Category: Nerdom

PBS’ Little Women Review

  PBS’ three-episode miniseries of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women came to a finale over the weekend, originally airing on BBC in December. I have a personal connection to Alcott’s classic, inspired by her own life, which I have previously discussed on this blog. The Oscar nominated 1994 film adaptation of the book, starring Winona ...

Lost in Space Season One Review

Netflix’s 2018 Lost in Space series reboot has an episodic feel as the characters find themselves in a unique conflict each episode, similar to the 1965 original, while characters struggle with their isolation and each other throughout the season. This is a science-fiction survival story, reminiscent of The Martian, with unfolding backstories told through flashbacks, ...

Short Story Pick: “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El–Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron” tells the tale of Tabitha, who must walk through seven pairs of iron shoes, and Amira, who sits on a throne atop a glass hill, which she cannot move from. Each woman lives in her own personal prison, but life gets a little brighter when they happen to ...

The Mirror of Erised: What is Your Heart’s Desire?

The Mirror of Erised presents one of the most notable and symbolic moments in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry stumbles upon the mirror one night, stowed in an unused classroom. When he looks in the mirror, he finds the image of is parents standing with him. Returning night after night to view the ...

Beryl Markham’s West with the Night: A Tale of Africa and Aviation

Reading Beryl Markham’s memoir West with the Night, I was swept up in a fantasy of a dream life in early 20th century Kenya. The book paints images of a childhood running through the farms and plains of Africa, hunting with indigenous people of the region, an independent young adulthood as a horse trainer and ...

Van Gogh Painting or Newly Processed Images of Jupiter?

NASA’s Juno mission has been sending raw images of Jupiter in a series of flybys since July 2016. The mission has relied on the public to process and edit and even get creative with these raw images from the JunoCam. So far, that delivery has resulted in something quite unique and beautiful since their first ...

Most Anticipated RPGs of 2018

Kingdom Hearts III Kingdom Hearts II was released over a decade ago and fans have been waiting for the third installment of the main Kingdom Hearts story for some time. With the release of the trailer last year featuring Toy Story, we should reasonably expect the game sometime this year (though no official date has ...

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Season One Review: S’Wonderful, S’Marvelous

I had a to steal the title of a Gilmore Girls episode for this review’s title, which is appropriate because Amy Sherman-Palladino created both series. In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sherman-Palladino brings the fast, witty dialogue that she’s known for and engaging female characters. The eight episode first season of the show is available for ...

The Best of Bookstagram

Mmmm… books. Even more mmm? Carefully posed and photographed book still lifes on the internet. If you’re like me and you drool over bound paper, then you are probably already familiar with bookstagram- essentially pictures of books on Instagram. I just love the concept of putting books up on a pedestal and creating a little ...

“American Gods” Season One Review

“American Gods” was on my to-read list for many years and for some reason remained on that list until recently. Hearing that the book would be adapted for television (and living with the constant fear that I will regret watching something before reading the book), motivation kicked-in… and went away… and kicked-in again around the ...