shows, but Marissa Meyer adds plenty of action and  sci-fi, against a dire backdrop where the main issue isn't whether or not the prince will show. Meyer definitely makes fairy tales and sci-fi look like they were made for each other. Now both my sister and I are anxiously waiting the fourth installment Winter which isn't coming out until next year!  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lady Lando

Lady Lando

This year I get to attend NYC's ComicCon in October. No, its not the big show like San Diego, but I'm sure it will still be a blast! For this event I really wanted to make my own character costume, but for the past couple of months I have been debating on which character I want to be. In the realm of Sci-Fi there aren't too many options when it comes to black females--I mean there is Storm from X-Men and a few obscure others, but not much else (see chart below). But lately in the realm of cosplay, people are letting go of such superficial factors such as race and gender and taking on the characters in their own unique way. After much thought I decided to go as one of the unsung heroes of Star Wars, Lando Calrissian--maybe I can get my boyfriend to go as Han Solo. I plan on making a cape and blouse for myself. No skimpy costume for me--October is cold in NYC! But back to the lack of diversity in sci-fi/fantasy. As you can see from the chart below, there is definitely a gap. Where are the Asian characters, characters with handicaps, and female butt-kickers? I think I've accepted that one of my missions in life is to add more to that small pool through my writings--which will hopefully turn into a book someday. Maybe I will post some of it sometime, and you guys can tell me what you think.


Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm 25 and Now Too Old for Roller Coasters

This weekend, after my sister threw me a lovely little white themed get together at our apartment, my boyfriend and I took a small trip down to the salty shores of Brooklyn's Coney Island. It's a small little theme park right on the boardwalk where the lines aren't too long, the food is greasy and good, and the rides range enough to suit all comfort levels. We decided not to go until night fall, but by mid-afternoon I wasn't feeling too well. It was that time of the month and my stomach cramps were making me want to punch the nearest thing to me. My boyfriend was getting worried that I would bail on his plans, but a heat patch from the CVS down the street saved the day, but by 6 I was ready to go. Once we entered the park we were like to kids suddenly allowed to pick out anything we wanted at the candy store. Luna Park @ Coney Island, is small, but not tiny. There were empty seats at the game booth promising crazy fluffy neon prizes and a good amount of roller coasters to choose from. After warming up on a game and some treats we decided to go on our first roller coaster together. I thought, this wont be bad. Most of the people on this ride are 12 year old kids. Surely if they can handle it, I can. As soon as the ride took off I was screaming and cursing with my eyes closed, too scared to look just in case the roller coaster malfunctioned and  I was flung or dropped to a horrible death. Afterwards I felt disoriented, wobbly, and rather old--and definitely not ready to go on another. And I saw that my boyfriend was feeling the same. We kept it tame from then on and settled for Cotton Candy and carnival games, which turns out I am surprisingly good at. Toward the end of the night we watched fireworks from atop the large swing ride. On the subway ride home, I sat with both arms full of plush prizes and a purse full of smaller prizes from the arcade. I was looking out for some kids to give them too, but alas I ended up giving them to my cats, who had a fun time tearing at the plush ears. It was a great way to end a great birthday weekend.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me!

In honor of my 25th birthday, I've treated myself to some Outlander goodies. For those unfamiliar with the book series, Google it now, watch the series in August, and thank me later. I designed this custom tote to showcase my love for my favorite character in the series, James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser. He's amusing, handsome, tall, intelligent, courageous, and just totally and completely swoon worthy. Being an Outlander fan under the age of 30, I am in a very small boat. The series is just two years younger than I am and most of the fans are passed middle age. On Monday, to celebrate properly, I am going to see an advance showing of the new show along with a Q&A with the author and cast. Needless to say, I am most excited to see the man who will play Jaime. I will be sure to take pictures! None Outlander-related, I am very anxious to see what my boyfriend will get me for my birthday. He isn't the best gift giver, but there is always thought behind it. On Saturday he is taking me to Coney Island's Luna Park. I've never been, so I am very excited, especially if there is going to be funnel cake!

So ladies, what do you wear to a seaside theme park? Any suggestions? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I am a Black Haired Wizard Droid with Large Hairy Feet

Have you ever taken a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test? In my opinion it is the best personality test out there and the results are tons of fun to read. I especially love trying to guess other people's personality types and I usually find that I am spot on. I've made my sisters, my boyfriend, and my old college roommates all take it. The results are best when shared. If you haven't taken one yet, you can here. I would also recommend taking the test on more than one site so you can compare your answers. I find that no matter how different the questions are, my results are usually the same, but it is good to check. Some tests out there are just plain trash. And after you have read your revealing/lengthy results, then you can geek out like I did and look at these personality charts as according to the worlds of The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. You can click on each picture to enlarge the chart. Then I want to know who you are! Are you an elegant elf? A wise wizard? Or a kick-ass Jedi? I for one don't mind at all being compared to R2-D2. Enjoy the test, and let me know of your results. P.S, if you didn't get it from the title of the post, I am totally a ENTP--but on my bad days I just might resemble Lord Voldemort ha.