Short book review: A Game of Thrones

Yay! I’ve finished reading a book for the first time in years! I used to read a lot of books, but during my university years I couldn’t find the time for them (except during summer holiday). But now I do have time and I started reading again and I love it! And I want to talk about it.

This is a short and spoiler-free review of A game of Thrones, the first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga.

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I’d never though I say this but: I recommend watching the tv-series first. It’s much easier to get into the book that way because it has a lot of different characters and places with difficult names, which are hard to keep track of. The first season of the show is pretty 1 on 1 with the book, but while the show focusses more on politics and shows relatively much violence and sex, the book (while it certainly contains these 3 aspects too) gives us more lore and depth, giving to story a way better fantasy-feel than the show. So if you liked the show and if you love reading, I really recommend reading the book.

That said, the characters and places and lore and history are still a bit hard to keep track of. A Wiki of Ice and Fire was a great help for me, just as this map. The book contains a map, but it lacks a lot of details and it does not contains all the places covered in the book. As for the wiki, when you’ve finished watching all the seasons of the show, you don’t really have to be afraid for spoilers, especially not for the first book (but if you’re a spoilerphobic like me, don’t go looking for stuff form the 4th and 5th book). Reading the lore on the wiki and keeping track of everyone on the map gave more depth to the experience for me.

Have you read a Game of Thrones or seen the show? What did you think of it?

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Series that came, I saw and dismissed or continued watching.

Hello my lovely and very patient hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course.

Life has been crazy these past few weeks. Got some bad news, making exciting new plans, am extremely busy with studying, working, knitting and everything.

Ok, first things first. I started a 10 week course to prep myself for the Cambridge CPE exam. Whoop, whoop. And in order to fulfil my homework duties, I need to watch lots and lots of TV without subtitles, or with English subtitles, I need to read English books, newspapers, articles etc. I need to talk a lot with English people and I need to listen to podcasts / radio shows. So basically nothing changes at the moment 😉

Although you will be getting a bit more blog posts compared to the last two months.

The winter season of the TV shows is slowly coming towards an end and I’ve been trying to find new shows I can watch. And guess what, not everything was as good as I suspected.

What I did watch and dismissed:

  • Helix
  • Misfits
  • From Dusk Till Dawn

What I did watch and stuck to it:

  • Believe
  • Game of Thrones
  • Musketeers
  • Star Crossed
  • The 100
  • Continuum
  • The After

helix-posterLet’s start with Helix. Synopsis according to IMDB: A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation in this thriller, which begins with the group being deployed to the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak. It sounded promising, a virus let loose in an underground facility in the middle of freaking nowhere, surrounded by lots and lots of snow and ice. Ok, it sounds like a lot of other ‘disaster / virus’ movies, but I like those a lot.

The thing is, Helix is made by the syfy channel and whereas it works brilliantly for Warehouse 13, it doesn’t work, in my opinion, for Helix. It has that whole, bad b-movie feeling towards it and basically, it sucks. But if you’re into that kinda thing, go ahead. I don’t mind. But the acting is bad, the special effects seem even worse and I wonder how the script-writers are getting paid for this.

Ok, moving on. Misfits. Synopsis according to IMDB: A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to misfitsdevelop superpowers. A nice American whovian pointed this serious out for me. And although I love British series, this isn’t my style. It reminds me to much of bad Dutch television, filled with swearing, violence, nudity and sex. And although I don’t mind any of those things, I mean I watch Game of Thrones after all, it seems kinda cheesy and sorry, I did try it, but I just don’t like it. Although people assured me season 2 gets better, I pulled the plug, halfway season 1.

from-dusk-till-dawn-tv-series-posterNext one on the list, From Dusk Till Dawn. Synopsis according to IMDB: A Texas Ranger is in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers. Oh, I love the movies, although progressing into movie number 2, 3 and four, the quality dwindles a lot. But it has that nice over the top vampire movie feeling, which I think is great for some stories. And at least it’s better than twilight, right? But the series, nope. They are trying too hard to remake the episodes into the movie. And even though I’m saying episodes, I just watched the first, found it horrible and not interesting enough to stick around for another one.

Ok, now onwards to the list of series I did watch and continue watching at the moment, if it doesn’t interfere with homework duties. Believe. The synopsis according to BELIEVE-TV-Series-600x337IMDB: A relationship forms between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. Oh I love it; you should also check the review Den of Geek did for this series. It has that wonderful supernatural feeling, but still pretty much down to earth and mixed in with some drama. And luckily, no freaking romance! Check it out for yourself.

game of thronesGame of Thrones. Synopsis according to IMDB: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros .Seriously; do I need to say more? I’m still in the process of reading the books, but my hunger for the series doesn’t keep me back from actually watching it before reading about it. I’ve been following the series since the beginning. And thanks to social media, you practically need to watch it the minute it’s on US TV thanks to all the spoilers. Oh and everybody dies.

The Musketeers. Synopsis according to IMDB: Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, series gives a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers TV Musketeers 1and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country. I love British TV / drama. A well know story, hot men in leather, Peter Capaldi as an evil bishop or something. Those floppy hats and women who can kick ass. Sign me up for season two please.

kinopoisk.ruStar-Crossed. Synopsis according to IMDB: About an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. It sounded promising, but it feels like the CW channel is taking one central story, boy meets girl, they fall in love, they can’t be together but are sneaking around, throw in a different background story and we have a new series. I like it, enough to keep on watching, but I can’t shake the feeling they are trying to teach the target audience, teenage girls, sneaky ways of a society that deals with racism. I like the whole alien race and stuff, but it sometimes feels as if the writers didn’t pay enough attention towards it. Let’s just see how the series is progressing.

The 100, synopsis according to IMDB: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 The-100-posterjuvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. Another CW series. I like the idea, 100 kids dumped on earth after it was inhabitable for generations and the only way to let the other people on the spaceship survive was kicking them out. Although I question the whole dumping kids on earth thing. Hasn’t history thought us that we, as a species do everything to protect our offspring? And maybe, living on said spaceship for a couple of generations, something went horrible wrong. Ok and I don’t like the whole drama / love story thing again. But the people (teenage girls / young adults) clearly demand it, and that’s what we get.

continuumContinuum, synopsis according to IMDB:A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future. I missed the first two seasons, so naturally I watched them all in about a weekend, that’s the perk of having short seasons and I fell in love with it. It’s all wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff, good stories, a brilliant cast and I seriously need to catch up with season 3 as soon as I have some more time, which will be never! Although I do have some questions about the leading lady adapting so quickly towards time-travel and being back in the past, understanding everything.

The after: Synopsis according to IMDB: Eight strangers are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world thatthe after defies explanation. A promising first episode and I love to see more of it, unfortunately, we only have the pilot episode for now, but it got the go ahead to make a full season, so we have to wait a bit, I think until June or July before we can watch some more episodes.

And that concludes my list of newish series, together with the old stuff I’m already watching and looking forward towards Salem, Vikings and Fargo. Have you replaced some series? Are you watching something I should check out? Or are you watching any of the shows I mentioned above? Just let me know.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

A very Geeky Valentine 2014!

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. My fellow bloggers worked very hard to get you some awesome gifts for Christmas 2013, and I screwed up by a serious lack of time. So I guess I owed them and you faithful readers of course something special for Valentine’s Day this year.

Without further ado, some lovely gifts for that geeky someone in your life, a collaboration post done by Theta, Tekira and myself!

Doctor Who / Torchwood:

Theta: On the visual side of things, I have a bumper bundle of DVDs and Blu-Rays timed for release around December last year to get your hands on.  Firstly, and the most costly, is this boxset of Series 1-7 on Blu Ray.  It includes the Specials along with Series 5,6 and 7 on Blu Ray, but it also includes Series 1-4 which have previously been unreleased in this format.

Theta: Shortly after the November transmission, there will be a release of two programmes which mark the fiftieth anniversary.  The first of these is the docu-drama “An Adventure In Space And Time” written by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss and starring David Bradley (Argus Filch in the “Harry Potter” franchise and Solomon The Trader in the Doctor Who episode “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship”) in the role of the actor who portrayed the First Doctor, William Hartnell.

Theta: The other item to mark the fiftieth anniversary is the episode that we’re all waiting for, “The Day Of The Doctor”, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt.

Theta: The final DVD is the first of two special releases marking the recent recovery of lost episodes in Nigeria.  “The Enemy Of The World” features the Second Doctor, portrayed by Patrick Troughton, in adventure where he faces up to a ruthless dictator, Salamander, also portrayed by Troughton.

Theta: The fiftieth anniversary is being marked by Big Finish Productions, who have been producing Doctor Who audio adventures since 1999, with “The Light At The End”, a story that stars Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann in their respective incarnations of the Doctor who have to face off against The Master, portrayed by Geoffrey Beevers, reprising his role from the 1981 story “The Keeper of Traken”. The story can be bought in three formats – Standard Edition, Collector’s Edition and a Limited Vinyl Edition.

Theta: Finally, some clothing and I’m going to use it as a shout out for a Whovian friend who produce t-shirts as part of her ongoing artwork projects. Sami produces t-shirts as part of her “Time and Space and Cute” range through Red Bubble and the name pretty much sums up the shirts as she has designed a series of shirts which portrays various Doctors, companions and villains in cute designs.  Suitable for both girly and boy geeks.

Mendy: Ok, first of all, I’m going to use my whovian gift ideas as a shameless self-promotion for my recently opened Etsy store. How about a nice and cute cuddly plush Adipose toy? They have different accessories; you can add bowties and fezzes if you like.

Mendy: and if that’s not to your liking, how about a warm, hand knitted Doctor Who season 18 hat. The hat is based on the famous red, orange and purple scarf the fourth Doctor wears oh and the scarf itself is not for sale, at least not made by me. It takes me about 2 months to knit such a long scarf and you can’t afford my prices I would ask 😉

Mendy: Talking about scarves, you can actually buy them from someone else, check out the Doctor Who scarves by Lovarzi. They have the multicoloured scarf, the red, orange and purple one. Even a lovely Dalek scarf, as far as Daleks can been seen as lovely.

Mendy: one thing I have my eye on, and if there isn’t a lovely geek willing to buy me these, I’m going to buy them in September myself, are the range of new  Doctor Who earrings from forbidden planet! They have the 10th and 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, the Tardis, Cybermen and Daleks. I want them all!! And the best thing, they are affordable!

Mendy: although not really romantic, I’m gonna give another shout out to the geeks from Direct Blinds for their amazing Tardis Blind. Check my blogpost for details and remember they have a promotion at the moment for 33% off!

Mendy: If you don’t already have it in your collection, I recommend, as a Torchwood fan, to buy this book: the Torchwood Archives. It’s amazingly detailed and a must have for every Torchwood fan.  And just to add another book, Torchwood Exodus code, written by John and Carole E. Barrowman (his sister) and it picks up after the Torchwood TV series! Again, you must read this!

Sherlock

Mendy: as always, there isn’t a lot of Sherlock merchandise out there. After we ended season 3 the BBC picked up on some items. If your geek doesn’t have it yet, buy him/her Sherlock season 3 on DVD (I don’t have it yet, hint hint!)

Mendy: as I said, the BBC has released some amazing items (don’t have them either!) To enjoy your cuppa after running around London with a certain Detective, the Sherlock mug. Or what if he ruined another one of your shirts by doing experiments. Sherlock T-shirt set based on season 3. Including an ‘I don’t shave for Sherlock’ and ‘I don’t understand, I still don’t understand.’ They come in different sizes and in men and women shirts!

Mendy: Something the BBC shop doesn’t have, but I do, another shameless self-promotion. The one and only Sherlock deduction game Chullo hat. Hand knitted, warm and ideal for a deduction game with annoying siblings or loving geeky partners.

Mendy: I bought some amazing and lovely Sherlock earrings from Etsy last year and I wear them almost every day! Check out Pia’s etsy shop and don’t be afraid to ask her if she has a new batch ready!

Mendy: One of my dear DCC friends Meike as her own etsy shop as well and I have 3 of her hand drawn Sherlock pictures on my wall. She is an amazing artist and I urge you to buy something from her!

Mendy: last item on the Sherlock list, made by ConsultingFangeeks, a 221B messenger bag available on etsy!

Gaming:

Tekira: You can never go wrong with figures! They exist in all price categories, and they are made for Practically each manga, anime, or game. Just make sure the other person does not already own the one you intend to buy. They are quite easy to acquire. I always get mine from amazon.co.uk or achonia.com. You can also buy them on anime and/or game conventions

Tekira: On Etsy, you can find jewelry of every fandom you can imagine. I’m especially fond of Zelda jewelry. Last Christmas, my boyfriend made me very happy with this Heart Piece necklace from the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, available on www.thepixelsmithy.com

Tekira: (Limited Edition) Guide books Often not so limited as you might think, but awesome nonetheless. For a few pounds less you can get the ‘regular’ version, but that just means a less awesome cover in most of the cases. You can get them in game stores and on amazon (the picture shows Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Legendary Edition (Prima Official Game Guides), available on amazon.co.uk).

Tekira: Plushies are awesome. There is not much else I can tell about them. Buy them on amazon, game stores, or achonia.com.

Star Trek

Theta / Mendy: I think that everyone will agree that the highlight of Star Trek Into Darkness was Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Khan… I mean, John Harrison.  Well, IDW has created an official tie-in mini-series of comics not surprisingly titled “Star Trek: Khan” which tells the character’s back-story.  Oh and don’t forget to buy the DVD ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ if your geek doesn’t have it already!

Game of Thrones

Theta: Okay, I admit it.  I’m still not into this whole Game Of Thrones thing but as “Winter Is Coming” (see that, I’ve made a pun), I thought that this box set of books would be a nice item to put on any Game of Thrones or fantasy fan’s wish list.

Mendy: People like their eggs all sorts of ways. In an omelette. Scrambled. Fried. Poached. Boiled. And then there’s Daenerys. She likes hers roasted in a funeral pyre. Illyrio’s gift to Daenerys upon her wedding to Khal Drogo, these eggs are now yours to take home. No, really. We asked Jorah Mormont. He’s cool with it. Note: Do not place these in your fireplace. They will not hatch dragons. And if they do, it’s not our fault. These ‘Game of Thrones plush Dragon Eggs’ are a must have for any Khaleesi! If you can’t find the real deal of course!

Mendy: Speaking of eggs, to stay in the same theme here. Buy your lovely geek a ‘Game of Thrones Dragon Egg Canister’ to keep hidden treasures, a pre-hatched dragons (capacity: 1) or home bakes cookies safe.

The Hobbit/The Lord Of The Rings

Theta: For Tolkien related items, it’d be so easy to go with an item from the new film “The Desolation Of Smaug”, but I’m going to pick two which are more generally “Hobbit” based Firstly ladies, for that frustrated LARPer in your life, this Deluxe role play Dwarven battle axe should hit (see, another pun) the spot.

Theta: Secondly, I’m going to suggest a big part in my TV childhood with this CD reading of The Hobbit from the BBC television children’s series “Jackanory”.  The Hobbit was selected to commemorate the 3000th episode of the programme and is read by Maurice Denham, Jan Francis, David Wood and (now how’s this for geeky credentials) Bernard Cribbins.

Mendy: To unlock the heart of your geeky love, use this lovely ‘Thorin Oakenshield Key’ and a slight warning, only accessible on Durins day!

Mendy: Or something to cuddle with, a cuddly and ‘invisible Bilbo’ I wonder if Amanda Abbington has one in her collection. I’d say you buy a bell and put it around his neck, those damn invisible burglars these days!

Mendy: and last but not least, of course Smaug deserves some love. All those gold coins and jewels don’t warm that big heart of his. I have yet to find a good plush Smaug, but this cute ‘Flygdrake’ from IKEA makes a good representative!

Vampires:

Mendy: well, this is my area! I freaking love vampires! And I do mean the monsters, not the sparkly kind. First some advice from last year, ‘Anita Blake’ Laurell K. Hamilton has everything on her website, check it out!

Mendy: A tat more expensive, but for the hunter geeks amongst ourselves, as in Buffy the vampire slayer, Think Geek provides us with this amazing ‘Vampire Hunter Kit’ everything a slayer needs these days!

Mendy: a ring for your loved one! The reason I started wearing this particular ring was my love for the show. ‘Claddagh Ring’ you can get one at your jewellery store, but Amazon ships.

Theta: I thought that I’d select a vampire film, or should I say films, which uses the winter atmosphere of snow and the like are “Let Me In” or “Let The Right One In”.  Now, I have to admit that I’ve only seen the Hammer version that was released in 2010, but I thought that it was a hauntingly beautiful film.

Werewolves:

Theta: Okay, when you think of werewolf franchises, you’re probably thinking of the current “Teen Wolf” television series.  Well, as I had already exhausted my number one pick of “Being Human”, I decided to go back to my cinematic teenage years and pick the original “Teen Wolf” film starring Michael J. Fox.  He manages to craft a character who is funny, the underdog (number three on the pun-o-metre), and learns a lesson to be true to yourself, rather than just being popular.  A brilliant film.

Mendy: Although the series Beauty and the Beast doesn’t really fall under the category werewolves, he does look like one, check out the ‘Beauty and the Beast webshop’ for all cool stuff.

Mendy: What to do if you meet a real werewolf? Thank god your geeky love provided you with this silver bullet to protect you. (Ps not real ammo, just for decoration only!)

Mendy: and I though you Teen Wolf fans out there love these ‘Teen Wolf Phone Cases’ just so you know (go Stilinski)

Comic Books and Movie adaptations

Theta: Well, it has been a year for comic book adaptations in the movies, but I’m going to focus on two.  The first is “Man of Steel” directed by Zack Snyder.  Granted, this film has polarised opinion, but I really enjoyed it with the treatment of the source material with suitable gravitas and Henry Cavill making for a suitable portrayal of Clark/Kal-El/Superman facing off against Michael Shannon’s Zod.  Think of it as “Superman: Year One”.

Theta: The second, and my favourite adaptation of this year is “Kick-Ass 2”.  Rude, crude and exceedingly violent, this film sees Kick-Ass, portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, inspiring a whole host of superheroes including Colonel Stars & Stripes, portrayed by Jim Carrey, whilst having to battle against the former fake super-hero Red Mist (I’m not going to say his character name on this site), portrayed by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, whilst fellow super-hero Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) struggles to find a place in the world after the death of her mentor, Big Daddy.

Mendy: wanna be part of the good guys? Show you are a secret / not so secret agent? Wear an ‘agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ t-shirt and the whole world knows. Maybe not so smart to wear it in public, you might never know what kind of baddie you may encounter.

Books:

Theta: Rather than putting a book related item on this list, I’m going to plug a series of books based on the virtue that I really enjoyed the first book.  The “Geekhood” series of books by Andy Robb follows the character of Archie who seeks to build a relationship with classmate Sarah in the face of a hostile reaction from his fellow geeks and intimidation from a bully.  The first book was a fast read that I could relate to and I really want to get hold of the second novel.

Mendy: I do love books and bookish gifts, and again I’m dusting of a gift idea I gave you last year. I love all the bookish gifts this site provides. Check ‘the Literary Gift Company’ for the ideal geek Valentines gift for your lovely bookworm.

That’s it:

That’s it my lovely geeks, I hope you liked this epic post and you’ll be able to find some nice geeky gifts for that special geek in your life, and it’s safe to say we all accept one of these gifts as a thank you 😉

Love, your geeks, Tekira, Theta and Mendy.

YouTube Sunday!!!

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Since we have an extra hour of weekend, this weekend, what better way to spend it watching geeky YouTube vids. Enjoy!

Honest trailer reviews of the Walking Dead: http://youtu.be/rNxvo8AcpQQ

Got stuck watching the BBC and stumbled upon the Sarah Millican show, interviewing some Game of Thrones cast members, ok sucky quality vid, but otherwise amazing: http://youtu.be/uVosT26sTaE

And we got a new teaser trailer for the 50th anniversary! Watch it: http://youtu.be/loGm3vT8EAQ

12 years a slave, starring Benedict Cumberbatch: http://youtu.be/4_Osiocesfg

Pretty much how my cat reacts to spiders (and myself for that matter, I hate spiders): http://youtu.be/19jaOSNibkU

John Green! Talking about Candy-mental floss: http://youtu.be/HrIk0lG8fso it’s awesome, watch it!

Some more Benedict, as Smaug, or rather, behind the scenes doing the voice of Smaug: http://youtu.be/Uz5ODLBC3j4

The Escape artist, starting next week with David Tennant: http://youtu.be/Yx1QaSIaTag

Benedict Cumberbatch and Harrison Ford at the Graham Norton Show: http://youtu.be/I3Og2CzpAFg

Even more Benedict: http://youtu.be/KiDpC4awPK4

Real life Carrie? http://youtu.be/VlOxlSOr3_M

The desolation of Smaug TV spot, yes please: http://youtu.be/JqdZGrgZPqI

Little Favour full trailer, not available for pre-order on I-Tunes, release date the 5th of November: http://youtu.be/11y3gcFxwog

I love Martin Freeman, here’s some: http://youtu.be/-08wp9CHNVY

Halloween is coming and don’t forget, All Hallows read as well. Neil Gaiman explains: http://youtu.be/1tYtLeWN5NQ (I do accept scary books)

Remember I went to a book signing with Neil Gaiman? And the interview that went with it. And how I screwed up not remembering the interviewer’s name? (Sorry Marcel, I remember now) Here’s the whole interview: http://youtu.be/xrWgHYVWlug Now the thing is, although the text below says this is the interview in Utrecht, it’s actually the one in Rotterdam. so I heard myself whooping and cheering on camera (lol) but you can’t see me (thank god for that one) But it’s still amazing to watch it again.

If you want to watch the whole playlist, click this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFBwxyVVrE1JzKnPoXla0rg4

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Winter is coming, and so is the start of a new season filled with TV series.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Since it’s the first of September and basically I’m too old to receive my Hogwarts letter I decided to write you a guide towards the new TV series season that is starting. We survived summer, classes are starting for those who are going back to school and a lot of new series have been announced. Are you as excited as I am?

Let’s just start this guide with new series and the start of new seasons of series already out there, now with airdates! (Except Sherlock, we are forever known as the fandom that waited!) Series included are either shows I watch, have heard good things about, or want to watch. At the end of the post I’ll include the links to other lists so you can get even more info about the shows you might want to watch, but I didn’t include in my list.

This blog post is created with a bit of help from the lovely geeks from Den of Geek, Editie NL (a Dutch news program), Wikipedia and IMDB.

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
    • Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton
    • Airdate: Tuesday 24th September, ABC, 8pm
    • Season: 1
  • Almost Human
    • In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve.
    • Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor
    • Airdate: Monday November 4th, Fox, 8 PM
    • Season: 1
  • Atlantis
    • A new fantasy drama set in an ancient world of legendary heroes and mythical creatures.
    • Stars: Robert Emms, Mark Addy, Juliet Stevenson, Sarah Parish, Jack Donnelly, Jemima Rooper, Oliver Walker
    • Airdate: Saturday 28th September, BBC One
    • Season: 1
  • Arrow
    • Spoiled Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.
    • Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, John Barrowman, Colton Haynes
    • Airdate: Wednesday 9th October, CW, 8pm
    • Season: 2
  • Beauty and the Beast
    • Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. Cat must also try to navigate her evolving relationship with handsome doctor Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), who struggles with becoming a terrifying beast when he is enraged, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Cat and Vincent continue to grapple with the desire to be a normal couple while trying to keep a low profile in order to stay one step ahead of the mysterious organization known as Muirfield, now on the hunt for both of them.
    • Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Austin Basis
    • Airdate: Monday 7th October, CW, 9pm
    • Season: 2
  • Bones
    • A forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent build a team to investigate death causes. And quite often, there isn’t more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.
    • Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin
    • Airdate: Monday September 16th, Fox, 8 pm
    • Season: 9
  • Castle
    • After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard “Rick” Castle gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
    • Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas
    • Airdate: Monday 23rd September, ABC, 10pm
    • Season: 6
  • Da Vinci’s Demons
    • In a world where thought and faith are controlled, one man fights to set knowledge free. The secret history of Leonardo da Vinci’s tantalizing life reveals a portrait of a young man tortured by a gift of superhuman genius. He is a heretic intent on exposing the lies of religion. An insurgent seeking to subvert an elitist society. A bastard son who yearns for legitimacy with his father. He finds himself in the midst of a storm that has been brewing for centuries. A conflict between truth and lies, religion and reason, past and future. His aspirations are used against him by the opposing forces of the time-luring him into a game of seduction where those who despise his intellect need him most. Leonardo must take up the fight against foes who use history to suppress the truth. A hero armed only with genius, Da Vinci stands alone against the darkness within, and the darkness without. Facing an uncertain future, his quest for knowledge nearly becomes his undoing as he explores the fringes of his own sanity. Da Vinci throws himself into his genius and emerges as an unstoppable force that lifts an entire era out of darkness and propels it into light. His story becomes a mirror into our own world, calling us all to join his fight to Free the Future.
    • Stars: Tom Riley, Laura Haddock, Elliot Cowan
    • Airdate: 2014
    • Season: 2
  • Defiance
    • In the year 2046, it’s a new Earth – with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) – events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for.
    • Stars: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas
    • Airdate: June 2014
    • Season: 2
  • Dracula
    • Series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
    • Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ben Miles
    • Airdate: Friday 25th October, NBC, 10pm
    • Season: 1
  • Doctor Who
    • The further adventures of the time travelling alien adventurer and his companions.
    • Stars: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billy Piper, and many, many others!
    • Airdate: Saturday 23rd of November (aka my 30th Birthday, gifts are appreciated) BBC One, time unknown
    • Season: 50th anniversary special
  • Falling skies:
    • Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.
    • Stars: Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight
    • Airdate: June 2014
    • Season: 4
  • Game of Thrones
    • Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.
    • Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams
    • Airdate: spring 2014
    • Season: 4
  • Glee
    • A high-school Spanish teacher becomes the director of the school’s Glee club, hoping to restore it to its former glory.
    • Stars: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison
    • Airdate: Thursday 26th September, Fox
    • Season: 5
  • Grimm
    • A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.
    • Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch
    • Airdate: Friday 25th October, NBC, 9pm
    • Season: 3
  • Hannibal
    • Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
    • Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas
    • Airdate: 2014
    • Season: 2
  • Lost Girl
    • Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan system and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who takes up the fight for the underdog while searching for the truth about her own mysterious origins.
    • Stars: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo
    • Airdate: Sunday 10th November, Showcase Canada, 9pm
    • Season 4
  • Once Upon A Time
    • A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a New England town where fairy tales are to be believed.
    • Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
    • Airdate: Sunday 29th September, ABC, 8pm
    • Season: 3
  • Revolution
    • A group of revolutionaries confronts an authoritarian regime 15 years after an instantaneous global shutdown of all electrical devices known as the Blackout.
    • Stars: Zak Orth, Elizabeth Mitchell, Billy Burke
    • Airdate: Wednesday 25th September, NBC, 8pm
    • Season: 2
  • Sherlock
    • A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
    • Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Mark Gattis, Rupert Graves, Louise Brealey, Andrew Scott
    • Airdate: Never!!!
    • Season: 3
  • Sleepy Hollow
    • After Ichabod Crane “dies” during a mission for General George Washington in 1790, he awakens in 2014 Sleepy Hollow. But so does the Headless Horseman, whose head Ichabod lopped off before his perceived death. The horseman begins his nightly killing spree, and Ichabod must partner with newly appointed Sheriff Abbie Mills.
    • Stars: Christopher McConnell, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown
    • Airdate: Monday 16th September, Fox, 9pm
    • Season: 1
  • Supernatural
    • Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters” fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.
    • Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins
    • Airdate: Tuesday 15th October, CW, 9pm
    • Season: 9
  • Teen Wolf
    • A somewhat awkward teen is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse itself, as well as the enemies that come with it.
    • Stars: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien
    • Airdate: Monday 6th January, MTV
    • Season: 3 continued
  • The Big Bang Theory
    • A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.
    • Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
    • Airdate: Thursday 26th September, CBS, 8pm
    • Season: 7
  • The Originals
    • Series will focus on The Original family of vampires from Vampire Diaries.
    • Stars: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Charles Michael Davis
    • Airdate: Tuesday 15th October, The CW, 8pm
    • Season: 1
  • The Tomorrow People
    • The story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
    • Stars: Robbie Amell, Amanda Clarke, Sarah Clarke
    • Airdate: Wednesday 9th October, CW, 9pm.
    • Season: 1
  • The Vampire Diaries
    • A high school girl is torn between two vampire brothers.
    • Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
    • Airdate: Thursday 10th October, CW, 8pm
    • Season: 5
  • The Walking Dead
    • Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies.
    • Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
    • Airdate: Friday 13th October, AMC, 9pm.
    • Season: 4
  • True Blood
    • Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.
    • Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
    • Airdate: 2014
    • Season: 7 (also last season!)
  • Under the Dome
    • An invisible and mysterious force field descends upon a small fictional town in the United States, trapping residents inside, cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townsfolk must discover the secrets and purpose of the “dome” and its origins, while coming to learn more than they ever knew about each other.
    • Stars: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez
    • Airdate: 2014
    • Season: 2
  • Warehouse 13
    • After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that the Regents, an Authority above and outside any government, have collected over the centuries. Their new assignment: retrieve any lost objects and investigate reports of new ones.
    • Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek
    • Airdate: 2014
    • Season: 5 (last season)

Did I miss anything? Seriously, this is a pretty extensive list. But if I did miss anything or if you think I should watch a series, let me know in the comments and I’ll check, also if you have an update about one of the airdates let me know as well.

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

PS, the links I promised:

http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/autumn-2013-tv-schedules/26285/when-are-your-favourite-geek-shows-returning

http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/editienl/deze-tv-series-mag-je-niet-missen

PPS, I got some comment back on my list, so here are the TV series I forgot and now added to this list:

  • The Musketeers
    • Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, series gives a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country.
    • Stars: Julian Bastida, Emily Beecham, Philip Brodie, Peter Capaldi
    • Airdate: BBC, 2014
    • Season: 1
  • Ripper Street
    • A new drama set in the East End of London in 1889 during the aftermath of Jack The Ripper murders. The infamous H Division – the police precinct charged with keeping order in the district of Whitechapel- is in a chaotic state trying to keep order after a tumultuous time for London and reported infamously worldwide.
    • Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg
    • Airdate: BBC, 2014
    • Season: 2
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland:
    • In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever—the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). But deep down Alice knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together, the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible.
    • Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby, John Lithgow
    • Airdate: October 10th, ABC, 8 pm
    • Season: 1
  • Elementary
    • Nope!

YouTube Sunday

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

It’s Sunday again and I have a short YouTube Sunday for you today.

Before we start, if you are trying to reach me on twitter today, don’t expect an answer, as I’m participating in twitter silence.

We start with another comic con vid, Sam showing us around at comic con and the Game of Thrones experience: http://youtu.be/PDqE6E9xHsQ

Next up is Benedict Cumberbatch and James Rhodes talking and playing piano: http://youtu.be/hICIuhjzmKc and http://youtu.be/553ZHoMwBic

So Who is excited for tonight? And you know I’m talking about the BBC Who will be the next Doctor live event. It’s being aired on BBC 1, 7 pm UK time (8pm for us Dutchies) and we’ll finally get to meet the new Doctor! I know I am. Here are 2 previews, one for the BBC and one for BBC America, cause it will be broadcast live in different countries all around the world: http://youtu.be/jpc9rNSfyuE and http://youtu.be/FmxS0QD0tqc

And last, but certainly not least. The Sherlock season 3 teaser trailer. This aired right after Reichenbach falls last Friday. OH how I needed that bright orange shock blanket. It’s short but we get to see so much and the same time, so little. I need an airdate, asap: http://youtu.be/llGXWICGsD4 I have just one main observation. John, what the hell is that growing on your face! Get rid of it, now.

Talking about Sherlock. I love social media, I love how news is posted immediately, I love how you can connect with your favourite artists, writers, actors, musicians etc. What I don’t love, and I think I mentioned this before is how boundaries seem to disappear on social media. Within a blink of an eye you can post your inner thoughts, without thinking. At the moment Mark Gatiss is getting a lot of shit from fans. And it’s not all meant as insulting. But fans seem to tweet him a lot along the lines of, you are killing me with this teaser trailer. Or damn you Gatiss, for all those feels.

If you post such stuff on tumblr, to express your fangirling / fanboying feelings it’s ok. But how does a writer and actor like Mark Gatiss supposed to know you mean it in a funny way. This is one of the reasons I’m participating in the twitter silence today. Because of cyber bullying.

Just, be nice to the actors, writers, musicians, stars whatever. Express your love. But remember, they’re not your closest friends; they don’t know if you’re joking about your feelings. Be respectful, think before you send out a tweet, a facebook message, whatever. Be respectful and keep your fan feelings well away from them.

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

YouTube Sunday 28-07-2013 Including comic-con stuff and a lot of trailers!!!

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Welcome to another YouTube Sunday and a massive one. Comic con 2013, are you guys still sobbing just like I am about not being able to attend? It’s on my bucket list to attend somewhere in the near future. But let’s just watch the video’s for now.

We start off with Zachary Quinto running around town asking random people ‘it’s Spock, do you care?’ Well I would!: http://youtu.be/Tde9dAH96Ns

Gishwhes 2013 is coming!!! Still sobbing I can’t participate this year. But enjoy this special message from our overlord himself Misha Collins, and I will be joining the hunt next year: http://youtu.be/h4Xi6lxJyrw  http://youtu.be/88DaqclmHjQ

Sherlock!!!! If you have missed this special video, you must have been living under a rock or something, watch Martin and Benedict and a very special video message for the SDCC: http://youtu.be/UCeEYjmnzl8 (I blame Mycroft for the loss of signal. Minor position in the British Government my ass!)

Spoilers ahead!!! What is happening on True Blood in the weeks to come, watch it here: http://youtu.be/Y0MAtGuGEls (PS, look at our own Dutchie Rutger Hauer as creepy fairy grandpa)

So Loki decided to crash the Thor panel at SDCC: http://youtu.be/-sYVSEuABPQ  http://youtu.be/48DRGDiKo2U http://youtu.be/toPstPIcGnI  (I would claim loyalty in a heartbeat!)

Can I just say I screamed when I saw this trailer! Riddick! I love Pitch Black and the Chronicles of Riddick and he is back!: http://youtu.be/zH3O-CeZckE

And Kick-Ass 2 is also coming: http://youtu.be/Ekram9md95k

Nerd HQ this some pretty amazing panels this year at SDCC, to watch them all, just go to YouTube and watch them all. This is a short interview with Jenna, Matt and Moffat: http://youtu.be/tyY4yCiwNw8  and the Doctor Who Panel: http://youtu.be/dXausp-UdL8

Teen Wolf panel at SDCC: http://youtu.be/vHhO0Ff9moI http://youtu.be/AYj-bN2kQ0E http://youtu.be/duv0iz6uGAk http://youtu.be/fbEUvnj02pE

Dylan and Tyler (Sterek) at SDCC: http://youtu.be/iWPqWWxU_TA

I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, have all the DVD’s watched it on TV. Have a secret (well now not so secret any more) crush on Spike. And here’s Xander introducing the ‘Once more with feeling’ BTVS musical: http://youtu.be/KW_O8BOc6Ig  bonus points for the snoopy dance.

Matt Smith in disguise at SDCC, all the peeps not recognizing him and seeing this video, I bet you are kicking yourself at the moment: http://youtu.be/mU0aD91nGKU

Jared and Jensen at Nerd HQ: http://youtu.be/U9mEmoGPSTE

I’m a Marsmellow, no seriously, I am! Why? I adore Veronica Mars, and followed the kickstarter fundraising. Here’s the

First look at the movie: http://youtu.be/LVJhjV3EOY4 (I love Mac!!!)

Spoilers again, Vampire Diaries season 5 at SDCC: http://youtu.be/pCfXXNfPTxw

Benedict in Japan: http://youtu.be/mQjxaXB-n6I

Fangirl meetings, yup, pretty much accurate: http://youtu.be/IErBgfATPTA

My good friend Theta send me this link. Doctor Who credits in Iron Man style, I like it: http://youtu.be/A_cKeQI-j5c

I hope, one day, I will be able to create awesome costumes like that, look at these amazing costumes from the SDCC: http://youtu.be/s-I3h15VgyE

The Star Trek 2009 gagreel: http://youtu.be/PEdiZNqli2Y now where the hell is the 2013 version!!!

The Sherlock Nerd HQ panel: http://youtu.be/OUq1lypgu2M

And don’t forget John Barrowman, talking about awesome stuff: http://youtu.be/__Y-LOtHb6Y

A Dutchie vid now, about Summer Darkness in Utrecht, and if you look at the cute Lolita, you might recognize the lovely Stella, my good fellow fangirl friend: http://youtu.be/cpVhgAjGrUU

Another Dutchie vid, about Imagicon our very own first Dutch con, an interview with the organizer from Imagicon: http://youtu.be/FroTsbGYBJI

A brief view of Mark Gatiss on SDCC: http://youtu.be/zgsXbgkVopE

Spoilers! If you haven’t already watched GoT: http://youtu.be/9m4ZPULXJKw

Remember I posted the write like the wind vid a couple of weeks ago, turns out George found out: http://youtu.be/GqcqapoFy-w and here’s the original vid again: http://youtu.be/j7lp3RhzfgI

The first trailer for 12 years a slave with Benedict Cumberbatch: http://youtu.be/iiw1cYXQw4g

The first trailer for the Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch: http://youtu.be/YQOiS_l_0Jk (bonus, my fellow DCC friend Anieck plays an extra in this movie)

Benedict arriving in Tokyo (watch out for the screaming): http://youtu.be/y2Au0RDjvoA

Benedict bored on a plane: http://youtu.be/GB5-9lglYy8

Benedict on top gear: http://youtu.be/xg5J2NeGTNQ and behind the scenes: http://youtu.be/cIGQTtTu0IE

Wow, I hope you liked these vids. If I missed anything, just let me know. Here’s the full playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFDDWqpiLc14KdP8nA_FDJhY

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy