The McNabbList – Favorite Songs of the 2010s

Here is the last installment of The McNabbList.  I know I’ve missed so many songs I enjoyed from 2010-2016, so please please respond with your faves.  I’m sure I’ll have a “of course” moments when I see them!  Review past blog posts to find entries from the 1960s-2009.

Adele – Rolling in the Deep (2011)

Alessia Cara – Here (2015)

Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King (2014)

Avenged Sevenfold – Shepherd of Fire (2014)

Beyonce – Formation (2016)

David Guetta featuring Kaz James – Blast Off (2014)

David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj – Turn Me On (2012)

Demi Lovator – Confident (2015)

Elle King – Ex’s and Oh’s (2015)

Gotye (feat. Kimbra) – Someone that I used to know (2011)

Katy Perry featuring Kanye West – E.T. (2011)

Katy Perry – Firework (2010)

The Lonely Island – Threw It on the Ground (2011)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz – Thrift Shop (2012)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us Down (2013)

Selena Gomez – Same Old Love (2015)

-The McNabbist

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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 (U.S.): The Entropy Effect by Vonda M. McIntyre

November: 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

Dated Reviews – The Canterville Ghost (1996)

As any true McNabbist would, I began looking for a way to celebrate Halloween with some Star Trek (other than the obvious costume).  While perusing the shelves of my local library, I came across a movie called The Canterville Ghost and it caught my eye.  Why you might ask?  Because, friends, I saw the face of Sir Patrick Stewart.  Sir Patrick Stewart, as you know, was the actor behind the best Starfleet Captain in Federation History – Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  The next thought that went through my head was, “Holy crap.  Is that Neve Campbell at like 15?”  It turns out she was over 20 at the time, which really, really doesn’t seem right.

I could tell this was going to be a quality production because of the 1990s-looking DVD cover and the fact that it was based on an Oscar Wilde short story which has been remade so many times, it deserved it’s own Wikipedia page.

The movie starts with an introduction to an American mother and children forced to stay in an old castle in England with their father.  As you can imagine, the ghost of Canterville begins his hijinx almost immediately. As is often the case in these family friendly ghost movies, the eldest (Neve Campbell), automatically assumes it’s her younger brothers playing tricks on her.  Early in the film, we discover that only the children can see the ghost, not their parents.  This theme runs throughout not only movies but paranormal studies.  Of course there is a bit of a teen/young adult romance with a strapping English lad.  Overall, a pleasant and happy Halloween watch for those who don’t like horror movies.

Favorite line: “A most gratifying scream.”

Grade for a 39 year old (who likes Zombie films) watching it by herself: C

Grade for a 39 year old watching for young ones: B

Despite all this humorous banter about this movie, I have the utmost respect for Sir Patrick Stewart and enjoy his endeavors immensely.  I’m sure most of you have seen him in Star Trek: The Next Generation and in the X-Men films.  However, if you haven’t already, see Dune, Excalibur, Robin Hood: Men In TightsA Christmas Carol, Green Room, his Extras episode, Blunt Talk, and the upcoming (blockbuster) film Logan.

Follow Sir Patrick Stewart on Twitter if you use the service!

-The McNabbist

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11 Books for Fans of Stranger Things — Nerdy But Flirty

As a fan of Stranger Things, I can’t wait to check some of these books out.  I think some of the older X-Files novels that I own would also be good for fans of this show!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely binged on the Netflix original series Stranger Things by now, and chances are you really enjoyed it. With a slew of 80s pop culture influences, fusing Stephen King, Dungeons & Dragons, and vintage Stephen Spielberg, Stranger Things is every old school sci-fi/horror nerd’s dream. If you liked the […]

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The McNabbList – Favorite Songs of the 90s

I’m jumping around from the 1960s to the present, listing some of my favorite songs from these decades.  The first post in the series was for ’00 decade, the second post was for the ’80s, the third post was for the 1960s and 1970s, and this post is for the 1990s!

I don’t own every piece of music I’ve ever loved, so I may have missed a song or two.  Some of these songs are what I call “guilty pleasures” but I’m being completely honest in these blog posts!  Don’t make fun of me too much.

I’ve linked to the YouTube videos so you can hear the music, but just because these are some of my favorite songs, doesn’t meant these are my favorite music videos.  You’ve been warned😉.

Please respond with your favorites from the 1990s.  It may be a light bulb will go off and it’ll have been one of mine, too!

I’m sure you will notice that this is the lengthiest music list so far.  I was 13 years old in 1990.  That’s right, my teen years were spent in the ’90s!

Alanis Morissette – Uninvited (1998)

Beastie Boys – Sabotage (1994)

Boyz II Men – Motownphilly (1991)

Chagall Guevara – Tale O’ The Twister (1990)

Cranberries – Ridiculous Thoughts (1994)

Culture Beat – Mr. Vain (1996)

The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed (1993)

The Cure – Purple Haze (1993)

Depeche Mode – It’s No Good (1997)

Destiny’s Child – Bug A Boo (1999)

Dino Latino – Caramelo (1998)

Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You (1994)

El General – El Funkete (1995)

Elton John with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – Sixty Years On (1987)

Elton John with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – The King Must Die (1987)

En Vogue – Free Your Mind (1992)

The Fugees – The Score (1996)

Garbage – Not My Idea (1995)

Garbage – Push It (1998)

Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love (1991)

Helmet featuring House of Pain – Just Another Victim (1994)

Live – Pain Lies on the Riverside (1991)

Madonna – Human Nature (1994)

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams (1998)

Monifah – Touch It (1998)

No Doubt – Just A Girl (1995)

Onyx featuring Biohazard – Judgement Night (1993)

Ozomatli – Aqui No Sera (1998)

Ozomatli – Donde Se Fueron? (1998)

Pearl Jam – Better Man (1994)

PJ Harvey – Down by the Wate (1995)

Positive K – I Got A Man (1992)

The Prodigy – Breathe (1997)

The Prodigy – Firestarter (1997)

Psychotica – Cybernation (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Bulls on Parade (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Down Rodeo (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Guerrilla Radio (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name (1992)

Rage Against the Machine featuring Maynard James Keenan – Know Your Enemy (1992)

Rage Against the Machine – No Shelter (1998)

Rage Against the Machine – People of the Sun (1996)

Rage Against the Machine – Sleep Now in the Fire (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Take the Power Back (1992)

Rage Against the Machine – Testify (1999)

Rage Against the Machine – Wake Up (1992)

Silverchair – Israel’s Son (1995)

Silverchair – Pure Massacre (1995)

Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore (1998)

Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet w/Butterfly Wings (1995)

Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm (1993)

Sonic Youth – Titanium Expose (1990)

Tori Amos – Caught a Lite Sneeze (1996)

Tori Amos – Crucify (1991)

Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song) (1994)

 

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Full Interviews with the Cast & Crew of The Expanse — Geekritique

If you haven’t watched this show yet, tune into Netflix next month or rent it from your local library.  Enjoy this interview via Geekritique 🙂 – The McNabbist

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‘Star Trek’ cast and crew takes a public stand against Donald Trump — Unhinged Group

‘Star Trek’ cast and crew takes a public stand against Donald Trump http://ift.tt/2dHZDJA ‘Star Trek’ cast and crew takes a public stand against Donald Trump Image: Trek Against Trump By Adam Rosenberg2016-09-29 20:43:56 UTC Donald Trump would never make it in the Star Trek universe. The amassed former and current cast and crewmembers of various […]

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While I understand why some Trek fans would rather those involved in Star Trek would’ve not associated the franchise with their personal political views, I disagree with those that say Star Trek isn’t political.  To those, I’d say, please watch the episodes again.And, while I don’t personally think Hillary Clinton is a great candidate, personally I do think she’s a bit better than Donald Trump.

If you want to know more, you can visit the links above.  If you don’t, I understand.

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Reading “Preacher” by Garth Ennis

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Last month, I received an email in my inbox from AMC promoting their new television series Preacher.  As a graphic novels librarian and a major fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I knew that the new AMC series was based on a graphic novel series by Garth Ennis.  So, despite it not being my genre of interest, I decided to read the first volume of the series before watching the television series*.

Like when looking forward to seeing upcoming films, I went in completely blind.  I didn’t read any reviews, I didn’t flip through the pages to decide whether to read it.  I didn’t even read a synopsis.  I just jumped right in!

*MILD SPOILER WARNING*

After reading the first few pages, I’m sure I looked something like this: o_O

The premise started off interesting – A preacher, Jesse Custer, in Texas who lost his cool with his flawed and unchanging flock whose hypocrisy made him question everything he believed.  An unknown being, called Genesis, travels towards Earth and enters the body of Custer and in the process, kills Custer’s whole flock.  On the journey ahead, he meets up with an Irish Vampire (Cassidy) and an ex-lover (Tulip) as they search for God who, we learn, has abandoned his post and is somewhere on Earth.

As I said, interesting premise.  Despite being raised Agnostic, even I cringed at some of the blasphemy in this graphic novel.  Add to that, the crude and profane language, and I was immediately sure Mother Theresa wouldn’t have approved.  I personally found it a bit too dark and profane for my personal taste and I was a bit shocked to find not a single character that wasn’t a bit…too disturbing for me.  Having said that, I realize that no human is perfect and that we are all battling inner demons, and maybe that’s one of Ennis’s points.  While I believe that Ennis is clearly a good writer and it making interesting social commentary, I think he relies a little too much on shock value.  My personal grade: B-

However, don’t make your final decision based on my review alone.  As I said, not exactly my genre.  There were numerous positive reviews, including those who were offended by so interested to see what happened next, they simply couldn’t put it down.  Which is definitely the mark of a well-written graphic novel.  It also made Rolling Stone’s 50 best non-superhero graphic novels!

If you don’t mind more than mild spoilers, visit these sites for reviews or more info:

CG Magazine

EE Times

Goodreads

Wikipedia

*You can watch the first season of Preacher here.

If you’re already read it, or you read it after reading this review, respond to this blog post and let me know your thoughts!

-TheMcNabbist

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The McNabbList – Favorite Songs of the ’60s and ’70s

I’m jumping around from the 1960s to the present, listing some of my favorite songs from these decades.  The first post in the series was for ’00 decade, the second post was for the ’80s, and for this post we’ve jumped backwards to the 1960s and 1970s.

I don’t own every piece of music I’ve ever loved, so I may have missed a song or two.  Some of these songs are what I call “guilty pleasures” but I’m being completely honest in these blog posts!  Don’t make fun of me too much.

I’ve linked to the YouTube videos so you can hear the music, but just because these are some of my favorite songs, doesn’t meant these are my favorite music videos.  You’ve been warned😉.

Please respond with your favorites from the 1960s and 70s.  It may be a light bulb will go off and it’ll have been one of mine, too!

Aretha Franklin – Respect (1967)

Beatles – Back in the USSR (1968)

Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Cathedral (1977)

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – Ohio (1977)

Donna Summer – Bad Girls (1979)

Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (1979)

Doors – Love Me Two Times (1967)

Edwin Starr – War (1970)

The Guess Who – American Woman (1970)

Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (1969)

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (1967)

John Lennon – Happy Xmas (1970)

John Lennon – Imagine (1971)

The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin (1966)

Martha & The Vandellas – Dancing in the Streets (1964)

Marvin Gaye – Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968)

The Monkees – Last Train to Clarksville (1966)

The Monkees – Steppin’ Stone (1966)

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)

Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (1978)

Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter (1969)

Rolling Stones – Mother’s Little Helper (1966)

Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence (1964)

Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground (1973)

Stevie Wonder – Superstition (1972)

Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints (1967)

The Supremes – Stop in the Name of Love (1965)

Still two more McNabblists coming soon!

-The McNabbist

 

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: 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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