Ashley Poston: Geekerella

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Who needs fluffy Doctor Who Cinderella fan fiction?

I NEED FLUFFY DOCTOR WHO CINDERELLA FAN FICTION.

YES I DO YES I DO.

This book is GLORIOUS, people. The story follows a fangirl blogger and the incoming lead on a sci-fi serial in a You’ve Got Mail sort of situational romance. It has all of the traditional Cinderella elements we know, but modernized and nerdified.

HOORAY FOR DIVERSE CHARACTERS! One of the leads is POC, and there’s also LGBTQIA+ people. It is a Cinderella story, so there is emotional abuse, but that is to be expected.

I read Geekerella in a matter of hours. Once you start this, you won’t put it down. It’s just the right amount of fluff and substance. And if you’re part of the world of geekdom, you’ll find this instantly relatable. And who can resist the bright purple cover?

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Review: Doctor Who #FCBD2016

Jump on board the TARDIS with FOUR all-new short tales of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors! Whether you’re a whizz with a Sonic Screwdriver or completely new to Who, this is the perfect Free Comic Book Day adventure for SF fans of all ages! Written and illustrated by the creative teams of the regular comics, this is the ideal place to start reading!

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I participated in my very first Free Comic Book Day this year, since we did a Paws in the City event at a Dallas Comic Book store. I picked up some great titles, but still haven’t had a chance to read them. I’m going to be parsing them out in the coming weeks. The reviews will be short, but I figured I’d at least do a write up on them in case you want to check out the full versions.

Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of Doctor Who. I’ve only watched a few episodes from #9, and I didn’t really get into it. I like the concept, but I don’t think that was the best Doctor to start with. It was more than a little campy. That episode with Rose’s boyfriend turning to plastic? And the “moisturize me” skin…erm…lady? What even? I know the fandom has taken off since that season, and I really like David Tennant and Peter Capaldi, so I’ve thought about catching up on their versions–just haven’t had time to do so.

Still, I found the FCBD collection to be hysterical, and really exactly what I expected. Each Doctor was precisely how I came to know them through watching the fandom on Tumblr (because it is unavoidable, really). I’m sure there is a solid storyline going through these all, for the diehard fans who read the books and watch the show and know what is actually going on. But for me, it was just fun to catch the references I knew about, and giggle when the Doctor’s butt glowed.

I may have done some screen shots on my Instagram Stories feed, because I was having such a good time with it. (Which, if you’re not following my book commentary on a daily basis, WHY NOT?!) I’m so glad I picked this up when I had a chance for a free copy. If you’re a DW fan, I’d totally recommend the full book.

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Doctor Who 2015 Event: The Four Doctors #1 (Doctor Who: 2015 Event: Four Doctors) by [Cornell, Paul]

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The Rook

How many of my fellow nerds have been waiting for a Hermoine Granger Doctor Who? Raise your hand. MEEEEEEEEEEE.

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Meet Myfanwy Thomas. Someone erased her memory. But apparently, she’s pretty much like an M to 007. The administrative person pulling the strings on all the field operatives. Oh yeah, and she can also control your body WITH HER MIND.

This girl has some serious powers. Her coworkers all think she’s this meek and mild geek, but when she shows up to work with two black eyes…all of the sudden she is a force to be reckoned with. Geek turned BADASS.

Just in time too because there’s some weird shit going down and there’s a mole in the organization. We are talking mold eating houses, police stations getting taken over by muscle creatures. Oh, and don’t forget the skinless man in a big watery fishbowl.

If you like Doctor Who…you will like this book. If you like sci-fi crime novels…you will like this book.

If you are just overall looking for a interesting, complicated female character, AND refreshingly enough, NO LOVE TRIANGLE!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!