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York University Nerdfighters?
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Hi everyone, I'm a first year at York University in Toronto and I was wondering if anyone has ANY IDEA AT ALL if there are any Nerdfighters at York.  Because the few friends I have made do not…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley Nov 17, 2011.

Still green, and I mean green as in clueless...
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  I probably sound like I shouldn't be here, since I barely know anything about Nerdfighters.  My current question is, when someone asks "What kind of Nerdfighter are you?" what does that mean?  I…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Adela Bezemer-Cleverley Sep 17, 2011.

I'm a green Nerdfighter so...
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I probably sound like I shouldn't be here, since I barely know anything about Nerdfighters.  My current question is, when someone asks "What kind of Nerdfighter are you?" what does that mean?  I…Continue

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Rule Numer 1: Ever sentence musht be written with at leest 90 persent of the words spelt rong.Rule Number 4: Half fun.Our Motto: Speling Rite Iz RongSee More
Dec 15, 2013
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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

How do I even begin to describe this book? It's one of those stories that is filled with satisfying illogic and nonsense--but not the same kind as, say, Hitchhiker's; but still serving to remind us that not everything has to make sense to be good writing. It's also one of those stories that puts you inside the mind of a small child so expertly that you feel everything he feels and you'd think it was him writing the book.In fact, while I know I've mentioned this--the brilliant understanding of a…See More
Oct 19, 2013
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Book Review: A Blight of Mages, by Karen Miller (some spoilers)

I think this might have actually been the first time I've ever read a prequel to a series. It's kind of a unique experience (assuming you've read the series first) because you already know how it will end, and more beyond that; you know the future of the characters you're reading about as well as the future of their world. I expected this to cause me to be more detached from the story and not be as fully invested in the characters and their predicaments as I was with the rest of the mage books,…See More
Sep 26, 2013
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Book Review: Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers

What a pity these books have such uninspiring titles and floofy-blah covers, because it hides the really excellent story within from the eyes of those who would appreciate it.  I am lucky that the books were recommended to me in the first place, else I'd never have picked one up.Dark Triumph is excellent.  Sybella is a really amazing protagonist--one who causes the reader to bounce back and forth between pity, admiration, joy, awe, sorrow, anger, and exasperation throughout the entire book.…See More
Aug 4, 2013
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Book Review: Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers

What a pity these books have such uninspiring titles and floofy-blah covers, because it hides the really excellent story within from the eyes of those who would appreciate it.  I am lucky that the books were recommended to me in the first place, else I'd never have picked one up.Dark Triumph is excellent.  Sybella is a really amazing protagonist--one who causes the reader to bounce back and forth between pity, admiration, joy, awe, sorrow, anger, and exasperation throughout the entire book.…See More
Aug 2, 2013
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Book Review: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman (minor spoiler alert)

 I feel inspired to write a really thoughtful, dignified, essay-like review at the moment. I just don't know if the words or motivation are quite there. Needless to say--as I'm sure you all already know, I'm just a bit late on the uptake--Neil Gaiman is a brilliant author. I absolutely adore his style: it's funny, it's sad, it's both straightforward and completely roundabout. This book is written in such an ironic tone--ironic and matter-of-fact--and is, for the most part, a story stripped to…See More
Jul 24, 2013
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Book Review: The Reluctant Mage, by Karen Miller (MAJOR SPOILERS YES MAJOR VERY)

Deep breath.  In through the nose, out through the mouth.It's okay Adela, it's over now.  You've had time to recover.  You can write your review now.Except I don't know how to write this review.  I was thinking about it a lot in the first few hundred pages.  I'd talk about how Arlin became such an excellent character, I thought, and I'd talk about how fREAKING HORRIBLE THAT FAMILY HAS IT.  ASHER HOVERING NEAR DEATH, RAFEL TORTURED HORRENDOUSLY INSIDE HIS OWN BODY BY MORG'S POSSESSION,…See More
Jul 21, 2013
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Book Review: The Prodigal Mage, by Karen Miller (SPOILER ALERTS. KINDA MINOR. KINDA NOT.)

I was planning to give myself a bit of a breather before plunging into more Miller masochism but... I guess Angelopolis was my breather... I just couldn't stay away. Although it seemed pretty well wrapped up at the end of The Awakened Mage, I still had some snagging suspicions that things weren't quite over for Asher, and for Lur. So I went back to the library, recalling that I had seen more Karen Miller books on the shelf, and read the inside cover of The Prodigal Mage to discover that…See More
Jul 15, 2013
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Book Review: The Awakened Mage, by Karen Miller (********MAJOR SPOILER ALERT*********)

I promise I will try to write a better review this time, and be more articulate, etc.But holy mother of a bally flippin' Time Lord.This book doesn't let you stop for breath. It's a constant 700 pages of action and anxiety and fear and feels and frustration and stress and just...Throughout both of these books I could not choose a favourite character between Gar and Asher. They are just... perfection. And for the longest time I was hoping something would happen to Dathne so that my dreams of…See More
Jul 1, 2013
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Book Review: The Innocent Mage, by Karen Miller

Let me tell you about the latest book that has made mashed potatoes of my emotions.I don't even know where to begin.  At first, I was unsure of whether I would like this book or not, because the phonetic accent spelling seemed a little over the top--however I soon got used to it, and before I knew it I was a couple hundred pages in with no idea how I had gotten there.  It took me 3 days to read this book... I could have probably read it in one, it was that good.I must have fallen in love with…See More
Jun 25, 2013
Olivia A. commented on Adela Bezemer-Cleverley's blog post Book Review: Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
"I loved this book so much, I love how subtle and delicate it is, and also how things that happened in the beginning of the book don't make sense until the end. It's such a intriguing examination of human nature. "
Jun 21, 2013
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Book Review: Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

As I was nearing the end of this book, I was beginning to think about how I could possibly talk about it in my review, and here I am, having just finished it, and I have no idea where I'm going to go with this. So I'll just ramble.This book is fascinating on so many levels--literary, moral, sociological, philosophical, psychological... I can't begin to describe the way it made me feel.Looking at the story, the choices made by Ishiguro in what to reveal, what to hide, and what to focus on are…See More
Jun 21, 2013
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Book Review: Here, There Be Dragons, by James A. Owen

I need to stop saying that I need to get back into writing reviews right after finishing books and actually write my reviews right after finishing the books.  Wow.So this book started out really promising.  I enjoyed the writing--there are some beautiful passages and some patches of really funny dialogue, as well as likeable characters and a fresh, interesting plot.  But I think I was expecting the climax to be a lot more exciting than it was, and I think the last half of the book was a little…See More
May 31, 2013
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Book Review: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons (slight spoilers, nothing major)

I read this book because it was mentioned by Hank Green in one of his VEDA videos and I happened to find it in the library the same day. There's not much I can say about it other than that it's brilliant. As you probably know, I don't read a lot of science fiction (hardly any), but that didn't stop me from appreciating everything about this book.  The main focus of the first of the Hyperion Cantos is mostly flashbacks, as the seven pilgrims headed towards Hyperion share their stories with…See More
Apr 27, 2013
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Book Review: The Cup of the World, by John Dickinson

Finally getting around to writing this review, over a week after finishing the book... I'm very disappointed in myself.But in the book?  Anything but.  THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL.  The writing is gorgeous--a delicious concoction of high fantasy and contemporary narration.  The characters are deep and surprising.  The imagery is amazing.  The plot is twisty and intricate and not the least bit shallow.  Have I mentioned before that I love when fantasy gets political and explores things like morality…See More
Mar 19, 2013

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What Kind of Nerdfighter Are You?
writer, reader, dancer, teacher
About Me:
Hey, all. I think I can now change my status from "new" to "newish" here on the ning :P. Other aspects of my character: I'm a dancer and a reader; I want to be a writer but I am always suffering from writers block. I love everything from Harry Potter and LotR and cats to spending time with children and rollerblading. I am a first year dance major at York University, also enrolled in concurrent-ed. Oh and I also forgot to mention that I'm agnostic, love philosophy, and am pretty fascinated by fairies (a small bit of my mind still thinks they might exist).
Favorite Books, Movies, Music, and more
Books: Harry Potter, LotR, The Farsala Trilogy, The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, The Septimus Heap Books, Inkheart, Tales of Redwall, His Dark Materials, The Bloody Jack Adventures, The Book of Dreams, What Happened to Lani Garver, Umbrella Summer, Fablehaven, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Railway Children, Dangerous Angels, Silverwing etc., The Queen's Thief trilogy, The Books of Pellinor and many, many more that I'm too lazy to try and remember right now.
Movies: LotR, anything involving Tim Burton and/or Johnny Depp, Ironman, X-Men, A Beautiful Mind, Inception, Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Illusionist, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Catch Me If You Can, the Bourne movies, Die Hard, K-Pax, The Mirror Mask, Fiddler on the Roof, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, What Dreams May Come, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Bottle Shock, Little Miss Sunshine, and again, many more that I can't think of right now.
TV Shows: The Mentalist, The Big Bang Theory, So You Think You Can Dance (and SYTYCD Canada).
Music: 70s/80s bands like U2, Supertramp, Tears for Fears, The Cure, REM, Simon and Garfunkel; folk music like The Shards and Great Big Sea; Celtic music like Ronan Hardiman, Celtic Woman and Enya, Canadian French music like Coeur de Pirate and La Raquette A Claquettes; musicals like The Lion King, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wizard of Oz; the score from LotR (Howard Shore) and other composers for movies like Danny Elfman's work for Tim Burton, Hans Zimmer (PotC & Inception), John Powell (Bourne movies &How to Train Your Dragon) and John Williams (Harry Potter, Catch Me If You Can); wizard rock (particularly Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls); more modern artists like the Gorillaz, Daft Punk and Lady Gaga; mixed bands like Delhi 2 Dublin; and again, probably more that I can't think of.
Actors: Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Billy Boyd, Dom Monaghan, Viggo Mortenson, Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Ian McKellen, Tom Felton, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker, Elijah Wood, Kevin Spacey, Bruce Willis Tim Roth, Jude Law, Steve McQueen, Christopher Walken, etc.
Animals: snow leopards, turtles, owls and nifflers
Words: ilk, kin, droll, fantastic, emerald, magnificent, scandalized, lieu, and antidisestablishmentarianism
Number: 11
Colours: purple, green and blue
YouTubers: Starkid, WhatsUpElle, thecomputernerd01 and Vlogbrothers
Websites: hyperboleandahalf, goodreads, facebook, youtube, stumbleupon, and now, nerdfighters
What's your favorite thing to put on your head?
books
If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?
Ooooh, another tough question. Probably any of my favourite authors (see list of books above) or Johnny Depp (or other favourite actors).
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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

How do I even begin to describe this book? It's one of those stories that is filled with satisfying illogic and nonsense--but not the same kind as, say, Hitchhiker's; but still serving to remind us that not everything has to make sense to be good writing. It's also one of those stories that puts you inside the mind of a small child so expertly that you feel everything he feels and you'd think it was him writing the book.

In fact, while I know I've mentioned this--the…

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Posted on October 19, 2013 at 8:27am

Book Review: A Blight of Mages, by Karen Miller (some spoilers)

I think this might have actually been the first time I've ever read a prequel to a series. It's kind of a unique experience (assuming you've read the series first) because you already know how it will end, and more beyond that; you know the future of the characters you're reading about as well as the future of their world. I expected this to cause me to be more detached from the story and not be as fully invested in the characters and their predicaments as I was with the rest of the…

Continue

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 1:30pm

Book Review: Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers

What a pity these books have such uninspiring titles and floofy-blah covers, because it hides the really excellent story within from the eyes of those who would appreciate it.  I am lucky that the books were recommended to me in the first place, else I'd never have picked one up.

Dark Triumph is excellent.  Sybella is a really amazing protagonist--one who causes the reader to bounce back and forth between pity, admiration, joy, awe, sorrow, anger, and exasperation…

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Posted on August 2, 2013 at 8:51pm — 1 Comment

Book Review: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman (minor spoiler alert)

 I feel inspired to write a really thoughtful, dignified, essay-like review at the moment. I just don't know if the words or motivation are quite there.



Needless to say--as I'm sure you all already know, I'm just a bit late on the uptake--Neil Gaiman is a brilliant author. I absolutely adore his style: it's funny, it's sad, it's both straightforward and completely roundabout. This book is written in such an ironic tone--ironic and matter-of-fact--and is, for the…

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

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At 7:17pm on January 1, 2012, Cornelius Dieckmann said…

Hello!

At 5:51am on December 12, 2011, Michelle (Books Admin) said…

I think that all the time with my own reviews! :) Keep at it, I'm enjoying them!

At 4:25am on December 6, 2011, Michelle (Books Admin) said…

Hooray for you for posting book reviews :) I wish more nerdfighters did that!

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