Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fandom Mashup #101

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hi friends!  Happy Sunday to you all! I was planning on a lazy Sunday as I'm still recovering from that stupid time-change...but it looks like relaxing will have to wait...

Back to the...Past! Pick a time period in history that you'd most like to visit and 5 characters you'd most like to spend that adventure with! 

Naturally I'm not only picking 5 characters but 5 different time periods. What can I say, I'm a time-lord ;)

Ancient Egypt with The Doctor

Naturally. I almost just picked 5 different time periods and ONE character, being the Doctor but I stopped myself. My favorite time period is ancient Egypt and visiting THAT time with the Tenth Doctor would be a dream come true ♥

Victorian London with Sherlock

If Ancient Egypt is my favorite time period, my second favorite is Victorian London and what better character to explore it with than Sherlock (and Watson) The episode of BBC's Sherlock set in Victorian London^^ was brilliant!

9th/10th Century Scotland with Harry Potter

I'd LOVE to time-travel with Harry Potter. Or do anything with Harry Potter really LOL! But imagine travelling back to the foundation of Hogwarts WITH Harry Potter himself ♥  Meeting Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin in the flesh and seeing Hogwarts being built!

The Roaring 20's with the Winchesters

The episode of Supernatural where Dean travels to the 40's is close - but Sam wasn't there (WTF?!) so I want to go full on Roaring 20's with Sam and Dean. We're going to need Castiel to zap us there so hopefully he'll join in too (and Crowley for good measure)

Camelot with Merlin (5th/6th Century Britain)


Look at that goofy smile!  Imagine exploring Camelot with a young Merlin!  Having him take you on the grand tour and getting into all kinds of trouble on the way....man, I really need to rewatch BBC's Merlin!

Where - and When - would you explore?
And Who with?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Harry Potter Moment #185

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 
Harry Potter Moment of the Week was created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and is hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote or memory  from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hello all! I hope the week has been treating you all well so far?  I'm still adjusting to the stupid time change so I've been tired but hey - it's nearly the weekend :D

Favorite Fanfic?

Embarrassing confession time: I've never read a single piece of Harry Potter fanfiction *gasp* The first time I finished the series, I just straight up dove back in and reread the entire series...and this repeated itself more times than I care to mention before I finally took a breather in between rereads to...you know...read something else >.<  I don't know, I just feel like I only ever wanted the real story, from JKR in my head and nothing else would ever compare.  A part of me does feel like I missed out on such a big part of the fandom but a bigger part of me still isn't willing to give fanfiction a go. In my defence, I don't do fanfic in general so it isn't just Potter, but I know Potter fanfic has defined so many Potterhead lives...#thestruggleisreal

What about you guys? fanfic: yay or nay?
What's your favorite Potter fanfic?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday *141*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight an upcoming book release we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week: 

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive #3
Expected Publication: November 14th 2017 by Tor

In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together--and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past--even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.
OATHBRINGER!!! *heavy breathing* *internal screaming* We finally have a cover and it is GLORIOUS!  This series is easily my favorite high-fantasy series OF LIFE but the wait between the books is killer - for real - the last book came out in 2014 O.O  Honestly, the series is worth it though, it's my favorite Sanderson offering so far and that is saying something.  I know I still have to wait until November to get my greedy hands on this beast but I'm already counting down the days!

Where are my Stormlight Archive peeps?
What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fandom Mashup #100

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hi all and happy Sunday!  Things are pretty serious today so let's get right to it:

A sadistic, power-hungry man has gained access to some sort of super-computer that would allow him to take over the world.  Luckily, the computer is currently encrypted but not for long. Who's going to help you stop him from accessing all that valuable information? 

Artemis Fowl

This topic was kind of inspired by one of the Artemis Fowl books so I definitely had him in mind from the start. Artemis is a boy-genius and he's ruthless to boot so he'll take care of this moron in no time flat!

Felicity Smoak

In case Artie runs into trouble, there's always Felicity!  She's a computer genius in her own right and she'd make a valuable addition to this ensemble. Plus, #girlcrush alert!


Batman

Bruce Wayne has the know-how to help us identify and locate our bad guy and Batman has the resources to find him and....change his mind XD

Sam Winchester

Sammy is experienced in research and computers which makes him a prime candidate here. Once we figure out a plan, Sam's also got the mojo to go on the attack and take care of things.


Cisco Ramon

Another computer whiz I know, but I think Felicity and Cisco work really well together and they double our chance of success!  Plus Cisco will provide some much needed comic relief within our band of serious heroes.

Which geniuses would be on your team?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Harry Potter Moment #184

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 
Harry Potter Moment of the Week was created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and is hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote or memory  from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hi Potter-heads!  Happy almost weekend!  I hope everyone's week is going along well so far?  For Potter-Thursday we're talking about film casting:



Which cast member from the films do you think was the most perfect fit for the character they portrayed?

Well, I've made no secrets about the fact that I adore Richard Harris as Dumbledore.  He was a bit older in the films than I'd pictured Dumbledore but nevertheless, he was the perfect Dumbledore for me.  Maggie Smith of course is an absolutely phenomenal Minerva McGonagall as well.  And we all know that Evanna Lynch basically IS Luna Lovegood - even JKR said so!  I'd say that all of them^^ are a perfect fit for the characters they portray but I think the most perfect example of stellar casting in these films is:

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape

Now I'm not a Snape-fangirl and as much as I'm obsessed with all things Potter, I don't go around reblogging stuff that has 'Always' on it - nothing against anyone that does of course - I've just never felt that Snape was fully redeemed for his terrible actions. But this isn't a post about Snape's bullying, nor is it a post about his astounding bravery. The bottom line that everyone can agree on is that Snape is a complex character.  He keeps you guessing until the last second and even when all is revealed, he remains a shade of gray entity with lots of layers. Only a truly gifted actor could have pulled that off the way Alan Rickman did.  The bottom line is that Rickman's portrayal of Severus Snape will forever live on as one of the best book-to-film representations ever.  

Which actor do you think best became his character?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fandom Mashup #95

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hey everyone and happy Sunday! It might be freezing cold where I'm at right now but it's ok because I'm going travelling:

You're heading out on a travelling adventure to explore the world. Pick 5 destinations on your bucket list and 1 character to hit up each destination with! 

Scotland with Harry Potter

Naturally.  I want to backpack through the fields of Scotland until I find Hogwarts...and then I will never, ever, leave.

The Universe with The Doctor

All of the Universe isn't too much to ask is it?  And we would have all the time in the world do travel anyway (TimeLord)

London with Sherlock

Granted, I doubt Sherlock would be a good tour guide - being a know-it-all and whatnot - but if John comes along it should be fun!

Gotham with Batman

Sure Gotham is scary AF but with The Dark Knight by my side I'd be ok. So long as he keeps to the top of high buildings...


Across the U.S. with the Winchesters

Yup. I want a continental road trip in the Impala with the boys!  I'm hoping Castiel might pop in a few times too (literally)

*Bonus

Henrietta with The Raven Boys + Blue

Let's find that magical forest! And if all else fails, let's have pizza at Nino's and then get our cards read at 300 Fox Way!

What locations would you visit? And with who?


Friday, March 10, 2017

Review: Mostly Harmless

Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #5
Published October 13th 1992 by Harmony

It’s easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished due to a misunderstanding about space/time, the spaceship you are on crashes on a remote and Bob-fearing planet, and all you have to fall back on are a few simple sandwich-making skills. However, instead of being disheartened, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life a bit–and immediately all hell breaks loose.

Hell takes a number of forms: there’s the standard Ford Prefect version, in the shape of an all-new edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and a totally unexpected manifestation in the form of a teenage girl who startles Arthur Dent by being his daughter when he didn’t even know he had one.

Can Arthur save the Earth from total multidimensional obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter, Random, from herself? Of course not. He never works out exactly what is going on. Will you? 
Mostly Harmless is the final book of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series (as written by Douglas Adams) and the last book Adams ever wrote before his passing. Adams himself admitted that he was in a weird place when he wrote this book and acknowledged that it was indeed a bleaker offering than the previous books in the series. He fully intended to write a 6th book to correct ''his mistakes'' with this book but he passed away before he could do so.  Eventually, his ideas for the 6th book were brought to fruition via Eoin Colfer (famed author of the Artemis Fowl Series)...but more on that later...

So Mostly Harmless reunites us with Arthur, Ford and Trillian, some time after the events of the previous book. Though each of them has gone their separate ways prior, they all end up being reunited eventually through the usual random series of events. Yes the randomness of these books is part of what makes them great and I'm happy to say that there was a lot more random things going on here.  Unfortunately, another part of what makes this series great is the humor and I'm sorry to say that this instalment was severely lacking in humor, compared to the rest of the series. Like, it was not funny at all, which is sad considering how the other instalments all made me laugh out loud multiple times throughout.  I did love the bit about Elvis a whole lot, it was lovely and entertaining though it still lacked the general lightness and humor that I've grown accustomed to as a read through this series.

There was also a new character introduced. I won't delve into spoilers but I will say that her name is Random and despite that promising and fitting name, I did not like her at all. I wish I had but she was annoying, shrill and just plain unlikeable.  That, paired with the lack of humor and general desolate feel of this book was fairly disappointing to me. If ever I reread the series, I'll be sticking to books 1-4 and hopefully I'll eventually forget most of this one.

All things considered, Mostly Harmless was...ok. I did enjoy the first part of Arthur's story, Ford's bits were entertaining and that bit about Elvis that I mentioned was certainly memorable - it made the read worthwhile for me - but other than that, this book simply doesn't match up to the rest of the series. As for the 6th book penned by Colfer, though I'm curious about it, the reception for it wasn't great so I'm not sure when I'll read it. In any case, it isn't currently available on audio through my library, so I doubt I'll be reading it anytime soon.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a whole though is a series that's definitely worth checking out. Books 1-4 were a bit hit with me and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this classic sci-fi series. I definitely recommend the audio versions of these as well - they were so much fun :)


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