YouTube Sunday!!!

Morning my lovely hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. It’s awfully early this Sunday, but I have a busy schedule and now a 45 minute downtime while I wait for my hair dye to do its work.

I have a couple of lovely vids for you this week, not that many as last week, but we can’t have everything all the time now don’t we?

I’m going to the Game of Thrones Exhibit tomorrow, here’s a vid about the opening in Amsterdam last week, enjoy! http://youtu.be/_whtmQJbUgY

Why Holland and Amsterdam are cool! Lovely and funny vid about us Dutchies: http://youtu.be/hqEh0iFWlgs

Last week we had the season finale of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Matt Smith happened to be in the US and watch it in a local bar. Here is some Moffat saying thank you to the fans: http://youtu.be/ia3PqyvgWGM

Are you guys excited for season 3 Teen Wolf? This is gonna hurt, the official trailer: http://youtu.be/iDjN5l7Pp1Q

Little bit of Hobbit spam for you guys, and the lovely Martin Freeman swearing under his breath: http://youtu.be/pLvowVtxBn4

And of course some lovely Benedict Cumberbatch being adorkable at a Star Trek into Darkness press interview while something went wrong and he is bored: http://youtu.be/8pH-ESuWmzk

More Star Trek into Darkness a twitter question being answered: http://youtu.be/SRIEP3YZ3tY

Star Trek versus IKEA, how do people come up with these questions? http://youtu.be/0WrsAGsQdA4

Character profile of John Harrison in Star Trek into Darkness: http://youtu.be/Cg965WA2bgU

Although we have to wait another 6 months until my birthday, oh sorry, I mean the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, we got a new Strax field report: http://youtu.be/qYWghABqh3w

Some people have too much time on their hands. Here is the Game of Thrones intro, but with some Star Wars music: http://youtu.be/Wv230Vc_nHE

That’s it for this week guys.

Hope you enjoyed, and here is the link for the whole playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFB4SOv1uGaOQlBV7Uwz17UX

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

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Sherlock: the Casebook, a review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. As you all know by now, I’m a huge fan of the BBC TV series Sherlock, and last time I was in London I picked up this book at Forbidden Planet. Oh my, they do have lovely stuff over there.

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I read it and now you guys want a review. Ok, I’ll oblige, but beware for spoilers as always, although you can’t really give away spoilers for this book. I do recommend however, that if you want to read this book, you should watch the first two seasons of Sherlock. It’s only six episodes (hear the fangirl in me sobbing about only six) and one of the most brilliant shows on TV at the moment.

About the book:

  • Title: Sherlock: the Casebook
  • Author: Guy Adams (and Dr. John Watson)
  • Info: hardcover, 160 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781849904254

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

The first official guide to the BBC hit series Sherlock.
 
Fans of Sherlock Holmes will already be familiar with The Great Game — in which all characters and events in the novels are assumed real and discussed accordingly. BBC hit Sherlock has brought Conan Doyle’s legendary detective to a whole new audience and Sherlock: The Casebook is The Great Game for the next generation. This is no ordinary guide.
 
Each case is brought to life on the page and re-examined through Dr Watson’s blog, Inspector Lestrade’s police reports, newspaper articles about the crimes, Sherlock’s detective notes and any other surviving clues from the cases.
 
Interspersed amongst the evidence are exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Rupert Graves, writers and co-creators Mark 51eRXtojwuL__SX285_Gatiss and Steven Moffat and the production team on everything from writing the scripts and bringing the characters to life on screen to set design and production.
 
This is a multi-dimensional companion to Sherlock and a glorious tribute to the world-famous detective.

My thoughts:

5184uvMoYcL__SX285_This is brilliant, just brilliant. The book is presented as a sort of scrapbook made by John Watson. Where he gathered all the information about the cases from the TV series. It’s filled with photo’s notes, newspaper clippings, police reports and sticky notes. The sticky notes are scrambled with comments John makes about the cases and more sticky notes where Sherlock himself comments on John’s comments, and a bit more sticky notes with Mycroft’s threads on it.

What’s not to love about that! It’s funny, witty, brilliant, amusing and amazing. Guy Adams did a wonderful job with capturing the characters of Watson and Holmes on the notes.

After each case presented by John Watson we get some background info from the actors and producers themselves. A bit of in dept of the choices they made for each episode but also 51Z7RfN+D0L__SX285_more background information in the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories. That makes this book all the more valuable for me and other fans.

It’s the perfect gift for every Sherlock fan out there and an absolute must to have in your bookcase. And on a side note, thanks Guy, for letting me cry all over again after the last case, the Reichenbach fall. For John’s comments he makes… Clearly the man spend too much time with Moffat and Gatiss to rip out my heart again. But that’s the burden we Sherlock fans have to carry.

51idhT8NLFL__SX285_With not much Sherlock merchandise out there this is the perfect book to spend the really long hiatus between season 2 and season 3 and I can only hope we get another casebook after season 3 and season 4 (please let there be a season 4, Benedict Cumberbatch commissioned it, now we need it confirmed!)

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My ratings:

How can I not give 5 out of 5 stars for this book? It’s everything a Sherlockian wants for Christmas, or his or her birthday, or just as a present for yourself. As a fan, you need this book, period!

Vlogging hot cute girly geek, how to survive the Doctor Who Hiatus

Hi my lovely hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course,

Here is a vlog update on how to survive the Doctor Who hiatus, aka how to spend the next 6 months until the 50th anniversary on the 23rd of November.

Hope you like it and let me know what you think!

 

Also, I think this vid is the one I had the most fun with while shooting.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

YouTube Sunday!!!

Hi my lovely hot cute girly geeks, and boy geeks of course. I’m almost back to 100% and I believe I owed you guys a new YouTube Sunday. I gathered a lot of videos these last two weeks, most of them with Star Trek into Darkness themes. So I decided to use the playlist from 2 weeks prior and add all the new Star Trek vids to that one, so I have one massive list with STID vids. Now you might ask me why I do this.

This is why, I live in the Netherlands and STID doesn’t air until the 6th of June. And in the meantime I met some lovely Benedict Cumberbatch on twitter, and we decided to meet up. Yep, on the 15th of June, 6 lovely ladies (including moi) are teaming up under the name Dutch Cumber Collective to go out to dinner and then watch STID in Imax 3D! How awesome is that!

But to continue with this week’s vids. Beware, there are gonna be some spoilers involved.

Have you seen the movie Pitch Perfect? I have and I love it, it’s that nice combo of songs, love story and comedy. It feels like a musical and I am a sucker for musicals. Anna Kendrick, one of the stars from the movie, sings the cups song, and they made a music video out of it: http://youtu.be/cmSbXsFE3l8

I’m a big Vampire Diaries fan, and give me Klaus any time (although Damon would do as well) a small fun vid: http://youtu.be/uqyi-165QR4

Next video Felicia Day, Queen of the Geeks! Explains what Geeks are. I just love her!: http://youtu.be/WUU4L0QzA0E

We are continuing this YouTube Sunday with Doctor Who. I’m gonna make a vlog later today how to survive the Doctor Who hiatus. But for now you can enjoy these vids (also, again spoilers):

This Doctor Who vid gets a special mention. It’s a fanvid made by Kristen Quintrall. She wrote a Doctor Who song, made a video clip to go with it and I was blown away by it (can I keep her?): http://youtu.be/bIFo4dILTO0

I’m also a huge Supernatural fan (my god how am I going to survive all these season endings and the big 3 hiatus, aka the SuperWhoLock hiatus from hell) and one of the production staff made a demo real with some awesome shots from this last season, if you haven’t watched season 8 yet, this contains spoilers: http://youtu.be/bQ2OkfesWvs

I love the honest trailers, taking the mickey out of movies, next up, les miserable: http://youtu.be/IBYfA3zTxFE

With a bit of luck I’m going to the Game of Thrones exhibit next week, I love the books, love the series, but sometimes struggle a bit with all the characters, here’s an idiots guide to explain season 1 and 2: http://youtu.be/GCUblRB7M8g

I adore Russel Tovey, he’s funny and geeky, played in some amazing shows (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Being Human) and he just loves his dogs, a nice interview with Jonathan Ross show: http://youtu.be/ob4RQ44zScU

Mark Gatiss aka evil master mind and creepy guy explains how to make fake blood: http://youtu.be/RhuR1VMkpXM

John Barrowman on Arrow: http://youtu.be/NoCsvGy7TvE

The lovely Martin Freeman is asked some questions: http://youtu.be/dQ4gzVCSC2o and interviewed at the Bafta’s http://youtu.be/IfoSHE_1pmQ

How can you not love Simon Pegg? His new movie the World’s end trailer (also starring Martin Freeman) http://youtu.be/YF-4c8U-mUI

New trailer for the movie Osage Country, I feel a new meet-up with the Dutch Cumber Collective coming up: http://youtu.be/6KafreVcaTI

One of my favourite bands at the moment Image Dragons, has a new video clip and this is one of my favourite songs on their cd, Demons: http://youtu.be/mWRsgZuwf_8

Vlogger Janice explains fandoms: http://youtu.be/9PvWsMFKsLk

Steven Moffat, uber evil mastermind interviewed about Sherlock at the Bafta awards: http://youtu.be/np_JZN_eo0E

Bafta winner Olivia Coleman talking about drinking with David Tennant: http://youtu.be/_0uaVtnWLbo

For Dutch geeks, a new episode of Geekstijl podcast: http://youtu.be/qu0XggcumyM

If you want to watch the whole playlist, just use this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFDWrJtEKDGbAkTVbYUiCbS1

And I added all STID vids and Benedict Cumberbatch vids to this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFBfbfCfhdFILBQPV_eRJypN it’s now 50 vids long.

And I have some other STID treats for you, not posted on YouTube but on vimeo:

The 30 minute long interview with MTV first, a must watch: http://vimeo.com/65835652 and Sherlock Awesomepants: http://vimeo.com/66338370

That’s it for this week. I know it’s a lot, but I know you enjoy these vids!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Hannibal, a review, so far.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks, today I wanna discuss a new series on TV at the moment. Hannibal. It’s been all over the internet so I naturally had to check it out to see if it was something I’d like. Oh and beware of spoilers.

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The thing is, I’m not sure. I watched 7 episodes so far and it’s really disturbing. Let me explain. This is what Hannibal is about according to the website:

One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”), based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.

Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, “The Big C”) is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew…

Fuller is a writer and an executive producer. Martha De Laurentiis (“Red Dragon,” “Hannibal”), Sara Colleton (“Dexter”), Jesse Alexander (“Lost,” “Heroes”) and Katie O’Connell also serve as executive producers. David Slade is the director/executive producer for the series pilot. “Hannibal” is produced by Gaumont International Television.

I was intrigued by the idea, I mean, we all watched Silence of the Lambs, and even though I was really young when I watched it and saw it more as a thriller, being too young to pick up on all the cannibalistic references, it was a good movie. I haven’t seen the other movies in the franchise, but I don’t think that’s a necessity.

But to make a TV series about a cannibal? I think we have series like Dexter to thank for that. Dexter itself was pretty groundbreaking for an American based show where we got to see the gory details and I think Hannibal plays right into that slot of crime based serial killer show.

The actual filming and graphics of the series is very beautifully done. When we see Will go into the mind of the killer and relive the crime scene, wow, it’s mesmerizing to say at least to watch it. But one thing is bugging me about Will. In the first episode they say he’s autistic and that his diagnosis of autism is what’s making him an empath. And it explains a bit how he lives, and is socially awkward. But throughout the rest of the episodes, they seem to forget that aspect.

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I love Hannibal, he is just the type of creepy guy you would totally believe eating people. And his obsession with cooking, mostly organs, is making you shudder as well as hungry. It’s never actually said he eats people and serving people to his friends and colleagues, but it is heavily implied, and sort of the running gag throughout the series. Which I love.

The series is taking things way overboard and I can only imagine the critique it’s also getting from the American public, cause let’s face it; you guys are squeamish about a lot of things.

But the series progress is also a bit slow, and some things don’t add up. It’s like in the first few episodes they tried to implement a lot of storylines and now they are dropping them, or not following through with it.

So for me I’m still a bit undecided if I like it well enough to keep watching it. But like I said, I am intrigued by it. But you do need a strong stomach for this one.450060_600

Have you watched it yet? Let me know what you guys think about it!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Raksha blog tour, a review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course. A while back I participated in the Raksha blog tour, but due to some technical difficulties and me getting sick, this post is a bit overdue. But I’m back and here it is. A review and a character bio for you guys. Enjoy! Oh and as always, there might be some spoilers in this review.

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About the book:

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

She has no name.

She has her knives; her training; her halo.

The first and second give her the tools and the skill to defeat the opponents she is pitched against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be. Everything is as it should be, until…

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Love.

When a newly-named Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blonde boy, who she refuses to let save her. Still learning how to process the onslaught of her new feelings, the sights and sounds of Freetown are overwhelming and strange. There are a hundred differences between her old home and her new one, but one thing remains starkly similar: the matches. Yet where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown’s very streets.

Freed from the oppression of a society who stole her right to feel, the true horror of her old life leaves Kit wondering if she really has been freed at all. Would she be better off without bookmark-2inx8in-h-frontthe crippling horror of all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

Raksha is the call of the dead. The rumbling chant for fresh blood from the other side, the demand for sacrifice. The colosseum is behind Kit. The fighting pits await.

You have been called to the fights.

My thoughts.

Wow. I don’t often come across books that keep me in their grip and that urge me to keep on reading, forgetting to eat and sleep. But this one did. At first I was a bit skeptical. The first few pages felt like I was reading a hunger games rip off. But I was so wrong.

I mean, Frank Rose the author, did such an amazing job with the characters, describing this dystopian world, the feelings and emotions, that I was sad I was done reading. I want a second part and fast!

We follow Kit, a young girl, being oppressed by years and years of cultural behavior, making her the ultimate fighting machine, thanks to her halo. No emotions, no pain, no free will. Until the damned thing stops working and it turns out something is really wrong with the world around her.

Following the instructions of her best friend and fighting partner who gave his life for her. Talk about a guilt trip, she escapes and finds herself with the rebels. And also her emotions. Filled with all these strange feelings and people being nice to her, it’s for the first time she needs to own up to her own decisions. Making friends and enemies along the way.

Sometimes you just wanna slap her and scream to grow up, and I think that’s a good thing, that an author is able to write in such a way, you bond with the characters on paper. To feel with her on her journey to growing up, into her feelings.

To find out the two different groups of people, two different cultures, have a lot of similarities. And how to deal with everything you know that feels like home isn’t anymore. Again wow.

Oh and don’t get me started on Ryka. And I won’t. As a treat for you guys, I have a character bio:

Meet Ryka.

Hey, my name’s Ryka, but most people call me Ry. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m a member of Freetown. The leader of Freetown, Grandfather Jack, actually IS my grandfather, and people kinda think I’m next in line to run the place when he steps down. I’m not so keen on the idea, though.

I found Kit half-drowned in a river just outside the Sanctuary boundary fence. She was stubborn then, wouldn’t let me help her, and not much has changed. Well, some things have changed…but we won’t go into that. 

Statistics

  • Name:                                 Ryka    
  • Age:                                     18   
  • Current Residence:          Freetown
  • Talents/Skills:                   Exceptional fighter.
  • Siblings:                              One sister, Olivia. Close relationship.
  • Spouse:                               Now that would be telling 😉
  • Grandparents:                  Jack, leader of Freetown.
  •  Height:                                6 ft.    
  • Weight:                                185 lbs
  • Race:                                     Caucasian
  • Eye Color:                            Brown    
  • Hair Color:                          Blond       
  • Skin color:                           Tanned
  • Distinguishing features:   Counter tattoos that run up the backs of his arms.    
  • Greatest flaw:                     His quick temper.
  • Best quality:                       Fiercely loyal and protective of those he loves.
  • Intelligence Level:                                Very smart
  • Ruled by emotion or logic?                Emotion
  • Would be most embarrassed by…    Losing a fight in front of Kit!

 

  • Strengths/Weaknesses:                Strengths would be his determination and kindness. Weaknesses would be his hubris and his pride.
  • Introvert or Extrovert?                 Definite extrovert.
  • Wants out of life?                           To rebuild his family and to keep them safe.
  • Motivations?                                   Making sure Kit stays free of her halo, trying to free others of theirs.
  • What frightens Ryka?                   Losing his freedom, being restricted by a halo. Losing his family and Kit.
  • What makes Ryka happy?           Training and fighting, protecting Kit.

 Ryka’s looks would be hard to attribute to just one actor or famous person. I’d think he’s a combo between these two guys:

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There’s a lot of Chris Hemsworth in Ryka. Obviously Ryka is younger than Chris, but the hair is pretty much perfect, scruffy surfer blond pulled back into a ponytail. The body is pretty much spot on, too 😉Screen Shot 2013-04-20 at 5_07_49 PM

I came across Evan Peters to in the first series of American Horror Story, but apparently he was in The O.C and Kickass as well. Anyway, the hair…the eyes… perfect. Evan’s 26 but he has a baby face, so he could pull off being 18.

Buttons:

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My rating:

I don’t often give high ratings for a book, but this is a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars indeed. I compliment the writer Frankie Rose on her work. She is a writer to keep tabs on and I suspect to hear much more from her in the future, and please, please, give us the second book asap!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy