Revisited: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Scholastic

It’s the 26th of the month, which means that it’s time for another installment of my Harry Potter read-a-thon! This time, I’m delving into Book 2 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Unlike the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which featured a few angles that I didn’t really remember, there wasn’t anything “new” that caught my attention during this re-read. In fact, I didn’t take a single note!

Instead, it was only when I started watching the movie that things struck me a little differently – though this was mainly because it had been a while since I had read those parts of the book. Read More

Valerian and Laureline

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CineBook

Though Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was listed third on my Movie Must-Sees list for 2017, it was easily the one I was most looking forward to. While I haven’t been a big fan of the films that I’ve seen by director and screenwriter Luc Besson (The Fifth Element and Lucy), I was interested in Valerian because I felt like I could get into it on the bottom floor – instead of playing catch-up like I usually do.

The film, which premiered last Friday (and has decidedly tanked), is based on a long-running French comic series, Valerian et Laureline, which was written and drawn by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, respectively. While the series never really took off in the United States, its influence can be seen in a number of other science fiction franchises, namely Star Wars. Read More

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Columbia Pictures

Wow. It’s been nearly a week since Spider-Man: Homecoming finally hit theaters and my thoughts about this latest film featuring the web-slinger have been on quite the roller-coaster ride.

First of all, after being somewhat skeptical of Tom Holland’s casting as Peter Parker/Spidey – as well as tired of all the reboots – I found myself really looking forward to seeing Homecoming as its release date drew closer. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but the flow of positive reviews in my Twitter feed certainly helped. Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Scholastic

Growing up, there were certainly things that I was a fan of (Barbie and the Rockers: Out of this World is one particular example that comes to mind), but I don’t really remember joining a “fandom” until I was introduced to the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

I came to the series a few books in, but quickly got sucked into the story. I still recall waiting in line at Borders (which is really dating myself!) for the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, embarrassing my mother as I nearly ran over an elderly gentleman at Costco because I was convinced that he too was going for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and I fondly remember working the release party for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Read More

GNBC: July Selection

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Simon & Schuster

Happy Monday nerds!! If, like me, you were at a comic con this weekend, you are probably having a stronger case of the Mondays than usual. As such, I thought I would go with a relatively short post highlighting the next selection in our GeekyNerdy Book Club!

After “last” month’s dive into Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s time to turn to a non-fiction read again and I’ve opted to go with Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic. This may seem a little unorthodox since Wishful Drinking is actually her first memoir, but from what I can tell, Shockaholic is a little meatier and moves on from her experiences filming Star Wars. Plus, it appears to delve more into some of the demons that (apparently) pursued Fisher in her final days.  Read More