Monthly Archives : August 2016

Lane and Carey’s Worldcon Adventure

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Speculative Chic is fairly new, but contributors Lane Robins and Carey M. Ballard already had plans to attend Worldcon (aka MidAmericon II), held from August 17-21 in Kansas City, Missouri. They share their thoughts, experiences, and advice below. What did we expect of the con? Lane: I attended primarily as a vacation, so I expected to meet up with a…

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Confessions of a First Time Cosplayer

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I’d always thought that dressing up as Sailor Venus would be fun. We had a lot of the same traits — long, blonde(ish) hair, a love of food, a desire to destroy bad guys, etc. But aside from Halloween, there wasn’t any point. It wasn’t until years later that I learned about conventions and the culture of cosplay. I found…

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My Favorite Things: Best of Summer 2016

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re not just talking about our favorites of the moment, but our top picks of the whole summer. From Ghostbusters…

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Living Up to the Legacy: A Review of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016) Written by: Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 320 (Hardcover) Series: Book Eight of Harry Potter series Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books Why I Chose It: I’ve been a fan of the Harry Potter books for a long time so it was a given that I was going to read…

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Sound Off! Suicide Squad

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, we’re busting through the shackles to chat about Suicide Squad, which premiered in the U.S. on Friday, August 5, 2016. Sound Off! is meant to be a group of reactions, but not necessarily a review.…

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Chain Reaction: Teenagers Versus the Apocalypse

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Welcome to Chain Reaction! Introducing a monthly column that will showcase three titles that have a common thread, theme, or plot device.  I’ll take one known quantity and introduce two more along the same lines — something that made me think of another title, and then another. They might be recent; they might have been around for awhile; they might…

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My Favorite Things: History-Based Television, Geeky Productivity Apps, Villainous Soundtracks, and Catching Them All

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week’s column includes a television show tailor made for Game of Thrones fans, more love for the Suicide Squad soundtrack, and…

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A Hero’s Journey is Over: A Review of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy

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Ancillary Mercy (2015) Written by: Ann Leckie Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 368 (Trade Paperback) Series: Book Three of The Imperial Radch trilogy Publisher: Orbit Why I Chose It: I have to admit that when I read Ancillary Justice (the first of this trilogy), I got kind of obsessed with the idea of a sentient spaceship seeking justice. I was delighted…

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