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Nerdy Travels – Hobbiton

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Misc. Nerdiness, Movies | 1 comment

Phew, it has been a crazy month in real life for us here at Nerd Vortex; vacations, conventions, moving, etc. But that just means we have lots of content to catch up on! Thanks again to Kel for guest posting while I was off on vacation!

So, where was I for most of April? I was galavanting about Australia and New Zealand, and having a phenomenal time. Today I want to share part of my trip with you. And if you haven’t already guessed with the title of this post, while I was in New Zealand, my husband and I took a trip out to the Hobbiton set tour!! Prepare to be photo bombed while I share my experience!

First, if you don’t know what Hobbiton is (OMG!), it is from the Lord of the Rings books/movies and it’s the little village where the hobbits live. This is the actual movie set where they filmed the LOTR and Hobbit trilogies.

The set is actually situated on a working sheep/cattle farm on the North Island of New Zealand. There’s a long story about how they ended up finding the property, but basically the farmer told them they could do whatever they want, just make sure they close the gates and make sure his sheep didn’t get mixed up. After the first trilogy was finished, the workers came out to dismantle the sets, but because of bad rain, it had to be delayed. At this point the first movie came out and the locals figured out it had been filmed on the farm, so people started showing up to see the half dismantled sets before they were completely removed.

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The Best and Worst of Power Rangers

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Television | 1 comment

A big thank you to Kel for contributing this guest post while Samantha is taking an amazing holiday (who’s jealous? I’m not jealous…)–Kelsey

First, a big thank you to Kelsey and Samantha for letting me write a guest post for the Nerd Vortex, which I love!

In honor of the new Power Rangers movie, I’m taking a trip down memory lane. I LOVED Power Rangers as a kid! And maybe still checked in on the new seasons once or twice as an adult…>.> I was even the pink ninja ranger for Halloween once (before I decided I hated pink).

Without further ado, I give you…


Best Theme Song

I have to give it to the original. It’s the electric guitar! So simple, yet so catchy.

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Why Eleven is My Doctor

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Television | 1 comment

In celebration of the new season of Doctor Who, Samantha and I are hosting a series of posts to show our appreciation of the show. After you’re done here, check out Samantha’s post on why Ten is her favorite Doctor.

Every Whovian has their favorite Doctor. He’s the one that made you fall in love with the show, or the one you grew up watching, or maybe you just think that he’s The Best, hands-down.

I fell in love with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor the year series 5 premiered.

Before then, I had enjoyed casually watching the show (mainly through episodes on BBC iPlayer back when I lived in the UK), but when “The Eleventh Hour” aired, I was instantly hooked. Here’s why…

First, I’m going to disagree with Samantha and say that Eleven is definitely the cutest of the Doctors. I present this gif as definitive evidence:


I love how protective he is of Amy (even if he gets a bit competitive with Rory during series 5) and also how much their friendship grows throughout the course of the show.

From this 🙂

To this 🙁


He might be quick to anger, and fiercely protective of his friends, but he’s also quick to show affection, in his own Doctor-ish way.

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Why Ten is my Doctor

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Television | 1 comment

When this post goes live I will have arrived in New Zealand!! Wooo! But I didn’t want to let that get in the way of joining Kelsey in celebrating the new season of Doctor Who starting up this month. Over the next week or so, be prepared for some Who-Inspired posts as we journey through some of our favourite things about one of our favourite shows.

Today, I’m here to talk to you about the BEST doctor of all…

The Tenth Doctor

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Authors I’ve Met/Want to Meet

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Books | 1 comment

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is about meeting authors, so I thought I’d mix it up with sharing some authors that I have already met, as well as some that I really want to meet.

Authors I’ve Met

Meeting Marissa Meyer

Starting off is my favourite author that I’ve met so far. Last year I went out to Book Con in Chicago and got to meet Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. If you didn’t already know, I adore those books and Marissa was my one and only goal of attending Book Con (besides seeing Kelsey of course!). I got in line super early because I’d heard a rumour that she would be handing out “Heartless” ARCs to the first 25 in line. And I got one!

At Book Con I was also lucky enough to meet Sabaa Tahir, author of “A Ember In The Ashes”, Scott Sigler who writes a lot of science-fiction but most recently working on the “Alive” YA series, and William Ritter, author of the “Jackaby” series.

A little over a year ago I went to a book signing for Susan Dennard‘s “Truthwitch” and she was joined by a handful of authors including Victoria Schwab (“A Darker Shade of Magic”) and John Scalzi (“Old Man’s War” series).

Meeting Stephanie Garber and Elly Blake

Meeting Stephanie Garber and Elly Blake[/caption]
And then just a month ago I got to go to two more signings. Susan Dennard was in town for the second book in her series “Windwitch” and she was joined by EK Johnston (“A Thousand Nights”), Elly Blake (“Frostblood” and Kate Elliott (Spiritwalker trilogy). All authors that I’ve read (although I read Elly Blake’s book after meeting her). And the most recent signing was for Stephanie Garber‘s debut novel “Caraval” and she was joined again by Elly Blake.

Phew… not bad, right?

Authors I Want to Meet

My number one author I’d love to meet is Jane Austen… oh wait.

I’ve adored pretty much everything Shannon Hale has written, so I would love to meet her. I’m also on the Sarah J Maas is amazing bandwagon, so I’d love to meet her, although I don’t know if I feel like tackling the masses (huh! pun!) to get to her. She is going to be in Canada in a month or so, and my friends and I are contemplating it.

I also wouldn’t mind meeting Gail Carriger, because I think her books are brilliant, and Tamora Pierce because the Alanna series is everything. While I can go on forever naming authors, we’ll end this list off with Leigh Bardugo. I love the Six of Crows duology and I need to get my butt in gear and read the Grisha Trilogy already (I know!).

Let me know what authors you’ve met or really want to meet. There’s nothing quite like getting a signed, personalized book from an author, right??

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Logan is the gritty superhero film we’ve been waiting for (Movie Review)

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Movies | 3 comments

Logan (2017)
Rated: R
Run Time: 2hr 17min
Release Date: March 3, 2017 (USA)

Logan is not your typical X-Men movie, nor even your typical superhero movie. The success of Deadpool (2016) proved that movie fans are more than ready for R-rated comic book films, and Logan delivers upon that with a gritty, violent, and surprisingly personal take on one of the toughest characters, Wolverine.

Logan takes place in the year 2029, after mutants have been all but wiped out (due in part to the fact that no new mutants have seemingly been born in the past 20 years). Logan (Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine) and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart’s Professor X) are hiding in an abandoned factory in Mexico, along with the mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant), while Logan attempts to save up enough money to buy a boat to make their escape. His only priority is to protect Charles, and everything is going roughly according to plan until a woman named Gabriella (Elizabeth Rodriguez) proposes one final job to Logan—drive her and a young mutant named Laura to North Dakota.

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