Weekly Roundup, November 20-24, 2017

Hello and welcome to the weekend! It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the United States, so if you observed the holiday, I hope it was great! It’s hard to believe that November is almost over. Our writers have been busy as usual over the last week. Let’s take a look at what they did!


Monday was the weekly edition of My Favorite Things, this time from our newest contributor, R.J. Joseph. What does R.J. love? Some pretty awesome things! “…[G]enius urban fantasy, Texas-based horror, Black femininity, The Weird in every day life, a favorite historical fantasy gone too soon, and a little place called South Park.” Come check it out!


Merrin was responsible for our first featured post on Tuesday. This time, in From the Salt Mines, she discusses the problems that she has with Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek is a subject that is near and dear to Merrin’s heart. She says: “I can’t remember a time in my life before Star Trek. My parents watched the original series and I remember watching a lot of those episodes with them. I watched Next Generation and Voyager in high school…” The fact that it’s the subject of her newest Salt Mines post is not promising. Read on, but beware of spoilers.

Our second Tuesday post was the Sound Off! for Justice League. Spoiler alert: our contributors didn’t hate it! Nancy O’Toole Meservier put it very diplomatically in her reaction: “Justice League isn’t a great film, but as a comic book reader, I’ve made peace with the fact that sometimes in order to spend time with characters that you love, you need to sit through some not-so-great stories.” No major spoilers.


Kendra Merritt shared her review for one of her most beloved series, The Parasol Protectorate. This steampunk romance series sounds like it’s a lot of just pure fun. Read Kendra’s review but beware of minor spoilers for the series.


This was Thanksgiving Day in the US and also the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Stuck for ideas on what to get the more nerdalicious people in your life? Some of us shared our wishlists, and we’re wishing for some pretty amazing things. From the extensively out of reach to the simple to find, we’ve covered the spectrum on gift ideas.


Black Friday in the US, which means a challenging day indeed if you work in the retail industry. If this means you, I hope that you survived with most of your sanity and all of your limbs intact. What better way to relax and get your brain back online than by participating in our monthly book club? This month, we read Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. Have you read this atmospheric fantasy before? If so, come join the discussion! This is meant to be an ongoing discussion, so if you’re not quite finished yet, please feel free to come back and hop into the conversation when you’re done.

Book Club

As mentioned above, our discussion of The Night Circus has just kicked off! Don’t forget, our December read is Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. There’s also still time to vote for our January pick (see the bottom of the page for voting). Octavia Butler’s Dawn has pulled to the front of the pack for now, but if you think that we should read something else, go vote and make your opinion known!

And that’s all I’ve got for you this week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, wherever you are! If you do decide to go shopping, be nice to the employees and the other shoppers. Remember that the employees are there to help you. They’re probably just as frazzled as you are too, but they have to do it with smiles on their faces and songs in their hearts. Mostly.

The South Park mall security forces assemble in “Black Friday”


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