Outlander 2.10 “Prestonpans” Top 5

We are fast approaching the end of the season and the creators of Outlander just won’t let us rest! Another heart pounding, fast paced, and traumatic episode met us in Prestonpans. I spent the first half of the episode wondering who would survive. Somehow, amidst all of this, the episode was able to make me laugh out loud more than once too. I think that is the main appeal of this story for me. The ability to laugh with war looming feels true. We can all relate to the need…

Outlander 2.09 “Je Suis Prest” Top 5

Are you ready? The Frasers are, or they are at least on their way to being ready. This episode was a great step forward in advancing us to war. The first hint to me that the mood was changing was the imagery in the opening titles. The kilted warriors charging into battle was an ominous sign to say the least. All of our favorite Scots are back together as they march to meet up with Charlie’s troops. While this episode definitely dealt in some heavy subject matter, I did not…

Outlander 2.08 “The Fox’s Lair” Top 5

After a few weeks of personal turmoil, this episode jumps strongly back to the political intrigue element of the story. As shown in the preview, we do return to Scotland in this episode. That means we get the chance to see some past favorite characters, as well as a few old foes. We also meet a handful of new characters. Another past character pops up in a twist that surprised book readers everywhere. You know I have thoughts on that, so get your hounds ready as we venture into The…

When Fandom Attacks: Hydra Cap

Earlier this week, Captain America #1 was released, and the internet subsequently exploded in a rage.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t one of the people who was furious.  When it comes to Marvel, Captain America is easily in my top 3 heroes.  I love what he stands for, both in the comics and the MCU.  How dare they make him utter those words!? I don’t even like it when people I know say it jokingly!  WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!?

Outlander 2.07 “Faith” Top 5

How to even begin? This week’s episode was heart wrenching on every possible level. Every time I took a second to breathe, I was hit with a new blow. Faith was one of those episodes that covered so much ground, I don’t even know where to start. Even though we get our entire season in succession this time around, this really felt like a mid-season finale. It definitely wraps up nearly every one of the Paris storylines. There is so much turmoil to cover. I am probably crazy, if nothing…

Outlander 2.06 “Best Laid Schemes” Top 5

Hey fans! Funny story. I really thought I had posted this earlier. Apparently in a fit of post-episode sobbing I forgot to click publish and never posted it. If you are reading this, you have survived the tumultuous episode, Best Laid Schemes. Claire, Jamie, Murtagh and Fergus all have an eventful episode to say the least. Promises are made and broken, plans are made and ruined, and secrets are kept and revealed. Based on the abrupt end to the action in this episode, next week looks to be just as…

“Armada” Review

Ernest Cline doesn’t seem to know what a sophomore slump is as he hit the mark again with his second novel, Armada. His new tale involves an action-packed story of an alien invasion with a deadline and a secret organization’s race against the clock to defeat them and to save the people of Earth. Sure, it may be a pretty stereotypical storyline, but Cline found a way to present this much-used story in a fresh and new way with Armada. Story Overview From my perspective, Armada is a “coming of…

Outlander 2.05 “Untimely Resurrection” Top 5

Tonight we experienced an Untimely Resurrection, or as I have decided to title the episode, Emmy Judges Suck and Sam’s Eyes Win Forever. I don’t think that title is too long given the mad skills Sam Heughan brings to this episode. This episode definitely picks up speed as it propels many of the storylines to completion. Even though we are less than halfway through the season, a lot of things need to be set before we can follow Claire through the stones again. Continue on to find out what I…

What should I read next? Part 1

There is an overwhelming amount of talented people writing books currently, which often (for me at least) results in the question, what should I read next? I don’t know about you, but my bookshelf is bursting with unread books. The thing that motivates me the most to choose one book over another is frequently reviews and suggestions of friends. So, I’ve put together some series’ that I have enjoyed, and a compilation of why you should also move them up on your “to read” list.   If you liked The…

Outlander 2.04 “La Dame Blanche” Top 5

Whew! If you were like me, you needed a little time to decompress after the newest episode, La Dame Blanche. Poison! Torrid affairs! Secrets revealed! Assault! If your head has stopped spinning, let’s dive in to this top 5 like Fergus at an abandoned dinner table! Comte St. Germaine seems to have come through on his villainous threats. Shortly into the episode Claire is struck down with poison. She quickly jumps to the conversations she had with Master Raymond from last week. He had only sold the bitter cascara to…

Outlander 2.03 “Useful Occupations and Deceptions” Top 5

Hey there fellow Outlander fans! Claire, Jamie and co. had a busy and emotional week! Sorry for the delay on this post, but I had a terrible head cold and couldn’t look at the computer for a while! After 10 hours of sleep I am now ready to dive in to this week’s episode, Useful Occupations and Deceptions. Fergus is here! This character is one of the remaining introductions I alluded to in last week’s post. Hope you enjoy him, because this young pickpocket will be around into adulthood! I…

Outlander 2.02 “Not In Scotland Anymore” Top 5

Hey there Outlander fans! This week’s episode was very important for storytelling. It was actually so information laden that my list items are a bit shorter than normal. I decided it was either that or overly detailed play-by-plays. As always, only continue if you have watched the episode. Spoilers ahead! Let’s get to this week’s top 5 talking points! Supporting characters continue to shine! In this episode we get to meet Prince Charlie, King Louis, Master Raymond, Mary Hawkins, Louise, and Alexander Randall. Honestly it was such a parade of…

Outlander 2.01 “Through a Glass, Darkly” Top 5

  Je suis pret! Vive les Frasers! Amidst a massive marketing campaign, droughtlander is over and season 2 of Outlander premiered tonight! This is the first season I will be writing weekly recaps. Please drop a comment about things you do or don’t like! I have read all of the books, most more than once. I will try to keep my reviews to the show as it airs, or at least to well publicized press releases (like casting announcements) but I may make some comparisons to the books. I will…

The Lunar Chronicles Review

“The Lunar Chronicles” are the stories of classic fairy tales if they were being told 10,000 years in the future. Immerse yourself in a world of cyborgs, robots, aliens, and princesses as you are told the story of Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel through a fresh new lens. I try to make it abundantly clear in all of my writing that I define myself as a feminist. This is a character trait I attempt to embody in every facet of life, whether it is at work…

“Modern Romance” Review

Modern Romance is a book filled with comedy and social science based research seeking to answer the question, “What does romance mean in today’s society?” Before I delve into a review of Aziz Ansari’s delightful book, I feel it is in my most honest interests to divulge some details about me: First and foremost, I have a strong background in sociology, including a degree (And a nearly finished Masters), with which came extensive research, presentations, and classwork . The fact that this book is full of juicy social science statistics,…

All Aboard The Hogwarts Express

  On June 26, 1997 a generation of witches and wizards were born. Over a span of many years we learned spells and potions, made new friends, played quidditch for the first time, and fought dark lords. It has been 18 years since we first started this journey of magic together. Since we first stepped foot on the Hogwarts Express and were carried off to the wonderful world that was created by J.K Rowling, and learned that real magic really does exist. “Of course it is happening inside your head,…