Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Fandom Items

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started, and is now hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.
If you want to join in checkout the Goodreads page!


April 25: Favorite Fandom Items
— Whether it’s something you own or something you are lusting after, what are some of your favorite fandom items/merch/memorabilia? Your picks don’t all have to be from the same fandom!


I’m making my favorite categories of merch with examples, but I’m OBSESSED with fandom merch and want basically all of it.


Mugs and Travel Cups

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Night Circus Mug

Raven Cycle Mug


Pillow Cases

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Starfleet Pillow Case

Darkest Minds Pillow Case


Jewelry

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One Ring

Multi Fandom Necklace


 Candles and Other Things from Etsy

SuperWhoLock Candles

Fandom Teas

Butterbeer Bath Gift Set


Replica Props

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Dumbledore’s Army Wand Collection

 

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Netgalley Review: Treknology – The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

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Treknology

The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

by Ethan Siegel

The name Star Trek conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Some of these incredible devices may still be far from our reach, but others have made the leap from science fiction to science fact—and now you can learn the science and engineering of what makes them tick.

Treknology looks at over twenty-five iconic inventions from the complete history of the Star Trek television and film universe. Author Ethan Siegel explores and profiles these dazzling technologies and their role Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today.

This stunning collection is packed with 150 superb film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams to pull you into another world. Brace yourself for a detailed look at the inner workings of Star Trek’s computing capabilities, communications equipment, medical devices, and awe-inspiring ships. This book is one that no fan of Star Trek, or future tech, will want to miss.


I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


4 Stars


This book explores the technology of the Star Trek universe. As I huge Star Trek nerd, I loved this. I think the technology they chose to showcase were well picked, well organized, and the sections were well written. Though, if you don’t know Star Trek, you will be fully lost.

Each section is helped by stills and pictures from pretty much every iteration of Star Trek, focusing raining on TOS, TNG and the new movies (having both TOS and new canon stills was a bit weird because you have two faces labeled Captain Kirk etc. but it didn’t negatively impact the book).

Some sections were written as if in-universe. With the science behind the technology explained as if it were a real technology. With history and discovery dates etc. which I loved. Other parts left the in-universe and compared the technology to real world technologies etc. and elaborated the role said technology played in a specific Star Trek show. I think it might have benefitted from being one or the other rather than both.

In all, I thought this was a great book, though it would have been much better in person, as the digital edition resolution isn’t great or easy to flip through. I recommend this for any serious Star Trek fan.

Netgalley Review: The Year of the Geek

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The Year of the Geek

365 Adventures from the Sci-Fi Universe

by James Clarke

The Year of the Geek is a fascinating look into geek culture. Each day will tell a different story from the sci-fi universe, from famous franchises and figures such as Star Wars, The Matrix, Peter Jackson and Luc Besson, to lesser known stories, including the French cult classic City of Lost Children, the Japanese anime Akira and bestselling German novelist, Marcus Heitz. With text written by self-confessed geek James Clarke and accompanied by over 100 infographics that have been specially commissioned for this book, The Year of the Geek celebrates all things geek in a new and intriguing way.


I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 



5 Stars


This is exactly the sort of fun, nerdy coffee table book I LOVE. All the infographics were super well made, and super interesting.

Some were a little hard to read since I was reading this on Adobe Digital Editions, so I really want to buy a hardback.

If you’re into geeky, meta stuff about your fandoms, then this is for you!

Some Fan-Fic Recommendations – Star Trek / Avengers / Harry Potter / Supernatural

Star Trek:

Illogical verse

strive seek find yield

Magpie

Graduate Vulcan for Fun and for Profit

More Time (Crossover w/ Wonder Woman)

The 80/20 Theory As Applied to Cats on the Bed

Cpt C. Pike and C/ J.T. Kirk’s guide to unexpected Co-Habitation

Objective Data


Avengers:

Apropos of Nothing

Nutcracker

In Which Tony Stark Builds Himself Some Friends (But His Family Was Assigned by Nick Fury)

Phil Coulson Knows Tony Stark’s Super Villain Name

The Twice Told Tale

Its All In The Mind

Saving the World (Is Totally a Date)

How To Excel At Supervillainy (and lose your heart to America)

and the tigers come at night.

Haaave You Met Steve? (How I Met Your Mother AU)

So No One Told You (Friends AU)

I (created from fantasies) exist solely for you


Harry Potter:

EarthBound Spook

No Place Like Home

Helix

Azoth

If Sieve

boy with a scar (series of standalone AUs)


Supernatural:

Learning Curve

When Charlie Met Cas

Lost In Time

Your Apple Pie Suburban Hell Happily Ever After

Start Quoting Shakespeare and We’re Done

The Twilight Tag

I saw this over at A Book Lover’s Playlist and it looked like fun, so I’m doing it despite not being tagged!


1. What movie and book is your favorite?
Twilight – for both.

2. What has your experience been like with Twilight?

My grandma gave me the first book for Christmas in 4th grade because my cousin Jasmine loved the books (she was in 5th grade at the time – so my grandma didn’t realize it was inappropriate for a 9 year old).
So, I read it, and I really loved it, and made my mom buy me the next book. And the next book. And the next book.
Mind you I was nine – Jacob was my favorite solely because he was Sharkboy – and I skipped chances of pages in both Eclipse and Break Dawn because it had “weird adult stuff” – I didn’t fully read the books until 7th grade.
I made my parents watch the movies with me. I got my friends to read the books and the entire series and started a shipping war.
The teacher at one point called my mom because my book wasn’t appropriate for my age, my mom said I could read what I wanted.
My and Twilight had a whole thing.

3. Favorite character?
I loved Seth Clearwater, and I love Alice and Jasper.


4. Team Edward or Jacob?
I was team Jacob for most of the series – now I’m Team Edward.


5. Your favorite Cullen (other than Edward)
Alice! She’s a wonderful pixie.


6. Favorite song from the soundtrack? Or favorite soundtrack?
Basic but: 1000 Years from Breaking Dawn.


7. How often do you watch a Twilight movie?
Every few years now I’d guess. I rewatched Twilight a few months ago though.


8. Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
Vampire – not sure how well being a werewolf would go since I’m allergic to dogs.


9. What vampire power would you want?
Any? One of the elemental powers probably. Or Jasper’s emotions thing.


10. Most embarrassing thing you did because of Twilight?
Made my mom take me to the midnight premier of Break Dawn Part II – and wore Twilight necklaces/shirts a lot.


11. A part that made you cry in the book and in the movie?
A lot of things – most notably Rosalie’s backstory.


12. Name all of the movies from your favorite to least favorite.
Twilight

Breaking Dawn Part II
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn Part I
New Moon

I Tag:
Anyone who wants to do this.

Unboxing – Marvel Collector Corps – December Box: X-Men

My love of Marvel is no secret on this blog, nor is my subscription to the Marvel Collector Corps box.

Marvel Collector Corps is a subscription box run by Marvel and Funko that is shipped every other month.

The December box was X-Men themed, which was super exciting, because I am dying for the movie Logan to come out (though it basically looks like a dramatic “retired war hero finds new meaning in life after being lonely and sad for years” movie starring Wolverine).

You can see some of my past unboxings below:
Spiderman (August)
Women Of Power (June),
Captain America: Civil War (April),
Doctor Strange (October).

And some of my other Marvel posts: here (Captain America: Sub Rosa book review), and here (CA: Civil War Movie Review).

If you’ve got the money, like Marvel, and like pop figures, I really highly recommend this subscription box, I love it!

*Please note, as usual, I am not sponsored or paid/asked in way to say these things, these are my own, unbiased opinions communicated by my own free will*


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Cyclops is one of my favorite X-Men, so I really liked the comic this time.

The shirt is my favorite of any so far, I’m a sucker for fictional school class shirts (I also have a starfleet academy one). Its also super soft.

The pop figure is also one of the best, I love the motorcycle, and the Mystique figure is very well made as well.

I think this may have been one of my favorite boxes.

UnBoxing: Marvel Collector Corps October Box – Doctor Strange

My love of Marvel is no secret on this blog, nor is my subscription to the Marvel Collector Corps box.

Marvel Collector Corps is a subscription box run by Marvel and Funko that is shipped every other month.

The October box was Doctor Strange themed, which was super exciting, because I am dying for the movie, and am already fond of Doctor Strange just for the fact that he’s a neuroscientist and my career of choice is pediatric neurologist. He’s basically who I would want to be in the Marvel Universe.

You can see some of my past unboxings below:
Spiderman (August)
Women Of Power (June), and
Captain America: Civil War (April).

And some of my other Marvel posts: here (Captain America: Sub Rosa book review), and here (CA: Civil War Movie Review).

If you’ve got the money, like Marvel, and like pop figures, I really highly recommend this subscription box, I love it!

*Please note, as usual, I am not sponsored or paid/asked in way to say these things, these are my own, unbiased opinions communicated by my own free will*


As always, the box is designed beautifully!

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The customary patch and pin were super cool, some of my favorites! I really need to get some sort of jean jacket or something to iron my whole patch collection onto to show off!

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The customary variant cover comic was Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1, and the cover was SO PRETTY my terrible rushed photography doesn’t do it justice.

Let me know if you guys want me to review the actual content of these comics, because I’d love to start doing some comics reviews!

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The pop figure this time was Astral Projection Doctor Strange, though yellow for the movie rather than green for the comics. In person, its so nice and the glitter adds a really cool dimension to it in the light.

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The shirt this time was epic! Last box, we got a hat instead, but I think I prefer the shirt! As always, it is very well made, and something interesting, the white ink faintly glows in the dark as I discovered in the early hours of this morning. So thats real cool!

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The mug is possibly one of my favorite things I’ve ver received in these boxes, I am an avid collector of mugs, and this is suitably large, and very nicely made, it doesn’t look like the kind my mother can accidentally destroy in the dishwasher, which is convenient.

The packaged it very well so it did not arrive cracked or broken, which is always a good thing to note!

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Captain America: Civil War Book Tag

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I wasn’t technically tagged in this, but I saw it over at Icebreaker694 and well, my love for Marvel has been well established so I HAD to do it!

Because I could write a dissertation on why there is no right side to this civil war, lets just establish right now that I am team both.

You can see some of my other Marvel posts below:
Marvel Collector Corps: August – Spiderman
NetGalley Review – Captain America: Sub Rosa
Marvel Collector Corps: July: Women of Power Unboxing
Captain America: Civil War – Movie Review
Scars And Stories: That Time I Wrote Fanfic For A Grade
What We know so far, and what I suspect: Captain America: Civil War

 

Now that that’s established, let’s get on with the tag!


Team Captain America:

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Captain AmericaName a character who always does the right thing. (If you’re team Iron Man you can change this to ‘a character who is a ‘goodie two shoes’ or ‘mature good one in the group’)

I am going to go the classic “Harry Potter”. He always does the right thing, even when it literally kills.

Falcon: A loyal character

Percy Jackson. Loyalty is literally his fatal flaw. Wilson is far luckier in that regard.

Hawkeye: A character that is extremely good at something very specific

I feel like saying Katniss is a cheap shot.

So, I’ll go with…

Nope can’t think of anyone else. I’m going with Katniss.

Ant-ManA character that’s just happy to tag along

Simon from The Mortal Instruments. You know why.

Agent 13A character you’re super nervous about

Literally every character in Red Queen.

But seriously, Sharon Carter deserved better. I am SO MAD.

Winter Soldier: A character with really great positive character growth

To go with a less obvious answer for the first time, I’ll say Jack from The Paradox of Vertical Flight.

Scarlet WitchA character that started out on the wrong side but ended up joining the team

Baz from Carry On. First person I thought of.

Bonus: Winter Soldier & Captain America: Two characters that have been friends for a long time:

Cammie and Liz from Gallager Girls. True childhood best friends.

 

Team Iron Man:

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Iron Man: A character that doesn’t seem to learn from their mistakes (*If you’re team Iron Man you can change this question to, ‘a character willing to stand up to his friends for what he believes in’ ^_^)

America from The Selection, three books in and she STILL drives me crazy.

War Machine: A character that’s always showing off his “big guns.”

Celaena from Throne Of Glass for sure.

Black Widow: Bad-A female character that also has a soft side

Hermoine, definitely.

Black Panther: A character out for revenge

I can’t think of a non-spoiler-y answer for this…

Vision: A character you are unsure about

Again, can’t think of a non-spoiler-y answer.

Spider-Man: A character you were afraid just wasn’t going to fit in (*If you’re team Iron Man you can change this question to, ‘a character that made it a tad bit better ’ ^_^)

Macie from Gallager Girl.

Pepper Potts: A character who uses their intelligence

Annabeth and Reyna from Percy Jackson.

Bonus: Captain America vs. Iron Man Name two characters that started off as friends and are now enemies OR Name two characters that are on opposing sides that you want to work together

Victor and Eli from Vicious, there are a PERFECT example!

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(What do you mean this isn’t how the movie ended???)

I Tag: (If you want to…)

Niraja

Calliope 

Orangutan Librarian 

Samaya

Shealea

Raquel

Casey

 

Pokémon Go Book Tag

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I was tagged by Icebreaker694 literally forever ago, but I have never claimed to be on top of this, so this should come as a surprise to exactly no one who has ever seen a tag by me.

This tag (and all of its lovely wonderful graphics) was created by ReadAtMidnight.

You should definitely check them both out, as they are lovely human beings with lovely blogs!

Honestly, I’ve loved Pokémon since I was three, and I’m obsessed with Pokémon Go!

You can read my review of the game from when it first came out here:
Pokémon Go Review + Mini Guide
On The Question Of Being “Too Old For Pokémon?” (And The Release Of Pokémon Go)

Now, lets do this!

 

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Harry Potter, because I’m basic like that. I swear, I think you guys might be more tired of reading that answer than I am of writing it, but I cannot change the past…

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A-typical answer here but: The 14 Bears In Winter and Summer. I was a favorite book of mine as a kid, and I still love it!

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I’m still going to read (and probably love) it because my best friend will murder me if I don’t, but seeing all the hype makes me not want to read it, for fear of not liking it.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, for sure.

 

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I actually bought the biography of Alexander Hamilton. It is on my shelf in all its 800-something page glory and to be quite honest? It scares me.

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I don’t really get nightmares from books, but I did stay up all night reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (on a school night, I wanted to die the next day, but it was worth it!).

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I think my brain just short-circuited, because this is not the sort of question I am capable of answering.

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Illuminae. I could not put that book down!

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The books in the Shadowhunter world. I will happily read every single one of Cassandra Clare’s books for that series, spinoffs and all.

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. I had low expectations and I was blown away. (Much like Team Rocket, ha!)

 

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And I Darken by Kirsten White. I dying to read it, its currently staring at me from my shelf.

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Anything signed by JK Rowling. It is my dream in life.

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I don’t know. I don’t generally realize that things are debuts novels most of the time…

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Jk Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Sarah J Maas… Do you need more names?

 

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I have to go with Gemina, oh am I dying to finish the Illumine series!

 

I Tag (If you already did this, then ignore me!):

Niraja

Calliope 

Orangutan Librarian 

Samaya

Shealea

Raquel

NetGalley Review – Star Trek: StarFleet Academy

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I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley and this is my honest review.

Release Date:

August 2, 2016

Date Read:

June 2016

Star Rating:

4 stars

Official Summary:

A bold new chapter for STAR TREK begins here, in an all-new series that shows you what life is like for cadets at the galaxy’s greatest school! Witness the student days of the iconic cast before they joined the Enterprise! Plus, meet an all-new group of students as they embark on bold new adventures of their own! The first new characters in the STAR TREK movie universe make their mark here.

My Review:

(First, let me just say that I am a very big fan of the cover of this book, it perfectly matches the art of the graphic novel (which isn’t always the case and that drives me mad). The art style fits Star Trek very well, with bright colors, and a clean style, each species is definite, well designed and each character is easy to identify, even in busier panals.)

This is the first of the Star Trek Academy books I’ve read, it also happens to be a graphic novel and it features the characters from the current movies. This book has two alternating stories being told, one of the characters we know and love, before becoming the enterprise crew, which is exactly the sort of expanded canon I find enjoyable, and one with all new, but no less interesting characters, including a female vulcan cadet.

Saying to much would give a lot a away, this isn’t the most complex story, but I makes for a quick fun read, and reads like fan fiction in the best possible way.

If you’re a fan of star trek, especially the new movies, and you like expanded canon books, you’ll definitely like this one!