Bookmark Monday – #maythefourthbewithyou

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a link to your post.

Today is May the Fourth, which means it is Star Wars day. So this week I’m sharing a few pictures of Star Wars bookmarks from around the web. I’m sure we have a few around the house, but we’re a little disorganized at the moment as we begin to get ready to move in less than two months time.

Booking Through Thursday – Shakespeare (Sept 25)

btt2This week Booking Through Thursday poses the following questions:

Okay, show of hands … who has read Shakespeare OUTSIDE of school required reading? Do you watch the plays? How about movies? Do you love him? Think he’s overrated?

I haven’t read very much Shakespeare outside of what I read at school, although I do have the obligatory one volume Complete Works of Shakespeare on my bookshelf. I have never seen any of the plays live, although I would like to take the opportunity at some time. I have watched and enjoyed some of the movies and have a couple of them in my collection. I don’t think he is over-rated, but I can’t say that reading him is high up on my list of priorities right now, either. I have been enjoying the recent series of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars books, but that probably doesn’t really count 🙂

Teaser Tuesdays – William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back (Sept 2)

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

empire striketh backHere are my teasers for this week:

LUKE: Nay, nothing’s wrong, I merely change out course.

R2-D2: Meep, beep, squeak, whistle, beep, meep, meep, beep, whee?

From page 56 of William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher.

Top Ten Tuesday – Summer TBR List (June 17)

TTT3WTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list’. These are some of the books I’d like to read this summer. Most of them are new to me, but there are a couple of rereads. I’d love to get through them all, but hopefully I’ll get at least half of them read!

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  1.  The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman
  3. Mudhouse Sabbath – Lauren F. Winner
  4. The Island of the Women – George Mackay Brown
  5. Creative Ministry – Henri J.M. Nouwen
  6. Tales from Moominvalley – Tove Jansson
  7. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back – Ian Doescher
  8. Hollow City – Ransom Riggs
  9. Life With God – Richard J. Foster
  10. Tell It Slant – Eugene H. Peterson

Bookmark Monday (May 5)

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a link to your post.

Yesterday was Star Wars day, so I thought I’d share these lightsaber bookmarks I found on etsy:

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Star Trek vs. Star Wars

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Live long and prosper. May the force be with you. These are two phrases that have found their way into the mainstream thanks to two of the most successful space franchises ever. In case you have been in hiding for the last 47 years or so, then of course the first one is from Star Trek, the second one from Star Wars. Before I go further, I should say that I like them both and see no reason why I can’t. However, I should also point out that I find Star Wars slightly more enjoyable, but don’t hold that against me. I realise that there are some people out there for whom it can only be one or the other and that’s OK for them, but I see no need for this kind of thinking, hence the ‘coexist’ picture at the top of this post.

Unlike Star Wars, which had its start on the big screen, Star Trek made its début on the small screen. It was first shown in 1966, the year I was born, so I was introduced to it through childhood reruns. It can be easiest described as a science fiction entertainment franchise, but for many it is much deeper than that. Since 1966 there have been six different TV series (if you include the animated series), twelve movies, and almost uncountable books, games, toys, video games, and comics.

For some people it is only Star Trek: The Original Series that counts, with everything that follows being inferior. Some are able to embrace everything that has come along and just enjoy the ride. Others pick and chose what they like, whilst there are some who just can accept everything apart from the two newest movies. Some younger people, whilst enjoying the newer stuff, can’t see what the fuss is about the earlier stuff. What can be said about the whole thing is that there is something for everyone in there.

At the centre of all the different versions there is one constant – the Starship USS EnterpriseAlthough different versions of it have appeared in the different adaptations, it is where the main action happens. The first crew members, Captain James T. Kirk, Commander Spock, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, and Ensign Pavel Chekov, have been followed by many others, but the franchise has now gone full circle, with the reintroduction of these characters in the two latest movies. For some this is sacrilege, but I like the way that the movies have gone into an alternative version of the universe, leaving the integrity of the originals intact.

Star Wars, which could be best described as an American epic space opera franchise centred on a film series created by George Lucas, doesn’t have anything like the number of versions that Star Trek has, but it is still at least as popular. It first hit the big screen in 1977, with Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which I remember seeing when it first came out and liking it immensely from the start. Being there when it started might be the reason why I like it more, but that doesn’t really matter. For the uninformed, or even uninterested, the numbering system of the six main movies so far may be a little confusing, but it’s just the way the movies came out. At the last count there have been seven movies (one animated), eleven (mainly animated) TV series, and, just like Star Trek, almost uncountable numbers of books, comics, toys, games, and video games. There are also lots of Lego Star Wars models from the various Star Wars movies and TV series. Many of these Lego models have found their way into our household, with probably many more to follow.

Having grown up more with Star Wars than Star Trek, there are moments in its history that I tend to remember more. The biggest of these is remembering the shock when, as a young teenager, I first heard Darth Vader sharing the truth of who he was with Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. I think that you had to be there at the time to understand the depth of that revelation. When I first watched the movies with my son, I insisted we watch them in the order they were released, so that he too could experience the shock of the truth revealed there.

Recently the rights to future Star Wars project was sold to Disney. I have to admit that this initially made me a little fearful and apprehensive, but I’ll have to wait and see what happens, and hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The debate over which one is better will probably rage on in some circles, but I’ll continue to happily enjoy both in their own way, as more instalments of each franchise are released. In the meantime, here is a mash-up video for you to enjoy, following which you can read Star Wars vs. Star Trek in Five Minutes:

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WWW Wednesdays (July 24)

www_wednesdays43To play along with this weekly book event, hosted by Should Be Reading, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers for this week:

100 year old manWhat are you currently reading? I currently reading The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. So far I am enjoying it very much. It is quite funny and I am liking some of the dark humor. I should probably have it read by the weekend.

loonie for luckWhat did you recently finish reading? I was away for a few days last week, so I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked to. The only book I got finished was A Loonie for Luck by Roy MacGregor. It is a great little book telling the true story of the Canadian coin hidden under centre ice at the hockey arena for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. It’s well worth checking out.

william shakespeares str warsWhat do you think you’ll read next? I never seem to follow up on this question as much as I should, but that’s OK. One book I just picked up that I’d like to get into next is William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher. It looks like a fun read.