Guess who we saw at the Sleepy Hollow Oculus Rift experience?!
We were fortunate enough to speak with Denise R. Stephenson, author of Isolation. Stephenson resides in Oceanside, CA, but she has lived in all the isolated locales of this novel at one time or another. Her publishing history is primarily academic, though as a member of Attention Deficit Drama, she has written and produced monologs and short plays. This is her first novel. To see what we thought about the book, check out our review here. Spoiler: we really enjoyed it!
The Giver. Most of us read it in school and hated having to do a book report on it. However, this is one of those books you really should revisit this summer. This book is smart, quick, and twisting. Lowry spins a story so compelling, you’ll want to read it in one sitting, and then finish up with the three other books in the series. This review gives quite a few spoilers, so if you’re not down for that, just go get the book and read it. Otherwise, read on for a full review of The Giver, spoilers and all.
Raul Esparza’s face from the Hannibal Pannibal (for our blogger Katie)!
by Elise Kulik
This episode mainly deals in new transformations: Liam’s transitioning into a werewolf for the first time, we see Malia’s transition in self-control, while Scott is finally transitioning into a proper mentor for his new Beta.
I know Scott is the show’s moral compass, so he’s always been a true Alpha in that sense, but this is the first episode, at least for me, where he shows truly how little experience he’s had with actually leading a newbie werewolf.
First off, no, The Lottery has absolutely nothing to do with the Shirley Jackson short story we all probably read in high school. Let’s get that out of the way now because literally every time I start talking about this show that’s the first thing people say: “Oh, like that short story right?”
The Lottery brings us to a not too distant future where humanity is on the brink of catastrophe. The world wide birth rate had fallen to zero due to some unknown force causing a lack of fertility in women everywhere. The last six children born in the United States are already five years old and any attempts to artificially or naturally create pregnancies have failed completely. It’s an international crisis and people are becoming desperate.
But the world still functions.
Our editor Tara has started a series called A Song of Cons and Cosplay. Each Friday during the Summer she’ll be featuring a Q&A with cosplayers just like you! What are we looking for?
- New cosplayers. Experienced cosplayers. Diverse cosplayers. Niche cosplayers. All cosplayers welcome!
- Unique and/or entertaining cosplaying troops!
- Cosplayers with interesting stories to tell!
- Cosplayers who use their hobby to get involved with community service or charity work!
Isolation by Denise R. Stephenson is one of those stories that stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it. Like how you’re now aware that you’re holding your jaw up, or your tongue is resting in your mouth, or you’re breathing manually. Suddenly, Isolation makes you aware of the health risks you take daily. The very first snapshot into a character’s life, page one, had me questioning my own habits. Then, as I read on and the fear of bacteria and the ever-increasing preventative measures were put in place, the lines began to blur and I couldn’t pinpoint exactly where I felt it had all become ‘too much.’ Clearly, by the time all touch is outlawed we’ve gone too far, but anti-bacterial hand sanitizer? At one point, genetically altered foods are discussed, big business interests allied with the government may be scapegoated for things, how many further steps do we go today to get to quarantines and isolation?
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We hope to bring you coverage of some of our favorite shows like The Last Ship, The 100, and Sleepy Hollow! We’re also going to check out new series Legends (#dontkillseanbean!) and Constantine and maybe some of the infamous SDCC parties that are going on.
If you see any of us, feel free to say hello!
It’s the Sunday before the big day, and here are some things to keep in mind before you venture out on Thursday and start running around downtown San Diego. Info on the SDCC app, the Hall H wristbands, offsite activities, restaurants, the exhibit hall set up, and all the lines that will haunt your nightmares…