All posts by Kerry Lydon

The Curious Case of Percival Graves

I started this post with the simple intention of speculating about Percival Graves. I wouldn’t care too much normally, but when you’ve got Colin Farrell playing a character, I will become invested. At this point, spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should be obvious.

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I mean, who wouldn’t. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

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The Future is Female, and so is The Doctor

I’ve been out of the DW loop for a while now. Things get in the way of watching episodes–lack of cable television, not enough time, and to be honest, not enough investment in the show anymore. A lot of my friends seem to be in the same boat: big fans at one point, but no longer as literate in Who Lore as they once were. Maybe some of it lies with Moffat. Maybe it’s just a show wearing out, like an old coat. It’s just not as warm as it once was.

To be honest, I’ve been so out of the loop that I had only the vaguest idea that Capaldi was moving on. My brother, another Whovian, mentioned it during the last week, and I didn’t hold my breath. They’d talked about casting a woman last time, and while I didn’t watch enough of Capaldi’s run to determine fair judgment of the series during his tenure, the whole thing kind of had me exhausted.

Maybe, I thought, they’ll go with picking a woman this time. However, my hopes weren’t high. I still had my TARDIS string lights, but they were mostly decoration, and Who, like so many of my formerly rabid interests (including writing for the Geekette) had been sacrificed during college to the time management gods in a bid for more time. Did I even want to watch Doctor Who anymore?

My brother texted me at around noon from the beach: “Did they announce the new doctor yet?” He probably didn’t have great wifi, which is why he was asking me. It’s one of our few shared interests, or it used to be. So I did a quick Google search of  “doctor who”, knowing if there was any news, it would pop up at the top of the page. I didn’t know any of the hyped candidates, and didn’t have any expectations. Just doing a favor.

BBC News: “Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who’s 13th Time Lord to be a woman.”

And all I could think was “Finally.”

 

 

More Than Passing Fair–A Review of Fairest

For those of you not in the know, Melissa Meyer’s latest addition to the Lunar Chronicles just came out on January 27th. Fairest is more of a prequel than a sequel in the series, and came as a surprise to readers who were expecting to get their hands on the final book, Winter, around this time.

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Returning to the Basics, or, A Young Adult Reads Jane Yolen’s Children’s Literature

Happy Jane Yolen Week! For this addition to the festivities, I’ll be guiding you on a journey of childhood nostalgia–or, if you’re like me and you don’t really remember if you read her books, then partial fuzzy memories. And who knows, maybe along the way we’ll get a new perspective on the books of our childhood.

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Kerry Learns Japanese–Episode 2: Verbs and Subtitles

So, for this week’s Kerry Learns Japanese–Psycho Pass!

This is a series I’ve been meaning to watch for a while but never have time for, which is a shame, because it’s got good animation and an interesting plot. What I’ve really started to pay attention to while watching anime is the basic introductions and statements of ownership or qualities, since we’ve yet to learn verbs in class. I can tell you my name, hometown, age, year in school, and the general location of a thing, but not that I spent the last two nights staying up late watching things on Netflix. So, for the moment, I’m limited to the rote phrases I know. Continue reading Kerry Learns Japanese–Episode 2: Verbs and Subtitles

Kerry Learns Japanese–Episode 1: Watashi wa Nihongo no Gakusei

So, the last few weeks have been hectic for me. Why, you may or may not be asking?

Well, one, college. There are events to go to and books to obtain and Anime Clubs to help organize, and things pile up one on top of the other until you have no free time. Plus, I have to figure out how to study for things, or how I’m going to take notes. My handwriting may not be neat, but I’m weirdly particular about how things look and are set up–I can’t get assignment journals without prowling around for one that meets my mental parameters of aesthetically pleasing and practical.

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But, TWO: I’ve decided to start working on my foreign language requirement. As it turns out, most of my classmates seem to have tested out with the AP test, but I wasn’t that into Spanish (my high school language of choice), and I was better at speaking it than I was writing it.

But, thinking about what I was going to take, I decided to head in a new direction.

Yes, friends, I have decided to take JAPANESE.

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Give Me the Giver!

Most people I know have read The Giver at some point–for many, it’s the first dystopian novel they read (unless you’re some sort of prodigy that was digging out 1984 in 4th grade). I read it in class in 6th grade, and I know it came out in the 90s (a quick search tells me 1993, so WOW THIS BOOK IS SLIGHTLY OLDER THAN I AM).

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Taking the Long, Long Way Home: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is Wicked Long (And So Is This Title)

Sorry for the longer-than-stated delay! But I’m here now, and I guess that’s what matters.

Harry Potter 5 coverFirst off, I’d like to explain that this post is late for a number of reasons, the biggest one being that Order of the Phoenix is incredibly long and I’m sort of amazed that I managed to finish it in two-ish days. The second one is that I drastically overestimated how quickly I can read 200-300 pages, and thus had to give up and go to bed last night so I wouldn’t be a zombie this morning. I’m not lying when I say I feel really guilty about this. Continue reading Taking the Long, Long Way Home: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is Wicked Long (And So Is This Title)

More Than I Can Chew: An Itty-Bitty Delay

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Missed articles make Dobby sad.

I am sorry to say that my article on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix won’t be coming out tonight, because OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK IS SO LONG. HOW DID I FORGET HOW LONG IT WAS? HOW?

I’m currently more than halfway through, but finishing the book in the 24 hours I was aiming for would involve me staying up into the wee hours of the morning, and unfortunately I can’t afford to do that (woohoo getting up at 6:30!) However, I expect to be finished by tomorrow evening–I started the book this morning  and estimated it would take 12 hours for me to finish the whole thing, so I feel this is a reasonable expectation.

As a result, the article dates have been pushed back a day to accommodate this, which, as a bonus, allows me more time to read the sixth and seventh books.

I apologize to anyone who was really looking forward to reading it tonight–no Bat-Bogey Hexes, please!

Sincerely,
Your friendly neighborhood Potterhead

Staying Up with Harry: Or, I Learn How Long “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” Actually Is.

I’ll keep this short and sweet, because finishing a 734 page in 24 hours while also going to work is absolutely exhausting. I know there are people out there who will stay up all night reading, but I’ve rarely done that, and never with something as large as Harry Potter.

imageThe fourth book is SO much better the second time around. In continuing the tradition of comparing past and present, last time I read it, it was mostly on a beach in the summer of 2003, during which I had to make two attempts because, you know, library return dates. Luckily, this time I had my brother’s well-worn copy at my disposal, which, during one particularly un-busy summer, was read by him three or four times.

I think I severely underestimated just how long it takes someone to read hundreds of pages. I’ve always thought of myself as a fast reader, but today really challenged me. I managed to get through 300-400 pages today, but even then it’s been a struggle. My suggestion: pacing. You don’t need to read it all in one day. I have a deadline. You, dear reader, probably have plenty of time.

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