Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite AI Characters



Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week I'm doing something a bit different for Sci-Fi Month 2019 (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone).  In the spirit of the month, I'm sharing some of my favorite AI characters.  Without further ado, here we go:


Agent Smith from The Matrix



Edward from Edward Scissorhands


JARVIS from Iron Man



Lovelace from The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


Maeve from Westworld



The Primer from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson


Roy Batty in Blade Runner


Who are some of your favorite AI characters?  Are you participating in Sci-Fi Month this year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Music Monday: Echosmith & Icon For Hire


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


Welcome to my first Music Monday post of Sci-Fi Month 2019 (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone)!  This week I'm spotlighting "Lonely Generation" by Echosmith (2019) and "Off With Her Head" by Icon For Hire (2012).  I just heard Echosmith's new song a couple of weeks ago and I think it's my new favorite of their work.  It certainly has some sci-fi undertones when it comes to the lyrics alongside it's positive message.  As for that Icon For Hire number, I totally love its dark sci-fi, fantasy, horror Alice in Wonderland feel.  What are your favorites from these two bands?  Are you participating in Sci-Fi Month this year?






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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - 5 Star Books In 5 Words


Happy Saturday everyone!  Today I'm featuring a book tag called 5 Star Books In 5 Words which sounds really fun, especially with a special Sci-Fi Month twist (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone).  I was tagged by Ronnie @ Paradise Found and the tag was originally created by Matthew Sciarappa.  Thanks for tagging me, Ronnie!

The Rules:

1. Choose 5 books that you gave 5 stars (sci-fi books in this case)
2. Share 5 words that in some way describe why you liked it so much.
3. Off no other explanations of those words. Some of the words may only make sense if you've read it yourself.


My Choices:


Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2) by Josiah Bancroft

Ragtag ~ Pirates ~ Ringdoms ~ Librarian ~ Steampunk


The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

Noisy ~ Authentic ~ Unfiltered ~ Hopeful ~ Manchee


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Columbus ~ References ~ Hunt ~ Geeky ~ Nostalgia


Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Art ~ The Will ~ Lying Cat


Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab

Complex ~ Morally Gray ~ Clever ~ Victor


Thanks again for tagging me, Ronnie!  If anyone else would like to take part in this tag, feel free and please share your post with me.  Have you read any of these sci-fi books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Cross Fire (Exo #2) by Fonda Lee + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.





This week I'm spotlighting one of my Sci-Fi Month 2019 reads (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone), Cross Fire (Exo #2) by Fonda Lee.  Book one in this series was great and I can't wait top dive back into Lee's writing. 

Beginning:

The face was one that Donovan would recognize anywhere.

56:

Taking a deep breath, Donovan put on his calmest, most convincing public officer voice.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Read Of October


Favorite - The Girl With No Face (The Daoshi Chronicles #2) by M.H. Boroson - I couldn't have asked for anything more from this sequel.  If you're a fan of historical fantasy, then you'll absolutely need to read this series!


Least Favorite - #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso - Business books just aren't my thing.


What are you reading this weekend?  Are you celebrating Sci-Fi Month 2019?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sci-Fi Month - Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Space Ships



Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week I'm doing something a bit different for Sci-Fi Month 2019 (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone).  In the spirit of the month, I'm sharing some of my favorite spaceships.  Without further ado, here we go:


The TARDIS from Doctor Who


The Heart of Gold from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars


An X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars


The Wayfarer from The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


The Godspeed from Across the Universe by Beth Revis


The Hypatia from The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Nadim from Honor Among Thieves (The Honors #1) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre


The Rampion from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


The Wooden Rocketship from Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples


What are some of your favorite space ships?  Are you taking part in Sci-Fi Month this year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Music Monday: The Phantom Empire (1935)


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


Welcome to my first Music Monday post of Sci-Fi Month 2019 (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone)!  This week I'm spotlighting the first song featured in The Phantom Empire (1935) a 12 part western sci-fi film serial featuring none other than a young Gene Autry in his first starring role.  I actually first heard about this while watching the segment on Gene Autry on Ken Burns's Country Music documentary series.  I lucked out and found a dvd copy via interlibrary loan and it was a lot of fun to watch.  In this serial, Autry plays a version of himself who stumbles upon the highly advanced underground society of Murania - ray guns, communicators, tv, robots, you name it.  The surface level entrance to it is hidden on Autry's Radio Ranch where he and his band perform his daily radio show at 2pm everyday.  Needless to say, some unscrupulous criminals on the surface are willing to do whatever it takes steal Murania's wealth in radium.  Essentially Gene Autry finds himself trying to prevent all out war between Murania and the surface.  Plus, he can't miss an episode of his live daily radio show without it being shutdown for good by those unscrupulous people.  It's one of things that doesn't sound like it should work, but it totally does.  Check out the first episode below called "The Singing Cowboy"- it's set up to begin playing at the first song that they perform, "Uncle Noah's Ark".

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Sci-Fi Month 2019 - Sci-Fi TV Shows & Movies I Want To Watch


Happy Saturday everyone!  Today, in honor of Sci-Fi Month 2019 (Image credit: Photo by Sebastien Decoret on 123RF.com with a quote from This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone), I'm sharing sci-fi TV shows and movies I want to watch this month.  All of them will be first time watches for me.  We'll see how much I'll be able to get through.  You can follow along with my progress via Letterboxd.  Read on to see what I'm hoping to watch this month:

TV Shows:



The Umbrella Academy - I going to start in on this Netflix series first.  I've heard a lot of great things about it and it has a lot of actors I enjoy watching.


Black Mirror - I'm surprised I've actually put this off for so long because it sounds exactly like something I'd love.


Doctor Who,Season 11 - I've just caught up to this point in the series and I can't wait to see Jodie Whittaker take the helm.

Movies:



The Dawnseeker


Godzilla: King of the Monsters



Interstellar - This is another one I'm surprised I haven't seen yet.  I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on it so I'm a little nervous to see how it turns out.



Source Code - Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favorites and this looks like it could be fun.



Alphaville - I don't know about you, but I think this French New Wave dystopian sci-fi noir sounds like it will be so cool.



THX 1138 - This 1971 movie will be the oldest I've ever seen to be written and directed by George Lucas.


Have you watched any of these?  Are you celebrating all things sci-fi this month?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!