Big Bang Theory and Gotham on Assembly of Geeks

This week’s Assembly of Geeks episode is posted. From the show notes:


The new fall TV season is almost here and we’re getting excited!  This week, the spotlight is on an old favorite and a new geek TV show!

When it comes to the success of The Big Bang Theory, it’s amazing just how many different people love the show. However, not everyone in the geek community is a fan.  We examine why we love the show & some of the reasons others dislike it.

Gotham is bringing us a unique Batman TV series and we’re ready to check it out.  John and Derek from The Gotham TV Podcast join us to talk about the excitement and expectations leading up to the premiere.

Other geek topics discussed today include reactions tothe new BatmobilePeggy Carter’s appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.D., Harry Potter movies Fangirl’s upcoming review of Star Wars Rebels and Jeremiah Stewart of Bombad Radio reports back from Salt Lake City Comic Con.

Plus, GANNIN tries to turn today’s Geek Assembly meeting into a sitcom.

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REVIEW: Star Wars Rebels: Ezra’s Gamble

Linda and Skylar review the new book Star Wars Rebels: Ezra’s Gamble by Ryder Windham. . . . → Read More: REVIEW: Star Wars Rebels: Ezra’s Gamble

Once Upon A Time Han Shot First


The first anniversary of Assembly of Geeks marks a stellar episode with Frozen, Once Upon A Time, and Han shooting first! . . . → Read More: Once Upon A Time Han Shot First

Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part Two

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

PART 2 – STEAMPUNK INFLUENCES: You may not realize that you have been Punk’d


“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Author, Sherlock Holmes


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a prolific writer. He wrote sixty Sherlock Holmes stories alone, the first in 1887 and the last in 1927. Since Sir Arthur’s lifetime, his Holmes’ character has been copied, borrowed, rewritten, revisited, and retold in print and on film by countless writers, and each time, the brilliant investigator was reinvented. Today, so many variations exist that it would be necessary to revisit the first Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, in order to know the character as Conan Doyle intended him.

During the past decade, Mr. Holmes has frequently been written into Steampunk novels and films. Anyone who only knows the character from these recent versions could mistakenly believe that the original Victorian novels were Steampunk.

The greatest Victorian Science Fiction minds – including Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – are often cited as “Steampunk authors.” Certainly, each penned outstanding stories, but in fact, their Victorian novels seeded the development of contemporary Steampunk. There are those who will argue this distinction, maintaining that Victorian Science Fiction and Steampunk are synonymous, yet history clearly shows that Victorian novels were instead the . . . → Read More: Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part Two

Assembly of Geeks Returns From Summer Break


Assembly of Geeks returns from summer break to talk Star Wars Rebels and rumors. . . . → Read More: Assembly of Geeks Returns From Summer Break

Kay Reviews A New Dawn

Kay is back with a review of the latest Star Wars Books release, A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller. The novel is a prequel to the upcoming television series Star Wars Rebels, and includes the backstory on the two older protagonists in the show, Kanan and Hera.

From Kay’s review:

A New Dawn marks the beginning of a new era in Star Wars books. This is the first book to come out under the guidance of the Lucasfilm Story Group, responsible for coordinating all Star Wars stories going forward no matter the medium. All the previously published books of the Expanded Universe are now known as Legends. And while I understand why this decision was made and applaud the idea of better overall coordination, the April announcement left me heartbroken. I’ve spent many years of my life with those now legendary tales. I didn’t always love where some authors took the stories, but I came to know those characters of the post-Return of the Jedi era inside and out. Now their fates are up in the air. They may reappear as I knew them, in another form, or never again – with no known date when we’d know for sure. So I thought that this might be my exit point from reading anything new about that galaxy far, far away.

One person’s involvement made me decide to at least give this relaunch a chance: John Jackson Miller.

Click here for her full review.

Kay grew . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews A New Dawn

September 2014 Preview

September is back-to-school for some, the waning days of summer for others. At FANgirl it’s a month to look forward to exciting times ahead.

Wynde and the Fireheart Series – Now that we’re well into Wynde’s release period, I’ve decided it’s time to lift my self-imposed ban on discussing spoilers and begin talking about some of my writing and storytelling decisions in creating the novel and its characters. Up first, a discussion of how the Heroine’s Journey shaped the core of Vespa’s arc in the first book.

GeekGirlCon Preview – I’m thrilled that this year FANgirl contributors will be representing on TWO panels at GeekGirlCon, held October 11-12 in Seattle. We’ll have previews of both topics, and introduce the panelists. (Okay, I’ll admit it – one of them is a Star Wars panel.)

And a Surprise… – We have a surprise to unveil later this month at FANgirl, as well. Stay tuned for more.

Here are a few of the other things we’re looking forward to in September:

New Star Wars Books

Star Wars: A New Dawn (by John Jackson Miller) – September 2nd

New Movies

The Maze Runner – September 19th The Boxtrolls – September 26th

Television Premieres & Returning Series

Dancing with the Stars – September 15th New Girl – September 16th Madam Secretary – September 21st (series premiere) The Good Wife – September 21st Gotham – September 22nd The Big Bang Theory – September 22nd Sleepy Hollow – September 22nd Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – September 23rd . . . → Read More: September 2014 Preview

Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part One

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

PART 1 – STEAMPUNK PRIMER: A Definition in So Many Words


“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Author, The Balloon Hoax



Steampunk is an acknowledged subgenre of Science Fiction and Fantasy. All three members of this literary family exist to answer the same question: “What if?” Beyond this commonality, everyone appears to have their own scholarly or intuitive definition of Steampunk fiction, and as a result, discussion and controversy seem to grow along with the genre’s popularity.

In his book, “Steampunk: An Illustrated History”, best-selling author Brian J. Robb presents ideas from a number of knowledgeable sources to show the complexities of reaching consensus. Robb sets out his own requisite that “altered history” is essential to Steampunk storytelling and more enigmatically suggests that “[Steampunk] is history from the minds of men.”

He quotes Stephen Hunt, author of the popular Jackelian Series of Steampunk novels: “For my work it’s always been the hard fusion between fantasy and the society of the Victorians”; and also Editor Lou Anders, who says, “Steampunk is anachronistic science fiction, chiefly but not exclusively concerned with the nineteenth century. There are those who believe that in order to be true Steampunk a work must be set and centered around Victorian England.”

Robb also quotes . . . → Read More: Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part One

Fangirls of the Day Back in Business

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Submit your favorite fangirl to Her Universe’s Fangirl of the Day. . . . → Read More: Fangirls of the Day Back in Business

Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Introduction

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan


It is the visual images of Steampunk that first grab our attention, but the fantastical nature of its fiction invites us to step into the parlor for tea with the storytellers.

What is Steampunk, you ask?

Magic and illusion intertwined with reality; history bending to imagination. Science abused by impossible theories to create implausible yet ingenious contraptions, and readers willing to suspend all logic, because in the fantasy worlds of Steampunk a popular historical paradigm is in play. Authors and readers feel a sense that what appears improbable might actually be possible.

If you haven’t read Steampunk and are wondering what to expect, the following paragraphs are a mash-up of themes; a contrived sampling of a few sights and sounds not quoted from specific novels but imagined for this Fangirl series as a glimpse at Steampunk’s fictional range. As preposterous as this compilation of complexities may seem, similar individual elements can be found in most Steampunk novels.

Something mysterious, or worse, follows a familiar-looking man into the swirling fog that hangs in the dark and empty streets of old London. A pack of dogs wail in the near distance. Beneath a gaslight, the shadow of a tall figure turns a cloaked arm in his direction. Icy fear raises hairs on flesh that glows orange as the flamethrower approaches. The man with a familiar face does not hear Big Ben ring the midnight hour.

The . . . → Read More: Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Introduction