Tag archive

Star Wars

New Star Wars Film Coinciding With Eight New Books

in Pop Culture by

Star Wars was introduced 41 years ago, in 1977, and has been a staple of American pop culture since. Not only are the films an iconic slice of Americana, so are the many books written on or about the film and its characters. The new Star Wars film, Solo, is coming to theaters May 25th and a host of books will be forthcoming this spring and into the summer.  Take a look at some of the best new additions to the Star Wars book collection:   Star Wars: The Last Jedi Expanded Edition (Del Rey, March 6, 2018), Jason Fry This is the novelization of the latest Star Wars film to hit theaters. Here, we return to our friends Rey, Poe and Finn as they…

Keep Reading

Modesty Blaise: Clever, Cunning, Daring and Kick-Ass

in Fiction by

Modesty Blaise was first introduced as a comic-strip in the middle of the 1960s by author Peter O’Donnell. Not only was she beautiful, she was clever, cunning, daring and she knew how to kick ass. For me, she was the heroine I wanted to be. For those who don’t know who Modesty Blaise is, please allow me to introduce you: Modesty Blaise is the anti-James Bond James Bond. That is, yes, she occasionally went on missions for the British Secret Intelligence Service, but that was only after she retired from being the head of The Network, her own international criminal organization. Along with her sidekick, second-in-command and trusted friend Garvin (they debuted in 1963 and still never really got together, by…

Keep Reading

Jon’s Picks: ‘Proud Mary’ and the Strongest, Kick Ass Women in Film and Pop Culture

in Non-Fiction by

Today, Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) opens in theaters across America.  Henson plays an assassin for the Boston mafia ordered to kill the parents of a young boy. This latest assignment prompts Mary to want to protect him instead and leave the belly of the underworld as well as her past misdeeds behind; however, the mob bosses have other ideas and put a hit out on Mary.  There are few reviews for this film thus far as Screen Gems, whose parent company is Sony Pictures, opted to not do a pre-screening for the press, but according to the Chicago Tribune, “Taraji P. Henson [is] leading the charge of strong women in 2018 with Proud Mary.” We agree!…

Keep Reading

Add A Little Glam: 30 New Books to Give as Gifts This Season

in Potpourri by

The year is now officially winding down to a close and while we’re all looking forward to 2018 and the new books it will bring, that doesn’t mean that 2017 doesn’t have anything more to offer! This week some of the most interesting new releases have come out, and we couldn’t be more excited about them. Some of the best include Pino Corrias’s new novel We’ll Sleep When We’re Old that promises glamour in Rome with a kick of dark humor; and Gary Disher’s Signal Loss is all but guaranteed to be one of the most suspenseful reads of the year. But if the baked goods that inevitably come with the winter season is more up your alley, there is also…

Keep Reading

The Magnificant Seven: Pop Culture’s Strongest Women

in Thrillers by
wonder woman strong females

The success of Wonder Woman has set off a feeding frenzy of sorts in New York and Hollywood for strongest women heroes. Well, way back in 2008 I conceived Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, hero of soon-to-be nine thrillers with the publication of Strong to the Bone this December, as a female action hero adept at handling a role almost invariably given to men. Kind of like a female Jack Reacher, Lee Child’s wondrously iconic series stalwart. With all respect to Wonder Woman, though, strong women are actually nothing new. Caitlin, in fact, comes from a pop culture tradition of similarly able females, either with their fists, their guns, their wits, and often all three. Let’s look at a few other…

Keep Reading

Throw an Out-of-this-World Star Wars Viewing Party

in Potpourri by

So the gang is coming over tomorrow for a Star Wars viewing party before you all go to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It goes without saying that you’re going to watch the previous movies in Machete Order as popularized by blogger Rod Hilton. That means starting with A New Hope, followed by Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. (Trust us, you don’t need to bother with The Phantom Menace.) But this isn’t just any viewing party; this is THE party right before THE movie. You know, the one you’ve been wishing most of your life would happen. You owe your guests more thought and fun than (Han) Solo…

Keep Reading

The (Crackpot) Theories You Need as We Countdown to Star Wars

in Potpourri by

Our nerdy little hearts are thrumming like the Millennium Falcon kicking into hyper drive as we count down to Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens epic opening December 18. To share our excitement as we wait, two members of our Nerd Squad—Word Nerd and the Scarlet Pencil—have agreed to share their, um…creative…theories about the movie with you and let the rest of us get back to watching the Funny or Die Star Wars Christmas Special. While there are no true spoilers here, be forewarned. They may actually stumble upon something that could be true. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. WHERE THE HELL IS LUKE? Could anyone have possibly missed that the last Jedi has only been…

Keep Reading

5 Sci-Fi Novels to Get You Hyped for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

in Fiction by

The entire nerd-world is foaming at the mouth over Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We hope the movie will be all that and a bag of chips, and based on the teasers, trailer and set photos, it’s shaping up to be everything fans hope it will be (despite any prequel-related PTSD). However, during the excruciating wait for the film’s premiere on December 18, why not feast your brain on a great science fiction novel? Most sci-fi experts will tell you to read Foundation and Dune (if you haven’t read them, get off the internet and read them now. I’ll wait.), but there are some less-obvious choices that will appeal to Star Wars fans for the same reasons they love the…

Keep Reading

5 Survival Tips to Get You Through Thanksgiving with Your Nosy Relatives

in Fiction by

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means turkey, football and relatives who are w-a-y too nosy. Don’t get me wrong, family time is wonderful. We get to talk to cousins we haven’t seen in a year, see how big our nieces and nephews have grown and laugh about how silly we were when we were kids. But then there’s the times that you show up solo to dinner and the questions start. You know the ones I’m talking about: “Still no special someone?” asks your uncle. “Why aren’t you married yet? You’re so attractive,” suggests the aunt who has no filter. “Are you sure you’re not gay? Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” inquires Mom. And then there’s the grandparents…

Keep Reading

The Force Awakens with a New Star Wars Trailer and Tells Us Little — Fortunately!

in Fiction by

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer gives fans a lot to geek out about. We saw Daisy Ridley’s Rey spelunking in an abandoned star destroyer. We saw the beginning of what promises to be an emotional lightsaber battle between John Boyega’s Finn and Adam Driver’s helmetless Kylo Ren. We even saw a robotic hand, probably Luke Skywalker’s, touching R2-D2. We aren’t breaking any new ground by saying that these details are all kind of a big deal. However, the very best thing about the new trailer is that, even with 2 minutes and 35 seconds worth of new footage, we still have no real idea what the movie is going to be about. It’s comforting to know that…

Keep Reading

The Nexus of Nerdom: From Paul Rudd to Zoe Saldana

in Fiction by

During a recent conversation at BookTrib, we started to notice that there is some serious overlap when it comes to nerdy movie franchises. “Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes AND The Hobbit,” someone said. “Well, John Barrowman is in Arrow and Doctor Who,” said another person. “Speaking of Doctor Who, Arthur Darvill used to be a companion, but now he’s going to play Rip Hunter on the new CW show Legends of Tomorrow, which is in the same universe as Arrow.” This went on for a while, until we realized something key: all roads lead back to Zoe Saldana. Yes, Zoe Saldana is the Kevin Bacon of the sci-fi world. Just take the new Marvel movie, Ant Man,…

Keep Reading

How Han Solo Destroyed My Self-Esteem

in Potpourri by

I’ve always had something of a tenuous relationship with Han Solo. Sure, I appreciate the quippy one-liners and sexy smirks as much as the next guy. Also, as a cat owner, I know what it’s like to have a furry beast with the mind of a toddler infect each of your waking hours with constant attention-seeking behavior and a desire for basic, animal needs. So on some level, I totally get the whole Han thing. My problem with Han has always been, chiefly, that I’m nothing like him.     See what I mean? I’ve tried throughout my entire life to be more Han-ish, but to no avail. I’ve somehow ended up looking less like Han Solo and more Stanley…

Keep Reading

May the Fourth be with you and Star Wars VII countdown!

in Fiction by

Any Star Wars fan worth her salt knows what today is – Star Wars Day. The world over, fans of George Lucas’ life-consuming series set in a galaxy far, far away have dubbed May the 4th Star Wars Day because if its aural similarity to the Jedi salutation “May the Force be with you.” Though this is not Lucasfilm sanctioned holiday, fans celebrate as if they were a part of the strike team that destroyed the Death Star’s shield generator in Return of the Jedi. This Bookish Diva remembers being mocked for reminding people for YEARS that Star Wars was supposed to be a nine-movie series, that the trilogy we loved was the middle three, and that Mr. Lucas owed…

Keep Reading

Let’s face it — literature’s villians are always better dressed

in Potpourri by

This was the summer of villains – between Maleficent and the amorphous intentions of Elsa in Frozen, it seemed like everyone was focused on that gray area between good and bad. Here at BookTrib we’re no exception – just this week we had the pleasure of interviewing Gregory Maguire, author of books like Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. All this good and evil talk got us thinking about some of our favorite villains and how fabulous their outfits are. Why is it always the bad guys who get to dress the best? While we don’t condone going over to the dark side, there is certainly a lot…

Keep Reading

May the Fourth be with you. Always.

in Fiction by

The excitement about a new “Star Wars” film has been building for months, reaching a fever pitch as casting started to leak. Carrie Fisher tweeted about it! Yes, Peter Mayhew will return as Chewbacca. It can’t be a Star Wars film without C-3PO and R2-D2. Then, just in time for Star Wars Day (May 4), the fandom exploded like the Death Star when producer J.J. Abrams tweeted a photo of the table read. Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa are back! “Episode VII” is not a reboot but the promised continuation of the “Star Wars” saga as originally laid out by George Lucas almost forty years ago. It will tell the tale of the rebuilding of the Republic.…

Keep Reading

Go to Top