Final Call: Star Trek 50th Anniversary Online Book Club

In honor of one of my favorite franchises, I’ve been hosting the Essential Star Trek Novels Reading Club Fall 2016-Spring 2017 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  You may have missed the previous online book discussions, but you have one last chance!

The selections for this book club reading list are based on the io9 article “Essential Star Trek Novels That Even Non-Trekkers Should Read“.  Since I’d not read most of them despite being an avid Trekkie, I decided this was a challenge I should accept.  Who will join me on this accursed mission?  The meetings will take place online via Google Hangouts, so send an email to themcnabbist@gmail.com with your deets!

The last session is June 4, 2017 @ 3pm EDT (US) in which we’ll discuss The Captain’s Daughter by Peter David

Again, if you’re interested in participating, email me at themcnabbist@gmail.com and I’ll give you deets!

Live Long and Prosper, Friends

-The McNabbist

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The X-Men: Movies VS Comics (PT. 2)

The much anticipated next part of this discussion by House of Geekery!

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I do pointless nerdy things to relax so I am breaking down the differences and similarities between the X-Men characters as they appear in the movie adaptations compared to their comic originals. Maybe you enjoy reading such pointless nerdy things and we can be friends. If you wanted to check out the core group of characters as who appeared in the first film, follow the link below to Part 1.

X-Men: Comics VS Movies Part 1

For this episode we’ll be primarily focused on the new characters introduced in the second film:X2 – X-Men United(known more sensibly outside the US as justX-Men 2). In addition we’ll also address characters who were briefly introduced in the first film but didn’t get fully established until the sequel. And with that, where better to begin than…

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March 2017 Essential Star Trek Novels Reading Club Notice!

In honor of one of my favorite franchises, I’d like to announce the Essential Star Trek Novels Reading Club Fall 2016-Spring 2017 which I’m launching in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  You may have missed the previous online book discussion, but no worries, we have many more novels left – you can still join in!

The selections for this book club reading list are based on the io9 article “Essential Star Trek Novels That Even Non-Trekkers Should Read“.  Since I’d not read most of them despite being an avid Trekkie, I decided this was a challenge I should accept.  Who will join me on this accursed mission?  The meetings will take place online via Google Hangouts, so send an email to themcnabbist@gmail.com with your deets!

Some of these titles will be available as either print and/or ebooks from your local library, but not all of them.  Plan time to stalk used offline and online bookstores for copies of some of these titles.

September 28, 2016 @ 9pm: Planet of Judgement by Joe Haldeman

October 29, 2016 @ 1pm EST: The Entropy Effect by Vonda M. McIntyre

November 27, 2016 @ 2pm EST: The Final Reflection by John M. Ford

December 30, 2016 @ 3pm EST: My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane

February, 19 2017 @ 3pm EST: Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

March 19, 2017 @ 3pm ET: Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda M. McIntyre

April 2017: Imzadi by Peter David

May 2017: The Captain’s Daughter by Peter David

Again, if you’re interested in participating, email me at themcnabbist@gmail.com and I’ll give you deets!

Live Long and Prosper, Friends

-The McNabbist

The X-Men Movies vs. Comics (Part 1) via Funk’s House of Geekery

A long, long time ago we ran a break down of the Batman villains appearing in movies and how they compared to their comic book originals. Well, having spent the past year or two working through the entire history of X-Men comics we’re coming back to the concept looking at the X-Men movies. So sit […]

via The X-Men: Movies VS Comics (Pt. 1) — Funk’s House of Geekery

In Memorium: Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) — Funk’s House of Geekery

It’s a sad day for Star Wars fans. Carrie Fisher, whose iconic character of Princess Leia made her famous, died early this morning in Los Angeles, California four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was 60 years old. Fisher is survived by her daughter actress Billie Lourd and her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds. […]

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REMINDER: ESSENTIAL STAR TREK NOVELS BOOK CLUB FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY!

In honor of one of my favorite franchises, I’d like to announce the Essential Star Trek Novels Reading Club Fall 2016-Spring 2017 which I’m launching in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  You may have missed the previous online book discussion, but no worries, we have many more novels left – you can still join in!

The selections for this book club reading list are based on the io9 article “Essential Star Trek Novels That Even Non-Trekkers Should Read“.  Since I’d not read most of them despite being an avid Trekkie, I decided this was a challenge I should accept.  Who will join me on this accursed mission?  The meetings will take place online via Google Hangouts, so send an email to themcnabbist@gmail.com with your deets!

Some of these titles will be available as either print and/or ebooks from your local library, but not all of them.  Plan time to stalk used offline and online bookstores for copies of some of these titles.

September 28, 2016 @ 9pm: Planet of Judgement by Joe Haldeman

October 29, 2016 @ 1pm EST: The Entropy Effect by Vonda M. McIntyre

November 27, 2016 @ 2pm EST: The Final Reflection by John M. Ford

December 30, 2016 @ 3pm EST: My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane

January 2017: Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

February 2017: Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda M. McIntyre

March 2017: Imzadi by Peter David

April 2017: The Captain’s Daughter by Peter David

Again, if you’re interested in participating, email me at themcnabbist@gmail.com and I’ll give you deets!

Live Long and Prosper, Friends

-The McNabbist

McNabbist Holiday Traditions + Reading List

It’s been a crazy few weeks here in McNabblandia!  I thought I’d share with you two of my wacky holiday traditions and I ask you return the favor.

The first is a long-standing tradition.  When I was a teen, my mother and I used to drive around town in search of the best holiday yard displays.  We’d arm ourselves with hot chocolate or mint mocha’s and spend an hour driving around and enjoying holiday yard displays.  There was an occasional “oooh” or “aaah” for really good ones.  We’d have Christmas music playing on the radio (our favorite was and is “Feliz Navidad“).  It was a cheap but very nice way to spend an evening.  Now, we take my younger cousins to do the same thing.  We already have the date booked!

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The second is finding a short Christmas/Holiday-related novel to read.  I base my decision on which to read based solely off the title and/or cover.  Last year, Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown was one of my choices.  This year, I’ve decided on The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie and The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson.  First things first, I want to know about a pudding that goes on an adventure.  I mean, who doesn’t?!  Also, I love a good mystery.  And, of course, since I’m a Crazy Cat Lady, a title that includes the word ‘cat’ automatically makes it awesome, no?  Only time will tell!

 

I decided to start a new tradition this year after seeing the idea RTed by Library as Incubator – Make A Book Advent Calendar.  So, I have a pile of books and graphic novels (in addition to my two holiday reading picks) I’ve set aside hoping to read them between now and January 6th.  Most of these are not holiday-related, but items I own but have never read.  Unlike the post suggesting you have one a day, I knew there was no way I could read some of these, which are novels, in one day.  So, I improvised. Have you ready any of these?

*This is the December read for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Online Book Club.  We’d love more participants!

**This graphic novel is about one of Captain Sulu’s first runs on the Excelsior! ❤

Don’t forget to let me know your wacky holiday traditions, whether you’ve read any items in my Book Advent Calendar, and what you’re reading, watching, or playing this holiday season!

Best,

The McNabbist

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Movie Review: ‘Moonlight’ — Funk’s House of Geekery

I’ve yet to see this movie, but after hearing about it on NPR, I definitely must see it. I’m not even reading this review before passing it on to you.  That’s how much I want my experience to be authentic, to walk into that movie theatre with my own mind to interpret and enjoy what I see.  I pass it on to you, however, in case you weren’t think of seeing of it or hadn’t heard of it.  I also want to give you guys a link to that NPR interview that I heard which I greatly enjoyed.  – TheMcNabbist

Directed by: Barry Jenkins Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomi Harris, and Janelle Monae Plot: A young man deals with his dysfunctional upbringing at 3 different moments in his life Review: Moonlight is told over the course of three chapters following the character of Chiron (also referred to as “Little” and “Black”) at different moments in his life: childhood, teenage […]

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REMINDER: ESSENTIAL STAR TREK NOVELS BOOK CLUB FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY!

In honor of one of my favorite franchises, I’d like to announce the Essential Star Trek Novels Reading Club Fall 2016-Spring 2017 which I’m launching in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  You may have missed the September 28th online book discussion, but no worries, we have many more novels left – you can still join in!

The selections for this book club reading list are based on the io9 article “Essential Star Trek Novels That Even Non-Trekkers Should Read“.  Since I’d not read most of them despite being an avid Trekkie, I decided this was a challenge I should accept.  Who will join me on this accursed mission?  The meetings will take place online via Google Hangouts, so send an email to themcnabbist@gmail.com with your deets!

Some of these titles will be available as either print and/or ebooks from your local library, but not all of them.  Plan time to stalk used offline and online bookstores for copies of some of these titles.

September 28, 2016 @ 9pm: Planet of Judgement by Joe Haldeman

October 29, 2016 @ 1pm EST: The Entropy Effect by Vonda M. McIntyre

November 27, 2016 @ 2pm EST: The Final Reflection by John M. Ford

December 2016: My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane

January 2017: Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

February 2017: Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda M. McIntyre

March 2017: Imzadi by Peter David

April 2017: The Captain’s Daughter by Peter David

If you’re interested in participating, reply to this blog post and I’ll give you deets closer to the date!

Live Long and Prosper, Friends

-The McNabbist

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Review: ‘Incognegro’ by Mat Johnson

After hearing a very interesting NPR interview with Mat Johnson, I decided I simply had to read Incognegro.  Mr. Johnson’s lives and experiences are clearly an inspiration for the superhero known as Incognegro as well as inspiration for his other writings. He describes himself as “mulatto”, being the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father.  The struggles of growing up being seen differently by different people is a struggle which I personally often thought about, even though I’m as Western European-American as you can get. As you may know, I’m an Adult Reference Librarian who maintains the adult graphic novel collection at a large urban public library.  You may also know that I’m a self-described geek and anti-racist and a family historian.

I’d seen the graphic novel come and go off the shelves.  My reading list was so long, I told myself I’d get there eventually.  After hearing that interview (linked above), I moved it up the list.

This graphic novel places us in the 1930s where a light-skinned journalist, Zane, goes undercover as a white man in the American South to investigate lynchings for a newspaper based in Harlem.  His newspaper publishes his work under the name ‘Incognegro’.  This means he goes without recognition outside of the office, which is something he grapples with.  He wants people to know that he’s the writer known as Incognegro.

Throughout the graphic novel, we are faced with uncomfortable realities about race in America, past and present. I find the straight forward unapologetically honest tone of this graphic novel refreshing.  The writing is grounded and the black and white artwork, done by illustrator Warren Pleece, doesn’t try to blunt the honest tone.

“Race doesn’t really exist,” Zane says.  “Race is just a bunch of rules meant to keep us on the bottom.  Race is a strategy.  The rest is just people acting.  Playing roles.  That’s what white folks never get. They don’t think they have accents.  They don’t think they eat ethnic foods.  Their music is classical. They think they’re just normal.  That they are the universal and that everyone else is an odd deviation from form. That’s what makes them so easy to infiltrate.”

Grade: 4.5/5

Other works by Mat Johnson:

  • Drop
  • Hunting in the Harlem
  • Hellblazer: Papa Midnite
  • The Great Negro Plot
  • Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story
  • Pym
  • Right State
  • Loving Day

-The McNabbist

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