Last Podcast on the Left – Detroit

Mr. C&M and I simply refer to our favorite podcasters ever as, The Boys. The boys came to Michigan for the first time December 6th and despite already seeing the show for this tour back in March, we had to represent for our state so that they would keep coming back.

Totally worth it. It may have been the same show but the jokes were 20 times better. We were laughing our asses off the whole way through.

If you’ve never attended one of their shows, first, fix that. Second, here’s their formula for success:

Henry dons his Mufon gear and tells us about some alien encounters:

Marcus covers crytids. This year’s was most special as it’s a legend for our state, the Dogman:

Ben gives us some professional wrestling stories which I do not have pictures of.

To round up a quality show, there has to be a little conspiracy theory action. This year’s involving Mama Cass of The Mamas & The Papas.

We also had much better seats at this show since we bought them the day they were released. I’m fairly certain that the show sold out, so hopefully they hit Michigan on their next tour too.

If you need a new podcast to edu-tain you, then I highly recommend the boys.

Fa-La-La-La Chaos

I survived my holiday trip north but I also survived……my first ever Black Friday shopping!

I’ve only ever worked on the dreaded craziest retail day of the year. I took it off for our trip north this year so I thought I’d revive the Black Friday tradition that my aunt had with my grandmother before she passed away.

Well folks….I don’t think I ever need to do it again. Lol. Once was enough, curiosity sated.

The plus side is that I did make some head way with shopping for people, including Mr. C&M. Now, I have to get the house clean so I can decorate. (Also, we have to buy a new fake tree.) The way my brain works, everything must be clean before the decorations go up. We’ve barely been home lately, so I’ve got some work cut out of me.

I love Christmas. It’s second only to Halloween for me. I just love getting gifts for the people in my life that matter the most.

Hopefully, I will squeeze in some holiday baking as well.

I haven’t finished Red Mars yet, it’s just so slow going, but I’m really looking forward to no more themed reading. I’m not a Christmas book person so it’s a free for all on what I read next.

Do you enjoy Christmas or are you a Scrooge?

Terraform Me a New Ear Drum

Sorry for a lack of updates folks but this little blogger caught herself a nasty upper respiratory infection that caused her ear drum to rupture. So whenever I am not at work, I’m wandering around my house responding with a “HUH?!?!” to everything my husband says OR sleeping. I’ve slept SO much but it really does help.

I knew I was coming down with something when we left for our trip north a week and a half ago. I did not foresee becoming THIS sick. I was trucking along fine until my ear drum ruptured and then I was just down for the count.

Samus has done her best to help me recoup. Maximum snuggles while reading or sleeping.

As you can see, I’ve been working my way along Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. It appears to be equal parts slightly boring and absolutely fascinating. I’m fairly certain it’s the terraforming the planet that is keeping me going. The characters are okay but the transformation to make the planet habitable for humans is the best part. It’s long though, highly detailed, so it will take me probably to the end of the month to finish it.

Alas, we’re heading back north this week for Thanksgiving. Every year we rotate where we spend Thanksgiving and it hasn’t been at my dad’s house in quite some time. So expect another small hiatus from me.

Speaking of my dad AND science fiction month, I guess it never really registered until I made the list of movies and TV shows but my dad has been my greatest influence into science fiction. It’s funny the things you never realize until it is very obviously pointed out in random fashion.

Who influenced YOUR love for science fiction??

#SciFiMonth: Saga; Volume 6 – Comic Review

Published Date: July 5, 2016

Publishing Co.: Image Comics

Pages: 152

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Even after a time jump this comic is still running strong. I may be so head over heels in love with it that they can do no wrong. If you’re a Sci-FI fan who enjoys a little romance and family drama with their space fun, I cannot recommend this series enough.

Stop staring at this screen. Git off yer butt and go pick up this series NAOW.

#SciFiMonth – The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars #1) – Book Review

Published Date: March 10, 2015

Publishing Co.: Orbit

Pages: 440

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Three different antagonists take on the Dutch, in secret, to bring down their empire of mechanical servitude.

The Dutch empire rules much of the world. They invented mechanical slaves called Clakkers, and use them to control everything. They use them for household service, they make up much of the military and others yet, are used to subdue anyone violating the laws.

One thing the empire cannot abide to let the public become aware of is, rogue Clakkers. Clakkers granted Free Will. They are to be hunted down and destroyed at all costs. Their enemies cannot know that their Clakkers have any kind of soul, it would unravel all they have built if people knew that these weren’t just mindless robots.

Jax is a rogue. Accidentally granted Free Will in a mishap, Jax flees before his secret is found out. Unfortunately for Jax, other Clakkers can sense his difference if he slips up even a little. One command ingrained in all Clakkers, is to do everything to take out a rogue when detected. He’ll need the help of humans if he’s to get out of the Dutch grasp.

Only one country resists the Dutch, they’ve been at war for years and recently had a cease fire. New France. Their draw is precarious. One wrong step and war can begin again in an instant. Berenice is in the business of knowing everything about the enemy. When given a chance to study the inside of a military Clakker, she will risk everything to unwind the Dutch’s secrets. She’ll even risk the King’s wrath if he finds out she went against his wishes.

Pastor Visser works in secret through the church. He’s apart of a network of people working to bring about the destruction of the Dutch, free Clakkers that they believe are sentient and bring back the Catholic church, currently outlawed as heresy. He’s willing to martyr himself to do so but the price may be more than he expected, for the Dutch are especially cruel.

This was a decent read for ¾ of the book. I wasn’t really connecting with any of the characters but the premise was interesting enough. It began to really come together in the last quarter when a couple of the antagonists joined forces.

My lingering question is, how can robots taste or smell? It was mentioned briefly in the beginning of the book and I’m left wondering if it was a mistake. Or, are these sciences really THAT advanced?

I’m on the fence about continuing the series.

#SciFiMonth: Top 5 Favorite Sci-Fi TV Shows

As a kid, I regularly watched Star Trek: NTG and Star Trek: Voyage with my dad. Despite that, I don’t consider myself a Trekkie. Star Wars will always own my heart but I respect all the Trekkies out there.

Making this list made me realize, I don’t actually watch too many sci-fi TV shows. I’ll have to consider this when I pick out new shows to try.

I was SO into Alf as a kid, I don’t remember if anyone watched it with me. When Alf was on, nothing else existed.

Mr. C&M and I watched this some what recently. Each episode is it’s own story, so some are winners and some are just okay. I don’t think there were any episodes that I down right hated.

We aren’t caught up on this gem yet but I absolutely love the mix of western and sci-fi.

We just finished this last night and it was SO good. I went in not expecting a lot and ended up enjoying the absolute shit out of it.

I have no qualms about naming this my favorite sci-fi TV show maybe, ever. For the record, Eleven is my least favorite character.

What are some of your favorite sci-fi TV shows?

I’m about to jet off on a four day weekend in northern Michigan tomorrow, so I may not catch up with everyone until I get back. Hope your weekend is full of delicious science fiction things!

#SciFiMonth: The Left Hand of Darkness – Book Review

Published Date: First published in 1969

Publishing Co.: ACE Science Fiction

Pages: 323

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Wooooooo boy. Get ready for unpopular opinion time folks. I fully expect the trolls to come for me on this one.

I’m not entirely sure why I even finished this book. I think only because it is considered a science fiction classic. However, now that I’ve finished it, I wish I had never wasted my time.

It took me almost 3 months to read The Left Hand of Darkness. After an unimpressive start, I took it to work to leave and read on my lunches. Sometimes it’s nice to not tote a book back and forth every day. But putting even 15 minutes into reading it, 5 days a week was a chore. There were some days that I ignored it to play on my phone or I brought another book anyway because I just could not bring myself to pick up.

The promise of a gender fluid society with mating seasons, and how that went against the grain of human society, was what sparked my interest in this novel in the first place. It turns out to be a very small portion of the book. It quickly develops into political intrigue and some of the most boring politics I’ve read yet. I want to say that some of the terminology was never fully explained but it’s possible that my very bored brain skimmed past it and never let it sink in. It’s also still possible that it was not explained.

If I thought I was bored the first half of the book, the second half only proved that it was possible to make it worse. Daily descriptions of a journey across ice and very little dialogue, stretched my patience and I almost threw the book in the garbage. That’s not an exaggeration. I eyeballed that trash can like it was a promise of relief.

The chapters switched back and forth between the two main characters. The problem with this is that both characters sounded much the same and I wasn’t sure who’s point of view I was reading from until sometimes, several pages into each chapter. Neither character was likable and I could care less if they perished before their mission was complete.

The only parts I enjoyed were the small chapters that told myths and legends of the planet of Winter and they were few and far between.

So go ahead, lambaste me that I don’t know good writing or that my small brain just couldn’t comprehend the genius of the author during that time. I don’t care, I should have never tortured myself to finish this.

#SciFiMonth: Top 5 Favorite Science Fiction Movies

  1. Oh yeah, I’m counting all three of these bad boys as one because otherwise, it would make this list too easy. I’ve been mad for Star Wars since I was a kid and burnt out my aunt’s VHS of Return of the Jedi. Pretty sure that’s how everyone got me to calm down, they just put Star Wars on.

2. I absolutely love this movie and I don’t watch it nearly enough. I should probably change that like ASAP.

3. If I was batty for Star Wars, I was equally batty for dinosaurs so this one is an obvious pick. I took me three times when I was little to sit through this movie because the raptors scared the shit out of me. I specifically remember running out of the theater and banging my broken arm in a cast on the seats on my way out.

4. I’ve been watching this movie since I was a kid too. I will forever love these aliens. Some of the coolest ones ever invented.

5. I had this really good hiding place as a kid, behind the couch. I was master level sneaky and watched a lot of movies my dad was watching that I’m sure he would not have let me if he knew I was there. This was one of them.

What are your favorite Sci-Fi movies of all time?

Science Fiction Month 2019

Hey guys! All that paranormal/horror reading was great leading up to Halloween but now it’s onto new things. I usually participate in my own way for Science Fiction month every November for the past couple of years. This year, I’ve signed up to participate with the current blog hosts of Sci-Month, Onemore.org.

Besides book reviews, I plan to do some other sci-fi related posts. I haven’t quite figured out what yet but I look forward to thinking something up.

I should FINALLY be finishing The Left Hand of Darkness this week. It’s only taken me over a month. I warn you now, it’s going to be an unpopular opinion.

I have started The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis as my next sci-fi read.

Are you participating in Sci-Fi month? If so, what are your big plans for it?

October Week 4.5: Candy and Snow

There was no time this past weekend to do a post reviewing the week before. So this week I present to you; October Week 4.5. One and a half weeks of October fun.

The reason there was no time this past weekend was first because we attended our friend’s awesome A Very Harry Halloween Party. Harry Potter themed of course. She went into amazing detail with everything including (finally) receiving our Hogwarts acceptance letters. I was Moaning Myrtle and Mr. C&M was Lucius Malfoy.

Second, we traveled to Cleveland for a concert (Hammerfall and Sabaton) and explored the breweries of the city.

Trick-or-treating last night was cold, rainy and eventually turned to light snow. Kids these days don’t tough it out like we used to. I believe our motto was wind, rain or snow, trick-or-treating we will go. We saw about 14 kids the whole two hours. In fact, we had 3/4 of our second tub full of candy at 8 minutes left until the end. So, the last two kids got a crap-ton of candy dumped in their bags to which they replied, “OMG you guys are the best!”

Watching

A friend told me that this was their guilty pleasure tv show. Since I was looking for something new to watch on my own, I gave it a try and enjoyed it more than I expected. Lucifer is bored of Hell and decides to take a vacation on the mortal coil. Needless to say, he causes a lot of ruckus.

Reading

I finished my spooky reading for the season!

Soulless

Locke & Key

Treats

We ate a lot of great food in Cleveland, though none of it was autumn related.

We also ate a decent amount of candy while handing it out last night. 😛

I hope everyone else had an amazing October and Halloween season! What was your favorite part?