Week of Geek: Come to the Dark Side… we have (insert favorite food here)

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The Sith Code

Wassup Geeklings?  Everyone ready for a long weekend?  Quick plug; though most of our branches are closed on Monday our three resource libraries (that’d be the Pierre Berton branch, the Bathurst-Clark branch and the home of yours truly the Civic Centre branch) will be open from 1-5pm so come on by for your reading, watching and general awesomeness needs.

So I thought this week I’d bring up something that’s always intrigued me about the Star Wars fandom.  It’s just never a bad time to talk (or in my case write) about Star Wars.  I just finished reading volume 2 of Marvel Comics Darth Vader series, and I finished Shadows and Secrets in a day (which is a rare thing for me, even with a graphic novel), it was that gripping.  I immediately signed out Vader Down, which is the next chapter in that series and also a cross over with their current Star Wars series.  I’m totally digging what Marvel’s doing with the galaxy far, far away and how they’re filling in the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back; the stories feel intimate and give you more of a look into the characters and their motives, such as Vader discovering (37-year-old spoiler alert) that he has a son, which completely sets up that fateful duel in Empire.  Yowza!

But it has further highlighted what has been a longstanding truth for me with this fandom… I’ve always liked the bad guys a little bit more than the good guys.

I’ve written before about my not-so-secret love affair with villains, but the Star Wars universe is where this might be it’s most prevalent.  I have a Kylo Ren coffee mug on my desk right now, no lie.  I’ve said before that Darth Maul was likely the only saving grace of The Phantom Menace, and I’ve watched his resurgence on Clone Wars with barely hidden glee (haven’t seen him on Rebels yet, but someday).  When I bought a plastic lightsaber a while back, I went with Vader’s design with the ruby red blade, and if I ever get a real lightsaber (or as real as you can get in this reality) I’ll probably pick a red LED for it.  The light side may have more color options, but COME ON!  Tell me this doesn’t look cool…

Yep, there’s just something about the villains of Star Wars, be they Sith, Imperial, New Order, bounty hunter or something else.  From the safety of a completely fictional universe, there’s a lot to like.  There’s power there, grace in spite of the wrath, motivations that are not so black and white, and the eternal struggle of conquering all.  And I feel next to no hesitation showing my love.

What do you guys think?  Light side or dark side?  Anyone want to leap to the Jedi’s defense?  (Don’t try a Force Leap though, you’ll just hurt yourself).  Team Jedi or Team Sith?

In the meantime, read more about the dark side with titles like The Book of Sith, The Bounty Hunter’s Guild Handbook or The Imperial Handbook.  There are also a ton of books featuring Star Wars villains, like the aforementioned Vader series, graphic novels and regular novels starring Darth Maul, even a prequel novel showing the ascension of Palpatine.

Have a great long weekend, stay on the straight and narrow IRL and until next time, End of Line.

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Impyrium

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 3,000 years after Henry H. Neff’s first amazing magical series: The Tapestry, magic now rules the world. Ever since the Cataclysm, all modern technology has disappeared and is forgotten as humanity reset, and the Faeregine dynasty governed all of Impyrium with their magic. However, it is fading and the Faeregine kingdom is beginning to collapse.

Hazel, the youngest princess has no interest in being empress and will gladly let her sisters rule instead. She would much rather practice her magic but that has caught the eye of her grandmother, the Divine Empress who has dark plans for Hazel’s magic talents. Hobson Smythe, a clever commoner with an unexpected past from the cold town of Dusk is recruited by a mysterious stranger to be a spy for an organization called the Fellowship and is sent to work as a page for the Faeregines.

However, there are darker forces at play. A traitor from within, assassins and murder, it this all part of something bigger? Two destinies brought together by coincidence or by fate? When Hob and Hazel form an unexpected friendship, they are both forced to make a decision, as their bond may be the kingdom’s salvation or it may write the doom of the Impyrium.

This book was extremely captivating and magical! Brilliant with its rich plot and characters, Henry H. Neff has given us yet another spectacular novel! Mystery mixed in wonderfully with fantasy kept me reading way past my bedtime. This book was skillfully written, constructing a world both beautiful and corrupt as there is both happiness and heavy burdens in the life of the characters. Shocking plot twists, suspicious events and impossible decisions, all keeping me at the edge of my seat. I personally love the relationship between Hazel and Hob as what started as page and princess blossomed into inseparable friendship. For some, this book may be a little clearer with its vocabulary and history if you’ve read the Tapestry series as there are some connections but it’s not very hard to understand even if you haven’t read the previous series. This epic fantasy is best suited for teens between the age of 12 and 14 but I still recommend this to everyone.

Rebel Genius

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Written by the co – creator of Avatar the Last Airbender: Michael Dante DiMartino, Rebel Genius takes you on an adventure into a fantasy world of art and friendship.

In a world where art and Geniuses, magical creatures born from artists’ creative spirit, are banned under the rule of the cruel empress. Twelve year-old Giacomo, an orphaned artist living in the sewers suddenly finds himself with his very own Genius. Having a Genius is punishable by death but luckily, Giacomo is brought to a secret studio by young artists where he is protected and trained in sacred geometry. There, Giacomo makes new friends and unlocks his hidden abilities. Life is safe and peaceful until a murderous artist and his Tulpa, a living sculpture, goes after the Sacred Tools that will grant them power to destroy the world. Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to find the tools first or face destruction. On this dangerous adventure, lives are lost and Giacomo discovers a secret about himself that nobody ever expected.

This was a good book, telling an artful story of survival, friendship and magic. It also contains quite impressive drawings and a good dose of mystery. This is a middle grade novel but still worth the read!

Week of Geek: Why we REALLY watch the Super Bowl ;)

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What’s up Geeklings?  Good to be back!

Let’s get right into it.  While I was off doing stuff, the Super Bowl aired this past weekend.  Now, I know it’s a cliche to be a geek and not be into sports, but unfortunately I am that cliche.  The guys from The IT Crowd perfectly capture my feelings on sports.

They’re talking about soccer, but really it could be any team physical activity as far as I’m concerned 😉

BUT the Super Bowl has other things going for it.  From the half time show (looks like Gaga KILLED IT!) to the commercials, there’s something for everyone.  But I think my favorite thing is the trailers.  Some are only half a minute long, but still, it’s a new look into some of the movies we’re just so excited for.

A few highlights this year include trailers for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (put a hold on the first movie here).

The new Scarlett Johansen remake of Ghost in the Shell (we’ve got the original anime film here).

The latest big-robots-smash-things entry Transformers: The Last Knight (we’ve got the the whole series, but here’s the first).

Then more Logan (another warning, this film’s rated R, but the movies leading up to it are not, so have at it.  I’d either start with this one or this one).

Season 2 of the Netflix hit Stranger Things isn’t coming until next October, but here’s a quick look.

And, of course, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (here’s Vol. 1).

And, if all of that weren’t enough, this week we got a first trailer for Netflix’s Iron Fist (you can start with the first Defender, Daredevil, right here).

Wow!

I’ll leave you guys with all of that to process, but stay tuned for more news.  Stay awesome, and until next time, End of Line.

The Female of the Species

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The Female of the SpeciesThree years ago, Alex Craft’s sister was raped and murdered – a crime that left little evidence to convict the perpetrator. Taking matters into her own hands, she seeks revenge. At school, Alex keeps to herself, not just because she doesn’t mind being lonely, but because she fears she has a killer’s instinct. Isolated by choice, Alex soon finds herself befriending Peekay – the rebellious preacher’s kid – and falling for Jack – the most popular boy in school. Can Alex hide what she is from her friends, or will her instincts lead her to strike again?

Do not be fooled by its bright cover, this book is dark and dangerous. Exploring rape culture, sexual objectification, and the effects of sexual assault, The Female of the Species is not your typical YA novel.